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Benjamin Moore’s Top White Paint Colors

Choosing the perfect white paint color can be a really difficult task.

This is because white paint looks… well… white.

Unless you have it next to other whites. Then white paint begins to take on different colors.

When you compare white paints to other white paints, it can begin to look yellow (Spanish White), pink (Atrium White), purple (Eider White), cream (Westhighland White), blue (Ice Mist), or any other color you can think of.

This is because all paint colors are made up of different hues, called undertones. White paint is no exception.

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How I First Discovered the Challenges of White Paint

A few ago, I painted my bathroom Eider White. It was a popular white color at the time, without really looking at it or thinking about it much, I bought a can and put it on the walls.

Initially, I was pretty pleased. The walls were covered in 90s wallpaper prior to painting them Eider White, so it was a big upgrade.

But after a few days, I started to notice that my grayish white walls, ALSO had a strong purple undertone.

And before long, all I could see was that purple undertone on the walls. I would try to tell myself that it was just a grayish off-white, but there was no denying it.

Those walls looked purple.

So choosing a white paint is actually much harder than you think it would be.

To help you out, here is a list of the top white paint colors from Benjamin Moore.

It includes the most versatile, most popular and most usable white paint colors, so you don’t have to spend hours at the paint store wondering whether a white paint will actually look white in your home.

The Best White Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore is one of the top paint companies in the United States.

They have thousands of paint colors, and really gorgeous ones at that.

To make things a little easier, Benjamin Moore created a group that they call their Off-Whites Collection. This collection includes 152 white and off-white paint colors.

In order to make white paints make a little more sense to you, I am going to separate them by warm whites, cool whites and neutral whites.

This just refers to the types of undertones that are present in the white paint. So let’s get started!

Warm White Paint Colors

Warm white paints have red, yellow, pink or orange undertones in them. You will also see warm white paint colors that have beige undertones.

Warm white paint colors tend to give a space a glowing, inviting look. The warmth in the paint feels comforting.

They can pair well with mostly any other color, but particularly with other warm colors.

Warm white paint colors work really well in northern facing rooms because they balance out the cool light coming in from the windows.

In a southern facing room, warm white paints will look even more warm – more yellow, more red or more orange.

Let’s look at some specific paint colors now.

White Dove (OC-17)

White Dove is a popular white paint color by Benjamin Moore that has been favored for years.

It is a warm white, and carries a hint of a yellow undertone that gives it a glowing look. It also has some gray in it, and this keeps it from appearing too stark.

White Dove is a great white paint color when you want a white that is warm, glowing and bright, but not so creamy that it looks like an off-white.

I like to use White Dove on the walls in northern facing rooms.

It also is a good trim color if you want your trim to have a little less contrast from the wall.

In my opinion, White Dove is Benjamin Moore’s best warm white paint for walls.

If you’re considering this paint color, check out this post for all the details on White Dove.

White Dove - Best Warm White

Simply White (OC-117)

Simply White is a great, crisp, clean white from Benjamin Moore.

It has very slight yellow undertones that give it a warm glow, but overall, it has much less color in it than White Dove.

Those yellow undertones are so slight though, that it won’t really look yellow on your walls.

Simply White is a great paint color for trim because it pairs nicely with a lot of other colors.

You can use it in a room on the walls, but it could run the risk of looking a bit characterless.

Simply White is so popular that it was selected as Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year a few years back.

Simply White - Best Warm White Paint Benjamin Moore

Navajo White (OC-95)

For a warm white paint with a little more color in it, let’s take a look at Navajo White.

Navajo White is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular white paint colors.

It has strong orange and yellow undertones, and a hint of gray that keeps it from being too bright.

Navajo White will show up on your walls as a beige or cream paint color, and not at all like a true white.

It is a good color for a southwestern style home, and can also work in traditional or farmhouse style homes as well.

Navajo White is not a color that you would put on trim or built-ins if you want a bright white look to it, but could be a nice color for cabinets.

Navajo White Paint Color - A Warm Benjamin Moore White

Cool White Paint Colors

Cool white paint colors have blue, green or purple undertones.

The coolness of the paint gives a crisp, fresh look to the space.

Cool white paint colors work really well in southern facing rooms because they provide balance to the warm light coming in from the outside.

In a northern facing room, the cool undertones of a cool white paint will look more pronounced – more blue, more purple or more green.

Cool white paint colors pair really nicely with blues, greens and cool grays.

White Heron (OC-57)

White Heron is a cool white paint color by Benjamin Moore. It has very slight blue undertones, and a hint of gray.

The blue in White Heron is not enough to give it an icy look, but are still enough to give it that crisp look that cool white paint has.

Frequently, people struggle with getting the right white paint color for a kitchen with marble or white subway tile. This is because white marble and white subway tiles typically have cool undertones.

White Heron is a great choice for a kitchen or back with marble or quartz countertops.

White Heron is also great on trim and cabinets, but is a little too stark for walls (for my taste, you may love it!).

White Heron - Best Cool White from Benjamin Moore

Decorator’s White (OC-149)

Decorators White is another very popular cool white paint color by Benjamin Moore. In addition to including it in the Off-Whites Collection, Benjamin Moore also features it in their Designer Classics palette.

It has gray undertones with a hint of purple.

The purple is pretty understated though, so don’t let this be a complete turn off for you.

Decorator’s White is another good wall white paint. It can also be used on trim, but it can limit the shade of paint you will want to pair with it on the walls.

Overall, it is going to work really well with other cool tones in the room, such as blues or greens.

Decorator's White - Best Cool White Paint Color from Benjamin Moore

Click here for a full color review on Decorator’s White.

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Gray Owl (OC-52)

I want to give you an off-white that has more color in it, but I have a hard time doing that because to me, this is a gray. But, Benjamin Moore includes it in their Off-Whites Collection, so I’ll highlight it here for you.

Gray Owl is a really nice “white” with strong gray undertones.

It also has blue and green undertones, making it a nice, cool gray.

This gray isn’t particularly chilly, but it is cool enough that it looks more like a true gray than a greige.

Gray Owl is a great wall color, and it can also be used on cabinets. Like White Heron, it is a good paint color to pair with marble or quartz, because the cool undertones mirror the coolness of the stone.

Gray Owl - Cool Benjamin Moore Off-White

If you’re considering this paint color, check out this full color review on Gray Owl.

Neutral White Paint Colors

Neutral paint colors are ones that have little to no undertones, or grayish undertones.

If a white paint has almost no gray in it, we call it a clean white. This type of white will look very bright.

If a white paint has some gray in it, it can still be a very neutral white paint color (because the gray may not lean warm or cool), but it will be more of a dull white.

A neutral white will be pretty neutral in any lighting.

While they won’t work to your advantage like a warm white will in cool light or a cool white will in north light, they will perform just how you think they should.

Chantilly Lace (OC-65)

Chantilly Lace is highly regarded by designers and homeowners alike.

It is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular white paint colors, and also one of their brightest. It has an LRV of 92 – which means that it is just about their purest white.

Chantilly Lace doesn’t have any strong undertones, so I classify it as a neutral white.

But, when you look at Chantilly Lace, it almost, just almost, looks warm.

It has a bit of a creamy look to it, even though it is not creamy at all.

I love Chantilly Lace most for trim, built ins and cabinets, because it gives that gorgeous bright white look without appearing chilly.

If you’re considering this paint color, check out this post for all the details about Chantilly Lace.

Chantilly Lace - Best Neutral White Paint

Super White (OC-152)

Super White is a striking white paint color that is neither cool or warm. It is crisp, clean and, as the name implies, super white.

Super White has no obvious undertones, and is Benjamin Moore’s whitest white paint color.

It is great for cabinets, trim, doors, and can even be used on the walls of a room, if you want a purely white space.

Click here for a full paint color review on Super White.

Super White - Best Neutral White Paint Color from Benjamin Moore

How Do You Pick the Perfect White Paint?

Choosing the perfect white paint for your home can be challenging, but this cheat sheet should help.

Consider whether the light coming into the space is north facing (cool) or south facing (warm). If it is cool, pick a warm white paint color. If it is warm, pick a cool white paint color.

Also consider the other tones in the room.

If most of the room is made up of cool tones, you may want to coordinate with this by selecting a neutral or cool white.

But most importantly, you need to test the white paint in your home, with your lighting and with your accents.

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Final Thoughts on Benjamin Moore White Paint Colors

I love Benjamin Moore white paint colors because there is a whole range of shades.

You can easily select a perfectly neutral white for your trim, like Super White, a warm white for your walls, like White Dove, or a cool white for your kitchen, like White Heron.

White paint is a beautiful, but confusing, thing. I hope that having the list narrowed down was helpful for you!

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Thursday 25th of January 2024

Hello, We are currently building but have neither north or south sun exposure into the main area of the house. Instead we have east and west. The east and west exposure is equal into the main kitchen, dining and living space as it is open concept with lots of windows to bring natural light from both sides of the house. My question is about tones…does a neutral white work best in a space such as this?


Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Hi Tricia! For a space like this, you'll end up having warm light coming in at all times of the day it sounds. In the morning, the sun will come through the eastern side, and this will shift over to the west side in the afternoon. I would recommend a neutral to slightly warm color, but nothing too warm. Good luck!

Gabrielle Moore

Saturday 9th of September 2023

Hi there! Thank you so much for all the time you spent explaining the different paints, I have been reading up a storm! I was wondering if you could give me a few tips? I have knotty pine doors and trim throughout the house. I would like to paint the walls white throughout the whole house and I am unsure what would be the best wall paint to go with white kitchen cabinets. After everything I read I 'think' I narrowed it down to White Dove cabinets and White dove walls, but not sure if that makes sense and there should be a contrast in the whites or if there is a better color to choose and use for both? I am also a little confused as to whether you are saying the light should face North (with kitchen facing south) or the room should face North (with the light facing south? to avoid yellow? Thank you in advance for any advice you may share!


Sunday 3rd of March 2024

Hi Gabrielle! Thank you for your nice comment! I'm glad you've been able to look through the different paint colors as you make your decision! For pairing walls and cabinets, doing both in White Dove would work well for a monochromatic look. The best way to do it is to use different sheens. Do the cabinets in a slightly shinier sheen than the walls, and they will perfectly coordinate but look just slightly lighter. If you want more contrast, you can do something like White Dove on the walls and Balboa Mist on the cabinets. There is not a "better" option, its just more about what sort of look you like! As for the North vs South facing light, if you want to avoid your paint colors looking more yellow, you need to be concerned with Southern light. If the room's windows mostly face the south, you'll end up with a warmer space. Hope this helps!

Julie McDonald

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi, great information. I have cherry kitchen cabinets and want to brighten things up. I also have tiger wood floors so dark there to. Northern exposure in morning and southern in afternoon. Which color comes to mind? Also, for the walls what finish would you choose? I like a flat look but also want to be able to keep it clean. I was thinking about painting my kitchen table the same color as the walls. Thoughts?


Monday 7th of February 2022

Hi Julie! Thanks! A warm white may work. Something like Alabaster comes to mind. Or you could go with Pure White for a brighter white that doesn't have much yellow in it, if you want to downplay a bit of the warmth in the room. Alabaster is more creamy, and Pure White is a little more white looking. Both would work with the floors though I think. For the finish, I typically go with satin because you can wash it but it isn't too shiny. For the kitchen table though, I'd go glossy to make sure you can clean it.

Kim Welker

Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Good morning, thank you so much for this info super helpful. I currently just bought a home with so many different grey tones. its a bit much! Cabinets in Kitchen are grey as well.I also have a wall in kitchen that is board and batten its white 1/2 the wall. I am wanting to paint house white to make the kitchen cabinets pop and get rid of some of this grey. I have a lot of trim and doors that will need to be repainted in time. I do like the grey tones a bit more than the yellow tones but I defiantly don't like to much purple tones either. what's your thought on these colors combos. I also like warm and cozy vs to stark 1: Trim- Chantilly White (BM) Walls- White Dove (BM) 2: Trim-Pure White (SW) Walls- Westhighland White (SW)

Hope this email finds its way Thank You so much Kim


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Kim! I'm glad this was helpful for you! Between the two options, Pure White with Westhighland White is a better choice. They are a little warmer and softer than Chantilly Lace and White Dove. Westhighland White and Pure White are two of my favorites actually. They will work, but Westhighland White may not truly pop against the Pure White because they're not too different in depth. But, they won't likely clash, and Pure White is a great trim color if you have other paint shades in other rooms, or ever change the Westhighland White. If you wanted Westhighland White to really pop, you could use Chantilly Lace for the trim, but it may edge a little farther from warm and cozy. It is still very beautiful though, and a great trim color. Hope this helps!


Sunday 25th of July 2021

What kind of white should I use for my kitchen cabinets if my countertops are concrete quartz: Decorator's White or Chantilly Lace or just Simply White


Monday 26th of July 2021

Hi Nelly! Chantilly Lace is going to be your safest choice. Decorator's White can look purple, which may be lovely with your countertops, but you may end up with a purple hue. If this doesn't bother you, it may be great. But I'd get a sample first to make sure. Chantilly Lace is perfectly void of any major undertones. Good luck!