No roundup of Southern colors would be complete without mention of the white shade that coats the grand columned homes throughout the South. Early Southerners were inspired by ancient civilizations like the Greeks and began building homes based on classic Greek temples to represent the prosperity of their young country. Why white? It emulates the marble that composed the original Greek structures. If you live in a home that’s Gone With the Wind
-inspired, bow to tradition and keep it white.
Of course, not all white houses must have columns. But to get the right antebellum-influenced shade, we recommend a white with dark undertones. It adds instant patina and keeps the home from being blindingly bright in sunlight. Shutters and doors can be a slightly darker cream color for a monochromatic look. If you prefer a more formal look, use a black to add definition.
Get the Color: Site White (SW7070) by Sherwin-Williams; sherwin-williams.com.