What Is That Color? The Right White

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It’s interesting, but ever since Benjamin Moore named a white as its color of the year, I have had many magazine writers and newspaper reporters contacting me to ask me what my favorite white paint colors are. Most people might assume that I almost never use white paint, since I’m known for working with color, but I actually love white as a nice neutral backdrop for the pops of color I put into a room!

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One of my favorite whites (and I actually have quite a few) is Sherwin-Williams Shoji White. It’s a softer, creamy white that’s warmer, with beige undertones, so it keeps a room feeling cozy. I knew it would work well with the red that I wanted to use in the dining room featured here, and that it would give the room an updated traditional look.

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I also continued with that same paint color into the entry for the trim and the ceiling, giving the rooms great continuity. You can really see the warmth of this white in the photo above.

For some reason, white can really be a difficult color for people to choose. It could be because it is the most reflective paint color, so it reacts more to light sources than many other color choices. If you go with a white that has too many blue undertones, the room can seem cold and stark. If you go too muddy, the room could look too dark or dingy. So some of my other favorite go-to whites, in case you’re looking for some that really work, are C2’s America’s Cup and Sherwin-Williams Antique White. I used Antique White in my previous house – it’s creamy and rich, and (big hint!) you may see that C2 color turning up in my new house really soon!

What white paint colors have you used that you love? Let me know in the comments section below!






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5 Responses to What Is That Color? The Right White

  1. Catherine says:

    I used Shoji White throughout my entire home after I got tired of changing wall colors every couple of years. It’s beautiful! And the perfect white!

  2. Karen T. says:

    I’ve used BM White Dove and love it. I plan to consider some of Farrow & Ball whites soon.

  3. Benjamin Moore Ballet White is one that I used for a large home with very tall ceilings. It is a lovely soft white with a slight hint of gray.
    BM White Dove is fantastic and I use it alot!.

  4. Diane says:

    Bistro white from Valspar is one of my favorites…not too much gray, pink or yellow that you find in many whites.

  5. Maria says:

    I recently used BM Elephant Tusk in my family room to give it that sandy coastal look. I’m very happy with it. I also painted my guest room BM Dove White…so pretty and the perfect color. My daughter’s MIL painted a few rooms in their newly constructed home in SW Shoji White. I fell in love it! What is a good trim color for Shoji White?