Picking the right paint color can be difficult, but nothing is as challenging as picking the right white. People are always stunned by just how many white paint options there are out there. Unlike other colors, determining the tones and hues within them can be challenging. We get a lot of clients turning to us asking for help, so here are our favorite white paints that we use frequently in custom homes.
BM Super White
If you’re looking for a white to instantly brighten up a space, Super White by Benjamin Moore does the job. It gives a clean and crisp look, without being overly cool. It’s one of the more neutral whites and doesn’t have any strong undertones.
BM Decorators White
Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White isn’t our favorite for walls- but it’s our go-to for ceilings and woodwork. It’s a bright, clean white that’s very versatile. It’s a neutral white that will go unnoticed making it perfect for ceilings.
SW Extra White
Extra White by Sherwin Williams lives up to its name. It’s said to be their whitest white and we’re inclined to believe them. It can read a little too cool against earth and warm tones though, so only use it if you’re planning on sticking to cool tones.
BM Swiss Coffee
A few paint brands out there have whites named Swiss Coffee. They’re all nice, but we’re partial to the one by Benjamin Moore. It’s a warm white that looks fabulous on walls. It pairs nicely with bright white trim too, giving just enough of a contrast without reading too yellow.
BM White Dove
You can’t talk about good white paints and not mention White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It has a soft creamy undertone that adds warmth to rooms. Unlike other warmer whites, this paint doesn’t read yellow and actually works well with cooler colors like grey. White Dove might just be our favorite white paint there is.
SW Pure White
If you’re looking for a “white white” Pure White by Sherwin Williams fits that bill. It looks bright and fresh, without being too stark. It can read a little gray in Northern light, so keep that in mind. It works fabulously for trim and cabinets though!
Alabaster by Sherwin Williams is a great white to work with, so it’s no wonder it was their color of the year in 2017. It’s on the warmer side, but it creates a beautifully soft look. If you’re looking for a white to work on walls, this could be our vote.
BM Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is one of our favorite whites. It’s a cooler white, but it has a touch of warmth to it that keeps it from being too sterile. If you’re looking for a bright white, this could be the perfect one.
Snowbound by Sherwin Williams is one of the cooler whites we use a lot. It has blue undertones to it, which come out even stronger in Northern light, but it’s a nice bright white.
BM Simply White
Simply White by Benjamin Moore is one of our go-to white paints for kitchens. It hits the perfect sweet spot- not too cool, not too warm. If white cabinets are what you’re after, this is the color we recommend.
SW Eider White
Eider White by Sherwin Williams is a white that works well with grays, but it’s not too cold either. Greige paint colors, a combo of grey and beige, are becoming more popular and this white paint is the perfect compliment for that.
BM China White
China White by Benjamin Moore is a great color. It doesn’t have strong undertones and is almost a chameleon white. When it’s against pure white it has a beautiful off-white appearance. On its own though, it looks like a pure white. Talk about versatile.
Sherwin Williams’ Marshmallow is another great white paint. It does have red undertones to it, which can cause it to look pinkish in the wrong lighting. It’s a creamy white that will cause you into a Vanilla ice cream craving.
BM Paper White
If you’re using marble in your custom home, Paper White by Benjamin Moore is the color for you. It pulls out the grey veining in marble and melds it perfectly with other whites.
BM Huntington White
Whites have a tendency to look vastly different depending on what time of the day it is and what sun exposure is hitting them. This can be frustrating, as you may love it in the morning but not so much in the evening. That isn’t an issue with Huntington White by Benjamin Moore though. This is a highly consistent white that looks good at all times.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the white paint options out there. Hopefully, our top picks helped you narrow it down. Always remember to try swatches in the rooms before making a final decision, and look at it at various times through the day. If you have any questions or want to get started building your dream custom home feel free to contact us!