A: My favorite color is white. Benjamin Moore’s Super White 02, to be exact, in washable matte. White can be difficult. It can skew too yellow, pink or grey. The wrong white can look drab, dreary and dirty. Super White is perfectly balanced and works great for new modern houses as well as renovated older homes. It can tie together an interior and let art, books and people be the focal point rather than the walls. Since it is washable, marks, dirt and finger prints left behind by kids and pets

What I love about white is that it bounces the available natural light throughout a house. In Seattle this is important during those short, grey days of fall, winter and, lets face it, spring. For me, nothing beats the luminous quality of a good white. It can capture and transmit the mutable qualities of natural light. In the morning it may be a little more yellow as the sun rises. At mid-day it can be at its brightest, most white. In the evening it can pick up the pink of the sunset. With white paint, the interior of the house constantly changes throughout the day and the seasons.

Some designers try to combat the seasonal doldrums by painting rooms saturated colors, but this can also create cave-like interiors. Homeowners can spend thousands of dollars painting their homes only to have them look dated by the time the paint is dry. White, on the other hand, is timeless.

Granted white can sometimes be too stark. That’s why I love Super White. It has a complex mix of colors in its undertone so it never appears chalky, stark or severe. When combined with natural materials such as a wood floor, colorful rugs and the texture of furnishings it can create a serene environment that is welcoming oasis at the end of the day.

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