Is This Benjamin Moore Hue the Best White Paint Color? Our Experts Weigh InWords by Morgan Goldberg
Much like the Fountain of Youth or the Loch Ness Monster, a universally perfect white paint color is a myth.
But according to our Experts, Benjamin Moore’s White Dove comes closest to earning this ever-elusive description. “It’s foolproof!” claims Max Humphrey. “The chameleon of white paints—almost any room can rock it.” (Other Experts like Katie Hodges also sing its praises.) Farrow & Ball’s Pointing is a close second, with Max likening it to “creamy vanilla soft serve.”
Whether you’re seeking a crisp, white without undertones for a modern look, a historic white to match an older home, or a warm, creamy white to add a sense of coziness, the right hue exists—and our Experts (including Leanne Ford, the queen of all-white interiors) are here to share it with you. Keep scrolling for their 12 best white paint colors for every situation.
The Best Clean White Paint Colors
For a Quick Hardware Store Run
“Ultra Pure White from BEHR Designer Collection was the one that started it all—you can get this one right off the shelf and paint away. My friends will write to me constantly to ask which paint to use, and that's my forever suggestion. It's the perfect white with no tint, and it works well in high gloss and flat. I love it!” —Leanne Ford
The Best Historic White Paint Colors
For an Old Prep School Aesthetic
“School House White by Farrow & Ball is one of my favorites for older homes. This muddy, creamy hue is timeless, without the cool undertones of a more contemporary white. It’s something you would find in a historic Upstate school house.” —Anthony D’Argenzio, Zio & Sons
For Artisan Cabinetry and Millwork
“Another favorite historic-feeling shade is Bruton White from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection. It’s a muddy, neutral white that is great for kitchen cabinetry and millwork paneling. Or an accent white if you are using something brighter and cooler.” —Anthony D’Argenzio, Zio & Sons