Read all about Cloud White by Benjamin Moore, plus see 29 real homes that use it!
Cloud White paint, by Benjamin Moore (#OC-130) is a soft, creamy, and warm white shade, popular for its versatility and unoffensive undertones.
Here is how Benjamin Moore describes it: “Lightweight and luminous, this subtle, sophisticated shade of soft white is reminiscent of vapor clouds on a clear day.” Are you sold yet? Let’s dive into everything Benjamin Moore Cloud White!
While Cloud White paint is a decidedly warm white shade, its undertones are neutral enough to complement virtually any color palette. Many white shades are hampered by undertones that are too yellow, but that’s not the case with Benjamin Moore Cloud White. With undertones that rest in a middle ground between cool and warm, it never looks too blue or too yellow, regardless of the light exposure in a room.
Benjamin Moore Cloud White paint has long been revered by designers and homeowners alike. If you’d like to learn more about why this paint shade is a versatile favorite, read on. We’re going to talk all about Cloud White by Benjamin Moore, plus see 30 real homes that use it!
What color is Benjamin Moore Cloud White?
Cloud White is a warm white paint color. It’s one of the most popular white shades on the market, because its undertones are soft and neutral. When looking at Cloud White on the computer screen, it certainly doesn’t look like a true white. While the naked eye can certainly pick up a yellowness to its undertones, it’s not as obvious in a room.
You may also detect a hint of green, but this doesn’t typically come out in real life unless it’s reflecting green from trees or grass outside a window. Then again, this is the case with any white shade.
All in all, Cloud White is not a true or pure white. It’s a softer white with creamy yet neutral undertones that have a subtle touch of yellow to render it a warm white, but not enough yellow to make it clash with cooler color palettes.
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Matching BM Cloud White with Furniture, Appliances and Trim
It is helpful to note that Cloud White paint doesn’t play well with most white furniture and virtually all white appliances. Since it is a warmer shade, it will be obvious next to the stark coolness of nearly anything else that’s white.
You’ll definitely want to avoid pairing Cloud White with a pure or true white trim. If you’re painting your walls Cloud White and want a white trim, it’s best to paint the trim in the same shade.
Is Benjamin Moore Cloud White warm or cool?
Benjamin Moore Cloud White paint falls on the warm side of the white paint spectrum because it has a creamy base and its undertones lean slightly yellow. However, the overall color profile of its undertones is arguably neutral.
While warm white shades can sometimes have undertones that look overly yellow, that is not a problem with Cloud White paint. Because it is a warm white, it doesn’t have the crispness that cooler whites bring to the table. Cloud White splits the difference between being too warm and icy cool.
LRV of Cloud White paint
First, here’s the “numerical” details, or the LRV:
CLOUD WHITE LRV = 87.35
LRV = Light Reflectance Value: Rated 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white. Lighter paint shades REFLECT more light from them and therefore have a HIGHER LRV, and vice versa for darker shades). Below, see Cloud White (87.35) side by side with pure white (100):
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Benjamin Moore Cloud White Paint Compared to Other Colors
It is so tricky to find the perfect white paint color for your home, more so than any other color! This is due to sneaky undertones that really show up in various lighting environments and the fact that it can reflect anything from furniture palettes to outdoor greenery.
All that said, it’s impossible to know how a white paint will react in a room until you get a swatch up on the wall.
The best way to be sure of any shade is…drumroll…to sample it! (Did you see that coming?) My recommendation for samples is using these re-usable, re-positionable, peel and stick samples that won’t damage your walls, and you can easily move around your room to see what the paint looks like on each wall ⤵
Let’s stack Cloud White up against a few other popular white paint shades to better understand its color profile, undertones, and LRV (lightness/darkness).
Cloud White vs Simply White
Simply White by Benjamin Moore is a bright, clean white with just a subtle hint of yellow undertones to give it some softness. While its name might suggest that it’s a neutral white with absolutely no undertones, it does have a bit of warmth to it.
With an LRV of 91.7, it’s brighter than Cloud White (LRV 87.35) and not quite as warm. Cloud White does have a bit more yellow in its undertones, making it a warmer shade than Simply White. Painted side by side, Simply White will look crisper and more modern.
Cloud White vs White Dove
White Dove is a widely beloved paint shade due to its versatility. It’s very neutral, landing right in the middle of stark, cool whites and yellowish, warm whites. While it does have the slightest hint of yellow undertones to make it soft and warm, it’s not quite as warm or yellow as Cloud White.
However, with an LRV of 85.38, White Dove is slightly darker than Cloud White (LRV 87.35), so when ranking by brightness, Cloud White lands right in between Simply White and White Dove.
Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is a great choice for those who are looking for a warmer, creamy white with less yellow than Cloud White.
Cloud White vs Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is certainly a cooler white, especially when compared to the white paint shades we’ve been discussing so far. In real life, it looks crisp and clean with subtle hints of blue and gray in its undertones.
It’s nice and bright, at 92.2 on the LRV scale, and when placed side by side with Cloud White, it’s obviously cooler and lacking any yellow whatsoever. In fact, when compared with Chantilly Lace, you can really detect the yellow undertones tucked away inside Cloud White’s color profile.
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If you still aren’t sold on this color, or just want a few more options – here are several other colors to choose from…
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Without further ado, let’s get to the fun part: seeing Benjamin Moore Cloud White in action!
29 Real Life Homes Using Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Bathrooms using Benjamin Moore Cloud White
As you’re reading about this paint color, don’t forget the tint is only half the equation! Paint finish is important, too. For bathrooms, I recommend eggshell or sating. Brush up on your paint sheen skills here.
1. Bathroom Cabinets in Cloud White
This thoughtfully styled bathroom is a true testament to how neutral and versatile Cloud White is. It’s a great paint shade for the cabinets, as its subtle warmth brings balance to the coolness of the lovely green wall shade.
Overall, the look of this bathroom is clean and modern with just a hint of rustic warmth via the wood framed mirror, making Cloud White a perfect paint candidate.
2. Warming up the bathroom walls
Isn’t this traditional bathroom shared by Decorpad gorgeous? Cloud White lends a soft backdrop and perfect balance to the cooler tones of the gray painted vanity and marble counter
3. White, but not Stark
There’s just something so fresh about an all-white bathroom. Cloud White keeps the temperature in this space, also shared by Decorpad just warm enough so as not to feel blinding white.
4. Cloud White Vanity and Trim
Cloud White was a great white paint choice in this bathroom to add a touch of warmth (it’s the vanity and surrounding trim color).
5. Looking Marvelous with Marble
Here’s even more proof that with gray marbling, Cloud White is a winning pick for a bathroom wall shade.
Cloud White in Living Rooms & Family Rooms
6. Warm Off-White Living Room Walls
Cloud White keeps this space feeling fresh and clean, while also bringing a bit of warmth in a room with a lot of neutral colors like the pure white curtains and couch.
7. Cloud White Ceiling and Trim
Cloud White can be a great choice for a ceiling and trim color. Kristi from Making it in the Mountains uses it for that purpose throughout her entire home, so her house tour is a great place to see more of this shade, alongside Edgecomb Gray, which is what she uses for her primary wall color.
8. Cloud White Ceilings, Trim, and Walls
Here’s another lovely room in Kristi’s home from Making it in the Mountains. In this space, she actually uses Cloud White for the walls, trim, and ceiling! It’s an inviting shade…white without being institutional-feeling or cold.
9. Appealing Neutral
This living space from Yellow Brick Home features a softly warm color palette with wood accents, a leather couch, and pinkish tones in the rug. Cloud White makes for a beautiful, neutral white wall shade, don’t you think?
10. Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White
In this space shared by Benjamin Moore with the warmth of an earth-toned rug and the coolness of an icy blue coffee table, you would think it would be tricky to match a white wall shade to both of these elements, but Cloud White paint fits the bill!
11. Soft and Bright
I absolutely love the way Cloud White paint looks in this room. It’s soft and warm without sacrificing brightness and looks lovely with gold accents and pink roses. There’s even the slightest sheen of blush light pouring through the windows.
12. Modern Marvel
Wondering if Cloud White paint would work with a modern decor style with strong, clean lines? Wonder no more!
13. Minimalist Maestro
This large, open space has a very clean and minimalist feel, but Cloud White walls keeps it feeling soft and homey.
Bedrooms using Benjamin Moore Cloud White
14. Country Chic Bedroom in Cloud White
I do love an interior brick wall. While a cooler white would steer this decor style towards urban industrial, using Cloud White on the furniture roots the look firmly in country chic.
15. Great on Shiplap
Marie Flanigan Interiors deems Cloud White paint as the best pick for shiplap, and I can’t argue! It adds just the right amount of creamy warmth to this clean and modern take on farmhouse-classic decor.
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16. Magic with Macrame
Cloud White shiplap is the most wonderful backdrop for this light gray upholstered headboard and macrame wall hanging from Most Lovely Things. The effect is clean and minimal yet softly warm. Most lovely things, indeed!
17. Clean and Crisp
This breathtaking, snowy white corner has an almost monochromatic feel. Cloud White on both the walls and trim keeps that clean, crisp feeling with just a subtle hint of warmth.
Kitchens using Benjamin Moore Cloud White
18. Cloud White on Transitional Cabinets
Cloud White was a great choice for the cabinets in this galley kitchen remodel from Design Matters. It keeps everything bright and clean, yet warm and cozy at the same time.
19. Cloud White Uppers and Lowers in the Kitchen
Painting cabinets in Cloud White helps to split the difference between the sparkling white subway tile backsplash and the warm tones of the granite countertops in this fresh, bright kitchen shared by Paper Moon Painting.
20. Cloud White Kitchen Cabinetry
Here’s further proof that Cloud White is a great choice for almost any kitchen cabinets. Against warm color palettes (like the backsplash and countertops pictured here), this shade plays the role of a bright, neutral white, but is warm enough to keep from looking stark or cold (shared by Home Bunch).
21. Cloud White Kitchen
All-white kitchens can be drop-dead stunning, and this example from Decorpad is no exception.
The Cloud White kitchen island and perimeter cabinets blend seamlessly with the white subway tile backsplash, while the small area of wall painted in Benjamin Moore Silver Satin adds just the right amount of dimension to the space.
Other Cloud White Sightings
Reminder: Don’t forget to pick the right paint sheen! For items such as doors, and trim, consider a semi-gloss or high gloss.
22. Off-White on Off-White Fireplace and Mantel
I didn’t think that a white-painted mantel would work against a white-painted stone fireplace, but this gorgeous photo from @most_lovely_things proves it can be done!
23. Beautiful on Built-Ins
These built-in cabinets from @blessedhouseoffive styled with feminine touches have a soft and lovely feel.
24. Wonderful on Wainscoting
A pale, soft blueish green, Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay paint looks so pretty in this study. Benjamin Moore Cloud White wainscoting makes for a great pairing, anchoring the room with just enough warmth to keep from going overboard into the icy blue yonder.
25. Bringer of Balance
Another example of how Cloud White trim (seen on the stairs spindles, stringer, and risers) can bring balance to a cool blueish gray wall shade (Gray Owl).
26. A Happy Medium Paint Choice
When searching for the happy medium between clean, modern decor and homey, traditional vibes, Cloud White delivers. This mostly white hallway sparkles without feeling too cold.
27. Cloud White Picket Fence
A farm fence painted in Benjamin Moore Cloud White helped to brighten up this Los Angeles home with beige exteriors and white trim.
28. On an Exterior Entryway
Last but not least, check out this beautiful exterior entryway. I absolutely love Cloud White as an exterior paint, especially in contrast to the black front door.
29. All Over Exterior Color
A lovely white house with black shutters. A classic, and Could White does it well!
That’s a wrap on Cloud White! This warm, soft off-white is a versatile color that can clearly be used with beautiful results in many different ways.
And if this is a color you’re seriously considering, remember paint-sampling is better than ending up paint-sorry! I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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