Top Four All Time Favorite Interior White Paints

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What is the best white paint to use in your home?

Picking out a great shade of white paint for your home can be a bit tricky. Which is why it’s no surprise to me that the number one question I get asked around here is “How do I pick the best shade of white paint for my home?”  So today I thought I’d address this white paint issue and talk about my favorite interior white paint shades. This way you can decide which white paint choice will be be the best in your home.
The amount of choices out there is overwhelming. Which is why I tend to stick to the tried and trusted and not try to reinvent the (color) wheel:) I’ve used several different shades of white paint through the years and have a few favorites that I’ve turned to again and again.
Starting things off with my all time favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White.  This is the paint color that both my daughters chose for their new rooms and it’s also the color that we used in my oldest daughter’s old room as well as in our vacation home.  Unlike a lot of other white paints, this particular shade seems to hold up beautifully regardless of the room or the light situation.  It’s bright and white and very clean and modern looking.
Bejamin Moore Decorators White


 photo by Nicole Cohen
Benjamin Moore white dove paint Chanel boy bag
Another favorite white paint that I’ve turned to again and again is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.  Our old kitchen cabinets were this shade and we used it again in our new home. White Dove is the color I chose to paint the dark cherry wood cabinetry in my new closet, in order to make it bright and cheery.  Almost all of the trim and moldings in our old house were painted this shade as well (in the oil satin impergo finish) and we loved the shade so much that we did the same with the trim and moldings here in our new home.
Benjamin Moore white dove satin impergo paint
Benjamin Moore Simply White
Although we did repeat a lot of our old design decisions here at our new house, our new kitchen did not end up White Dove, as I’d originally thought it might.
Painting the somewhat beige/yellow cabinets white (see before shots here) had seemed like a “no brainer” but Muse Interiors thought it might be helpful to see some other shades of white in the space.  Once I saw a sample of Simply White on the cabinetry, the decision was pretty clear – this was the best white paint to use in our new home and we obviously ended up choosing that instead.
best shades of white paint to use in your home


Finally, another great shade of white paint is Benjamin Moore’s Calm.  Not really a true white, but sort of a warm white with gray undertones- we had used it in our old family room and wanted to try it again since we were keeping all the furniture the same. It looks entirely different to me in the new setting, but I think I love it even more here! I’d say this paint color is aptly named, as it does give an overall sense of calm to the space!
PPS:  As of July 2019, just wanted to add we have a new favorite white interior paint! It’s Benjamin Moore OC 151, we’ve used it almost everywhere in our beach house renovation, you can see how nice it looks here!
photos by Nicole Cohen

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  1. All of the painted wood and moldings in your home are beautiful!

    Published on 4.23.15 · Reply
  2. I use cloud white from BM a lot!

    Published on 4.25.15 · Reply
  3. White dove and China white are faves of ours, so crisp and clean with yellow!

    Published on 4.26.15 · Reply
  4. Unknown wrote:

    For the family room the Calm looks beautiful! Did you use it everywhere trim and ceiling as well or a different white? Tnx!

    Published on 11.22.15 · Reply
  5. For the Family Room in Calm is everything the same color? wall, trim and ceiling? tnx!

    Published on 11.25.15 · Reply
  6. This was helpful, thank you.

    Published on 4.28.17 · Reply
  7. Kristina Phillips wrote:

    What’s your favorite white paint for (exterior) cedar shakes?

    Published on 4.24.19 · Reply