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Off-White Trim Colors

Posted on | February 9, 2010 | 19 Comments

Woodwork: Off-White No. 3 Dead Flat
Walls: Blue Gray No. 91 Estate Emulsion

I’m drooling over Farrow & Ball’s off-white paint options. I’m leaning away from painting the woodwork in the den green. I’m afraid the room is too dark and the color change will be jarring in such a small house.

I’m on the search for the perfect creamy off-white. A shade with brown undertones and less yellow. My current fav is Off-White. It looks great with blues and greens—colors that will appear as a theme throughout the house. I have to order some sample pots and test out a few different shades in the space. I’m getting excited. A few of my favorites from Farrow & Ball above and below.

Door & Skirting: Joa’s White No. 226 Estate Eggshell
Walls: The Silvergate Papers BP 810

Woodwork: Off-White No. 3 Estate Eggshell
Wall: Blue Gray No. 91 Estate Emulsion

Woodwork: White Tie No. 2002 Estate Eggshell
Walls: Mouse’s Back No. 40 Estate Emulsion

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19 Responses to “Off-White Trim Colors”

  1. mopar
    February 9th, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    Very nice! Love these all. They’re also very helpful in the store about knowing exactly which off-white goes with what wall color.


  2. Amanda
    February 9th, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    I love your blog and read it regularly.
    I live in England and have used Farrow & Ball paints in my own home. I just wanted to let you know that the whites can be quite green and dark in tone. For our white trim we used Not Quite White by Papers and Paints which is a better colour for us.
    Good look with your search.
    ps Papers and Paints have a range of whites, I think there’s over 20 in their range. Don’t know if they are available in the US though. Another very well respected paint range in the UK is by John Oliver, he is used by lots of top interior designers.
    Best wishes


  3. Barbara Merritt
    February 9th, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    I used tons of Farrow & Ball paint in my 1840s house—mostly “All White”. We stripped down the original front door and painted it “Hague Blue” oil-based high gloss and it’s stunning. Plenty of people gave me a hard time for using the high-priced “snob” paint, but it was worth every cent


  4. Erica
    February 9th, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    I’m a repeat user of Benjamin Moore’s “Pale Straw” which picks up tones of wood or other color beneath it (at least when I paint, as I’m not the most fastidious primer), but always looks good. It’s cool in cool light and warm in sunlight. It’s my main white-ish trim color.


  5. Kayla Plosz
    February 9th, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and inspiration!


  6. Kate F.
    February 9th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    We used B. Moore “White Dove” for our trim, and in our space (cool tones, sun in morning but otherwise not bright) it is great. It’s a classic for a reason!


  7. laura trevey
    February 9th, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    I love a soft egg-shell color!


  8. Elizabeth
    February 9th, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    These are really great color choices. The Off-White seems made for a house like yours: you want your trim to look neat and trim, but not necessarily blindingly new.

    Have you used Farrow & Ball before? I ask this because I work for a contractor, and we recently had their paint spec’d- I remember that the painter had to switch up his process a bit to work with the paint. If you’re going to be painting yourself, it might be worth consulting a pro to see what extra steps they recommend. Gorgeous finish though!


  9. Elizabeth
    February 9th, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    Just re-read that comment: “you want your trim to look neat and trim.” Ha! Way to go, me.


  10. My Owl Barn
    February 10th, 2010 @ 1:35 am

    I love the color and it goes perfectly with green in the last picture!


  11. Karen Cheung
    February 10th, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    I love Farrow and Ball paints. Our little English cottage is covered in them, both inside and out. They are beautiful to work with – really dense, creamy colour with good coverage and the colours are all to-die-for. Even something very light like Great White, which we’ve used as a general white for ceilings etc. is a stunner – cool and beautiful.


  12. Doreen
    February 10th, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    I’m loving the off-white trim … I may have to order some Farrow & Ball sample pots myself (and I “was” originally for the green trim).


  13. Ben
    February 10th, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    F&B’s Dimity is lovely but better for walls than trim. Its appearance varies (becoming almost rosy) in different lights in different rooms in our apartment. We have Slipper Satin in our bedroom, which is calming. And Wimborne White as a mildly creamy trim throughout.


  14. Gregory
    February 11th, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    I’m looking at the last photo and my eye is drawn to the wavering paint line where the baseboard meets the wall. I’m in the middle of going back through my freshly painted house, touching up all of those lines. Having only painted baseboards off of the wall then nailing them down for a perfect line with no overlapping paint, I’m not sure how straight I really need to keep those lines.

    What are your feelings on the imperfections of the paintline on trim?


  15. Katy Elliott
    February 11th, 2010 @ 11:29 am


    Wiggly imperfect lines drive me nuts. The one reason why I might get the room professionally painted. They know all the tricks and have perfect hand control. Well at least better then mine.

    I realize it’s something I can do myself using painter’s tape and other tools. But I know it won’t be perfect.


  16. Gregory
    February 12th, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Katy, I feel that same way. When we painted the walls, we put down tape. After the paint was dry, I peeled it all up. Wall color seeped in underneath it or dripped or something. So, I have been going back touching up the trim with white, trying to get that perfect line… Now, I’m going back and touching up the wall where my brush control on the trim was less than superb. Haha. The way it’s going now, I’ll end up painting trim, wall, trim, wall, for months.


  17. Jessica Carlson
    February 16th, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

    We are just about done with painting and for all of our wood trim and built-in cabinetry we used HC-27 Monterey White. In the master bedroom we used 1/2 strength and paired it with Healing Aloe, a beautiful grayish-greenish-blue (both Benjamin Moore colors). I tried just about every off white available, including multiple pots from F&B and this one just spoke to us. HC-27 does have a touch of yellow but it is balanced by also having a touch of gray/brown. In the laundry room, the yellow side of it comes out at a certain point in the day when sun is streaming through the sky-light. I would be more than happy to email a couple of pictures if you like. We aren’t living there yet and there is still plastic on the windows but the pictures do show the color pretty well. Your home is beautiful by the way!


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