Cloud White Color Review (OC-130)

Benjamin Moore Cloud White Paint Color Review

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Cloud White paint color
Benjamin Moore Cloud White (OC-130, 967, CC-40)

Cloud White LRV

Cloud White has an LRV of 87.4 which makes it a soft white.  This warm off-white paint color has invisible taupe undertones.  LRV is short for Light Reflectance Value, which is a measurement of how light (LRV=100) or dark (LRV=0) a color is.

When should I use Cloud White?

Cloud White is one of the most versatile whites on the planet.  It looks great as a white to update a dated Tuscan home, and also with a modern white kitchen. Since it is an off-white, it pairs well with clean whites and creamy whites. It provides contrast without a harsh look.

Dining room painted with Cloud White
Photo by M. Marceny

Cloud White, as with many white paint colors is a great tool to enhance architectural details.  You don’t need to shift colors to highlight the details; a shift in sheens is sufficient.

Hallway painted with Cloud White
Photo by M. Marceny

You can use it with most white quartz countertops, clean white subway backsplashes and soft warm Calacatta tile.

This paint color is a great backdrop for colorful art.  This room has soft filtered light with east facing windows.  West facing windows backlight this photo.

Cloud White room with art
Photo by M. Marceny

What are the best trim and ceiling colors to pair with Cloud White?

My favorite placement for Cloud White is to paint the ceiling, walls and trim the same color, but with shifting sheens for a subtle movement of color.  The ceiling is flat, trim is satin or semi-gloss and the walls are eggshell or matte.

Living room painted with Cloud White and Wrought Iron window
Photo by M. Marceny

If you want more contrast, pick a clean white for the trim and ceiling such as BM Chantilly Lace or BM Oxford White.  I like to use matching trim and ceiling whites in a room, lighter than the wall color.

For trim and ceilings, don’t use blue-white colors such as BM White Diamond or BM Decorator’s White because they will look discordant with Cloud White.

Darker whites such as BM White Dove, Cloud White or BM Swiss Coffee will look dingy as trim and ceilings when paired with Cloud White walls.

When should I avoid Cloud White?

Avoid Cloud White with north facing exposures that have blue light and very crisp blue-white paint colors. For example, I don’t recommend as a trim or cabinet color with Carrara Marble.  If you use Chantilly lace for trim and cabinets with Carrara marble, then Cloud White can pair well as a wall color, as long as it’s not adjacent with the cool Carrara marble.

We don’t recommend Cloud White for exteriors because it’s too bright and stark when you take it outside.  Also, since it’s a low pigment paint color (that’s what makes it beautiful inside), you would need more coats to get enough coverage.  If you want a bright white for your exterior, consider SW Pure White instead.  It has more pigment and will look similar to Cloud White outside.

How does it look in darker spaces?

Cloud White can look very nice in slightly darker spaces, but you still need some light to make it look beautiful.

This basement photo shows an area under the stairs.  The basement still has tons of filtered natural light. Cloud White looks soft and lovely.

Cloud white walls in basement under stairs
Photo by M. Marceny

This beautiful Cloud White hallway has nice skylights.  The light is also soft and filtered.

Hallway with Cloud White paint
Photo by M. Marceny

Can my painter match Benjamin Moore Cloud White to Sherwin Williams?

The answer is NO. Not unless you want your house painted light green.  That’s what seems to happen when they try to match.  Instead, consider SW Pure White.

Learn more about matching paint colors here.

The Verdict

Cloud White is a beautiful and versatile off-white paint color! You can use it in bright rooms, medium lit rooms and even with muted earthy finishes.  It is a beautiful trim color.  Don’t use Cloud White as a trim or cabinet color with Carrara marble

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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Dining room with cloud white ceilings and entry arch.

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24 Responses

    1. I have enjoyed this Post very much
      I do have question ?
      You mentioned that Cloud White can be used on walls , trims , and ceilings
      As well as kitchen cabinets shifting different sheens ( love that look!)
      However it also says if “ you want more contrast- use a clean white such as chantilly lace or Oxford white
      Using darker colors such as BM white Dove ,Cloud White or Swiss Coffee will look dingy as trims & ceilings when paired with Cloud White walls”
      Im confused since earlier in the post is saying Cloud White looks great on walls , trims, ceilings & kitchen cabinets. Which is something I would like to do in my new home including my Custom kitchen all in cloud white.
      Can you please help me understand it
      Or any other suggestions
      Thank you so much

      1. Hi Maria,
        I was really referring to two different looks. The first monochromatic look has a shift in sheens. The second look is a look where the baseboard and ceilings are lighter than the walls. Both lovely!
        I hope that helps,

        1. Hi Michelle
          Thank you so much for your quick response
          I totally understand now
          I do admire all your beautiful work.
          I enjoy your posts very much
          I would like your opinion
          We r building a 1900 square feet home . Open plan-with beautiful millwork. ( east – west & south exposure)I would like to paint the entire home with BM cloud white using different sheens like you have suggested in your post , also a custom
          Kitchen using once again Cloud White ( satin)
          My question is do u think this will be a great choice or will I be disappointed.
          Also does BM Super white pairs well with Cloud white ( walls cloud white & trim & ceiling Super White
          Thank you so much for taking time to give me your advice

    2. Hi. I’ve been using cloud white for my trim color and would like to paint my walls white in my west facing entryway. My front door is mostly glass, needless to say, it’s very bright here in the afternoon. Is there another white you could recommend for the walls or would you stick with cloud white for walls and trim?

    3. I won’t use anything but cloud white for trim or doors and all white rooms.

      I’ve been using it in my homes for over 20 years. My clients love it as well.

      I love the idea of mixing the whites to add depth. Will try that in my next project.

      No need to ever be confused about white trip again.

  1. Hi in our new beach house we would like to have monochromatic color and an updated clean look. Our cabinets are simply white and we are south facing with tons of light. Should we do all simply white or could Cloud White work with our cabinets too?

    1. Simply White sounds nice for the walls, but not if your house has alot of Tuscan finishes. It also depends on your tile, floor and carpet.

  2. My kitchen is being redone, i have antique white cabinets and a soft white quartz with thin gray veining. My decor is farmhouse. I bought a gallon of BM Chantilly White and after painting one wall of my kitchen I hated it. It doesn’t look good next to my antique white cabinetry. I found a sample of BM Cloud White in my garage (made with Sherwin Williams paint) and I like it so much better. The stark white of Chantilly just didn’t look good. Cloud White seems to be several shades lighter than my cabinets. If the Sherwin Williams paint was great in the sample size might it be different in a gallon? My BM store isn’t open til Tuesday and I would like to redo my painting before then. Or do you have any other suggestions of a light paint that looks good with antique white cabinetry? I

      1. I’m confused. I thought SW pure white was the color most comparable to BM cloud white. Also, if the wood floors have an orange tint, the color is called “Auburn”, will the cloud white compliment those floors?

        1. Hi Cherisa,
          Pure White is similar, but brighter and crisper. I’m not familiar with an Auburn floor, but Cloud White may complement the wood floors if they don’t have too much yellow. My suggestion is that you test the paint color before you paint it.

    1. Hi! I’m Interested in using feather down as the main paint color. What white would you pair with it? For trim, doors, Cloud white?

  3. Hi Michelle,

    I love it! It’s such a beautiful job! Would you mind letting me know which color did you use on the ceiling in the bar/dining room picture? I am looking for a dark accent wall like that that goes with BM cloud white. I’d appreciate your help.

  4. Wow! Spectacular. In your article you mentioned if someone wants some more contrast they could use cloud white walls with a clean white like Chantilly lace or Oxford white. What would be the effect if one were to do the opposite- cloud white trim with Chantilly lace walls?

  5. Hello. The example photos are just gorgeous. I have been unable to find suggestions on which color families could work with Cloud white cabinets as I would prefer more contrast between the cabinets and the wall color. Any suggestions on where to start? Island is Amherst gray.

    1. The key is to make sure that you harmonize with all your hard finishes, starting with your counter, backsplash and also Amherst Gray. Cloud White is much more flexible than Amherst Gray.

  6. This has to be my new favorite design…. amazing job!! I also used Cloud White for the walls, trim on our investment property, love it! I have a question, where did you buy those beautiful pendant lights? I’m looking to get something similar for the two story ceiling in that property.


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