The Best Warm White Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Simply White is definitely one of the more popular warm white paint colors these days and it’s no wonder. Whether it’s on walls, trims, exteriors, cabinets, doors or ceilings – you name it, Simply White’s got it covered.
In fact, I’ve had a lot of E-Design clients HOPING to use Simply White on their cabinets, walls or trim. And while it’s a beauty, it’s not as simple as it seems and there’s a LOT to consider if you’re thinking of using it in your own home…
What type of paint color is Benjamin Moore Simply White? Is it a warm or a cool white?
Simply White is a warm white paint color with subtle, but VERY IMPORTANT undertones which we’ll get into shortly.
If you have south-facing or afternoon western sunshine, you may find Simply White leaning that bit warmer and more yellow-toned. If you have north-facing or flat dull light, Simply White can have more passive warmth and the undertones usually shine through, but you HAVE to have decent interior lighting to bring it to life.
What’s the LRV of Simply White?
Simply White has an LRV of 91.7. If you don’t know what LRV is, I highly recommend you read this – it could make your paint pickin’ a WHOLE lot easier! This high LRV puts Simply White WELLLL into the white range, but it isn’t one of the WHITEST whites.
Simply White with Benjamin Moore Collingwood
What are the undertones of Simply White? Will it look yellow?
This is where you need to be careful. Simply White might look pretty damn white, but it has a yellow undertone and a relatively clean one at that (not too much black/gray in it). This means that yellow can show up JUST when you least expect it – like when you partner it with a cool-toned marble or white subway tile backsplash.
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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Is Simply White a good paint color for kitchen cabinets?
Simply White is a gorgeous white for kitchen cabinets. It’s fresh, but not stark white appearance is the perfect choice for a welcoming and bright kitchen! HOWEVER, if you’re a STICKLER for matchy-matchy whites, you might find it too warm for a traditional white/gray marble (countertop or backsplash) or white appliances. It’s also too warm for most white-base quartz countertops.
Simply White on trims, ceilings and doors
When choosing the right white for trims and ceilings it can hard to figure out which one will be best for BOTH. Well, stop that smoke from coming out of yer’ ears and take a close look at Simply White as in the absence of a TRUE white, it acts like white – without looking stark or cold. I’m also a FIRM believer in doing the same white on trims, ceilings and doors to keep those undertones consistent.
BTW, if you have Simply White on your trim and are wondering which white paint color to use on your walls, I HIGHLY recommend…Simply White. When it comes to whites, I prefer repetition, so you don’t have to worry about a mix n’ match look.
Is Simply White a good color for the exterior of a home?
It can be, but if you have white windows, you will notice that touch of yellow in Simply White when the two are up against each other. Simply White would sit better with black windows or I would choose a different white paint color.
What Sherwin Williams paint color is the same as or similar to Simply White?
When it comes to matching paint colors, you’ll never get the same look – there will always be shifts in undertone, depth and temperature. Most of the time I can find colors that have a LOT in common, however, there isn’t anything in Sherwin Williams that really compares…
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster – has a warmth to it, but more depth than Simply White
- Sherwin Williams High Reflective White – is bright, but doesn’t have that yellow
Want to see Simply White in action? Check out my video explaining MORE about this great white paint color!
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Originally written in 2017, awesomely updated in 2019