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The Quest for the Perfect Creamy White: Embracing the #QuietLuxury Movement

Because true style whispers, it doesn't shout.

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There's a timeless elegance that accompanies classic, understated design, from fashion to interiors. The "quiet luxury" movement embodies this philosophy, focusing on creating a serene and sophisticated atmosphere that exudes a sense of calm and refinement. At its heart lies the search for the perfect creamy white—a hue that encapsulates and articulates tranquility, warmth, and a touch of opulence. 

"We aim to capture the zeitgeist of a single color choice with the ideal creamy white shade. This can be an arduous journey for many, so let's explore how to find that perfect right hue and see how it can elevate your living space and take away the emotional fear of making a color blunder." - C2 Paint color specialist, designer Philippa Radon.

Understanding Creamy Whites

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The world has a vast sea of whites, ranging from cooler blue undertones to warmer variants with hints of yellow or beige. Creamy whites strike a delicate balance between cool and warm, encompassing the perfect blend of sophistication and comfort. These shades have a subtle warmth that adds depth and character to a space without being overwhelming. They provide a blank canvas upon which you can layer textures, art, materials, and accents to create a truly luxurious environment that, most importantly, connects to you and is not trend-led.

  • Natural Light: The amount and quality of natural light in a room play a crucial role in how a creamy white shade will appear. Rooms with abundant sunlight may benefit from cooler creamy whites to balance the warmth, while dimly lit spaces can benefit from warmer tones to create a cozy atmosphere.
  • Undertones: Creamy whites can have undertones that range from pink and peach to gray and beige. Understanding the undertones will help you select a shade that harmonizes with other elements in your space, such as furniture, flooring, and accessories.
  • Room Size and Function: Consider the size and function of the room when choosing a creamy white shade. Lighter tones can make smaller rooms appear more spacious, while darker variants can add intimacy to larger spaces.
  • Texture and Materials: Creamy whites provide the perfect backdrop for highlighting textures and materials. Consider incorporating natural fibers, plush fabrics, or reflective surfaces to add depth and visual interest to the space.
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C2 Lumen works with the natural light to illuminate this kitchen.

Here's a shortcut to some best-selling creamy whites (tried and true customer favorites): 


Its creamy character delivers a blend of umber, amber, and violet undertones to make a versatile, multi-purpose white.


 c2 cricket white

Like fine wicker or sun-bleached straw, this antique white has a warm, beautifully weathered feel.


This warm, luminous yellow is feathery soft, like fine silk powder. Tempered with raw umber, it never feels overly bright.


c2 vintage linen

An afterglow of uplifting peachy tones gives it a smooth, serene softness.

LUMEN C2-948

c2 vintage linen

Like a glowing filament behind frosted glass, it radiates a natural haloed warmth.


c2 vintage linen

At once vapor and solid, silk and smoke, this ultra-creamy bone-white moves easily from classic to contemporary, complementing all styles.


c2 jicama

This organic and delicate grounding white is both refreshing and earthy.

FLASH, C2-660

c2 flash

A buttery golden color that imbues a pale honey onyx and radiates a mellow light.

*Note: paint colors online appear differently on every computer screen. We recommend ordering a paint sample prior to purchase.

Check out all our C2 Paint whites here!


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