Your White Paint Questions Answered

Recently, we shared our favorite white paints and divided them into categories: crisp, soft, and warm (which makes it sound like we're talking about cookies) to help make your decision process easier. 

We received quite a few comments and emails about how to use those white paints, so today we are answering your questions! Below is a roundup of the FAQs we receive regarding white paint:

All of your white paint questions answered! || Studio McGee

How do I pick from the favorites? 

If you tend to like a more clean/modern aesthetic, start with the crisp/soft whites. If you lean a bit more traditional, try the soft/warm whites. 

The best advice I can give is to TRY IT OUT! This is what we do for every single project. We paint large swatches on card stock and and hold them up to different walls in different lights. Then we leave them up for awhile to test different times of day. 

I have dark wood trim and want to paint the walls do I choose?

I would recommend staying with a crisp or soft white to give a nice, clean contrast. Stay away from the warm whites against the warm trim - it will look "muddy" and have a dated appearance. 

What sheens do you use? Is it the same color for walls, ceiling, cabinets and baseboard?

Walls - Flat or eggshell. The eggshell sheen is generally our go-to for families since it is easier to wipe clean, but doesn't look shiny.

 Ceiling - Flat

Baseboard - Satin or semi-gloss depending on how traditional or formal the client's style is. I love a subtle sheen difference between the baseboard and walls.

Cabinets - We typically always use a satin finish.

My house gets northern exposure, which white should I use?

North facing light is gray, so it will magnify cool tones. I would try a warm white. 

Should the cabinets and walls be the same color?

Generally when we do the white cabinets/white walls look, we use the same color on the walls and cabinets. However, if you'd like a slight contrast, I would go with a crisper white on the cabinets and a warmer white on the walls. The other way around usually makes the cabinets appear yellow.

My room doesn't get much light, which white should I use?

When doesn't receive much light, it will appear gray-ish regardless of the white used. However, if you're dying to use white in the space, I would go with something from the warm whites category.

The white in our house currently turns a weird hue during certain types of the day, what kind of undertone should I use? 

I have no idea until I try something! I would paint several swatches (from each category) and leave them on the wall and peek in at different times a day for about a week. Testing at only one time a day is not enough!

You can see the full roundup here