Are you lost in a sea of white paint colors and can’t find your way out? Thanks to the seemingly endless nuances between each shade, choosing white paint is so hard. Stop looking through dozens of shades of white and use this list of the 5 Best Benjamin Moore White paint colors to narrow down your selection!
I’ve said it before, and I think it bears repeating: white paint is HARD to choose!
You know how it goes. You stand there staring at three or four samples on the wall and desperately trying to see the subtle differences while deciding which one would match your home and decor the best. It’s enough to make you want to beat your head against the wall.
Picking white paint for our home was one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had. And yes, that includes being more frustrating than the kids getting the white sofa dirty! 😂
Staring at a wall of white paint swatches and trying to decipher the differences between them to choose one is hard for sure. But picking the “wrong” one is even worse!
After all that time and effort, the last thing you want is to spend a ton of money and end up with white walls that just don’t work. They’re either so blindingly white you have to break out the shades just to be in the room, or you spend your days looking at white so creamy that the space feels (undesirably) yellow. You know what I mean.
Simplify the Process of Picking White Paint
If you’re finding it hard to choose “the one,” this list is for you! It is possible to have too many choices, and trying to pick one white out of dozens fits the bill. So, I’ve significantly narrowed down the options to make finding the best Benjamin Moore white paint a painless process.
I’m sharing only the very best tried and true, versatile white paint colors from Benjamin Moore. Once you’re armed with this list and just a little knowledge about each option (and your paint samples, of course), you’ll be amazed at how easy the process can be.
Best Benjamin Moore White Paint FAQs
What Benjamin Moore white has no undertones?
Chantilly Lace has no noticeable undertones. Instead of reading as either warm or cool, it will appear very balanced and neutral.
What is the most popular white in Benjamin Moore?
Based on what I’ve seen, I think it’s a near tie between Chantilly Lace, Decorator’s White, and White Dove. All three of these Benjamin Moore white paints are very versatile, fueling their popularity.
What is Benjamin Moore’s whitest white?
I would say there are two: Chantilly Lace and Super White. Both of these shades have minimal or no undertones visible, so they are the purest (or “whitest”) whites.
What is Benjamin Moore’s best warm white paint?
White Dove offers creamy warmth without reading yellow or having other noticeable undertones. It’s highly versatile, which is why it’s so popular.
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White Paint Undertones
Ok, here’s an ultra-quick vocabulary lesson. The primary paint color you see (red, green, etc.) is the mass tone (also sometimes called the overtone). Undertones result from blending colors and are subtle differences that determine the exact shade. For example, that faint green tint you may see in gray is an undertone.
White paint can have many undertones, including yellow, blue, green, pink, or gray. Working to match those subtle differences with other paint colors is why it can be SO hard to pick the right white paint.
The best Benjamin Moore white paint colors are clean shades of white that either don’t have undertones or the undertones work with a variety of other colors.
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Things to Know When Choosing White Paint
Before you even think about looking at white paint, there are a few things to know.
- White is the most reflective color, so it will seriously mess with you because it will reflect nearby colors on the wall. If you have a lot of green (grass, trees, etc.) outside a nearby window, you’ll probably see your wall looking a little green. That purple couch? Yep, you’ll see purple on the wall.
- In north-facing rooms, the blue-tinted cool light will probably make your walls look a little gray-blue.
- In south-facing rooms, the warm yellow-tinted light will probably give your walls a soft, creamy quality.
- It will read differently in natural light vs. artificial light.
- Sheen, or the finish you choose can make a big difference in the look of your white paint. To learn how to choose the right paint finish (semi-gloss, eggshell, flat, etc.) read more here.
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5 Best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colors
If you want to make the white paint color selection process easy and painless, you honestly can’t go wrong with the colors on this list. I’ll give a little information about each color and show an example or two of how it looks in real life.
NOTE: I’ve written complete and thorough paint color reviews of each of these colors. If you’re interested in learning more, just click through the links!
If you’re looking for a very clean white that works with any color, I highly recommend Chantilly Lace OC-65. With no noticeable undertones and an LRV (LRV = light reflectance value. If you’re scratching your head on that one, click through to any of the detailed articles on these paint colors where we dig into what that actually means) of 92.2, it’s the brightest white on this list. Think that might be why it’s one of the most popular Benjamin Moore white paint colors?
Because it lacks undertones, it’s a highly reflective white that tends to lean a little cool. Sometimes in a north-facing room, it will reflect the passive blue-tinted light and look a little gray-blue. In contrast, Chantilly Lace tends to exude a soft warmth in the warm lighting of south-facing rooms.
The only time I would recommend avoiding Chantilly Lace would be when you want a warm white. Although this shade will warm up in warm lighting, if you want a white to lend warmth to a cool north-facing room, this isn’t it.
And by all means, try before you buy! Get a sample before a gallon so you’re not sad or sorry once the paint hits your wall ⤵
Classic White Against Black Decor
Only very clean whites can pair well with marble. Jordan Jean made the perfect choice to use Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace to create cohesion between white marble, cool black accents, and warm wood tones in this bathroom.
Best Benjamin Moore White for Home Office
If you want a bright white office to inspire productivity, there is no better option than Chantilly Lace, as you can see in the beautiful example from Blesser House.
Chantilly Lace: An Unoffensive, Clean White
We’ve done several camper/travel trailer renovations over the years, and Chantilly Lace is my go-to shade for walls, ceilings and cabinets in these.
As far as neutral whites go, this one is a champ. Not too warm, not too cool. It’s white, as plain and simple as “white” can be, which you probably know by now isn’t super simple at all ;).
While Chantilly Lace may not be the best Benjamin Moore white paint for rooms that feel cold, Simply White OC-117 is a great choice! As Benjamin Moore’s 2016 color of the year, this shade has been, and remains VERY popular.
It has an LRV of 91.7, so it’s almost as bright as Chantilly Lace, but slight yellow undertones lend warmth. The yellow undertones are subtle but noticeable, especially if you try to pair Simply White with a cool tone shade.
I highly recommend this using color for north-facing (or large) rooms that can feel chilly or paired with bright, warm shades. On the other hand, I would steer away from Simply White when working with marble countertops (because it can look too yellow) or medium-deep blues, greens, and violets.
Use it in south-facing rooms with caution because the yellow-tinted natural light can enhance the yellow undertones. Always check paint swatches before committing to any paint color!
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Rustic White Dining Space
So Much Better with Age demonstrates how Simply White can provide the ideal clean white background for farmhouse-style decor and gold accent pieces! Need a white that you can pair with antique white? Simply White is a top contender.
Warm White and Wood Tones
Trim Design Co. used Simply White in this bedroom, where the warm lighting, warm accents, and wood tones draw out the color’s soft creamy qualities.
Warms up Cold, North-Facing Spaces
I love Simply White, and have used it in my own home in several spaces, including our daughter’s bedroom as a wall color. Her room faces north and can be a bit dark, so Simply White definitely keeps it light, bright, and a bit warm without looking yellowish.
White Dove (OC-17) is probably my favorite warm white paint color. It’s as versatile as Chantilly Lace but has a subtle warmth without noticeable yellow undertones. There is a wink of gray in there, though, which softens this color and makes it act neutral.
Its LRV of 85.38 means that it’s a little darker than the other whites I’ve highlighted thus far. But don’t let that stop you because this shade reads bright and clean and is a top choice for trim, cabinets, built-ins, walls, furniture, and more!
White Dove looks lovely in almost every situation, but don’t try pairing it with a bright, true white like Chantilly Lace because it will likely look dark and dirty.
Caveat Emptor! Buyer beware: a gallon will go a LOT further than you want it to if you end up deciding a color isn’t right for you! Try it on for size before you commit ⤵
Best White Paint for Farmhouse Chic
Elements of Style Blog made a brilliant choice here to use BM White Dove. This room is stunning! My favorite parts are that wood beam in the ceiling and how seamlessly White Dove ties everything in this room together.
Warm View from the Kitchen
Few white paints can bridge the divide between warm wood and cool-toned metal as well as White Dove does in this example from @pleasantbaydesigns.
Wonderful White Dove on an Exterior
I chose White Dove as the exterior paint for our cape cod home, and have never regretted the choice. It looks neutral, and light but not stark. The sun can really wash colors out, so I didn’t want to go even “whiter” than White Dove, and I wanted a hue with a hint of warmth. White Dove does the trick.
As White Dove’s cool-toned counterpart, Decorator’s White (LRV 84.69) is a clean, crisp white with nearly the same brightness as White Dove.
It has mild grey-blue undertones, making it sometimes look shadowy or dingy in rooms with low or north-facing natural light. Southern exposure will brighten it up so that it reads as a fresh, soft white.
If you pair Decorator’s White (CC-20 and OC-149) with cool colors, it will read as true white. However, it will flash its shadowy nature when you try pairing it with a warm white or a true white like Chantilly Lace.
Grab a re-usable, re-positionable, peel and stick sample of this color to help you decide if it’s “the one” 👇
Bright White Bedroom
CC + Mike made a beautiful choice by going with Decorator’s White in this room. A brighter white would have looked stark and blinding. Notice the subtle gray shadow effect on the wall on the right side of the image. It lends a softness to the room.
Best BM White to Brighten Up a Dark Space
Decorator’s White is light enough to help brighten up rooms with low natural light. Notice how this bathroom from Emtek seems to have a hint of beige? That’s caused by the brown from the wood door reflecting off the white paint in a small space, and possibly some warm, late-afternoon or early morning sun filtering into the room from the skylight.
Wainscoting color here is Gray Owl.
Looking for the purest white out there? Super White may be the one you’ve been searching for.
This fan-favorite paint is as close to pure white as you can get. It’s virtually impossible to detect any undertones in this shade on its own. However, that means it’s quick to pick up the hues of surrounding colors and reflect them, so you will want to swatch this one on your walls and see how it looks in your space before committing.
Part of the reason why is Super White’s LRV. With an LRV of 89.09, this bright white will definitely reflect plenty of light back to you.
Don’t forget to sample if you’re considering Super White 👇
Perfectly Paired with Wooden Accents
Emily Henderson nails it once again with this beautiful space. The crisp Super White walls allow the warm wooden tones throughout the room to really shine, while keeping the space calm and peaceful. Photo credit: Tessa Neustadt.
Inviting and Interesting with Color Pops
I know it’s hard to imagine a paint called “Super White” as anything but stark, but I love how cozy the hue looks here in this bathroom from Park & Oak. The black accents and rich wood tones pop while our superhero paint color is content to fade quietly into the background.
That wraps up this collection of my picks for the five best Benjamin Moore white paint colors. I hope this guide helped you narrow down your list of whites so that you can choose your perfect white paint color! Don’t forget to ALWAYS make color swatches and use them to see how any color you like reads with your specific lighting situation and decor.
And remember, if you’re seriously considering ANY of these hues, be sure to sample them first. Once again, my favorite, mess-free way to do it is with these Samplize samples:
And if none of these white colors will float your boat, you may want to consider one of these options. These white/off-white shades are each perfect in their own rite for the right spaces:
Pin these perfect paint shades for later! And if you use one, leave a comment on the pin. That helps others decide whether they’d like to try one of these shades as well!
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