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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC 17

Posted on September 4, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

The MOST POPULAR White Paint Colour – Benjamin Moore White Dove

When it comes to the best white paint colours, Benjamin Moore White Dove is definitely in my top three. It’s earned its place time and time again by looking captivating on cabinets, wicked on walls and tremendous on trim! There isn’t a lot that White Dove CAN’T DO, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some particular quirks (don’t we all…).

Paint Colour Review, best warm white paint color Benjamin Moore White Dove. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice blog

What type of paint colour is White Dove? Is it a warm or cool white?

White Dove is a WARM white paint colour. It’s not overly creamy/yellow (depending on who you ask, this IS a subjective point), but it’s DEFINITELY not close to the border of being a legit ‘white’ – it’s softer than that. But most importantly, White Dove is NOT an off-white paint colour.

Best height artwork in dining room above buffet.Benjamin More White Dove, warm colours, dining room, skylight. Warm wood furniture and home decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

If you have north-facing light, White Dove can be a nice soft balance to the cool light coming in your windows. If you have south-facing or afternoon western light, you may find White Dove leaning that bit more into its warmth. If you don’t want to see a noticeable warmth and have western or extreme southern light, White Dove COULD be a bit much.

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Entryway with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray lightened, Revere Pewter painted doors, white trim, dark painting stair railing. White oak floors. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

White Dove trim with lightened Edgecomb Gray walls

What’s the LRV of White Dove?

White Dove has an LRV of 85.38. So, while it’s in the white range, it’s not as stark or clean as some of the other popular white paint colours with higher LRVs.

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

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a great off-white paint color for home staging and selling. Shown in small bathroom with Kingsport Gray vanity

What are the undertones of White Dove? Will it look yellow?

A lot of people turn to White Dove expecting ‘a relatively straight-up white’, but as discussed earlier, it has more warmth and softness compared to some of the other popular whites, such as Benjamin Moore Simply White or Sherwin Williams High Reflective White. So yes, if you’re SENSITIVE to yellow, you might find it a bit much, but generally speaking, it’s one of the more MUTED warm soft whites.

DIY Board and batten, White Dove and Benjamin Moore Graystone and door painted Cheating Heart. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting and blog advice

Benjamin Moore White Dove, Platinum Gray feature wall, teen tween girl room. Gray carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign (2)

You might not notice it in a small sample of White Dove, but its warmth will come into play if you partner it with products that are a starker/cleaner white, such as white appliances, marble or white subway tile backsplash, which is one reason why I ONLY partner White Dove with white subway tile IF the subway tile is an equally as warm white.

Small bathroom or powder room ideas. Marble hexagon floor, blue green vanity, white wainscoting, Stonington Gray paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

However, when partnered with products with slightly softer tones, it can fall back and look a bit more subtle…

Kitchen with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter cabinets, darkened. Wood island, quartz countertops, Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo. Wood floor. custom range hood. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy

With Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter cabinets

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Situations where White Dove can look slightly more yellow…

  • in south-facing light, White Dove can look even warmer and can definitely pick up some more yellow, but so can a LOT of whites – south-facing light is powerful
  • if you partner it with a cool-toned marble or quartz countertop
  • if you have white appliances, White Dove can look considerably more yellow in COMPARISON to your white appliances

And if the above applies and worries you, White Dove MIGHT not be the right white for you and your room.

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Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray, White Dove trim, travertine stacked stone fireplace, tobacco brown leather chairs, gray carpet. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint color consulting. Best blue paint

What’s the best way to sample White Dove?

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 White Dove, bringing out its warm undertones – the same undertones that can settle back on a larger scale, when NOT compared to a cleaner white.

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

Benjamin Moore White Dove on walls and trim with teal feature wall in kids girls bedroom with swinging chair. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

What’s the best white trim or cabinet colour with White Dove walls?

  • if you have White Dove walls, consider painting your cabinets and trim White Dove as well
  • if you have White Dove cabinets and want white walls or trim, consider painting them White Dove as well
  • if you have White Dove trim and want white walls or cabinets, considering painting them White Dove as well

Notice some consistency in the above two points? That’s right, if you’re painting one surface white, it’s usually BEST to continue with the same white so you don’t have clashing undertones. This will keep things consistent and you can just let the shift in PAINT SHEEN do the work for you, rather than messing around with undertones.

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If you choose to paint your trim/cabinets a white that’s BRIGHTER (higher LRV) than White Dove, this white could make White Dove look warmer/more yellow in comparison.

Painted maple kitchen cabinets before and after. Similar to Benjamin White Dove. Kylie M Interiors Edesign online advice to update

Cabinets similar to BM White Dove

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Is White Dove a good paint colour for kitchen cabinets, is it popular?

ABSOLUTELY! But, you need to make sure it’s the right TYPE of white for your countertop, backsplash or flooring. White Dove can be too warm for some quartz countertops and marble backsplashes, but not quite warm enough for some of the more traditional granite countertops – make sure you pick the RIGHT WHITE for your products, not just the one that you love the most.

Oak kitchen cathedral style cabinets BEFORE being painted and updated. Kylie M Interiors (5)

Oak kitchen cabinet update with Benjamin Moore White Dove, TCE4001 quartz, Pashmina paint colour, stainless steel. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual paint color consulting

Does Sherwin Williams have a white that’s similar White Dove

  • Sherwin Williams Alabaster (warmer and slightly darker)
  • Sherwin Williams Pure White (not as warm, but similar LRV)

When it comes to white paint colours, it can be hard to find ‘comparable whites’ between brands – and you should NEVER colour match (which you can read all about here).

Not sure if White Dove is right for you? Want a bit more warmth, white, gray? I’ve got them all!


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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. Hoping to paint my walls in White Dove. My trim is KM Swiss Coffee and is in good condition and am hoping to get by without painting it all. I would love to hear your thoughts on how these two colors might work/or not together.

  2. Kylie, would you mind sharing the nice creamy beige color used on the kitchen cabinets in the photo with White Dove on the walls and what looks to be an off-black for the island space? I’m looking for other colors that pair well with White Dove. Thank you!

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      Hi Jennifer! Believe it or not, but that’s actually Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter slightly darkened. It’s a warm gray with a subtle green undertone! But it sure looks nice with White Dove :). If you want more warmth, considering BM Edgecomb Gray, perhaps 25% darker for a bit more body.

  3. Kylie, I have been following your website for years and it has gone from a simple straight forward website/blough, to a website where I can’t find anything and it doesn’t matter anyway because it is mostly covered with google ads. I don’t like it anymore. Amy Shaffer

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      Hi Amy, I totally understand! The tricky thing is that I blog for free, I give information out to help others for free and the ad revenue is one way that I support my family. Without it, I actually can’t blog at all!

      1. Hi Kylie,

        I just want to thank you again for all the amazing guidance and information you give your readers! You are head and shoulders above the rest and I have never found your ads to be hurdles to accessing the excellent information you provide!

        Thanks so much!

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  4. Hi Kylie, I hope you’re doing well. Though I only recently stumbled upon your blog due to an unexpected but necessary remodel in our home, I have to kindly disagree with previous comments that insinuate your website is unhelpful and difficult to navigate – if anything, there is almost too much amazing and helpful info for a novice like myself to take in, and I’m incredibly grateful for your time, talent, and humor! That being said, I’ve been religiously pouring over your blog posts the past few days and have a quick question (if you have time). As I mentioned, we are left doing some unplanned remodeling in our kitchen because of a leak. We have the dated tropical brown granite countertops we are stuck with, but need to paint our cabinets. I’m hopeful to brighten up our kitchen (and simultaneously lighten up the look of the countertops) by painting the cabinets “white.” I know because of the colors in the granite that it needs to be a warm white, but I don’t love “creamy” whites or whites with obvious yellow (i.e. Navajo white). My kitchen has north-facing windows, and I was thinking either ballet white on the walls with white dove cupboards/trim, or white duck walls and edgecomb gray cabinets. Do you have strong thoughts about one combo working better than the other with tropical brown granite countertops? And what things do I need to consider with the color of our wood flooring? Again, super appreciate any time or insight you have – I’d love to do a consult but unfortunately, I have neither enough time or money at the moment. Your blog has been INCREDIBLY helpful getting me started, and I can’t thank you enough!

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      Teri, what a NICE note to get, thank you! I take those comments to heart and they’re hard for me to read, so thank you for this :).

      Normally I wouldn’t answer questions like this, but I LIKE you and appreciate you. So, I see no problem with trying White Dove on the cabinets and trim (yes, they should be the SAME white), as long as White Dove suits your backsplash too!

      As for wall colour, there are quite a few variations on Tropical Brown, so I can’t be too specific. I can say that I would lean away from anything like White Duck/Ballet White, thinking the could have a touch too much of a yellow base for your countertop. I like the idea of Edgecomb Gray MUCH more.

      I hope this helps or at least ELIMINATES a few thoughts for you :).

      1. Kylie, you are the BEST, and it helped TREMENDOUSLY- it’s a big relief to know I’m in the ballpark! 😉 Thank you so much! Again, I super appreciate your time and am hopeful that if we ever do a PLANNED remodel, I can budget for your E-design services and work with your funny, sassy self directly. All the best. 🙂

  5. I am hoping to paint my cabinets in Dove white but worries it might be too white with my granite.. I have bianco Antico granite… which is a variation of creams/white browns and grey. My walls are Collingwood so if I go with a warmer white I am worries it might just blend in too much with the Collingwood on the walls. What are your thoughts Please…

    I love your page.. your color review videos helped me choose Collingwood for my walls and I am so happy with it.

  6. Hi Kylie – wanted to add to the chorus comments letting you know how great your site is. The way you lay out information is SO helpful for taking notes on different colors and combinations so that I can compare across different colors. Thank you for the wonderful resource. I don’t usually post comments anywhere but the thought that you might have been left with any negative feelings from the previous feedback compelled me to want to try and balance it our by expressing my gratitude and letting you know that your approach and distillation if information is really helpful.

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  7. Hi! I was wondering if you knew what percentage the Edgecomb Gray was lightened in the photo with the White Dove trim with lightened Edgecomb Gray walls? Also, do you by any chance know the details for the floor in that photo? Thank you so much!!

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      Hi Caroline, that’s Edgecomb 75% lighter! The floor is Goodfellow and I believe it was in the Riverside Heights collection or something – stain colour ‘stone’ :).

  8. You had mentioned somewhere that you can brighten up trim paint by adding an additional 4-6 drops of white to the paint. Will that mess with the undertones i.e., whitetail?

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      Hi Jennifer! Nope, it really shouldn’t. It can make it seem that bit whiter/brighter, but the undertone should still stay soft and yellow 🙂

  9. Hello Kylie – Love your blog and Youtube content.

    We are currently renovating our master bedroom in a minimalist “Japandi” style. I picked out a soft light grey ceramic floor tile, matte black fixtures and a light walnut color vanity cabinet. The bathroom has 2 windows (south and west facing). I would like to keep the wall paint color warm even with white in mind; I was wondering if you would recommend BM White Dove or Plaster of Paris as the wall paint. As well, any recommendations for ceiling and trim color with these 2 potential wall colors?

  10. Hi! I am using alabaster white paint and was curious what color you painted your interior doors! I love the look of the light gray with the white. Thank you

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      Ahhh, that’s Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, 25% darker (maaaybe 50%, I can’t remember), but the difference is subtle :).

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