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Our Favorite White Paint Colors


The white paint selection journey... so many of us have been there. What seems so simple in the beginning can quickly turn into seventy five paint swatches, a study in light reflectiveness, strange undertones, directional exposure issues, nuances from neighboring colors and the occasional "WHY is the grass outside turning my walls green?!". Not to mention, white paint can read totally different from one room to another. Not helpful!


Fortunately, with Feather Hill Interior's Favorite White Paint Colors in your arsenal, you should be able to find the perfect white for your home. We've rounded up the best of the best -- these are our tried and true go-to colors and look beautiful when used correctly.


WALLS


SIMPLY WHITE / BENJAMIN MOORE

We think it's okay to play favorites when it comes to white paint. We're openly obsessed with this one time Color of the Year that has become a staple for so many designers. Crisp, yet warm and understated, we'd describe Simply White as a versatile milky white that complements most palettes. We love it so much that we selected this color for our design studio!

CHANTILLY LACE / BENJAMIN MOORE

Where to begin? Chantilly Lace, which is generally considered to be a "pure white" in the design industry, is a crisp, soft white that goes with just about anything. While this color actually has gray undertones, it is very neutral and looks great against almost any other color. We would have popped this one in the "trim" section, but it's just too gorgeous not to use for walls, cabinetry, and everything in between. Designer tip: use a swatch of Chantilly Lace to compare to other whites -- it will help you discover their undertones, because this is such a pure white!

CLOUD WHITE / BENJAMIN MOORE

We love this timeless off-white shade from Benjamin Moore. Cloud White definitely pulls warmer and is a great way to warm up your space while remaining neutral, as long as neighboring cabinets and trims are painted to match (if they're going to be white). Placing this color next to a truer white will look a little "off", so if you're going to use it, use it everywhere!

WHITE DOVE / BENJAMIN MOORE

White Dove is a beautifully creamy shade of white with gray undertones. If you're looking for a rich, creamy white and need to stay away from warmer yellow tones, this is the color for you. It's a favorite on everything from cabinetry to walls and trim.

ALABASTER / SHERWIN WILLIAMS

If you're craving a crisp white that pops, Alabaster isn't for you as its the least white of the bunch -- but put it on your list because we think it might be the most stunning. On a grand scale it stands on it's own as a calming, neutral off-white that will soften any room and won't turn yellow. Melt this dreamy color right into the base and trims for an elegant designer look.

SWISS COFFEE / BENJAMIN MOORE

Swiss Coffee is a sophisticated warm white with subtle gray undertones. It can pull yellow against true whites, so try painting all surrounding "whites" in the same color if you're unsure. The warmth of this cozy off-white really makes it the perfect choice for more traditional spaces or wherever a classic, less clinical look is desired.


TRIMS

SUPER WHITE / BENJAMIN MOORE

An instant classic is Benjamin Moore's 2016 Color of the Year, Super White. This is another "true white" that pairs beautifully with a contemporary setting whenever a crisp, clean white is desired. While its softer cousin, Chantilly Lace, looks beautiful on walls and trims alike -- we've found Super White to live it's best life on trims, doors, and cabinetry.

PURE WHITE / SHERWIN WILLIAMS

This is a clean white, that maybe we should call Almost Pure white because it does have a little hint of warmth to it. Technically, you can put this on the walls too, but we really love it for trims, ceilings, and cabinetry whenever you need a white that reads a touch warmer.

EXTRA WHITE / SHERWIN WILLIAMS

We love this bright, modern white option for trims, cabinetry and ceilings. It manages to read clean without being stark, which we love in a more modern space. Use this white when you have cooler tones in play -- it looks better when it's not paired with any type of warmth.



DESIGNER TIP...


If you're painting your walls white, in most cases, you'll want to paint your trim, doors and white cabinetry in the same color white, especially if you're erring on the side of a true white. Matching different whites to each other is a painstakingly difficult process, and rarely turns out the way you'd hope! Plus, we love the look of white walls that melt into the trim, with only the sheen to distinguish each color, so save yourself the trouble and use the same color all over.


Happy painting!



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