Choosing the perfect white paint color can be tough in 2019! Who knew there could be so many different shades of white?
Are you stuck trying to decide between Benjamin Moore White Dove and Swiss Coffee? Can’t decide between Sherwin Williams Alabaster and Benjamin Moore Simply White? Don’t worry – I got you!
This white paint guide will help you find the perfect color for your home.
Best White Paint Colors
Let’s break it down and talk about what makes each shade of white paint unique. To help you pick the perfect white paint, here’s what you need to know!
1. Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)
White Dove – LRV: 85.38 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Benjamin Moore White Dove is my go-to white paint color! I love that it is a warm off-white with a very subtle hint of grey. Its creamy white gives a calming vibe that makes a home feel more inviting. This white paint color is perfect for interior walls, trim, doors, or even a white shiplap accent wall if you’re feeling brave!
White Dove has sophisticated color nuances, and looks great in all lighting conditions. I’ve found that certain off-white hues are less appealing in the warm natural light of the morning and evening, or under artificial light.
This is not the case with White Dove; it’s appearance remains constant throughout day, and in different rooms of our home.
Benjamin Moore describes White Dove as:
Unerring style defines this classic, softly shaded white. Light and luminous, it is a favorite choice for moldings and trim.
It looks good on moldings and trim, but White Dove is a versatile color that also looks great anywhere! All of the white walls and trim you see in my home are painted with White Dove. It’s my #1 choice for many reasons, but the most important reason is it looks amazing no matter where you put it!
See how the Benjamin Moore White Dove paint pops against the natural tones of the wood accent wall in our master bedroom.
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2. Alabaster by Sherwin Williams (SW 7008)
Alabaster – LRV: 82 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
When I was deciding which white paint to go with in my own home, Sherwin Williams Alabaster vs Benjamin Moore White Dove was my toughest decision. Although I ended up choosing White Dove, Alabaster was a close second.
Alabaster (SW 7008) was the Sherwin-Williams color of the year a few years back, and for good reason. Jackie Jordan, the Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing describes Alabaster as:
A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams… Color of the Year. At a time of interconnected commotion and overstimulation, Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone…
Compared to White Dove, Alabaster is less creamy and more of a true white. This makes it a great option if you are looking for a naturally flattering hue with little undertone. I love how the Sherwin Williams’ director of color marketing describes it, “Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.”
Check out the cozy living room below, painted with Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
3. Simply White by Benjamin Moore (OC-117)
Simply White – LRV: 91.7 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
If you do any research about white paint colors you will probably come across the color Simply White by Benjamin Moore. It was the Benjamin Moore color of the year in 2016, and for good reason! This color is a crisp, clean, and bright white. Simply White’s fresh finish makes it a great option for bright trim, doors, or cabinets.
Benjamin Moore describes Simply White as:
Fresh as the first snowfall, this clean, crisp, multi-purpose white is a perennial favorite for trim, ceilings, and walls.
Simply White has a LRV of 91.7, which is the highest of all the paint colors on this list. The high LRV means it is the closest to pure white. This is as close to pure white as I recommend going; any whiter and the colors start looking cool and sterile.
The sitting room below is painted with Benjamin Moore Simply White.
4. Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore (OC-45)
Swiss Coffee – LRV: 83.93 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Are you sensing a trend here? Benjamin Moore is kiiiiind of my favorite when it comes to paint, and this Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee is just another reason why. I mean, can you really go wrong with a name like Swiss Coffee? Fun fact: my mother-in-law actually puts a lot of significance in the name when choosing a paint color, and I think she might be on to something!
Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes Swiss Coffee:
This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces…
Like White Dove, Swiss Coffee is part of the off-white collection, but it is both creamier and warmer. Additionally, it has a slightly yellowish-grey undertone. If you’re looking for a white paint color that is a little more warm and creamy, then Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee might be the perfect choice for you!
The warm inviting entry room below is painted with Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee.
5. Silos White by Magnolia Homes
I couldn’t write a post about paint without including one from the Magnolia line. All of Joanna’s colors are beautiful (just like everything else she creates), but my favorite white from her collection is Silos White.
Joanna Gaines describes this color as a warm white with beige undertones. I tend to lean towards the warmer whites (or off-whites) because I love the bright and airy feeling they give off without the stark and sterile vibe that a pure white tends to create.
The dining room in the image below is painted with Magnolia Homes Silos White.
6. Super White by Benjamin Moore (OC-152)
Super White – LRV: 89.09 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Super White by Benjamin Moore is the most basic, classic color on this list, but that isn’t a bad thing! I love the simple, clean white because it appears very pure without coming across as blinding.
Benjamin Moore describes super white as:
A brilliant, almost sparkling white, this clean shade suggests clarity and simplicity.
Super White has less beige, creamy undertones than all the other white paints I recommend. Many true whites tend to be overly cool and bright, but not Super White. How does it do it?
With a LRV of 89.09, so it accomplishes the ‘white as snow’ look without making you feel like you just checked your phone in the middle of the night with the screen set on max brightness.
The walls of the great room in the image below are painted with Super White by Benjamin Moore.
7. Creamy White by Benjamin Moore
Creamy White – LRV: 72.35 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)
Creamy White by Benjamin Moore has the lowest LRV, and the most off-white undertones of all the pain colors on this list. While most of the colors included in this white paint color guide are close to true white, this is not the case when it comes to ‘Creamy White’ – it’s more of an off-white.
The color might be for you if you’re interested in a more sophisticated color compared to pure white, but don’t want to go full-on beige or grey. With Creamy White (OC-07), you can still expect a clean looking off-white color.
This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors.
The warm vibes of ‘Creamy White’ would be an excellent color choice to make a residential bedroom feel extra inviting and cozy.
Tips For Choosing A White Paint Color
- Before you make a final decision on a paint color, make sure to buy a small 8 oz sample of paint, and have it mixed in the color you want to test. This way you can test it in the room you plan to paint. This is especially important because paint can look different under certain lighting conditions. You want to see it on the walls of the exact room you plan to paint.
- Make sure to examine your test area of paint during different times of the day to see how natural light affects the color throughout the day. Additionally, try checking out the paint color with the lights in the room on, and off.
- If you don’t want to paint test sections on your actual walls, try buying poster boards and essentially make gigantic paint swatch cards. This will help you to get a better idea of what the paint color will look like in your room.
- To make a bold paint color statement in a room, I recommend painting all the walls white and choosing only 1 wall to make an accent wall. Another option is to install a wood accent wall. To learn more about wood accent walls, check out my blog post called: How To Build A Wood Plank Accent Wall.
How To Get A Great Deal On Paint
Did you know that you can use budget friendly paint, and have it color matched to premium Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint colors? At Joyfully Growing Blog, we always uses Glidden Premium paint from The Home Depot.
Glidden Premium rivals the quality of the top paint lines from Behr, Sherwin Williams, and Benjamin Moore.
Any paint store, or home improvement store with a paint section will be able to match colors from most major brands. This means that you can select one brand of paint, but get it mixed in the color of another brand.
In many cases, affordable paint like Glidden Premium can be up to 50% cheaper than the ‘name brand’ competition which can save you a ton of money!
I recommend ‘Pro Grade’ paint brushes – they’re the perfect budget friendly option. The brushes are high quality, and a much better deal than what is typically offered at home improvement stores. You might be surprised how cheap this 5 Paint Brush Set is on Amazon (it’s less than $10!).
Paint brushes and paint rollers will get the job done, but for serious efficiency and productivity, you cannot beat this Graco Magnum X5 airless paint sprayer (Amazon). I personally own this paint spay, and have used it on tons of painting projects.
It’s an excellent quality sprayer, and powers through any painting projects in a hurry. We used to dread painting, but now with the airless sprayer, it’s actually pretty fun! Painting with an airless sprayer makes it easy to complete projects in much less time.
So there you have it, all my favorite white paint colors! Which one was your favorite? Looking for more ways to brighten up your home? You’re gonna love this post where I share my best tips to brighten any space.
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