Ok that may sound harsh but I am here to tell you that the hardest paint color to pick out for walls is white. I don't care how many blogs you read with designer/decorator suggestions or how many sample cans you buy and test on the walls, you will never really know how a white is going to look until the entire room is covered in it and you live with it for several weeks. I am now on white paint color #3.
Color #1: Benjamin Moore Decorator White. I used this paint for the Dining Room, Living Room and hallway including all trim and doors. Highly recommended by numerous designers as the go to white, blah, blah, blah.....in the end I lived with it for 8 months and could not stand the cold, grey tone it would take especially at night. The house felt cold and I don't like cold.
Color #2: Benjamin Moore Simply White. One weekend when my husband and kids took a trip, instead of relaxing and eating bon-bons while reading design magazines, I decided to tackle the Decorator White with the help of my mom. Three days later we had all rooms painted including trim. This was definitely a step in the right direction. A warmer white without going cream.
Color #3: Benjamin Moore White Dove. It is now time to paint my bedroom and office. Our bedroom has very high ceilings and is a large space so I decided Simply White would be too "bright". I have decided on White Dove which has a little more warmth.
I have never lived in so much white before so I'll probably end up painting everything again in a year and all this stress will be for nought. If you are in the process of picking out a white, all I have to say is good luck!
Here are some incredible white rooms. Enjoy!