What is a good warm white paint color?

Best Warm White Benjamin Moore & Sherwin Williams paint colors

Painting your house white has slowly taking over gray as the fan favorite for the past few years. But now, white has become the go to neutral paint color favorite among home owners. And to be honest, its not hard to see why white is now the favorite neutral paint color. Its fresh and inviting. You see beautifully styled white rooms in the magazines and all over Instagram feeds. Its the blank canvas to create your stunning home.

But unfortunately there is a drawback to white paint colors that you may not even discover until you spent the time and money painting your room white, only to hate it in the end. But why?

How can painting your room white go wrong?

There are two types of white paint. Cool white and warm white. Picking the correct tone of white can look amazing likewise picking the wrong tone can be disastrous.

Cool white vs Warm white paint

Cool whites have blue and gray undertones. They appear clean and crisp. Cool white painted rooms are the backdrop to create a masterpiece.

Warm whites have warm undertones of pink, red, orange and yellow. They look soft, warm and relaxed. Warm white rooms are cozy and inviting.

Cool whites are great for rooms that get alot of natural light throughout the year. Cool white can look amazing BUT they can also make a room look dingy like primer or gray in the wrong conditions.

ALL whites are NOT created equal and white can actually be the trickiest color to decorate with.

Read Best Cool White Paint Colors

Warm whites are suitable for rooms where you may have less lighting and experience cold gray weather in the winter. Warm whites are more forgiving and easier to choose than a cool white. There are also other things you need to consider like the style of the house, your style, and the undertones of the elements of a room, before you choose a paint color.

Read How do I Pick a Paint Color for my House?

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

Photo: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Simply White OC-117 is a warm classic popular white and it was their color of the year in 2016. It’s a warm white with yellow undertones. If your room receives an abundant amount of natural light, you won’t notice the yellow at all.

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17

Photo: Rowes Purling Paint

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 is another popular white in the Benjamin Moore family. Its a warm white without being yellow, and great for those tricky north facing rooms. It would also be suitable to paint your trim with White Dove but using a different sheen than the walls for differentiation.

Wondering how to pick the perfect paint color?

I have the perfect solution for you!

Samplize sells 12×12 stick on paint squares in almost every paint color. These eco-friendly, peel and stick squares are made from real paint, so they will show you exactly what the paint color will look like.Samplize squares are great because you can place them on your wall and peel them off when you’re finished. You can also move these paint squares around your room which I highly recommend. You should move them around on various walls and different times of the day to see how they look with the natural sunlight or lack thereof coming into the room. You also want to compare with your furnishings, elements in your room. Plus, it saves you time and money of running back and forth to a paint store painting sample boards, waiting for them to dry, well you get the picture.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW7008

Photo: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a classic & popular warm white that was their Color of the Year in 2016. It is loved by designers and homeowners because its warm without being creamy. It would also be called an “off-white” but can still look white. It works well for those tricky north facing rooms because its warmth will lighten up the gray shadows that you find in north facing rooms.

Benjamin Moore Cloud White OC-130

Photo: House & Home

Cloud White is one of the most popular warm whites because of its warmth. It makes a room feel cozy and inviting like this classic bathroom above. It has a touch of yellow and black undertones so some could find it a little creamy.

Not sure which is the best white for your home?


Need my help? Picking out paint colors can be very tricky figuring out the right color for the sunlight equation, undertones, going with your home & furniture style. I can take the guess work out for you and offer you 3 color choices based on a short questionnaire and your photos.

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