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“This is not a cold white but not a buttery one, either. It’s my go-to off-white, a perfect backdrop for interconnected spaces like the living room, hallway, and kitchen,” Arden Nelson says. “It’s also a great backdrop for accents like art or tile in the kitchen.”
“For a dining room that’s separate from the rest of the rooms, I’d use the darkest of these colors,” Nelson says. “It’s not really very dark, but this shade makes the room more intimate and beautiful when lit up with candles.”
Nelson sees the family room as its own space, off the kitchen. “This color complements the Swiss Coffee; it’s slightly deeper, more in the khaki family, but still bright, neutral, and clean.”
“This is an off-white with a gray tint that looks good with the white porcelain fixtures in a bathroom,” says Nelson, who generally goes for white in a powder room “because it keeps small spaces bright and open.”
WHY IT WORKS
Unlike most people, who can’t differentiate among a bunch of white paint swatches, designer Arden Nelson of ABN Interiors (abninteriors.com) sees a world of nuances. While she has no problem painting a whole house the same white, clients often request variety. Here she offers a nice mix of off-whites (one that leans toward ivory, one that’s more gray, and one that’s got a bit of khaki in it) and combines them with a light gray for the dining room. “White is a great backdrop for antiques, dark things, natural things, and painted white furniture. And you can always redecorate around it,” she says.