White Dove vs. Super White - Help!

marg143July 30, 2014

Thanks to all for your thoughts on light vs. dark counters for my small kitchen! (Here is the original post: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg0700430721529.html?17)

I haven't found/settled on something yet, so I need to pick my white without knowing my countertop.... by, like, tomorrow... yeah, I know...

Based on my local designer recommendations, I'm down to BM Super White vs. White Dove. (Simply White looks too white in my space... whiter than Super White. And yes, I read the 2013 thread on Simply White vs. White Dove..) I am keeping my 12 yo white appliances... for now.

My designer suggests both will work with many countertop options (and she doesn't recommend Simply White for me... I'm going to stick with that.). She suggests Super White may work better with the appliances (a consideration to me, but not the only one). I am averse to ending up with really stark white cabinets. Door style will be 2 3/4" shaker, cabs full overlay (link to my OP included below). I will add LED undercabinet lighting (in 2700-3000K, so 'soft white'). And considering additional recessed lighting.

The attached photo, unfortunately in dimming evening light with incandescent behind, shows a couple of counter samples with these whites. Guess which white is which! The counter will overhang into my DR which has this carpet... I don't have kitchen floor yet but looking at going with a wood, tone/color dependent on counter selection.

One of the samples is a granite sample of Bianco Romano. If the slabs were coming in at these tones I would jump at it, but they are coming in more gray, or in deeper caramel tones (what I've seen so far). The other is a Cambria Windermere; just one option.

What are your thoughts on flexibility of these two whites? Super obviously pops more, White Dove blends more, and a particular countertop would dictate which would be best, pop or blend... but I don't have a particular countertop; these are just a couple ideas. (I think my fave could be Kashmir White that was out a year or two ago, but the little that is around here now is very gray). (I am attaching a link to a Bianco Romano that's a little too deep color but just for another example...)

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!

Here is a link that might be useful: Capital Granite

This post was edited by marg143 on Thu, Jul 31, 14 at 6:33

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I like the white on the left. It looks crisper & I prefer it with both pieces of stone.
All the trim in my house is White Dove, which I love. When I did my kitchen, matching the White Dove was a 5% upcharge so I chose a brighter white that was one of the stock colors (Nordic White). It is close to either Super White or Decorators White. I'm out of town or I'd check. I'm very happy with the brighter white, although I obsessed until cabinet delivery day that it might be too white.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 3:30PM
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I have been using super white on wide molding throughout my house and continue to like it. I have always (30 years) used super white on the walls of a fairly upscale rental apartment that I own and it has broad appeal. That includes the kitchen walls with white appliances. I agree with your designer about the super white working better with white applicances.

I had planned on using white dove on some ceilings but after doing one ceiling I gave away the other gallons rather than use it in other rooms - it looks too gray to me.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:46PM
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White Dove in my house looked more like a gray dove. But my house's lighting seems to suck the actual color out of most colors. I went with Simply White.
I like the Super White on the right.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 9:52PM
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Thanks, everyone! I am just about decided on Super White; not having counters chosen is not the ideal, but it hopefully will go well with the counter I ultimately want.

Romy and judeny, glad to hear of your good experiences with super/or brighter white. It's a bit nerve wracking to make the choice! I am really hoping it won't be stark white; cabinet maker assures me it won't be.

In the photo it was white dove on the right and super on the left.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 10:57PM
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This post was edited by marg143 on Sat, Aug 2, 14 at 9:36

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 11:23PM
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