The Best White Paint Colors

If you're having trouble choosing the best shade of white for your room, here are some of our favorites.

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Lindsey Bond Meadows Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

There are seemingly infinite shades of white paint, and choosing the right one for your home can be a daunting experience. When selecting a shade of white paint for your home (yes, even white has shades), it helps to consult a fan deck to see where the particular hue resides on the color wheel. Some paints appear more yellow, while others offer glimpses of grey. To be sure, try buying samples of your top choices and paint a small portion of your wall with each option to observe how it looks at different times of the day and in additional natural light.

Even with all these tips, choosing the perfect white paint color is challenging, so here are some of our favorites. Whether looking for interior or exterior paint colors, you'll find something you love. Here's a list of the best white paint shades for every room in and outside your house.

Sherwin Williams' Westhighland White (SW 7566)

Sherwin-Williams Westhighland White (SW 7566)
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Liz Strong

Great for the interior or exterior of a home, this creamy-white coordinates well with tans and blues, making it an excellent choice for your beach house or just a room with a coastal flair.

Benjamin Moore Cloud White (967)

Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White (OC-967)
Laurey W. Glenn

With the slightest yellow undertone, this paint shade elevates any interior to a sunny space. Also, use this paint for a more earthy palette as it complements well with green.

Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)

Benjamin Moore, White Dove window treatments bathoom tile
Madeline Harper Photography

If you only remember one color from this list, this is the one. It's soft and bright but not blinding. Try it anywhere and everywhere, and use it as your baseline sample white to see if you need to go darker or lighter.

Sherwin Williams' Snowbound (SW 7004)

Bedroom painted in Sherwin-Williams Snowbound
Sherwin-Williams

As peaceful as the first winter's storm, this paint is a lighter complement to dark gray or colors in a similar palette.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (2137-60)

The Pantry
Open shelving is an excellent feature for showing off all your prettiest china and serving pieces. In this case, a chicken wire screen helps soften the graphic effect of the built-in display. Love it? Get it! Cabinet paint: Gray Owl (2137-60); benjaminmoore.com. Cabinet hardware: Roswell Knob (CK254) in White Bronze Light; rockymountainhardware.com. Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

A light enough pale gray that this falls into the whites category. This shade will consistently read like a pale gray on the walls, not blue or beige, which is often the case with other grays.

Benjamin Moore Acadia White (OC-38)

Benjamin Moore Acadia White (OC-38)
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

An ivory white, giving rooms and homes color depth without appearing as yellow or beige as other ivory-based whites. It's a great way to impart some age into an all-white room. It is also known as Ivory White (925).

Farrow & Ball Pointing (No. 2003)

Farrow & Ball's Pointing (No. 2003)
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Have you spent hours looking for a crisp white trim color that will make everything in your room pop? Bookmark this one. Your house deserves this if you've got detailed millwork or is a grand old Greek Revival.

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee (OC-45)

Shutters and Siding in Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
Laurey W. Glenn

This shade adds coziness, just like a warm cup of coffee. It pairs well with darker shades, such as navy or olive, so it can perfectly complement your moody office space.

Sherwin Williams Creamy (SW 7012)

Kitchen
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

If you are looking for a great exterior white that's fresh but won't blind you in the sun? Or a go-to white furniture paint color? Try this one. It's a deep white. This paint will also be a great shade to sample if you're looking for a "cozy white" room.

Farrow & Ball Archive Collection: Clunch (No. 2009)

Converted farmhouse with shingled roof features a neutral color palette. Farrow and Ball's Stony Brick was used for the door, and archived color, Clunch, for the brick.
Laurey Glenn

With light brown undertones, this go-with-the-flow paint can shift into several different pleasing shades depending on other colors surrounding it. For that reason, try it in a hallway or other transitional spaces.

Farrow & Ball Wimborne White (No. 239)

Nicola McLaughlin San Antonio, TX Home Entry
McLaughlin was inspired by the beautiful arches of mission-style homes she saw in her new neighborhood. To bring San Antonio flair inside, she removed the molding from the square doorways in the living room, entry, dining room, and kitchen and then reshaped them into clean archways. "Since the rooms are small, they don't need 8 to 10 inches of heavy molding around the cased openings," she says. "Now, the doorways all feel very fluid." The neutral palette also allows the space to transition seamlessly to the entryway's adjoining rooms. A single palette runs throughout the home: Sherwin-Williams' Marshmallow (SW 7001) on the walls and Farrow & Ball's Wimborne White (No. 239) on the trim. Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

This yellow-tinted paint color, described as a step away from pure white, is almost as adaptable as an absolute neutral.

Sherwin Williams' Pure White (SW 7005)

Not-So-Basic Black
"In the South, black-and- white pairings have enlivened clapboard and painted-brick homes since colonial times. A bluish black, not absolute black, updates the look and adds dimension to shutters and doors." — Russell Windham, Curtis & Windham Architects, HoustonSiding: Pure White (SW 7005); sherwinwilliams.comShutters: Black Blue (95); farrow-ball.com. Laurey W. Glenn

If bright white like the walls of an art gallery are what you're after, pick up a sample of this one. If you're fearless, paint it on the walls and trim to make everything else in your room stand out, from a jewel-toned sofa to colorful accessories. Everything (imperfections, too) come alive against this pure white.

Benjamin Moore Seapearl (961)

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Try this shade if you like White Dove but need a cool white with gray undertones. It pairs well with blues and greens.

Sherwin Williams' Alabaster (SW 7008)

Sherwin-Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)
Laurey W. Glenn

This neutral's undertones are a mix of gray and beige, but it's much lighter and brighter than the typical "greige." Depending on the light, it can take on a clean white appearance or a warm yellow tone. Try it anywhere.

Benjamin Moore French Canvas (1514)

Living Room with Blue Velvet Sofa and Built-In Cabinets
Photo: Eric Piasecki; Design: Heather Hilliard

This off-white is an excellent supplement to a room with other focal points. It won't be distracting or over-power a room by being too bright, so you can use it as trim or even on the ceilings.

Sherwin Williams' Nuance (SW 7049)

Sherwin Williams Nuance Paint Color Living Room
R. Higgins

A "greige" with yellow undertones, try matching this shade with other neutrals or a rusted coppery red to complement the warm features in this shade. The neutral components of this paint shade are its primary qualities, so you don't need to worry about additional colors peeking out when paired with pops of colors.

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (OC-65)

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace Paint Hall
Brantley Photography

This paint, described as a go-to white, offers an elegant spin to any room by representing its silky namesake. This shade complements other variations of white and gray tones.

Benjamin Moore White Heron (OC-57)

Get the Look
Wall paint:Dix Blue (82) by Farrow & Ball.Trim paint: White Heron (OC-57) by. Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

This warm white with gray undertones still manages to come across as a true white. It's a great option to put in a spot with a lot of action like floors, doors, or cabinets. It also is excellent for focal points as it doesn't distract from the other decor.

Benjamin Moore Decorator's White (CC-20)

Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White
Benjamin Moore

With a name like "Decorator's White," this paint shade is sure to be designer-approved. It's a classic choice for a stylish room.

Benjamin Moore Ballet White (OC-9)

Benjamin Moore Ballet White Paint Color Kitchen
Graham Yelton

An instant classic, this creamy white paint adds a neutral charm to any space without overpowering it with color, bright or dark. It acts as a hint of color that balances out other architectural elements but complements warm and cool decor with its yellow undertones.

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