White is a classic choice for bedroom walls, but contrary to popular belief, there are actually endless "shades" of white out there. And depending on your room's natural light and current accents, each white will look different on your walls. You can brighten up your bedroom with a clean, neutral white or create a cozy, welcoming vibe with a more traditional warm white. It helps to see inspirational whites to know what's best.
- Color Family: Warm and cool neutrals
- Complementary Colors: Consider the undertone of the white though many versatile whites on this list do not have strong undertones
- Pairs Well With:
- Mood: Soothing, peaceful, and restful
- Where to Use: Walls
We've rounded up our favorite shades of white to create the perfect atmosphere in your bedroom.
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Soft, soothing, and tranquil, Benjamin Moore's White Dove (OC-17) is a slightly cool white paint with a hint of gray. It's a clean and airy fresh white that opens up smaller rooms and helps counteract a lack of natural light. This color is neutral enough to work with any decorating style and highlights other accent colors or bright wall art.
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Valspar Ultra White (7006-24) is a pure white without any undertones and won't draw out yellows or pinks in a brightly accented room. We love this hue for minimalist or modern decor schemes. It works beautifully in any size bedroom and can even double as a trim or door color as well.
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Warm whites tend to look cozier and more traditional, but The Spruce Best Home First Frost is a brighter warm white. It is inviting without looking yellowed or dingy. If you're a morning person, a warmer white is both comforting and feels inherently youthful, which can help to invigorate you when you awake. Pair this shade with yellows or oranges for a sunny, happy bedroom.
Choosing the right white needs thorough sampling. Meticulously test patches of paint on your walls to determine which white is best for your bedroom. Use large patches of paint on each wall in the room so you can see how the white interacts with the light and other decor in the room.
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We love Dover White 9SW 6385) for bedrooms because it's close to a pure white with just a hint of yellow for warmth. It flatters just about any room, looks classic, and clean, and works with any decorating style. Pair this cozy hue with softer browns or muted colors for more of a tranquil feel.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Sheep's Wool (857)is a paint color that straddles the line between gray and white and is a wonderful choice for almost all bedrooms. This cool white-gray is highly sophisticated and can make your room feel like a five-star hotel. Pair it with navy or black accents for a chic style.
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To create that perfect modern farmhouse feel that extends into the bedroom, consider Magnolia's Silos White. This creamy, rich, warm white is slightly beige with a touch of gray and lends an intimate, comforting vibe to any space. A light greige is versatile in a bedroom and won't fight the colors of your furniture, bedding, or flooring.
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This elegant off-white is much darker than a white and too soft to be a true taupe. Instead, Joa's White (225) is a creamy neutral shade with just a hint of red and black undertone that helps it to veer slightly toward the cool side. It works well with other soft colors, such as gray, muted greens or blues, or light shades of brown.
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If you're in search of a perfect white that doesn't lean too far into any color's territory, Behr's Ultra Pure White 91850) is your hue. It's clean, crisp, and works well with most color schemes. Go bold with bright, primary color accents, or keep things minimal with beige, tan, and a few splashes of dark jewel tones.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Smooth Stone (50YY 63/041) from Glidden goes beyond white and lives closer to the softest shade of gray. Nearly a greige, i's a perfect neutral without red or yellow undertones. The color is an excellent choice if you want a restful, hushed shade on your walls that plays well with either a palette of other neutrals or a brighter mixture of reds, blues, or greens.
It helps to understand the undertone of a paint, especially when it's white. The undertone is the tiny bit of color added to the base to create the hue. Once you know the undertone, you can decide on complementary colors. Some bases do not have any undertones which means they won't clash or make other colors look off or muddy.
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For a white that's clean, crisp, and slightly gray with strong blue undertones, consider Sherwin-Williams' Mountain Air SW (6224). This super cool white looks lovely in bedrooms with deeper blue or lilac accent walls or a soft complementary pink hues. This color looks especially calming paired with bleached wood or off-white flooring.
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One of the most versatile white shades is Chantilly Lace (OC-65). This universally appealing neutral works with nearly any color. Because it's a pure white without strong undertones you can pair it with warm and cool accents.
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