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The Best White Paint Colors in 2021

Featured Image: Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

 

Selecting the right white paint color can come with a huge dose of decision fatigue. Understanding the nuances of undertones, not to mention each room’s unique lighting situation, often makes it feel impossible to commit. But rest assured, we’re about to make your white paint search infinitely easier. We’ve put together our definitive guide to the best white paint colors broken down into three key categories: classic whites, bright whites and creamy whites. Each shade is designer-approved, so you can count on a fresh look every time—no stressful paint store trips required.

 

The Best White Paint Colors in 2021

The Best White Paint Colors | White Dove by Benjamin Moore | Design: Kate Marker Interiors

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Design: Kate Marker Interiors | Photography: Stoffer Photography Interiors

The Best White Paint Colors | Simply White by Benjamin Moore | Design: Amber Interiors

Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Best White Paint Colors | White Dove by Benjamin Moore | Design: Amber Interiors

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

Best White Paint Colors | White Dove by Benjamin Moore | Design: Park & Oak

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Design: Park & Oak

 

 

CLASSIC WHITES

 

There’s something to be said for the staying power of the classics. While these white paint colors have certainly been around the block, they’re considered timeless for a reason. Shades like Simply White and White Dove are beloved by designers for their clean (but never stark white) look, allowing them to blend seamlessly in a wide range of styles. You can feel confident using these whites on your cabinets, walls, or quite frankly, anywhere in your home.

 

Favorite Classic White Paint Colors:

 

 

Best White Paint Colors | Fresh Kicks by Clare | Design: The Identite Collective

Fresh Kicks by Clare

Design: The Identite Collective | Photography: Madeline Harper

Best White Paint Colors | Super White by Benjamin Moore | Design: Park & Oak

Super White by Benjamin Moore

Design: Park & Oak

Best White Paint Colors | Super White by Benjamin Moore | Design: Park & Oak

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

Design: Studio McGee

 

BRIGHT WHITES

 

When your space needs a decidedly modern shade of white, these are the colors to turn to. We’re partial to Fresh Kicks, which you’ll find on Anastasia’s kitchen and dining room walls. It’s a pure, untinted white that feels like a total breath of fresh air. Super White is another fan favorite that lives up to its name as a more brilliant shade with zero undertones in sight.

 

Favorite Bright White Paint Colors:

 

Best Creamy White Paint Colors | Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore | Design: Studio McGee

Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

Design: Studio McGee

Best Creamy White Paint Colors | Whipped by Clare | Design: The Identite Collective

Whipped by Clare 

Design: The Identite Collective | Photography: Madeline Harper

Best Creamy White Paint Colors | Ammonite by Farrow & Ball  | Design: Lark & Linen

Ammonite by Farrow & Ball

Design: Lark & Linen | Photography: Heidi Lau

 

 

CREAMY WHITES

 

Sometimes you need a white with just a little bit of warmth. Something soft, serene, and creamed to perfection. That’s where these beloved off-white beauties come in. While Swiss Coffee is a well-established favorite among top designers like Shea McGee, Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite (featuring soft gray undertones) is quickly gaining steam. You’ll find Whipped in Anastasia’s redesigned primary bathroom, and it’s a warm white that’s earned our full stamp of approval.

 

 

Favorite Creamy White Paint Colors:

 

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  1. I’ve been waiting for a detailed walk-through of all the different whites! So helpful! We are looking to change it from an actual light in our living room to make it a little bit more warm and comfortable this have guide is deafly gonna come in handy

    Deb
    https://roomplays.com/

    • Stephanie Weers says:

      Hi Deb, we’re so happy you found this post helpful, and can’t wait to see which shade of white you go with. Be sure to tag us with #IDCOatHome!

  2. I fully agree with everything you’ve said. I hope this post reaches a broader audience because it was genuinely fascinating.

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