My Top 4 Favorite Shades of White

Home Builder with West Magnolia Charm

Believe it or not but not all white paint colors are created equally. Sounds crazy, I know! But, white paint colors fall into different categories, including warm whites, cool whites, and true whites. Warmer whites shades tend to have some yellow in them which is what gives them that warmer feel. Cooler white shades usually have some blue in them. And true white tends to be neutral and pretty close to a true white shade.


That being said I have a few favorite shades of white that I find work well in many situations. For example,  kitchen cabinets, trim and molding, and walls. These shades of white range from warm to cool. I never use one white paint color for every application. All spaces are different; sometimes the trim in one home calls for a white shade with a warmer undertone. And in another home, the trim may call for a shade of white with a bit of a cooler undertone. It's best to choose your shade of white depending on your space.


The following paint colors are some of my favorites.


1. Benjamin Moore White Dove.

White Dove is a shade of white that has a slight warmth to it. It's not by any means, yellow looking. However, it does have that warmth that makes it work well with paint colors with warmer undertones.


2.Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

Alabaster is another shade of white that has a bit of warmth to it. Again it is not yellow looking. It has just enough yellow to give it that touch of warmth. Compared to White Dove, Alabaster is a bit more creamy looking. 


3. Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover.

Cloud Cover has a bit of Gray in it which makes this shade of white cooler than Alabaster and White Dove.


4. Sherwin Williams Extra White.

Extra White is a cool shade of white with a hint of blue in it making it a cooler white. If you were to put the 4 shades of white side by side, you'd be able to see the difference in tones.


White paint colors can be super tricky and confusing to choose. The best way to see the tones of a core is to compare them to one another. In doing this you will be able to see the warmth or coolness come through. And remember to always, always swatch your paint colors before moving forward. It can save you from a painting disaster!


Comments (2)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Cate, thank you for sharing very good list of white colors.

Sep 22, 2020 02:19 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good evening Cate Griffing 

Thank you for sharing your information about the different shades of white.  I guess you need to be very careful when you ask for white paint. 

Sep 22, 2020 07:31 PM