The Best White Paints, According To Top Interior Designers

White paint can make or break a room. Here's what you need to know about the best shades.

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Julia Robbs

When it comes to white paint, there are a slew of timeless hues to choose from. Since finding the right shade can be a daunting task, we checked in with some of our favorite interior designers to find out their go-to white paint colors for just about every room.

Chalk White, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore


“My favorite white paint color is Benjamin Moore 2126-70. It is appropriately named Chalk White–a grey scale white, which works universally juxtaposed with cool and warm tones. I use this color for paint, stain finishes, custom color reverse painted glass and metal as a foil contrasting with other elements. Almost every paint schedule our firm issues includes this shade of white.” -



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Snow Leopard, Portola

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Portola


"My favorite choice for white is Snow Leopard by Portola. I am always in search of a white color with depth, but without other discernible tints. This color creates a beautiful backdrop for both modern and traditional projects. Best of all, it is truly white when it’s up but creates a beautiful, warm environment." -



Navajo White, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore

“Think melted vanilla ice cream. Its cream undertone makes it the perfect white for a country house and warm, naturally-lit spaces. You can do a whole room in Navajo White and it stands alone and gives it a soul.” -



Intense White, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore


"One of the best interior white paints is Benjamin Moore’s Intense White OC-51. It's a warm white that has a light taupe undertone. The universal shade works well in a traditional or modern aesthetic. It's the perfect hue for a bedroom, entertaining space or home office where the mood calls for a sophisticated and intimate environment." -

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Strong White, Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball

"We use Strong White from Farrow & Ball, because it is the most neutral white but has a milky quality to it. It does not have pink or yellow undertones, and it also has a softness and depth that is needed in a true white." - Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez,



Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore

“The most universal paint color I've used is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. I find myself going back to it again and again in order to create a bright white space that is warm and welcoming rather than sterile and cold. In a sea of whites, this is my tried and true!” -


Bancroft White DC-01, Benjamin Moore

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“Why: Consistent, transitional across many styles and clean. We love its ability to translate to base moldings, door trims, doors and ceilings so seamlessly no matter the aesthetic—modern, rustic or traditional. It just works.” -


Whisper, Dunn-Edwards

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Dunn-Edwards

“I must admit I have a sore spot for colors with whimsical names. This one especially ‘whispered’ to me when I was looking to paint my entire office and showroom in Guadalajara. This color is a very calm, soothing tone that mimics the shade of white found in nature. I love it because it's primitive but very organic.” -


White Dove, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"White Dove has a creamy undertone that brings a lovely warmth to homes in urban environments or those in climates that often experience grey and overcast skies. Meanwhile, in more traditional settings, White Dove reads as a crisp white without being too cold or modern." -

"I love to use White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It’s so versatile! Because I focus a lot on art and artists in my work, this color never fights with sculptures, street art or abstracts. My favorite thing to do is apply one coat of over the White Dove. It softly shimmers with directional lighting, and the walls 'slow dance' without fighting with the art, fabrics and rugs. It's clean, simple and timeless!" -

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Design Studio White, Ralph Lauren

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Ralph Lauren

“White seems to be a simple color. However, it has many shades. I like Design Studio White by Ralph Lauren because it's a white wash with no yellow and cream tones. It's a fantastic option for a home.” -



Cloud White, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore


"Cloud White by Benjamin Moore is ethereal and soft. It is a timeless shade of white that works to either modernize or pare down a space without making it seem too sterile." -


Extra White, Sherwin-Williams

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"This color is crisp and clean, but not too stark. It complements all different interiors." -


Dune White, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore


"I am currently having a love affair with Benjamin Moore's Dune White. I veer away from whites that are too clear and absent of pigment. I like the knocked-down elements of Dune White. It's a warm, flattering color inside and outside. I tell my clients it's a true white with the dimmer switch dialed down." -



Wevet No.273, Farrow & Ball

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Farrow & Ball

“I love a good white with plenty of depth. Wevet by Farrow & Ball is one of my favorites for this reason. It has a beautiful hue of gray. It always looks brilliant and has great contrast that goes with many of my other favorites as well as looking beautiful on its own.” -


Super White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem
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“I love super white. I find it’s the cleanest and crispest and ALWAYS brightens my spaces. It's too cool for some people’s preferences. For me, it's spot on!” -

Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore

"It feels clean and bright without being cold or ‘dormy’." -


Crisp Linen, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore

"When it comes to white paint, I always prefer a warm undertone versus cool. Simply White by Benjamin Moore is my go-to, and for a slightly more historical lived-in feel, I warm it up a bit with Crisp Linen, also from Benjamin Moore." -

Calm, Benjamin Moore

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Benjamin Moore

"What could be more appropriate in one's bedroom retreat than the feeling of calm, promoting quiet, reflective and relaxing moments?" -

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Simply White, Benjamin Moore

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American Artist

“Benjamin Moore Simply White is my go-to for a kitchen. It just feels right–not too cool, not too warm.” -

“Benjamin Moore Natura Simply White has a slight warm undertone, which keeps it from feeling too sterile (no hospital vibes here). I have yet to come across a color scheme Simply White wouldn’t complement. It also really goes to work in those darker spaces with little to no natural light because the paint color itself simply radiates. Bonus, this is an eco-friendly zero VOC paint for the environmentally conscious!" -


White Diamond, Benjamin Moore

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American Artist

"My old living room was painted this super cool white and I loved it for the space. I loved it because generally I’m more attracted to cool tones rather than warm tones. If you put it up to a true white, it looked a little blue. But in person, it just looked really white. So if you are looking for the perfect cool white, then this is a great option for you, as it doesn’t have any yellow or cream tones in it." -

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China White, Pratt & Lambert

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American Artist

"I just painted my apartment China White by Pratt & Lambert. It is NOT the same as the one by Benjamin Moore. It’s really pretty and has become one of my new favorites. It’s a warm white that has just the right amount of grey in it to make it feel fresh and not too stark." -

China White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"It seldom fails me, no matter where in the country I use it. It doesn't break green or pink. When held up against pure white, it has an off-white or greige appearance, but on its own, it holds up as true white—but with a little more body." -


All White, Farrow & Ball

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Megan Tatem

"It's like a good friend. Easy to be around, dependable and it makes you and all the things around you look terrific. It stays consistent in any light, but in the afternoon, it can really make a room feel like it's glowing." -


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Cotton, C2 Paint

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Megan Tatem

"White is not a shy color—it makes everything placed in its path come forward. And Cotton by C2 is the softest of whites, with a touch of yellow as its undertone. It's the perfect backdrop to enhance wood and I especially love it in bedrooms. It makes skin sparkle." - Elizabeth Martin


Honeymilk, Valspar

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Megan Tatem

"Getting white paint right can be a daunting proposition. Your best bet is a kinder, warmer white that has just a hint of grey or beige in it. Honeymilk is a soft white that's great for walls. I've used it in a gazillion rooms and have never been disappointed." -


Lily of the Valley, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem
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"I found this color more than 20 years ago when I wanted a really great, warm white for trim, and it has been my standby ever since. It works well in rooms that get a lot of light and also in those that need it." -


Great White, Farrow & Ball

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Megan Tatem

"It's a white with character, and it's anything but sterile. Great White works best in natural light, particularly in the morning when fresh, warm tones peek in. Throughout the day, it changes color ever so slightly—from white to not-quite-grey." -


Decorator's White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"I love this white for ceilings and woodwork, or in any room where I want a bright, clean white. It works well in all applications and with every kind of light source. Some whites can be cold and slightly blue, while others can have a creamy, yellow tone, but Decorator's White is a true white that is both warm and modern." -

"Nothing beats a clean crisp white wall and my go-to is Benjamin Moore Decorator's White. It is crisp and slightly cool, making it the the perfect backdrop to pop other colors used within a room." -


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Paper White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"I use Paper White in kitchens and bathrooms because it melds the greys of Carrara marble and the stark white of sinks and toilets." -


Pointing, Farrow & Ball

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Megan Tatem

"This is the perfect ivory for almost every setting—not too bright and not too creamy. We're all about striking that balance. It's proven itself in both a sun-drenched farmhouse living room and a one-windowed New York City bedroom." - Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham of


White Wisp, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"It's a tinted white with a hint of grey-green, but it reads as bright white. I like to use it on the trim for cool-colored walls. I use quite a bit of wall coverings in hemp cloth and other natural materials. White Wisp as a trim makes many of these papers look crisp." -


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Huntington White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"I discovered my favorite, Huntington White, through much trial and error while working on my line of paint for Benjamin Moore. It's pleasingly chameleon-like. It saturates and radiates consistently, where many whites are inconsistent and change appearance during different times of day." -


Super White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"It's the most pure expression of white with no color undertones. It reminds me of the galleries at the Gagosian Gallery. What I love about this color is that it makes your furnishings stand out like a piece of art." -


Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball

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Megan Tatem
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"What I love about the Farrow & Ball Wimborne White is that it is a beautiful shade of white that has depth and dimension. Using it in high-gloss achieves a very chic and modern look without using a real lacquer." -


Winter Orchard, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"I love Winter Orchard because it has a super subtle tinge of grey in it, so it works with every color." -


Swiss Coffee, Dunn Edwards

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Megan Tatem

"There should be one cozy room, such as the living room, in every home. In this type of space, I like to use white paint as the backdrop for an amazing collection of art, which brings a pop of color. For me, the perfect shade of white, like this one from Dunn Edwards, isn't too yellow or too pink." –


Slipper Satin, Farrow & Ball

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Megan Tatem
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"Slipper Satin is my go to for 'fleshing up' more traditional rooms, as it is calming and gives a sense of ease and serenity. It is inviting and cozy, yet also works well on more architectural houses punctuating the accoutrements." -

Historic White, Dunn Edwards

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Megan Tatem

"The classic warm white complements any interior then, now and forever. Ultra-premium paint from the DE Everest collection gives clients low-odor, zero-VOC finishes that are durable and contribute to good indoor air quality." -


Acadia White, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"Acadia White by Benjamin Moore is my go-to Goldilocks. Not too warm, not too cool, but just right. It's the perfect creamy off-white." -


Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

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Megan Tatem

"Lace is crisp and bright while having enough depth to avoid a sterile look. It's a white on the cold side, but able to bring in warm tones as well—excellent used where modern and traditional meet." -

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