Which is the Best Exterior White Paint for Home?

You need ideas for the perfect white for your home’s exterior, and I’ve got a bunch of opinions and inspiration to help. I know how important it is to get it right, and I hope your mind will feel eased and your spirit energized by the end of this post. The best exterior white paint for your project? It just may be one of the eight we’ll explore today with help from a gallery of gorgeous white homes. Let’s dig in!

SW Pure White paint color on a beautiful new house exterior by 2kDevelopment. #swpurewhite #whitehousecolors #whitehousepaintcolors
@2kDevelopmentSW Pure White painted brick house exterior

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Choosing interior paint is one thing – it’s nerve wracking for sure, but it’s a huge bang for the buck and not the end of the world if you have to change a room.

Exterior paint colors? Whole different set of anxiety-provoking concerns right there. Expensive, property value implications, coordinating trim and roof colors, and curb appeal to consider. (Bonus: most whites are going to look swell with your roof color.)

Deep breath and giggle with me about the summer heat:

Feelin’ more relaxed? Yay!

We’ll explore 8 different white paint color possibilities in this gallery of inspiration. The colors have proven highly successful for builders, designers, homeowners, and color experts.

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Smart Process for Getting the Right White

Even when you decide it’ll be white, good gracious, there are a ton of choices. And if you’re painting over brick!?! You want to get that white soooooo right, am I right? Start by viewing photos online of homes where the color is supplied such as those in my archives.

Probably the most important advice I can leave you with here is to not fall in love with a paint color’s name (it can be highly misleading) or a particular exterior color in a photo that charms your pants off.

Why stay open and not choose based on one photo?

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #paintcolors #houseexteriors
BM Balboa Mist on a brick house exterior – Ladisic Fine Homes via Sherry Hart

Factors Influencing the Best White Color Choice

Chances are, the right white paint for your project is going to depend on (1) your subjective eye, (2) direction your house faces and the part of the country or continent where you live, and (3) colors of surrounding landscape and structures interacting with the white.

Sherwin Williams Extra White paint color on a gorgeous modern farmhouse exterior - @virginia.farmhouse.project #extrawhite #whitepaintcolors #modernfarmhouse #houseexteriors
SW Extra White@virginia.farmhouse.project…in case you need photos to help decide on the best exterior white paint.

Detecting Undertones

White paint colors, like all paint colors, have undertones that are often only detectable when the color is viewed next to a bright stark white with no undertones. The best way to see those undertones? Get a sample of the paint, paint a piece of cardboard or paper, and when it’s dry, hold it up to a plain piece of computer printer paper.

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You can also compare it to other white paint samples. You’ll be able to see if the white has cool blue or grey undertones or whether it has gold, yellow, or warmer undertones. (The way the sun hits your house is also going to affect how the white painted exterior looks to your eye. A lot of saturated yellow sun is obviously going to warm the white.)

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Simplify Your Search for Less Stress

You’re going to see LRV mentioned below, and no need to sweat it. Those letters stand for “Light Reflectance Value,” and the number is the percentage of light a paint color reflects (higher equals more light reflected). No need to get worked up about LRV or understand much about undertones if you simply take this advice:

START WITH AT LEAST 3 WHITE PAINT COLOR SAMPLES YOU LIKE AND TRY THEM DIRECTLY ON THE HOUSE. SCRUTINIZE THE COLORS AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF DAY. MAYBE THERE WILL BE A CLEAR FRONTRUNNER. IF YOU’RE NOT SOLD, CHOOSE ANOTHER FEW SAMPLES UNTIL YOU ARRIVE AT THE WINNER.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist painted brick house exterior - Ladisic Fine Homes & Sherry Hart. #balboamist #intellectualgray #paintcolors #houseexteriors
BM Balboa Mist on a brick house exterior – Ladisic Fine Homes via Sherry Hart

Should you not be able to decide between two whites that appear equally awesome, sometimes the answer is to have them mixed 50/50 for a custom white all your own. I did this for garage doors on our former home. Trying to match the siding, I couldn’t decide between Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White and Hardwick White. In the end, I used them 50/50 and the custom shade was just right.

1. PURE WHITE 7005 by Sherwin-Williams

It’s a beautifully soft white. I have heard color experts say what makes Pure White soft is its LRV.

Since the LRV is 84 and crisper whites fall within the 90-94 range, this white is more passive.

SW Pure White paint color on beautiful brick house with natural wood door and porch ceiling - @2kdevelopment. #swpurewhite #whitehousecolors #exteriorpaintcolors
Exterior paint color on brick: Pure White (Sherwin-Williams) – @2kdevelopment

Pure White also has some warmth, though it’s not as warm as SW Alabaster or Benjamin Moore White Dove.

SW Pure White paint color on beautiful brick new house with black trim by 2kdevelopment. #swpurewhite #whitepaintcolors #houseexteriorcolors
SW Pure White – 2KDevelopment…in case you need photos to help choose the best white exterior paint.

Maybe “passive” is not the ideal descriptor; I mean, look at how clean Pure White is on the brick house above in Tennessee.

SW Pure White paint color on new brick house with black railings on porch with wood ceiling - @2kdevelopment. #swpurewhite #housecolors
SW Pure White – @2kdevelopment…in case you need a photo gallery of white homes to choose the best exterior white paint.

Pure White looks calmer and softer as photographed in a different quality of light on the exterior above.

SW Pure White paint color on a beautiful farmhouse with black doors and topiaries on porch - @balance_and_bison. #swpurewhite #whitepaintcolors #houseexteriorpaint
Paint color: SW Pure White – @balance_and_bison

If the homes painted SW Pure White above and below prove anything, it’s that natural light will definitely do its thing and cause the same paint to present differently. It reads very clean and crisp on the siding above, while it glows with more warmth with the particular exposure below.

SW Pure White paint color on farmhouse exterior with dormers and wood supports on wrap around porch - @gregoryfarmhouse. #swpurewhite #whitepaintcolors #whitehousecolors
SW Pure White – @gregoryfarmhouse

2. Sherwin-Williams SIMPLY WHITE

It’s still wildly popular, though not as commonly used as SW Alabaster (it’s also reviewed in this post later).

With an LRV of 91, Simply White has high light reflectance and looks clean and creamy in most situations (you gotta sample though – there are no fail-proof whites in this post, doncha know!).

To my eye, it is warm with yellow undertones, and the photos of exteriors you see here mystify me a little since they read cooler than what I might expect.

Tiny house exterior painted BM Simply White and trimmed with board and batten - Monika Hibbs. #simplywhite #whitehousecolors #paintcolors
Simply White – Monika Hibbs

So lovely! What a fabulous tiny house shop (above) Monika Hibbs constructed and painted Simply White! It looks like such a perfect white with that light grey door! (The color reminds me of what we painted the shutters and trim of our own tiny house in 2020…BM Boothbay Gray.)

I love me some Monika Hibbs everything, and here are a few of her favorite greys if you are collecting greys too:

5 lovely grey paint colors - Hello Lovely Studio. #greypaintcolors #bestgraypaint

If you are considering painting a brick exterior, you’ll find plenty of encouragement and confirmation online! Look at what’s possible:

Simply White paint color (Benjamin Moore) on house exterior with black shutters - Julie Blanner. #simplywhitepaint #whitehouseexterior #paintcolors #housecolors
Simply White – Julie Blanner

It’s also helpful to see inspiring house photos of exteriors beyond brick or vinyl siding. Here’s a board and batten beauty with cedar shakes (or are they shingles?) as well:

Simply White paint color on beautiful house exterior - via Prodsec. #simplywhite #whitehousecolors #paintcolors
Simply White via Prodsec

But before you are sold on Simply White, consider a few more tried and true favs in the design world.

3. Benjamin Moore SWISS COFFEE

You may be familiar with Swiss Coffee for interiors, but it can also be stunning and just right for a home’s exterior.

In fact, this color is so often reliable that Benjamin Moore calls it “an essential white with just the right amount of warmth.” But how will you know if the amount of warmth is just right for your particular context?

It seems pretty perfect right here:

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee white paint color on shed exterior - Almified. #swisscoffee #whitepaintcolors #houseexteriors
BM Swiss Coffee OC-45(Behr Black Bamboo on doors) – Almified

With an LRV of 81.91, it is much creamier than the other whites we considered above. Will it be too yellow of a white for your own house? Sampling it is the answer.

If you’re leaning toward Swiss Coffee, this video below might help since the blogger/homeowner chose it for her interiors so you can get an idea of how she arrived at the perfect white for her own needs.

While I still haven’t learned which white paint color was used for this stunning “barn house” in Australia, a good start with samples to emulate it might be SW Simply White, BM Swiss Coffee and BM White Dove.

Exact paint color unknown - do try 
samples of BM Swiss Coffee and White Dove to start. Charming backyard beach cabana with double doors and white siding - Loughlin Furniture. #garageconversions #backyardshed
Loughlin Furniture…not sure of the exact paint color but have some educated guesses.

4. WHITE DOVE by Benjamin Moore OC-17

Has there ever been a more tried and true white for interiors and exteriors in the history of paint? Doubt it.

Benjamin Moore claims White Dove is clean and classic with unerring style, and designers swear by it for classic interiors for a soft white that won’t change with the changing light of the day.

Benjamin Moore White Dove on a brick house exterior - @our_classic_custom_home. #benjaminmoorewhitedove #whitedove #whitedovepaint
White Dove – @our_classic_custom_home

I love that the homeowner (above) who chose it for her new build (above) sampled it with other whites and snapped a photo. What a help to the folks who need a place to start!

Red brick with white paint swatches - @
@our_classic_custom_home – clockwise: White Dove, Featherdown, Shoji White, Gray Mist, Seapearl

You can clearly see the different undertones coming forward in the white paint colors when they are grouped together like this.

Even though Seapearl is not in today’s lineup, I’m reminded of a certain jaw dropping gorgeous showhouse where it played a starring role:

Breathtaking front door and entry to traditional style white stucco mansion in Buckhead. The 2020 Southeastern Designer Showhouse 'Villa Flora' is painted Benjamin Moore Seapearl and trim is Benjamin Moore Pashmina. #paintcolors #seapearl #benjaminmooreseapearl #pashmina #benjaminmoorepashmina #houseexteriors #housecolors
Southeastern Designer Showhouse 2020 Villa Flora’s exterior is painted BENJAMIN MOORE Seapearl – trim is Pashmina

How amazing is Seapearl with Pashmina!?! But back to White Dove’s beauty for historical properties and classic charm…

White Dove (Benjamin Moore) paint color on house exterior - @ourcolonialnewbuild. #whitehousepaintcolors #whitedove #benjaminmoorewhitedove
Benjamin Moore White Dove – Our Colonial New Build

It truly is something special, and if I ever get the itch to paint my own red brick home, White Dove is the first paint color sample for which I would reach.

Here it is on a lovely carriage house:

Carriage house exterior painted White Dove (Benjamin Moore). #houseexterior #whitehouses #whitedovepaint
White Dove @embellished_love

5. Sherwin-Williams OYSTER WHITE 7637

When you’re after a much warmer white, take a look at SW Oyster White with an LRV of 72.

Bear in mind that seeing the color swatch online (doesn’t it look like khaki?) can be misleading. In fact, plenty of beautiful “white house exteriors” are painted in colors with the word “grey” in them. For this reason, looking at photos online is often a smart place to start because you’ll begin to understand that the same paint color can look quite different with varying exposures.

Oyster White (Sherwin-Williams) paint color on a beautiful house with bright blue shutters and arched front door - HGTV (photo Liz Nemeth). #oysterwhite #swoysterwhite #whitehouseexteriors
SW Oyster White (shutters are SW Drizzle) HGTV – photo Liz Nemeth

Here’s Oyster White on an entirely different style brick home. My parents painted their brick ranch a warm white like Oyster White back in the 80s, and the neighbors were appalled! It was such a helpful transformation for me to see and probably sparked my love of white painted everything.

SW Oyster White paint color on a brick house exterior - @lennonnorainteriors. #oysterwhite #whitehouseexterior #warmwhitepaintcolors
Exterior paint color: SW Oyster White – @lennonnorainteriors

6. CHANTILLY LACE (Benjamin Moore OC-65)

Benjamin Moore calls Chantilly Lace “a classic go-to white that elicits images of fresh cotton and pure silk.” I have to concur.

I’m smitten with this off-white with an LRV of 90.04. That number means it is very reflective, clean, crisp, and pure white.

Chantilly Lace white painted house exterior with black shutters - @drs.inc. #whitehouses #chantillylace #houseexteriors
Chantilly Lace – @drs.inc

My favorite use of Chantilly Lace (although truth be told, it’s wildly popular in the 2020s) was in Erin Fetherston’s laid back luxe California home for her young family.

Chantilly Lace paint color on house exterior with Dutch door and farmhouse decor - Studio McGee. #chantillylace #whitepaintcolors #exteriorcolors
Chantilly Lace – Studio McGee

As I was sampling whites here at our new home, I compared it to White Dove and concluded it really has the power to make a place feel fresh and modern. BM White Dove has always been my go-to for vintage furniture and homes (like our first home…a 1920s Chicago bungalow).

Beautiful traditional house exterior painted Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace - Gathered Group. #benjaminmoore #chantillylace #whitepaint #paintcolors #exteriorcolors #houseexteriors
BM Chantilly Lace – Lindsey Cheek

But Chantilly Lace is cooler and feels more chic and young to me.

7. Sherwin-Williams SNOWBOUND 7004

LRV for Snowbound is 83, and isn’t soft and billowy?

While I’m not sure of the paint color for the trim below, there’s a chance it is SW Colonnade Gray since that is the color Sherwin-Williams recommends as a coordinating hue with Snowbound.

Snowbound SW white paint color on house exterior - Coats Homes. #snowbound #swsnowbound #whitehousecolors
Snowbound – Coats Homes

Notice how this warm white works with the roof color above (kind of a pencil lead color) and an entirely different colored roof below (kind of a pencil eraser color!):

Sherwin Williams Snowbound white paint color on board and batten modern farmhouse. #snowbound #whitehousecolors
Snowbound – Sherwin Williams

I’m noticing just now that warmer whites combined with black is a less common combination and truly creates a different mood than black + cool crisp whites.

Snowbound SW white paint color on house exterior - Coats Homes. #snowbound #swsnowbound #whitehousecolors
Coats Homes

8. Sherwin-Williams ALABASTER 7008

If you ever decide to search the internet or Pinterest for interior design where SW Alabaster is involved, do pour yourself a drink and stay hydrated, friend! Because this color gets around (just blogged about it for a tranquil bedroom in THIS).

Alabaster’s LRV is 82, and I would expect it to read warmer than what I see below which is proof that you just never know which white is going to suit your own unique home.

SW Alabaster white paint color on farmhouse exterior with double wood doors - @hestershomestead. #swalabaster #whitepaintcolors #exteriorpaintcolors
Exterior paint color: SW Alabaster – @hestershomestead

When folks consult with me about exterior paint colors and voice concern about not wanting a blinding white, I sometimes suggest a warm white such as Alabaster.

SW Alabaster paint color on white brick house exterior - 2kdevelopment. #swalabaster #whitepaintcolors #exteriorpaintcolors
SW Alabaster – 2kdevelopment

If you like Alabaster, but it’s just a little off, you could peek at these similar tones:

SW Cotton, SW Cold Foam, SW Shell White, and SW White Flour.

Do visit my board with white exterior inspiration! Find bright white paint color options for exteriors in THIS. Hang out a little longer if you have a moment and explore more paint colors HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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