There is light golden brown in some of my furniture and cowhide rugs. Many of the island homes use all white and they feel sterile to me, which I don’t want. When it comes to choosing a white trim that you want to contrast against the shades of white you mentioned for the walls, I love Simply White by Benjamin Moore. I recommend ‘Pro Grade’ paint brushes – they’re the perfect budget friendly option. It’s already just plain white, can I leave it or should I paint all the ceilings the same? It leans more towards a cool white with a tiny hint of creaminess to it. If I’m using using white dove on walls/trim, what should I do about the ceiling? I usually stick with the same sheen in a room for simplicitys sake! . Hi! By painting cabinets, I’m hoping for less outdated orange and more of a cottage look but I don’t want stark and sterile. So, which one which one? White Dove appears slightly darker and cooler than Simply White, which provides a sophisticated combination to the room. Thanks. Hi, The walls will definitely pull a warm color up against the white curtain, but I don’t think it would look bad. If so, what would work? Thank you! What kind of interior paint would you recommend for high traffic areas (living room, hallway, kitchen, etc)? You can’t go wrong with those options! I certainly appreciated finding your expertise extended beyond the norm. I haven’t tried SW Alabaster. Here’s the samples with both wood and white cabinets. I don’t think it would hurt to ask him to paint match the color you want, it should be fairly easy. And yes, your mother is a wise woman . I should also mention we have 3 windows in the room – one window ais adjacent to my neighbor’s house which they just painted Robin’s egg blue ( not kidding) so it effects that side of the room – other 2 windows have western Exposure so they reflect warm light late day. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (OC-117) Simply White was Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2016 and possibly the most versatile of all whites. Good luck painting! Have you had a good experience with this paint? Do you have a favorite white to use for trim and doors ( possibly walls) when you have medium brown carpet? I’m planning to paint almost half my house white and have been wondering which whites were best, so this was a big help to me! The hardware will be flat black. I think I like the Swiss Coffee best! I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated . Comments (27) I’m Ashley and that’s my husband Mike. But if the blush tones don’t bother you, I think that sounds like a nice look! It looks absolutely beautiful and my painter/s thought so, too! It doesn’t seem to work at all. I’m trying to update my super creamy almost beige trim in my 2005 home, but I still need to work with some existing elements such as brown carpet and tan/ beige tile in the bathrooms. Simply White is a great bridge white to use when complimenting other whites. I’m wanting white cabinets and walls with a little contrast between the two. I’m looking to paint my walls white and considering simply white, alabaster and white dove. It is definitely my ‘go to’ white…. SW Snowbound vs. Snowfall. I think I would try to color match to one of the existing off-whites in the space so that things don’t start looking too mismatched. You’re gonna love this post where I share my best tips on How To Brighten Any Space. While most of the colors included in this white paint color guide are close to true white, this is not the case when it comes to ‘Creamy White’ – it’s more of an off-white. I don’t think it will look too Yello especially if you choose the right light bulbs for your lighting. Hi Ashley, I’m about to paint my entire house BM White Dove. I’ve already made white cotton canvas slipcovers for all my furniture. Colonnade Gray by Sherwin Williams looks great on kitchen cabinets. And also on the wall with post it notes marked accordingly. Choose a warm white instead - it will look like a crisp white on your walls even though it looks creamy on the chip. what do you recommend? To learn more about wood accent walls, check out my blog post called: How To Build A Wood Plank Accent Wall. Hope that helps, friend! Oh yay, I am so glad! Thank you! The wainscoting and trim are Alabaster White and the walls are SW Nice White, which has pink undertones especially at night. Hi Janet! Hi! ? A friend recommended I use Benjamin Moore Simply White by Benjamin Moore: This color is my go-to white paint color. I love both of those whites! Please help! I kept it in mind when I decided on White Dove Brown Paper Bag made me chuckle, ha! Also my husband likes trim and ceilings in a Super White so please keep that in mind. I’m still struggling with White Dove or Swiss Coffee for the walls. It's a cult-classic, and for good reason. ❤️??? ugly! And I think they both look good up against off white/creamier shades of white too. Our whole place was painted that color by our landlord before we moved in this week and so we won’t be changing it, but I’m not great at knowing what will look good together…. Here’s an example of Simply White being used. This undertone can be subtle at times, acting more like a true white, but partner it with a cool tone and it can show up a bit more to the party. Last one is Falling Snow. Our kitchen counter tops are Calcutta quartz ( with the gray veins) I’m having difficulty choosing a Ben Moore white/off white for my kitchen cabinets. I love the creamy whites as well! She now wants to paint cabinets Snowbound but we think it looks dirty with the Modern Gray. With a high LRV of 92.2, this color is a very bright, pure white – it’s the brightest white paint color on this list. As for trim and doors, you could go either way! A brilliant, almost sparkling white, this clean shade suggests clarity and simplicity. The furniture is medium wood, I’m going to purchase white bedding and pop of color will be pillows (tbd). Thank you so much! I want a warm, creamy look but don’t want yellowish tones. Not a lot of natural light in my condo and I’m have plantation shutters installed in white. We currently have off-white cabinets in our kitchen, off-white crown moulding that’s a similar color…if I paint my walls a different off white will it look weird? So just grab a can of the Glidden paint and ask the person at the paint counter to mix up BM White Dove. Does BM White Dove convey well in North and South facing rooms? We have Quick step- Providence Oak laminate flooring in our kitchen and living room. Alabaster is fairly warm, and southern light will definitely bring out the yellow undertones – so that might not be the best option. Easy peasy! This color is a crisp, clean, and bright white. White Dove image via. I think Swiss Coffee would be a great choice – you’ll still get the white look that you want but the warm undertones should help it to not look dirty quickly with all of the dust in the air. Hi! It is not drab but clean and bright. Simply White by Benjamin Moore is hands down my favourite go-to white paint. One is Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore which is a crisp clean white, and the other is Sherwin Williams Snowfall which is very similar to SW Snowbound. I can’t find any other BM color I like. If you need more help deciding, checkout this post I wrote about choosing a color based on undertones and lighting. Ha…silly, but it works for me!!!! And we’re the faces behind Joyfully Growing Blog! Chantilly Lace – LRV: 92.2 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.). Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore ... Last year, I simply tired of looking at my colored walls and had all the walls in the main living areas, including the kitchen, painted white. So there you have it, that’s all my favorite white paint colors! A great choice if you want a strong fresh white for a modern look. A compilation of 152 white and off-white colors. 3. We would also be continuing the white walls through the rest of our main floor. Many true whites tend to be overly cool and bright, but not Super White. SW Eider White. Log in, « Your Questions Answered about our White Sofa, Been taking some time to unplug these past few wee, Lately I’ve been focusing on being intentional a, Oh my goodness, my phone gave me a run for my phon, It’s finally REVEAL day! I love your blog Ashley! Jackie Jordan, the Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing describes Alabaster as: A hue symbolic of new beginnings, Alabaster (SW 7008), is Sherwin-Williams… Color of the Year. Would White Dove have too much of a yellow cast next to black? Yes, choosing the right white paint color that will work with all of your specific variables can be difficult. Like mom says, “If you don’t like the paint color name, you won’t like the paint!”, I agree, I love how it looked in that mud room! When my house was getting renovated, I did lots of research on some of the most popular white paints out there and bought a bunch of samples. All of those colors are beautiful and I think they would go well together. Painters coming Frida. Can you address this for me, Please. Oxford White (CC-30) is a classic white that again, is more modern than either White Down or Cloud White as it is crisp and moves towards gray. Then a flooring specialist suggested Sherwin Williams Pure White with gray floors cool combo)that would lend itself to a black/white scheme (cool scheme). Love your blogs, especially about your RV. I am painting my living room and dining room that are connected rooms. Thanks for the great advice! My floors are whitwashed oak that is grayish white. What are your thoughts on using BM Simply white for trims/doors and Dove White for the walls? The trim of course will be a bright white. I’m looking for something that is *somewhat* stain resistant and/or washable but also not shiny, if ya know what I mean. Hi Ashley, I am working on a kitchen remodel. I have cathedral ceilings and was wondering if I should paint the ceilings, White Dove, as well? Close to Decorator’s White but just a slight hint of warmth. : ) Two questions: did you paint your ceiling the same white as your walls? It adorns my kitchen cabinets, board & batten treatment in my living room and my guest bedroom walls. I think this is the best white color. The brushes are high quality, and buying from Amazon, you can get a much better deal than in stores. Let me know know in the comments below. Possibly Alabaster or simply white. Our floor is a warm gray with green undertones and our appliances brushed SS. My comment is similar to the one above! I just want it to feel open, expansive, calming but not sterile. Hi Ashley, The rest of the house is in Monroe Bisque and I really can’t change all of the house. Additionally, try checking out the paint color with the lights in the room on, and off. The floors are honey oak. I think I would go with simply white for trim/cabinets and Alabaster for walls. or … To make a bold paint color statement in a room, I recommend painting all the walls white and choosing only 1 wall to make an accent wall. "This is my all-time favorite, most versatile white paint color. It has a real clean feeling to it. We create DIY tutorials and offer simple home decor tips that anyone can master. Decorator’s white is the old but great standby! Go for it girl! Based on their makeup I’m certainly splitting hairs. I nerd out about finding creative ways to style the home without spending a lot of money & Mike is a genius at figuring out how to make all of my crazy DIY designs come to life. At Joyfully Growing Blog, we always use Glidden Premium paint from The Home Depot. I like your descriptions of whites and have been able to figure out that I need Ben Moore Super white for majority of walls in contemporary home. Hi Lindsay! Someday I will try it out tho! Did you know that you can use budget friendly paint, and have it color matched to premium Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams paint colors? Beth says: February 18, 2020 at 5:01 pm I did BM Simply White with BM Chantilly Lace trim both inside AND outside, and it looks lovely. warm would be anything in the yellow/cream/tan grouping. Even though one project was warm tones, one was greige and one has cooler tones, it blends terrific with each! I really appreciate your time and advice ? I have been on Pinterest for weeks trying to figure out the white on white on white thing. I am going with BM Simply White for my cabinets but I’m struggling to pick a wall and trim/door paint color. Definitely have my heart set on white. All of Joanna’s colors are beautiful (just like everything else she creates), but my favorite white from her collection is Silos White. That is what we did in our RV kitchen remodel and it turned out great! I honestly think you can’t go wrong with either of those shades of white, but if I had to choose between the two I would go with Simply White. My kitchen backsplash is stone( tan and beige) counter is granite with black and rust.. and all flooring (all rooms) is travertine including fireplace. The granite is called White Delicatus. In many cases, affordable paint like Glidden Premium can be up to 50% cheaper than the ‘big name brand’ competition. Would love any suggestions and things to consider. This white paint guide will help you find the perfect color for your home. Checkout this post I wrote to help you decide based on undertones and lighting. Another option is to install a wood accent wall. Hope that helps! These are both really pure whites that aren’t too stark. Who knew there could be so many different shades of white? I haven’t tried that but it could look great. Or should I choose a different white? Simply White is a great, slightly fresh, warm approach to white. I have large windows on both sides of the room facing east and west. If you want a little bit brighter white to create some contrast, I would recommend Benjamin Moore Simply White. Please tell me what Color White paint u would use for ceiling. Any suggestions? So helpful, and I agree – it’s such a beautiful and versatile white! All the trim throughout the rest of our house is SW Pure White ( we had color matched in BM paint bec the SW version was quite yellow. Thanks so much for your input, Ashley. I love the simple, clean white because it appears very pure without coming across as blinding. Thanks. I’d recommend having the paint technician at your local hardware store show you paint swatches that have the different finishes. Unerring style defines this classic, softly shaded white. When I painted the walls & trim the same color in our old house they were both in eggshell finish. The Creamy White cabinets in the kitchen below creates a warm cozy vibe. I agree, you should probably lean towards a cooler white. Benjamin Moore White Dove is my go-to white paint color! Please help me!! I LOVE this color. With all of these variables I think I would go with Alabaster. Snowfall White is a beautiful white paint color that can be used as a trim, wall, or cabinet color. It’s a really versatile white and looks good up against almost anything. Here’s a daytime pic I found but will try to get a better one tomorrow. Additionally, it has a slightly yellowish-grey undertone. Long time no see! I, too, am enjoying reading your article as well as the q/a section. Super White – PM – 1. I am trying to pick an off white for the exterior of my single story ranch style house with some brick siding, a brownish roof and dark bronze window frames. In a year or so I will paint my maple cabinets white also…is it ok to use White Dove on cabinets also? Pssstttt… Want to know exactly how to pick the best paint color for your space? ☹️. I think SW Alabaster would be a good choice, it doesn’t pull yellow/green as much as White Dove and I think it is extremely versatile. If you’re still thinking of going with a gray, I love BM Pale Oak – that might be a good compromise since it is really subtle and almost looks like an off white! Our flooring in the kitchen is a light grey/off white tile and the rest of the house is a dark, almost black wood. Looking for more ways to brighten up your home? We have completely gutted the first floor which is all open and will have kitchen,( white cabinets) dining and living space of about 400 square feet. Testing out a paint color in your home is important because a paint color’s appearance depends on the unique lighting conditions in your home. The color coming off my kitchen in Monroe Bisque(BM). I mean, can you really go wrong with a name like Swiss Coffee? take eight pieces of paper with the names on them, put them in a hat, close your eyes and pick one. I’ve tried classic gray and it seems too dark in that space. In winter, I can drag in all my reds & oranges. Cannot decide the cabinet color – considering either SW Alabaster or BM White Dove but getting scared off both by reading they can both appear creamy yellow. Now convinced it won’t work well with my floors. Great room and kitchen in the center, which will be White Dove. I want to paint most rooms and trim in my house a creamy white color. But I live in South Texas now, I’m downsizing to an RV, and the RV came with faux distressed wood vinyl planks (gray!). Hope that helps! Feel free to share! Simply White by Benjamin Moore is one of our go-to white paints for kitchens. My home is filled with off-white, Gray, and gold accents…I’ve kept it super serene. The warm inviting entry room below is painted with Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. Please help? The room looks Contemporary Italian ala Minotti. Hope that helps! Simply White has a LRV of 91.7, which is nearly the highest of all the paint colors on this list. White Dove is a tad bit crisper but maybe not enough contrast with the trim yet Swiss Coffee gets the nod for warmth and contrast with a bright trim. I love the look of walls and cabinets in the same color of white. Thank You. This can save you a ton of money! From the photo of the Riverbed Oak online it looks like it pulls a little more green, so I would recommend a white that has little to no undertone like Alabaster. I have Believable Buff (SW)next to the living room on an accent wall in the entry way. I’ve found that certain off-white hues are less appealing in the warm natural light of the morning and evening, or under artificial light. Check it out here: How To Choose A Perfect Paint Color, Hi Ashley I’m in the process of building a home. We used to dread painting, but now with the airless sprayer, it’s actually pretty fun! Wow, that’s a lot of verbiage. To keep it simple I would match the cabinets to the trim color, BW Simply White looks really clean! Simply White – OC-117. I love that it is a warm off-white with a very subtle hint of grey. I absolutely love this one and used it in the Beaumont dream house seen here. , @2019 Joyfully Growing Blog, LLC. Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 / 2143-70. Either one would look lovely. 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