A collection of the best white paint colors for interiors and tips on picking which one is right for your home! See real-life examples of each color in an actual home. Includes neutral whites, warm whites, and cool white so there’s sure to be the perfect white for everyone!
Surprisingly, white can be one of the hardest paint colors to pick! However, over the past year or so, I’ve spent hours upon hours of research finding the perfect white paint that works on the interior of our home as well as the exterior! Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all white paint that is perfect for every home. Factors such as natural light, surrounding elements, artificial light and so much more can change how a white paint looks from one home to the next. But, today I’m going to share what I consider to be the best white paint colors for interiors along with some simple tips to help you narrow down the one that’s perfect for you! Along the way, I’ve included examples in real-life homes as I’ve found them.
If you’re looking for exterior paint options, you may want to check out my post on the best exterior white paint colors. Since lighting varies so much between interiors and exteriors, you’ll likely want to consider two different options depending on the space.
One word of advice before we jump into the colors. I am a strong believe in NOT trying to color match whites across brands. They will tell you they can do it, but I’ve had two very bad experience where the colors we’re very off from the original to the color matched version. It can work well with darker colors, but with white, I would try and find a color that belongs to the paint line you’re wishing to use.
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I’ve broken the paint colors down into neutral whites, warm whites, and cool whites, and I’ll explain along the way why you may want to select one over the other. Natural light can play such a critical role in picking the right color so I’ll share what to look for! You’ll also note that most of my selections are from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. This is simply because there is the most “research” on these options, and you’re much more likely to find real-life rooms online with these colors to help guide you. It doesn’t mean there aren’t other great options out there!
The Best Neutral White Paint Colors for Interiors
Neutral whites are ones that tend to work in the widest variety of homes. Regardless of lighting situations, they tend to look “white” and are the best choice to make bold colors and art in your space pop off the walls!
Benjamin Moore Simply White – This is the paint color we have used throughout much of our home. It was warm undertones that help keep things from looking too stark. We also have this color on our kitchen cabinets and trim and it is by far my favorite white paint color!
Benjamin Moore White Heron – A beautiful off-white color without strong undertones. This is a versatile color for most homes!
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace – A crisp, clean white that works well on trim, cabinetry and walls.
Sherwin-Williams Pure White – This is a very pure white without being too stark.
Benjamin Moore Oxford White – A classic white paint color that is similar in saturation level to Simply White, but reads slightly less warm. A good option if you’re seeing to much yellow with Simply White!
The Best Warm White Paint Colors for Interiors
I’ve used a handful of warm white paint colors in various rooms and/or seen them in person. These colors are best if you’re trim isn’t bright white and for north-facing rooms to help balance the cool light coming in the windows.
Benjamin Moore White Dove – We actually chose White Dove for our home’s exterior because of it’s warm properties. It’s also a top choice for trim if you don’t want a stark look. White Dove is a shaded white, so it doesn’t look quite as crisp as some of the other options if you’re wanting a bright white. But it’s a great warm white for walls if you want something a bit cozier!
Behr Swiss Coffee – We have this color on much of the trim in the upstairs of our home. It’s a great, warm option if you don’t want a stark white. The room below faces north, so Behr Swiss Coffee was a perfect choice for the board and batten and the trim work!
Sherwin Williams Alabaster – Our BFFs recently painted their walls Alabaster, after they were wanting a white to pair with their walls. The bulk of their windows face north and the color is stunning in person! If you find Alabaster isn’t for you, another great option Sherwin Williams Shoji White.
The Best Cool White Paint Colors for Interiors
If you have a room that gets a lot of sun exposure or faces south, you may want to try a cool white paint color to help cancel out some of the warm tones.
Benjamin Moore Paper White – This white has the most gray undertones of the whites I selected. It is a beautiful cool white that would also work well on walls, as it also has a bit of saturation to it!
Sherwin-Williams Extra White – This is a bright white that works well on trim if you’re looking for a sharp, crisp white! Additionally, if you’re looking for the bright white gallery wall look, this may be the white for you!
Benjamin Moore Decorators White – This has few odd undertones that come out in most lights, however, it does read a bit cool. If you’re wanting something that reads “true white” this may be a good option for you!
Tips for Selecting the Perfect White Paint Color for Interiors
Be sure to pay close attention to the suggestions above in terms of lighting. That should immediately help you narrow down what to look for. Once you have a few in mind, it can be helpful to buy several poster boards or use some old pieces of cardboard and cover them with a few samples of your top contenders. Place them throughout various areas in your room to see how they natural light works with each. You’ll want to try and do this at multiple times throughout the day as well as on sunny vs. cloudy days. It may sound time-consuming but you’ll ultimately be so much happier with your final selection if you put in this additional work before you start painting!
You’ll also want to take your furnishings into account. If you decorate more with beige and warm tones, you’ll likely want a white paint color that also has warmer undertones. Conversely, if you decorate with a lot of grays and cool colors, you’ll want a white that leans a bit cooler!
Do you have other white paint colors for interiors that you love? I’d love to hear!
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