If you've ever painted a room white before you know that picking the right shade of white isn't easy. In fact, selecting the right white paint can be more difficult than any other color–white paint can look completely different depending on your room. White paint can have undertones of gray, blue, and beige, it can be neutral, warm, or cool and can completely transform a room depending on its shade.
To help you get started, here are nine of the best white paint colors on the market now and how best to use them.
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Don't be afraid of a pure white. Sherwin-Williams Extra White is a true white without any cool or warm undertones swaying it to one side of the spectrum. This makes it a great choice for anyone who wants a crisp, bright shade of white. It's fresh and clean and when used behind a gallery wall, provides the perfect backdrop to display your favorite pieces of art. It's also a great choice for cabinets and trim because it won't clash with conflicting undertones.
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Valspar Swiss Coffee is another warm white we love for living spaces or bedrooms. This color has a subtle yellow undertone that pairs well with other warm neutrals such as beige or green. It feels familiar and comforting and works in most rooms.
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Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace is a consistent favorite among decorators because of its versatility and beauty. This is Benjamin Moore's truest white with gray and blue undertones. It feels clean and fresh on any wall, but works particularly well in rooms without a lot of natural light. Consider Chantilly Lace in kitchens or dining rooms and pair with cool colors.
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A warm white can be a great way to brighten up a space without making it feel sterile or institutional, especially if you live in a climate that gets less natural light. The Spruce Best Home First Frost SPR-25 is a bright white that still has a warm undertone. It's a great paint for a living room with lots of reds, oranges or yellows because it will reflect the hues without darkening the space.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Another stunning cool white, Behr Falling Snow is a great blue/gray-undertone white that pairs extremely well with neutrals and blue and purple accents. It's bright without being overpowering and gives a clean feel to any room. We particularly love it in bedrooms and entryways.
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A neutral white doesn't favor cool or warm undertones and works well with a variety of accent colors. Farrow & Ball All White is a pure white that contains no pigments other than white. Pair with strong colors such as black or deep hunter green to create a sophisticated, modern look.
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If you are in the market for an off-white, Benjamin Moore Acadia White is an incredibly sophisticated and classic hue that blends well with an array of palettes. This ivory shade adds depth to a room, but still feels clean and bright. Pair with a neutral white trim to add dimension to dining rooms and living spaces.
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A chalk paint offers an antiqued look, doesn't require a primer, and is perfect for furniture and accents. Rust-Oleum Linen White is a crisp white with subtle gray undertones that work well for cabinetry, dressers, or other DIY projects.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Magnolia Shiplap is a traditional, classic hue that feels just modern enough but doesn't feel sterile. This cool shade is incredibly creamy and inviting and provides the perfect canvas for, yes, a modern farmhouse look. Pair with earthy tones that complement the richness of this color.
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Benjamin Moore Gray Owl could be considered gray, but it's light enough to fall in the white paint category. This cool gray/white is a modern shade with subtle blue undertones that pairs beautifully with a bright white or light neutral paint. Depending on your accent, Gray Owl will pull greens and blues and lend a sense of calm to bathrooms, bedrooms, and more.