50 Shades of White Paint (Poke My Eye Out With a Paint Brush)


Paint! The time has come in the Bellisari house to freshen up our East Boca Raton home. I have to say, this is one area that my husband and I really collaborate well on as he grew up in the plumbing industry and I studied interior design for a couple of years and we really enjoy the process unlike other people I know (and you know who you are ha).

Holy 50 Shades of White…there must be over 100 shades to choose from!!! Have you looked for paint lately?  And the color names…I want to lick the color samples they sound so yummy!

My design feel for our home is beachy elegant with a Florida Keys feel…so I prefer neutral wall colors so I can play around with pictures, change my furniture at whim (thank you bulk Mondays, thrift stores and garage sales), and I just think it suits our “beach house” not on the beach really well.  We also have a ton of color coming in the windows via palm trees, blue skies and our pool which we see from all our main rooms.

With that being said now I am in cool or warm white hell…do we go with Roman Column or Eggshell? Do we want a white paint that is more beige, grey, pink or yellow? Where do we even paint some walls to see how the “sunlight” glints off of the colors? I am in white paint hell!


Gina From The Shabby Chic Cottage has helped me realize there is no shame in going neutral…phew…as I have been sweating it out on that one:)

And here is the kicker…we do have flooring picked out so moving  a 24 x 24 inch polished marble sample around is making the husband cranky. By the way…I got a crazy closeout price and negotiated it down even more (hey I am a Realtor, it is what I do baby). Never settle for the posted price.

One thing I do very well, however, is make decisions quickly. I don’t dwell too long on comparing things which includes when I buy cars…hmmm…I see a trend here as my Cadillac SRX is platinum white…maybe that is the color I need to go with for my baseboards. Do they make a “Platinum White” at Sherwin Williams?

So for today, I am stuck in 50 Shades of White…Paint That Is…hell…waiting for the sun to come up so I can see which wall I prefer. I think maybe for the bedrooms only one of the 2 colors we have tried will work nicely and another neutral for the living room and dining room which is one big great room anyway.

If you have had the same “white paint” struggle…please share what color and brand you liked with me so I can check it out!

PS…so the colors I picked…look suspiciously similar to what I picked 20 years ago…#hatemylife right now LOL! #whitepainthell

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