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.
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Lovely White Paint Colors You May Not Have Considered
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.
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.
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.
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
We actually just sold this home (Lord have mercy, here we go again on a new adventure…), but you’ll continue to see me refer to it until I get settled in the new place.
In my own home 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.
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.
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.
Neutral Decor to Get the Look
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.
For example, the light here in Northern Illinois is completely different than the light in the Southwest.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Beautiful Behr White Paint Colors
Here’s an infographic with a few favorite Behr white and neutral paint colors:
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 Polar Bear
Here’s a color that is close to Benjamin Moore White Dove:
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.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
Crisp Linen is reminiscent of Benjamin Moore White Sand, a color I used on most of the walls in our prior French home.
Another white paint favorite of Joanna Gaines is Kilz Shiplap, which is a color similar to Crisp Linen.
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?).
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).
4.Choose a few whites and test large swatches on the walls.
5. If still stuck, turn to interior designers’ top picks.
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
Lauren DeLoach: SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Alabaster
Megan Pflug: FARROW & BALL Ammonite
YOUR TURN! Have a favorite go-to white or neutral paint color? Why do you love it?
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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.
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! 🙂
I loved reading this! I have a medi color oak trim and doors. My husband says no wah are we painting them. I didn’t see any of the photos in this article that have wood trim. Should I not paint white? Help
I hear you. Just finished our son’s condo renovation, and we decided to leave the oak trim alone and went for a fresh, ultra white so it would feel modern. Turned out great! Watch for it in a post soon – maybe you’ll be inspired. 🙂
I just love how you described being a fan of tranquil neutral colors as I feel precisely the same! I was hopeful, therefore that you could tell me what color trim you used (in the photos) with Behr Irish Mist and Behr Crisp Linen? Thank You for “the” most wonderful website.
Thanks for the kindness, Diane! I am fairly sure that trim was painted Benjamin Moore White Dove!
What color white is used on the wall and trim in the first picture labeled And North? It looks very Creamy!
I think the color looks creamy on that part of the wall due to the natural light warming it. Notice how the wall under the window looks much cooler? It is likely Benjamin Moore White Dove or a similar white with creamy yellow undertones.