Leanne Ford White Paint Favorites

Like me, designer Leanne Ford is devoted and unabashedly passionate about the transforming power of WHITE PAINT. She swaths it on everything, and tells her friends and anyone in earshot that a can of Behr Pure White (right off the shelf at Home Depot, without the bother of tinting) is a sure thing. Keep reading to find names for more Leanne Ford White Paint Favorites from BEHR as well as some bonus colors from PPG she has used brilliantly.

Leanne Ford designed vintage modern rustic kitchen painted Crisp Linen (BEHR). #leanneford #whitepaintcolors #behrcrisplinen
Interior design: Leanne Ford

Leanne Ford White Paint Favorites

Rustic and vintage style are mellowed with white paint, a soft skirt at the sink, and edgy barn style sconces flanking the window. Design by Leanne Ford and photo by Reid Rolls for HGTV Restored by the Fords. #rustickitchen #vintagestyle #leanneford #restoredbythefords
PPG Delicate White on walls and PPG Sugar Soap on trim looks serene and classic Leanne Ford in a kitchen on HGTV’s Restored by the Fords (photo: Reid Rolls).

What is Leanne Ford’s Pick for a Cool White?

Behr CAMEO WHITE

The designer and stylemaker loves this white paint color to create brightness and says it will feel airy. I wholeheartedly agree and love cool white to modernize and freshen a space inside or out.

Leanne Ford design - Cameo White (Behr) paint color on exterior door. #cameowhite #leanneford #whitepaintcolors
BEHR Cameo White painted exterior door – Leanne Ford

Don’t you think Leanne’s styling leans toward European inspired?

Cameo White BEHR paint color on wall behind built-in bench. #cameowhite #whitepaintcolors

Here’s a swatch of Cameo White, and you can see the grey undertones (and maybe green?). I have not found it to be cold or sterile, and I’m considering it for my kitchen walls for some contrast with white cabinets. (I mean, I think they’re going to be white…I’m painting them so time will tell!)

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What is Leanne’s Favorite True White Paint Color?

Ultra White by BEHR

If you’re after the brightest white with minimal undertones and a very modern look, try Behr Ultra White. You can see it on brick in this Midcentury space by Leanne Ford:

Behr Pure White paint color on brick in a midcentury interior by Leanne Ford. #behrpurewhite #whitepaintcolors
Leanne Ford designed modern white room painted BEHR Ultra White.

This color is basically the color we painted our entire former home. We chose Benjamin Moore White, which is the base that all their whites are made from.

Behr Ultra Pure White paint color is a gorgeous bright cool white with minimal undertones since it is their base that all the other whites begin with. #ultrapurewhite #bestwhitepaintcolors
BEHR Ultra Pure White

I can’t tell you how it transformed that fixer upper and brought it back to life. Lisa Furey also used BM White inside and out of her coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluffs here.

What White Paint Color Does Leanne Ford Like for Warm White?

Crisp Linen by BEHR

Behr’s Crisp Linen is a beautiful warm white paint color that reminds me of the color we painted interiors within a French country house we built: BM White Sand.

Leanne Ford designed vintage modern rustic kitchen painted Crisp Linen (BEHR). #leanneford #whitepaintcolors #behrcrisplinen
Crisp Linen by BEHR paint on walls of a gorgeous kitchen by Leanne Ford

Doesn’t it remind you of white sand or even pale limestone with its sandy brown undertones?

Behr Crisp Linen is a warm white paint color that reminds me of white sand or even limestone. #behrcrisplinen #crisplinen #whitepaintcolors
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Psst. We pause for these reminders:

Spring inspirational quote about flowers on Hello Lovely Studio.
Atticus quote and poetry on Hello Lovely Studio. #atticus #quotes #poetry
Blessing quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #blessingquote #wordsofblessing #kindnessquotes
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More Favorite Paint Colors from Leanne Ford

PPG Delicate White

Here’s a beautiful white that feels like a billowy cloud.

Leanne Ford designed white kitchen (Rinaman project) painted Delicate White by PPG.
The Rinaman kitchen by Leanne Ford is painted Delicate White.

Do you love how it is working with all the naked wood?

PPG Delicate White paint color is a perfect white paint to use for your walls and a favorite of Leanne Ford of HGTV's Restored by the Fords. #delicatewhite #perfectwhite #paintcolor #leanneford #ppg
PPG Delicate White – 8 Leanne Ford Paint Colors: Designer Favorites from PPG as well as Interior Design Inspiration.

And wasn’t it genius to paint the ceiling rafters for a loftier look and feel?

Leanne Ford designed white kitchen (Rinaman project) painted Delicate White by PPG.
PPG Delicate White in the Rinaman kitchen designed by Leanne Ford.

Oh, white painted beadboard, I can’t quit you! In another project, Leanne painted walls Delicate Walls in a dining room:

PPG Blue Blood paint color accenting an arched opening to a dining room by Leanne Ford. White paint color is Delicate White.
Leanne Ford designed dining room with Delicate White painted walls accented with PPG Blue Blood.

Doesn’t it help to see the same color used in entirely different rooms and lighting conditions? Here it is in Leanne Ford’s Kardell project:

Delicate White (PPG paint color) in a beautiful breakfast nook with bay window - Leanne Ford design.
The Kardell project by Leanne Ford.

But we need just a bit more beaded board…

Leanne Ford designed white kitchen (Rinaman project) painted Delicate White by PPG.
Serenity rules in this kitchen painted Delicate White with built-in banquette breakfast nook.

PPG Sugar Soap

Here’s a warm white that reminds me of BM Linen White and seems best suited for older homes where you want to keep things very traditional and nostalgic.

Sugar Soap (PPG) paint on walls with black fireplace in a space designed by Leanne Ford.
PPG Sugar Soap paint color on walls.

How do you feel about the age this color lends?

PPG Sugar Soap paint color is a perfect white paint to use for your walls and a favorite of Leanne Ford of HGTV's Restored by the Fords. #sugarsoap #perfectwhite #paintcolor #leanneford #ppg
PPG Sugar Soap – 8 Leanne Ford Paint Colors: Designer Favorites from PPG as well as Interior Design Inspiration.

Sugar Soap is a pale, shaded, off-white with a red undertone. It is used quite unconventionally by Leanne who combined it with Delicate White and Black Magic.

Leanne Ford painted this gorgeous staircase PPG Black Magic, Walls: PPG Sugar Soap; trim: Delicate White; Stairs: Black Magic. #whitepaintcolors #leanneford #restoredbythefords
Delicate White on trim, Sugar Soap on walls, Black Magic on stairs – Leanne Ford/Restored by the Fords.

What do you think of those stairs!?!

Cameo White paint color by Behr - Hello Lovely Studio. #cameowhite #leanneford

Finds in the Spirit of Leanne Ford’s Vibe-loveliness

And for Francophile fans of Leanne, I found this:

Whimsical Easter quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #easterquote #funnyquotes #springquotes

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2 Comments

  1. Amy
    March 25, 2022 / 12:29 pm

    You can’t go wrong with Leanne’s white paint color suggestions!! I did and have been sooooo happy with them! I didn’t use any of the ones suggested here but I love these also!… especially cameo white (that would be so lovely for your kitchen walls like you said against white cabinets …subtle contrast is my fav) & crisp linen! I lean towards the warmer whites, but not as crazy about Sugar Soap for some reason?!? Love the boucle swivel chair for the cozy factor & the Easter eggs in one basket quote😆Hope you have a wonderful wkend…yay it’s Friday!

    • Michele
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      March 25, 2022 / 3:08 pm

      I’m gonna try some different whites in the kitchen this weekend because it’s time to make those decisions! I’m leaning toward those cool, greyed, off whites for cabinets, and I may even opt for light grey on cabinets with brighter white on walls. I am not a fan of Sugar Soap either. It feels old fashioned in a bad way for me, and yellow just depresses the heck out of me. I have never enjoyed spending time in yellow rooms. I painted the bath in our very first 1920s era home a bright yellow to emulate sunshine, and brought in Swedish blue and red, but yellow is tricky. Have a wonderful weekend, Amy…mine is already off to a wonderful start. 🙂

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French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
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French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved 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
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
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