Wait, white is not white?

When it snows, I like to see how many shades of white I can see because I am a color geek.  When I was little I used to play with color chips, make art with them and put them in rainbow order.  Nothing delighted me more than putting "Color in Order" -to this day it's really what I am best at.

Looking out at my beloved clothesline on a snowy day.

Looking out at my beloved clothesline on a snowy day.

 How many different whites can you see in this picture?  

I see at least 10.  Not counting the shadows and highlights.  (Answers at the bottom)

When I used to work at Sherwin Williams as a color consultant and my clients would ask for white, I would ask them what kind of white- warm or cool?

They would be stunned and usually say, "You know... Just white"  Then I would whip out the White's Chart and they would begin to see what I was talking about.  There are at least 100 different whites to choose from on the Sherwin Williams Whites chart.

Sherwin Williams Whites: Warm & Cool

Sherwin Williams Whites: Warm & Cool

Teaching people about color is one of my favorite things to do.  I love to see the lightbulb go off when a client really starts to narrow things down and see what colors look good to them and only them.

It's an empowering moment when a client says, "I love that color! I really love it!" 

And the best part is I won't stop helping you search for your perfect shade till I hear those magic words of commitment "I love it!"

 

I prefer warm whites, Alabaster SW7008 and Muslin SW6133. What's your favorite white?

For more inspiration check out my board: Interior Whites 

10 shades of white.  How many can you see? 

10 shades of white.  How many can you see?