White Paint
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With its unrivalled versatility, white is transcendent and timeless. But how do you choose the right white paint? From online inspiration to in-store advice, we can help.

Simple, clean and classic, the best white paint colours stand easily on their own as a design element. White and off-white walls, ceilings, trim and doors, in more of a “supporting” role, are equally essential to a home’s colour palette. How will you use white?

Warm + Cool + Most Popular Paint Colours

Here are some of our most popular shades of white including Simply White OC-117, a past Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year.

Bright and airy in creams and white paints, this high-ceiling family room is fresh and contemporary.

Warm to Cool: Selecting the Just-Right White

Warm whites have undertones of red and yellow, resulting in a soft glow and welcoming mood. Cool whites have undertones of blue, green and gray, creating a space that looks crisp, clean and luminous.

An enduring homeowner goal when it comes to selecting white is to choose one that’s “livable.” White Dove OC-17 and Chantilly Lace OC-65 strike the perfect chord between warm and cool, creating a flattering white that is neither too creamy nor too austere. Explore our Off-White collection, which includes over 150 variations of white.
An off-white painted mantel against a cool white wall features red books.

What is an Undertone?

Paint colours are often created by using two or more colours. If there is a higher percentage of one colour over the other, that creates an undertone.

Here, the mantel has a yellow undertone, while the white wall next to it has a subtle, cool blue undertone.
Design professionals share their must-have whites and off-whites.

Whites the Experts Love

Interior designers’ favorite Benjamin Moore whites and off-whites are so indispensable, they’re known by heart!

Favourite whites mentioned in this video include Decorator’s White OC-149, Linen White OC-146, Atrium White OC-145, Cotton Balls OC-122, Steam AF-15 and more.
A residential interior with white kitchen cabinets, a work sink and glass fronted cabinets.

Stacking Up White, Considering Sheen

When shopping for the right white, layer a range of white colour chips from your local Benjamin Moore store on top of one another. Observe the difference between brightness levels and undertones. Take this idea one step further by layering your white choices on top of chips that reflect the actual colours in your room to see which white is most complementary.

Sheens are always a fun way to differentiate paint colours. White paint with a matte finish is not only more forgiving of imperfect walls, it creates the perfect backdrop for rich surfaces like marble countertops; it’s no surprise that white kitchen cabinets are a perennial favourite. Use a high gloss sheen to turn up the drama and highlight architectural details. Or meet somewhere in the middle with an eggshell sheen that offers a soft hint of gloss and easy-to-clean practicality.
A white-painted fireplace is flanked by built-in shelving.

At Home with White

White anchors bright, deep and saturated colour schemes. Here, white frames a deep charcoal gray, highlighting home accessories and creating striking contrast.

Layering a range of white and off-white paint colours is one way to create a richly elegant look. Texture—think throws, pillows and window treatments—are especially important in an all-white room.

Colour flow—the colours that connect one room to the next throughout your home–is made easier with white hallways, trim and doors. Just make sure the white you choose works with colours used throughout different rooms: remember that reds and yellows harmonize with warmer whites, while greens, grays and blues synch with cooler white paint colours.
An off-white painted exterior features a bright orange door.

An Invigorated Exterior

A classic exterior shade, white is a homeowner favourite for all types of homes, from traditional to modern. White homes pop from surrounding landscapes. Exterior white paint also creates a blank canvas for complementing brick, stone and slate.

Adding a dose of contrasting colour on an exterior door is a simple way to add a lively design edge to an all-white home. Aura Grand Entrance, specifically formulated for both exterior and interior doors and trim, makes it easy.
An off-white painted bedroom with rustic décor and sloped ceiling is flooded with light.

Test Your White Paint Colours

The appearance of wall colours tends to shift throughout the day. White paint colours are especially prone to taking on different tonalities from morning to evening, under both natural and artificial lighting conditions. Purchase a sample of the whites you like and test each one before you buy.
Paint colour samples are available in any Benjamin Moore colour.

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Test your paint colours from morning to evening, under both natural and artificial lighting conditions.



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