Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Whites II : In the white room...

We are in the final stages of our Fire Island remodel, the painting, and of course every surface is painted my favorite color, white. Picking the right shade of white is a nuanced task. When you use it on multiple surfaces, subtle hues are exponentially exaggerated. One also has to consider the influences of the light cast at different times of day and from different directions. I've been staring at so many shades of whites that I am still fixated with completely white rooms at the moment. 

Here are a few of my favorite bits of inspiration:

Tricia Foley
Mark D Sikes pinterest

Flint & Kent pinterest

Tricia Foley
Darryl Carter
Tricia Foley
Dinasen- Anouska Hempel inspired room
John Pawson - Schrager Apt

We are using our favorite white, Fine Paints of Europe White 0001."It's the purest white, with white pigment only - 100% titanium dioxide. Not toned in any direction. It's an artist's white, a finer white, with more luminosity. When you see it, you go, Wow! It's as if you have never really seen white before." -Emmet Fiore - Senior Staff Colorist

We chose Eurolux Gloss for most surfaces and the ECO Brilliant for the kitchen cabinets. While pricier than most paints, they have low VOC's, dramatic durability and the depth is quite beautiful. Fine Paints of Europe are a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. All Eurolux and ECO paints and primers meet requirements for compliance with LEED EQ credit 4.2: Low-emitting materials. The ECO brilliant system (paint + primer) is expected to last 15 - 20 years. Our last paint job ( Eurolux) still looked new after 10 years and would have lasted longer if Sandy hadn't hit. So do the math, I think the price is justified over it's long life and it is the largest part of the home after all. 

It's hard to describe the house when the light pours in virtually bouncing around the room, reflecting off the walls and ceiling; it's especially dramatic at the end of the day, when the warmest beams come streaming through the west facing porch windows. Just in time for cocktail hour!

Fine Paints of Europe are available directly from their website or through a number of knowledgable dealers. They are  pleased to offer the skills of Emmett Fiore, Sr. staff colorist. Emmett provides complimentary professional color advice and technical support to clients through out the States

A special thank you to Ron Nicholas of  Gleason Paint Place  in Woodside  for all his  advice and support as well as to VanKemenade Paints in Sayville for a last minute emergency delivery to the ferry boats this weekend...those new walls soaked up a lot more than we counted on! 

Additional stories about FPE found here at Apartment Therapy, The Story of Fine Paints, Painting 101 with Vance Freed , Keeping Track of Paint Colors Tip

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