White Heron is a Benjamin Moore white paint color. It is part of the Off-White Color collection.
White Heron is a popular paint color, and is included in Benjamin Moore’s “Favorites” fan deck. This fan deck includes the 75 best selling paint colors by Benjamin Moore.
Benjamin Moore White Heron is a versatile white paint shade. It is both useful and functional, and works in any style home.
Keep reading for all the details on White Heron, a beautiful white paint color by Benjamin Moore.
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What Color is Benjamin Moore White Heron?
Benjamin Moore White Heron is a soft white paint color. This beautiful paint color is a favorite for people who want a color that looks very white, but isn’t stark.
While some white paint colors may look yellow or blue depending on the light, White Heron typically just looks white.
Benjamin Moore White Heron LRV
Benjamin Moore White Heron 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 White Heron is getting close to a true white paint color.
Benjamin Moore White Heron Undertones
Undertones are the little hints of color that make a paint color look the way it does. All white paint colors have undertones.
White Heron has yellow and gray undertones. The gray undertones in White Heron give it a soft look, while the yellow undertones provide some warmth.
So, Is White Heron Warm or Cool?
With its yellow undertones, White Heron is a warm paint color. On you walls though, you won’t see a ton of warmth. More likely, it just won’t look cool or icy like some white paints can.
Where to Use Benjamin Moore White Heron
White Heron is a great paint color for walls, trim, cabinets and home exteriors.
It works in any style home, from farmhouse to modern, contemporary to traditional.
Coordinating Colors for Benjamin Moore White Heron
Benjamin Moore White Heron is a very versatile color. Because it doesn’t have a lot of color in it (and is mostly white) it can work with grays, blues, yellows, blue-greens, blacks, pinks, purples, reds, browns and some creams.
Here are two color schemes that show some potential coordinating colors for White Heron.
In the first, White Heron is paired with Cheating Heart, a dark charcoal black paint color. For a lighter shade, White Heron goes with Silver Lining, a silvery gray paint color. This color scheme features cooler coordinating paint colors.
This second color scheme for White Heron features Sweatshirt Gray, a mid-tone gray paint color, and Silver Song, a light gray. Again, this color scheme shows how the warmth of White Heron juxtaposes nicely with the coolness of coordinating shades.
Trim Colors for Benjamin Moore White Heron
If you are looking for a good trim color for White Heron, look no further than to White Heron itself.
Like many white paint colors, the best trim color for White Heron is going to be White Heron. Using White Heron for both the trim and the wall color ensures that the surfaces go together perfectly. If you go with another white paint color, you run the risk of some of the undertones clashing, or appearing more prominent than you may like.
The trick to using the same color as both the trim and wall paint color is to differentiate them by sheen. So, choose a higher sheen paint such as a semi-gloss for the trim color, and a lower sheen paint such as a satin for the wall color. The light will reflect off the semi-gloss more, making it look brighter than the wall color. Altogether though, paint on the trim and wall will look perfectly coordinated.
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 White Heron Compared
When people look at paint colors, they tend to be comparing them to other popular paint colors that are in the same color family. This can leave a lot of questions, like, “Is White Heron or Simply White going to look better in my space?”
Well, the best way to know for sure is to view the paint color on your wall. You can get a sample can, or order a Samplize square right from the convenience of your home (more on that later though).
To get you started on the right track, let’s look at White Heron and compare it to two popular Benjamin Moore white paint colors, Chantilly Lace and Simply White. But first, let me clear up any confusion over Benjamin Moore White Heron and Sherwin Williams White Heron.
Benjamin Moore White Heron vs. Sherwin Williams White Heron
Both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams carry a white paint color named White Heron. While the naming is the same, the paint colors are actually fairly different.
Sherwin Williams White Heron is a soft, off-white paint color that has a lot more color in it than Benjamin Moore White Heron does. It is a warm grayish beige paint color with pink and purple undertones. These undertones make Sherwin Williams White Heron more of a taupe.
With an LRV of 76, Sherwin Williams White Heron is a true off-white. It can’t really be used in place of your white paint for something like trim, but it is a gorgeous wall paint color.
Benjamin Moore White Heron vs. Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace is a very popular white paint color by Benjamin Moore. It is used on trim, walls, exteriors and more.
Chantilly Lace is a very pure white that just barely hints warm. It has maybe a smidge of yellow in it, and this is what gives it the almost warm look.
Chantilly Lace has an LRV of 90, which means it has a little less color in it than White Heron. Specifically, White Heron has more gray in it. This gives White Heron a slightly softer look than Chantilly Lace.
Both Chantilly Lace and White Heron will look very white on your walls or your trim, but Chantilly Lace is just a bit brighter.
Click here for more information about Chantilly Lace.
Benjamin Moore White Heron vs. Simply White
Simply White is another commonly used white paint color by Benjamin Moore. It has all the same uses as White Heron – walls, trim, exteriors, cabinets and more.
Simply White is a little bit warmer than White Heron. It has yellow undertones that make it a cheery sort of white. But, it does not have as much gray in it as White Heron does.
Both Simply White and White Heron are great white paint colors. If you want a white paint color that is just a little bit softer, White Heron may be the better pick.
Click here for more information about Simply White.
Benjamin Moore White Heron and Oxford White
You’ll see people ask the question, are White Heron (OC-57) and Oxford White (OC-30 or 869) the same paint color?
You can’t find a definitive answer on Benjamin Moore’s website, so I called my local Benjamin Moore store and had them check out the formulas for me.
It turns out, Benjamin Moore White Heron and Oxford White are the same exact formulas! Both have 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. Years later, Benjamin Moore compiled some of their colors into different collections, including the Off-White Collection. I’m not sure when, but at some point Benjamin Moore renamed Oxford White as White Heron. Oxford White is still part of the Designer Classic Collection, and White Heron is included in the Off-White Collection.
But, if you order either White Heron or Oxford White from Benjamin Moore, you’ll receive the same color paint.
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Final Thoughts on Benjamin Moore White Heron
Benjamin Moore White Heron is a beautiful paint color. It is soft and sophisticated, warm but not too yellow. White Heron is great on trim, walls, cabinets, and home exteriors.
If you are looking for a white paint color that is versatile, White Heron should be on your shortlist of paint colors to check out!
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Tuesday 30th of August 2022
I am painting a laundry room combination half bath with November Skies. Can you tell me what shade of white would compliment best. The white is going to be shiplap. Half wall.
Sunday 4th of September 2022
Chantilly Lace or Oxford White would be good choices!
Monday 16th of May 2022
Hi there! I saw you have another post about BM White Heron when I was looking into this color stating that it is a cool toned white, whereas here it’s stating it’s a warm toned white. Can you tell me which way this color actually leans? I’m debating on doing this as a whole home color, as Simply White comes off very green in my space but I don’t want a cool or stark looking white either. Thank you!!
Thursday 19th of May 2022
@Lauren, Thank you so much for your response. I have done so much research on this color as it seemed just like a perfect not too warm/yellow and not too cool/blue white color for my home. Right now I have cloud white for my whole home color and it seriously looks SO yellow at all times of day. It was such a huge mistake for us and I’m afraid to make another expensive mistake like that again, but when I saw people mentioning that this was a cool toned white I got worried because I don’t want my whole home to look stark and cold either. Why is white paint SO hard? Lol. Well I think I’m going to just go for it with White Heron since what I want is a neutral white with just the tiniest touch of warmth. Wish me luck! ;)
Wednesday 18th of May 2022
Hi Amanda! I’m sorry for confusing you! Color is very influenced by perception and lighting. When I got your question, I took another look at White Heron to see if it looks cool. And actually, someone just asked this same question on my Oxford White post, which is the same exact color as White Heron. Benjamin Moore says that White Heron has a cool cast, but I just don’t see it! To me, it leans just slightly warm, and I see a hint of yellow. Cool white colors tend to have a blue cast, and I don’t see blue in White Heron. But, I could be wrong, and the lighting in a space is going to influence how the color looks. As for which way this color leans, you'll have to view it in your home to see. But, Benjamin Moore is probably more right than me ;), after all, they made this color! That being said, I just see this color as leaning more warm than cool. I'll have to figure out where on my site I said that White Heron leans cool - and perhaps in whatever lighting I was in when I wrote that, it did look cool. But for today, I am seeing warm tones. I wish I had a better answer for you!
Saturday 26th of February 2022
Im in fb jail so cant join your page for a few days. I have an open concept new build with open area lots of southern facing windows. Green outside in summer but summer is short with most of the year clouds!!! And snow!!! Natural maple cabinets, neutral warm mid tone floor, "white" (dingy yellow really) quartz with specks. No furniture yet but would like a light hygge scandi vibe. Worried Simply White will go yellow in southern light. White Heron seems a little gray (im pretty sensitive to gray). Waiting for real qts of white dove and coliud white to dry. The sample pint of cloud cover looks different as is the samplize sheet. I think a green undertone might actually work better with the maple cabs than a lemony yellow (is that simple white?). I dont mind the gowy slighty red look of SW White Snow but cant afford Emerald
*Short story, I really need a bright, warm leaning, not gray, not lemony, white for a southern wall of windows (often cloudy)*
Mtn peak, cotton balls, steam.....wails off to paint store
Monday 7th of March 2022
Hi Marie! I would look at Simply White, Chantilly Lave and Snow White. White Dove definitely leans yellow. A warm white has to lean yellow, red or orange, so you're somewhat limited if you want a warm white. Chantilly Lace just barely leans warm, but looks very white. Simply White would probably be my pick, truth be told. It doesn't look yellow, but leans warm. Good luck!
Wednesday 12th of January 2022
white heron vs simply white vs white dove
Thursday 20th of January 2022
Simply White is my pick :)