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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Cloud White cabinets, darkened by 25%
Read more: The 3 Best Warm White Paint Colours
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.
Not sure if Cloud White is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
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