Back in 2015 when we downsized and began tackling a neglected fixer upper, we were anxious to lighten up all the yellow interior walls with white. My quest for the best white for that project began and was not the easiest task. It’s a process. The first white I sampled was wildly popular that year: Benjamin Moore Simply White 2143-70. Designers and homeowners from every part of the country were turning to this crisp yet creamy white. (Turned out I needed this much cooler white paint color.) Let’s see why so many folks love living with this for walls, trim, doors, siding, ceilings, and cabinetry.
Benjamin Moore Simply White 2143-70
Overview of BM 2143-70
All creamy whites are about the same, right? Nope. Undertones and subtle formulaic differences make all the difference when the white interacts with your lighting conditions.
The slightest hint of warmth makes BM SIMPLY WHITE OC-117 a clean, crisp favorite white to use anywhere in the home. It has such a cozy feel on the shiplap above, and who isn’t after as much cozy as possible these days?
Simply White is going to reflect a whole lotta light back into the space. 89.52% to be exact since the light reflectance value (LRV) is 89.52.
It’s always wise to sample at least three similar whites when you’re after the right one for your unique lighting situation, so it’s helpful to know the names of other whites to sample with Simply White.
What Colors are Similar to Simply White?
Simply White is also similar to these Benjamin Moore whites: Mountain Peak White, Navajo White, Cotton Balls, Snowfall White, Linen White, and Acadia White.
Photos of Exteriors & Interiors Painted Simply White
Psst. There’s no ONE PERFECT WHITE for every single project, only the one that is the right look for your space.
Viewing images online is very helpful because you begin to get a sense of how one color varies depending on the geographical region of the home (the light is different in different parts of the country), and the amount of natural light or artificial light a room receives.
Colors Matching This White
According to Benjamin Moore, Simply White matches with these BM colors:
Dove Wing, Somerville Red, Silver Satin, and Casco Bay.
What does it mean that this particular white “matches” with those colors?
I think they’re giving us a clue as to what colors would make great accent colors for exterior features like trim and doors. I’m partial to this combo above with Farrow & Ball Dropcloth.
I think I like Drop Cloth as an accent because it reminds me of one those elusive colors that suggests a beautiful pale wood tone. For example, this wood tone (and the exterior is Simply White):
In recent years, black has become more common as a trim color with white exteriors:
I’m not 100% certain, but I think the accent color below may be BM Boothbay Gray…a gorgeous blue-gray that I used on our own tiny house for trim with white.
Omg, I’m crazy about the softness Monika Hibbs added on this porch!
Photos of BM Simply White in a Variety of Kitchens
Since white kitchens are timeless and not going anywhere, maybe Simply White is a natural choice if you are not sure where to begin and want to consider white for cabinetry.
Bear in mind it may look a little different than expected depending on the lighting in your space.
For example, if you are renovating or building a kitchen and the lighting has not been finalized, looking at samples becomes super tricky. Especially at night! I don’t recommend making a big decision like cabinet color before lighting is done.
Make sure to sample multiple whites and notice how they change with the changing light from day to night.
While we don’t know the exact white on the kitchen cabinets in Tina’s Enchanted Home former kitchen (it’s a custom white with an antique glaze on top), the walls in here are painted BM Simply White.
Mixing Various White Paint Colors in a Space
Even though we can’t see a lot of Simply White jumping out from this exceptionally beautiful space, it truly is a great example of how different whites work together in harmony.
Notice all the warm sandy and taupe neutrals from the stone floor work with warm cabinetry and cooler walls. Then notice that there are expanses also of Calacatta Gold marble on counters and backsplash.
All of those whites are working together. It’s not about matching as much as creating interest and layers. (Psst. Do you love her accessories and belljar lights? They’re from her shop HERE.)
As far as designers who often turn to Simply White, Shea McGee immediately springs to mind. She likes Swiss Coffee too. See her lead a tour of McGee & Co’s winter collection in a home with creamy white walls…then shop for items you may need from her shop HERE.
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