Our 5 Favorite Benjamin Moore Whites (and how to use them)

White paint colors are beautiful, and the latest go-to trend.  We often get asked about our favorite whites, so we put together a post on these colors (and how to use them).

5 best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colors

Why is White Paint so Popular?

In the last few years, white paint colors for homes have become a mainstream trend. They look crisp and clean, and when you paint your house it feels like a beautiful clean bath.  They became most popular when design bloggers started posting Instagram photos with bright white backgrounds because they looked so good!  White paint choices may seem easy, but they can go really wrong fast.

The question is, which white to use.  If you use the wrong white, paint color could either look like primer, or your walls could look dirty.

As a homeowner, whites can look shockingly stark after you first paint your walls.  To avoid what I call “White Freak-out” after you paint your walls, recognize that the room will make much more sense after you move your art and furniture back into the room.

Design Tips for White Paint

  • The secret to white paint is counter-intuitive. You should always use white in a sunny space.  If you use a bright white in a poorly lit space, the shadows make the room look gray and dirty. Check out the 6 Best Whites for Dark Rooms here.
  • For a monochromatic white paint palette, use paint sheen to add texture and depth. For example, if you choose to paint with Chantilly Lace, paint the baseboards satin, walls eggshell and ceiling flat. It will look as if you painted with three different gorgeous whites.
  • Don’t have your paint store try to match a color. Instead, test the right color from the manufacturer.
  • Use warm woods and materials in a white space to keep it from looking cold.
  • Hardwood and terra cotta floors go with any color white. Treat them like jeans; they go with everything.

What are the best Benjamin Moore white paint colors?

Chantilly Lace (BM OC-65)

Chantilly Lace is the cleanest white color in the universe because It has no warm or cool undertones (LRV=92. This clean white is great for walls, but also makes the perfect trim or ceiling color.  You need lots of light to make this color work. We use this color as a baseline comparison for all other whites. Learn more in the Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace Color Review.

These beautiful light-filled living room walls were painted with Chantilly Lace.

Living room walls painted with BM Chantilly Lace
Photo by S. Stone, Chantilly Lace Living Room

In the kitchen below we used Chantilly Lace for the ceilings, and the cabinet colors were a perfect match for Chantilly Lace.  This color matches beautifully with the Carrara marble counters.

Kitchen with white BM Chantilly Lace cabinets
Photo by M. Camilli, The Color Concierge

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use with: Carrara marble counters, crisp grays, blacks, and clean colors. The best granite is honed absolute black. Works well with off-white quartz colors.
  • Don’t use with: Dark earthy colors or granite countertops. Could end up looking like primer. Be careful about using this color with quartz countertops.  Because of the quartz manufacturing process, most of their whites are off-white or creamy. Does not look its best with creamy quartz. Don’t use creamy trim colors such as Swiss Coffee.
  • Best ceiling color (flat): Chantilly Lace
  • Best trim color (satin or semi-gloss): Chantilly Lace or White Heron
  • Best Paint Matches: SW 7757 High Reflective White OR Behr 1850 Ultra Pure White

Oxford White (BM 869), also White Heron

White Heron (Oxford White) is a clean white with slightly warm undertones and looks amazing with marble and cool gray finishes (LRV=89).  We see it most often as a ceiling and trim white color.  For the wall color, make sure you use this white in bright spaces to prevent dingy gray corners. This crisp color is a perfect backdrop for colorful art. In this photo, we show a room with White Heron/Oxford White Ceilings, trim, and fireplace.

Living room with BM Oxford White trim, doors, fireplace and ceiling
Photo by M. O’Neill, Oxford White ceilings, fireplace and trim

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use with: Carrara marble counters, crisp grays, blacks, and clean colors. The best granite is honed absolute black.
  • Don’t use with: Dark earthy granite countertops.  Could end up looking like primer. Be careful about using this color with quartz countertops.  Because of the quartz manufacturing process, most of their whites are off-white or creamy. White Heron will not go well with off-white or creamy quartz.
  • Best ceiling color (flat): White Heron or BM White Diamond (2121-60)
  • Best trim color (satin or semi-gloss): White Heron
  • Best Paint Matches: Sherwin Williams Pure White

Simply White (BM OC-117)

Simply White is a versatile and iconic warm white paint color with yellow undertones, and looks great just about anywhere, including in darker rooms (LRV=92).  Use it in a monochromatic paint palette or consider it for cabinets or trim.  We used Simply White for this new build in Colorado.  It looks amazing!  You can learn more about Simply White in this blog post Simply White Paint Color Review.

Entry with Simply White paint color
Photo by M. Marceny, Simply White paint color

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use with: Clean or earthy colors, blacks or browns, Calacatta marble.
  • Don’t use with: Cool whites or finishes such as Carrara marble counters. Stay away from cream colors for ceilings or trim.
  • Best ceiling color (flat): Simply White or Chantilly Lace
  • Best trim color (Satin or Semi-Gloss): Simply White (either ceiling color) or Chantilly Lace (with same ceiling color)
  • Best Paint Matches: SW 7005 Pure White OR Behr PPU18-07 Falling Snow

Classic Gray (BM OC-23)

Even though Classic Gray has “Gray” in its name, it is an incredible grayed out cream that looks different as the light changes throughout the day (LRV=75).  This color reads white in the sunshine, and has enough pigment so that it can be used in darker rooms without looking dingy when the sun goes down. It is as flexible as Simply White (but in different ways).  Classic Gray looks best as a wall color.  Don’t use it as a ceiling color or with interior trim.  I have seen it used beautifully for kitchen cabinets, and you can also use it as a trim for an exterior color.  We used Classic Gray as a color for all the common areas in this house.  This stairway is more beautiful than we could have hoped!  The trim is Simply White.

Traditional stairway painted with Classic Gray walls, Simply White trim and Tricorn Black handrails.
Photo by M. Marceny, The Color Concierge

This gorgeous Buddha statue takes my breath away with this clean palette.  Before, it looked sad and out of place.

Gold Buddha in white staircase
Photo by M. Marceny, The Color Concierge

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use with: Clean whites, off-whites, crisp grays, and vibrant colors. It can look good with Carrara or Calacatta marbles. Good white for dark rooms or north-facing exposures.
  • Don’t use with: Creamy whites.  Don’t use it as a trim or ceiling color.
  • Best ceiling color (flat): Simply White or Chantilly Lace
  • Best trim color (satin or semi-gloss): Simply White (either ceiling color) or Chantilly Lace (with same ceiling color)
  • Best Paint Matches: SW 7014 Eider White OR Behr N220-U-1U Spun Wool

White Dove (BM OC-17)

BM White Dove is a gorgeous off-white paint color with yellow undertones that is best used to update a house that has earthy finishes from the Tuscan décor era (LRV=85).  Use it with earthy colors, browns, tans, and warm grays.  This is a great cabinet color with any earthy granite countertop.  If you have a dark room or a north-facing room with cool light this is a great option.  For an exterior, it will read bright white in the sunshine.  White Dove makes a perfect ceiling, cabinet, and trim white. The cabinets below are painted with White Dove. You can see the creaminess. Learn more in our BM White Dove Paint Color Review.

Modern kitchen with BM White Dove Cabinets
Photo by Z Patel, White Dove cabinets

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use with: Earthy Tuscan colors, muted colors, browns, creamy quartz, or Calacatta marble. Good white for dark rooms or north-facing exposures.
  • Don’t use with: Clean whites, Cool whites, or finishes such as Carrara marble counters.
  • Best ceiling color (flat): Simply White, Oxford White, or Chantilly Lace
  • Best trim color, same as ceiling (satin or semi-gloss): Simply White, Oxford White, or Chantilly Lace
  • Best Paint Matches: SW Greek Villa 

What is the easiest way to test your paint colors?

We always recommend that you test paint colors in your house because lighting can change a color completely. 

In the old days, this meant we painted a large poster board with sample pots and a huge mess.

Now we have SAMPLIZE, 9X14″ Pre-Painted peel-and-stick paint samples.  Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

Added Bonus:  Swiss Coffee (BM OC-45)

BM Swiss Coffee is a gorgeous complex cream paint color with invisible green undertones that lean a bit toward yellow (LRV=84).  This paint color is fabulous with earthy Tuscan Era finishes.  Use it with earthy colors, browns, tans, and warm grays.

This is a great cabinet color with any earthy granite countertop. Use Swiss Coffee for a darker or North-facing room with cool light. If you have a room with low light, use a lighter white paint color for ceiling and trim to add contrast.

For an exterior, it will read like a soft warm white in the sunshine.  Swiss Coffee can be a good trim and ceiling color, but only paired with darker whites.  If you pair Swiss Coffee with a lighter white wall and/or trim color, it will look dingy.

One more thing – make sure that you specify Benjamin Moore for this specific color.  There are Swiss Coffees in just about every paint brand, and they are all different!

Swiss Coffee Via Studio McGee Mountainside Remodel

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use with: Earthy Tuscan colors, muted colors, browns, creamy quartz, or Calacatta marble. Good white for dark rooms or north-facing exposures.
  • Don’t use with: Clean whites such as Chantilly or Oxford White.  Avoid cooler white paint colors like SW Extra White or BM Decorator’s White.  Avoid cool marbles or finishes such as Carrara marble counters.
  • Best ceiling (flat): Cloud White (with White Dove or Cloud White trim) or White Dove (with White dove Trim)
  • Best trim color (satin or semi-gloss): Cloud White or White Dove
  • Best Paint Matches: SW Dover White

The Verdict

White paint colors can be gorgeous in any interior, but if you don’t pick the right white you could end up with primer-white or dingy gray walls. We always recommend that you test your paint colors.  Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

5 best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colors

  1.  Oxford White (BM 869) – Sample Here
  2. Chantilly Lace (BM OC-65) – Sample Here
  3. Simply White (BM OC-117) – Sample Here
  4. White Dove (BM OC-17) – Sample Here
  5. Classic Gray (BM OC-23) – Sample Here
  6. ADDED BONUSSwiss Coffee (BM OC-45) – Sample Here

 

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