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 the best white paint to use in your home can be a bit tricky.
Which is why it’s no surprise to me that the number one question 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. This post is all 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. That’s why I tend to stick to tried and trusted paints. No need to reinvent the (color) wheel:)

Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White

Starting things off with my all time favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White. 
This is the paint color that both my daughters have in their bedrooms. It’s also the white paint color choice we made in in our vacation home
Unlike a lot of other white paints, this particular shade holds up beautifully regardless of the room or the light situation.  It’s a bright white and looks very clean and modern.
Bejamin Moore Decorators White


 photo by Nicole Cohen
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Benjamin Moore’s White Dove

Another favorite white paint is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. 
White Dove is the color I chose to paint over the dark cherry woodwork in my closet.  This made the whole space much more brighter and lighter.
In fact, we love this shade of white paint so much, we chose it for all the trim and moldings in our new home.
Benjamin Moore white dove satin impergo paint
Benjamin Moore Simply White

Benjamin Moore’s Simply White

When it came time to renovate our kitchen, painting the beige/yellow cabinets white (see before shots here) seemed like a “no brainer.”
However, once other shades of white paint were sampled on the cabinets, we changed our minds.
A sample of Benjamin Moore’s Simply White on the cabinetry, and the decision was pretty clear. See image below.

Benjamin Moore’s Calm


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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.
Our old family room is in this lovely white shade. We wanted to try it again here in our new house. Especially 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!
Then name of this paint color is perfect, 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
  8. Katie wrote:

    Great post! I just used BM Calm for entire interior of a flip I’m working on. Both walls and ceilings. I used BM Super White for all the trim. I loved these 2 colors together on the swatches, however, on the walls/trim I’m hardly seeing any contrast at all! Ugh! What trim color did you use with Calm?

    Published on 9.15.19 · Reply