Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered

Ready to discover Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered? Awesome. The main reason a few of these amazing neutral paint colors may get overlooked is because the word ‘white’ is missing from their name.

Simple country bedroom with white ilnen bedding and black wall sconce - And North. #bedroomdesign #countrybedroom #interiordesign #simpledecor #whitelinen
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Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered

French farmhouse bathroom with Farrow and Ball French Gray painted trim, Strong White on walls, clawfoot tub, beamed ceiling, and antique terracotta floor tiles. Vivi et Margot. #vivietmargot #frenchfarmhouse #bathroomdesign #clawfoottub #farrowandballfrenchgray
Vivi et Margot’s French farmhouse master bathroom with FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001. Woodwork paint color: FARROW & BALL French Gray. Design: Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot – see her French farmhouse near Bordeaux RIGHT HERE.

With thousands of white paint color possibilities, it’s important to note the white a stylish blogger used for her modern farmhouse kitchen may look all wrong in your home.

Tranquil, timeless and sophisticated design in a French farmhouse bedroom by Vivi et Margot with Farrow and Ball's Strong White on the walls and French Gray for trim.
Vivi et Margot – Discover Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered as well as photos with white walls to inspire.

Trim paint color (above): FARROW & BALL French Gray.

Why Won’t the White I Use Work For You Too?

Your room’s: amount of natural light, decor plan, finishes, and even geographical location all factor into the equation. So do your personal preferences and artful eye for color.

Modern farmhouse bedroom. Photo by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #modernfarmhouse #bedroomdecor
Discover Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered as well as photos of white rooms to inspire. Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Platinum. Photo: Hello Lovely Studio – See more of this home RIGHT HERE.

How Can I Narrow Down Possibilities?

While it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect white with so many possibilities, I’m here to hold your hand through the process.

Quiet and timeless hues in a French farmhouse bathroom by Vivi et Margot features reclaimed terracotta hex tiles, freestanding tub, romantic chandelier, and Farrow and Ball's Strong White on the walls.
Vivi et Margot
Within a thoughtfully renovated authentic French farmhouse near Bordeaux, Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot has added authentic and romantic decor from France to create a timeless home with European country charm.
Vivi et Margot – Discover Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered as well as Interiors With White Walls to Inspire.

White Paint Color on Walls (above): FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001.

Greyed White Paint Color: Farrow & Ball Strong White

“A grey based white. This cool white is both strong by name and strong by nature. One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties.” -Farrow & Ball

White Paint Color in My Own Home

Serene white kitchen with window seat and BENJAMIN MOORE White paint color on walls. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #windowseat #benjaminmoorewhite
My kitchen walls are painted BENJAMIN MOORE White which is nearly identical to BEHR Ultra Pure White.

In my own home which we have completely renovated ourselves, I tested about five white paint color contenders by painting large swaths on the walls and observing how each color changed throughout the day.

BEHR PREMIUM PLUS 8 oz. #100 Ultra-Pure White Flat Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Ultra Pure White (order a sample – it ships free!)

Both BENJAMIN MOORE “White” and BEHR Ultra Pure White impart: a modern gallery-like feel, coolness with minimal undertones, crispness, and no grey or yellow cast.

Round wood dining table with farmhouse style.
Similar round dining table RIGHT HERE.

My opinions here about the quest for just right whites with and without “white” in the name relate to: (1) my personal experience with flattering, beautiful white paint colors, (2) design wisdom concerning the process of choosing the best white paint color from smart design sites, and (3) guidance from talented designers and serial decorators we have come to trust.

Hello Lovely Studio's serene white kitchen with window seat and dining room with lantern. #hellolovelystudio #interiordesign #kitchen #windowseat #serenedecor #whitedecor #benajminmoorewhite
Paint color on walls is BENJAMIN MOORE White which is nearly identical to THIS COLOR.

Neutral Decor to Get the Look

Linen slipcovered chair
Linen slipcovered set of 2 chairs: FIND HERE
Agda Classic Elegant Traditional Upholstered Dining Chair
Louis Style Dining Chairs: FIND HERE.
Stults 4-Light Outdoor Hanging Lantern
Similar lantern (you could remove glass if desired): Stults 4 Light Outdoor Lantern

I also love the vintage feel of this one:

Here’s a chair with checks I’m crushing on for the dining room:

Considerations About Choosing a White

I have decades of experience as a serial decorator for dozens of homes for myself and others and a trained eye for color as an artist. What I know for sure is the best white paint color for one particular space may be all wrong for another.

My master bathroom - Hello Lovely Studio.
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A mix of whites in my timelessly tranquil kitchen with European country decor, Viatera Minuet quartz, and Belgian linen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Bonjour pillow
Bonjour Pillow: FIND HERE.

For example, the light here in Northern Illinois is completely different than the light in the Southwest.

My white studio with Belgian style linen chairs and European country style - Hello Lovely Studio. #whitelinen #serenedecor

So keep in mind you’ll need to narrow your search for the right white paint color to a handful of tones and then try samples of them on the walls.

Romantic French Country bedroom with knotty alder door and shiplap wall #hellolovelystudio #romanticdecor #FrenchCountry
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Mixed Messages About How to Choose A Color

BEWARE. There are color experts who recommend that we NEVER look to photos online for guidance choosing a paint color and others who insist this is the only way! Why the disparate views?

Hello Lovely Studio's kitchen
My Kitchen paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White. Just Right White Paint Colors.

My two cents: Reviewing photos online (where the name of the white paint color used is supplied) seems a great place to start and can be more helpful than viewing a small swatch from the paint store!

My master bedroom with white oak hardwood flooring and rustic alder doors - Hello Lovely Studio.
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If you don’t already have a Pinterest board devoted to best whites, create a board and PIN THIS POST so you’ll have paint names at the ready when you head to the store to buy samples to try on your walls.

In our kitchen, I have sprinkled in Belgian linen upholstery and pillows to warm the white serenity - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Beautiful Behr White Paint Colors

Here’s an infographic with a few favorite Behr white and neutral paint colors:

Beautiful BEHR white paint colors on Hello Lovely Studio. #bestwhitepaint #whitepaintcolors #behrwhites #behrwhitepaintcolor

BEHR Ultra Pure White

This white paint is free of undertones so if you’re after a bright, white, non-yellowy, cool modern white, this may be it!

BEHR PREMIUM PLUS 8 oz. #100 Ultra-Pure White Flat Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample
BEHR Ultra Pure White (order a sample – it ships free!)
White kitchen cabinets painted Behr Ultra Pure White - The Fresh Exchange. #behrultrapurewhite #bestwhitepaint #whitepaintcolors
The Fresh Exchange – BEHR Ultra Pure White on kitchen cabinets

BEHR Polar Bear

Here’s a color that is close to Benjamin Moore White Dove:

White Bathroom with Blue Bath Mat
Monika Hibbs – Behr Polar Bear in a bathroom

BEHR Celestial Glow

Celestial Glow reminds me of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, which I used in our family room and a bathroom here at the fixer. It is also a little like Benjamin Moore Dove Wing, a paint color we used for our trim in our prior home.

Behr Celestial Glow white paint color. #behrcelestialglow #celestialglow #whitepaintcolors
BEHR Celestial Glow

Lots of light quiet greys like this one live more like a white paint so don’t be put off just because ‘white’ is not in the paint’s name.

Hello Lovely Studio bedroom with Stikwood (Hamptons) statement wall, cottage style furniture, and Belgian linen slipcovered chair. #hellolovelystudio #stikwood #sthiplap #bedroomdesign #cottagestyle #belgianlinen #frenchcountry #interiordesign #bestwhitepaint
Paint color on furniture: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter. Just Right White Paint Colors.

BEHR Taupe Tease

When you are looking for a warm white or subtle greige color with undertones of grey and brown, this sophisticated tone may be a contender. It is reminiscent of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter which is the color I brushed on our bedroom furniture (above).

Taupe-Tease-Behr-Neutral-Playroom-Paint-Color Our Favorite Neutral Paint Colors | Master List
Me & Reegs – BEHR Taupe Tease

BEHR Cameo White

Cameo White is quite similar to Sherwin-Williams Alabaster, which must be the most popular warm creamy white used by designers everywhere! It is also strikingly similar to Valspar Salute, which I used throughout our second home in Arizona. I can attest to how wonderful this white is in rooms with intense sunlight…it has lovely green undertones.

Of course, this wasn’t the only part of the kitchen that received a makeover. Fridman created contrast with the accent alcove by painting the rest of the walls in Cameo White MQ3-32 a Behr Marquee Paint with a delicate rose undertone. “I often find colors from the same palette go best together,” she explains.
Rosy Fridman – BEHR Cameo White painted walls in kitchen.

Country Living revealed that Fixer Upper’s Joanna Gaines tends to favor SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Alabaster for projects. She has also used this tone on the walls in her own home.

Joanna's five favorite Fixer Upper paint colors - #paint #bestwhitepaint #whitepaint
SW Alabaster: Joanna Gaines’ Favorite White
White Paint Colors: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Making It In the Mountains – Sherwin-Williams Alabaster.
Paris apartment with Louis dining chairs. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #parisapartment #diningroom
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BEHR Irish Mist

I’m a fan of tranquil neutral colors that are difficult to describe with words. A color like Irish Mist falls within that group of atmospheric whites where you can’t easily decide if it is khaki, sandy, greige-y, or linen-y…you just know it feels nice.

BEHR Crisp Linen

It is beachy, warm, and comforting, playing especially nice with contrasting white trim.

Paint Colors-10
Making Home Base – BEHR Crisp Linen paint color in a breakfast nook.

Crisp Linen is reminiscent of Benjamin Moore White Sand, a color I used on most of the walls in our prior French home.

Hello Lovely Studio's living room with egg chair upholstered in Belgian linen and Benjamin Moore White Sand paint color on walls. #hellolovelystudio #livingroom #whitedecor #benjaminmoorewhitesand #eggchair #belgianlinen #serenedecor
BEHR Crisp Linen is very similar to BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand used in our former living room.
French country kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. Benjamin Moore White Sand paint color on walls. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #benjaminmoorewhitesand #whitesand
Hello Lovely Studio – Benjamin Moore White Sand on walls of my former kitchen.

Another white paint favorite of Joanna Gaines is Kilz Shiplap, which is a color similar to Crisp Linen.

Kilz Shiplap paint
KILZ Shiplap

Sound Advice for Choosing the Right WHITE

According to experts contributing advice to Remodelista about choosing white paint colors, we should:

1. Understand all of the different nuances of white (is it cool, warm, bluish, pinkish?).

View of hall in country cottage with Benjamin Moore White walls and European inspired farmhouse style interiors by Hello Lovely Studio
My home: BENJAMIN MOORE White

2. Determine if objects in the room are cool (choose a cool white) or warm (choose a warm white).

3. Assess whether the room gets a lot of natural light (go with a pure white) or little light (go with a more pigmented white).

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

4.Choose a few whites and test large swatches on the walls.

Benjamin Moore white paint color in a gorgeous modern farmhouse kitchen with coastal decor. Design: Lisa Furey. #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign #benjaminmoorewhite #coastalkitchen #coastaldecor #lisafurey
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White. Design: Lisa Furey. See more of this cottage RIGHT HERE.

5. If still stuck, turn to interior designers’ top picks.

Coastal kitchen design with Benjamin Moore white paint on cabinets and walls. Design by Lisa Furey. #coastaldecor #kitchendesign #lisafurey #coastalcottage
Lisa Furey

Everybody’s Hungry For the Perfect White!

I turned to a panel of some of my favorite design friends to offer their favorite white paint color picks.

Greet of Belgian Pearls: FARROW & BALL Pointing

Slide View: 2: Pointing No.2003 - 100ml Sample Pot
FARROW & BALL Pointing

Lauren DeLoach: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Alabaster

French country farmhouse pale blue and white bedroom with Duck Egg blue barn door. Sherwin Williams Alabaster paint color on walls. Brit Jones Design.
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Alabaster on bedroom walls, Brit Jones Design

Megan Pflug: FARROW & BALL Ammonite

Farrow & Ball Ammonite on trim in a dining area with design by Alexander Design. #farrowandballammonite #whitepaintcolors #greywhite
FARROW & BALL Ammonite paint color for trim – My Domaine – Photo: TESSA NEUSTADT/DESIGN: ALEXANDER DESIGN

YOUR TURN! Have a favorite go-to white or neutral paint color? Why do you love it?

Beautiful BEHR white paint colors on Hello Lovely Studio. #bestwhitepaint #whitepaintcolors #behrwhites #behrwhitepaintcolor
Knotty alder door in serene white bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio #whitewalls #BenjaminMoore
My home. Wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE “White” – How to Choose the Best White Paint Color
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Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
French Chaise
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Gustavian Tub Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Adele Dining Chair
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Louis Ghost Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Farmers Market Wreath
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Life is Beauty…Pillow
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Marble Column Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Brisa Dreamquest Sofa
Modern Brass Globe Pendant
Industrial Sconce
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
So many white paint colors! Let's find out what's the right white for you. Help for choosing the perfect white paint color for your walls from design experts on Hello Lovely Studio
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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
French Chaise
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Hand Carved 4 Door Sideboard
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Gustavian Tub Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Rococo Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Adele Dining Chair
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Ruffle Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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2 Comments

  1. Margarita W.
    March 1, 2020 / 11:45 am

    My walls are painted with Sherman Williams Drifts of Mist (except master bedroom & bath since I’m going to do a remodel) I’d say it’s a light cool gray with trim & ceilings in Benjamin Moore White and I am very happy with my choice. I do like looking at pictures either in magazines or on Pinterest for ideas but I personally take my time and bring home color chips from the stores. I then tape at least four of the same color chips together so I can get a better idea of the color and then tape them on the the back side with blue tape to the wall. Once I narrow down the choice or choices I buy a sample size and paint a 8X8″ square on the wall and look at it different times of the day. It’s amazing how everything about the room changes the color especially the amount of sunlight that comes into the room.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 1, 2020 / 12:39 pm

      Excellent advice and process for arriving at the best choice for your unique setting, Margarita! Thank you for sharing info about Drifts of Mist…how amazing is that color’s name!?! I agree that perusing images online is a good start but shouldn’t replace trying samples before investing in gallons. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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