In Search of the Best Creamy White

This is getting absurd and my walls look like a Pantone chart of whites and off whites. Who would’ve thought that finding the perfect shade would be so difficult?

14 Comments
  1. I also went through this search but complicated things even further with my love of grey walls. All our trim is Chantilly Lace OC-65 by Benjamin Moore and some of the creams in the house (also Benjamin Moore) are Natural Cream OC-14, Soft Chamois OC-13, Moonlight White OC-125 and Seashell OC-120.
    Good luck, I’m sure it will be beautiful.

  2. This selection can be tough – I know I’m preaching to the choir, but it depends upon the quality of the light that reaches into the room, among other things. I used White Dove in my row house in D.C., not a lot of light and a fair amount of gray days – it looks fresh and soft. In Massachusetts, there’s a lot of light and Modern White works very well. It’s part of the California Paints Historical American Colors (sp?) series. Good luck – try large patches on a couple of walls for a few days, its always useful to live with your choices for a bit.

  3. I used Benjamin Moore’s M Simply White in my North /facing condo. Its not yellow, its not blue, it just Simply
    white. I find it perfection

  4. I agree it’s all about the light. I have used white dove and linen white. I just used cloud white it works well in a room without much natural light. It has a bit yellow hue not beige.

  5. Just went through this myself. FYI Acadia white and Ivory White are the identical color. BM renames them periodically. I’ll echo the other comments.-really depends on the light. White dove is lovely-ever so slightly more gray-but I painted it on my house exterior and it goes creamy?! Swiss coffee pale-hint of warmth but not yellow at all. I used F&B All white in my house on walls and it is perfect-neither too cold not too yellow. I think BM Simply White falls in this category too. Really depends on the look you are going for.

  6. I love BM Simply White as it’s not a harsh white, but has no undertones. But echoing others, you have to try on your own walls, but you can’t go wrong with Simply White.

  7. Linen white is very good, depending on your light and exposures. . I did most of my house in Benjamin Moore’s Simply white and Atrium White (choosing based on the north/south exposure), and it came out great. Several years ago, Aleksandra Crapanzo wrote a piece for WSJ Off Duty that was an ode to a French off white, and she recommended a shade of Farrow and Ball she thought was perfect. I’m sorry I can’t remember the name, but I’m sure it’s searchable. Good luck!

  8. Choosing a paint color can be challenging because there are so many variables. As KIC fan mentioned above the light-that is certainly important, but you also have to take into consideration the color of your floors, and other “fixed” pieces in the space., woodwork, and even other rooms off of that room, to see how they relate to one another, etc…Best to buy small cans and try them on poster board and move them around the room and look at them at various times of day./night. Good luck.

    Kate

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