A Popular FLEXIBLE Warm Neutral: Benjamin Moore Ballet White
Have you been scouring Pinterest looking for that one special color that makes your heart POUND with excitement? Let me save you some time and stress and introduce you to Benjamin Moore’s Ballet White.
What type of paint color is Ballet White? Is it warm or cool?
Ballet White is at HEART, a warm cream paint color – but it’s not quite that simple. Cream is a yellow paint color that has a neutral added to calm it down – and Ballet White has a LOT of neutral in it, making it what I fondly call a dirty cream paint color – and dirt has never looked SO good.
What is the LRV of Ballet White?
The LRV of Ballet White is 72, which means it’s a light color. If you’re not well-versed in LRV, I highly recommend you read this article as it’s a game-changer when it comes to choosing paint colors. And while Ballet White is in the off-white range, it still offers a nice, soft contrast with white trim, while keeping things low-key and muted.
What are the undertones of Ballet White?
First, let’s talk about cream. A typical cream paint color starts out as yellow and can sometimes grab a wink of orange, red or green. Added to this is a soft neutral base that calms everything down – this neutral is what turns yellow paint colors into cream paint colors! And while Ballet White has a BEAUTIFUL creamy look to it, unlike ‘normal’ cream paint colors, where the yellow is more dominant, Ballet White has a considerably STRONG neutral base mixed, creating a more blended look and balanced look.
This means that in some rooms, you might see more of a warm, muted, but still slightly creamy look, while in others, you’ll see a more of a creamy-greige (mad love). For people who love cream, but don’t love yellow (I’m always amazed at this as cream IS yellow), Ballet White can be a great place to land.
In the previous photo, look at how MUTED and subtle Ballet White looks – hardly a wink of cream to be found!
It’s also a beautiful partner to dark wood trim…
In this next photo, you can see the warmth showing up to the party a bit more, but still VERY subtle.
BM Ballet White in the foreground, BM Gray Cashmere in the background
And unlike colors with a bit more COLOR in them, I find that Ballet White has WAY more flexibility and suits many more rooms. Why? Because no matter what it looks like, it always stays neutral. It’s easier to like or dislike a ‘color’ because colors tend to have emotional responses attached to them, whereas neutrals tend to have ‘neutral emotional responses’ attached to them. If you don’t like green then you DON’T LIKE GREEN and it’s an emotion you’re feeling. If you hate red, then you HATE RED, and again, it will be emotional (but this Ginger’s feelings might be crushed). You may not get excited about neutrals, but you probably won’t hate them (another reason why neutral paint colors are so great for Home Staging).
It is easier to like or dislike a ‘color’ because colors tend to have emotional responses attached to them, whereas neutrals are often less emotional
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Ballet White on the exterior of a home
Ballet White is a great choice for an exterior as natural light really makes ALL of the aspects of Ballet White (yellow-cream-beige-gray) recede so that it generally looks like a soft, light, neutral color with no dominant personality or color shining through. If you have a south-facing home you could expect to see a BIT more warmth.
Before Ballet White…
And after Ballet White…
See the before and afters here: A Stunning Exterior Makeover – Painted Brick and More
If you’ve read my post re: picking exterior paint colors, you’ll know that exterior colors tend to come up a bit lighter than you THINK they will. Ballet White proves this point nicely, without looking white or stark.
If your walls are Ballet White, what’s the best white for your trim?
Does Sherwin Williams have a paint color similar to Ballet White?
YOU BET it does! Check out Sherwin Williams White Duck which has a VERY similar approach being kind of a hybrid between cream, tan and greige, however, it’s a touch LIGHTER and slightly less warm.
Kylie M E-Design
A few more things about Ballet White…
- if you’re looking for a slightly warm greige paint color, Ballet White might have TOO much yellow in it as it’s more cream than greige/tan. Check out Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray instead
- Ballet White DOES have a reasonable grayish backdrop, which is what calms the yellow down, so if you don’t love this ‘dirtier’ look and prefer a more noticeable CREAM, check out Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream
- northern light can slightly enhance the gray undertones of Ballet White
- direct natural light will wash Ballet White out because of its higher LRV
- Ballet White is a great ‘whole home’ color as it is light enough for hallways and interesting enough for larger rooms
Not sure if Ballet White is the right color for you? Want something warmer, lighter, brighter? I’ve got more!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2018, AWESOMELY UPDATED IN 2021