If you have ever shopped for a just right white paint, then you know. There’s a white rainbow! Undertones of blue, pink, green…good gracious sakes alive. And if what you’re after is a bright, clear, gallery-gorgeous sort of clean and brilliant white paint color to give you maximum joy with minimal undertones? Oooooh, I got you with these lovely possibilities including the wildly popular Benjamin Moore Decorators White.
Which White Paint Shade is Your Favorite?
I know how challenging it is choosing the right shade of white for walls, ceiling, trim, doors, cabinets, and beyond. The things is, it is never a one time thing. Even when you think you have discovered YOUR favorite, signature, beloved white, for your home, there’s a chance it may not be the best one for your next place.
That goes even for shades designers use left and right (like Decorator’s White). Why? All sorts of factors are going to influence how the white reads in a particular context. Different light, artificial light, different lighting conditions, and formulaic properties within the actual paint come into play.
So sample at least three to make sure to seal the deal.
Easiest way to see if a paint sample color will work? Order samples with Samplize and have them delivered straight to your door.
Try This White: Chantilly Lace OC-65 – Benjamin Moore
I have had great success with this white, and lots of designers swear by it. With a light reflectance value (LRV) of 90.04, it’s going to reflect a lot of light!
Do you like a bright white to feel modern and crisp? It can be a very seamless look to use the same white on walls, ceiling, and trim.
Chantilly Lace is fabulous in modern interiors, but even if you have a very traditional styled interior it is brilliant.
I love that grey painted hardwood floor! Need an idea for a light grey?
it feels fresh and classic!
Chantilly Lace is a white that is popular for house exteriors as well.
And how sweet is it for a nursery or a breathtaking kitchen?
Sample the color right HERE.
Extra White – Sherwin-Williams 7006
Try a sample of Extra White SW 7006 (Sherwin-Williams) if you’re after COOL. Here’s a white design professionals love to use as the perfect backdrop for walls and moldings. With a light reflectance (LRV) of 86, it is on the far end of the spectrum.
As in, cool undertones and a crisp feel that won’t yellow on you.
Because if you have ever been disgusted after painting a room white and then discovering it actually looks pale yellow, then you know…cool undertones can be your friend.
Extra White is often used in modern farmhouse style spaces…
and isn’t it incredible with light blue-grey shutters?
For high contrast, Extra White is amazing with black trim.
And this color won’t go too warm on you when it is hit with yellow sunlight.
China White OC-141 by Benjamin Moore
Here’s another awesome white paint color with cool gray undertones – but no worries, China White won’t seem gloomy since it has a LRV of 76.43.
Look at how amazing it looks with black and this cheery green on a porch ceiling!
Isn’t it beautiful for shiplap?
Here’s another example:
The prospect of painting brick is nerve wracking enough so I hope these white paint contenders help calm you. And the easiest way to actually sample is with a sample of China White HERE.
Notice how China White was chosen for two brick homes (above and below) with completely different architecture:
China White is a beautiful choice for cabinetry as well:
You’re Going to Be in Love With These White Walls!
Pure White 7005 – Sherwin-Williams
You’ll love Pure White if a natural and clean look is first priority. It will reflect a fair amount of light. (LRV is 84, which means 84% of light will be reflected back.)
I thought this image was helpful because it features a whole lotta Pure White in a very realistic setting:
Isn’t it a pure kind of white?
Bear in mind the amount of natural light your space receives is going to influence the color. Not all of us have this much sunlight streaming in:
So it helps to see the same color in various settings.
Kate Marker always gets it right!
Are you searching for a white that will reflect a lot of light (LRV is 82.68) yet still be soft, clean, crisp, and pretty for a bathroom vanity?
Here’s one that is aptly named. Decorator’s White, and you can snag an easy to use sample HERE.
Because this one is truly legendary!
It’s definitely a bright white for a kitchen:
Easiest way to see if a paint color will work? Order samples with Samplize and have them delivered straight to your door.
For more help choosing the perfect white, SEE THIS.
BM White OC-151 – Benjamin Moore
I discovered BM White OC-151 when I was on a quest to find the right white for our entire house and must have tried a dozen whites over a month before landing on the perfect one for me:
This is not a shy white!
It’s cool, crisp, gallery-like, bright, clean, modern, and gorgeously brilliant.
Designer Lisa Furey used it on all of the interiors in this coastal cottage AND on the exterior!
I hope these ideas for white paint colors to sample help you narrow down a handful in order to discover the just right white for your project!
If you are also seeking a neutral paint for your exterior, check out ideas in THIS.
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