Read all about Benjamin Moore Dove Wing, plus see 19 real homes that use it!
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing (OC-18) is a light, warm off-white paint color that creates a cozy and inviting ambiance.
“I just want some white paint” is probably a familiar statement that employees at paint stores hear. Ah, doesn’t that sound like such a simple task? Think again – because white paint, with all its undertones and nuances, is about as far from simple as it gets.
That’s probably why I can hear the collective groan of homeowners everywhere when the topic of choosing white paint comes up.
I can totally relate. That’s why I began publishing my comprehensive paint series. I know from personal experience just how hard picking paint colors can be. The last thing I want is for you to spend countless hours choosing your new perfect shade only to coat your walls in it…and hate it.
I’ve already reviewed many white and off-white paint colors, and there are still dozens more to cover. I’ll get it done one day!
For today, I have a new off-white shade to share all the deets about: Benjamin Moore Dove Wing. Let’s get started.
What color is Dove Wing?
This shade is a beautiful creamy warm white that is an overall terrific color for walls and cabinets. Its warm undertones soften this shade so that it appears light and bright without looking cold or stark.
If you’re searching for an elegant yet timeless shade that you can use anywhere in your home, look no further than Dove Wing.
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FAQs about Benjamin Moore Dove Wing
What other colors are similar to Dove Wing?
Finding color equivalents between brands isn’t as easy as it may sound because different paint colors have subtle variances that create impactful shifts in depth, temperature, and undertones.
If you want an equivalent to Dove Wing in the Sherwin Williams brand, I think the closest color match would be Sherwin Williams Pearly White.
Is Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing warm or cool?
Thanks to its yellow undertones, Dove Wing is definitely a warm-leaning off-white. The undertones are just enough to make this shade feel warm and cozy rather than making it read too yellow.
Where should I use Benjamin Moore Dove Wing?
I recommend using this shade anywhere because it is extremely versatile and flexible. It’s especially ideal for cold climates because it will help to make a cool room feel warmer.
Consider it for your:
Kitchen and vanity cabinets
Dove Wing is a gorgeous creamy shade that will naturally fit in transitional, traditional, modern, bohemian, rustic, traditional, contemporary, and modern farmhouse-style homes.
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Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Undertones
Dove Wing has yellow and gray undertones. The yellow undertones give it that warm, creamy vibe, while the gray undertones tone down the yellow so that the hue reads soft off-white instead of cream.
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How Different Types of Lighting Affect Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing
As the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, natural lighting temperature and exposure shift too. Because lighting has such a strong impact on paint appearance, I strongly caution against expecting ANY paint color to appear the same in two different areas or at different times of the day.
Here’s how you can expect Dove Wing to look on your walls based on different natural lighting types.
- North-facing light – cool, blue-tinted northern light will tone down the warmth in this shade, so you’ll likely see Dove Wing read soft muted off-white. This lighting will create the darkest version of Dove Wing.
- South-facing light – warm yellow southern light will make this shade appear lighter, brighter, and warmer. It will have a tendency to look washed out so that it looks soft white.
- East-facing light – eastern light is warm and yellow in the morning and cool and blue-tinted in the afternoon. This shifting light exposure and temperature will cause some shifting with Dove Wing so that it appears warm and bright early in the day and shifts toward looking more muted later in the day.
- West-facing light – expect cooler light in the morning and very warm light later in the day. Dove Wing will bounce between showing off its muted side and looking warm white.
Great Coordinating Colors for Dove Wing
Although Dove Wing is a warm white, it’s not too warm to look terrific with cool-toned shades. This shade will look great with wood tones, neutrals, and cool-toned opposites.
And since it’s so versatile, you can rest assured it will also look amazing with metallics, bronze, browns, greiges, taupes, blues, mustards, mauves, grays, and black.
LRV of Benjamin Moore Dove Wing (OC-18)
LRV is an abbreviation for “light reflectance value.” Why does anyone care about LRV numbers? Well, this number gives an objective way of measuring how much light a shade reflects. In other words, it’ll give you a reliable way of guessing how light or dark a shade will appear in your home.
The LRV scale ranges from 0 (pure black) to 100 (pure white).
The LRV of Benjamin Moore Dove Wing = 77.52
This LRV value places BM Dove Wing on the light end of the spectrum. It will look great everywhere – even in the darkest rooms in your home.
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Dove Wing Compared to Other Colors
The best way to REALLY see undertones in paint is to compare two similar colors side-by-side. Let’s compare Dove Wing to three other close shades.
This section can be helpful if you’re having trouble deciding between two close shades.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs. Swiss Coffee
The first color we will compare Dove Wing against is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee (OC-45). With an LRV of 83.93, the first thing you’ll notice is that Swiss Coffee is lighter than Dove Wing.
Considered a warm white (instead of a darker off-white), Swiss Coffee has a mix of yellow, green, and brown undertones, but it reads as creamy white.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs. Seapearl
Benjamin Moore Seapearl (OC-19) has an LRV of 77.95, making it almost identical to Dove Wing in saturation level. That’s not all these two shades have in common because they both have yellow and gray undertones that can make them look slightly greige.
In fact, these two off-whites are SO similar that it’s tough to tell the difference between them. I would say that Seapearl has just a hint more gray and reads a wink cooler.
If you’re trying to decide between Dove Wing and Seapearl, get peel and stick paint swatches of both so you can see which one you prefer in your home.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs. White Dove
Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17) has an LRV of 85.38, which means it’s clearly lighter than Dove Wing. You might say it’s the creamier, lighter version of Dove Wing, and since it sits over 80 on the LRV scale, it lives in the white family.
It has slight gray and green undertones, which can make it look slightly greige when paired with pale gray shades.
More Colors to Consider
Picking paint colors takes time – sometimes more time than you really want to commit! If you just aren’t ready to give Dove Wing the “go ahead” at this point, check out these other lovely white and off-white shades.
- Super White (Benjamin Moore) – a bright, neutral shade of white.
- Snowbound (Benjamin Moore) – a slightly cool yet very beautiful and popular white.
- Alabaster (Benjamin Moore) – a soft, creamy, greige-leaning off-white.
- Drift Of Mist (Sherwin Williams) – a medium to light greige.
- Silver Satin (Benjamin Moore) – a gray-tinted off-white.
- Dover White (Benjamin Moore) – a warm, creamy off-white.
- Cloud White (Benjamin Moore) – a versatile warm, creamy white with understated undertones.
- Pure White (Sherwin Williams) – warm white that can lean slightly greige.
- Decorator’s White (Benjamin Moore) – almost pure white with a slightly cool, blue undertone.
- Ballet White (Benjamin Moore) – a light, neutral off-white paint color.
- Alpaca (Sherwin Williams) – a chameleon gray/greige with violet undertones.
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Real Life Homes Using Benjamin Moore Dove Wing
Ok, it’s time to move from the information tutorial and head to the fun part of this paint review!
The background information helps you make an informed choice, but once you have that foundation, it’s time to SEE a color in real examples to see how it really appears.
Here are real-life homes and spaces using Benjamin Moore Dove Wing to show you all the ins and outs of this beautiful off-white!
Dove Wing Living Rooms
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1. Casual Modern Color Choice
Ahhh! This room from XO Macenna highlights exactly what I love about Dove Wing: gray undertones that give this shade a soft quality. It’s light and bright but also comfortable and inviting.
2. Shifting Tone in Varying Light
A cool-leaning white would be too bright in a room that has tons of bright natural light like this one from Redeux Decor.
The gray undertones in Dove Wing tone down this off-white to give it a muted feel, so it’s perfect for even the brightest rooms.
3. Bright without Being Stark
Dove Wing is an ideal off-white, as you can see in this living room from @ivylaneshop.
It has just enough color to contrast with bright whites, and it stays light and airy to make small rooms feel spacious.
4. Gorgeous White Built-Ins
I personally love this shade for cabinets and built-ins. This room from Rachel Parcell looks elegant, timeless, and incredibly cozy.
Bedrooms Painted BM Dove Wing
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
5. A Cozy Neutral
A bedroom should be cozy and comforting – a respite from the stresses of life. This bedroom from Three Little Limes is exactly that, thanks to Dove Wing on the walls!
6. Traditional Chic Bedroom Play Space
Dove Wing is the perfect soft neutral for nurseries and playrooms like this one from @alyssamahrens.
It’s timeless, gender neutral, and makes the ideal backdrop for colorful decor.
7. A Warm White Retreat
If you want a monochromatic color scheme, check out Dove Wing. This bedroom from Fifth and Rose Blog shows how well it pairs with a variety of whites and off-whites.
8. Cabin Chic Bedroom Shade
My bags are packed and ready to go…the Dove Wing bedroom paint is cozy cabin vibes to the max, and I’m a fan. This color is looking lovely with all the wood tones at @bridalveilcreek.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Kitchens
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
9. Creamy Cabinetry for a High-End Look
The thing I love most about this kitchen from Kelly in the City is how amazing Dove Wing looks with those wood tones! It also happens to tie in well with the cooler tones of the backsplash.
10. Beautiful Contrasting Trim Paint
Since Dove Wing has gray undertones, it looks terrific with metallic tones and contrasts with crisp whites like in this kitchen from Amanda Seibert.
11. Fun and Inviting Eat-in Kitchen
Dove Wing Dining Rooms
12. Perfect Fit for Rustic Modern
Pike Properties brilliantly used this soft off-white to bring together warm wood tones and black accents. Dove Wing is ideal for modern farmhouse and rustic decors.
13. Great Traditional Choice, Too
Scroll through the images from @homeonmeadowlane to see Dove Wing’s creamy off-white shine in this traditional home. It contrasts well with the beautiful fireplace!
14. Pleasant in Varying Light
This space from Reardon Paint highlights Dove Wing’s color range since you can see it in the shadows and in the light.
No matter which light exposure it’s in, this shade makes the space feel cozy.
Bathrooms Painted Ben Moore Dove Wing
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
15. Gray Undertones in this Powder Room
The bright cool-toned light in this room from Saw Nail and Paint sends the yellow undertones to the background and draws the gray undertones forward.
Here, the creamy base is just enough to make this shade read as soft white.
Dove Wing Paint in Laundry Rooms
16. Simply Clean Color Choice
This minimalist laundry room from @clarkansaslove looks lovely, with crisp white cabinets contrasting against the off-white walls.
17. Nice Pairing with Darker Tones
Dove Wing’s soft ambiance warms up the cool vibes that dark tones can emit. The darker tones in this room from Gerry Smith Architect take center stage but don’t let that fool you.
Dove Wing is hard at work, tying together the mix of warm and cool tones while also making this space look inviting.
BM Dove Wing Exteriors
18. Just the Right Amount of Creamy
Root and Dwell chose Dove Wing as a creamy exterior to create the perfect pairing for the fun yellow door. The result is so cheerful and creamy!
19. Breathtaking with Black Trim
This exterior color scheme from @lamaisonmcgehee is chic, modern, and rustic. I can’t stop looking at it!
20. All-Over Exterior Color
Jenn of @jennifermartinstudio chose Dove Wing as their primary exterior paint shade. In this shot, you can see how it plays in both shadows and bright, sunny spots. (Builder: @crocker_smith_custom_homes)
Ok, now that you’ve read about Dove Wing and have seen it in action, are you ready to grab some easy, no-mess paint samples of this rich, warm shade to see how it will look in your home?
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