I get asked all the time what is the best colour white for painted furniture. It's very hard for me to answer as I think colour is such an individual preference.
My favourites are:
A very bright white: Dulux Lexicon Quarter Strength.
I am a big fan of bright whites. I think they really brighten up a room and make everything clean and fresh looking. My dining room sideboard and my hall cabinet are both Lexicon quarter strength. I only use quarter strength as i think the full strength Lexicon has too much blue undertones for my liking.
Another bright white I love is Annie Sloan Pure White. This has absolutely no tint at all so you will need several (up to 5) coats for full coverage but it's so worth it for a pop of brightness.
The french drawers in my bedroom are ASCP Pure White and it goes beautifully with chrome fittings.
The trim in our house is straight untinted paint as is our bathroom vanity. Professional painters will tell you that you should never use untinted paint - it will just mean you need more coats but sometimes I love that vivid brightness.
For a very french feel I love Dulux Limed White in quarter strength with Limed White full strength on the details. I would nominate Dulux Limed White (in all strengths) as my most French Provincial colours.
My dining room chairs are also Dulux Limed White quarter strength using home made chalk paint and drop sheets for the upholstery.
This desk was done with both Dulux Limed white full strength and quarter strength. Such a great neutral colour combination.
Annie Sloan Old White is slightly too cream for my own liking. It's just got a fraction too much yellow in it once it's waxed for me, but each to their own as I know a lot of people swear by Old White. Both these pieces below are Old White - beautiful but too cream for my house.
I will often mix ASCP Pure White and Old White together to get a mid-white which is fantastic. Vary the ration to suit yourself but 3/4 Pure White and 1/4 Old White is a great start. The photo below is a shocker to show you proper colours with all those shadows and afternoon dappled light but you can hopefully get the idea.
If you are after a cream, I great colour paint I found recently is Dulux Magnolia. I painted Danielle's little dressing table this recently and I thought it was the perfect vintage cream, not too yellow.
I am almost always happy to share details of the paint and colour I use in my projects so please feel free to ask if you see something I have painted and you want to know the details.
What are your favourite whites?
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