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Soft white paint for woodwork - please help!

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Dearohdear4 Thu 05-Mar-20 19:57:34

Hi everyone,
As in the title, we are searching for a soft white paint so go on all woodwork in our house. I’d really like something hardwearing, and not stark looking - that has been our main issue so far...
I’ll list the ones we’ve already tried below.
( Our house decor is a mixture of blues/greys/greens/cream and warm wood tones. It’s east/west facing so there’s lots of changing like during the day. All ceilings are Matt or silk PBW, but they aren’t stark looking at all so we presumed PBW would be fine for woodwork?!

Dulux PBW water-based gloss - looks blue/violet, even more so in shadow or artificial light

Bedec aqua satin PBW - same as dulux above

Leyland acrylic eggshell PBW - a softer white colour best out of all we’ve tried but I’m not sure about durability and it isn’t easy to get a nice smooth finish

F&B Wimborne white - It looked like a very creamy yellow, much like our current ancient oil glossed woodwork...

Benjamin Moore Chantilly lace - again we tested it as it looked like a slightly warm white on the colour card. In our house it looked like a cold light grey.

If anyone could suggest any paint we could try we would be so grateful! I feel like I’m just wasting money buying big tins from different companies as most don’t do a white sample pot.
Thanks very much!

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DavetheCat2001 Thu 05-Mar-20 22:49:40

F&B All White eggshell.. A true, soft pure white with no blue undertone. Low sheen. Using it on the woodwork in our Edwardian house, and it looks great.

5zeds Thu 05-Mar-20 22:51:16

Laura Ashley used to do some lovely ones.

Dearohdear4 Fri 06-Mar-20 09:27:21

Ooooo thank you so much both of you. I’m off on the hunt for testers again today! Fingers crossed!

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steppingout Tue 10-Mar-20 09:00:45

We used Dulux Timeless - it's a pretty neutral/just warm white.

setthecontrols Wed 11-Mar-20 17:13:18

Try Dulux Summer Linen- it’s a gorgeous soft chalky white - no yellow. It’s the colour above the dado rail.

minipie Wed 11-Mar-20 21:47:40

Dulux or Johnstones trade white. Trade white is much softer than pbw, it doesn’t have the added brighteners that can make pbw look stark. But it’s still definitely white not creamy like Wimborne White.

RestorationInsanity Thu 12-Mar-20 12:43:55

We've gone for Little Greene Shirting. Using it on all woodwork in our Edwardian house and so far so good!

minipie Thu 12-Mar-20 12:50:17

I love Little Greene shirting and have painted lots of our walls in it.
The woodwork and ceilings are in Johnstons trade white
They are pretty much identical! If anything the trade white is very slightly creamier but there’s very little in it.

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