OXFORD WHITE – not your everyday shade
While Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace and White Dove get a lot of attention these days, SEVERAL other whites are lying in wait, eager for you to discover them. And one of these whites is Benjamin Moore Oxford White (also known as White Heron OC-57).
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
IS OXFORD WHITE WARM OR COOL?
Oxford White might look like a simple white, but it’s a slightly warm white. This warmth can be enhanced with southern light and western afternoon sunshine.
WHAT IS OXFORD WHITE’S LRV?
Oxford White has an LRV of 88.69, which means it’s definitely a WHITE paint color. However, it’s not as white as Chantilly Lace or Sherwin Williams High Reflective White, but ALSO not as soft or warm as Benjamin Moore White Dove or Swiss Coffee – it sits in the middle.
Oxford White trim, White Dove walls
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT ARE OXFORD WHITE’S UNDERTONES?
Oxford White has a very subtle warmth that barely picks up a yellow undertone (there’s a touch of green in there too). If you place it next to a COOL-toned marble, it could look warmer/creamier ‘in comparison’; however, generally speaking, it’s a relatively soft, muted white.
PERSONALLY, I rarely suggest Oxford White to my clients because of its undertones. While they’re subtle, there’s almost always a better, more popular white for the job.
WILL OXFORD WHITE LOOK GRAY?
I’ve never seen Oxford White look gray and don’t expect to. Oxford White is a warm white. And while its warmth IS very subtle, it would take a lot for this shade of white to go gray.
ARE THERE PEEL & STICK SAMPLES OF OXFORD WHITE?
Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
WHICH WHITE PAINT COLOR GOES WITH OXFORD WHITE?
If I suggest Oxford White to one of my Online Color Consulting clients, I will likely suggest Oxford White for the trim and let the shift in sheens do the visual work – I rarely add ANOTHER white to the mix.
IS OXFORD WHITE THE BEST SHADE FOR THE EXTERIOR?
Again, I don’t entirely trust Oxford White’s undertones and am more likely to suggest a more popular, predictable white paint color.
WHAT SHADES OF WHITE ARE SIMILAR TO OXFORD WHITE?
There’s no exact match for Oxford White and its particular blend of undertones. However, let’s see how some of the others compare
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace is brighter and cleaner than Oxford White.
- Sherwin Williams Pure White also has a subtle warmth, but it’s more muted AND more popular than Oxford White.
- Benjamin Moore White Dove has a more traditional-looking warmth compared to the subtle approach of Oxford White (it’s also WAY more popular/flexible).
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Originally written in 2020, updated in 2022 for you!