Finding the best white paint with blue undertones can take a lot of searching if you aren’t familiar with paint colors.
This is because all white paint colors have undertones. They can include pink, purple, gray, green, blue, green-blue, yellow, orange and more.
To save you time searching though hundreds of swatches of white paint, here is a list of the best white paints with blue undertones from the major paint companies.
Before we get to that though, let’s talk for a minute about when and why you may want a white paint color with a blue undertone.
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General Thoughts on White Paint Colors with Blue Undertones
White paint colors are considered either warm, cool or neutral.
Warm white paint colors have red, pink, orange, yellow and reddish purple undertones. Cool white paint colors have blue, green and blueish purple undertones. Neutral white paint colors are pretty much undertone free – these are rare.
Deciding whether you want a warm or cool white paint color going to be largely dependent on what else you have going on in the space that you plan to paint.
If you have lots of warm tones such as beiges, tans, creams, pinks or yellows, you should probably go with a warm white paint color.
But, if your space has more cool hues like blues and grays, white paint with a blue undertone is the best pick for your room.
In addition, whites with a blue undertone are sometimes the best option as a cabinet or wall color if the countertop has lots of cool tones in it. This is especially common in quartz or marble countertops.
In general, white paint colors with a blue undertone look fresh, clean and crisp. They tend to be perceived as brighter looking than warm white shades due to the blue in them.
This can make these shades look a bit stark at times, depending on the lighting and what other colors are used in the space.
If you are still convinced that a white with a blue undertone is the way to go for your space, here are my top picks.
White Paint Colors with Blue Undertones from Sherwin Williams
Extra White – Sherwin Williams White with a Blue Undertone
The most popular white paint with a blue undertone from Sherwin Williams is Extra White (SW 7006).
The blue undertone in Extra White has an icy look to it, making Extra White look like a particularly chilly white paint color.
Extra White is a very bright white paint color that is commonly used on trim. You can also use it on walls, cabinets and exteriors.
Some may find Extra White a bit too stark for walls, but for someone who wants a very crisp look, it can work.
Extra White is also great choice for exterior trim, and can also work as a siding color if you want a really clean white home.
Extra White is very cool, and looks great when paired with other cool shades.
My favorite place to use Extra White is on woodwork, including trim and cabinets. It looks very clean and sets off the other paint colors nicely.
Ice Cube – Sherwin Williams White with a Blue Undertone
If you are looking for a white paint with a blue undertone that is good on walls, Ice Cube by Sherwin Williams is a good option.
It will still look pretty white on your walls, but has more color to it than Extra White does.
Ice Cube (SW 6252) has gray and blue undertones that give it a cool cast. The gray in Ice Cube is fairly noticeable when you put it next to a whiter white, but the blue undertone isn’t quite as forthcoming.
Ice Cube still has a good dash of blue in it though, making it a great wall color to pair with other cool tones in your space.
In fact, you could use Ice Cube on your walls and Extra White on your trim for a perfectly coordinated room.
Rock Candy – Sherwin Williams White with a Blue Undertone
For those of you who are wanting even more color in your white paint with a blue undertone, I have Rock Candy (SW 6231).
Rock Candy is in the off-white range in my book, because it has even more color to it than Ice Cube does.
And Rock Candy while has those blue and gray undertones that the other Sherwin Williams whites do, but I also see a hint of purple in it.
The purple in Rock Candy makes it a little warmer than the other whites on this list. Whether a paint color is warm or cool depends on its undertones. The blue in Rock Candy has a purple undertone, and purple can be a warm shade if it has a lot of red in it. The purple in Rock Candy tends to make it a warmer blue undertone than some of the other shades on this list.
This means that it doesn’t have the same icy look to it as Extra White or Ice Cube. Instead, it has a bit more energy.
Rock Candy is a good off-white paint color for walls and can even be used on a home exterior. It isn’t a good paint color for trim though.
White Paint Colors with Blue Undertones from Benjamin Moore
Snow White – Benjamin Moore White with a Blue Undertone
Snow White (OC-66) is a popular Benjamin Moore white paint color with blue undertones. In fact, it is included in Benjamin Moore’s “Favorites” fan deck due to how popular it is.
Snow White is a light and bright white shade.
Benjamin Moore Snow White is similar to Sherwin Williams’ Extra White, though it has a bit less gray and blue in it. Because of this, it is less likely to take on a blue look on your walls.
Of all the cool whites on this list, Snow White appears to be the lightest (even though it doesn’t have the highest LRV). It has a particularly clean and stark appearance.
Snow White is best used on trim, woodwork or cabinets.
Distant Gray – Benjamin Moore White with a Blue Undertone
Distant Gray (OC-68) has the word gray in the name, but it is actually a white paint color.
Distant Gray, by Benjamin Moore, has blue and gray undertones that give it a decidedly cool and fresh look.
It is not the most popular white paint color by Benjamin Moore, but it can be used on walls and if you want a very clean white look.
Similar to Extra White, I would use Distant Gray on trim or siding on a home exterior. Of course, test it first, because it will read very cool, and may be a bit too stark in the bright sunlight.
Paper White – Benjamin Moore White with a Blue Undertone
Paper White (OC-55) is a white paint color by Benjamin Moore with blue and gray undertones. It favors a gray undertone more than a blue undertone, but still has a cool cast to it.
Paper White is similar to Sherwin Williams Ice Cube, but Paper White has a bit more gray and Ice Cube as a bit more blue.
Overall, this makes Paper White more usable than Ice Cube because it is a bit more neutral. Additionally, it will look softer than Ice Cube because of the gray.
Paper White is a good paint color for walls in a space where you want a soft white look that is cool and clean.
You can also use it on a home exterior. Outside, it will look pretty white, especially if there are no whiter whites next to it such as bright trim.
White Paint with Blue Undertones for Exterior Use
If you are considering using a white paint with a blue undertone on your home exterior, you definitely need to consider the LRV of the paint color you are choosing.
LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value. It is a measure on a scale of 1-100 that defines how light or dark a paint color is. The higher the LRV, the lighter the color.
In real life, this has two main implications.
First, a higher LRV reflects back more than a lower LRV. This means that a white paint color with a higher LRV will reflect more of the colors around it. Your white paint may reflect the green of the bushes and look sorta green instead of crisp and cool.
Second, all paint colors look brighter outside due to the sunlight. A white paint color with a very high LRV can look somewhat blinding.
Ultimately, this just means that you need to sample, sample, sample.
Now, for interior use I always recommend using Samplize sheets due to how easy and mess-free they are. But, on a home exterior you need to see a lot of the color to make sure it will work.
If you don’t want to paint samples directly on your house, get large pieces of poster board and paint each color you want to try out on them. Then, move the poster board to the varying sides of the house at different times of the day to see how the color looks.
Some of my favorite white paint colors with blue undertones for exterior trim are Extra White and Distant Gray. For exterior walls, such as siding, I would consider Paper White or Ice Cube.
Lighting Considerations for Cool White Paint Colors
If you are planning on painting your home in one of these cool white paint colors, remember to consider your lighting before painting.
If you have cool lighting, such as in a northern facing room, you will find that these paint colors will look grayed out and even cooler. In fact, they may even be too cool.
Conversely, in a southern facing room, a cool paint color can really help to balance out the warm lighting coming in.
Similarly, a white with a blue undertone will do well in a western facing room.
If this is a bit confusing to you, don’t worry. No matter what your lighting is, you need to sample the paint color in your space. Sampling the paint color will help you decide if how it looks in your space works for you or not.
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Final Thoughts on White Paint Colors with Blue Undertones
Generally speaking, white paints with blue undertones look clean and fresh. Depending on their particular undertone shade, they can even look icy or chilly.
The more gray that it is in the mix, the softer the white paint will look.
Whites with blue undertones are best used in rooms that have cooler tones, such as blues and grays. They also work well in kitchens with quartz or marble countertops, as both frequently have cool tones in them.
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