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10 Easy Pieces: Architect’s White Paint Picks

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10 Easy Pieces: Architect’s White Paint Picks

Janet Hall February 13, 2017

Not all white paint shades are created equal. And a number of factors come into play when deciding on the perfect white: the region (Northwest? East Coast? Southern California?), the quality of the natural light, window placement, room size, ceiling height, and more.

That said, every architect has a favorite all-purpose, works-anywhere shade of white. We consulted a selection of architects from the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory for their go-to white paint picks.

Photography by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista.

Architects White Paint Picks 10 Walbridge Remodelista

Benjamin Moore White Dove Walbridge Remodelista
Above: The top choice for an all-purpose white is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. San Francisco–based Cary Bernstein calls low-VOC White Dove a “foolproof, livable shade of white.” According to John DeForest of DeForest Architects in Seattle, “White Dove is clean and calm, a great backdrop for art.” Celeste Robbins of Robbins Architecture in Winnetka, Illinois, is another proponent of Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.
Farrow and Ball All White 1 Walbridge Remodelista
Above: For woodwork, molding, and cabinetry, Hope Dana of Platt Dana Architects in New York likes Farrow & Ball’s All White (in an enamel oil-base high gloss). Sample pots are available for $7.50 at Farrow & Ball.
Pittsburg Paints Gypsum Walbridge Remodelista
Above: Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects in San Antonio, Texas, says, “Our favorite is Pittsburgh Paints 520-1 Gypsum. It has a tiny amount of gray and a warmth to it that moves it away from pure white. We primarily use eggshell finish on walls and prefer that they be sprayed for a smooth, hard finish.”
Benjamin Moore Decorators White Walbridge Remodelista
Above: Brooklyn-based Delson or Sherman Architects favors Benjamin Moore’s low- and no-VOC paints in either Decorator’s White or Super White. “Because color is so dependent on context, we always select colors based on the material palette and lighting in each room; the relative amount of gray or yellow is critical. We avoid pink-tinted whites.”
Farrow & Ball White Tie Walbridge Remodelista
Above: The go-to white paint for Brooklyn-based architect Clay Miller of Bergen Street Studio is Farrow & Ball’s White Tie—a warm, neutral white (“the white of old, pre-brightened, starched cotton,” as the company says). Sample pots are available for $7.50 at Farrow & Ball.
Benjamin Moore Linen White Walbridge Remodelista
Above: Dana of Platt Dana Architects favors a mix of half Benjamin Moore Linen White and half Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White for walls, which creates a “warm and consistent color whether it is in shade or sun.”
Benjamin Moore White Chocolate Walbridge Remodelista
Above: Bay Area architect Ken Linsteadt’s “patented favorite” is Benjamin Moore White Chocolate.
Benjamin Moore Atrium White Walbridge Remodelista
Above: A favorite white for Michielli & Wyetzner Architects in New York is Benjamin Moore Atrium White. “We like it because it has a warm, almost reddish tone, as opposed to most whites, which we find either too blue, too icy, or too yellow,” Michael Wyetzner says.
Fine Paints of Europe Pantone Bright White Walbridge Remodelista
Above: Pulltab prefers Fine Paints of Europe in Pantone Bright White (Fine Paints of Europe can specify any Pantone shade); the firm also likes Benjamin Moore Snowfall White.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly White Walbridge Remodelista
Above: Lewis Butler of Butler Armsden Architects nominated Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace: “It’s a terrible name, but the best white out there,” he says. The firm used it on the walls of its new San Francisco offices.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 20, 2011.

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