Of all the paint colors out there, you might know white paint is the obvious choice for your updated space, but knowing that—whether it’s an aspirational choice you’ve pulled from Pinterest or your go-to design show or just a hunch you have—isn’t enough. Knowing you want white walls is easy; knowing which shade of white paint you want for your wall painting project is the key to making it happen, and it can be surprisingly challenging.
Most paint brands have more than one white paint color; the larger paint brands can have dozens, if not hundreds. All those different shades—Snowbound vs. Pure White vs. Oxford White, among hundreds of others—are, ostensibly, white, but they are also different enough that an indecisive soul could spend hours agonizing over the right pick. No more: To simplify the process of picking a white paint color for once and for all, we spoke with Leigh Spicher, the National Director of Design Studios for homebuilder Ashton Woods.