Selecting a paint color (in general) is overwhelming. Selecting a white paint can be even more intimidating because there are literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of options to choose from. Honestly, it can be one of the hardest ‘colors’ to choose from … SO, I’ve narrowed the vast amount of choices down to 10 white paint colors that designers love and use on repeat (because the colors are THAT good).
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HOW DO I CHOOSE A WHITE PAINT COLOR?
Before we talk about the best interior white paint colors, let’s discuss how to even begin choosing white paint for your home.
Hopefully, you already have some idea of whether or not you want a stark, bright white (i.e. white white) or a softer white (i.e. slight off-white).
If not, here’s a general rule of thumb: If your home decor style is traditional, stick with softer, warmer whites. If you gravitate more toward a clean/modern/farmhouse aesthetic, use crisper whites.
Of course, you can break ANY decorating ‘rules’ and do whatever you want because it’s YOUR home!
I chose a soft and slightly off-white paint (Benjamin Moore White Dove) for my interior trim, ceilings, cabinets, interior doors, and guest room walls. I absolutely LOVE it! So I guess technically I ‘broke’ the ‘rules’ by choosing a warmer white in my modern coastal-style home.
WHITE PAINT QUICK TIPS
I prefer to keep all the white paint consistent in my house (trim, ceiling, doors, cabinets, etc.). I feel like it gives it a cleaner look and I don’t have to worry about any of my whites clashing.
Do keep in mind that white paint (or any paint color for that matter) may look very different in your home than it does in an edited photo on your phone, computer or in a magazine.
Once you narrow down your white paint colors via the peel and stick samples, create a large sample of your top two (or three) color choices on your wall or use this trick to create a large paint sample.
Once you have your larger samples, look at the white paint colors in various lighting (morning, day, night, artificial) and in different rooms to determine which white you like the best.
10 WHITE PAINT COLORS THAT DESIGNERS LOVE
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘WHITE DOVE’ OC-17
‘White Dove’ is a soft warm white with a hint of yellow in artificial lighting. This is a VERY popular white and I happen to have it in my home. The hue changes with the lighting. Overall, white dove looks white-white but takes on a creamier, slightly yellow hue when artificial lights shine on it.
I LOVE Benjamin Moore ‘White Dove’ and I am NOT an ‘off-white person’. I don’t consider this a true off-white; it’s more of a white with a soft yellow tint at times.
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘SIMPLY WHITE’ OC-117
‘Simply White’ is another VERY popular shade of white. As a matter of fact, it was Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year in 2016. ‘Simply White’ is a warm white but it isn’t too creamy. It’s most definitely a fan favorite.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ‘CREAMY’ SW 7012
‘Creamy’ is another soft and subtle warm white that looks beautiful on walls, trim, ceilings, doors, and cabinets.
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘CLOUD WHITE’ OC-130
‘Cloud’ is a soft white that has a hint of grey in it. It has a mix of yellow and grey undertones, so it doesn’t lean fully to either the warm or cool side. It’s a very neutral white that isn’t stark.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ‘ALABASTER’ SW 7008
‘Alabaster’ is a soft, almost off-white with beige undertones. It is a creamy color, but not too creamy.
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘SWISS COFFEE’ OC-45
‘Swiss Coffee’ is a warm white with a hint of a yellow undertone. It is best paired with cool colors.
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘DECORATORS WHITE’ OC-149
‘Decorators White’ is a true cool white with grey undertones.
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘NAVAJO WHITE’ OC-95
‘Navajo White’ is a creamy off-white with hints of a yellow undertone.
BENJAMIN MOORE ‘CHANTILLY LACE’ OC-65
‘Chantilly Lace’ is a cool, crisp, and clean pure white. It has a hint of blue/grey undertone making it a cool white.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ‘EXTRA WHITE’ SW 7006
‘Extra White’ is crisp and clean, but not too stark of a white. There are no yellow undertones so it CAN appear stark if painted in a north-facing room that gets minimal natural light.
BEST WARM WHITE PAINT COLORS
Warm whites are softer and creamier than cool whites and range in the spectrum of ‘off-whites’. Warm whites have an undertone of red and yellow. They work well in rooms that get very little sun because they have a soft and welcoming glow.
Here is a list of many designers’ favorite warm white paint colors:
Benjamin Moore ‘WHITE DOVE’
Benjamin Moore ‘SIMPLY WHITE’
Sherwin Williams ‘CREAMY’
Benjamin Moore ‘CLOUD WHITE’
Benjamin Moore ‘SWISS COFFEE’
Benjamin Moore ‘NAVAJO WHITE’
Sherwin Williams ‘ALABASTER’
BEST COOL WHITE PAINT COLORS
Cool whites are much crisper and brighter than warm whites. These are your true whites and can sometimes look very stark.
However, cool whites look great in rooms that get a lot of natural sunlight because the cool white tends to neutralize the bright natural light. Cool whites work great in minimalist and ultra-modern homes.
Here is a list of many designers’ favorite cool white paint colors:
Benjamin Moore ‘DECORATOR’S WHITE’
Benjamin Moore ‘CHANTILLY LACE’
Sherwin Williams ‘EXTRA WHITE’
Alright girlfriend, now you have a list of 10 white paint colors that designers love. Go ahead and order peel and stick samples of your favorite white colors so you can see exactly how the color looks in YOUR home!