Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Cloud White or Chantilly Lace - The Fight is On!

Cloud White aka CC-40 or OC-130 and for those who have been a fan for a LONG time, you'll remember it as simply 967. I know, I know.  We're all sick and tired of hearing about Benjamin Moore's beloved Cloud White. Or are you? It has had a cult-like following over the last couple of decades by both designers and homeowners.  It's an off white that doesn't look too stark or too creamy so it works really well with lots of different colours.  


Gray is the hottest colour going right now and I haven't been to a consultation in a while where I didn't specify gray for some part of the house.  Cloud White can look too yellow against a gray so I've been using less and less of it recently.

This is Cloud White paired with Gray Owl OC-52.  Cloud White looks yellow against this pale gray.


I prefer the crispness of Chantilly Lace OC-65 against Gray Owl.

Chantilly Lace is crisp and clean and bright.  It looks fresh against gray so it's starting to become one of my very favourite go-to colours for trim and cabinets.

I mean really, can this be more perfect...

Don't worry Cloud White.  I'll never abandon you completely but I'm taking a short break from you.  See you again sometime soon.

23 comments:

  1. We chose Chantilly Lace for our trim and we quite like it. Very crisp and clean looking. I also like Simply White from BM; it's going on our kitchen cabinets. The Chantilly and Gray Owl look great together! Nice choices.

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  2. I am loving the look of the Chantilly Lace. That kitchen is also perfection!

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  3. I am SOOOOO sick of clients telling me they want their trim painted 'Cloud White'!! I think they've just hear so many designers telling them how great this is that they just spew it out.... Blah! Me? My house is all CC-130: Ivory White. I also love Chantilly. I'm so glad to hear someone else is sick of it too!

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  4. A good friend just built a new house on the water with lots of windows (yes, I'm jealous). She used Chantilly Lace throughout, walls and trim, changing up the sheen on the trim. It is absolutely beautiful!

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    1. I know this post is old but I chose the same color Chantilly Lace for walls and trim using matte for walls and satin for trim. I was beginning to second guess myself and was looking for anyone else who might've tried it so I'm glad to know it looks as good as I think it will!

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  5. Great post, Carol! Chantilly Lace looks stunning with gray. Hope all is well in Beautiful BC!
    ~Wendi ~

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  6. Well I love White Dove :) I can't stand cloud white - too yellow! Enjoy painting!

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  7. I agree about the Grey Owl and Cloud White. I have grey owl throughout my main floor and I went with Oxford White for the trim for a crisper look. I have never used Chantilly lace before and it seems like a loved shade of white, must try it soon!

    Andrea

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  8. You're hilarious!! I love that kitchen.

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  9. Nice, clear comparison... I'm seeing a frowny face on the Cloud White paint sample and a smiley on the Chantilly Lace. I must have been on the computer too much today.

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  10. It's funny...if I am remembering the right one (from the 8 whites I was choosing from for my kitchen cabinets) I remember cloud white looking too PINK in my kitchen! I thought it was the go to, but not in all cases! Love the chantilly option with gray

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  11. You've got it right. Paint colors are challenging. Especially when clients are stuck on their preferences. Gray and white rules, always!

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  12. Great post! But... I just spec-ed Cloud White!!! It was for trim against walls painted Straw Hat CC-290; the original trim colour suggested was Lemon Chiffon OC-109 - not my consultation! So, I'm with you - Cloud White isn't one to be abandoned just yet, it's just one to play away from the gray!!! :-)

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  13. I've used cloud white so much! But I agree- sometimes its just too creamy, especially with a cooler grey.

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  14. That kitchen is amaaaaazing. The books make the whole room for me.

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  15. There are so many shades of whites to choose from it's mind boggling.

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  16. I'm on the hunt for a good white to brighten up the walls my old dark house. Chantilly Lace sounds perfect.

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  17. Can anyone advise...I am leaning towards Chantilly Lace - but this will be the trim color throughout the entire house...some rooms have marble...some a warm brick floor, taupe and gray throughout (Gray Owl in Master) - will it work? Or is there a better suited all around the house trim?

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  18. We have Chantilly Lace cupboards (slate counters)...I remember looking at cloud white and not understanding its appeal - now i know! it's because we paired it with greys!!!

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  19. I've used both Chantilly Lace and Cloud White. Funny thing is, I found Chantilly Lace looked more yellowy to me! I wish there weren't so many whites to choose from - it's bad enough trying to pick from the bazillion colours out there without having to dilemma over white! ;-)

    Thanks for entering my Susan Bailie art giveaway and for spreading the word. I'm announcing the winner tomorrow - good luck!

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  20. There really is something special about the right white!

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  21. I have BM gray owl walls in eggshell & am thinking about chantilly lace for the trim. What sheen should I use?

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  22. I have BM gray owl walls in eggshell & am thinking about chantilly lace for the trim. What sheen should I use?

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