Isn’t it crazy that there are hundreds of different “whites?” And that they are really so different? Some look purple when against certain other elements. Others are extremely bright – like they’re fit for an operating room. And some are basically cream. To help you sort through the options, here are a few of my favorite white paint colors that I’ve either used in my own house or in clients’ homes.
Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW 7005)
This is the color I used on most of the walls in my house. I find it to be a very neutral white – not too cool, not too warm. Not too bright and not too creamy. It doesn’t look dirty or blue when held against other white elements.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (OC-65)
I’d consider this a brighter white than the color mentioned above. But so bright that it’s offensive. This is still a neutral white that doesn’t “turn” into other colors when you look at it next to other things.
Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)
My favorite white that is on the creamy side – but not too creamy. It’s soft, but doesn’t come off as yellow at all. It’s not a straight “white,” but it feels cozy. This is also a great option for an exterior white because it’s not stark.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)
Another great “off-white,” but still “pretty white.” This one is also soft and calming like White Dove.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW7004)
A neutral white that works well with grays and taupes alike.
Benjamin Moore Simply White (OC-117)
A clean, crisp white that is said to have a tint of warmth.
You can check out Sherwin William’s website here and Benjamin Moore’s website here for more information on any of the colors above. And did you know you can get Sherwin Williams coupons on West Elm’s website? Click this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page for $15 off a $75 Sherwin Williams purchase!
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