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The ULTIMATE GUIDE to Choosing White Paint Colours

Posted on December 29, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

How to Pick Your Home’s BEST White Paint Colour

When it comes to choosing the best white paint colour for your walls, cabinets, trims and ceilings, it doesn’t REALLY matter which white you like, in fact, your preferences come at the bottom of the pile. That’s right, amongst the variety of things to consider, your personal tastes rank pretty low compared to the needs of your HOME.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White, small bathroom ideas with shiplap walls and gray vanity, round mirror. Client photo of Kylie M Interiors Edesign

This is why today, we’re taking a look at some of today’s most popular white paint colours and what goes into picking the best one for your home. The topics we’ll be covering include…

  • learning about the FIVE TYPES of white paint colours
  • learning about the main UNDERTONES in white paint colours
  • how to choose a white paint colour that suits your INTERIOR FINISHES and style
  • how to choose a white paint colour that suits your room’s EXPOSURE (north, south, etc…)
  • how to MIX & MATCH white paint colours in a room (and whether you even should)
  • links to the TOP white paint colours and their FULL COLOUR REVIEWS

White kitchen cabinets with white bevelled subway tile backsplash, navy blue le creuset accents. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting and blogger

But before we get into the meat n’ potatoes, let’s talk about the HIERARCHY of choosing the best white paint colours for your home. What does this mean? It means that you need to follow a chain of command when choosing paint colours, and here it is…

The FOUR THINGS that matter the MOST when choosing a white paint colour

1. INTERIOR FINISHES

Your interior finishes call the BIG shots. If your paint colours don’t coordinate with your interior finishes, your up shit’s a very muddy creek.

2. YOUR HOME’S EXISTING PALETTE

If your current paint colour palette already uses a consistent white, especially as it relates to trims, there’s a good chance you need to keep going with this white in order to avoid a hot mess of white madness (read more about this).

3. EXPOSURE

The exposure of your room will DIRECTLY affect how warm or cool a white paint colour looks.

4. PERSONAL TASTES

Guess who comes in last place – you! But don’t take it personally as putting your tastes aside will be your BEST chance of finding the best white paint colour for your space. Remember, if you love a colour but it doesn’t suit your interior finishes, you shouldn’t use it.

Why do you need all of this info?

Because if you focus on the white YOU love without considering these other topics, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with the WRONG white. If this happens, you’ll be tossin’ BACK the white (wine) as you sob in a corner hyperventilating and twitching uncontrollably (it’s actually quite therapeutic).

Study or homework office desk nook for kids with white cabinets and shelves with gray chair and carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting advice

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White

LET THE GAMES…BEGIN!

Guide to choosing best white paint colours for wall, cabinets, trims. Popular whites by Kylie M Edesign, online paint color consultant and expert

What are the FIVE types of white paint colours?

That’s right, five. But don’t be scared, once you figure out which TYPE of white your home leans into, you’ll automatically eliminate SO MANY OTHERS. This knowledge will help you focus on the few whites that will actually work in your space. And guess what, buttercup…

there are probably only two to three white paint colours that will actually SUIT your home.

Sherwin Williams Light French Gray, Pure White with warm gray taupe shower tile, Kylie M Interiors edesign client photo

Sherwin Williams Pure White

Learning which white paint colour your interior finishes best suit is your FIRST step in choosing the best white paint colour for your room.

1. WARM WHITE PAINT COLOURS

While warm white paint colours can have a pink undertone, the most POPULAR shades lean into yellow, giving a creamy vibe in many situations…

Benjamin Moore Cloud White with taupe greige subway tile backsplash, white quartz countertops, warm white painted cabinets. Kylie M Interiors

Benjamin Moore Cloud White is a popular warm white paint colour

If your main surface (ie. countertop or tile) has a warm white in it, it only makes sense that a warm white paint colour will be the best choice. In fact, warm whites are the most COMMON as they’re found in more interior finishes than true or cool white paint colours. Even if your surface doesn’t have a white in it, but leans to the WARM side of things, chances are it will best suit a warm white paint colour.

Because the backdrop of this countertop (Brittanica Warm) isn’t a true or cool white, but rather a soft, slightly WARM white, this is the type of white paint colour it will prefer…

Cambria Brittanica Warm, Urbane Bronze Sherwin painted island, white oak flooring Goodfellow. Kylie M Interiors Edesign.

How would I KNOW the above countertop is a soft warm white? I’d compare it to a TRUE white.

THE 5 MOST POPULAR WARM WHITE PAINT COLOURS

Are White Walls, Cabinets & Exteriors STILL TRENDY?

2. COOL WHITE PAINT COLOURS

Cool white paint colours tend to favour a blue or violet undertone, although a weeee willy wink o’ green pops up here and there.

Bathroom with walk in shower, marble tile walls and floor, Best white paint colour, Benjamin Moore Decorators White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy decorating and advice blogger

Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White is a COOL white paint colour – LRV 85

Cool white paint colours are LESS common as they suit fewer interior finishes. However, they’re often a good choice for some marble finishes or south-facing rooms with minimal interior considerations.

As shown in this next example, this marble tile caters to the COOL side of things, rather than the warm side. If you put a warm white with this tile and countertop, it would look yellow or dingy in comparison. This means that cool or even true white paint colours are the best choice…

How to pick gray paint colors for your countertop, tiles and more. Shown marble, tile countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign (2)

THE 3 MOST POPULAR COOL WHITE PAINT COLOURS

3. BRIGHT WHITE PAINT COLOURS (can be warm or cool)

Bright white paint colours have higher LRVs but they also have undertones that vary depending on whether they’re WARM bright whites or COOL bright whites.

Popular warm white paint colour. Benjamin Moore Simply White , Collingwood gray walls, oak flooring, Kylie M Interiors Edesign,

Benjamin Moore Simply White is one of the best warm bright whites – LRV 92

Bright WARM whites are more common than bright COOL whites. In fact, I don’t even have a great bright cool white to share with you (SOFT cool whites are more popular).

THE 2 MOST POPULAR BRIGHT WHITE PAINT COLOURS

Not sure what LRV is? READ ABOUT IT HERE – it’s a game-changer!

4. SOFT WHITES (can be warm or cool)

Soft white paint colours have LRVs in the low to mid-80s and can have subtle or more noticeable undertones, again, depending on whether they’re WARM or COOL.

Benjamin Moore White Dove, bright living room or family room, gray sectional, tv above painted cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a WARM SOFT white (personal fave) – LRV 85

Soft whites are definitely the most COMMON white paint colours for walls, cabinets and trims (particularly WARM soft whites).

THE 8 MOST POPULAR SOFT WHITE PAINT COLOURS (warm & cool)

5. TRUE WHITES

True whites are the most genuine whites of the bunch, clocking in with LRVs in the mid-90s.

Whitewash wood shiplap ceiling, built ins, High Reflective White, Stonington gray. Kids toy storage in playroom, gray carpet. Kylie M Interiors edesign

It’s hard to beat the ever-popular look of Sherwin Williams High Reflective White! LRV – 93

True whites come in a hot second place to soft warm whites in popularity as their lack of undertone gives them a bit more flexibility.

THE 3 MOST POPULAR WHITES (TRUE) WHITE PAINT COLOURS 

And remember, I don’t want to inundate you with too much info in this one blog post, so look for the helpful links throughout, such as this one…

THE FIVE TYPES OF WHITE PAINT COLOURS (in more detail) 

How to choose a white paint colour that COORDINATES with your interior finishes

No matter what else is going on in your space, what matters FIRST is that your white paint colour is coordinated to your interior finishes.

In this next kitchen, Sherwin Williams Pure White was the best choice for the painted cabinets. Had we gone with a warmer, creamier white, the Zellige tiles would’ve looked too pink/taupe in comparison. Even if the homeowner PREFERS a warm white look, it’s the tile that’s calling the shots.

White painted cabinets, zellige tile backsplash, dark gray quartz countertop. Kitchen update ideas by Kylie M Interiors Edesign

And while it wasn’t easy, we managed to update the Saltillo tile floors at the same time without making them look OUTdated in comparison (#miraclesdohappen).

Kitchen with saltillo tile terra COTTA floors, the best colours for white painted cabinets and walls, Zellige tile backsplash, dark gray quartz countertop, Kylie M INteriors Edesign

BTW, in order to show you REAL HOMES and REAL BUDGETS, I only use photos from my Online Paint Color Consulting clients. Thank you for sending them in, you all make my colourful little world go round! 

If you ignore your finishes and focus on your personal tastes, there’s a VERY GOOD CHANCE you end up with a hot mess on your hands. Your interior finishes will TELL you which type of white paint colour they like the best. You then take this info and see if it needs to be or even CAN be tweaked based on your current palette, exposure and personal tastes.

Remember, this isn’t about finding the white YOU fall in love with, it’s about finding the white that your HOME does.

In this next home with its white quartz countertops AND southern exposure, Sherwin Williams Pure White was the perfect choice (on all surfaces)…

Pure White kitchen cabinets, subway tile backsplash, white quartz and oak flooring. Navy blue island Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, prep bar station.

See this WHOLE HOME in Pure White!

As shown in the above photo, along with tile, countertops are a super common surface to get inspiration and guidance from in a kitchen or bathroom countertop. And while this topic is an ENTIRE blog post unto itself, the gist is that you need to choose a white paint colour that works with the shades and hues in your countertop (or another dominant surface).

For example, do you know what this next countertop told my client? It said LOUD AND CLEAR that it didn’t want white cabinets and preferred an off-white cabinet colour instead…

Sherwin Williams painted off white cabinets with granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting (1)

Remember, just because YOU want something doesn’t mean your home agrees.

At first glance, this laundry room/mudroom below SEEMS pretty flexible, right? HARD NO! In designing this room, it was vital that the white paint colour was the SAME TYPE OF WHITE as the white subway tile…

White laundry room with mud room built-in benchs, hooks, cubbies, white subway tile, gray tile floor. Sherwin Williams High Reflective White, Kylie M Interiors online paint color consultant

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White

Why? 

In comparison to the TRUE white of the subway tile, the wrong white paint colour would make all of the painted surfaces look dingy, yellow, violet or blue (depending on which white we chose). Because Sherwin Williams High Reflective White is the SAME TYPE of white as the subway tile, they work well together.

Your room will tell you what TYPE OF WHITE PAINT COLOUR it wants.

TIPS & IDEAS FOR COORDINATING WHITES WITH COUNTERTOPS, TILES & MORE

  • the majority of interior finishes cater to a WARM white, not a cool or true one
  • of these warm whites, MORE interior finishes lean into a soft warm white over a BRIGHT one
  • if you have a finish that suits a COOL white (not as common as warm white), it’s most likely to humour a blue-violet undertone

Start your search by checking out WARM & SOFT white paint colours as they’re MORE likely to suit your interior finishes.

If these warm whites aren’t connecting, branch out to bright warm whites, true whites and cool whites.

Kitchen island painted Sherwi Williams Urbane Bronze, Cambria Brittanica warm off white quartz, white oak wood flooor, White Dove walls, modern farmhouse style dining. Kylie M Interiors

Benjamin Moore White Dove walls, Revere Pewter main cabinets, Urbane Bronze island

3 Steps to Picking the Best White Paint Colours for Walls or Cabinets

Consider the OTHER white paint colours in your home

When remodelling a single space or specific area (ie. kitchen cabinets), there’s often a white paint colour already in place, usually on trims and doors. And while this white can definitely be a clue as to what your home best suits, some rooms have their own specific needs, meaning you need to introduce a NEW white to the scene.

WHITE PAINT COLOURS IN ADJOINING ROOMS

When it comes to white paint colours in adjoining rooms, IDEALLY you would use the same white, creating a visual connection between the spaces. For example, because the trim throughout this next home was already painted Benjamin Moore Simply White, it made sense to continue this white on the kitchen cabinets. LUCKILY, the finishes in the kitchen SUPPORT the warmth of Simply White…

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, maple flooring, Sherwin Williams Alabaster trim white kitchen. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo

HOWEVER…

If the white that you’ve used in the rest of your home doesn’t look good with the interior finishes in THIS PARTICULAR room, you must focus on THIS room’s interior finishes first. If a colour doesn’t work for the room itself, it doesn’t work at all. YES, this means you might have an awkward transition between rooms as you shift from one white to another, but short of avoiding white or redesigning one space or another, this is your reality!

3 Steps to Choosing the Best White for Your Home

WHITE PAINT COLOURS IN AN OPEN-CONCEPT SPACE

In an open-concept space like this next one, it wouldn’t make any SENSE to start mixing up white paint colours. This means that because the cabinets were already Sherwin Williams Alabaster, it made the most sense to use this on the walls, trims and ceiling too! If this white doesn’t work with your other finishes, then that’s really saying something and you might just have a bigger painting project on your hands.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster, best warm white paint colour. Open layout kitchen, living room, dining, kitchen, dark black granite countertop. Kylie M Int

What are the best white paint colours for north, south, east & west-facing rooms?

Whether your room has northern, southern or INDECENT exposures (a constant in our bedroom), it’s important to note your room’s exposure when choosing paint colours. And while the needs of your interior finishes come first, exposure can play a big part in how a paint colour is perceived.

But why are white paint colours so DAMN HARD to choose?

Good question, and it’s one that relates quite nicely to exposure! Because white paint colours have the highest LRVs (light REFLECTANCE value), they reflect the most light around a room. Sooooo, if the light you give your white walls is tinted green with your exterior landscaping or a wink yellow with your southern exposure, GUESS what colour your walls are going to reflect back at you? Yup, green or yellow.

Sherwin Williams Pure White, warm wood flooring, bamboo blinds, popular white paint colour, Kylie M Interiors Edesign

In the above photo, look at how Sherwin Williams Pure White warms up with a hit of western sunshine – and Pure White isn’t even one of the WARMEST whites!

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Paint Colours with LRV

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White built in cabinets, pantry wall. CLIENT PHOTO of Kylie M interiors Edesign

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White

And guess what, buttercup? THERE’S NO AVOIDING this short of boarding up your windows, cutting down your trees or closing your eyes, tis’ the nature of the beast.

This is why you want to pay close attention to your exposure and the COLOUR of light it offers your room before you settle on a white paint colour. But keep in mind, the exposure of a room matters MORE when choosing paint colours for walls compared to those for cabinets and trims (a long boring explanation which we don’t need to get into unless you’re a total glutton for punishment, which I’ll assume you aren’t).

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLOURS FOR A NORTH-FACING ROOM

  • because northern light is a gray light with a slight blue cast, you can expect white paint colours to look cooler than expected as they REFLECT this light
  • the WARMER your white is, the better it will counteract a dull cool northern exposure, just make sure the warmth of it is liveable at night too (use the right BULBS to add balance)!
  • TRUE WHITES can definitely pick up a cool northern hue, whereas warm whites are more likely to add BALANCE to a room with northern exposure
  • unless I have an online colour consulting client who loves ONLY a cold icy look or a room’s interior finishes DEMAND it, I would never put a COOL WHITE in a north-facing room
  • overall, my favourite white for a north-facing room is a SOFT WARM white

Sherwin Williams PUre White with north east exposure and 2700k warm light bulbs in foyer and living room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy ideas

Pure White is a (subtle) soft warm white that leans much cooler in this northern light

THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLOURS FOR NORTH-FACING ROOMS

WARM BUT MUTED WHITES: Benjamin Moore Cloud White, Benjamin Moore White Dove, Benjamin Moore Simply White, Sherwin Williams Alabaster

TRUE WHITES: The only true one I’d consider is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace as it comes off just a touch more gentle.

This next room has a balance of north and south-facing light making the soft warm vibe of White Dove a great choice…

Family room, north and south facing light. Best paint colour, Benjamin Moore White Dove, Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Gray sectional, tv and stand, white oak

The 3 Best White Paint Colours for a North-Facing Room

The 9 Best Benjamin Moore Paint Colours for a North-Facing Room

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLOURS FOR A SOUTH-FACING ROOM

  • whereas north-facing light is COOL, south-facing light is warm with a yellow hue, meaning most whites will pick this up with their higher LRV
  • the warmer your white is, the MORE YELLOW it will look in southern light, which is why I lean into more subtle and SOFT WARM whites
  • while COOL WHITES can add balance to the heat of a south-facing room, they can STILL pick up some of the yellow and will look COLD at night if you don’t supplement with the right KELVINS
  • overall, my favourite whites for a room with southern exposure is a SOFT WARM or TRUE WHITE

In this next photo, just LOOK at all of the green Benjamin Moore Simply White is REFLECTING on the back wall, whereas the quality of light shifts on the front of the island…

Best Benjamin Moore White paint colour for kitchen cabinets, Simply White. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, client photo

THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLOURS FOR SOUTH-FACING ROOMS

WARM BUT MUTED WHITES: Benjamin Moore White Dove, Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

TRUE WHITES: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

COOL WHITES: Benjamin Moore Super White, Benjamin Moore Decorators White

The Best Paint Colours for South-Facing Rooms

TIPS FOR CHOOSING WHITE PAINT COLOURS FOR EAST & WEST-FACING ROOMS

Rooms with eastern and western light are definitely the HARDEST to choose paint colours for. Why? Because their temperature and quality of light change SO DRASTICALLY from morning to afternoon!

A warm soft white paint colour like Sherwin Williams Alabaster can be a beautiful way to add warmth to a flat eastern afternoon or western morning…

Dining room with transitional farmhouse modern style home decor. Sherwin Williams Alabaster, best warm white paint color on walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo

  • eastern light is brighter in the morning, flatter in the afternoon
  • western light is flat in the morning and bright and QUITE warm as the day progresses
  • COOL WHITES are risky for fear of them looking drab and uninviting during the flat time of day
  • SUBTLE WARM WHITES can add softness to the flat time of day while looking inviting during the warm times
  • BRIGHT WARM WHITES are also a great way to balance the flat light of morning/afternoon, depending on your exposure
  • overall, my favourite whites for a room with eastern or western exposure are SOFT WARM or BRIGHT WARM whites

THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLOURS FOR EAST & WEST-FACING ROOMS

WARM BUT MUTED WHITES: Benjamin Moore Cloud White, Benjamin Moore White Dove, Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, Sherwin Williams Alabaster, although it’s warmer than the others and will heat up in the western afternoon (but really, so will ANY white).

BRIGHT WHITES: Benjamin Moore Simply White

TRUE WHITES: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

The Best Paint Colours for an East-Facing Room

The Best Paint Colours for a West-Facing Room

The Best Paint Colours for Rooms with TWO EXPOSURES

While it’s obviously night in this next photo, this room has a mix of south, east and west-facing exposures, along with a BEAUTIFUL quartz countertop and marble floor, making Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace a great choice – I can’t wait to see it all done!

Trout Gray painted dark gray cabinets, marble tile floor in kitchen, Chantilly Lace walls and trim (Benjamin Moore) Kylie M Interiors Online paint color consulting (2)

And finally…personal tastes.

What if your home suits a white paint colour that YOU don’t love?

Throughout this process, there’s a good chance that you’ve stepped away from the white paint colour you’d fallen in love with and landed on one that’s not EXACTLY what you had in mind.

Remember, this isn’t about YOU, this is about your home.

Sliding barn doo into laundry room mud room with built in bench, white wainscoting, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Sherwin High Reflective White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy upate ideas.

I mean, heck, go ahead and choose the white you love; fill yer lil white boots. Just know that ignoring your home might leave you with a room that doesn’t look well-coordinated, which harkens back to one of my 82 favourite sayings…

Choose paint colours for the home you HAVE, not the home you WISH you hada la moi

Sometimes tough love is the BEST type of love.

Should you mix & match white paint colours?

Long story short – no.

As you learned earlier in this blog post, there are 5 types of white paint colours with a variety of undertones and intentions. Partnering different whites together is kind of like drinking a chardonnay and pinot gris at the same time – one devalues the other, clashing on your tastebuds and leaving you with a regretfully whopping hangover. On the other hand, the right white (wine or paint) compliments itself, rather than highlighting the subtle nuances in another that are often best left alone (kind of like me…with a hangover).

Living room beige sofa and loveseat, wood floor, Sherwin Williams Pure White, best soft white, north east exposure, brick fireplace. Kylie M Interiors client photo

Sherwin Williams Pure White on ALL painted surfaces

In this next photo, you’ll see Sherwin Williams Pure White which is the SAME white from the above photo. Look at how much more yellow it looks IN COMPARISON to the whiter, brighter trim in the bottom photo. Did this person WANT yellow-hued walls? Not bloody likely. Had they used the same white on the trim and ceilings, Pure White would’ve looked whiter overall, as it wouldn’t be directly compared to a more true white.

Pure White compared to bright white trim. Should all surfaces be same white. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Want to see these white paint colours in ACTION? Check out Emily Henderson’s awesome blog post HERE

Ask yourself WHY you want to have different whites…

  • Is it because you’re worried about your room looking boring? If this is a concern, the bigger question is, ‘does your room even SUIT an all-white palette or do you need to look at an off-white paint colour for your walls to get some dimension and visual interest?‘ or ‘does your room have the right decor, texture and visual interest to support an all-white look?
  • Because you saw it in a design magazine? While you won’t see it OFTEN, it is done, and often, not that well. Remember, just because it’s DONE, doesn’t mean it SHOULD be done. And besides, the combos that do work are carefully chosen (usually by professionals) to suit the surrounding finishes and exposure.

This next open-concept space is painted in ALL Benjamin Moore Cloud White. Had they used a BRIGHTER white on the cabinets, trim and ceiling, it would’ve enhanced the yellow in Cloud White, making it look LESS white and more yellow/cream…

Benjamin Moore Cloud White, do you need same white matching on cabinets, ceiling and trim, kitchen with warm white. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Hold on a hot minute! Take a look at the original photo (below), where the doors are WHITE. This is a great example of what a BRIGHT COOL white can do to a WARM WHITE paint colour…GAG ME WITH A SPOOOOOON!

South facing room Benjamin Moore Cloud White, unpainted back doors. Edesign example

In this next foyer, all of the white surfaces are painted the SAME white paint colour – Benjamin Moore Super White. There’s simply no reason to choose a DIFFERENT white for any of these surfaces…

Do trim, cabinets, walls be same white. Entryway foyer, white oak flooring, gray blue painted front door. Benjamin Moore Super White. Kylie M Edesign (2)

Want to learn more about coordinating white paint colours with each other? I’ve written an entire blog post on this exact topic as it’s a BIG one (that’s what she said). For now, let’s just hit some key points…

  • if you’re going to mix and match whites, the WHITER of the two should be on your trim and cabinets, the darker white should be on the walls (this all comes down to LRV)
  • ideally, the white on your cabinets and trim would be a TRUE white so you don’t have to worry as much about interfering undertones

Now, you know I have a LOT more to say on ALL of the above topics, so if you love learning, check ’em out…

THE ENTIRE INDEX OF WHITE PAINT COLOUR BLOG POSTS 

SPECIFIC COLOUR REVIEWS NOT INCLUDED (or we’d be here forever)

Are White Walls, Cabinets & Exteriors STILL TRENDY?

White Paint Colours: Walls, Cabinets & Trim – do they need to MATCH?

The 3 Best White Paint Colours for North-Facing Rooms

The 5 ALMOST FOOL-PROOF White Paint Colours for Your Home

9 Best White Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams Emerald Designer Edition

The 5 Types of White Paint Colours: Warm, Cool, True & More

The 8 Best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colours

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Painting Your Cabinets WHITE

The 5 WHITEST White Paint Colours

The 4 Best White Paint Colours for Cabinets & Vanities

Behr’s Best White & Soft-White Paint Colours

The 4 Best White Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams

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  1. I have BM’s Pure White trim all over my house and it looks nice. We’re getting ready to paint our orange-oak kitchen cabinets white but the Pure White will be too bright for our cream/tan backsplash and dark granite countertops. What are your thoughts on painting the cabinets and trim in the kitchen a soft/warm white and still keep the pure white trim in the rest of the house? The rooms are completely separate but I can see into the kitchen from our family room. Thanks!

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      Hi Terri, I would be VERY careful. One white can really exploit the undertones in another, undertones that might have been previously hiding! When it comes to whites it’s usually best to stick with the white you’re using or step RIGHT out of the white range and into something in the light family or darker. Remember, even though the name says Pure White, it’s actually quite far away from it as it has some cool violet hues that would DEFINITELY pop up against a creamier warmer white :).

  2. Hi Kylie, Happy New Year! Thank you for writing this blog post. It comes on the heels of me trying to figure out what white works best for my home. The front of my home (workout room, guest room, and 1 hallway) is south-facing while the back of my home (foyer, 2 small hallways, living room, and kitchen) are north facing. For the past 6 months, I’ve been living with swatches of BM White Dove on the north-facing parts of my home and loved it. I recently tested Chantilly Lace in my south-facing hallway and while it was very bright, it had a bit of softness and warmth to it. I decided to do another test and paint this same hallway White Dove and feel like I made a bad mistake as it appears a bit too creamy. Should I paint the hallways a different color and leave the core of my house (foyer, living room, kitchen) White Dove. Or is there by chance a happy medium color outside of White Dove that has a tiny bit of warm without being color and is still white?

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      Oooo that’s tough. IDEALLY, you’d use the same white throughout for consistency and flow. My concern is that the whites might do what you want in the daytime, but at night, they’d give different vibes.

      1. Hi Kylie – can you recommend a “faux” laminate marble look-alike that would pair well with BM white dove cabinets? I was thinking maybe Formica 6696-46 Carrara Bianco, Arborite P1015 UL, Versailles Marble or Arborite P1000VL Arabescato Marble – or should I just ditch the marble look-a-likes altogether? Your expert opinion would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Hi Kylie,Happy New Year! Just to let you know I enjoy reading your blog posts and watching your video’s.Even when I don’t have a particular project in mind for the all the useful information you give out. I love your sense of humor sarcasm and innuendos.Keep it up!

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  4. Hi Kylie! Thank you so much for all the helpful lessons. Following your blog’s advice last year, I was able to pick the correct white for my kitchen cabinets/walls/trim (BM White Dove…so pretty and versatile). We’ve just bought a new house that we move into next month and this post has already been so helpful! I can’t wait to get in there and use your tips!!

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  5. I’m trying to soak up as much as I can from social media as we are in the middle of our first home build and I’m trying really hard to avoid hiring a designer.
    After hours on social media I think I am making progress on my selections so far, but I am STUCK on this to the point of losing sleep…

    I love and want a white kitchen! I have always had tan everything (walls & carpet), so never again. But I REALLY don’t feel confident in my “white” selections for quartz countertops, paint, subway tile backsplash and farmhouse sink (being delivered tomorrow)!
    I’ve heard I don’t have to be all matchy, matchy, which I’m trying to break, but I know “clashing” whites will haunt me for life!

    Do you have suggestions? I’ve been leaning toward Sherwin Williams pure white, extra white or snowbound for all paint (interior and exterior) but this feels like such a HUGE decision. I get totally lost trying to figure out the north, south, east, west angles (sheetrock going in today) and I have no existing interior finishes to consider yet. We have tons of large windows, so I’m guessing we will have a lot of natural light. We are also narrowing down LVP flooring options, likely in a light wood tone.

    Is there a magic combination that I haven’t discovered yet???
    Once I get past this hurdle, I think the rest will come together 🤞
    Thanks in advance!

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