Among the finer points when it comes to choosing a paint: whether it has warm or cool undertones (which can have a surprisingly big effect on a room, adding an extra complication when it comes to choosing a shade). Luckily, we have a panel of paint masters to consult. We asked the experts in the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory for their favorite cool-toned whites and neutrals, all with undertones of green and blue, rather than red and yellow. Among the benefits of cool-toned whites: They have more dimension than a “pure” white and make walls and ceilings recede more than warm whites do (making spaces feel bigger). Here are eight vetted picks from the experts.
And one more: Marie Fischer Interior design prefers Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, describing it as simply “the best.” (It was also Medium Plenty and Amy A. Alper‘s pick in Architects’ 8 Favorite Pure White Paints.)
N.B.: For white paints with a creamy, old-fashioned bent, see Architects’ 8 Favorite Warm Gray Paints.
More in the world of neutrals:
- 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks
- Architects’ 8 Favorite Warm Gray Paints
- Remodeling 101: How to Choose the Perfect White Paint