White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore is a clean white paint color perfect for almost any room. It creates a bright feel, and the color’s warmth makes it a perfect whole home color.
In this paint color review, I’m going to share my personal experience with White Dove, plus all the nitty gritty details about undertones, and how the paint looks in different lighting conditions.
After testing several different paint colors in my home, I decided on White Dove by Benjamin Moore. I painted my entire interior, and I’m so glad I did. It turned out amazing! White Dove is a versatile paint color. It’s perfect for interior walls, ceilings, moldings and trim.
White Dove is a good fit for any residential bedroom, bathroom or common area. After painting our home, I’m obsessed with how our master bedroom turned out. The creamy warmth of White Dove perfectly complements the walnut stained shiplap accent wall (pictured below).
How Bright Is White Dove?
Light Reflectance Value, (or LRV for short) is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white. Benjamin Moore’s White Dove has an LRV of 85.38 which is a pretty ideal score for white paint colors.
The prefect white paint color would be light enough to make a room feel brighter, not too light. LRV scores around 90 and above risk appearing too stark white, which can be boring and uninviting. Lower LRV scores aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but they won’t have the same room brightening effect, and come with more undertones.
OK, so it has a LRV of 85, but how bright does it really look in a room? As you can see in the living room below, White Dove helps create a light and airy feel – especially in a room with plenty of natural light.
What Undertones Does White Dove Have?
Like all good white paint colors, Benjamin Moore White Dove is a complex blend of colors. It’s made up of many different colors and shades all blended together. The color mixture creates warmth and interest, but in some lighting conditions, it also has unintended consequences.
After painting my interior walls and trim with White Dove, my only complaint was green undertones (but only in some lighting conditions).
Most of the time, golden natural light brings out warm yellowish-green undertones in White Dove. It’s a mild effect and it looks beautiful. I really like the relaxing vibes the sunshine brings out in this paint color.
The bigger problem I had with White Dove was dealing with undertones when they turned green – a problem that I found was more pronounced under the LED lighting in our kitchen. In the end, I was able to tame the green by swapping out the LED lights which were causing most of the problem.
A good strategy for finding undertones is to go to a paint color’s product page (on the manufacture’s website), White Dove’s can be found here.
If you click on ‘SHADES’ to view different shades of White Dove, it will show you the paint color in all the shades they offer from lightest to darkest – it looks like this:
As you can see in the image above, taking a paint color to its darkest shade makes undertones much easier to spot. Using this strategy gives you some easy undertone insight. It makes it apparent that White Dove has green undertones.
You can see a greenish hue in the dining room pictured below. It’s strongest in the shadows above the kitchen cabinets, and around the wood window trim. To be honest, the green undertones are worsened by the camera. In person, you can spot a little bit of green if you’re looking for it, but it’s pretty minimal.
In my kitchen and dining room, White Dove paint looked too green, especially in shadowy areas. I had to do something about it. The green undertones were strongest in areas where the paint was being illumined directly by LED lighting. As an experiment, I swapped out the LED light bulbs for old school incandescent bulbs just to see how it would look.
This made a huge difference and the green almost entirely disappeared! This confirmed my suspicion, and I knew I just needed to find some better quality LED lights. After lots of research and a little bit of trial and error, I found the perfect LED lights.
Throughout this process I learned a ton about LED lights and wanted to share, so I wrote – The Ultimate LED Lighting Guide. It explains all the details on CRI (Color Rendering Index), Color Temperature, Lumens and more to help you find the perfect lighting for your home.
What Color of Trim Goes With White Dove?
My favorite trim color to go with White Dove is… White Dove. Kinda boring, I know. But sometimes the simplest solution is best. To create a little bit of contrast between walls and trim, I like to use an eggshell finish on the walls, and a more glossy finish for the trim.
Not only does this combination look great, but a satin or semi-gloss finish on the trim is also more durable. The extra durability is important on the trim around doors, windows, and baseboards where paint sees the most wear and tear.
If you want a bolder choice, check out paint colors in the next section, White Dove Coordinating Colors.
As a part of our kitchen remodel (pictured below), we painted everything white with Benjamin Moore White Dove. I especially love the white shiplap under the breakfast bar. Using White Dove for the walls, the shiplap and the trim turned out exactly how I pictured it. The walls have an eggshell finish, while the trim and shiplap are semi-gloss.
Our kitchen remodel included new countertops, new appliances, a farmhouse sink, subway tile backsplash, lighting upgrades, shiplap and all new paint (plus a few other small projects). Check out my article – Budget Kitchen Remodel to see how we accomplished all this for only $6,377.97!
White Dove Coordinating Colors
One of the many reasons I frequently recommend White Dove is because it looks great by itself, but it also coordinates easily with many other paint colors.
In our guest bedroom, I installed a White Dove shiplap accent wall, and painted the rest of the walls Pale Oak (OC-20) by Benjamin Moore.
Pale Oak (OC-20) by Benjamin Moore
Pale Oak pairs very nicely with White Dove. My design style avoids the extremes, so this subtle contrast worked out perfectly. Pale Oak is somewhere between off-white and gray, but putting it next to White Dove brings out the white in White Dove, and the gray in Pale Oak.
When trying to coordinate different paint colors, a good place to start is on the paint manufacture’s website. All the major brands have user friendly websites that cab help you design a cohesive color palette for your home.
Benjamin Moore recommends paring White Dove with these colors:
Silver Lake (1598) by Benjamin Moore
Yukon Sky (1439) by Benjamin Moore
Horizon Gray (2141-50) by Benjamin Moore
Cheating Heart (1617) by Benjamin Moore
Although any of these colors would be a good choice, don’t be afraid to try out a different color. Before deciding on a paint color, I always recommend testing out a sample in your home.
Every home, and every room has a unique combination of lighting, décor, colors, and shadows. Because of this, you can never be 100% certain how a paint color will look in your home without actually seeing it on the walls.
Although testing is crucial, painting test splotches is an extra step, and it’s a pain. That’s why I recommend Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples from Samplize.
To learn more about Samplize, check out the full review I wrote: Samplize Review | My Experience With Peel-and-Stick Samples. Spoiler alert… they’re awesome!
Resources For Choosing Paint Colors
I love helping people choose paint colors! I’ve written several articles to help streamline and destress your decision making process. Here they are:
Thanks for reading along! If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below!