Whether you’re building a house or simply want to refresh your current space, it’s hard to go wrong with white paint. It’s classy, clean, timeless, and goes with everything. But if you’ve ever been to a paint or hardware store, you know there is an overwhelming number of white paint colors to choose from – and although they look similar on the swatch, their small differences will be more prominent once the paint is on your wall.
Choosing the best white paint really depends on what you’re looking for. There are warm tones, cool tones, creamy colors, different undertones (green, blue, pink, etc.) – the list goes on. It can be overwhelming, but don’t let that stop you from using white paint and getting that clean, classic look you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest.
We created this white paint guide so you can see what some of our favorite whites look like when they’re up on the wall, plus we’ll share the details so you can make the best decision for your space.
Here are some of the best white paint colors according to a luxury custom home builder:
1. Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore
Chantilly Lace is the perfect white paint for almost any space. It’s bright, clean, and pure, which means that you won’t get unwanted undertones. Chantilly Lace works with warm and cool home decor, so you really can’t go wrong. Here are a few examples of what Chantilly Lace looks like on the walls from designer Becki Owens.
2. Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Simply White is a great choice if you’re looking for a clean, beautiful white color with warm undertones. Its slight touch of yellow gives it a warm feel, but it won’t look dingy – it’s beautiful in every lighting situation and will make your home feel clean and cozy.
This photo is from Hillary Taylor Interiors, who did a Simply White plaster instead of paint for this room.
3. Super White by Benjamin Moore
Super White is about as white as you can get when it comes to paint colors. It’s bright, crisp, and clean, but it does have some softness – this makes it less stark when it’s up on the walls. Super White is comparable to Chantilly Lace, but it’s slightly less cool and slightly more neutral.
Here’s a photo designed by Ren Studio:
4. Sea Pearl by Benjamin Moore
While Sea Pearl is more off-white – it’s creamy, timeless, warm, and inviting. If you’re looking for a warm off-white color, this one is perfect. The photo below is from designer Jessy Aviles.
5. City Loft by Sherwin Williams
City Loft is another light paint that’s a little off-white, but it’s a great neutral color that pairs well with other natural-looking colors. It has hints of grey and beige, making for the perfect warm neutral. And if you’re looking for white trim color, the one used in this space is Origami White from Sherwin Williams. The designer behind this gorgeous living room is Stacey Russell.
6. Alabaster by Benjamin Moore
Alabaster is another winner when it comes to off-whites. It’s timeless, versatile, warm, and peaceful. And although it has beige undertones, it doesn’t look yellow – just creamy, soft, and lovely. Here it is in a master bathroom by Huga Home.
7. Crystal Haze by Dunn Edwards
Crystal Haze is neutral, versatile, and works well with cool and warm tones. It’s a safe choice if you want to go light, but you’re not sure how you’ll decorate yet. You can pair almost anything with Crystal Haze and it’ll look beautiful.
8. Big Chill by Sherwin Williams
Big Chill is exactly how it sounds – it’s light, cool-toned, and stormy. It’s very close to a true grey with very slight blue undertones, making it a perfect color for a cool yet inviting look. Huga Home used Big Chill in this custom home, and it turned out gorgeous and modern.
9. Amazing Gray by Sherwin Williams (Reduced 25%)
While this is technically grey, reducing it by 25% gives it a light, almost white look while keeping a bit of color. It’s beautiful and looks perfect paired with white trim. Yvonne Christensen designed this stunning entryway.
If you don’t have access to brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, don’t worry – there are plenty of great options to choose from Behr (Home Depot) and Valspar (Lowe’s). Here are a few of our favorites:
Swiss Coffee by Behr: Swiss coffee is a creamy white with a bit of a yellow undertone. If you’re looking for a warm white, this is a great option.
Palais white by Behr: This is a popular option because it’s a creamy white with less yellow than Swiss Coffee. It’s also comparable to White Dove, which is another beautiful Benjamin Moore white paint.
Bistro White by Valspar: Bistro White is perfect if you’re looking for a bright white without blue undertones. It’s inviting, clean, and crisp.
Paint can change the look and feel of your entire space, and the best part is that if you don’t love it, you can easily change it. So don’t stress too much about the decision – knowing the differences between the colors will help you make the best choice for your home, and no matter which one you choose, your space will be brighter, lighter, and better than before.