It’s funny how something as simple as a white wall can cause so much stress. Finding the right white paint for a project can be surprisingly difficult because, much like black paint, the undertones of white paint can drastically change the way the paint feels on the wall. Too much much yellow? The room feels dusty. Too much grey? It can feel too cold. But just the right balance in a white paint can create a perfectly fresh room that feels calm, clean and bright. So today we’re sharing our trusted white paints that each one of us has used, loved and recommended from personal experience. We’ve described each one so you can get an idea of what the undertones will be and how they’ll look at home. Happy Painting! xo, grace
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Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (0C-17): All three of us swear by White Dove. As do a number of other interior designers and bloggers. I feel like this is one of the most recommended colors I see anywhere (online or in print) and with good reason. With just a bit of a yellow undertone, this white feels soft and warm- no hints of coldness anywhere. It’s great for any room, but I think it’s especially nice for sunny interiors where the yellow undertones can really shine.
Image above: Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (image via Decorpad via At Home in Arkansas)
Benjamin Moore’s White Opulence (OC-69): Amy and her mother love this paint for its pink undertones. She used it on her own kitchen makeover (for the cabinets) with great results and then we found out this week that it’s Jessica Helgerson’s go-to white paint as well! The pink tones don’t read as pink so much in person, just a nice warmth that goes well with blacks and greys. If you’re not a fan of whites that have a lot of yellow in the base, this one’s for you.
Image above: Benjamin Moore’s White Opulence (image via Benjamin Moore)
Farrow & Ball’s Wevet: I love Farrow & Ball whites. LOVE. They are my go-tos for almost everything and I’ve never been let down by one of their white hues, even when I choose without seeing them on a wall first. I like Wevet’s subtle yellow undertone- although sometimes it reads as a bit of a green undertone (which I actually prefer) when it’s next to grey. I use a lot of grey at home, so I like that little subtle bit of a green hint.
Image above: Farrow & Ball’s Wevet (image via Farrow & Ball’s site)
Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite: This probably my favorite white. It’s got a very subtle chalky green undertone and suggests the feel of the minerals after which it’s named. This is my go-to when I want a really clean crisp white. It’s not as startling as a ‘decorator’s white’, but not as warm or dusty as some of the other popular white paint colors.
Image above: Farrow & Ball Ammonite, via Farrow & Ball’s site.
Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White: This color is very bright and very, very WHITE. It’s a great option for trim and doors if you like a bright pop of white and a high contrast room. But if you want crisp “like new” molding and trim, this is a great and trusted option.
Image above: Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White (bottom image via Decorpad via Boston Magazine)
Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White: This white has a sort of soft linen feel to it. I used to love a Farrow & Ball color (which was called ‘Linen’ I believe) that was discontinued and this is the closest thing I can find to it now. It’s soft, warm but doesn’t have too much of a yellow undertone. I think it’s perfect for wainscoting, bead board and wooden planks- it really has a soft ‘country house’ sort of feel to it.
Benjamin Moore’s Ivory White (bottom image via BrunchatSaks)