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White Dove by Benjamin Moore: The Ultimate Guide

Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is a hugely popular white paint color.

Heralded as one of the top ten best-selling paint colors by Benjamin Moore year after year, White Dove is favored by homeowners and designers alike.

In fact, many people would say that White Dove is Benjamin Moore’s best white. It is both classic and versatile, making it a great choice if you’re looking for an amazing white paint shade.

What Color is White Dove?

White Dove is a soft, warm white. It is almost creamy without being too yellow, and is warm, but not so warm that it is stifling.

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The Undertones of White Dove

With an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 85, White Dove is a fairly light white.

To give you some perspective, white paint colors can range in LRV from the upper 70s all the way to 100. A quick peruse of the Benjamin Moore paint fan found that the paint shades with the highest LRVs top out at about 90 (White Opulence, Chantilly Lace, Palm Coast Pale, Pink Damask, and Aloe Vera, in case you’re wondering!). So an LRV of 85 means White Dove is a pretty light white paint color.

Despite being a white paint color, and a light one at that, the undertones that are present in white paint are hugely important.

Undertones can really influence how the color looks on the wall. For instance, in comparing the colors below, the undertones are very apparent: Pink Damask looks pink, Aloe Vera looks green/blue, and White Opulence just barely hints at pink.

White Dove compared to other paint colors

Because of the different undertones of these “white” paint shades, the feeling they impart on the room changes. Aloe Vera is cool, potentially making the room feel larger. Pink Damask has a very warm feeling, and has enough pink to make a room feel feminine. White Opulence, with its very subtle pink undertones, is warm but not too overpowering.

As you can see from the picture above, White Dove doesn’t have any super strong “color” undertones. It has a bit of yellow in it, and White Dove also has a just a hint of gray in it, which pulls it back from appearing too stark.

So to summarize, White Dove is a good white that isn’t too white, meaning it won’t appear stark. It has a little bit of a creamy quality, but isn’t so yellow that it looks yellow on your walls. It is right in the sweet spot!

Where Can I Use White Dove Paint Color?

White Dove is a great color for your walls, but can also be used on trim or cabinets.

On your walls, White Dove is bright and luxurious.

White Dove is a great white to paint your walls if you aren’t sure what white to pick. It’s barely-there warm undertones in a neutral gray make it a friendly option for a variety of styles and accent colors.

On trim, White Dove is clean but not overly crisp.

Some trim paint colors, such as Sherwin William’s Extra White, are cool and stark feeling. White Dove won’t present that way.

Painted in a semi-gloss sheen, White Dove will be bright and will look perfectly white, and will be a perfect compliment to warm wall paint colors.

On cabinets, White Dove is warm and welcoming.

White Dove is a great shade for painting your countertops if you have warm shades in the kitchen. Many colors of granite countertops and any number of backsplashes will look amazing when put next to White Dove cabinets.

But, while White Dove is a popular white paint color for cabinets, it is important to use this white paint color carefully if you’re going to have a lot of other white elements in the kitchen.

Typically, modern white accents in a kitchen favor cool whites. Quartz or marble countertops and traditional white subway tile tend to be pretty stark whites. If you have elements such as these, you may want to consider going with a different white paint color, as White Dove may appear dingy next to them.

What Colors Go with Benjamin Moore White Dove?

White Dove is a highly versatile white paint color. Due to its very subtle gray undertones, it can coordinate with a lot of different colors.

Benjamin Moore pairs White Dove with Cheating Heart (a dark gray color) and Silver Lake (a silvery shade), for a bold, minimalistic palette.

Benjamin Moore pairs White Dove with Cheating Heart (a dark gray color) and Silver Lake (a silvery shade), for a bold, minimalistic palette.

Additionally, White Dove is paired with Yukon Sky (a purpley-gray) and Horizon Gray (a sage green) for a more muted, pastel palette.

White Dove is paired with Yukon Sky (a purpley-gray) and Horizon Gray (a sage green) for a more muted, pastel palette.

Truly, White Dove looks amazing with beiges, grays, blacks, blues, greens, reds, and more.

One of my personal favorite pairings for White Dove is to put it with greige paint colors. Because it has those gray undertones, it is a great white to put with greige paint shades such as Revere Pewter, Edgecomb Gray and Agreeable Gray.

It also pairs nicely with both wood and metal accents.

The Most Popular White Paint Colors

White paint colors can be challenging to pick. The undertones alone make it a hard choice.

One of the best ways to determine if a white paint color will go in your home is to get a sample of it. My favorite way to try out a paint color is to get a Samplize square. This 12×12 stick on sheet is made with real paint, and is easily transferable to different surfaces. This means you can try White Dove next to your couch, on the wall by the window, and even in that back corner that gets almost no light.

Pick up a Samplize square here!

If you’d prefer to roll the dice on a white paint color, White Dove is a good one to try. It tends to do well in a lot of homes (which is why it is so popular!).

A few other highly popular white colors are Alabaster, by Sherwin Williams, and Simply White, by Benjamin Moore.

White Dove vs. Alabaster

Alabaster is one of Sherwin William’s most popular white paint shades. In my opinion, it is basically Sherwin Williams’ White Dove (or White Dove is Benjamin Moore’s Alabaster, depending on how you look at it).

Now, I’m not saying that they’re the same color, because they’re not. When compared to each other, Alabaster has a bit more gray in it, and maybe even the slightest hint of beige, and doesn’t come off as luminous as White Dove is. But they’re similar in terms of their popularity and versatility.

White Dove vs Alabaster

Check out this post for a full review on Alabaster Paint Color.

White Dove vs. Simply White

Simply White is another highly popular Benjamin Moore color. It is very clean, and has an LRV of 91 – wow!

As you can see, Simply White has much less “color” in it than White Dove. It is a great shade for trim, cabinets, and can even be used on walls for a stark, minimalistic look.

White Dove vs. Simply White

Check out this full color review on Simply White!

Final Thoughts on White Dove Paint

White Dove is an amazing go-to paint color for walls, trim and cabinets. While there are important considerations when choosing white paint colors, White Dove tends to be a safer choice than many due to its light gray undertones.

White Dove is hailed as one of the most popular Benjamin Moore paint colors (is possibly the most popular white shade from Benjamin Moore) and is a favorite of homeowners and designers. Because of this, I’ve included it in my list of top white paint colors from Benjamin Moore.

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Benjamin Moore White Dove Paint Color Review

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Jocelyne Cantin

Monday 31st of May 2021

Hello, I am having cabinets built for my bedroom (2 walls but not touching). The cabinets will be painted birch. The room is south facing with oak floors. I would love a white (or creamy) airy, calm and comfy look to the room. I have to give the cabinet builder the colour for the cabinets but after looking into the world of “whites” I’m so concerned with choosing the wrong shade. The $$ investment is significant and don’t want to make a mistake. Can you suggest which shades go well together for the cabinets, walls and trim!? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated! Thank you


Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi Jocelyne! It sounds like you want a light and airy look in the room. Cream and white go well together, and would give the room that look. You could do White Dove on the built ins and trim (for a creamy white look) with Floral White on the walls. Or if you want a really light look, you could do White Dove on the walls and Simply White on the built-ins and trim. Good luck!


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Hello, I am thinking of painting my living room with white Dove. I have a lot of oak trim. Do you think it will make the room look yellow?


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Hi Lyndy! With the oak trim and White Dove, you'll probably end up with a pretty cohesive look. Since you have some yellow tones in both, I think that they will work together nicely. I think that the oak will actually downplay the yellow in the White Dove, since when you put a yellow against a white with yellow tones it tends to make the white look more white. To be sure, pick up a Samplize square or a paint sample to get how it looks in your light! The right light makes a big difference! Good luck!


Sunday 11th of April 2021

Hi Lauren! Thanks for such great info here! I need some advice since I am driving myself insane trying to pick paint colors! I have black granite countertops with specks of gold, cream, grey, etc. I have dark vinyl planks with a hint of gray. I am planning to do the kitchen cabinets in white dove and the walls in kitchen and throughout main floor in a light grey. I was thinking chich grey by behr and have tried every single true grey sample from everywhere. The chic grey looks the most light gray as we have so much natural light. Do you think the white dove cabinets will pair well with chic grey walls? Any other suggestions for cabinets that arent too white but would pair with the granite and grey walls?


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Hi Bryanne! Thanks for your sweet comment! Unfortunately, I don't have a sample of Chic Gray so I really can't say with any certainty. I will say, though, White Dove tends to go with with a lot of grays. Another good white could be Snowbound, Simply White, or Pure White. Good luck!

sushma hirani

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Hello I am trying to paint my 2 story house with White Dove walls every where ...my upstairs Floors are Morning oak and downstairs tile is Mediterranean or Tuscan style will White Dove wall looks good ? And what color trim and doors with look good with White Dove walls ? I want something white for trim .


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Hi Sushma! White Dove has a touch of yellow/beige in it, so it will flow nicely with the warmth of the oak and tile. For a door or trim color, you can go with something very white such as Simply White, or just paint the doors and trim White Dove in a glossier sheen, such as semi-gloss. Good luck!


Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Hi there, I'm building a house with a white kitchen, white cabinets, white quartz countertops (calacatta) and white subway tile. Do you have a suggestion for the cabinet color that will coordinate with the countertops and tile? Chantilly lace vs. white dove vs. simply white vs. extra white I don't know what to do! I'm going for a light airy modern farmhouse but I don't want it to be too stark or too yellow. I may also do a color on the island - maybe a blue/grey, grey or even a darker grey/navy. Any suggestions?


Sunday 28th of March 2021

Hi Jody! For whites, you really need to get some swatches and compare them to the quartz and subway tile. Whites can have very different undertones. Typically, quartz and subway tile tend to have more cool undertones, so White Dove may look yellow next to them. Chantilly Lace and Extra White might be better bets, but it really all depends on the tones in your quartz and tiles. For the island, any of the shades you mentioned would be gorgeous. Check out Hale Navy, Naval, Iron Ore, and Providence Blue. Sounds lovely!