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Ask a plumber: 50 shades of white

Among the many shades of off-white for a kitchen makeover: Sea Salt.
Among the many shades of off-white for a kitchen makeover: Sea Salt. TNS

Q: We’re remodeling our kitchen with a very light color theme. We were planning to go with a pure white kitchen sink, but I want to break it up a smidgen and go off-white for the color. I want to go to the gray side of the scale, not toward the almond side. What off-white color choices can I look into and compare for my final decision?

Sally, Nevada

A: I’ve always said making an exact color match when repairing a white wall usually fails. That’s why so many people end up painting the entire wall.

In your case, though, this is good news because it gives you a lot of color choices. Here are five versions of off-white plumbing fixture colors that I have worked with and all go toward the gray side as they get slightly shaded. Remember, this is just my version. There are many different off-white color names and shades out there to choose from.

Dune: close alternative to pure white.

Sea Salt: off-white textured color with hints of very light speckles

Cane: close to sea salt with smaller finer speckles and more of them.

Sand Bar: very soothing, sun-bleached stone look with first hints of gray.

Ice Gray: very light gray and end of off-white look.

▪ Ed’s final tip: Choose quickly to protect your sanity, the light shades are so close you could end up in a very dark place!

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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