White Paint & How to Pick It

White paint is tricky. But it’s a House of Nomad favorite to bring a clean, airy feel to a space. Here’s a guide to our favorite whites and how to pick the perfect shade for your home!

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1. BEFORE you start

Consider if you want a warm tone — or a cooler hue. Depending on the light in your space, white paints tend to play either off-white or gray. But keep in mind that you want depth to your paint color, so that you don’t feel like you are living in a house splashed with whiteout. A lot of it comes down to personal preference, so grab some samples and chip brushes (or try this no-mess option!) and try them on at least two walls before before you commit.

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2. Cool Tone: Pure White

We’ve found Pure White to be a favorite and picked it for this bathroom and guest-room suite we designed in Lake Norman. While it is a cooler tone, it provides a modern feel and we’ve found it to read extremely neutral in spaces with and without sunlight. We’ve also selected this color for kitchen cabinets and it’s gorgeous there, as well!

3. Whole House: Eider White

If you’re on the hunt for a color to take through your entire home, Eider White is our go-to. It plays well with other whites, has a depth to it so you don’t feel like you are walking into a sterile space and brings a really fresh tone.

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4. Warm: Snowbound

Snowbound has a warmer tone to it and reads beautifully in kitchens, like this kitchen renovation we completed in Quail Hollow. It reads creamy — but never enough to look yellow. It’s a perfect cabinet paint!

5. Exterior: Simply White

Berk’s house got a paint job earlier this year, and Simply White won out in her sampling test. We’ve also pegged it as a great cabinet color in kitchens and in bright rooms, reading warm and crisp.

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Before & After: Quail Hollow Kitchen

We’re here with a HON PROJECT REVEAL — a before/after of a Quail Hollow kitchen and dining area that we couldn’t be more thrilled with! Starting as a classic 1990s beige-on-beige space, Berk and Kell transformed it into a clean, airy and gorgeous room!

On first seeing this space, it was layered with dark elements — dark granite countertops, a tiered bar with painted cabinets, and a stone backsplash — all gave the space a dated feel. It was tan upon tan upon tan with beige cabinets and beige walls, and the charming client asked HON to help renovate and refresh the space. The main design challenge to tackle was the large, gaping hole between the tiered island and the adjacent living room — and it was Berk and Kell’s job to figure out how to utilize the space both practically and aesthetically.

With cohesian in mind, the duo designed a large, square island that removed the tiers and added space on all sides. This meant barstools could be tucked around the end as well as the sides of the island, making it a centerpoint for the busy lifestyle of the family of four. To bring a warm pop of color to the space, the duo painted the island Sherwin William’s Dark Knight. The dark granite was ripped out, replaced by quartz countertops for a bright and clean look.

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When creating the design plan for the dining space, Berk and Kell considered the client’s and their family. With two young boys and an open-door policy with a neighborhood of friends, HON chose a gray jute rug to bring warmth and definition to the dining area that was also easy to clean. The clients also went with a indestructible seating option for their dining area -- a bench that's inviting and can fit a crowd. To add some personality to the space, custom roman shades replaced plastic blinds in the dining area.

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The goal was to update the space with a fresh and light feel and HON achieved that through freshly painted cabinets (Sherwin William’s Snowbound) and giving the walls a timeless hue painted in a HON favorite -- Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. This fresh paint meant goodbye to the two-toned desk area, bringing refreshing cohesion to this half of the room.

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Simply and clean subway tile replaced the ombre of brown stones, previously behind the sink and cabinets. Pops of brass were added in the hardware and cabinetry pulls. 

Walking into this sunny, light space is a breath of fresh air and we feel lighter everytime we get to spend some time here. Cheers to a project reveal that we are in love with — and here’s to hoping every space we design makes our clients feel right at home!!

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Before & After: Berk's Home Gets a Paint Job

About two years ago, Berkeley completed a renovation to her brick bungalow in Myers Park and as is often the case, was not able to match the new brick to the existing brick tone. Her and her husband, Diek, knew down the road they would be painting the house to get back a congruent look — but in the whirlwind of life and launching House of Nomad — two years slipped by! 

This fall, the timing was right. To give her 1940s home an updated look, she researched the perfect shade of white paint. Note: brick homes are a House of Nomad favorite and matching brick is really tricky, so in the case you cannot create a perfect match — painting is a great solution. It not only gives the house a facelift but you still have that brick home which is such a timeless look.

In search of white color that wasn’t yellow-based or didn’t look stark white (think: avoid the house looking like white-out had been dumped all over it) Berk came across Simple White by Benjamin Moore. This color had depth and richness to it but wasn’t yellow — it was exactly the updated, timeless look she hoped for.

Keep in mind that not sampling your color before painting your home is not a corner you want to cut. Select three shades and have your painter sample them on the side of the house. Live with them for a few days and look at them in different light — you’ll know which one you love and will want to live with!

A trick for an updated look is to paint the window trim and the house the same color. Berk was having her trim replaced, so she jumped for Simply White for her window trim and brick. If you are not painting your trim, take precaution to make sure your preexisting color flows well with your new home color. House of Nomad loves to keep it simple, so going with the same shade is a current go-to.

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To add a modern vibe and some depth to her home, Berkeley decided to have her shutters, trim around her three front windows and front door painted black. She picked Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty. Another go-to for exteriors is Sherwin Williams Pure White paired with Tricorn Black Sherwin Williams.

It was also time to update her outdoor lanterns and she wanted to go black with the lanterns to match the black door, trim and shutters. She researched something streamlined and simple and jumped for two modern lanterns by Troy Lighting. She Another option she considered were these timeless lanterns.

We’re in love with the fresh, modern after of this project! What was shocking is that the visual size of Berkeley’s home doubled with the fresh paint color! The house now looks twice as big, really popping where the dark brick faded it into the background.