In search of the perfect white…

June 12, 2012

The movers arrived bright and early yesterday morning to unload our belongings that have been locked up tight in 7 wooden crates for the past several months. So now, we are up to our eyeballs in boxes and packing paper. If you are planning any type of move across town or country, I highly recommend a big purge because you will thank yourself when it comes time to unpack. I’m so glad that what I’m dealing with at this end is already organized and just needs a home. But now that we’re in and I’m having a good look around, I realized that, a. this home needs a scrub down in a big way and b. it needs new paint pronto. It seems logical that I might as well give everything a fresh coat of paint if I have to go through the trouble of washing the walls anyway. So, here I go.

Originally I thought I’d go with a bright white but now I’m leaning towards something more on the warm side. The flooring is gunstock oak and natural slate tiles and the kitchen counters are caramel granite. I’ve done some searching to see what whites are tried and true and I came up with a list of preferred whites all by Benjamin Moore. But lists and expert opinions aside, the best way to find the perfect shade of any paint is to actually give it a try. And with all the walls that need freshening up around here, I’m not going to wing it, that’s for sure.

  Skona Hem


 ooh food

 Sukha Amsterdam photos by Jeltje Janmaat

 Apartment Therapy

 Better Homes & Gardens

 Megan Morton


Now back to work for me! I’ve got a lot of cleaning and unpacking to do before any painting will be done…hopefully sooner than later. Enjoy your day!


1 colleen { 06.12.12 at 9:06 am }

Just for starters love the jars in the last post…am going to do that!

Please let me know what white you choose …I am going to paint our family room!

2 Birch + Bird { 06.13.12 at 1:59 pm }

I brought home a few samples from Lowe’s the other day but they were all too pink and that’s definitely not what I’m after. I’ll keep you updated, for sure.

3 Alice @ LAX TO YVR { 06.12.12 at 10:19 am }

I painted our previous place in BM’s Simply White and loved it. White Dove and Moonlight White are the next white paints I want to try. They’ve got a bit more grey than Simply White.

4 Birch + Bird { 06.13.12 at 1:58 pm }

I just added Simply White and Moonlight White to my list. :) The more the merrier.

5 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 06.12.12 at 1:18 pm }

I agree – you just need to dive in and try the colour on the walls in the real environment before you can know for sure if it’s right or not.
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6 Birch + Bird { 06.13.12 at 1:58 pm }

I cannot wait to get to the diving in part…there’s still so much to do before I’m at that point. :) Must keeping cleaning…

7 Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors » Blog Archive » Megan Morton’s Sydney Home { 06.14.12 at 12:02 am }

[…] boxes, I came across Megan Morton‘s previous home over at The Design Files while looking for inspiring white walls. ¬†This Sydney home is filled with treasures and vintage goodies but still feels bright and modern […]

8 beatriz { 06.14.12 at 9:06 am }

i painted our house with BM cloud white and i love it. bright and clean without being harsh or glaring. (simply white was on my list too but i preferred cloud white)

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