White, White, or White?

A few weeks ago Bill and I decided it was time to get the Red Monster painted. We knew we wanted white, but which one? I narrowed it down to the below three - all Benjamin Moore colors.
From left to right we have "Decorators White," "Pure White," and "Simply White" - "D," "P," and "S" respectively. This picture is horrible, but I wanted to give you an idea of what we stared and stared at for ages as we decided. We had the swatches up in two locations, and we looked at them in all the different lights of the day. We quickly eliminated "S" as too yellow. We went back and forth between "D" and "P" for quite awhile. "P" was cooler, but "D" looked the same as "P" most of the time. "D" was also the off the shelf color, so it would be easy to pick up as we could bypass the mixing of colors step at the paint store.

In the end "Pure White" or "P" was the winner. I just really loved the coolness of it, and it consistently looked the same in all the different lights.

After we picked a color it still took us another few weeks to get a paint company lined up. We went back and forth whether we would do this project ourselves or not, and decided on the not. Between finding the time, two story walls, and dealing with two small kids it seemed too much. Not to mention, we ideally wanted the walls, ceiling, trim, and doors painted too, so when the paint quotes came in under what we were expecting we decided to just go for it.

Painting starts on Monday, and we couldn't be more excited to say "buh-bye" to the Red Monster.  It's about time!

What about you guys? How long does it take you to pick a paint color? I've been jumped in too fast and regretted it before, so we wanted to make sure we took our time.

Oh, and this post was not sponsored by Benjamin Moore or anything.  Their color pallet seems to be the most referenced in all the wonderful blogs I read, so we decided to check their colors out for ourselves and weren't disappointed.

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