“Ahearn White”: Paint Secrets Revealed


Today we are going to tell you a secret. It’s something people ask us all of the time – and we understand why. Choosing the perfect paint color is hard, especially if – like us – you love the look and timeless sophistication of white interiors. But white color choices can be positively daunting. With literally hundreds of white paints and finishes to choose from, what, we are asked, is our signature, “Ahearn White?”

Let’s first consider why white paint can be so tricky. The lighter the paint color, the more affected it is by light. White is highly reflective and can take on endless characteristics based on the time of day. For example, depending on a room’s lighting, a shade of white with no apparent sign of pink or yellow in the paint sample can suddenly take on those color hues during the day. And, with its high reflectivity, some whites can read as stark or institutional, while others can feel too neutral, lacking in depth. So, the question then becomes, what white is just right?

The paint color we use on every house interior, coined “Ahearn White” by our countless clients, is a shade that reads beautifully throughout the home’s changing light. We want our rooms to exude the feeling of antique white during the daytime without appearing overly yellow when transitioning to the evening. And, we long for a white that feels neither too warm nor too cool. So, through endless trial and error, we found a color that meets or even exceeds our client’s expectations for the perfect white.

Are you ready?

Our signature white is a combination of two colors from Benjamin Moore’s off-white color collection: 50% China White and 50% Linen White. Believe it or not, Linen White itself is a compilation of 152 white and off white colors! And, China White, described as having “the soft, subtle patina of fine china,” is decidedly sophisticated on its own. The combination of these two colors results in a gorgeous and highly versatile shade of white we use in all of our homes.

To create a seamless flow throughout the house, we paint all of the larger main rooms in this color using flat latex on the walls and ceilings and Satin Impervo on the trim and millwork. The color provides a gorgeous foundation from which to layer furniture, texture, and color – and to highlight interesting architectural details.

People often joke that if they win the lottery, we will be their first call. In the meantime, we thought sharing our signature “Ahearn White” would make the overwhelming choices in paint colors a bit less daunting. It’s our secret to you.