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Difference between off white and snow white

When it comes to choosing solid white linen pillow covers, one of the most common questions is about the difference between off white and snow white colors.

Snow white linen

If you look for classic white, you probably think about snow white linen. Sometimes it is called optic white, pure white, bleached linen, without any yellowness in its shade. Being neutral color, snow white has ability to work nice paired with any other color. However, snow white is colder compared to off white, and usually it looks best in combination with other colder “bluish“ shades, like light pastel blue, bluish green, indigo, violet, cold pink, purple, black.

Off white linen

Off white color is sometimes called milk white, cream white, antique white. It is warmer shade of white, not as bright as optic white. Off white linen is semi bleached, therefore, it naturally has some yellowness left from the original natural linen fiber. This makes the off white color look more subtle, so it works perfect with all warmer colors like oatmeal, brown, warm green, red, beige, orange. Off white also looks perfect paired with natural undyed linen.


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Off white is also often known as ivory, or cream. It is a beautiful warm shade, of the most common shades of white used in interior decor. This color is neutral and warm, and often works better compared to optic snow white which is cold and very bright.


White shades are dominant in Scandinavian interior design. If you prefer white-neutral color scheme in your interior and want to add some depth to it, you may probably want to consider bouclé texture for your cushions or pillows. Discover our beautiful custom bench cushions in ivory bouclé.



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