The Rugh Design Color Wheel
To recap, we have been working on adding ALL of the Sherwin-Williams paint colors to the Rugh Design Color Wheel. Our plan to have all 1700 colors up by the end of 2018 is on track and with this post we are about at the half way point. Which means that we “only” have about 400 more colors to go! We will continue to release 25 new colors with my hand picked color schemes each week. In addition to the new 25 colors a week I will highlight 1 color from Sherwin-Williams that I personally love or stands out.
Recently, we have highlighted Kilim Beige (coffee with cream color), Navajo White (soft creamy yellow), Wool Skein (beige with slight green undertone) and Alpaca (warm greige with slight violet undertone).
Going forward you can find all of our Color Wheel Upate posts here.
Featured Color: Dover White SW 6385
I wrote a longer post highlighting the Best Sherwin-Williams Whites not too long ago that included several of the whites that I have outlined in my “Color Wheel Update” mini posts. In the post, I detail out the main white categories starting with the base “true white” color (Extra White): cool whites, greige whites and warm whites.
This week, I wanted to focus on a white that was not included in my post, and a white that I have gotten several questions about: Dover White.
Similar to my reason to not including Navajo White (my Color Wheel Feature Color a few weeks ago), I didn’t include Dover White in the Best Sherwin-Williams Whites post because I had already covered several other whites that are similar in tone and that I use more often.
However, Dover White deserves a mention. It is actually very similar to one of my favorite “creams,” Creamy, but with more of a yellow undertone. Dover White is one shade lighter than Napery, a soft butternut color. So, Dover White goes in the same “warm white” category as Navajo White. For a quick comparison with Navajo White, see my illustration below:
Navajo White → one shade lighter than Ivoire SW 6127 (a buttery yellow)
Dover White → one shade lighter than Napery SW 6386 (a butterscotch yellow)
So, what does all of that mean? Navajo White has a more golden yellow undertone, while Dover White has a bit more of an orange or “butterscotch” undertone. It is very subtle, but it helps to view the darker shades in the same paint swatch “family” of whites and off-whites.
I have mentioned this before but, the Sherwin-Williams paint deck was recently revised to have one complete section of whites/off-whites for easy access. Before the revision, the whites and off-whites (not all of them, but a lot of them) were at the top of the “Color” & “Neutrals” paint swatches. So, Dover White used to be above Napery on the paint swatch, but is now found in the “Whites & Pastels” section instead.
Now that I explained the background on Dover White, I wanted to share one more reason that I wanted to highlight Dover White. Interiors are taking a turn to the warmer beiges and I want to have some other warm whites in my paint playbook to draw upon. See my last post on Wool Skein for a highlight on the beige trend that is quickly approaching the interior design world!
Okay, now that you have a basis for Dover White, check out my Pinterest gallery for some inspiration. See below and let me know which one you like the most. If you have your own pictures, send them to me and I will post them! Also, check the Dover White color scheme page for my hand picked color schemes!
Where to use Dover White SW 6385
Now, for some practical uses for Dover White in interiors. I like the thought of using Dover White as the main wall color as a soft and subtle warm white that is both fresh and cozy. Mixing Dover White with some brighter whites for a monochromatic scheme is winning combo for a farmhouse style feel as shown below.
My favorite interior use of Dover White is pairing it with warmer selections to create a cozy feel. I love the rich brown leather chair and buttery sofa fabric mixed in with an antique chest and some metallic accents pictured in the living room below. Dover White is the main wall color and is contrasted just enough with white trim to make the space feel snug and friendly.
Dover White is a top favorite for trim and cabinets when clients are looking for a warm white. However, not only does Dover White work well for warmer schemes, it can also work for an interior that is going more greige. The inspiration picture below is a perfect example. I love that Dover White doesn’t look butterscotch here at all. It still feels warm, but it doesn’t get too yellow and it compliments the greige wall color and the blue-gray accent color on the island.
As we have discovered, Dover White works well for interior walls and cabinets, but it is actually most used on exteriors. Like I always mention, paint colors get significantly lighter on exteriors so make sure to test them out first. Dover White looks like more bright white on an exterior, but still has some warmth to it. I love it as the main body color for a farmhouse style feel as pictured below.
If you are considering Dover White, the best way to find out if it is right for your space, is to grab a sample and test it out. I like to paint a large white cardboard so that you can walk around with it and see how it looks in different areas at different times of the day.
If you are still having trouble deciding, contact me for a Color Consult to nail down the best color for your interior or exterior. I have a passion for color and love being able to help clients find the right color to make their home beautiful!
Leave me a comment if you have Dover White in your home or would like to try it. I would love to hear from you! Also, stay tuned for the next featured color from the Color Wheel…
The Best of the Rest
Dover White had the spotlight, but I also wanted to highlight a color from the Color Wheel update, White Mint. It is no secret (if you have read my posts!) that I love blues and greens. I am just drawn to the cooler colors! So, as I was finishing up the colors for this week, I naturally feel in love with White Mint. I love this nursery that I found painted in this soft minty color. The accents that were paired with White Mint are perfection for this girly-girl nursery!
Check out the colors we updated on the Color Wheel this week below. Click on the swatch to see my color scheme picks!
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