Ever since I started posting photos on Flickr and later blogging I’ve been asked questions on what kind of paint I use and what shade of white I prefer. It’s been really hard to translate this into English because of the different paint color systems that each country uses. But then when I met the guys at Beckers at the blog meet I took the opportunity and asked them if they could help me out.
So on gloss and sheen:
On walls I prefer what is referred to as “gloss unit” 7 which is then translated into “velvet-like” according to this guide. I don’t like paint that’s too chalky like “flat” paint.
On trim and doors I go for “Semi gloss” with about 40 gloss units. High gloss looks really cool but is pretty unforgiving, every little drip will show…
And on the color white:
Here ‘s how Beckers describe the three shades of white that they carry.
Cool white (Kall vit)
It has a hint of grey and works well in rooms with lots of sunlight. Apparently it also looks particularly nice in rooms with dark floors.
Pure white (Kritvit)
Pure white is used to achieve a neutral backdrop which will enhance other colors and patterns in a room.
Warm white (Varm vit)
By choosing a warm white which is slightly more cream colored you get a cozy feeling in your room. This shade works well with light bulbs that give out a bluish sheen.
Have you guessed which one I use? Take a look at the three shades next to each other a little further down on this page.
Yup, I’m pure white!
Images from Beckers website. Make me almost want go for an all white living room again… And hey, look at those "harlequin set" chairs!