Shades of White: The Ultimate Collection

Kerstin EserKerstin Eser, Plascon Trends Contributor

 

Shades of White Image credits: afflante.com | wishflower.tumblr.com | pinterest.com | flickr on pinterest

Image credits: afflante.com | wishflower.tumblr.com | pinterest.com | flickr on pinterest

Today’s post focuses on an area that I not only deal with on a regular basis at work, but with which I have a personal affinity: the colour white and its different shades. It was Plascon’s Colour of the Month in December, so I thought it a good idea to elaborate on the variations that this colour has to offer.

White will always be on-trend; the tone and shades might change but we always love white and also need it to complement our surroundings. Personally, I LOVE white in all its varieties! If I didn’t have kids and animals, my entire house would be white – floor to ceiling. One little area in my house that allows me to put my own stamp on it and permits me to carry out my ‘dreams’ is my bedroom, which, of course, is mostly white. After a busy day, I find a real calmness in this space.

The thing about white is that it’s ever-changing; it’s never simply ‘white’. It’s white with a touch of blue, white with a yellow undertone, grey-white, a beige white, and the list goes on… Plus, there are so many elements that affect white: reflections, the light, the mood, etc. Let’s not forget how white has the ability to make every other colour it interacts with, pop and shine against its blank canvas.

There are no limits to the different shades of white, but I have compiled a list of ‘The Ultimate Whites’ (a list that is ever-changing). For the moment, here are a few from my collection of amazing PLASCON whites – most of which have a timeless appeal. I’ve split them up into groups according to their undertones, in order to make it easy to see where they fall.

Grey Shades of White

  1. Plaster EC 61
  2. Antique Petal EC 43
  3. Light Stone EC 68
  4. Nomadic Dream EC 56
Grey Shades of White Image credit: pinterest

Image Source: pinterest

Warm Shades of White

  1. Light Stone NEU06
  2. Fresh Scent Y6-B2-3
  3. Light Reflection Y6-A2-3
  4. Broken White EPL 314
Warm Shades of White Image Source: 500px.com

Image Source: 500px.com

Cool Shades of White

  1. Lagoon Mirror EC 3
  2. Misty Dawn EC 55
  3. Whimsical White B5-B2-3
  4. Diamond White EC 103
Cool Shades of White Image Source: pinterest

Image Source: pinterest

Neutral Whites

  1. Dried Leaf EC 25
  2. Landing EC 67
  3. Sheepish Y5-C2-3
  4. Afternoon Shower Y4-C2-3
Neutral Whites Image Source: pinterest

Image Source: pinterest

Whites with a pink/magenta undertone

  1. Salt Pebble EC 4
  2. White Canvas EC 11
  3. Worn Wood NEU08
  4. Evening Mist EC 1
Popular Shades of White Image Source: pinterest

Image Source: pinterest

Here are a few of my favourite combinations…

WHITE AND RAW WOOD – add a little warmth to white by adding the natural warm tones of wood:

Popular Shades of White Image credits: Top – pinterest | Bottom left - wordpress on pinterest.com | bottom right - casatv.ca

Image credits: Top – pinterest | Bottom left – wordpress on pinterest.com | bottom right – casatv.ca

WHITE ON WHITE – makes me think of flowing white curtains and blurred lines:

Popular Shades of White Image credits: Top let - Pinterest | Top right - bloglovin’ | Bottom - pinterest

Image credits: Top let – Pinterest | Top right – bloglovin’ | Bottom – pinterest

WHITE WITH SHADES OF GREY – a grey is really a white with a reflection or shadow cast across it:

Popular Shades of White Image credits: Top left - stylizimo blog | Top right and bottom left – Pinterest | Bottom right - bloglovin’

Image credits: Top left – stylizimo blog | Top right and bottom left – Pinterest | Bottom right – bloglovin’

BLACK AND WHITE – this combination will never date! Black and white will always have a place:

Popular Shades of White Image credits: Top left and right - bloglovin.com | Bottom left - mywhiteobsession.com | Bottom right - desiretoinspire.net

Image credits: Top left and right – bloglovin.com | Bottom left – mywhiteobsession.com |
Bottom right – desiretoinspire.net

WHITE AND NUEDE/DUSTY PINK – I am completely loving these colours together (deserves a whole blog post):

Popular Shades of White Image credits: Top left - stekmagazine.nl | Top right - myscandinavianhome.com | Bottom left and right - pinterest

Image credits: Top left – stekmagazine.nl | Top right – myscandinavianhome.com |
Bottom left and right – pinterest

Hopefully some of these serene and inspiring images have planted a few seeds and have got your creative juices flowing. Enjoy – until next time!

 

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11 Responses

  1. Priscilla says:

    What shade of white can i use for my open plan living room. It’s quite small and gets very hot Iucyun summer.

    I like cool Grey’s but scared of going too dark.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Priscilla,

      Please click here to view the off-white digital swatches. The digital colour on the attached presentation may vary from the actual dry paint colour.

      Digital Colour gives you a visual idea. We recommend that you purchase a 1L sample in the product with which you intend to paint your walls i.e. Plascon Cashmere or Plascon Double Velvet as your testing option. Please paint two coats on a white surface allowing each coat to dry in between. It is important to look at the colours in the morning, midday and late afternoon to ensure that you are happy with how it changes under different light conditions. Kindly purchase a tester pot from your local hardware and try the colour on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      Thank you. If you have any further questions, please contact me (details below)

      Regards

      LUNGILE MTSHALI
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  2. Jackie says:

    Good day. I’m doing a feature wall in twirl b2 shade e2 2 and would like to know which white will look Brady for rest of the open plan space and also if there’s a lighter option for winter haven on same swatch for my bathroom.

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Jackie – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Your question was forwarded to our colour consultants, please see Neo’s response below:

      Good day Jackie, thank you for your enquiry.

      The colour Twirl B2-E2-2 is a blue with a grey undertone. A lighter complementary colour would be Fresh Scent Y6-B2-3, this is a gorgeous white grey with a slight green undertone. A slightly cooler option would be Misty Dawn GR-G04, this is more grey. A third and final option is Orchid Bay GR-Y06, this is cool grey white with just a smudge of colour – this colour, depending on your floor, might also reflect purple, but this will depend on your floor. I would test (250ml paint) and paint two coats over white to see the full colours before purchasing large amounts of paints.

      Lighter shade than the colour Winter Haven B2-E2-3 would be Ice Flow B2-C2-3 and the lightest Fluid White B2-B2-3. As the colours go lighter, the colours are not so grey and the blue is more vibrant (cleaner).

      For further enquiry please contact me (details below).

      Kindest Regards,

      Neo Moshomane
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      neo.moshomane@plasconspaces.co.za

  3. Peta McMaster says:

    We painted our whole house in 2012 in Landing E15-2 – I see this no longer exists – has the code just change and is the new Landing EC 67 the same colour?

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Peta – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Your question was forwarded to our colour consultants, please see Patty’s response below:

      Hi Peta, yes there are two different codes and formulations: the Landing E15-2 is slightly greyer than the Landing 67. Below are their formulations and their swatches). Both formulations are available on our systems and can be tinted into any of our paint finishes.

      Landing 1

      Landing 2

      Landing 3

      Please note that it is advisable to first purchase tester-pots from your local hardware and try the colour/s on a small surface before buying large quantities.

      If you have any further questions please contact me (details below).

      Kind regards,

      Patty Mulauzi
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      spaces@plascon.co.za

  4. Janice says:

    My dining room walls are painted with Afternoon Shower and I would like to paint one of the walls a darker shade. Please could you advise as I have tried two different testers -the first was too yellow (sombrero) and the other too pink (tumbled stone). Would like a warm neutral colour . Thanks

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Janice – thank you for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Please see below for options from one of our colour consultants, Neo.

      Good Afternoon Janice,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      A beautiful complimentary colour would be the following:

      First option is a colour Maison Blanche Y1-E1-4, this is a brown grey neutral colour, without any pink or red undertones and it works well with the colour Afternoon Shower.

      Second option would be the colour Touchstone Y2-E1-4, this is a slightly darker colour compared to the first colour choice and slightly greyer but still a brown based colour.

      Third and final colour choice would be the colour Tibetan Cloak 65, this is a grey based colour with a slight Red undertone.

      For further enquiries please contact me (details below).

      Kindest Regards,

      Neo Moshomane
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      neo.moshomane@plasconspaces.co.za

  5. Friedel McLachlan says:

    Good afternoon
    I am looking for a white that goes best with Paris Paving – I have tried Serious but that is too blue – was looking at Landing or Broken — I was thinking of a French white colour. Looking forward to your suggestions

    • Plascon comments moderator says:

      Hi Friedel – thanks for visiting Plascon Trends 🙂

      Below are a few options from one of our colour consultants:

      Serious is actually a brown-based grey, so for you to see the blue that means most likely your floors are warm (terracotta, maple or sandy colour). Colours that work with these warm floors are greys with a slight green undertone.

      A beautiful white to complement the colour Paris Paving without any blue undertone would be the following colours: Plaster E16-2 this is one of our most popular neutral warm grey with a slight green undertone but you see mostly grey or brown. Second colour option is the colour Happy Ending Y5-B2-3 this is from the yellow family but you mostly see grey brown with a slight green undertone. Broken White might be a nice choice but it’s a white green; if you want a more French look, consider the first two choices.

      For further colour discussion, please contact me (details below).

      Kindest regards,

      Neo Moshomane
      Plascon Colour Consultant
      neo.moshomane@plasconspaces.co.za

  6. Kate Owen says:

    Hi there,
    I am looking to paint the interior of my house a neutral white – one that can work with grey couches or beige couches. Would these 4 whites be your recommendation from the above article?
    Dried Leaf EC 25
    Landing EC 67
    Sheepish Y5-C2-3
    Afternoon Shower Y4-C2-3
    Thanks so much

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