20 Best White Paint Colors

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Best White Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams: In this post, Ill share 20 of the most popular white paint colors for your home including designer favorites that go anywhere! These white paint colors are perfect whether your style is modern farmhouse, traditional, transitional, or boho-chic and go lovely with a variety of paint colors!

Below, see the best warm white paint colors and the best cool white paints from each retailer. PLUS, youll get to see these white shades in real houses!

BEST WHITE PAINT COLORSbest white paint colors for your house

White paint is all the rage (and has been even before Joanna and Chip first hopped on television and declared Paint it white! setting off a white wall obsession! While one might think picking out a white paint is really simpleI mean, its white paint, right? Well, its actually quite difficult to get whites right!

Thats why Ive rounded up 20 of the best white shades for your house. These tones are perfect for your home whether you want a cool or a warm feeling.

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Below, Ive broken it down by first discussing white undertones. This includes tips for looking at paint colors and how to choose the best white paint. Then, well go into the best warm whites for interior walls and the best cool whites. I even made specific recommendations for what white is best for each room of your house!

the best white paint colors for your house

Colors by row (left to right): Row 1: BM Chantilly Lace/ BM Decorators White/ BM White Heron Row 2: BM White Dove/ BM Simply White/ BM Cloud White Row 3: SW Aesthetic White/ SW Snowbound/ SW Shoji White Row 4: SW Pure White/ SW Alabaster/ SW Eider White

Undertones of White:

First, lets talk about the most important part of choosing a paint color: understanding a paint colors undertones.

white paint on a paint brushCan white have undertones?? Isnt it white just white?

Well, the truth is that there are hundreds of shades of whiteeach with a little less or more of any particular color. What might be categorized as white could have hints of blue, yellow, gray, greenheck, even purple! The easiest way to see what the undertones are in a shade of white are to look at its color family and similar paint colors. Examining the most saturated colors on the paint chip, will help you see what the undertones are.

white dove paint OC-17 undertones

White Dove has greenish yellow undertones and is considered a warm white in my book.

decorators white undertones

Decorators White Undertones are much cooler with a lot more gray.

swiss coffee undertones

BM Swiss Coffee has warmer more yellowish undertones.

So for this blog post, Ive divided white paint colors into warmer and cooler whites, and I will share my favorites of each below!

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warm white walls with blue and white pottery and fireplace

Here are the best warm white paint colors from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. color wheel- how to understand paint tones

Benjamin Moore Warm Whites:

Sherwin-Williams Warm Whites:

  • Pure White SW 7005
  • Extra White SW 7006
  • SW Alabaster SW 7008
  • SW Shoji White
  • SW Aesthetic White

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What makes a white feel warm?

A subtle yellow undertone will make a white paint tone feel warm or cozy. Above, you can see that each of these paint shades have a smidge of yellow whether its yellowish/ gray or yellowish-green. By contrast, cool whites have a bluish undertone that make it feel stark. These warm whites will look particularly good with warm gray paint colors.

What is a good warm white?

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a great warm white or Sherwin-Williams Alabaster.


Cool White Paint Colors: cool white paint shades and paint chips and a paint brush

Benjamin Moore Cool Whites:

Sherwin-Williams Cool Whites:

  • Sherwin-Williams Extra White
  • Sherwin-Williams Snowbound
  • SW Eider White
  • SW Crushed Ice
  • SW Frosty White


What makes a cool white paint color feel cold?

A slight blue or purple undertone makes a white paint shade feel cool or crisp. All of these paints above will give a nice crisp feeling and pair well with cooler color schemes and neutral paint colors.

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Related: Favorite Blue Gray Paint Colors

What is a good cool white?

Benjamin Moore Decorators White is my favorite cool white, Chantilly Lace is my second. Sherwin-Williams Snowbound is another good choice.

Do you want a warm white or a cool white?

Stumped as to which direction you should go? I get it! Its a common question. To make it easy, I like to recommend warm white paint colors for traditional styles (its what we use in our colonial.) Cooler white paint colors work best for more modern styles.


Best White Paint Colors

Here are the most popular white paint colors handpicked by designers, architects, and bloggers from around the internet. Below, you can see wonderful examples of how each white paint color complements the homeowners' style and how even a "white paint" can have undertones trending either warm or cool!

Studio McGee shows how lovely BM Chantilly Lace can be in this white kitchen featuring white kitchen cabinets and a vintage rug.

Gabby Home demonstrates the ethereal nature of Benjamin Moore's Atrium White in her family-friendly family room.

Studio McGee shows how fantastic BM Simply white looks in this farmhouse-inspired laundry room with shiplap walls and cool slate floors.

Benjamin Moore Cloud White is a soft warm white that looks lovely in this family room with a large fireplace featured in House and Home Magazine.

Caitlin Wilson shows how beautiful White Dove is in her gorgeous Dallas living room featured in House Beautiful.

Gorgeous BM Decorators White painted kitchen cabinets show how well this cool white paint color pairs with blue and white decor.

This stunning bedroom featured in Architectural Digest show how lovely BM Paper White looks paired with tone-on-tone whites and creams.

Marcus Designs slays this classic bathroom design with a stunning clawfoot tub. The beautiful white walls complement the marble tones of this gorgeous bathroom.

Emily Henderson's living room is stunning with its airy white painted walls and ceiling! It brings all the attention to her fun mid-century eclectic decor.

Emily Henderson designed this beautiful white bedroom with Sherwin-Williams Pure White walls.

Young House Love created a lovely airy palette in their beach house using Sherwin-Williams White Heron in all of the rooms. It is the perfect slightly cool white that pairs nicely with warm vintage floors.

Green with Decor's lovely mudroom/ hallway show how well SW Aesthetic White go in a farmhouse decorating style.

Our Vintage Nest shows how stunning Sherwin-Williams Snowbound looks on her beautiful white kitchen cabinets seen here with a tile backsplash.

This gorgeous transitional living room maintains its airy yet warm atmosphere with its white painted walls and plush rug.

Chris Loves Julia shows how stunning Sherwin-Williams Alabaster looks in their modern kitchen and breakfast area.

Elements of Style Blog shows her stunning master bathroom with its lovely white walls and light gray cabinets which tie in the herringbone marble tile floor and brass fixtures.

Chrissy Marie Blog shows how lovey Sherwin-Williams Extra White walls look in her gorgeous modern farmhouse living room and entryway.

Emily Henderson's Curbly master bedroom shows how lovely Sherwin-Williams Crushed Ice looks with crisp white linens and a blue headboard in their master suite.

Dear Lillie Studio's open-concept family room, dining room, and kitchen are unified by SW Frosty White paint color and vaulted ceilings.

How bright is white? White LRVs Explained

When you think of white, you probably think that it reflects everything. Well, with paint colors and LRV thats not exactly true. LRV is light reflectance value and can be viewed as a percentage. The higher the number, the greater the amount of light that bounces off the wall color.

Understandably, most white paint colors have an LRV from 85-95.


What white paint is a true white?

Sherwin-Williams Extra White and Benjamin Moore Super White are two very good true whites with barely any undertones.

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What is the best white paint for trim and millwork?

We use Benjamin Moore Simply White on all of our trim (see our tips on painting wood trim white.) You can also use Benjamin Moore Decorators White, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, or White Dove. Any of them are good choices!

benjamin moore white dove walls and simply white trim on bookcase

Walls: BM White Dove; Trim and bookcases: BM Simply White

gorgeous white millwork and trim painted BM Simply White designed by Studio McGee

Design by Studio McGee featuring BM Simply White trim and millwork

Related: See the best light gray paint colors to pair with white trim here.


What is the best white paint for cabinets?

Weve used Benjamin Moore Simply White on all of our cabinets but you can see lots of different white painted kitchen cabinet colors here. PRO TIP: A general tip is that your white kitchen cabinets should match your white trim.

Erin Gates kitchen design featuring Benjamin Moore Simply White cabinets

Design by Erin Gates featuring BM Simply White kitchen cabinets

Benjamin Moore Simply White kitchen cabinets design by The Fox Group

Design by The Fox Group featuring BM Simply White kitchen cabinets and marble walls and countertops

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace kitchen cabinets design by Studio McGeeDesign by Studio McGee: BM Chantilly Lace white kitchen cabinets

Related: Best paint for painting cabinets

Best White Paint Colors for Shiplap?

I like using warmer white paint colors for shiplap. My two go-tos are Benjamin Moore White Dove, Benjamin Moore Simply White and Sherwin-Williams Alabaster are two great options for Shiplap.

white dove shiplap family room by erin gates

Erin Gates Design family room in BM White Dove

Design by Studio McGee: BM Simply White shiplap and cabinets

What type of paint sheen for white walls?

Depending on what type of wall you have, youll want a different paint sheen:

    • Flat walls: use eggshell paint sheen. It is forgiving enough (even with four kids) and doesnt show imperfections.
    • Textured walls: use flat paint (not matte.) Flat will look best on the textured surface and is a bit more forgiving than matte.
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What white paint color for ceilings?

I dont use a paint color on ceilingsI just use the standard ceiling paint at the paint store. It is typically white paint without any pigmentation and in a flat finish.

How do I keep white walls clean with kids?

White walls are possible with kids, I assure you! Just be ready to wipe them down occasionally and scrub off any marks. A Magic Eraser works pretty well for this; but, I prefer my Norwex Cleaning Paste.

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