Q. I am looking for that perfect white paint. I want a white that's creamy and a bit warm.

A. Benjamin Moore has an almost overwhelming selection of whites. For walls, use an eggshell or satin finish for easier cleaning. Treating the trim and ceiling in a white room is as important as the wall color. Trim is the wood treatment of a room: baseboard, chair rail, crown molding, doors. For trim, I love to use a hue that’s different from that of the wall. It adds interest to the space, and can subtly resolve irregularities in the room’s size and dimensions. Use a sheen that's shinier than the wall paint. Ceiling color is important as wekk. If there's crown molding, I use the same wall white on the ceiling, and maintain consistency by using the trim color on the molding. It adds subtle interest. If there's no crown molding, you can use either the trim color or carry the wall color onto the ceiling. If the ceiling line is obviously uneven, keep the ceiling color the same as the wall color.

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