One of my favourite clothing items is my off-white winter coat. Though it’s such a light color, it has a hot glow, looks comfy, and I will wear whatever with it. That is exactly how I feel about using off-white paint in a room. Unlike stark white, warmer tinted whites bring a subtle radiance to a room that produces a cozy neutral setting or a blank background for unlimited color choices. Off-whites are classic but they are also on-trend, and that gives you countless design options that are both fresh and timeless.
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Michael Knowles, Architect
If you’re not certain which kind of off-white to use in your area, take clues from the existing furnishings or materials. In this foyer, the parchment wall color is close to the lightest hue in the floor. This type of coordination creates a nice flow from 1 surface to another.
The yellow-green tint in this warm paint color is also seen in the upholstered chairs and area rug.
MANDARINA STUDIO interior design
Off-whites aren’t restricted to ivory, ivory and pale yellow. Expand your range by using whites that are tinted with colours such as coral or apricot. These hot peachy-pinks are ideal to traditional spaces and they are always in vogue.
Maraya Interior Design
Ivory is a common neutral for Spanish and Mediterranean homes. This allows other architectural features, such as wood beamed ceilings and ironwork, to really stand out.
Matthew MacCaul Turner
Colors such as sand and tan are a little more earthy than some of the other off-whites. These hues will give your space a more natural, earthy texture. However, the overall feeling is still airy and light.
Jennifer Brouwer (Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc)
Creamy white cupboards are a great way to brighten up a kitchen while also adding warmth and fashion. Here, instead of using snow white cabinetry, off-white was utilized which is much more in harmony with the gold tan countertops and backsplash.
Dijeau Poage Construction
Rose and blush are very flattering which is the reason why I love using them in baths. Even an understated rose-tinted white will capture your attention and make you look good.
JMA INTERIOR DESIGN
Who will withstand vanilla? This hot white is delicious and inviting, and it makes everything around it look luscious, too.
Off-White Paint Picks:
Futon 7101 by Sherwin-Williams
French Vanilla 7118 by Sherwin-Williams
Albescent OC-40 by Benjamin Moore
Cottage White 1813 by Behr
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