Recognizing Undertones in White Paint
Paint colors are often created by using two or more colors. If there is a higher percentage of one color over the other, that creates an undertone.
Warm white paint colors have undertones of red, orange, and yellow, resulting in a soft glow and welcoming vibe—seen in this Capri Coast OC-87-painted entryway. Cooler whites have hints of green, blue, and violet, contributing to a space that looks crisp, clean and fresh.
When looking for the right white paint, layer a range of white color chips from your local Benjamin Moore store on top of one another. Observe the difference between brightness levels and undertones. View the chips against your home furnishings to find which white is most complementary.
Our Brightest, Cleanest White Paint Colors
One of the most common questions we get from homeowners is “What is Benjamin Moore’s ‘most pure’ white paint?”
We love these two hues for a few reasons:
- Adaptable: Color combinations with either of these colors is effortless.
- Super Bright: If you are looking for a crisp, refreshing white, these should definitely be on your list.
- High Light Reflectance Value (LRV): In color parlance, this means they reflect a lot of light.
Trim and Sheen
The Serenity of White Paint
Just-right white paint colors are so indispensable that many interior designers have committed them to memory, as seen in this video.
Favorite Benjamin Moore white paint colors mentioned include Linen White OC-146, Atrium White OC-145, Cotton Balls OC-122, Chantilly Lace OC-65, and Steam AF-15, from the highly efficient mix-and-match Affinity® color palette.
At Home with White Paint
Layering white and off-white paint colors creates a richly elegant look. Texture, as seen in the throws and pillows of this White Wisp OC-54-painted bedroom, are especially important in an all-white room. Window treatments provide another creative opportunity for white-on-white design.
Color flow—the colors that connect one room to the next throughout your home–is made easier with white hallways, trim and doors. Just make sure the whites you choose for these surfaces “work” with other paint colors used in different rooms. Brushing on paint samples and living with them—even when it comes to hallways, trim and doors—is always the best test.