February 20, 2018

Y’ALL READY FOR THIS?! (Space Jam theme song starts playing) You’ve only been asking for about 970 years – just kidding – it’s been exactly 4 years since my last White Paint roundup!

Yup, That’s right

I finally made some time to give you the 2018 edition of  my “go-to” White Paints!! – Woot Woot!

Now I must say, picking paints, even for me can be a general headache. White paint can be super simple to choose or like solving some wicked calculus problem, after 12 beers, and doing a hand stand on a yoga ball…

a little Tricky.

You see, paint changes in every environment, every light, every season, and sometimes trying to gauge what color works best in the space, can make you feel half insane. But I don’t want anyone to get admitted to the looney bin on account of white paint hysteria, so I’ve done you a solid and included all my top picks from Dunn Edwards (my personal fav) and Benjamin Moore below.  While I do have a couple other brands of paint I LOVE (specifically Farrow and Ball, but I am planning on dedicating an entire post to that brand soon) lets get to my top dawg all stars first.  I’ve been at this for a few years now and these are my go to’s to sample out on ANY and EVERY job. They are without fail almost always good..no, they are always GREAT.


We used Dunn Edwards “White Heat” on the walls throughout all of the #clientohhiojai house. We wanted a warmer white, and one that didn’t make the house feel to sterile! In some lights this paint read a bit sandy beige, but in other lights, it was like a deep saturated vanilla! thats why testing in your own home is SO important!

When it came to my own quick kitchen (#clientmemyselfandIcantmakeupmymind) , living room remodel I tried out a new color… “Millk Glass” by Dunn Edwards! Let me tell you, I am one smitten kitten over this shade. It has an olive green undertone, which sounds crazy, but it really works well! I have been using it a LOT lately ever since I was the gineau pig!

In #Clientradtrad I went with “Whisper” from Dunn Edwards. this is also a warmer white, with vanilla undertones, but I would say its much more bright than say the “White Heat” is.

not done yet….

Yeah – That’s right, I gave you two roundup’s – one for each of my fav white paint brands!



For #clientforrealzthenicestpeopleontheplanet ,we used “White Dove”. It is a very Neutral white, but will read more warm in most lights. If I had to pin down just what the undertone color would be, it would be a tiny bit greige.

In the same house, we switched up the paint in the family room/den to make sure the room felt a lot more bright! Here, we chose to use “Simply White” . This made for the perfect crisp and neutral white that never felt to stark or cold.

For #clienthollaatlajolla we went with a very white…white. “Decorator’s White”. Sometimes this is best on cabinetry, or trim, but in this house, it worked just right for all the walls, trims, and ceilings!

Lastly – Here are my 2 very, VERY, important tips that you must follow….

and don’t you forget ’em

1. Paint out LARGE samples on your actual walls (at least 24″ x 24″) OR paint out some sample boards at the same size.

2. Live with them for a couple of days, check them out in the morning, afternoon, and night. Take note how they change with time of day. If you have sample boards, move em around. They could surprise you. All rooms and paints are not created equally – put in the time and effort and you’ll thank me later!!

Sooo there – you basically just got the deets without the whole “hiring me” thing. … Now just hop on over to Shoppe by Amber Interiors and snag a pillow combo or two, and you’ll know all my decorating secrets.

Hope this helps a bit, and thanks for stopping by and taking my advice

Now go get your white paint on peeps!


all photos Tessa Neustadt 






  1. This is awesome. If there’s any designer out there who gets white right every time it’s you, so this guide is gold! Thanks amber!

  2. My white paint tip is how to paint around white subway tiles. If you’ve ever painted a kitchen or bathroom with white subway tiles you that you really see the undertones of the paint pop next to the subway tile. Which can be a terrible experience. That’s because the majority of the affordable, standard white subway tiles have a pink undertone believe it or not. So paint bathroom walls butting against white subway tiles in SW beloved Alabaster and you will see how yellow the walls feel. But if you want just white on white use SW Snowbound which has just the ever ever ever so subtle pink undertone and BAM – the walls and tile just feel white.

    1. Just experienced this exact paint dilemma. Standard subway tiles are very difficult to work with in terms of finding a white to complement them. I still don’t have it right.

  3. Love the round up of best white paints….. Wondering if these whites are best for interiors only? Do you have suggestions for exterior whites? P.s. Love your style and your blog! Can’t wait for the pacific palisades store to open so I can make the trek from long beach!

  4. Choosing the right white paint is so important!! I spent ages researching and testing whites for our home in San Francisco.

    We ended up using Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White (oc-118) and I was thrilled with the results.

    I wanted the space to feel clean and contemporary, but not sterile. Plus we had a lot of woodwork to paint, and I wanted a white that had some warmth.

    You can see before and after photos here, if you’d like: http://www.thislifeisbelle.com/home/2017/7/12/our-home-in-san-francisco-part-2

  5. We are planning on painting our entire exterior this spring white. What’s your go to for exteriors? I feel like it needs to be a warmer white so it doesn’t burn my eyeballs looking directly at on a sunny day

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