Leanne Ford's known for wearing a shirt that reads "wear black, paint white," which essentially embodies her design ethos. The Restored By The Fords star has made a name for herself by combining Pittsburgh edge with pristine white rooms, proving that the color can be far from bland. You just have to know how to rock it.
Ford's trick to making white on white chic — not sterile — is pairing it with all kinds of textures, and turning to two riffs on the color. At home in Pittsburgh, her schoolhouse-turned-home/office is covered entirely in Behr's Ultra Pure White, she told . What makes it work, though, is how she varies the finishes: It's high-gloss on a built-in cabinet, matte on the brick wall nearby. That juxtaposition keeps things from looking too same-y, marrying rustic with modern.
Behr Premium Plus Paint in Ultra Pure White, $54; amazon.com
Behr's Ultra Pure White is the perfect jolt of bold, fresh-snowfall white. But, if you're looking for something a little creamier, you might prefer Ford's other fave: Sherwin-Williams's Shoji White. The color's more of an off-white, which is a bit softer in direct sunlight — more cloudlike, according to the Times — than Behr's Ultra Pure shade.
Shoji White Paint, prices vary; sherwin-williams.com
"The reason I didn’t use bright white in here was because I didn’t want this cabin to feel modern," Ford told the newspaper. "I actually made it look older than when I bought it."
So there you have it: A creamy off-white if you're going for a more rustic vibe, bright white if you're craving something a little sleeker. Either way, you know which paint colors to test — straight from the queen of white paint herself.
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