Oxford White is a Benjamin Moore white paint color. It is part of the Designer Classics Color collection.
Oxford White is a popular paint color, but it typically goes by another name: White Heron. That’s right. Benjamin Moore White Heron is the same paint color as Oxford White.
So, in truth, Oxford White is one of the most popular Benjamin Moore white paint colors.
This is because Oxford White is a versatile white paint shade. It is both useful and functional, and looks great in any style home.
Keep reading for all the details on Oxford White, a gorgeous soft white paint color by Benjamin Moore.
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What Color is Benjamin Moore Oxford White?
Benjamin Moore Oxford White is a soft white paint color. It isn’t a stark white, and Oxford White looks white but not terribly crisp on your walls or trim.
Benjamin Moore Oxford White Undertones
Oxford White has yellow and gray undertones.
The gray undertones are what make Oxford White a softer white paint color. Typically, any paint color that has some gray in it gives the shade a more muted look.
With its yellow undertones, people frequently ask if Oxford White looks yellow. Oxford White does have some yellow in its formula, but it doesn’t look yellow on your walls or trim. While a warm southern light can warm up any white paint, Oxford White has that gray in it that helps it stay more shaded.
Sometimes, people also wonder if Oxford White looks green. Oxford White doesn’t have green undertones, so it shoudn’t look green on your walls. Now, like any paint with a high LRV, Oxford White can pick up the colors of the things around it. So, if you paint your house Oxford White, you may see the green of the grass reflecting off of it in some places. But Oxford White itself doesn’t have green in it.
Benjamin Moore Oxford White LRV
Benjamin Moore Oxford White has an LRV of 87. The LRV (Light Reflectance Value) scale goes from 0, which is completely black, to 100, which is completely white.
As you can see, an LRV of 87 is fairly high and means that Oxford White is almost a true white paint color. But, it does have a little bit of color in it (yellow and gray, to be exact).
So, Is Oxford White Warm or Cool?
With its yellow undertones, Oxford White is a warm paint color. It isn’t so yellow that it looks sunny… more like a happy kind of white paint.
Where to Use Benjamin Moore Oxford White
Oxford White is a great paint color woodwork such as trim, crown molding, built-ins and cabinets, and also looks nice on walls and home exteriors.
Oxford White works in traditional, modern, farmhouse, coastal, contemporary, and rustic style homes.
Coordinating Colors for Benjamin Moore Oxford White
Benjamin Moore Oxford White is a very versatile color. It coordinates with neutrals such as grays, blacks, some creams, and browns, and with colors like blue, yellow, blue-green, pink, purple and red.
Here are two color palettes of shades that work with Oxford White.
In the first color palette, Oxford White is paired with Cheating Heart, a dark charcoal black paint color. For a lighter shade, Oxford White coordinates with Silver Lining, a silvery gray paint color.
This second color scheme for Oxford White features Sweatshirt Gray, a mid-tone gray paint color, and Silver Song, a light gray.
Both of these color palettes juxtapose the warmth of Oxford White with the coolness of gray toned neutrals.
Trim Colors for Benjamin Moore Oxford White
Like many white paint colors, the best trim color for Oxford White is Oxford White. Because Oxford White has so little color in it, it likely wont show up as a different color next to most white trims.
Best case scenario, the paint colors will look either the same, or just slightly off from one another.
Worst case scenario, the paint colors may actually clash a bit. When you place two white paint colors next to each other, they tend to highlight the other’s undertones. So, pairing Oxford White with a cool color like Extra White may make Oxford White take on a yellow hue while Extra White takes on a blue hue.
So, the best recommendation is to paint the walls and trim in the same white paint color, but differentiate them by sheen. So, you can paint the walls in Oxford White in a satin and the trim in Oxford White in a semi-gloss. The light will reflect off the trim more, making the trim look brighter than the walls. But, the tones will all be perfect together.
If you’d like to see an example of how a white paint color can look brighter in a higher sheen, go to Love Remodeled’s Facebook group and search the term, “Alabaster.” There is a post that shows how Alabaster paint on kitchen cabinets looks a bit brighter than the walls, even though they are both painted in Alabaster (but varied sheens).
Benjamin Moore Oxford White Compared
Each time I do a paint color review, I like to compare the paint color to other popular paint colors that are either in the same color family or have the same uses.
This helps readers choose between paint colors they may be considering.
Let’s look at Oxford White and compare it to two popular Benjamin Moore white paint colors, Chantilly Lace and Simply White.
Benjamin Moore Oxford White vs. Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace is a super popular white paint color by Benjamin Moore. It is used on trim, cabinets, walls, home exteriors and more.
Chantilly Lace is a very clean white that just barely hints warm. It has maybe a hint of yellow in it, and this is what gives it the almost warm look.
Oxford White is a little warmer than Chantilly Lace, because it has more yellow in it.
Chantilly Lace has an LRV of 90. This makes it one of the brightest and lightest white paint colors that Benjamin Moore has. It also means that it has less color in it than most of the other white paints, including Oxford White.
And, Oxford White has more gray in it than Chantilly Lace. So Oxford White is more muted.
Both Chantilly Lace and Oxford White will look very white on your walls or your trim, but Chantilly Lace is just a smidge lighter and brighter.
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Benjamin Moore Oxford White vs. Simply White
Simply White is another commonly used white paint color by Benjamin Moore. It has soft yellow and gray undertones in it, like Oxford White.
But, Simply White is has more yellow in it and less gray, so it is warmer than Oxford White.
Both Simply White and Oxford White are versatile white paint colors. Simply White looks a little brighter though, while Oxford White is a little more shaded.
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Benjamin Moore White Heron and Oxford White
There is a lot of chatter on the internet about whether White Heron (OC-57) and Oxford White (CC-30 or 869) are these same paint color.
As I mentioned earlier, they are! Benjamin Moore White Heron and Oxford White are the same exact formulas, containing dark yellow, white and gray in them in the same amounts.
Oxford White was part of Benjamin Moore’s original fan deck, called Benjamin Moore Classics. At some point, Benjamin Moore began putting their paint color into other collections, and included Oxford White in their Off-White Collection, but with a new name – White Heron.
So, both colors still exist. Oxford White is CC-30 or 860, and White Heron is OC-57. But, if you say either White Heron or Oxford White at your local Benjamin Moore store, you’ll get the same can of paint.
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Final Thoughts on Benjamin Moore Oxford White
Benjamin Moore Oxford White is a soft, beautiful paint color. This warm white paint color is great on trim, walls, cabinets, and home exteriors.
If you are looking for a white paint color that is versatile and functional, Oxford White is a great option!
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