With a world of white to choose from, Charlotte, North Carolina-based interior designer Ally Whalen went with Benjamin Moore White Dove for the walls and ceiling of her home’s family room. “There are authentic rustic beams on the celling, and I wanted a backdrop so the beams remain the focal point,” Whalen says, adding that the soft white is her go-to for many spaces. Designer-to-DIY-er tip: Whalen did the trim around the windows in the same shade but added water and rubbed it on with a cloth. “This allows for a slight contrast from the walls without detracting from the beautiful view of trees in our backyard,” she explains.
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