Talking all about Benjamin Moore White Dove paint – and why it’s one of my favorites!
Our current mudroom in Connecticut
Benjamin Moore White Dove Paint
I’m so glad so many of you are finding this post on trim and baseboard paint colors helpful!
Today, I thought I’d do a follow up post just focusing on a favorite paint of mine to use, Benjamin Moore White Dove.
This is because I’ve gotten so many follow up email questions specifically about this popular paint color.
We use this beautiful white paint color SO much and in SO many places. It’s especially beautiful on trim and built ins.
Above you can see how this looks in our mudroom.
our former front entry from our New York / Westchester County home
First time with this versatile white paint color.
The first time we used this classic color was back in our old home in New York.
We needed to pick paint colors and had no idea what we were doing.
After flipping through several high end shelter magazines, it was the beautiful interior design work of Suzanne Kasler that inspired us to give this color a try.
I’m so glad we did!
Seriously, how beautiful is Suzanne Kasler’s work?
You can see more of her stunning interiors here, but I digress…
Back to today’s paint color discussion!
Once it was up on our trim we fell in love with this shade of white.
If you’re wondering what finish we chose, I highly recommend a semi gloss for trim.
The subtle shine this gives looks so pretty and this type of finish makes it a bit easier to dust, clean and generally wipe down.
The way this color simply works perfectly with everything simplified a lot of future design and decor decisions for us going forward, and what’s better than that?
Our former mudroom in New York – see the original post here.
Second time around, loving White Dove paint color even more!
Back in 2009, we renovated our former New York home.
There were SO many design decision which needed to be made. It was overwhelming.
Having a trusted color you love in your design arsenal is so great.
It leads to quicker decisions, less stress and of course, most important – a beautiful outcome.
As you can see we (of course) opted to use this perfect white paint shade in our renovated former mudroom above.
We went with it pretty much everywhere!
Our current foyer here in Connecticut.
Third time’s the charm with Benjamin Moore White Dove paint.
Having now painted our original house and our renovated house, when we moved here to Connecticut a few years ago, we knew we would repeat a lot of the same paint colors.
Moving is stressful enough on it’s own.
Already knowing a few great paint colors we could immediately rely on was one less thing we had to deal with.
SO why do we love it so much?
Here’s a quick breakdown to help you decide if this is what you’re looking for:
It has virtually no yellow in it, unlike many other white paints.
This color is the type of neutral which will literally work with everything and all styles.
White Dove looks great with modern, transitional, traditional, cottage, farmhouse – you get the picture!
It’s considered a very versatile white for a reason!
It’s neither a cool, stark white or a warm, beige white. This is why so many professional designers love it so much.
Especially on trim, built ins, doors and mouldings.
The only time where I wouldn’t recommend this perfect color for your trim work, is if you’ve already chosen a white paint for your walls other than White Dove.
In this case, you should go ahead and paint the walls and trim the same shade of white – using different finishes on each.
And, then I did a full post on my other go to white paint color, OC -151, which you can see and read about here!
White Dove Paint: Conclusion
By now you can tell how much I love to use White Dove on both trim and walls!
Ultimately you need to love it. I can’t recommend trying it out as a sample in your home first enough.
Maybe this seems so obvious, but even the surrounding light from one room to another can differ.
Live with a few samples for a few days before making your decision. Test it in natural and artificial light too!
Another GREAT thought: I haven’t personally tried these, but the idea of large self sticking paint samples sounds brilliant!
If you’re at all curious, you can check them out and order them here!
I hope you found this post helpful.
If you do end up using White Dove in your home, let me know! I’d love to see it.
If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.
A few more things…
In this group – members share photos with their design questions and dilemmas from their own home. We all chime in with our best advice!