6 Paint Colors That Will Change Your Mind About White

White is a hot paint color trend right now, but you don't have to settle for a simple white room. The new white paint colors are anything but boring. If you love neutral walls but want to maximize light in your space, try white or off-white colors. White paint can have undertones of gray, blue, and beige, and that makes it easy for you to choose the perfect color.

Here are six beautiful paint colors that go beyond basic white for a designer look. Any of these pretty white colors can be the basis of a soothing and comfortable palette.

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    Behr Alpine Frost

    Best Neutral Paint Colors

    This paint has a gray undertone with a hint of green. It's a cool color that works best in a room you'd like to tone down. The unique green-gray of Alpine Frost makes this a soothing white paint color that can create a soft color backdrop for traditional style architecture and furnishings.

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    Behr Casual Khaki

    Best Light Neutral Paint Colors

    Sometimes the best way to make the most of your white paint is to choose the perfect neutral accent color. Behr Casual Khaki works well for a subtle accent wall, or to highlight a fireplace or other architectural feature. A simple khaki paint complements bright white or creamy off-white colors. Add soft blue or aqua accents for a gorgeous contemporary or beach-inspired color palette.

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    Glidden Antarctic Ice

    Best Light Neutral Colors

    This warm white paint color can be a great alternative to beige if your room lacks sunlight. For north-facing rooms and rooms without adequate natural light, you'll want to avoid cool or gray-white wall colors. Warm or off-white gives you more light reflection helping to illuminate a dark room while staying neutral.

    Pale neutral colors like Antarctic Ice look gorgeous in a kitchen with the latest in metal finishes like burnished gold and copper. Add white subway tile, white marble counters, and the warm metal fixtures for dream kitchen style.

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    Glidden White Lagoon

    Best Light Neutral Paint Colors

    This color has all the light and illuminating qualities of white paint but has an intoxicating smoky aqua undertone. This subtle and soothing color is stunning when paired with classic white millwork and dark wood or stone accents. The bright white trim brings out the gorgeous colors while still being neutral. White Lagoon is also a stylish choice for a ceiling, especially if white crown molding frames the room.

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    Benjamin Moore Simply White

    Best Light Neutral Paint Colors
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    This white paint was named the 2016 Color of the Year by Benjamin Moore. The color is very neutral with just a hint of warmth. Think of Simply White as the color of whipped cream. This is a soothing white that goes with almost every color you can throw into the mix.

    Simply White may not be considered as a true off-white paint color, but it has just enough undertone to offset pure white trim and furnishings for a rich and luxurious look.

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    Sherwin-Williams Alabaster

    Best Light Neutral Paint Colors

    Sherwin-Williams is another paint industry giant that chose white for their 2016 Color of the Year. Sherwin-Williams Alabaster is a creamy white color that is appealing as a substitute for bright white. Pair Alabaster with the soft pastel accents that are so important right now, for a comfortable but stylish space.