5 Beautiful Shades of White For My New Kitchen

There are exciting things happening in The Devonshire Woman’s household… We’re getting a new kitchen! We have been living in this house for 4 years now and I’ve had to put up with what I can only describe as the most disgusting, small, 1990’s kitchen. Exhibit A as evidence.

Well during lockdown we have been knocking down walls, building new walls and completely gutting this space (and let’s face it, it needed it!)

For my new kitchen, I want it to feel open and light. We have experimented with colour in our house and I never like the end result. Therefore I am playing it safe and going for a shade of white, sounds simple doesn’t it? But there are many gorgeous shades of white and here are some of my favourites;

Farrow and Ball Shadow White

Farrow & Ball Shadow White

Shadow White takes its name from the soft tone created when whites are used in shaded areas, bringing out the slightest hint of grey.

From Farrow & Ball website.

Little Greene Company – Linen Wash

Little Greene Company – Linen Wash

A broken and pared down natural linen colour, should be used in place of white in many projects.

From Little Greene Company website

Mylands London – Charterhouse

Mylands Paint – Charterhouse

Reproduced for prestigious lawyers’ offices in Charterhouse Street. Pure white with a hint of concentrated blue.

From Mylands London website.

Edward Bulmer – White Lead

Edward Bulmer – White Lead

The only white pigment that performed properly in oil paint (the king of paints in the past) was derived from lead. The sheets of lead were stacked in a pit of dung and the resulting white deposit that formed after a month was taken of in flakes, hence the name ‘flake white’. Suspended in linseed oil it took on a slightly yellow/grey cast and that is the universally useful hue we have mixed up.

From Edward Bulmer website.

Edward Bulmer – Pearl Colour

Edward Bulmer – Pearl Colour

The beautiful opalescent appearance of a pearl is hard to pin down as one colour, but the name was used to describe white pigmented with Prussian blue, black, ochre and even Indian red (madder) in the C19th. Our colour takes a hint from all these pigments but uses them very sparingly to create the pale radiance of the best jewellery pearl.

From Edward Bulmer website.

It is such a tough decision choosing the correct paint, I think I will have to order some samples but from what I have seen of existing photos online, I am swaying towards the Edward Bulmer Pearl Colour. It looks really fresh and clean, there is also the added bonus of the paint being natural with no plastic. My husband is a very good painter and decorator and has been researching using more natural products in his work and Edward Bulmer definately ticks that box.

Which shade of white do you prefer? Or are you more into colour when it comes to decorating?

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