So, what are the best white paint colors to use on your trim and baseboards ?
I always get a bunch of questions on this topic, excited to tackle it today!
Talking about the best white paint for interior doors in addition to the best paint for trim.
Let’s get to it and choose a white paint for your trim and doors.
white trim in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove Satin Impergo OC 17
The 3 best white paint colors to use for trim and baseboards:
This post was recently updated on November 8th, 2020.
What are the best white paint colors for trim and baseboards?
White Paint Trim Color Number 1. Benjamin Moore’s White Dove OC 17
white trim paint color here is White Dove Satin Impergo OC 17 – looks great with gray walls.
Paint Trim Color Number 2. Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White OC 149
Decorator’s White OC 149
Here we used Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White on both the walls (in an eggshell finish) and on the trim (in the satin impergo finish.)
There’s nothing wrong with using the same color on both walls and trim!
Considered a cooler white, this color has a bluish undertone, and creates a very bright, white modern look.
I like to think of this as a very clean white, I’ve also heard it describes as a super white.
Color Number 3. Benjamin Moore’s White OC-151
Benjamin Moore White Dove compared with Benjamin Moore White OC – 151
When we first moved to our house here in Connecticut, I was pretty sure I was going to use White Dove on our kitchen cabinets and also on all the trim work in our kitchen.
However, once I saw it up on the cabinets (as seen above) it didn’t look white enough for the space.
This might because our kitchen is north facing.
I had my heart set on more of true white shade of white paint.
That’s when I learned about Benjamin Moore White OC 151.
We chose this vibrant white, also simply known as Benjamin Moore White OC-151. I love how it looks in our kitchen.
Our third floor finished attic also got the OC-151 treatment!
Benjamin Moore White OC-151
In fact, we love it so much we just used it on almost every wall in our beach house renovation, including the trim!
Using the same color with a different sheen or high gloss finish on the trim is a great way to make a space look pulled together and modern.
White with white is my go to combo lately.
You’ll never regret this chic choice.
If you need more color in the room, you can always bring it in with carpet, art, accessories and so forth!
White OC – 151
What Finish Paint For Trim and Baseboards?
For your trim, baseboards, window panes, etc. you’ll want to choose a gloss paint.
There are varying degrees of gloss to choose from: satin, semi-gloss, gloss, and high gloss.
The most popular choice is semi-gloss.
If you’re unsure, you really can’t go wrong with a semi-gloss paint finish on your trim.
Regardless of what color trim you choose, a semi-gloss paint will allow your trim to stand out.
It also makes keeping it clean a bit easier.
The more you want your trim to “pop” the glossier paint you should choose.
White Paint For Trim and Baseboards
Why choose white?
Is there a bad color?
The top choices for trim are the three white paint colors mentioned above:
- White Dove by Benjamin Moore
- Decorators White by Benjamin Moore
- White by Benjamin Moore
This holds true even if your walls are white.
However, you obviously do not have to choose a white color.
Is there a bad color?
The short answer is NO!
I’ve seen everything from white walls with contrasting high gloss black trim to bright yellow rooms with matching trim.
To further illustrate this point, I’ve included a photo of our powder room, with it’s black gloss trim,- seen below.
Since the majority of our home’s trim is in fact painted white, I’ve dedicated this post on the three best white paint choices for trim.
But, I did want to mention, at the end of the day – the sky is of course the limit when it comes to paint choices (including morning sky blue!)
So, there you have it, the three best white colors for trim and baseboards.
Hope you found the perfect white for your crown molding, etc.
If you’re also looking for ceiling paint ideas, don’t miss this informative post on the subject!
For more ideas on my favorite type of trim: wainscoting, don’t miss this informative piece.
I recently added another popular white, Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace to the site.
UPDATE: as of 1/5/21 – there’s a new post (from the same expert) based on popular demand for more colorful kitchen cabinet paint colors, which aren’t white or beige.
I hope you found these white trim color examples helpful!
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If you’re wondering about satin finish vs. flat or eggshell, don’t miss which paint finish to choose in this post, just in case your wondering:)
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