Finding the perfect warm white: 5 designers weigh in

As I promised earlier this week, here are five designer picks for the perfect warm white paint (in no particular order). Which one did I choose for my master bedroom redo? Read on to find out!

1. Benjamin Moore Creamy White. This was architect Bill Ingram‘s go-to color for the walls of his Mountain Brook Cottage featured in the August 2011 issues of House Beautiful. To make his 1,400-square foot cottage feel more expansive, Ingram used Benjamin Moore’s Creamy White throughout the house, which he notes “comes off as white, but very warm.”

2. Lindsay Bierman, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living magazine, recommends Benjamin Moore Ivory White for when “you just want a room to be ‘warm white,’ meaning not too yellow or too peachy or too anything else.” When it comes to choosing the right white for the space, Bierman exhorts folks: “Don’t overthink this—I’ve already done enough agonizing for everyone, and I can say for sure that it works pretty much anywhere, unless you’re going for museum-like sterility…” I think we can take his word for it—witness this gorgeous room in Ivory White via Traditional Home:

3. Benjamin Moore White Down. Here is an inspiration photo from Philip Mitchell Design via Canadian House & Home. I love the ease of this room, and how it manages to be fresh and warm at the same time, due in large part to the wall color. There’s something about this color that puts me in mind of the froth of a cappuccino—the perfect warming pick-me-up.

4. Benjamin Moore Elmira White is Brad Ford‘s pick. It has subtle warmth with a modern edge, as evidenced by this West Elm photo:

On the appeal of Elmira White, Ford notes: “This is one of my favorite hues because it’s both warm and bright without being too cheery. It’s a perfect blend of beige and gray and will complement literally any color palette you choose to introduce in the room. You can’t wrong with this one.”

5. Benjamin Moore Linen White. Celerie Kemble, in her latest book, Black & White (and a Bit in Between), describes Linen White as “[a]bsolutely classic. A bit warm and not overly crisp, meaning it never looks brand new. Fades into the background, offering support to the other colors in the room. My kitchen cabinets are linen white, since I wanted the room to look lived in instantly.” Here is an inspiration photo of a modern bedroom in Linen White—so clean looking yet cozy:

For quick reference, below is a recap of our short list for warm whites (all Benjamin Moore):

  • Creamy White (OC-7)
  • Ivory White (CC-925)
  • White Down (OC-131)
  • Elmira White (HC-84)
  • Linen White (CC-912)

So which did I end up choosing for my master bedroom painting project?

It was a toughie, but in the end I went with Celerie Kemble’s pick, Linen White, to give much-needed warmth and brightness to my bedroom. Now that the hard part’s over, all that’s left to do is actually paint!

Which of these appeals to you most? Do you have another favorite “no-fail” warm white to add to the list? I’d love to know, I’m always looking to expand my repertoire!

Anna xo

P.S. You may have noticed that the paints on my list are all Benjamin Moore—this wasn’t a conscious decision, but when I have a painting project on the horizon I always find myself coming back to their classic colors fandeck for inspiration!

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  1. Thank you thank you Lindsay Bierman! Choosing paint IS agonizing for me! I have it in my head what I want but never seems to come out right until now. Your comment was dead on. I would have sampled my time and money away. Ivory white is perfect!

    1. Hi Toby, pecan hardwood floors sound lovely! I think a warm white makes for a great backdrop for hardwood floors–it helps bring out their warmth. Here’s a link to an article which you may find helpful:

      I would also suggest taking a look at Houzz (I’m seriously addicted!) as a source for ideas. A quick search of sample photos with the phrase “pecan hardwood flooring” yielded two inspirational views of kitchens that incorporate warm white on the walls and white cabinetry:

      Finally, I’d suggest picking up sample paint chips that appeal to you and putting them on the wall (or alongside your flooring samples) and living with them for a while. I’ve learned the hard way that something that looks great online or in a magazine might not necessarily work in my own context. I think the best option is narrowing down your favorites, maybe your top three, purchasing samples of each so you can see a larger section of the wall in each color, and then seeing how they change throughout the day. Don’t rush it, and choose what you love. Good luck!

  2. What about a white for a dark kitchen, southwestern house with terracotta floor. The rest of the house walls including right next to the kitchen is a light warm tan. Thank you!!!!!

    1. Hi Shannon! Here are some ideas:

      Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee on the walls and cabinets paired with terra cotta floor tiles. Gorgeous:

      This photo has a real Southwestern feel–BM Dove Wing on the walls. Really crisp, yet warm:

      My fiance’s favorite warm white (and he’s a designer) is Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White, which is a more muted white, very warm. Here it is with some terra cotta hex tile. I love the effect:

      And here is Navajo White paired with dark kitchen cabinetry. I’m totally in love with this kitchen:

      I think all of these options could play well with the warm tans you have in your adjoining rooms. I hope this helps! Thanks for your question!

  3. Hi. I would love to use linen white and silver sage in my house. The kitchen and great room are combined. How should I plan on painting and do you think these colors will go well with each other

    1. Hi Becca, thanks for your question. BM’s silver sage is really lovely–a very muted, soothing color. I looked at it against linen white using my trusty Classic Colors fan deck, and I think the two pair well. My mother, who is a painter, is a fan of cool/warm contrast–it kind of keeps things balanced, for lack of a better word, and this pairing would give you that. That said, I’m a big proponent of buying paint samples to see whether you like the colors in situ–everyone’s light is so different, and it can have such a big effect on how the color reads in your house. I’ve picked up paint chips at the store thinking I’ve got a winner, but when I get back home it somehow doesn’t look the same! Especially since you’re planning to paint what sounds like a larger area–kitchen and great room combined–I would definitely take your time and test out some samples.

      If you’re thinking about this color combo, there are lots of nice options to consider. For me, continuity is really important. And I think that becomes even more of a consideration in adjoining spaces. You want the spaces to feel related so there is a smooth flow from kitchen to great room.

      You could paint the walls in both rooms silver sage and use linen white for your trim and cabinetry. I ran across this kitchen on Houzz a few weeks ago, and I loved it because it felt crisp and the kitchen and family room felt visually connected, creating that continuity that makes things feels pulled together. I know this is a greener green than silver sage, but it still gives you a flavor of how this design option could work:

      Here is a shot of what I believe to be, according to Houzz, the exact combo we’re talking about: Linen white cabinets alongside silver sage walls. Gorgeous:

      Another option would be to go with white on the walls, using silver sage as more of an accent. I love this look — light walls, light upper cabinets, and silvery green lower cabs. I think it has a really clean and sophisticated (yet homey) vibe:

      Or you could just go for it and do all the cabinets, uppers and lowers, in silver sage for a more traditional look. This kitchen makes me think of Martha Stewart. Very lovely:

      I hope this helps, Becca! Good luck with your project!

  4. I will be painting master bedroom and have just set up a new bed with a dark brown leather tufted headboard to go with my dark cherry bureau. I have different style bed tables but they also are dark wood. I now have white walls and trim and white bedding. I would like to keep white walls and plan on having wall to wall wool sisal in a natural color carpeting. What white colors would you suggest for both the walls and trim? We live on the coast so I would like to keep colors neutral and light and plan to use white and navy accents. Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi Summgardner, thank you for your comment. First just let me say I’m slightly jealous of your sisal carpeting! I love how this all sounds!

      This is my inspiration photo for you–it incorporates a lot of the elements in your plan–natural fiber flooring, white and navy accents (plus lovely coral accents), dark furniture finishes and light walls. This definitely feels coastal to me. Relaxed elegance at its best. They’ve done something a little different here by going lighter with the wall color and slightly darker with the trim. I love the effect, and think you could achieve something similar with BM “White Down” on the walls and “Olympic Mountains” on the trim:

      Here is another white–White Dove. Here it’s combined with a darker wood dining table. Lovely, clean, and crisp:

      I also love the idea of using the same color on the wall and trim to make a space feel light and breezy, modern and fresh. Here is White Dove again with a navy scheme and natural fiber elements:

      Other whites you may want to try:

      Navajo white (great with dark furniture): (more coastal vibe)

      Maritime white (warm white that pairs well with navy, a “seaside neutral”):

      I hope this helps! Good luck with your project; it sounds just lovely.

  5. Hi! Love your post!

    I am doing a room into my closet. I have bamboo wood floors and closet will be white. I want to make it chic and classic so got a zebra rug and getting a mirrored vanity.

    I need a recommendation on the paints. Wanted a warm chic white and was thinking one small wall pale pale pink. I would love to get your recommendations 🙂

    What whites and what pinks if you recommend it?

    Thanks so much!!!

    1. Hi Chanel! Thanks so much!

      This room sounds like it will be very chic and glam! I think the challenge will be finding a sophisticated, not too girly pink.

      Here are some recommendations for your pale pink wall:
      Benjamin Moore Ionic Column (from the Classic Colors palette). Barely-there very grown-up pink:

      I also love this inspiration photo. It incorporates some black accents (I’m thinking of your zebra rug), which look great with the pale pink walls. Ralph Lauren Rose Garden White:

      I’m also liking BM Mellow Pink for its soft grey undertones. Really pretty:
      And here:

      I couldn’t find a photo, but I also really like Ben Moore’s Evening White.

      Here is a link to a helpful post on pale pinks:

      For whites, you may want to try for a more pink undertone to harmonize with your pink accent wall. I’d try Antique White or Alabaster (Benjamin Moore). I think Linen White would work well too. But as always, I would recommend trying samples first before you commit to see how everything works together in your space. 🙂

      I hope this helps! Thanks again for you comment!

      1. Thanks for your reply! One more question I promise!:

        If I wanted to do accents of pink instead of painting a wall and the closet will be white, what warm white colors would you recommend?

        I am not a huge fan of cream undertones, I like more purple or blue but def don’t want the room to look cold.

        Thank you again for your help 🙂

        1. Hi Chanel — if you want to avoid cream undertones, I would recommend decorators white (more of a neutral white without being too cold), cloud cover (grey undertone), cloud white (also tends more toward grey).

          Another color you may want to try is BM Soft Chamois. It reads like a white and again has more grey undertones. This apartment featured in House Beautiful uses Soft Chamois on the walls–I love this look:

          Hope this helps!

  6. Great post and helpful responses. Entire kitchen renovation planning in progress with custom kitchens and hoping to get advice. We are leaning towards a creamy white paint on perimeter and espresso stain island. Contrast with dark brown countertops and wood floors. Choosing the white paint is overwhelming. Our designer suggests Dove White. I’m not convinced that it isn’t too white for what we are trying to achieve. Here is one kitchen we keep coming back to:
    Your suggestions and feedback would be appreciated!

    1. Hi Jan,

      First, thank you and congratulations on your remodel! Sounds like a fantastic project!

      I love your inspiration photo–I love the high contrast, but it definitely has a warm and inviting look.

      White Dove is a favorite among some of the designers and bloggers I follow. You may very well be right–it could be too white for the look you’re going for. Or it could be amazing. One of my favorite bloggers, Joan from For the Love of a House, can do no wrong in my book. She chose White Dove for her kitchen cabinets and trim, and I do think it looks beautiful. Hers is a more traditional kitchen (as I’m imagining yours might be, based on the photo you chose?) with dark (soapstone) countertops and dark floors. See what you think:
      (She provides all the details for paints, products, etc. in the post–bless her!)

      Another paint you may want to consider: Misty Air, again by Benjamin Moore. Another interior designer I love, Lauren Liess from Pure Style Home, used it on her new kitchen cabinets. She describes it as a “cream with a good amount of depth to it.” This is how I would describe the cream color in your inspiration photo. Her kitchen is more modern, but she also incorporates black and darker wood elements, which echo the scheme you’ve selected for your kitchen:

      Interestingly, Joan also used Misty Air in her guest bedroom. Lovely:

      I would also recommend trying Navajo White, which I’ve mentioned in earlier comments. It’s definitely a warm, creamy white with more of a beige-y undertone. Examples:
      (This last one is still one of my all-time fave kitchens.)

      I know I’ve said it before, but I would strongly recommend purchasing samples of, say, your top 3-5 so you can see a bigger swath of it on the wall and see it in your light. Then you will know for sure if White Dove is going be too white. Or maybe you will see that it’s perfect. 🙂

      Good luck, Jan. Thanks for your comment and I’d love to hear how it all turns out!

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  8. I am painting a basement, trim and cabinets in an apartment that gets limited sunlight. Which Benjamin Moore white would work well in a room with limited sunlight with a light beige carpet? My painter is rec linen white. Would this work well or would it look dark and drab in the apt. I would like to brighten up the space some and would love to hear your suggestions. If you have any ideas for the kitchen cabinets please share also. What do you think of simply white for a dark space?

    1. Hi Mcg!

      I say if Simply White works for the space, go for it! I’m a big fan of Simply White. Trina used it in the kitchen in her old house and I’m still in love with it:

      The Nester also repainted her living room with Simply White and it looks so fresh and pretty:

      I think you really need to go with your gut, and see how the color looks in that basement kitchen. While I love Simply White, it simply doesn’t work in my house–in my light it feels a bit too stark. However, in your basement kitchen which you say doesn’t have a lot of light, you may need to compensate and go for a brighter, whiter white like Simply White. If Linen White feels too dark and drab in your space, it probably is. If your carpeting is beige, linen white might read as too warm or yellow. The contrast of a brighter and more neutral white will probably give you more of the “fresher” feel you crave.

      One idea for the cabinets would be to keep things all the same shade to heighten the feeling of the walls and make the room seem taller. I recently painted the walls, built-in bookcases, and ceiling of my study all the same color (for this room, I chose Divine White by Sherman Williams). The study has lower ceilings than the rest of the rooms in the house, so this approach really helped make the room feel more expansive. If you are facing a similar issue in your basement kitchen, this might be something to consider. Also, if your goal is to really brighten up the space, this would definitely help.

      Layla from TLC is painting her kitchen cabs Simply White (she paired it with a lightened version of BM Gray Owl on the walls) and it’s looking fab:

      Good luck and thanks for your question!

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  10. Hi, I’m updating my kitchen and am changing everything except the wall color, which is a cheery yellow (similar to yellow lotus). I am doing dark wood floors, black granite counter tops and off white cabinets. I am considering linen white for the cabinets as it’s warm and will be next to the yellow walls. Any thoughts on whether this would be the best “off white” for my cabinets? Going for the traditional black/white kitchen with a splash of warmth on the walls. Thanks for any advice you have!

    1. Hi Sheryl, thanks for your comment! I think Linen White sounds like it would harmonize really well with your scheme. If it looks good with your yellow, go for it! On a side note, I have been painting my master bath Linen White over the last few days–walls, trim, everything… literally swimming in it–and I absolute LOVE it. It’s a classic.

      The Ben Moore website recommends Easter Lily as a good pairing with Yellow Lotus. Might be worth checking out: (see the section “Goes great with”)

      Other colors that might be worth investigating: BM Mayonnaise. I have not seen this color in person, but I’m seeing it more and more in photos and I really, really like it. Here’s a photo with some yellow and black accents:

      Here it is on kitchen cabs. Dreamy:

      Also really like Ben Moore’s Mascarpone as an option (or maybe I’m just drawn to paint names that conjure up creamy, high-calorie foods?!). Mascarpone cabs with dark countertop. Creamy-dreamy:

      Here it is paired with some dark/black elements:

      Pretty kitchen remodel using mascarpone on the cabinets:

      I hope this helps! Good luck with your kitchen redo, Sheryl!

      1. Thank you so much for your reply and your thoughts. This is my first kitchen remodel and I’m so excited! I don’t think I can go wrong with linen white and really want a classic look. Can’t wait to get started and see the end product!

        Thank you again and enjoy your linen white bath! Sounds wonderful!

        Best, Sheryl

  11. Great article thanks so much!! Were re painting our house which is all sprayed a flat white– just white dunn Edwards. We have slim coated walls and ceilings. I’m stuck on linen white or white down– we have polished concrete floors which are more gray than tan. I want to paint baseboards same color as walls with just different sheen. And the ceiling lighter but not really contrasting the walls. So my questions are –
    1.White down or linen white??- (pretty good amount natural light – have whites light grey and black and denim kinda colors — industrial country style? Lol
    2. Ceiling color for either of these? Cloud white? White dove? Or I’ve read mixing wall for at 10-20%?
    Thanks for your time! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

    1. Hi Bea! Thank you so much!

      First, I like your strategy of sticking with the same color on the walls and baseboards and just doing a different finish. I’m doing the same thing right now in my master bath–I’m using Linen White in eggshell on the walls, and the satin finish on the trim. I love the effect: it’s unified and more modern-looking, but the different finishes add a little bit of dimension so it doesn’t get boring. It gives the room an airiness that it didn’t have before.

      Now, in terms of color. Obviously, I love both colors. Without having seen your space, but just going on your description, this is what I would say: if you want less contrast, more of a monochromatic feel, then White Down may be a better bet. I’m looking at all the colors above White Down and below it on that particular color strip in my fan deck, and there are definite warm gray undertones there. This may harmonize a bit better with your (more gray) concrete floors and your existing color palette–those light grays, blacks and denims (industrial country–I love it!). As for the ceiling color, I would then go with Cloud White, which is the very lightest tone on that color strip. Then you are assured that everything harmonizes.

      That’s not saying that Linen White couldn’t work–if you feel that you want to play up a cool/warm contrast, then Linen White will probably feel “warmer” than White Down in your space because it has that creamy undertone. If you went with this option, then on the ceiling I would go with the standard BM white, and then ask them to tint it with your Linen White–again, so you create continuity with the walls. I’ve used this approach before–I’m afraid I don’t know the exact percentages–but I’m guessing it’s close to your formula above….

      So that’s my two cents! 🙂 Hope it helps a little bit. Thanks again!

      1. Thanks so much for the reply, wanted to just let you know it’s so nice you take the time to help!

        I’m happy to hear you are also doing all one color, many of friends didn’t get it at all 😉 but they aren’t really into design they think I’m crazy I can’t just pick a white it all looks the same to them when I’m seeing all sorts of undertones in them 😉

        Question in ceiling do you do even the bathroom ceiling flat? My husband thinks it should be glossier…

        I think I will go with white down I really love them both equally so it’s really killing me this decision! Just to verify though, you’d still consider a “warm” white?

        Well your blog is wonderful and I love that room you just posted the farmhouse style with the I think for the alabaster color! I wish I could add some wood planks in here! That home is similiar in style to my taste, it took me a while to really grow into my decorating style! I wish I knew what I liked when we purchased our home and I wouldn’t be redoing so much!
        My inspiration pics are from the schoolhouse electric shops spring catalog you can see it online if you’re interested- the catalog tabs are on bottom of their website!
        Your home sounds wonderful and I look forward to following your blog! Thanks again!

        1. Thanks for your sweet comment, Bea! That’s really nice of you!

          You are not crazy at all for taking your time in picking a white. It is hard! There are so many variables to consider. I want to emphasize that I’m just sharing ideas and considerations–things that I’ve run into myself after painting my house over the last five years (and I’m still going!). You, though, are the ultimate arbiter and must choose your design destiny, so to speak. 🙂 Even within the same house, the same white may not work in multiple rooms. I mentioned I was painting my master bath Linen White–I love it! But when I tried it in my guest bath, which has strong late-afternoon light and a floor with white and black tiles (the white tiles have a lot of gray in them), it wasn’t quite right. For the guest bath, I’m thinking I’ll go back to the White Down color strip, and try those variations for walls, beadboard and trim. They seem to work better. Yes, White Down is definitely warm, but it has that little hint of gray in the undertone. When I was thinking about your description of “industrial country,” many of the colors you mention (denim, gray, black) show up in the sample photo of White Down I included in the post–and they definitely seem to work well together.

          If you want to be extra confident, buy samples and compare to the two. It is helpful to see a broader space on the wall painted. It will def. help you choose. And give you peace of mind. 🙂

          As far as the ceiling finish: generally, I try to go for the least shine in my finishes that is practical for the application. I have a house that was built in the 1920s, so there are little imperfections that I’d prefer to mask. This means I go for Flat (or matte) finish on the ceiling, satin on trim, eggshell on walls (I have a dog so I need the ease of cleaning; otherwise, I’d go for flat). I like flatter finishes personally because they seem “quieter” to me.

          That said, if you have nice smooth ceilings, there is no reason not to go for a little sheen, if that’s what you want. Here’s a link that you and your husband might find interesting. Joan from For the Love of a House uses BM Pearl finish on her ceilings–the reason being that it gives a sense of greater height to the room:

          It’s great that you have a strong sense of your decorating style. I feel like mine has really evolved since buying my house. It’s extremely satisfying when your house begins to reflect your personal style and you really feel that you have put your “stamp” on it. I will check out the Schoolhouse Electric catalog–thank you! I like their products a lot. Rejuvenation, too, has some nice things. Yay for made in the USA! Speaking of which, Happy 4th! I will be spending mine painting. 🙂

          Good luck with your project, Bea!

  12. Great article. Would love to know what you think of Sherwin Williams Alabaster and how it compares with the whites listed here.


    1. Thanks, Lindsey! I have not seen SW Alabaster in person; however, I just did a quick troll through some Houzz photos, and I have to say it looks lovely. The trim in this family room is Alabaster:
      As is the trim and cabinetry in this really pretty bathroom:

      In terms of how it compares to the whites here. Again, without having seen it in person, but based on what I’m seeing in the photos–It’s warm, but it also feels more like a brighter, whiter white. A milky white, maybe? It definitely feels slightly less muted to me, more on the crisper side of warm white, if that makes any sense? This photo that shows it on the walls of a mud room is a good example of what I mean:
      Also this photo of a farmhouse interior, you really get a sense of it:

      I would say it’s a contender if you want a warm but “brighter” white effect.

      Thanks for sharing your comment!

      1. Thanks so much. After seeing this article, I was thinking the same thing and wondering if I should go with something a little less bright. I think I’ll have to put some on the wall and see. Thanks!

  13. Hello! I just moved into my very first home and i’m very excited yet extremely confused over paint colors. The spare bedroom in the house is very small with two small windows. It actually gets a decent amount of light for such a small space. The problem is that the bed and dresser for this room are a very dark espresso color, except for the white nightstand beside the bed and the beige/creamy headboard fabric that the espresso wood surrounds. The dark wood makes the room look even smaller in my opinion. The bedding is an all white ruched shabby chic duvet with very feminine pillows covering it in both cream and white. I also have a lot of white accents mixed with champagne gold glitzy accents scattered around the room. Also, the carpet in the room is a drab beige color but I plan to put a faux fur rug near the bed to break it up a bit. In hopes to make the room look larger I want to go with a white wall, but what white should I choose for this space? I tend to feel more comfortable and at home when the walls aren’t too stark white, but if a stark white wall will make the room look better than I’m all for it. If I do a white wall what color paint would be best for the ceiling and closet in your opinion? Could I even do a darker warmer color on the ceiling or would that make the room look even smaller?
    I’d love to hear your opinions! This is an awesome site, I’m so glad I found it:)

    1. Hi Brittany! Thanks so much for your comment, and congratulations on your new place! I know that feeling of overwhelm–I’m five years in, which I can hardly believe, but I still get overwhelmed!

      When I read the description of your guest room, this Houzz photo came to mind. Here you can see how Linen white could work with a creamy upholstered headboard, a mix of white and off-white linens, and darker (espresso) furniture. If you truly favor a warmer white, this could be a great solution:

      I actually really like the play of contrasts you get with dark furniture against a light backdrop. Especially if you want the room to feel more expansive, this route could be a good option.

      I think I’ve shared this photo before in the comments, but Navajo White (also creamy, definitely not a stark white) plays well with darker furniture. I love this bedroom. Classic:

      Here’s another pretty bedroom featuring an upholstered headboard and lovely linens against Ben Moore’s Lancaster Whitewash as a backdrop (I love the historical whites too):

      Regarding your question about ceiling paint. First, I want to say do what pleases you! If you like the contrast between the wall and ceiling, then absolutely go for it. If you want the room to feel bigger, my own instinct would be to go with the same color on the wall and ceiling — which I realize might not be everyone’s preference, but here’s my reasoning: when everything is the same color, you eliminate the sense of a border or frame, so the eye keeps moving. I did this for my study downstairs which has comparatively low ceilings, and I really liked the effect. Another thing you could try is going with a Pearl finish, which has a slight sheen, on the ceiling. One of my fave bloggers swears by this and says it visually raises the ceiling of the room two inches!

      Love your ideas of introducing a faux fur rug and the description of the nice mix of linens you have going on–when you’re doing all white, it’s important to use different textures and shades of white to keep things interesting, which it sounds like you’re definitely doing. Good luck with this project!

  14. So happy to have found your article and painting/decorating advice. I recently discovered Houzz too and found inspiration to redo my master bedroom. I have a four poster bed and trad. furniture in cherry wood that I’ve decided to repaint. I loved the look on Houzz of linen white and dove trim with creamy furniture accents. It will really lighten up and warm my room. I’m unsure what color to paint my bed and furniture. I like a look of calm and inviting but don’t know what color and finish to use on furniture and hardware. My bedding will be neutrals with a touch of spa blue as an accent. I have hardwood floors but will add an area rug possibly considering sisal and window treatments.
    Thank you for taking the time to offer such wonderful advice, it’s truly appreciated!

    1. Hi Karen, thanks so much for your comment!

      Your description immediately put me in mind of a bedroom I had seen in Elle Decor designed by Darryl Carter. I believe it’s an older home in Pennsylvania, but I just loved how fresh and cozy it was. Here a brighter, clearer white was used, and it looks like the bed frame is, or very nearly is, the same color as the trim and built-in bookshelves. It gives a nice clean coordinated look:
      The lesson we could take from this room would be to use your trim color–White Dove–on your bed frame as well. I would use a different finish than what you’re using for the trim so things don’t look too uniform–so if you’re using a semigloss for your trim, then use a satin on the furniture.

      My other recommendation would be to go a little deeper in tone for the bed and dresser–almost more what I would describe as a taupe-y white. Given that your furniture sounds like it is more traditional in style, this might be a nice option. Light-but-not-white might give it more of a feeling of gravitas appropriate to a more traditional furniture style, but still give you that light-and-airy look that you’re craving. I found this photo of a Hickory Chair bed ($$$$), which I absolutely love, as an example (it’s also paired with a natural fiber rug, love this look):
      I would suggest that if you like this look, work your way down the “White Dove” color strip and go for a shade that’s a bit darker, but in the same family, to be sure it will harmonize.

      As far as painting the hardware: I painted my kitchen cabinet pulls, knobs, and hinges last summer to save $$, and I simply lightly sanded them down and sprayed them lightly with a couple coats of Rustoleum Universal. My kitchen cabs are a warm white (Sherwin-Williams “Divine White”) and I chose a satin black for more contrast. They’ve held up nicely! If you want something softer, I might try an antique (vs. shiny bright) brass, like these:

      The other option would be switching out the hardware entirely to update the look. Kelly at Talk of the House did this with her master bedroom dresser, and I think it was a good solution (especially on the horizontal dresser):
      I hope this helps, Karen! Good luck with your painting project/master bedroom redo!

  15. Hi! I am so overwhelmed by all the whites available!! I would like to lighten up a creamy kitchen that currently has some weird faux painting and replace with a crisp (not blinding) white. I don’t like the yellow undertones that are currently on the cabinets/trim. There is a pretty sage/hunter green on the walls, counters are a Crema Bordeaux color, backsplash is an beige tile- I like the warmth the cabinets provide, but think a cleaner white will be better. Floors are hardwood and also 1950’s tile in adjoining room that is the same color as satillo. I love dove white, ivory white, white down and a zillion others.. Every picture I see online makes them look different though. What would you suggest for cabinets and trim throughout? Will it be too stark white looking with the lighter hunter green shade? Also, I would like to carry that same cab/trim color throughout the rest of the house, but need a good wall color to compliment it.. Something not too beige, not too grey, just nuetral, inviting and warm. I’ve read Ivory White is good for walls. Thanks!
    Here is a link to the house, 4th picture shows the kitchen!

    1. Also, I keep seeing BM Swiss Coffee on walls which looks to be a beautiful neutral that doesn’t lean too far yellow, beige or grey. What would be a good whiter trim color to pair with that that could also be used on kitchen cabs?

      1. I also see Swiss coffee as the trim and cabinet colors a lot too.. Dover White by Sherwin Williams seems beautiful too. Aargh! too many choices!!! How do you not get overwhelmed by all the shades of white?!

    2. Hi Alice!

      Thanks so much for your comment and for sending through photos–what a great house! And the kitchen has loads of potential! I am totally with you on getting rid of the faux finish on the cabinets–it dates the kitchen and takes away from the cabinets’ lovely classic profile.

      I think if you want the kitchen to feel light and bright, then White Dove would be an excellent choice for the cabinets, trim, and door. You asked whether there would be too much of a stark contrast between White Dove and the existing green wall color–my answer is yes. If you look at the existing color scheme, I would say that those darker green rectangles above the kitchen window and the door to the right are making the ceilings seem lower–they’re interrupting the flow of the cabinetry, and they’re also drawing the eye away from the gorgeous granite countertops and emphasizing what to me are the weaker points of the kitchen–the window above the sink, which seems maybe a little low/small, and the door (to the garage?) which has less character and “architecture” than your lovely cabinetry. If this were my kitchen, I would lighten up the wall color considerably. I would also remove that decorative iron scrollwork piece above the kitchen window (it’s cramped in that space) and replace it with a clean roman blind in the same color family as the cabinetry (light and bright, I would do a solid neutral, no prints but something with texture) and hang it a good deal higher than the actual window (maybe 6-10 inches, maybe more) using an outside mount to make the window appear bigger and close the gap between the top of the window and the top of the cabinets, something along the lines of this effect:

      I would also add hardware to those lovely cabinets–to me, that’s an opportunity to add some really lovely detail and give the cabs a more finished look.

      Sorry, I got sidetracked! Back to paint: for wall color, I would recommend a light neutral with a green undertone (since you like green and not yellow!) like Muskoka Trail or Tapestry Beige–a lot of interior designers use these, and I think it’s because they meet your criteria of warm and inviting without being too yellow or, on the other side of the spectrum, too grey. I also think they’d play well with your Saltillo floors. My other go-to neutrals would be Manchester Tan, Grant Beige–these are soft and inviting and could be carried through the entire house. They have a lot of depth and change with the light as the day progresses. I did my dining room in Manchester Tan, and I haven’t grown tired of it:
      I definitely think one of these lighter neutrals would work really well. Right now, I think they’re are too many competing medium tones in this kitchen–the back splash, the granite, the walls, even the cabinetry is a little on the darker side–I think lightening up the cabinets and the walls will create the airiness you’re looking for and also highlight the really lovely features of this kitchen, like the granite and backsplash. I’m imagining the effect would be more along the lines of this (these are white dove cabs):

      As for your other questions: I think Swiss Coffee could work for cabinets and trim. I would hesitate to make it the wall color as I think it may be a tad too bright–but you could try it and see! The other two choices you put forward–Ivory White and White Down–could definitely. Of those two, my money would be on White Down because I think it pairs nicely with White Dove and it has maybe a little more depth that you need, considering the richness of the granite, the floors, etc. this is my judgment based on the photos, but obviously things can always look different in situ–you have to make that call ultimately. 🙂

      I know there are so many things to consider! I would say give yourself time to test things out and think it through! I hope this helps! Good luck!


  16. Thank you so much for the lengthy reply!! I am loving the tapestry beige walls with white dove trim/cabinets (found that combo on a few other sites just now). The kitchen opens up to the dining room which is also that same green color. I do like the green color in there (not above window in kitchen though), especially with the clay colored tile, but do you think we should carry the tapestry beige throughout that room as well or just the white dove trim and keep the green to have something stand out? (we just bought the house so all the pictures are from the existing owners, totally agree on the iron scrollwork haha) The other two rooms that feed into the kitchen I would be doing the tapestry beige/white dove combo.

      1. I’m glad I was able to suggest something that appealed. 🙂

        Thanks so much for the photos–I have a better idea of the layout now. If you like the green, then definitely keep it for now, and then after you decide on your colors for the kitchen and other rooms and then paint, you can assess how you like the transition once those other rooms are updated. Like you said, you want to create some contrast too. If, after painting, the green isn’t quite right, then what I would suggest is working your way down the tapestry beige color strip to get that contrast that you want, but still ensure that everything harmonizes. So, for example, the next shade down would be Coastal Fog (still very much in the green family, but more muted):
        The next two shades down would be Brandon Beige:

        These would give you the “pop”/higher contrast element but still create a smooth transition between rooms. Or, it could turn out that existing green works great and it saves you from extra painting! 🙂

  17. Thanks Anna!! Loving what pictures I see of Brandon Beige, seems to have a great green tone to it and it doesn’t read too grey which wouldn’t really work with my current decor.
    Would you do the ceilings in the white dove as well (just a flat finish as opposed to semi-gloss of trim/cabs?)

    1. Thanks, Alice! 🙂

      Yes, I think White Dove in a flat finish would work really well. The difference in finish will differentiate it enough from the cabs and trim, but still harmonize perfectly. I also think it will be really pretty with your darker walls in the dining room–a softer solution than a bright white ceiling white (which may feel a little too stark).

  18. This is a GREAT article, thank you! But I’m wondering what exposure you chose the Linen White for, and how it turned out? I’m “agonizing” over what color to paint a dark small-ish bedroom. I have SW Shoji White thru the rest of the house (a desperate choice that turned out fairly well) but it looks horrific in this room.

    Should I abandon white for this room and pick a bright? My “inspiration” for this room is a photo of jewel-like wild flowers against a vibrant green background, and thought the warm white of the Queen Anne’s Lace was the safest choice–but this room is like a black hole: it sucks the color out of everything I try!

    1. Thanks, Alexandra! My master bath has a southern exposure, but it gets very low light because the only window is basically blocked from the sun by a huge copper beech tree in the front yard. I don’t have a photo to share yet because I’ve only managed to get one coat of the Linen White on the walls, but I’m liking it so far.

      I’ve seen Shoji White on Emily Clark’s blog, and it is a lovely soft white. I looked up SW Queen Anne’s lace and I like the green undertones — it definitely has a freshness that would be in keeping with your wild flower inspiration photo. Could be a great choice! If the room has no, or very little, natural light, then maybe introducing more ambient light might be a solution (maybe another table lamp or a wall sconce if you’re short on space).

      The other option you might consider is embracing the darkness of the room instead of trying to fight it — if the plan is to keep this room a bedroom, that might not be a bad thing. Maybe a more dramatic color or a darker color could work as a good foil to the Shoji White you have throughout? There’s something kind of appealing about a moody and cozy bedroom like these (I think my fall nesting instinct is coming out!):

  19. What a great post on a difficult topic! I am preparing to paint my lower floor all one color of warm white, and have agonized for months. I started with BM Ballet White samples but decided it was too beige for me, although it’s a lovely color. I have a lot of beautiful cherry furniture in a streamlined shaker style which I plan to keep. The cherry tones are warm as you know, but I love these pieces and will not be replacing them. I don’t want the paint colors to be too stark, and thought of BM White Down or Ivory White walls. Which would be a better wall color in this situation . Since these are warm whites, which color do you think would be better for the crown moulding and trim, Simply White (warm?) or White Dove (cooler?). I would so appreciate your feedback. Thank you! P.S. I have a mix of hardwood and light carpeting.

    1. Hi Margot! Thanks for your nice comment and apologies for the late reply!

      Your Shaker pieces sound lovely! To answer your questions, my vote would be for White Down on the walls. As you say, the cherry tones are quite warm. I’m looking at my swatches next to a cherry side table that I have, and for me the White Down pairing feels slightly more neutral and more modern. Here’s a photo of a room with cherry floors and cherry trim. The walls here are BM Cloud White (967), which is the lightest tone on the White Down color strip:
      This room feels warm and inviting to me–not too stark, not too beige. I think it highlights the cherry beautifully!

      For trim I would vote for simply white or just “white” tinted with a bit of the White Down. Hope this helps!

  20. Thanks so very much for your expert comments and help. You have given me the confidence to move away from Ballet White, it’s too beige, to White Down which is a fabulous color and I’m glad you agree. Now you have inspired me to consider going even lighter with that photo where cherry wood is paired with Cloud White. That’s fabulous. Since the Cloud White is too light for my house, I tried to figure out which color would give the same effect in my lighting and in my space. On the color chip, the Ivory White was too yellow, but guess what….I tried a sample on poster board of the Ivory White and it’s gorgeous. To me, it gives the look of the room you directed me to and I’m considering taking the plunge. (There is one east facing room that still needs the White Down for depth.) Thoughts? What color white for trim and ceiling with Ivory White on some walls and White Down on other walls? I don’t know how you handle all these whites so well, seriously ! I’ve agonized over this for……well , let’s just say a while!

    1. Hi Margot, you absolutely should go for Ivory White! It really pays off to try a larger swath of color in your home’s unique light, and I’m so pleased you did!

      As for ceiling and trim, I’d consider going with BM white or even super white and tinting it a bit with your wall colors for the different rooms. Or you could forgo the tinting if you want complete uniformity with the trim. I also like Cloud White for trim with both White Down and Ivory White. Thanks again for your comment!

  21. We have just purchased the house of our dreams and I have never been so confused as I am now trying to choose paint. The house has a tremendous amount of trim, baseboards, crown molding, and pillars. Our dilemma is whether or not to paint the walls and ceilings the same color. The house is over 3000 sq. feet with high ceilings. We would like to stick with the white tones. Would love to hear of your suggestions and comments please. Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Kari, congratulations on the purchase of your dream home! It sounds like you have a lot of painting to do! Your question is a great one–I think you need to consider what kind of feeling you want in the house and what kind of palette you naturally gravitate to. If you’re a person who likes greater contrast and really wants the architectural details to “pop,” I would say paint the trim a different color than the wall. If you want to create a more serene and unified feel–and more modern–then I would say paint the wall and trim, crown, etc. all the same color. I think this is especially the way to go if you have paintings, furniture, or rugs, etc. that you want to take center stage and have the walls, trim, and ceiling act more like a neutral backdrop or envelope, if you will. Here are some examples that I absolutely love where the trim and wall color are the same:
      Gorgeous, modern, “architectural,” and calm:
      Southern Living Idea House. Dreamy, simply put:
      When the trim and wall color are the same, or nearly the same, it creates an almost sculptural feel:
      This room has a ton of architectural details, and they’ve chosen a more uniform palette to keep things fresh:

      Another way to go would be to choose a soft color that provides some contrast, but not too much, for some of your rooms. I’m thinking of your high ceilings here and if an all-white interior feels too stark, a soft, warm grey or warm neutral could help things stay cozy:
      I’m also including this photo, just because I love the effect:

      I think you could achieve these effects with many of the whites I mention in the post and comments. One other thing to consider: Mitchell Gold and Bob
      Williams in their book, The Comfortable Home, advocate carrying the same trim color throughout the house to create continuity and a more seamless look. I’ve tried to do this in mybhouse, and I think it makes a big difference–the transitions from room to room are less choppy and jarring. I think this could make a big difference, especially in a larger home. Hope this helps, Kari — good luck!

  22. hi Anna, very soon I am going to need to tell our builder what color to put on the trim/cabinets and what color to put on the walls throughout the house. We live in the Pacific Northwest and the house is styled after a craftsman.I would love to do white throughout, but worry about it being to cold. In my current home I have Amazing Gray on the walls and Shoji White trim, with Modern Gray here and there. New Flooring is white oak in a natural finish throughout the main floor, Shaw carpet Power Buy in Sand Dune in the bedrooms and dark gray Marmoleum in the bathrooms. I am using oil rubbed bronze hardware and fixtures, backsplash tile will be classic white subway with Delorean Gray grout. From reading your responses I like the idea of White Dove for trim and cabinets, but am stuck for a wall color. I haven’t chosen the color for the Quartz counter tops, but am leaning toward Organic White from Ceasarstone and the island with a wood countertop. I have a mix of light fixtures – schoolhouse, gold globes, metal orb. This home will house grandparents, parents and grandchildren – the house is a roomy 3100 sq. ft.
    We will repaint some of the rooms after being in the house for awhile, but right now I need one color for the walls and one color for the trim and cabinets. Your input is deeply appreciated.

    1. Hi Sherry, thanks for your comment and your house sounds amazing! I really like your choices for flooring, finishes, etc. If you go with White Down for the trim and cabs, I’d suggest you try Olympic Mountains or Alaskan Skies for the walls. I used the latter in my guest bath, and I love how it looks. It’s not white, but still light:
      What about BM Classic Gray?
      Have you seen Melissa Michael’s paint palette for her house? When you mentioned you were from the Northwest, it reminded me of her blog. Some of the features of her house put me in mind of the design elements you have selected for your home. Might be worth taking a look:
      Hope this helps, and thanks again! -Anna

      1. Thanks Anna for all the suggestions. I have narrowed it down to two choices for the wall color – my first choice is Classic Gray the second White Down. What do you think of Simply White for the trim and cabinet color? Any other ideas for the trim color? I am using Pental Lattice white Quartz for all the counter tops, it’s white with a little gray veining.

        1. Hi Sherry, I think Simply White would be a great choice paired either with Classic Gray or White Down. As I mentioned before in the comments, Catherine from A Country Farmhouse used Simply White throughout her first house and it was just gorgeous. She’s now contemplating a new white for her new house. You might enjoy reading about her new line-up of white paint contenders in her latest post “White”:

          And here is another good article that references whites for trim specifically, which may be helpful:

          Thanks, a Sherry, hope this helps!

  23. I really love all the examples in this post! Our home has dark stained Fireplace/Built-ins and dining room entrance (1936 cottage). So far i haven’t come accross anything like it to reference so I’m stuck choosing a white that will look good with it as well as with hardwood floors. I have a few pieces in the room such as a gunmetal tufted sofa end tables and gallery wall with gold/black frames. I debate whether to paint a color or choose white to bring out the wood. Any help would be gladly appreciated!

  24. Hi! Loved your article! So my living room is painted Benjamin Moores Coventry Gray with a rustic cream/gray fireplace and cream shelving on both sides- the room next to it is the entryway with a front room which can be seen from the living room. Right now it’s a yellow beige and I really want to change it but not sure to what? I was thinking of a lighter grey but maybe there is a creamy white that maybe would look good with the Coventry gray next to it and make the entryway seem larger and brighter? Maybe would have some advice?
    Thanks So much in advance.

    1. Hi Amy, thanks for the compliment and the comment! Coventry gray is a lovely gray, which is cooler. If you’re looking to brighten the room you want to paint, and you want something that will complement your Coventry Gray, I’d recommend BM Abalone, which still has a cool undertone (it’s a Candace Olson pick):
      Or, moving down a step on the color strip, BM Stonington gray:
      Hope this helps!

  25. So thrilled to have found this site- Great suggestions! Can you help me? I’m redoing master bath, second bath and powder room, Got a steal of a deal on Jerusalem Gold marble so am using in all three rooms but can’t visualize a colour to go with gold floors and shower surround so am leaning towards white only (BM white down, white linen and paper white) MB cabinets are espresso finish, a medium tone in the second bath and black oak in the powder room. Any suggestions for colours would be greatly appreciated!! thanks,

  26. Your information and feedback is great! I’m hoping you can give me some ideas… I’m redecorating a home with faux burlwood tile floors in the kitchen…kind of a deep terracotta color (white cabinetry). We’re not ready to replace the floors just yet, so we’re trying to find a warm white for the walls that will work with accents of cobalt blue, orange, gold and a tiny bit of sage green (almost a Tuscan palette). We want to carry this wall color throughout the main living areas, so as not to compete with accent and art pieces. Any suggetions? Also thoughts for trim color? ~Thanks

  27. Hi. I love all the information here. I am trying to decide on the correct paint color for my cabinets. I have a tropic brown granite. Natural stone backsplash. I have medium oak wood floors. My walls are kilim beige. The cabinet painter wants to paint a dove white but I feel that would be too bright and stark difference with my dark granite. I was thinking of divine white. I would love to know your thoughts.

    1. Thanks, Karen! I actually have painted my own kitchen cabs and all the trim work on the first floor in SW Divine White–I really love it. It is very definitely a creamy white, not stark at all. I know that it will pair beautifully with Kilim Beige. My living room is painted SW Latte, and I love it–I believe all three of these Sherwin
      Williams colors are on the same color strip, so they harmonize perfectly. I say go with your gut instinct! Based in the description of your room, it sounds like the right choice.

  28. This article has been so helpful! I’m looking for the perfect white to paint my bedroom. I bought an antique dresser this weekend that is chalk-painted with Annie Sloan’s Louis Blue. It is just darling. So, now I’m trying to design the rest of the bedroom around this beautiful piece. Any recommendations for the perfect white with Louis Blue? Thank you!

  29. I would love white or off white for my bedroom, which has north and west facing windows. I’ve read that white doesn’t work in north facing rooms but I’m wondering if my single west window and the west window in my master bath would change that? I also read a warm white might work. I have oriental silk in my hallways and it always looks great but was trying not to have the exact same color for the bedroom. I like the linen white, creamy white, and Elmira white you’ve listed. I have midcentury furniture from west elm and bohemian patterned bedding from UO. I also have frieze grey/taupe carpet. Any advice would be lovely!

    1. I painted my kitchen Elmira White and my guest bedroom Creamy White — both of these rooms are north-facing. I love the effect — both colors read more grey (but warm, not clinical). The color of these rooms reminds me of the sky here in PA just before it snows, which I love. I think either of these could be possible candidates for you, given the description of your furnishings and accents. Thanks for your comment!

  30. Thank you so much for this post! I am looking for a warm light to paint my kitchen cabinets that will blend with a dark church floor and cream beige granite countertops with white subway tile backsplash. Need a white that is warm! This helped so much!

  31. We have a house with dated chestnut colored wood paneling in the combined living/dining room area. After much agonizing over the years about whether or not to paint, I think we are ready and thinking of a warm white. Do you have any suggestions for paint, texture, technique and what outcome to expect? If we go with the warm white, do you have any suggestions for carpeting? Sadly, I need all the help you can give me! Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Pat, thanks for the comment and apologies for the late reply! I say go for it–I would definitely recommend using a primer, though. We had knotty pine trim in our attic, which we painted white, and the helpful man at the Sherwin Williams store recommended an interior primer for us that would help cover the wood but that wouldn’t drive us out of house and home with the smell. So I definitely recommend asking the folks at the paint the store to point you in the right direction of a primer that will work on faux paneling.

      I think any of the whites mentioned in this post could be contenders–I think it’s just a matter of trying a few samples to see what you like best. Also, the “ship lap” or planked look is really popular for walls right now. I think by painting your paneling, you can achieve a similar effect. Good luck!

  32. Hi
    I recently moved and have painted the kitchen, entrance and hallways collingwood by Benjamin Moore.
    Our family room is open to the kitchen with a step down so it is a bit separate. It has a lot of light with a lot of Windows. The fireplace is a the central point and it is composed of gray, brown, cream stone pavers. I am leaning toward a cream with gray in it like Elmira white.
    Do you have another suggestion? Thank you.

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment and congrats on your move! Collingwood is a popular color and rightly so. I think Elmira White could work well. I’d also suggest staying on the Collingwood color strip if you want complete harmony in the transition from room to room, so maybe also consider Athena (BM 858) or
      Sheep’s Wool (BM 857)?

  33. Hi,

    We have brand new off white ikea cupboards that we love. Have picked BM putnam ivory sahara for the walls. Now trying to decide on trim colour. At first was thinking CC 50 White down but now thinking it might not be right shade to go with wall colour and thinking of using BM cloud white. I would love to hear your opinion or other suggestions.

    Thank You

  34. Linen White to my eye has a bit of pink undertones. That being said, one of my favorite combos is cream fleece (BM) on the walls and linen white trim. It makes for a very calming, elegant, understated color scheme that works particularly well in bedrooms.

    Just a notation, not quibble, creamy white is classified as a cool color on the BM off white color palette.

    (I found this post looking for some warm whites for a repaint).

  35. I have a whiter white on the ceiling and a creamy white on the walls, which still reads as white until you hold white up to it and see it’s not. I wanted to find a color that was similar to the wall but I could also use on the ceiling. BM Seashell and Acadia White both look similar to the wall color (almost like white but a bit creamy), but on the ceiling read way too dark. I had also bought White Dove to try, but it was way too white on the walls and read gray on the ceiling. Everyone says White Dove is warm, but it clearly looks gray.

    So now I consent to having different colors on the ceiling and the wall. I want warm colors, not cool. The creamy white walls look good; I have orange, green, yellow accent walls (house is in Hawaii), and dark woods like teak floors and am going to put in sapele cabinets.

    I was about to try Simply White on the ceiling, but now I see some people say that has a bit of gray in it too, so I’m afraid it won’t be any better than White Dove. Any thoughts on that? (White, Decorator White, Super White I believe are all cooler right? If not Simply White, what is a super light white that’s good for ceiling that won’t look gray and dirty?

  36. Full disclosure here: I am a homeowner who has tried and failed and tried again with paint color, NOT a designer. I had a similar dilemma, and found that a tester of BM White Dove was too cool and gray on the ceiling. I tried a tester of BM Chantilly Lace and although it had no visible undertones to my eye, it was just a bit whiter than I wanted for the ceiling. It might work for you, but TEST first. I have walls in Cloud White and in Feather Down and all of my trim in Cloud White. For the ceiling, I chose 1/2 strength BM Cloud White and it worked out very well for my house. In general, I don’t like messing around with 1/2 strengths of colors, but in this case it worked out very well. It is white, but a very soft and warm white and is perfect with the Cloud White trim. If all your colors are warm, in my humble opinion, I agree with you that the decorator’s white and the Super White would be too stark and cool. Simply White or Chantilly Lace seem like better choices than either of those for your situation. Simply White is used by many people and from what I’ve seen and read, it does not read grey like the White Dove can. I don’t think you could go wrong with Simply White. Can you buy some testers and try them on your ceiling? In the end, that’s how I made my choice. Again, I stress I am merely a homeowner, not a designer. Good luck.

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  50. Does Benjamin Moore make a lighter shade of creamy white OC-7? Would like to use for my northeast facing living room but would like it just a slight bit lighter If not I will stay with creamy white OC-7

  51. I have painted every space I’ve been able to with BM 925….I don’t like that they now call it ‘Ivory White’… It’s not really that. In the day it was a perfect match to the original museum board used for archival framing. I’ve painted hundreds of gallons of that color and still am not tired of it!

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