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The Right White

Two elements stand out in Sandra Chancey’s Tampa Home: her family and the artworks they find on their world travels.

When talking about the all-white palette of her Tampa home, designer Sandra Chancey likes to tell a little white lie. If people ask her about the special hue that covers all of the walls and ceilings, as well as the exterior of the house, she claims to have a custom “secret formula”. When pressed, though, she tells the truth.

“I went to a Benjamin Moore dealer and told him what I wanted, a white without any tinges of blue or yellow,” says Chancey, who heads her own firm in Tampa. “He came back and handed me something and said, ‘This is it.’ What he gave me was the actual base they use to make all hues of white paint. That turned out to be the purest white you can find.”

Chancey is not only the interior designer who prefers a white palette, especially in her own home that she has long shared with her husband and their two children, but few people are willing to choose the base white simply because it is much more difficult to use. “You need to apply many coats to sufficiently cover a surface,” she says. “That extra labor is something few want to take on. I wanted no other colors to emerge in that white.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY SANDRA CHANCEY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEAN ALLSOPP

WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO

 

This story appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of MILIEU.