Benjamin Moore Linen White: The Quick and Dirty on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
I love doing colour reviews, but can’t cover EVERY colour out there, I’m only one girl! Which is why I’ve created a ‘Quick n’ Dirty’ series, where I’ll cover the BASICS of paint colours that aren’t talked about as much in the design world OR that I just don’t have enough of images of yet – like this one (as I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients).
What type of paint colour is Benjamin Moore Linen White? Is it warm or cool?
Linen White is a soft, warm white with paint colour with gentle, but noticeable undertones. This warmth comes across soft and creamy rather than crisp, fresh and yellow.
What’s the LRV of Linen White?
Linen White has an LRV of almost 83, so while it is in the WHITE range, it’s giving a solid nod to the off-white range, so don’t expect it to act like traditional warm white paint colours, which can be brighter and less yellow/creamy.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save you paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Linen White? Will it look yellow?
Linen White definitely has some decent colour to it and less of a neutral base than I’d want if I were looking for a warm white – it’s that added depth that really tips the scales for me as it really comes across more creamy. Will Linen White look YELLOW though? Yes, it has enough colourant in it that it will look yellowish, especially if you partner it up with a cool tone like blue, green or purple. That being said, it’s LESS yellow/creamy compared to Benjamin Moore Windswept and has a wink more orange/beige in compared to the popular Benjamin Moore Timid White. Cool yellow undertones can lean slightly into green. Warm yellow undertones can lean slightly into orange – Linen White is warm.
This warmth can be a great choice if you have a north-facing room, but will ONLY get warmer looking if you have intense southern or afternoon western light, so you have to sample it carefully in your space before you start slappin’ paint on the walls.
What’s the best way to sample Linen 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 Linen 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 Linen White on its own merits, not how it compares to a clean or cool white.
If I’m painting my walls Linen White, what white paint colour should I do my trim and walls?
While there are MANY whites that I’d do on trim and walls, Linen White is NOT one of them, just because it’s that bit stronger and warmer. And there isn’t a white that I 100% LOVE with Linen White, so I might ask the paint store to mix up a pot 50% lighter to see how that looks before I jump into the more standard warm white paint colours. Of the standard whites, I would lean the most into Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Is Linen White a good white for the exterior of my home?
Ermmm, not my fave. I think it has too much colourant in it and will act LESS like a white and more like a subtle creamy yellow.
Why isn’t Linen White as popular?
Well, it’s kind of stuck in between being a warm white and being a cream – leaning a BIT more on the cream side of things, but without the slightly richer warmth that some cream paint colours offer. I wouldn’t say that it’s NOT popular, I just think there are some cream paint colours that are MORE popular, such as the slightly darker Benjamin Moore Navajo White, the more SUBTLE Sherwin Williams Creamy and the even MORE subdued, Benjamin Moore White Down.
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