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.
Going forward you can find all of our Color Wheel Update posts here.
Featured Color: Extra White
Extra White is a favorite white of mine for several reasons. First, it is Sherwin-Williams’ “true white.” This means that it doesn’t have any warm or cool undertones. It’s just bright white. Since it is a true white, it is the base (or starting point) for which I categorized the warm and cool whites from Sherwin-Williams. You can read all about it in my post: The Best White Paint Colors: Undertones Explained.
My second (but not last) reason for loving Extra White, is how clean and fresh it is. I personally have Extra White in my own home for my trim, ceiling and cabinet color. It’s a perfect bright white contrast against my main wall color, Lattice, that I wrote all about in a previous post.
Okay, now that you have a basis for Extra 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 Extra White color scheme page for my hand picked color schemes!
Where to use Extra White
My first inclination for using Extra White in an interior is for the trim and ceilings. Since Extra White is a bright white it drastically opens up spaces that have lower ceiling heights. Before we moved into our home, the ceilings were not only heavily textured, but they were painted a dingy white. We scraped the popcorn ceilings which helped tremendously, but since the ceilings were still lower (8’), we opted for a super bright white to keep the home feeling more open. It did the trick and it continues to be my go-to for ceilings.
We also painted our trim and below our chair rail in Extra White, not to mention our kitchen built-ins and cabinets. I specify Extra White for kitchen cabinets in homes that already have bright white trim (to coordinate) or in spaces in which a super fresh and clean look is desired. I never get tired of seeing Extra White on trim and cabinets! White is so classic and never goes out of style.
I love Extra White as a main wall color to create a modern edge or to have a perfect backdrop for pops of color. The inspiration picture below shows bright yellow pillows and a dark blue rug contrasted against Extra White walls. You pretty much can’t go wrong with white walls for a fresh and clean look. One word of caution is to be sure to add some warmth with wood textures and colors using interior selections and accessories to prevent the space from feeling too cold and sterile.
Not only do I gravitate towards Extra White for interiors, I am also attached to Extra White on exteriors. It works perfect for the main body color and gives the same effect as it does on interior walls: fresh, clean and bright. I have been seeing tons of bright white exteriors while out and about, on Pinterest and in design magazines. Of course Extra White is also a top choice for exterior trim and front doors. Below is an inspiration picture using Extra White as the trim color for a gorgeous contrast.
If you are considering Extra 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 Extra 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
Extra White had the spotlight, but I also wanted to highlight a color from the Color Wheel update, Fawn Brindle. This gorgeous taupe color is pictured here in a bedroom, from HGTV Smart Home, for a dramatic look against the white and bright blue accents. Fawn Brindle also looks fantastic on exteriors for a medium-toned trim color.
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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