The Best Warm White Paint Colour: Benjamin Moore Simply White
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Simply White is definitely one of the more popular whites on the market right now and there are MANY good reasons for that. But, hands-down, the BEST thing about Simply White is that it’s good for every surface in your home. Walls, trims, exterior, interior, cupboards, furniture, doors, ceilings – you name it, it’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…
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What type of paint colour is Simply White?
Simply White is a warm white – that’s that!
What’s the LRV of Simply White?
Oooo, she’s a bright one, coming in at a whopping 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!
What are the undertones of Simply White?
Now, this is where you need to be careful. Simply White might look pretty damn white, but it actually has a yellow undertone, a relatively clean one (not too much black/gray in it), which means it can show up to the party a bit more. That being said, overall, Simply White is QUITE white looking. You’d notice this undertone more if you partner it with clean or cool whites or products with those whites in them (ie: some marbles/subway tiles).
Simply White in the 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.
Whereas Cloud White has a slightly neutral base to calm it down and White Dove is even MORE muted than Cloud White, Simply White is a great way to get a fresh white, but one that’s still warm.
Simply White on the Walls
Simply White is fantastic for walls in ANY exposure, it just depends on the look you are going for. The only time it won’t work well is if you don’t have great lighting in a north/east facing room and don’t have the interior lighting to make up for it. Keep in mind that if you have a lot of green outside your window (trees/grass), Simply White WILL pick up any reflection.
North & east-facing rooms
The warmth of Simply White can help balance out the cool gray-blue light coming in the windows.
South and west-facing rooms
The warmth of Simply White will be slightly enhanced in a south or west-facing room.
Simply White on Trim and Ceilings
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.
If you have Simply White on your trim and are wondering what white paint colour to use on your walls, I HIGHLY recommend…Simply White. When it comes to whites, I like to keep undertones consistent, so we don’t have to worry about a mix n’ match look.
If you’re planning on using Simply White on your walls and are wondering what white paint colour to use on your trims, I HIGHLY recommend, again, Simply White. Again, consistency is good and you can let the change in sheen between the two surfaces do the colour magic for you. If you want to show off the yellow in Simply White, you could consider Sherwin Williams High Reflective White on the trim, but personally, I wouldn’t mess around.
Simply White on Trims and Railings
Is it time to update those old oak railings? Or maybe your chipped and dirty white trim has seen better days? Either way, Simply White can add a breath of fresh air to the finer details in your home.
What to watch out for with Simply White…
- Simply White can fall flat in a low-light/low energy room as it really is a glorified white and is better suited to moderate to well-lit spaces
- While it does ‘suit’ warm and cool colours, blue/green/purple can very (very) subtly enhance the yellow undertone of this colour (super passive)
- It’s not great with pink tones
- It looks ‘okay’ with marble for a slightly softened look and works if you want the play of warm/cool, but personally, I prefer a cleaner white or gray
A bit more about Simply White
- It is warm white that will ‘act like white’ – just not as stark
- Compared to Cloud White it’s a bit more fresh, bright and clean looking
- It has a slightly warm yellow undertone vs plain white which can be a bit more stark
- Simply White is a FAB backdrop to artwork
Do you want to see Simply White in action? Check out my video explaining MORE about this great white paint colour!
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN, ONLINE PAINT COLOUR CONSULTING, E-DECOR AND VIRTUAL COLOR CONSULTANT SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS
Originally written in 2017, awesomely updated in 2019