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THE COOLEST WHITE PAINT COLORS

THE #1 PAINT COLOR THAT PEOPLE AGONIZE OVER IS..YOU GUESSED IT…

WHITE

THREE OF PHOEBE’S BEDROOM WALLS ARE Benjamin Moore “COTTON BALLS” and she STILL wants white walls…but not THESE WHITE WALLS!

PHOEBE'S CURRENT ROOM COLORS ARE DOWNPOUR BLUE, PINK LADIES AND COTTON BALLS.
PHOEBE’S CURRENT ROOM COLORS ARE DOWNPOUR BLUE, PINK LADIES AND COTTON BALLS.

…so we are changing the WHITE….

AS YOU KNOW….THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS..

WHAT IT WILL BOIL DOWN TO IS CHOOSING THE RIGHT WHITE WITH THE RIGHT UNDERTONE…SOMETHING COOLER

Cotton Balls has a pale pale pale yellow undertone..THAT you would not even notice unless it was next to a white with a blue undertone..like Chantilly lace…which looks yellow next to a white with an even bluer undertone…and so on and so on….

WHITESSSSS

IF you are interested in TRULY understanding undertones and WHITE PAINT COLORS I highly recommend you get Maria Killam’s E BOOK- WHITE IS COMPLICATED

WHITE IS COMPLICATED - MARIA KILLAM'S EBOOK
WHITE IS COMPLICATED – MARIA KILLAM’S EBOOK

This book is for you if:

  •  You wonder if there is a “go-to” white that will look good in every situation.
  •  You would like to know the critical difference between choosing white for walls and choosing white for trim and cabinets.
  •  You want to learn how to choose the right white the first time.
  •  You need a “go-to” list of tried and proven whites that works 99% of the time.
  •  You realize that it costs exactly the same to paint the wrong white as it does to paint the right white.
  •  You are building or renovating and need to choose the correct white foundation palette.

WHITE paint colors come up a lot and hence I have done at least 3 POSTS on them….

1.MY FAVORITE INTERIOR WHITES

2. “WHITE” PAINTS THAT ARE NOT WHITE

3. GREAT EXTERIOR (AND INTERIOR) WHITES

NOW…LETS TAKE A LOOK AT 10 OF MY FAVORITE GO-TO ON THE COOLER SIDE – WHITES..

MY TOP PICKS - ALL BENJAMIN MOORE - FROSTINE, CHANTILLY LACE, CLOUD WHITE, DECORATORS WHITE, OXFORD WHITE, SIMPLY WHITE, SNOWFALL WHITE, WHITE CHRISTMAS AND WHITE DOVE.
MY TOP PICKS – ALL BENJAMIN MOORE – FROSTINE, CHANTILLY LACE, CLOUD WHITE, DECORATORS WHITE, OXFORD WHITE, SIMPLY WHITE, SNOWFALL WHITE, WHITE CHRISTMAS AND WHITE DOVE ( a warmer white but one I like for neutrality sake) .
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
CLOUD WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE
DECORATORS WHITE – BOOEEP
HOME BUNCH TRIM DECORATORS WHITE - WALLS ABALONE
HOME BUNCH TRIM DECORATORS WHITE – WALLS ABALONE
OXFORD WHITE
OXFORD WHITE
OXFORD WHITE HOME BUNCH
OXFORD WHITE HOME BUNCH

 

CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE
CHANTILLY LACE - HANDMADE HOME
CHANTILLY LACE – HANDMADE HOME
SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
SIMPLY WHITE
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE EXTERIOR
MY OLD COUNTRY HOUSE EXTERIOR
FROSTINE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE
FROSTINE – HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
FROSTINE
FROSTINE  – ELLE DECOR
WHITE DOVE
WHITE DOVE

WHITE DOVE, AS A READER REMINDED ME IS REALLY A WARM-ISH WHITE. IT DOES NOT HEAD TOWARDS YELLOW LIKE LINEN WHITE BUT IT IS NOT COOL. AS ALWAYS, I SUGGEST YOU TRY EVERY COLOR ON YOUR WALLS BEFORE YOU CHOOSE IT…LIGHT CHANGES EVERYTHING.

WHITE DOVE
WHITE DOVE
WHITE CHRISTMAS
WHITE CHRISTMAS
WHITE CHRISTMAS FROM PARC INTERIORS " This white with hints of green is such a beautiful white. I like to use this soft color in bathrooms. "
WHITE CHRISTMAS FROM PARC INTERIORS ” This white with hints of green is such a beautiful white. I like to use this soft color in bathrooms. “

 

SNOWFALL WHITE
SNOWFALL WHITE
SNOWFALL WHITE SLC INTERIORS
SNOWFALL WHITE SLC INTERIORS

…AND TWO MORE WHITES- A HAPPY BRIGHT WHITE THAT I ADORE ….SUPER WHITE –

SUPER WHITE - CELERIE KEMBLE - BLACK AND WHITE " “My whitest white. Highly reflective, great for floors. Doesn’t compete; lets other colors be ‘true.’ My go-to ceiling and molding color in modern spaces.”
SUPER WHITE – CELERIE KEMBLE – BLACK AND WHITE ” “My whitest white. Highly reflective, great for floors. Doesn’t compete; lets other colors be ‘true.’ My go-to ceiling and molding color in modern spaces.”

AND A BEAUTIFUL FARROW AND BALL WHITE – WIMBORNE WHITE…I AM KIND OF SMITTEN WITH THIS COLOR…MAYBE NOT FOR PHOEBE’S ROOM…BUT SOMEWHERE!

HOUZZ FARROW AND BALL WIMBORNE WHITE
HOUZZ FARROW AND BALL WIMBORNE WHITE

…WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WHITES? ARE THEY WARM WHITES? COOL WHITES? OR SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN???

XO

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18 thoughts on “THE COOLEST WHITE PAINT COLORS

  1. Great points for consideration here, as always, Lesli. My personal go-to white for trim in my homes (walls always have a real color— I’m not a fan of white walls in my homes) is Ben Moore’s Linen White. As a lover/collector of all things vintage, I find that a warm, “aged-looking” white is more appropriate. A cleaner, cooler white is too sterile for my taste. But color is so subjective, isn’t it? (That’s what makes it so endlessly fascinating!)
    So, out of curiosity, does the book’s author suggest that there IS a go-to white that is appropriate for every situation? (I’m guessing NO…)

    1. Love Linen White, I love its warmth..I think I hope I included it in my other white post which included warmer whites…such a pretty color, WE used it all over this house when we first moved in. stay warm! xo

      regarding the book…the answer is yes and no. Yes, in the same house with the same light and the same aesthetic, maybe ONE WHITE would work, but NO because each home and lighting and tastes differ..you can control light to a certain extent but it does change color…plus ..a “one white world” would be just so not fun! On a side note she actually takes issue (on her blog anyway) with whites that people get just because EVERYONE is using it and a builder or a friend told them without trying it out…

  2. My go-to white used to be Super White. All of the ceilings and most of the trim in this old house of ours, and in our previous new-construction house, is Super White. It goes with almost everything and looks so fresh. Lately, though, my tastes appear to have softened and I find myself drawn to what I have chosen as my new trim color, Farrow and Ball’s Wimborne White. If seen side by side, the difference in the colors is dramatic. By itself, Wimborne White is just a gentle, soft white, and I am absolutely loving the difference it makes in the feel of our spaces. Super White was just too white for this house.

  3. I desperately need an advice. I am painting my walls in my house in white and I am planning to use black velvet curtains, black light fixtures and mostly white, gray and black accessories. I have already painted two coats of Ultra Pure White by Behr and I am not happy at all, I think it looks grey or blue and I do not want this. I would like a warm white but not yellowish. I am planning to use Oxford White by Benjamin Moore and I am asking if this would be a good choice.

    1. Hi,

      Oxford white is a very very pale gray/white and thus…with the walls in this color – it may still read gray-ISH or BLUE-ISH in certain lights. If you want a warmer white you might want to try – cloud white, mountain peak white or simply white. These are 3 I have used and are warmer – without being yellow. If you want a “darker white – try Dune white or timid white or arcadia white. Whites are tricky.

  4. Thank you for your quick response/advice. I will sample tomorrow the colors you have recommended. Tonight I have tried a sample of Chantilly Lace. I will have to see how it looks on day light tomorrow. What do you think, is this another shade of gray-ish?

    1. I would NOT use Oxford White – too cool (blueish/greenish undertones). Cloud White too dirty with things black and grey. Simply White (slight crisp yellow). Chantilly White would be my suggestion.

  5. Thank you everybody for the helpful suggestions! I have finally finished painting and it looks good. I have used Simply White and I’m happy with the results.

  6. Hi, I am planning to get my walls painted with chantilly lace, eggshell finish. and trim again with chantilly lace but semi gloss finish. My condo is south east so plenty of sunshine. How do u think it will look? will it be too stark ? please advice..

  7. Great article. Very timely! Any suggestions for white kitchen cabinets and white walls? Need something bright and warm to go with cherry floors and one sad little west facing window. Thanks so much!

  8. Which of these would you say is the bluest white? I’m looking to paint my walls white and trim white in Satin finish but I want to give the room a slightly blue tinge- I was thinking Chantilly lace or even white Diamond which I really like but am worried is too blue- but after seeing your post I’m not sure anymore and my painter needs to know asap

    1. Hi Michla,

      Thanks for your question. I am not always comfortable recommending specific colors, via this blog, but rather trying to demystify the way colors work. I think I may have confused you (and maybe other readers) by using the terms “blue” undertones. There is difference between a color which has a blue TINT vs a color (in this case WHITE which has a COOL undertone. To obtain a COOLER white, blues are used in the mixing process…but the goal is to make the color BRIGHTER and CRISPER, but not READ blue-ish.
      All that being said #869-875 in the Benjamin Moore Classic color wheel are BLUEISH whites, most I would use on walls rather than trim because on a wall they will have a blueish tint. My favorite bright white is Chantilly Lace.

  9. Hi. I’m going mad trying to pick a white wall color for my newly decorated home. So glad I stumbled across your post!!. I have in my head to paint the walls and trim white abs decorate with accents of blue (pillows, art, etc). Which white do you suggest?

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