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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 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 89 (White Opulence, 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 strong “color” undertones. While some warm whites can lean towards yellow, White Dove 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, but isn’t too creamy, meaning it won’t appear yellow. 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 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 brown, 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

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.

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Tyty

Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi! I just bought a house and I am having a hard time choosing the color for my kitchen walls! I have kitchen cabinets in White Dove (trims and ceilings well). I would like your opinion regarding which neutral warm wall color could be a good match with White dove from my cabinets. Thanks

Wendy

Monday 11th of January 2021

Help needed! I have Santa Cecelia granite with an overall warm tone (I think) and trim painted in SW Extra White. I want to paint kitchen cabinets white and am torn between White Dove or matching the trim color. I’m nervous the Extra White won’t go as well with counters, but also nervous that White Dove and trim (which is throughout entire house) won’t jive. Any advice appreciated!

Lauren

Sunday 17th of January 2021

Hi Wendy! With the color of the granite, I think you'd be better off painting the cabinets in White Dove, and having them be pretty different than the trim, than doing the cabinets in Extra White. Since trim is pretty small, and only on the bottom of the home and around doors usually, I typically cater to that color less than sometime as prominent as the countertops. If the countertops and cabinets don't match, it'll be a BIG deal, but if the cabinets and trim don't match, it is not as big of a deal. To be sure, you could get a sample of White Dove and a big sheet of poster board and paint it. Then put it on a lower cabinet and see what it does next to the trim. Hope this helps!

Mary

Friday 8th of January 2021

Lauren, Great post on White Dove. I so appreciate you note on quartz (Calcutta Gold in my kitchen, so white quartz and white subway tile and how White Dove might not be the way to go. Do you think a better choice would be Simply White for both walls and trim? Will Simply white still have a yellow undertone? Thank you. Mary

Lauren

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hi Mary! Thank you! I do think that Simply White will be a better choice for your walls and trim if you was a color that will go with the quartz and tile. Simply White does have just the slightest little bit of a yellow undertone, which makes it come off as more warm than cool, but it is much more subtle than the yellow undertones in White Dove. My best advice is to pick up a swatch (or one of the Samplize squares I talk about) and compare it to your quartz and tile to make sure it looks good. Then you'll know for sure! Good luck!

Jaimie

Thursday 7th of January 2021

This is a wonderful, wonderful article!!! I am planning to repaint my kitchen cabinet with white and wondered if you think White Dove would match well with light grey granite countertop, whitest white trims throughout the living room, light gray wall throughout the house (Kelly Moore's Slow Perch), and large south-facing windows? I am debating between BM's White Dove, Simply White, and Cloud White. Thank you so much! I would love to hear your advice!

Jaimie

Sunday 10th of January 2021

@Lauren, Thank you so much for your comment, Lauren! Absolutely helpful! The bright white pantry door is in the middle of my two-divided kitchen cabinets, and I think it makes perfect sense how White Dove can look really yellow next to the bright white pantry door and trims. I will go for Simply White. Thanks again!!

Lauren

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hi Jaimie! Thank you for your sweet comment! For the cabinets, I would probably go with Simply White over White Dove since you have that bright white trim. White Dove has a touch of yellow, and can look cream colored next to really white trim. If you want a creamy look to them, White Dove is a good bet. If you want that bright white look though, go with Simply White. I just painted the trim in my basement Simply White and it is so lovely!

Tiffy

Thursday 7th of January 2021

I recently purchased a house that needed all the dark wood trim painted bright white I also had a new island built and choose white dove and the counter is a the white stuccato quartz. I feel the island looks cream against my trim and with the bright white and grey counter. We are in the process of ripping out the rest of the cabinets and counter top and I am struggling on what color to choose...I wanted all white cabinets but Don’t want them to look cream like my island. I really want to repaint the island but it’s going to cost so much to get it repainted and it’s only a year old. 🤦‍♀️ Should I do the perimeter cabinets a really light grey or go bright white? My kitchen walls are paper white bm. Need advice🙏🙏🙏

Lauren

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Hi Tiffy! I'm so sorry that you're in this predicament! White quartz has such a cool, stark tone to it, and frequently white paints can look cream in comparison. For the other cabinets, pick up a swatch of Pure White, Simply White, High Reflective White and/or Snowbound and see if any of those look really white against the countertops. If none of those look good to you, then maybe you should consider a light gray. It'll be a different look than the white cabinets/white quartz, but still really nice. For the island, I'm afraid you will probably have to repaint. Have you considered painting it yourself? I have a post on painting a vanity that has a lot of tips that may help. My one other trick that works on walls (but probably won't work on your island, sadly), is to change the light bulb in the kitchen. Sometimes, you can use a brighter bulb or a different temperature bulb to make the paint color look lighter, but it'll also change the look of the countertop too. Good luck!