FYI: White Paint

I get asked what my favorite “White” paint colors are often. Until the last 2 years or so, I really didn’t have a definitive answer because I was still trying to really decide myself. There are so many whites to choose from, and I have tried them all. Color or lack of color in this case, changes in almost every environment. After a couple years of trial and error I have narrowed it down to a few perfect (in my opinion) white paints. I even added a few “go to” grays to the round up, since these two colors seem to go hand in hand in my school of decorating.

Here is my ultimate “White Paint” ┬áround up!

whitepaint3 I always encourage anyone to test the paint colors in your own home first before taking my word as gospel. Watch how the color changes throughout the day and how the colors look in your room at night.

Quick Tip: when painting swatches on your wall, bigger is better. Make your samples at least 24″ x 24″….otherwise you’re wasting your time! Also remember , if you plan on painting the trim in the same room a different color, add a strip of the trim paint color next to the swatches about 4-6″ wide by 24″ long. This way you can compare trim paint and wall color side by side.

Hope this helps!

Happy Monday


18 thoughts on “FYI: White Paint

  1. Omg, not kidding when I say I spent a small fortune on gray paint samples when we redid out kitchen. I hate gray with blue and just wanted GRAY!! It was not easy (or cheap!) but I finally found classic gray by BM and it was like the heavens parted! I kept waiting for it to turn blue on me, but it never did. It’s the perfect warm, light gray without being too much. I’ve now used it in every room and LOOOOOVE it!!

  2. I love a white room. It always feels fresh and full of possibilities. Decorator White and Grey Owl have been staples for me for the last few years. They never fail. For a room that doesn’t have great natural light I like to use Benjamin Moore’s Ultra White. It’s helps to bring in a little more light.

  3. Perfect post Amber! I love everything you do. Can you tell me, is the Benjamin Moore “white” actually white dove – I couldn’t find anything with just white in the name. I have been looking for a great white for our home. Being in Northern VA, I’m not close to a Dunn Edwards – wish I was. Thanks again!!

  4. Thanks for sharing- you’re a doll! Maybe this will spur my indecisive self to finally take the plunge on a soft gray color. I keep comparing endlessly but the buck stops here ;)

  5. I love this post…always looking for paint color help! When you use these whites, what do you put on the ceiling? I have dark woodwork that I couldn’t paint so I used BM Soft Chamois on my walls, gorgeous creamy white!

  6. I so wish I would’ve read this post before we had our house painted last year. I have white trim and did gray walls, but the gray has a lot of blue/purple undertones in to me that has taken me a while to get used to. Great post for future reference (or when I have my house re-painted one day). Thanks, Amber!

  7. Love this! Thanks so much! Thanks for doing the hard work of trying them all for me. :) Question? What sheen (flat, eggshell etc..) do you normally use for walls in the bedroom and the rest of the house? Thanks so much!

  8. I LOVE this color guide! Question, I am planning on using BM Gray Owl w/ DE White on all my moldings, doors & builtins – but what color do you use on the celling? is the DE White too stark white? Do you ever use Droplet there?

  9. Hey!

    Do you have any suggestions for white paints on brick fire places? I want to paint me dark brick fire place (circa 1985) and I’m having a hard time researching good white paints for it.


  10. Hi, Can you tell me which white paint you recommend using on a red brick fireplace? I’m painting the brick white, but which white should I use?

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