Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace Color REview

Learn all about Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace in this color review (OC-65, 2121-70).  There is not doubt that Chantilly Lace is one of our most popular white paint colors.  It is a workhorse, but as with any tool, it should be used carefully.  Chantilly White is a clean white with barely-there cool undertones.  It is so clean, that I use this color as the baseline for clean whites.  Bluer whites are cool whites and darker whites are warm whites.  We frequently recommend Chantilly Lace as a trim and ceiling color, but not often as a wall color.

Please note that all our photos come from Color Concierge projects and from projects we discovered when we met our clients in this post.

Don’t leave the ceiling a warmer color because then the ceiling will look dingy.

Below is a photo with trim, bookshelf and doors painted with Chantilly Lace.  The homeowner left the ceiling as it was, and it didn’t look perfect.

Photo by M. Marceny


Can I use Chantilly Lace for Cabinets?

This white paint color is fantastic for cabinets if you have white quartz, real marble, and other crisp finishes.  In the kitchen below, the cabinets are Chantilly Lace with Carrara marble countertops and simple white subway tile.  Ceilings and trim are Chantilly Lace.

Photo by M. Marceny

When you use this clean white, you should have lots of warm wood and other colors in the room to avoid a very sterile feel.  Below we used Chantilly Lace for in this laundry room for the cabinets, walls and ceilings, in different sheens. The light was naturally pretty low, but since it was essentially a hallway, it looked really sterile.  We added an accent wall in Stonington Gray to add some dimension.

Photo by J. Maynard

Can I use Chantilly Lace for Exteriors?

Chantilly Lace can look good for exteriors, but only if you paint the entire house one color.  You can use as a trim color if the rest of the house is a very light color.  Since the paint has low pigment, we advise that you paint the first coat with primer, otherwise it may take several coats to get good coverage.

When should I avoid Chantilly Lace?

For interiors, avoid in rooms with Tuscan or very earthy interiors.  Don’t use this paint color for trim outside unless the rest of the house is a very light color.  Otherwise it can look overly bright and harsh.

Chantilly Lace Comparisons

Chantilly Lace vs. Simply White

Chantilly Lace is MUCH cooler than Simply White.  Where Chantilly has almost cool tones, Simply White has vibrant yellow undertones, which can make it an interesting choice for a darker room.  For more information about how Simply White behaves, link to our Simply White Color Review.  Simply White is gorgeous as a wall color with Chantilly Lace trim and ceilings.

Chantilly Lace vs. SW Pure White

Sherwin Williams Pure White is one of our favorite Sherwin interior paint and trim colors.  Pure White is slightly warmer and more muted than Chantilly Lace.  They are close enough that you could use them together.  Pure White would look great as a wall color with Chantilly Lace trim and Ceilings.

Chantilly Lace vs. Decorator’s White

Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White is much cooler and bluer than Chantilly Lace.  Decorator’s White has strong blue undertones vs. the clean white of Chantilly Lace.  Just because its called Decorator’s White, alot of homeowners think its a great white to use.  The truth is that Decorator’s White is even more limiting than Chantilly Lace because it is so much cooler.  If your room is absolutely flooded with light, you could even pair Decorator’s White as a ceiling and trim color, with Chantilly Lace walls.  Use Decorator’s White with caution.

Which Sherwin-Williams Colors are like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace?

Sherwin-Williams Extra White and Sherwin-Williams Pure White are the closest paint colors to Chantilly Lace, but they are not exactly the same.  We never recommend paint matching unless you are willing to spend alot of time going back and forth with the paint company.  If you want to match, then make sure you check the paint color with a swatch from Benjamin Moore.  They aren’t exactly the same, but will save alot of frustration.  When paint stores try to match Chantilly Lace, I’ve seen it go green.  UGH.

Learn more about matching paint colors here.

The Verdict

Chantilly Lace is a clean white paint color.  It is most commonly used as a trim and ceiling color.  Make sure you have tons of light for use as a wall color, otherwise it will look dingy.  It is cleaner than Simply White, warmer than Decorator’s white and cooler than SW Pure White.  Chantilly Lace should be used with clean finishes.  AVvoid this color if you have earthy or Tuscan finishes.

No matter what, don’t forget to test your paint colors.  It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified.  Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

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