Picture this: you’re sitting on America’s oldest operating streetcar, a national historical landmark. Deep green live oak trees line the street. Sunlight beams through their branches, creating intricate shadows on the streetcar tracks. And the houses. There is nothing more historic to Uptown New Orleans than the St. Charles Avenue mansions. A sea of elegant painted brick, sculpted columns, and cast iron fences, these expansive houses have become a tourist attraction of their own. The history of these famous homes spans centuries, and over time, they have developed a timeless, only in New Orleans look.
As color specialists and New Orleanians, there are colors that will always remind us of New Orleans. These gorgeous off-whites create that classic old world New Orleans look on St. Charles Avenue. Several of these homes date back to the 1800s, each with a unique story. Many of these homeowners preserve the 19th century New Orleans feel of their homes using crisp, classic colors that evoke that timeless elegance.
As color specialists, we often find ourselves looking for unique variations on the classics. A crisp, beautiful white dazzles in any space, but not all whites are created equal. We have talked about the top 5 Benjamin Moore whites in the past, and these shades are certainly popular for a reason; they’re beautiful and timeless. But when it comes to choosing the best color for your unique space, we want to ensure a perfect fit. When choosing a perfect white, undertone is critical. A warm undertone can make your space appear sunnier, while a cool undertone creates a more dusky, regal space. Here are a few of our favorite whites that break the status quo and deliver beautiful results.
Over the past recent years, the go-to whites have been and still are OC-17 White Dove, OC-130 Cloud White, and OC-20 Decorators White. Truly 3 of our favorites! BUT if you are looking to venture outside these 3 beautiful whites, the list below will be your guiding compass for your next painting project. Enjoy!
Most of the high-gloss Fine Paints of Europe projects we have been a part of consisted of Fine Paints of Europe on the walls, ceiling, and trim with a monochromatic color scheme. This time, however, the homeowners of this fabulous New Orleans Lower Garden District home opted for something a little different.
Looking to put the “cherry on top” to their already beautifully decorated formal living and dining room, the homeowners combined our two favorite looks into one. As it turns out, brushed Satin Impervo oil and Fine Paints of Europe high-gloss create an exquisite, sophisticated duo.