Benjamin Moore White Dove Paint



Talking all about Benjamin Moore White Dove paint – and why it’s one of my favorites!


Benjamin Moore White Dove in mudroomOur 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.



white dove trim paint Benjamin Moore in traditional front foyerour 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!


Suzanne Kasler using Benjamin Moore white dove paint in a dining room


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.

We knew beyond a doubt, all of the trim in the new house (except for this bathroom and the butler’s panty) would be painted in white dove, semi gloss finish.

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.

This post is all about the other white paint colors I love, use and always recommend.

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.

You can always see more of our current home here.

If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.

A few more things…

Design lovers! Have you joined our fun and VERY helpful design Facebook group?

In this group – members share photos with their design questions and dilemmas from their own home. We all chime in with our best advice!

And finally,



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  1. Lori wrote:

    Would you paint kitchen cabinets white dove? Have you used or are you familiar with Dunn Edwards white DEW 380?

    Published on 3.11.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Our old kitchen cabinets were white dove because we had a very open plan and wanted everything to work together. We tried it here in our new house in a swatch, but it didn’t look great. I don’t know the color DEW 380. Sorry! Good Luck!

      Published on 3.11.20 · Reply
  2. Catherine wrote:

    Great post – Are your stair railings stained or painted black? Looking for an appropriate black paint to be used on a re-habbed stair railing. Thanks!

    Published on 3.11.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks, They are painted high gloss black.
      the paint is by Fine Paints Of Europe.

      Published on 3.11.20 · Reply
  3. Ginger Rose wrote:

    I painted my living room dove white. I’m going to paint my adjoining entryway. I’ve read not to use this paint color next to white appliances. My door is white in my entryway. Should I paint the walls another color besides dove white? Any suggestions on a color, carrara marble is the flooring. Thank you

    Published on 3.11.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      I’ve heard the same thing about white appliances. You might want to try BM’s OC 151 if you search white paint colors on the blog, there’s more about this there.

      Published on 3.11.20 · Reply
  4. Karin wrote:

    Our large open concept kitchen has a lot of natural light from the West, East and South. The walls are painted Davenport Tan with adjoining rooms in Alexandra Beige. The west windows are pretty much floor to ceiling with expansive views (we’re rural lol). My question is the colour to paint the stippled vaulted ceiling and trim around the windows. White Dove? My floor trim is Willow which looks great against my golden oak floors and I have used the Willow as an accent wall in another room. Now, my kitchen cupboards are almond with a large black granite counter. Do you think Revere Pewter could be an option should I repaint my kitchen considering the Alexandra beige in adjoining rooms?

    Published on 3.12.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Revere Pewter is a stunning gray option. Beige will be fine with it in my opinion. As for the ceiling, try to stick with a plain white, like OC 151. and then white dove on trim. Good Luck!

      Published on 3.12.20 · Reply
  5. Karin wrote:

    Hi, sorry me again. I’ve always thought Willow on my wall of windows to the west and same on my gally windows to the east would be awesome as they say the dark trim pulls the views in. I’ve been too chicken, what are your thoughts on that idea as well?

    Love your website, thanks so much

    Published on 3.12.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      I love dark trim! Try out a sample on a small spot and live with it. Good luck

      Published on 3.12.20 · Reply
  6. Julie Ross wrote:

    Great post!!! Love this color for my bedroom walls , my question is what color should I use for trim? Could I use white dove on both but have the finish on the trim different? Thanks for your help!!!

    Published on 3.17.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Yes! Exactly what you just wrote! I love how this looks so much! Good luck!!

      Published on 3.17.20 · Reply