The Right Whites: Choosing a White Paint

When Cliff and I painted our first house, I spent hours agonizing over just the right white. I had at least 20 colors to choose from. I even made Cliff drive to Benjamin Moore twice in one day, just so I could pick up even more swatches and try to distinguish between yellow and gray undertones.

We ended up going with a classic, Swiss Coffee. And for the three years we lived there, I absolutely loved it. It was the perfect neutral backdrop for artwork and looked gorgeous in natural light.

Since then, we've picked colors for houses that we've flipped and houses going on the market. I've learned a lot about picking the right paint color. One good designer tip is to paint samples on a piece of foam board or sheet rock and see how it looks in your room, with different lighting, at different times of the day.

I've rounded up five tried and true white paint colors loved by designers and architects. These whites play well with others or stand out on their own as a wall color.

  • Benjamin Moore // White Dove // A modern, perfectly neutral white with just a touch of gray
  • Benjamin Moore // Cotton Balls // A soft white with warm undertones
  • Benjamin Moore // Simply White // A very clean, soft white and Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2016
  • Benjamin Moore // Swiss Coffee // A creamy, neutral white
  • Farrow & Ball // All White // A pure, soft, sympathetic white
  • Sherwin Williams // Alabaster // A fresh, soft white that works well with warm neutrals like tan
Benjamin Moore // White Dove // Jute Interior Design via Houzz

Benjamin Moore // White Dove // Jute Interior Design via Houzz

Benjamin Moore // Cotton Balls // via Homebunch

Benjamin Moore // Cotton Balls // via Homebunch

Benjamin Moore // Simply White // by Studio McGee

Benjamin Moore // Simply White // by Studio McGee

Benjamin Moore // Swiss Coffee // via Brunch at Saks

Benjamin Moore // Swiss Coffee // via Brunch at Saks

Farrow & Ball // All White // via Apartment Therapy

Farrow & Ball // All White // via Apartment Therapy

Sherwin Williams // Alabaster // via Homebunch

Sherwin Williams // Alabaster // via Homebunch

Do you have a favorite white color that we didn't list? Let us know in the comments below.