7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor!

BEST WHITE PAINT COLORS is one of my favorite topics, and the one I am serially emailed about everyday! 7 Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor aims to not simply share a bunch of warm white paint color possibilities, but also help you think critically about the process of how to choose the right white for YOUR particular space.

French Nordic white dining room. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand. 7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

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Warm White Paint Colors: Gorgeous, Tried & True!

1. BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand

BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand paint color.
BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand paint color.

A Personal Favorite Warm White Paint Color

This warm white paint color is one I discovered as I sought the perfect shade of white when we were designing and building our first home: a European country inspired manor home on a huge lot bordering a forest in a country neighborhood.

French metal bistro chair with vintage galvanized pail. Dried hydrangea and boots round out a French country vignete. Design by Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchcountry #tolixchair #bistrochair #hydrangea #vintagestyle #ilsejacobsen #galvanized #vintagepail
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

I’m not a fan of brown decor so I didn’t want a white color that made me think of cocoa. I was after a soft and gentle beachy white that reminded me of seaside vacations, luxuriating on the shore with toes in the sand, and the sound of white capped waves breaking.

Belgian linen Copenhagen chair from RH. Hello Lovely Studio. #copenhagen #eggchair #rh #belgianlinen
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

The color I fell in love with was BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand, and it was an important commitment since that paint color went in every room except for the boys’ bedrooms.

Belgian style in a living room with abstract seascapes by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

If you’re a fan of Belgian linen, you just may be a fan of BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

Belgian linen armchair/salvaged industrial stool/abstract paintings/Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

Tone on tone is not for everyone, yet this color story worked wonders in our newly constructed home which we wanted to feel serene and peaceful yet warm.

Belgian linen Copenhagen egg chair (RH)/round steel side table/Belgian style/Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.
French country kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. Benjamin Moore White Sand paint color on walls. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #benjaminmoorewhitesand #whitesand
Our prior kitchen. Wall paint: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

This Same Warm White in Another Home

Sometimes it is helpful to see how the same paint color looks in a completely different home in a different part of the country. We’ll journey from Chicagoland to central Arizona, where my mom loves BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand as well. In her previous home, she went for a slightly subdued lighter version of White Sand called Ballet White since her amount of natural daylight was limited. But when she retired and renovated a Mediterranean style home in Arizona with plentiful sunshine, she opted for White Sand.

BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand paint color.
BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand paint color.

What’s helpful is seeing the same paint color in different rooms which have different exposure. Here it is in a bedroom with Southern exposure with a Shaker style dresser with an antique white finish:

Benjamin Moore White Sand paint color on bedroom walls - Hello Lovely Studio
White paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand. Drapes: Pottery Barn HERE.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

Here is the same color on the walls just around the corner from this bedroom is a small sitting area in a loft.

White Sand Paint Color in Space with Low Light

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

Benjamin Moore White Sand can also be seen in her library area.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

Note the contrast with bright white baseboard trim and book shelves.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

Warm White in a Living Room With Blue Grey & Pink

In this living room, you can see how Benjamin Moore White Sand works with soft blue grey and pink and gilded picture frames as well as the antique white of the dining hutch.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

This room, like the bedroom above, receives Southern exposure.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

Warm White in a Family Room With Northern Exposure

In the family room with North facing windows and light turquoise and teal accents, Benjamin Moore White Sand looks more like a natural linen color.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

I especially love how my mom’s use of black accents brings a pleasing contrast.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

In the dining area, windows facing east mean morning sunshine pours in.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

In another bedroom, the warm white of White Sand is gentle with off white French country furnishings.

Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand.

2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster

Beautiful Warm White Paint in a Showhouse

Sherwin Williams Alabaster is similar to White Sand above and has a cult following with both designers and decor freaks lauding it. Who can forget how this beautiful warm white paint color created a canvas for the 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse?

Farm sink with arch window in blue and white traditional kitchen in 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta.
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 Kitchen Photo: Sherry Hart. Design: Lauren DeLoach & Matthew Quinn. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster paint color on walls.
Joanna's five favorite Fixer Upper paint colors - #paint #bestwhitepaint #whitepaint
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster paint color.

ALABASTER…Sherwin Williams named this the 2016 Color of the Year. Alabaster creates an atmosphere of ease and contentment for many spaces.

Blue plates hung on wall near sink in kitchen of 2017 Southeastern Designer Showhouse.
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 Kitchen Photo: Sherry Hart. Design: Lauren DeLoach & Matthew Quinn. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster paint color on walls.
Luxurious and classic light blue and white bedroom in Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017. Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint color on walls. Atlanta Homes.
Design: Tristan Harstan. Photo: Emily Followill for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Ceiling paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Rainwashed.
Blue and white bedroom in Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 Atlanta. Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint color.
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2017 Kitchen Photo: Southern Hospitality. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster paint color on walls. Ceiling paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Rainwashed.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster in a Laundry Room

In a blogger’s home (she created this pet palace laundry area for ORC!), Sherwin Williams Alabaster was the paint chosen for the walls, with a custom light grey for cabinetry and trim. That’s a custom kennel in a pretty space under the counter!

SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster in a laundry room by Room for Tuesday.
Photo/Design: Room for Tuesday. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster is the paint color on walls in this lovely laundry room.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster in a Bedroom

Wall paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster. Photo: Sherwin Williams.
Wall paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Alabaster. Photo: Sherwin Williams.
7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

3. BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter

Revere Pewter Paint Color for Trim & Furniture

I think of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter as the color of soft natural linen or gentle garden stone. It works wonders in a variety of spaces, and it’s the paint I chose to use as a glaze to wake up my tired, antique white bedroom furniture. Now the furniture feels light, fresh, and less dated.

French Nordic style in a bedroom with Stikwood statement wall. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color used as a glaze for bedroom furniture: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
Belgian linen slipcover chair in my bedroom - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color used for glaze on bedroom furniture: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter. 7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.

Revere Pewter Paint in Bedroom

But let’s see how it looks on walls.

Design/Photo: Kelly Bernier Designs. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
Design/Photo: Kelly Bernier Designs. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.

Revere Pewter in Bathroom

Design/Photo: Scavullo Designs. Wall paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
Design/Photo: Scavullo Design. Wall paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.

Warm White Lovely Things!

Milo Upholstered Dining Chair
Great price for a set of 2! Upholstered Chairs...certainly lovely indeed.
Agda Classic Elegant Traditional Upholstered Dining Chair
Louis Style Dining Chairs: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Sophisticated, traditional, yet modern for your living room! #Wing Chair
Wing Chair: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.
Jann Armchair
Rattan Chair...certainly lovely indeed.

How to Choose the BEST Warm White Paint Color

In both my experience as an artist working with color and in designing and decorating many interiors for myself, family, and friends, I have trained my eye for paint color. Do bear in mind that the perfect white paint color for a particular space may be completely wrong for another space. The light in Northern Illinois where I reside is quite different from the Southwest. So as you search for the just right white paint, don’t forget YOU’LL BE SELECTING A HANDFUL OF OPTIONS and then will SAMPLE THEM TO BE SURE.

Bonjour pillow
Bonjour Pillow: FIND HERE…certainly lovely indeed.

Warm or Cool White Paint Color?

Here’s a COOL White So You Can Sense the Difference

If you understand the difference between a warm and a cool white, you’ll have an easier time sifting through the possibilities. Warm whites tend to have warm undertones of green, brown, etc. Cool whites may have blue and grey undertones.

Sometimes it is helpful to clarify what is even meant by warm vs. cool white paint. For example, in our current home, almost all of the walls are painted a very cool and bright white (Benjamin Moore “White”). This cool white might be all wrong in a different home since it was chosen to counter the harsh yellow light we receive here. The cool white tempers the color and mood and because of the yellow light, does not read too sterile or blue.

Romantic French Country bedroom with knotty alder door and shiplap wall #hellolovelystudio #romanticdecor #FrenchCountry
My bedroom wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White. Mirror Paint: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter. 7 Gorgeous Warm White Paint Colors For Home Decor! How to choose the best warm white paint for your room with advice as well as photos of inspiring interior design. Which white paint is right for your home – come tour the white paint color possibilities.
BLUECC Small Stool 100% Solid Reclaimed Wood Dench Home Decor (Style 2)
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool

Should You Use Pinterest to Pick a Paint Color?

While plenty of paint color experts may advise against searching online and on Pinterest for the best warm white, I have my own perspective.

I find it is helpful to begin your search for the right white by viewing photos online where the paint color used is provided. It truly beats standing in a box store underneath fluorescent lighting and nervously leafing through little cardstock swatches.

Have a Pinterest board devoted to your favorite white paint colors yet? Create a devoted board and PIN THIS POST there to have a handy list of paint names you can refer to when you head to the paint store to buy samples (I’m sure I don’t have to remind you to bring your phone).

More White Paint Color Ideas

Just right white paint colors. Ultimate Guide to Best White Paint Colors! #bestwhite #whitepaint #choosingwhite
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Here is a warm white that we used for trim and doors in our prior French Country home.

4. BENJAMIN MOORE Dove White

Dove Wing by Benjamin Moore for a beautiful #whitepaint color for trim
BENJAMIN MOORE Dove Wing.

Pick the Right Warm White Based on Objects in the Room & Natural Light

Make sure you take into account the temperature of the objects and furnishings in the room you’ll be painting. If they are mostly cool, in most cases you’ll want to lean towards cool whites. Are they warm? Then a warm white is likely the wise direction to head.

Does your space receive a lot of natural daylight? You’ll probably want to stay in the more pure white zone with minimal undertones. However, if light is limited, a warm white with more pigment is probably your friend.

Paris apartment with Louis dining chairs. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #parisapartment #diningroom
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5. KILZ Shiplap

Warm White Paint Colors Designers Choose

Is it any wonder, a white paint favorite of Joanna Gaines has a name like “Shiplap?”

Kilz Shiplap paint
KILZ Shiplap

6. FARROW & BALL Pointing

Designer Greet Lefevre of Belgian Pearls loves Farrow & Ball Pointing. She says:

“It is hard to name a favorite white as using the right color of white is dependent upon the room that has to be painted. Is it a small or a large room? Is there a lot of light coming in or not? Another factor….fabrics to be used in the room for curtains and upholstery. But I often turn to FARROW & BALL Pointing White

Farrow and Ball "Pointing"
FARROW & BALL Pointing. This fresh and uncomplicated white is named after the colour of lime pointing used in traditional brickwork. One of our Red Based Neutrals, Pointing has a warm undertone to it which creates the prettiest of spaces when used on walls and always softens the feel of a room alongside strong, traditional colours.
Panelling in Blue Gray by Farrow & Ball and wall in Pointing
Warm white all paint: FARROW & BALL Pointing.

7. FARROW & BALL Ammonite

Megan Pflug notes:My favorite white wall color is FARROW & BALL Ammonite. It is a fantastic changeable color. It looks more like a stone material than a flat wall color. Its a great alternative to a standard white.”

Farrow & Ball Ammonite

AMMONITE…Farrow & Ball. Ammonite is named after the treasured fossils often found on the Dorset coast. It has a fantastically understated quality, and sits effortlessly with our Easy Neutrals. Neither too warm nor too cool, its subtle grey tone creates a hushed and calming feel in homes both old and new. Try pairing with All White to accent its light grey feel.                  

Sustainable Kitchens - Bright Open Plan Family Kitchen in London. Oak shaker style cabinetry painted in Farrow & Ball Ammonite with built in spice racks on both sides of the Smeg range cooker. The worktop is Bianco Fantasia.
Cabinetry paint: FARROW & BALL Ammonite.

Your advice, design opinions, and experience with white paint colors is always welcome here, friends! Hope this helps.

For related stories see these:

Tranquil Paint Colors

Calm Paint Colors

Pretty Blue-Grey Paint Colors

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Connie
    April 26, 2019 / 10:35 am

    Oh the beauty and head-scratching aspects of white paints! 😉

    I am currently “researching” a white for my LR. At the present it is a light gray ( former home owner color) but I’m hoping to go yet a little lighter. We have brilliant sunshine (if it’s a sunny day) all day long in that room, with light coming into the room from east, south and west—-it is a west facing room with a huge picture window.

    As a former decorator myself, I can easily see undertones but the trouble is knowing my furniture has warm white undertones and yet not wanting to enhance that aspect of the color. Ugh! You’d think having paint fans from nearly every paint company is helpful…but it’s more confusing! Haha!

    One day I’ll be certain of the white I want and the next day I’ve changed my mind. My friend said “You may just have to pick one and just do it!” She may be right. 😉 I once read that designer Tricia Foley used about 20 different whites in one room. Still they all do have to “play nicely” together. 🙂

    To say I’m obsessed with all the beautiful whites is saying it mildly. One thing I realized (after painting my office in a warm white) is that what worked so beautifully for our former home doesn’t look so lovely here. Some day the warm white will go to a cooler white like the rest of the rooms. 🙂

    Maybe my perfect white will be a custom mixed color….I’ve been known to do that with paints on several occasions.

    Love your posts about white paint!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 26, 2019 / 1:31 pm

      I am feeling your pain. What you’re doing is what the artist does: playing with light – trying to get the most out of it and giving it as much help as you can. The light is so dramatically yellow here that it wasn’t terribly challenging to figure out what I needed for the effect I wanted. But I also know I’m lucky I found a white that works in all rooms with their different exposures. I remember reading that same thing about Tricia Foley and other white loving designers who use various shades of white together. It has certainly been true for me. An artist friend taught me to combine creams and whites, and things have never been the same. I love wearing ivory and bright white together – and don’t get me started on natural linen with white. I don’t do as much thinking about paint as doing. I buy paint and march home to slop it on the wall immediately! I live for that sort of thing. But I can also walk into someone else’s home and choose colors without much sampling. Years of experience – I know you get it!

      • Connie
        April 27, 2019 / 11:15 am

        So right Michele! 🙂 I really loved doing paint consultations for my clients….but for my own home?……It always seems so much more “work”. Haha!

        You mentioned cream and white together and natural linen and white. Oh yes! Love those combos too! In fact my sofa and loveseat sport a similar combo. The original fabric is very close to natural linen (I believe they called it “oyster”.) But along the way the cushions wore out, we got indoor dogs that shed 😉 and I chose to do “faux” slipcovers with natural light cotton duck fabric on the backs and seats. The arms and front panel are still the original ivory. The combo of the two “whites” is quite lovely and I make my own custom throw pillows to change out with my whims and/or the seasons. However like I mentioned in the original post, I’m not keen on playing up the yellow undertones of the fabric, hence the struggle to find the perfect white paint. 😉

        I’m in the Upper Midwest too so our afternoon light is be very yellowy like your location. That’s why I think I’ll be re-reading your post about cool whites 🙂

        Your posts are so much fun to read, especially the ones that reflect French style (a personal favorite) and of course…..whites! 😀

        • Michele
          Author
          April 27, 2019 / 1:15 pm

          By faux slipcover, do you mean you simply drape fabric over them without tucking? I love that style so much. It says ‘vacation house’ or ‘undone pretty’ in such an unfussy way. I’m gearing up to do a post on cool whites – introducing my favorite light grey-whites and discussing how they can work well with warm objects and surroundings. You need to start a blog with the sole focus of paint color consultation with your expertise…watch it rack up the traffic! 🙂

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