Today we’re talking about how to find the perfect white for your home. It’s amazing that there can be so many choices for one color. It can easily get overwhelming to make a choice and feel like you might regret it.
Here you’ll see our favorite white paint colors with examples of this color used in beautiful homes. After our top choices, we’re going to show how to choose which one is perfect for YOUR HOME.
WHAT MAKES EACH WHITE DIFFERENT?
When you first start hunting for white paint every white looks…well…white. Unless you have it next to other whites. Then white paint begins to take on different colors.
This is because of UNDERTONES. Some whites are cooler with blue/green undertones some are warmer with yellow/orange undertones. Undertones can get a bad wrap. You hear people say “I don’t want a white that shows yellow”, but these undertones can help you accomplish the look you’re going through. These examples will help you see the difference and get excited about choosing the perfect white with the perfect undertone for your design style and lighting.
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER
We have used Sherwin Williams Alabaster in mom’s living room. This is our go-to in so many projects. It’s warm but doesn’t show too yellow like some of the other creamier whites. Alabaster has subtle beige undertones. I love how the Sherwin Williams Director of Color Marketing describes it, “Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.”
2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS PURE WHITE
I used Pure White in my living room. When I put samples on the wall it was simply the cleanest white without feeling too stark. I love that pure white looks great paired with Alabaster. Mom has Alabaster on her walls with Pure White on her Cabinets. I used the same colors in my new kitchen that I’ll share soon. They work together perfectly.
3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS EXTRA WHITE
KariAnne of @Thistlewood used Extra White in her living room which brought the perfect canvas for the bold pops of colors she introduced. I used Extra White in my previous home and with my lighting it was perfect. Sherwin Williams claims Extra White is their “truest white.” In some lights it can show a little cool which still looks amazing with many design styles.
4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SNOWBOUND
I have two beautiful examples to show of Sherwin Williams Snowbound. My friend Mattie of @RusticVivoDesign used Snowbound in her living room. My friend Amber of @TheValeHouse has Snowbound in her living room as well. Snowbound is a crisp white with a slight gray undertone, meaning it has a cool look. It’s a cooler white that doesn’t have a blue undertone. It’s so versatile in so many settings.
5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS MARSHMALLOW
Stephanie of @BloomingIvyLane used Marshmallow in her entire home. Sherwin Williams Marshmallow is an inviting white paint with slightly red undertones giving the color overall a warm and creamy texture. You can see how beautiful this color looks with Stephanie’s vintage-infused home.
6. BENJAMIN MOORE CHANTILLY LACE
Ryan from @TexasForeverFarmhouse used Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace in her living room and it’s stunning. This is a cool crisp white. It’s a crisp white without being too sterile. With Chantilly Lace, it is hard to say whether it is warm or cool because its undertones are just so slight.
7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS RESERVED WHITE
Jessica of @the.old.barn’s living room is Reserved White. To the naked eye, Jessica’s living room definitely looks white, but when really evaluating Reserved White it has enough grey undertone to be considered a really really light grey. I actually love that about this color. If you have greys in other rooms and would like them to transition well this is a perfect choice.
8. SHERWIN WILLIAMS WEST HIGHLAND WHITE
We used West Highland White in our client Terri’s home. It’s beautiful and creamy. I love this color with a European farmhouse look. It’s warm but not too yellow. It looks great with Pure White trim to bring a distinct pop.
9. BENJAMIN MOORE SIMPLY WHITE
My friend Angela of @The.Rosewood.Home painted her dining room Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Simply White is another warm white to give a cozy feel when going for that bright and airy look. Like many of these other whites, it creates a bright look without feeling sterile. It has a slight yellow undertone that brings the perfect amount of warmth.
OUR TOP WHITE PAINTS
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT WHITE
Paint Samples on the wall with lighting in mind. We light to paint samples on the wall in a couple of places to see how they show in each area. Different lighting can also bring out different undertones of white paint. Every paint will pull some type of undertone color whether that is blue, green, pink, brown and so on.
The natural lighting in your house might make white paint with pink undertones seem pinker. While a darker area might make the white paint seem more cream with hardly any pink. This is why it is so important to put the paint samples in different areas so you can see how the different lighting makes the paint look and feel in your specific lighting.
This sneaky undertone can pop out when you least expect it, so this process is worth the time to see what works best in your home.
I hope these examples and white paint choices help you choose the perfect white for your home. The process of choosing paint can be overwhelming but it can also be a lot of fun when you have some really great choices. I’d love to know if you have any questions in the comments below or if you have a favorite white that I didn’t mention. I love hearing from you in the comments!