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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Cloud White OC-130 or CC-40

Posted on April 22, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

Benjamin Moore Cloud White: LRV, Undertones and a Little More…

When it comes to white paint colours, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that’s more talked about than Benjamin Moore Cloud White. It’s not just the versatility of this white that keeps it top of mind, it’s the fact that it’s been kickin’ for a looooong time in the wild world of white, and there are good reasons for that, so let’s jump in…

Paint Colour review, best warm white paint colour, Benjamin Moore Cloud White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online colour expert

What type of paint colour is Benjamin Moore Cloud White? Is it warm or cool?

Cloud White is a WARM white paint colour. It’s one of the most popular whites because it sits in a great place between ones that are a bit TOO warm, with more yellow in them and whites that are more crisp and clean. But regardless, it’s important to pick the white paint colour that best suits the particular finishes in your home.

Stairs. Reclaimed wood floor and treads, Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, Cloud White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert (4)

Cloud White with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

If you have north-facing or afternoon eastern light, you may find that Cloud White is a nice soft way to balance out that cooler, flatter light. If you have south-facing light or afternoon western light, Cloud White will look that bit warmer.

Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Colour is the Best?

What’s the LRV of Cloud White?

Cloud White has an LRV of 87 (although the fan deck claims it’s 85), so it’s definitely getting up there. It’s not quite as white as Benjamin Moore Simply White but it’s whiter than one of my FAVE go-to white paint colours, Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

Home office with Benjamin Moore Cloud White and black and gold accents with Tricorn Black. Kylie M Interiors Color Consulting and virtual design

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Paint Colours with LRV

What are the undertones of Cloud White? Will it look yellow or green?

The undertones of Cloud White are very soft with a subtle focus on yellow (which is what makes it a WARM white) and a neutral base tucked in there to slow things down.

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, entryway bench and hooks. Cloud White. KYlie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting, virtual design

So, to answer your question, yes, Cloud White CAN look yellow if you compare it to a clean or cool white (ie: white appliances). If you have south-facing light, you’ll also find Cloud White leaning even more into its warmth courtesy of that lovely southern sunshine. However, in a north-facing room, the warmth of Cloud White can help to balance off some of the gray light coming in the windows.

Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Colour is the Best?

Cloud White doesn’t look green and generally only picks it up when it’s being reflected from the outside (grass/trees – which is what any white will do). Check out Cloud White as it looks DIRECTLY to the left of the window in this next photo…that’s the exterior colour reflecting in.

Farmhouse country style kitchen, Cloud White cabinets, black granite countertop, butcher block island, wood floor. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant (2)

What’s the best way to sample Cloud White?

Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE.

However, whereas I usually put white paper around my off-white and darker samples, when it comes to white paint samples, I only compare them to ‘paper-white’ for a quick second. Paper-white will ENHANCE and over-expose the look of Cloud White, bringing out its warm undertones – the same undertones that can settle back on a larger scale, when NOT compared to a cleaner white.

Judge Cloud White on its own merits, not how it compares to a clean or cool white.

Read more: A Real-Life Review of SAMPLIZE

Shaker maple cabinets painted Cloud White with gray and greige quartz and soapstone look countertops. Hexagon backsplash tile in cream

See the full Cloud White kitchen makeover HERE

If I’m painting my walls Cloud White, which white paint colour is best for my trim or cabinets?

If I’m painting my walls Cloud White, you can BET I’m going to paint my trims and cabinets Cloud White as well. Why? Well, I love the passive warmth of Cloud White – emphasis on passive. The thing is, if you partner it with a cleaner white, it can ‘showcase’ the warmth of Cloud White more, making it look that bit more yellow. I would rather let the shift in paint sheen do the magical work for, rather than messing with whites and undertones.

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, cloud white kitchen cabinets, granite countertop, glass subway tile backsplash. south facing. online consulting

Cloud White cabinets, darkened by 25%

hexagon subway tile backsplash. Maple cabinets painted Cloud White, soapstone formica countertops and gray quartz with kitchen decor

Read more: The 3 Best Warm White Paint Colours

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

What Sherwin Williams paint colours are the same as or similar to Cloud White?

You won’t find an exact match for ANY colour between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…

And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.

Is Cloud White the most popular white?

While it’s not the best in MY books, it’s definitely right up there in the top five. When it comes to whites, unless the products in a space NEED more warmth, I’m more inclined towards a more muted white, along the lines of Benjamin Moore White Dove or even Sherwin Williams Pure White.

walk in shower bathroom, fake marble porcelain tile surround with pink and brown mosaic tile and benjamin moore cloud white

Not sure if Cloud White is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!

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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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Chat soon,

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  1. Kylie,
    Would you pair Benjamin Moore cloud white walls with Sherwin Williams extra white trim and kitchen cabinets?
    My countertops are tan/beige laminate, looks like soap stone.
    A post about white trim and wall colors to pair up would be popular I think, if you are looking for ideas.
    Thanks!

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      Hi Amy! Nope, Extra White is tooo cool for the yellow warmth of Cloud White. With Cloud White walls (or any white walls) I’m USUALLY inclined towards Cloud White trim, letting the shift in SHEEN do the work for me. Whites are SO fussy with their undertones and they so easily upset each other. Whites just don’t have as much colourant in them as darker colours and aren’t as flexible with each other. I’ve partnered BM White Dove with BM Oxford White before, but White Dove is a bit more muted/less yellow. You could TRY, but for me – I like to keep my whites consistent :).

  2. Hi Kylie, I have cloud white trim and golden oak floors, I am looking for an equally light paint colour for the walls. I am considering pale oak but after watching your review I am worried about pink coming through. What are you thoughts? Thanks

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      Oooo yes, I would worry about Pale Oak and Cloud White as the yellow in Cloud White and the purple/pink of Pale Oak could sit a bit funny together – Cloud White can be a bit finicky that way!

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      You betcha! Drives me CRAZY when they change the numbers! Any variation you MAY see is only in the printing process, not in the actual colour :).

  3. I’m so confused!!!! We are having our kitchen cabinets repainted. The wall color is amazing gray and the floors are a light coffee colored wood. The kitchen faces southwest. Do I want a cool white for cabinets or warm white? If I wanted a different colored island could I use a dark gray? Thanks so much!!!

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      Hi Sharon! it depends a LOT on the countertops/backsplash, but from what I read there, I would go for a slightly warm white (ie: SW Pure White/BM White Dove, that type of white). And yes, you can do a dark gray island and will want to base that on your countertop. If you choose a warm gray though it would need a green undertone to humour Amazing Gray. If you choose a cooler gray, you can do a blue-purple undertone as it would ACCENT Amazing Gray. 🙂

  4. Would you do a Pure White Sherwin Williams trim and cabinets with White dove walls? It is a very open concept house that lends itself to one wall color throughout.
    Thank you for all of your invaluable information and insight.

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      Hi Jane! Nope, they’re just too similar, while having different warmths – I think it could be an awkward combo…

  5. Is Simply White a good choice for a kitchen that faces West (windows look out West)? Thank you! 🦢☁️❄️🕊

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  6. Hi Kylie,
    I read all your articles about white colors and decided to paint the walls our recently remodeled Robin’s Nest BM 618 25% lighter kitchen, with Cloud White. Considering your advise I chose the same color for the ceiling and 50% lighter for all trims and floors in the house. My painters firmly convinced me the ceiling should be whiter, so I agreed and ordered Chantilly Lace. Did I make a mistake?

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      Hi Darina!

      So, you’ve got Robins Nest in the kitchen with Cloud White, but 50% lighter Cloud White for the ceilings, is that right? So, I’m not sure they CAN make Cloud White 50% lighter. Being a white, it can only be lightened so much before it loses it’s undertone blend and it either just gets whiter or could get more YELLOW. Don’t you worry about those painters too much, YOU DO DO.

      But, if it’s okay and you haven’t started painting…what about doing Chantilly Lace everywhere. Or, as a happy medium, BM Simply White. I say this ONLY because Cloud White is a bit more of a muted white, whereas Robins Nest is so fresh and clean. It would REACT with the yellow in Simply White, the same way it would with Cloud White, but at least they’d both be ‘cleaner’ colours. I know Chantilly Lace can be a bit white for some people and of course, a lot depends on your countertop/backsplash. HOWEVER, my inclination is to stay CONSISTENT with white. If you’ve already got the Cloud White going, I might suggest just 25% lighter on the ceiling/trims ;).

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