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3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

We all know that a colour can make or break the room. It can add depth, character and light, or it can make a space look drab and uninviting. And I believe there are no ugly colours, its only about a good fit! So ever since I did my living room makeover last year, I knew that I had to change the wall colour. All of a sudden my living room looked dark and so serious with my new furniture, while all I craved was a bright, modern and airy look!

So it was time to paint these walls a new colour. Now, choosing a right white is never easy. While the purest, whitest whites may look flat and cold, the vast choice of off-whites can be overwhelming! There’s so many shades, some are more yellowish, some bluish, some greyish, and it may seem like the choice is simply impossible!

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

So I have rounded up my very favorite off-whites,that add depth and interest to the room, and a simple guide to help you choose:

  1. Warm or cold tone- which one to choose? If your room is rather dark opt for a warm tone, as it’ll brighten up your space. If your room is full of natural light, you can choose the cold or neutral tones, they’ll all look great!
  2. Choosing the right colours for your furniture. Usually we pair cool tones with cool tones, and warm with warm. So black wood pairs great with cool tones, while light and yellowish wood looks best with warm tones. If you have a mix of both, go for the neutrals! 
  3. Airy and bright, or cozy and moody? Generally speaking, warmer and more pigmented tones add the cozy aspect to your room, and bright and cold tones will create the airy and bright feeling.

So my living room usually doesn’t have direct sunlight, all of my furniture is in warm colours, and I wanted to have that bright and airy feel. I was trying to decide between the warm and sunny Snowy Owl and the cold and bright Polar Bear. I ended up chooseing the warm tone of Snowy Owl, as it matches perfectly my warm colour palette and it reflects light much more than my previous wall colour.

Now, as for the painting the space, it went really smoothly. This Premier Infinity paint that I used, is a one coat paint + primer colour formulation, with super saturated pigments, providing really an amazing coverage! It’s also stain resistant, easy to wash and has a lifetime warranty!

best off white

perfect off white

Here’s the before, with the graige paint :

the before

And here is the bright and airy after:

Best off white paint colours

3 tips for choosing the best off white paint

off white paint

 

I just couldn’t be happier about the result: this room is finally airy, bright and warm, looks bigger and modern, just as I imagined! Now that I know how easy painting can be, I feel like painting the rest of my home too!

 

Choosing the best off-white paint colours

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Canadian Tire, all opinions remain entirely my own. 

Montessori homeschool: letter tracing with paint.

These Montessori inspired homeschooling activities teach your child about letters and their shapes, using simply paint, brush and paper. #preschool #homeschool

It’s been over two months now since I decided to start our part-time home preschool. Although my daughter didn’t really realise that there’s something new going on, since we would always paint and craft on the days when she’s staying with me at home. The only difference now, is that we paint and craft including letters and numbers. So even though I call it homeschool, for her it’s playing, crafting and creating with mommy.

This is really the core of Montessori approach to learning: allowing a child discover and create, while using natural, every day objects. It definitely means less iPad games and apps, and more paint and crayons! ( But if you know me, then you know that I believe in balance, so my kids do get to use technology..just reasonably, like when mommy is exhausted and needs a break 😉 )

Montessori homeschool : tracing letters

So while learning about letters, what’s important is recognizing the sound, connecting it to the shape, being able to recognize the shape and naming objects starting by that letter. My daughter would come to me and say that L is like her name, and M is like mommy, before she would be able to recognize the shape of these letters.

And so these activities let kids learn the shape, while connecting it to the sound. Also, it’s easier for little hands to trace instead of write right away. That way they learn the movement of the hand while tracing and are ready to learn to write the letter later.

What you’ll need:

Paper
Pencil (for you)
Paint and paintbrush

Draw letters with little circles. You can start with one big letter A : on the very first day I think this is exactly what we did. Here, I drew a couple of both capital and small letters a for her to trace with a paintbrush.

Montessori homeschool : racing letters

We repeated the sound, and we came up with words ( in polish) starting by the letter that she was tracing.

Montessori homeschool : tracing letters with paint

Tracing letters with pompoms :

This is basically the same activity, but since we’re using a different material, it gets a whole new dimension for a child. It’s like a mix if sensory play with letter learning, and my daughter really loved this one!

Montessori homeschool: training letters using different materials, like paintbrush or pompoms, teaches letter recognition and shape without being overwhelming for a preschooler.

What you’ll need :

Paper
Pencil ( for you)
Paint
pompoms

Homeschool

Of course while we did that with Lili, my toddler Rose wanted to join in, and so she was painting with pompons, and I had a quiet 30 minutes for another coffee 😉

Training letters, great Montessori activity for learning letter shape

As you might have read before, I’m raising my kids bilingually, so all the activities we do at home are only in Polish, while her three-times-a-week daycare is in French. That’s why I don’t have any printables here for you, I’m simply sharing my experience. But I do have a very we’ll curated Pinterest homeschooling board with plenty great printables and resources!

Watercolour fox

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One of my friends had just had her first baby, little girl Florence. Her baby shower was something like 2 weeks before the actual delivery, a bit of last minute event organized by her friends. And with me also ready to pop ( 9 months pregnant) I didn’t really feel like shopping a lot. So here is what I’ve did, a watercolour fox 🙂 . It was actually her nursery motive. She had a stuffy fox , a banner with forest animals , and she had pained the nursery exactly the same colour as the foxes ribbon. So it fitted quite well,and I was really happy she liked it. But in the end I did go shopping as well, it kind of relaxes me;) .

Easy vase makeover

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So I bought this lovely little vase at Indigo, perfect for wild flowers or just standing there and adding some character to my dining room.But I decided that plain white is a bit boring, and inspired by the west elm’s new ceramic line i simply added some blue indigo dots. That’s what i like: a 15 minutes easy project!