The Best White Paint Colors For Your Home

July 15, 2021

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To kick off our go-to paint colors series, we are chatting all about the color that we receive endless direct messages about…white!

White is a universal shade with a timeless appeal, but choosing the perfect white feels just about impossible. Whether you are looking for a true crisp white or a white with hued undertones, we’ve complied our trustee top 5 white colors used in a variety of our projects for you to refer back to any time! These are all-purpose paint colors for walls, ceilings, cabinets, baseboards, etc.

If you are looking for the best white paint for your space, scroll through this post for photo examples and their undertone details before making your final choice!

Benjamin Moore White Dove

At the top of our list and perhaps our most used is Benjamin Moore’s, White Dove. This softly shaded white has a warmer undertone but doesn’t come off yellow. It’s a light and luminous white that we simply can’t stay away from!

Minneapolis Modern
We used White Dove on both the walls and trim and the #mplsmodern

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

If you’re looking for a pure and crisp white, Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is our go-to. This shade has minimal undertones to the eye, so it’s a wonderful multi-purpose option if you’re looking to use it in a vast majority of the spaces within your home.

Chantilly Lace was used on the cabinets at #thetonkahouse to add a bright and crisp look

Benjamin Moore Simply White

For us, Benjamin Moore Simply White is the chameleon of white paint colors. It looks warm when paired with warm tones and cool when paired with cool tones. It has a softer and warmer undertone in comparison to White Dove.

Credit: Studio McGee

Sherwin-Williams Alabaster

There are so many reasons to love Sherwin-Williams Alabaster. This white is creamy, soft, and the less stark of the bunch. Alabaster nears the neutral spectrum of our go-to white shades, and it was the Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year (for obvious reasons). If you’re looking for a more off-white shade, this calming color would be our recommendation.

Credit: Studio McGee

Sherwin Williams Pure White

As its name suggests, Sherwin-Williams Pure White is a crisp white but softer than Chantilly Lace. It’s a bright white paint color that’s not overly stark, and it also doesn’t hold any obvious undertones. If white is what you want, white is what you get with this color!

We used Pure White on the exterior at #thelakeloft

As with any paint color selection, it’s important to think about how factors such as lighting and flooring will affect the overall color appearance in your space. You want the white you choose to balance out these factors and offer the look you’re going for. If you have any questions about these whites or aren’t sure which to go with, leave us a comment below, and we’d love to offer our suggestion! While not all white paint colors are created equal, choosing the white that jibes with the rest of your space can create a spacious, serene, and clean feel in any room.

Check out more of our favorite paint colors here!

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  1. Meighan says:

    Hi. We are remodeling a spacious 1980s tutor home in MN with mostly north facing windows to a lake. I want to paint the walls, trim and cabinetry white. We are keeping original wood molding around the windows and doors as well as original stained dark 6 panel doors. We will be added darker colored hardwood floors. There is also exposed brick in the space (fireplace and some flooring). I am looking for clean walls/trim/cabinets. I need to use SW paint and have it narrowed to Pure White, Snowbound and Alabaster. Any insights would be great. I do not want the house too cold but conversely worry about Alabaster being too yellow. Thank you!

  2. G says:

    I was wondering what would work better in a north facing bathroom SW pure white or chantilly lace by BM. The vanity is navy blue and floors are a porcelain marble look a like. I know north facing rooms can have blue gray light so I want a white color that will not enhance that.

    • Monica says:

      I am trying to decide the same for my kitchen cabinets. I have hardwood floors and concerned they will show any yellow undertones with the pure white. I have Quartz in Calcutta Vincenzo. I painted my north facing living room in Simply White and I did not like it for that reason. Repainted in Chantilly Lace and love it.

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