Searching for the perfect shade of white seems so simple yet can be more confusing than choosing color.
I want to help you take the guesswork out of it. Romabio whites are fairly simple and easy to work with and we want you to be confident when choosing them for your home.
First, there’s a lot to consider when picking color for the inside or outside of your home. I have lots of tips on what to do for the inside and we will talk about that in another post, but for now, let’s walk through Romabio whites and where they fall on the spectrum.
Most whites have some color in them and unless you are dealing with the purest white you will need to work with the undertones.
There are four main undertones that whites will have in them and knowing them will help you categorize. The range includes: Blue Whites / Pure White / Off Whites / Cream or Yellow Whites.
It’s a spectrum and you start with whites that have blue undertones and work your way into neutral and then yellow (from cool to warm).
I always suggest that your first step is to see what is not changing and figure out what undertone you need to work with. For the exterior, it is usually your roof, siding or shutters.
We have a go-to white that works in a lot of situations. It’s an off-white that works with cool or warm tones and it’s called Romabio Avorio White.
It is neutral and will tie elements together but it’s creamy and lovely and still looks very white.
It is our top-selling white for the exterior because it allows you flexibility.
Here are more details about Avorio White and the other Romabio white hues:
White Category: Off White
Goes well with: Cool or Warm Tones
Tips for using on the Inside: Use it as a neutral white if you have light or medium tone floors. I would recommend it as a trim color for almost any light and medium tone colors or for creams or yellows.
Tips for using it on the Outside: Most popular white because it works so well on many homes, and even if you have some yellow, beige or other brown type colors this white will work.
Romabio home design bloggers who have used this color include: Holly and Brad Lauritzen of Our Faux Farmhouse.
White Category: Pure White
Goes well with: Cool Tones
Tips for using it on the Outside: It is our brightest white so if you live in a sunny, bright climate it can look amazing and fresh. It would go well with a grey or black roof and black trim.
Tips for using it on the Inside: It is a good ceiling and trim color. Since it is a Pure White, it would look good with blues and greens.
Romabio home design bloggers who have used this color include: Susan Daggett of Kindred Vintage.
White Category: Off White
Goes well with: Cool Tones
Tips for using it on the Outside: It is a classic, beautiful white that looks high-end and stately. It goes well with a grey or black roof and black or light color trim.
Tips for using it on the Inside: It is a good, neutral white if you have grays and blues in your home. Pink and red would pop nicely against it too and it could be used as a trim color.
Romabio home design bloggers who have used this color include: Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love.
White Category: Light Gray, almost an off-white
Goes well with: Cool Tones and Gray undertones
Tips for using it on the Outside: It is such a light gray that it looks almost white (which is why I’ve included it) so it can work on many homes. It would be beautiful with grey, black roof and black trim.
Tips for using it on the Inside: It is a nice gray that would work well if you have grays and blues in your home. Bright yellow or bright blues would also pop nicely against it.
Romabio home design bloggers who have used this color include: Jennifer and Trent Fancher of Noting Grace.
White Category: Yellow White
Goes well with: Warm Tones
Tips for using it on the Outside: It is a very light yellow white so it looks almost like a light cream or an off-white, but it has a hint of yellow undertones in it. It works perfectly with warm woods like the above photo.
Tips for using it on the Inside: It is a very light cream color that would work in many homes with warm woods and other yellow undertones.
Romabio home design bloggers who have used this color include: Jennifer West of West Out West.
To see more photos and inspiration, use our color hashtags on Instagram including:
Here are the other most common questions we get about our whites.
Are your whites available in all products?
Longer answer is to understand our products are different and that some colors (not necessarily whites) are not available in all products. Because Romabio products are mineral based, they tend to come flatter in sheen than acrylic paint, inherent of the mineral ingredients.
Acrylics are made from petroleum-based ingredients so they tend to be shinier like plastic, but the sheen should not change the color. This means you can easily match other paints or finishes when using Romabio products.
What if I want a white that is not in a Romabio color collection?
You can get our products custom tinted at your local independent retailer. These experts can match a standard color if they have a color card or you can bring in the color or white for them to match, the same as other paints.
What whites do you sell online?
We sell pre-tinted colors including our whites for Classico Limewash on Homedepot.com and Rings End; and we sell pre-tinted colors for Classico Limewash, Masonry Paints, and Interior Paints on Amazon; and Rings End will custom tint all products as well.
What is the best trim color for Avorio White / Richmond White / Bianco White?
You can go in a few directions for trim.
1). Classic look where the trim is a brighter white than the color you are using, or
2). Darker trim than the color you painted, or
3). Same trim color as paint color for a more modern look.
These days any of the styles goes. It really is what look you like best. For exteriors, we are seeing a lot of darker trim colors used with whites, particularly on the inside of the window frame.
I love this look. It really allows the windows to fade when it is nighttime and makes the beauty of your painted exterior pop.
To answer what is the best trim color for our most popular whites I’ll give you options for a lighter white and dark colors.
Avorio White – Tips for Trim –
1). For a classic look, Bianco White or Chantilly Lace would look great if you want to go whiter and brighter.
2). For a darker version, you could use a color like Celtic Stone which is a dark (almost black) gray or Beaver Brown. For dark trim colors, we recommend using Romabio Satin only. It’ll withstand the elements on the exterior (and interior) if want dark colors as the sun and rain can beat on colors, especially in hot and sunny climates.
Richmond White – Tips for Trim –
1). For a classic look, Bianco White would look great if you want to go whiter and brighter.
2). For a darker version, you could use a color like Celtic Stone, but you could also do something fun like Misty Eyed, Sage Advice or Instant Chateau. These would be amazing colors for the front door as well. (Same note as above for dark trim colors to use Romabio Satin only.)
Bianco White – Tips for Trim –
1). For a classic look, since it is Romabio’s brightest white, I would recommend using it on the trim as you can’t go whiter!
2). For a darker version, you could use any cool tone black or gray.
This is a great post about shutter color ideas from Lauren at Blesser House.
What other colors do you have besides whites?
We have more colors in our Classico Color Collection including some beiges that are very light and neutral. Here’s a great post about how to choose Classico Limewash colors for the exterior that gives you details.
As for the Masonry Paints and Interior Paints they can be tinted any white and light to medium tone colors. With any darker tones, you need to apply a first coat of Romabio MicroGrip Primer, but check out the Young House Love Colors or Kindred Vintage Colors for more ideas.