White paint is super in style right now… no matter whether it is on your walls, cabinets or furniture.
But not all white paint is created equal. Some can feel flat and boring, and others can warm a room up making it feel inviting and clean.
So how do you choose the best white?
Well it depends on what you are painting.
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The Best Whites for Trim
House trim looks amazing in a crisp, clean white. I can’t tell you what a difference it makes if you repaint yellowed, white paint with a brighter white.
My favorite white trim paint color from Sherwin Williams is Pure White.
As the name implies, Pure White is a good, true white. It is a very bright white with just a touch of warmth to it. It isn’t yellowy and it isn’t beige. But the hint of color in it makes sure it doesn’t give off a cool blueish tone like many whites do.
Pure White has a LVR (Light Reflectance Value) of 84, meaning it is very white, with just a hint of color.
If you want a white without any warmth to it, Extra White is also great for trim. It is Sherwin Williams whitest white, or truest white.
It has an LVR of 86, which means it reflects just slightly more light than Alabaster. With its slightly gray undertones, Extra White is perfectly cool and crisp.
If you need help figuring out how to paint your trim without getting paint all over your floor, check out this post on DIY trim painting.
The Best Whites for Cabinets
If you are looking for a great warm white for your cabinets, you should check out Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.
Alabaster has an LVR of 82. It is a warm white, with a hint of yellow in it.
This very slight hint of yellow it possesses echos the warm undertones of natural wood, making it a perfect complement to a kitchen with wood elements.
Alabaster is so popular, it was named Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year in 2016. Check out this post for more information about the color Alabaster.
Before you paint your cabinets, check out this post on how to paint your cabinets and hide the wood grain.
If you want a cool white for you cabinets, Snowbound is a nice option.
Snowbound has an LVR of 86. It has a slightly gray undertone, making it a great match for other cool colors.
The Best Whites for Walls
If you’re looking for a cool white for your walls, Eider White is a gorgeous choice. It has a touch of gray in it, which makes it stand out nicely against white trim.
Eider White has a LVR of 73, meaning it has the most color in it of all of the whites discussed. Put another way, it is the darkest white listed. In fact, some may look at it and say that it is gray.
I recently painted the the walls in my powder room Eider White. Check out how it turned out with the reveal of my modern boho bathroom.
If you prefer a warm white for your walls, Westhighland White is a perfect choice. It is bright and almost creamy, but not yellowish.
Because it has just a touch of color, it will look beautiful and slightly distinct next to Pure White trim, where as some whites will just look the same as the trim. For example, when Alabaster is placed next to Pure White, it tends to look like the walls and trim are painted the same color.
It has a LVR of 86, meaning it is the bright.
Because it is a warm white, it’ll go nicely with wood or white trim.
I recently painted my son’s room in Westhighland White. I love how it is perfectly creamy without being yellowy at all.
When you look at all the different whites together, you can see their differences. Pure White is crisp and clean, not strongly leaning any way. Extra White is cool, with gray undertones. Alabaster has beige undertones with a touch of gray. Snowbound has gray and slightly beige undertones. Eider White has gray and brown undertones. Westhighland White has yellow and beige undertones.
The Best White Spray Paint
I have one more bonus white for you, and is not a Sherwin Williams color.
If you’re looking to spray paint decor or furniture white, pick up a can of Rustoleum Heirloom White. The spray can lid makes it look almost beige, but I assure that that it is the perfect white spray paint color.
I hope that this list is helpful for you as you try to choose a white for your home!
Before you pick out a white and paint the whole house, remember to try the colors in your own home. The amount of light a room gets, as well as the other colors in the room will really change how a white looks.
In addition, remember that my recommendations on where to use these white paints are just a guide. Whites are very versatile, and you can use all of the whites listed in other ways – Pure White can go on walls, Decorator’s White can go on trim, etc.
Be sure to pick up a few swatches from Sherwin Williams, or check out Samplize. At Samplize, you can order stick squares covered with real paint to see how the color will look in your home. These 12×12 squares will help you see if Alabaster will look boring, but Eider White will look amazing! Plus, get $5 off your first order!
Let me know how your paint choosing goes!