21 Best White Paint Colors for Every Room, According to Designers (2022)

White might be the most common neutral paint color, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring. The right shade of white paint can make a big impact in any room, often making it appear larger and brighter. However, not all whites are exactly the same; each has a unique undertone, which often becomes more apparent once it's applied to the wall.

Sometimes, white paint can trick the eye in a way that isn't always ideal, particularly in bathrooms. "It's the one room where you really need to be careful," says Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors. "When placed next to a white freestanding tub or white furniture, many white paints can suddenly reveal their color depths, appearing more yellow or blue or green in comparison to the tub." This is why it's important to always paint a large test patch—about 3 square feet—before deciding on the best white paint color for your space.

Whether you need to paint an entire home, a room, or even just a bit of trim, here's a cheat sheet from top interior designers who were more than happy to weigh in on what they think are the best white paint colors for every room in the home.

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Living Room: Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

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Interior designer Anne Hepfer loves Chantilly Lace. "This is one of my favorite shades of white because it is just white enough without being too stark. It is crisp yet soft with warm tones."

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Living Room: Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

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Hepfer characterizes this paint color as ethereal and soft. "It's a timeless shade of white that works to either modernize or pare down a space without making it seem too sterile."

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Living Room: Strong White by Farrow & Ball

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According to Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design, Strong White is the perfect neutral white paint color. "It does not have pink or yellow undertones but has a softness that is needed in a true white. When people think of white, they think that sterile hospital white, but Strong White is one that is soft and has depth."

To buy: From $110; farrow-ball.com.

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Living Room: Paper White by Benjamin Moore

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This color is a soft white with a hint of gray. "It is our go-to 'happy white' that brightens a room and adds a subtle contrast with trim and doors," Grant and Suarez say.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Kitchen: Creamy by Sherwin Williams

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"With so many surfaces and materials in a kitchen, going neutral on the walls is your best bet," says interior designer Glenna Stone. This color is slightly off-white, making it pair nicely with white kitchens and wood tones as well as colored cabinets.

To buy: From $27; sherwin-williams.com.

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Kitchen: Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

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"If you have all white cabinets in a kitchen, Swiss Coffee is the perfect choice for your walls because it has a depth to it that complements other shades of white. Kitchens tend to get a lot of natural light, so you don't want the walls to get too stark," says Krissa DeGennaro Wichser, owner and designer of Blue Octagon Interiors and home furnishings boutique The Blue Octagon.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Kitchen: Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore

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"Vanilla Milkshake is hands down my favorite white," says interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design. "It doesn't dive too deep into the gray or beige world, it's truly a hybrid of both. I have paired it with dark contrasting trims and cabinets and also lighter tones. Every time I am always happy." Gillmore loves this color for its versatility and says it's the best white paint for kitchen cabinets.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Dining Room: Moonshine by Benjamin Moore

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"While the swatch does lean a little more gray than white, with the right amount of sunlight and pairing it with other whites, this color definitely has chameleon tendencies to read more white," Gilmore says. "I love this color with navy blues and silvery grays. It is incredibly refreshing."

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Dining Room: Simply White by Benjamin Moore

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Among interior designers, Simply White is the most popular white paint color from Benjamin Moore. According to Brittany Marom, founder of Brittany Marom Interior Design, "It looks beautiful in all rooms, especially low natural light rooms as it keeps the space airy." Bean says this hue has less warmth, "but it doesn't feel cold or severe." It's also a favorite of Wichser, who uses it to paint lacquered walls.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Bathroom: Frostine by Benjamin Moore

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Wichser likes to use Frostine in the bathroom because it has a blue-green undertone. "It makes things feel fresh and spa-like," she says.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

Bathroom: Lacey Pearl by Benjamin Moore

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Stone's go-to bathroom color is Lacey Pearl. "It is light, subtle, and keeps things bright and simple. It's also a color that pairs nicely with a variety of faucet metal tones. Whether you are into polished nickel or brass, this shade will look and feel great," she says.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Bedroom: Cabbage White by Farrow & Ball

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Stone loves the cool tones in Cabbage White for a primary bedroom because it has a relaxing and calming vibe. "Hands down, Cabbage White is the best white with a hint of blue," she says. "Research has shown that blue is the best color for sleep, and this color is a subtle way of incorporating the hue."

To buy: From $110; farrow-ball.com.

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Bedroom: White Dove by Benjamin Moore

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White Dove is a popular favorite of interior designers. Wichser primarily recommends this white paint color for bedrooms because it has a serene and welcoming quality. Bean notes this hue is warm "without feeling yellow or tan," while Marom says it has a "pinch of cream."

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Bedroom: All White by Farrow & Ball

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"All White sets a very crisp background to everything we are displaying for clients and the pigment is so clean and clear," says Jess Cooney of Jess Cooney Interiors. It's also a great color for painting shiplap.

To buy: From $110; farrow-ball.com.

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Bedroom: New White by Farrow & Ball

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Cooney recently used this color to paint a young girl's room in a country home. "We used a black iron bed and soft neutral tones but then layered with burnt oranges and pinks and hints of teal. The color combinations and mix of youthful yet sophisticated palettes created a space that the young girl won't outgrow for a very long time."

To buy: From $110; farrow-ball.com.

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Office: White Flour by Sherwin Williams

"The hint of warmth in this color keeps your space creative, productive, and energized. It also allows for fun color accents in artwork or desk accessories that fit your style," Stone says.

To buy: From $42; sherwin-williams.com.

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Office: Wevet by Farrow & Ball

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"Wevet is a great choice in a home office because it has a hint of gray that contrasts really well with dark wood that you might have on a desk or your floors," Wichser says.

To buy: From $110; farrow-ball.com.

Trim

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Trim: Winter White by Benjamin Moore

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Cooney says this color is ideal if you aren't looking for a bright clean white, but rather something that will be quieter on the trim. "This white has a hint of gray in it that can be very moody and tone down the trim," she says.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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Trim: Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore

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Marom always uses this color for trim, ceilings, and woodwork. If you're looking for the best white paint for trim, you can't go wrong with Decorator's White.

To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

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All Rooms: Frost by Behr

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Susan Bunting, director of marketing for consumer solutions at Datacolor, which makes ColorReader, a device that matches any color to a corresponding paint shade, says Frost by Behr is one of the most popular white paint colors searched for on the app.

To buy: $17; homedepot.com

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All Rooms: Wedding Veil by Benjamin Moore

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According to Bunting, Wedding Veil also ranks highly on the ColorReader app. She says this is because the color has a relaxing quality.

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To buy: From $43; benjaminmoore.com.

FAQs

What color white do interior designers use? ›

Interior designer Katie Hodges of Katie Hodges Design swears by Benjamin Moore Simply White as her go-to white paint. "It's clean and crisp, without feeling sterile," she says. "My favorite white of all time—it never disappoints!"

What is the most popular shade of white for interior walls? ›

Pure White SW 7005 (opens in new tab) by Sherwin-Williams is the most popular and best white paint – it has a go-with-anything tone that means it's a great match for white room ideas with both cool and warm light.

Is white paint still in style 2022? ›

White paint offers a blank canvas for which we can make our own, and I predict white paint colors will continue to be a top choice for many in 2022." Nicole Gibbons of Clare paint expects the same.

What is Joanna Gaines favorite white paint? ›

"For high-traffic areas like kitchens and living rooms—and almost any space—I like to keep things simple and use a creamy, neutral white like 'Shiplap,'" the Fixer Upper star said.

How do I pick the right white for my room? ›

Help is here.
  1. Evaluate the Undertones.
  2. Consider Natural Light and Direction.
  3. Pick a White That Relates to Your Space.
  4. Compare White Paint Options.
  5. Consider How White Makes You Feel.
  6. Don't Forget Taupe and Greige.
  7. Buy High-Quality Paint.
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What is the newest paint color for 2022? ›

Benjamin Moore's pick for color of the year 2022 is a soft, silvery-green called October Mist 1495. This botanical shade mimics the pale green of a flower stem and serves as the foundation for the brand's larger 2022 color trends palette.

What is the 2022 paint color of the year? ›

2022 Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog SW 9130. Sherwin-Williams.

What colors will be popular in 2022? ›

For those color enthusiasts looking for inspiration, here are the six shades and tones that will dominate in 2022.
  • Gray-Green. Brie Williams. ...
  • Earthy Tones. Björn Wallander. ...
  • Citron. Annie Schlechter. ...
  • Deep Aubergine. Brie Williams. ...
  • Chartreuse. Kelly Marshall. ...
  • Warm Neutrals. Thomas Loof.
18 Oct 2021

What is the most popular wall color for 2022? ›

The most popular neutral interior paint color of 2022 is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. This popular neutral wall color is beloved by interior designers for any room.

What color is modern white? ›

It belongs to the green-yellow hue family and low chroma colors from this hue family range are often perceived as being the most neutral with no discernible hue bias. So you can expect it to look “just gray” or “just greige”.

What is the best white paint for walls and ceilings? ›

Satin white paint

Crucially for white, these finishes are more durable than matt paint and can usually be easily cleaned, so work well in high impact walls in areas such as kitchens and hallways, as well as ceilings and for features such as skirting boards and window frames where you want to avoid a glossy effect.

What is the most popular white paint at Sherwin Williams? ›

Pure White SW 7005, Sherwin-Williams

As the most popular white at Sherwin-Williams, this is truly a foolproof white paint color.

Does Joanna Gaines use alabaster white? ›

Joanna Gaines has used Alabaster so much it's one of her favorite colors! She painted the main living areas of her own farmhouse Alabaster and she continually uses it in homes she designs on Fixer Upper as well.

Is Greek villa or alabaster More white? ›

Is Greek villa or alabaster more white? Greek Villa and Alabaster are both creamy off white paint colors with Greek Villa being more beige and Alabaster more gray. That being said, Greek Villa is slightly lighter, brighter, and closer to white than Alabaster.

What tone is alabaster white? ›

Alabaster is a soft, WARM white with MORE undertone than some of the more simple, cleaner whites (ie: SW High Reflective White). This warmth comes across as soft and creamy vs abrasive and yellow, meaning it's not even close to the 3 whites that I would never paint my trim or cabinets.

What colors make a room look bigger and brighter? ›

So, what colors make a room look bigger? For an optimum effect, go with soft tones like off-white, blues, and greens, and always remember that brighter rooms feel bigger and more inviting. And here's another hack: Try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls.

What shade of white is best for ceilings? ›

A white ceiling makes smaller spaces feel larger. For seamless color flow, select a white for your ceiling that shares a similar undertone as the wall color. Favorite whites for ceilings include White Dove OC-17, Cloud White OC-130 and Decorator's White OC-149.

What color makes rooms seem bigger? ›

Naturally, white is an obvious choice for making a room feel bigger. It's no secret that light colors make a room look larger, especially if the space is bathed in natural light. Eggshell or satin finishes will help reflect the light, creating the appearance of even more space.

What color is architectural white? ›

#1 Most Popular C2 Paint Color.

Architectural White is C2's pure white that's a favorite of designers and architects. It has a crispness to it making it ideal for trim and moulding. *A digital swatch is a rough estimation of the color. A paint chip or sample pint is most accurate way to sample this color.

What is the most popular white color of paint? ›

Pure White SW 7005, Sherwin-Williams

As the most popular white at Sherwin-Williams, this is truly a foolproof white paint color.

Why do interior designers use white? ›

Interior designers love white for its reflective properties: white walls can beautifully reflect all the colours and lights falling on them. For instance, if you get natural light in your rooms, white walls will reflect it more, making the space brighter and airy.

What colors do interior designers use? ›

Traditionally, shades like red, orange and yellow are thought of as warm colors because they are more vibrant. However, neutrals like brown and tan are also included in the mix. On the other side of the spectrum are the cool colors, or blue, green and purple, as well as gray.

What is the best white paint for walls and ceilings? ›

Satin white paint

Crucially for white, these finishes are more durable than matt paint and can usually be easily cleaned, so work well in high impact walls in areas such as kitchens and hallways, as well as ceilings and for features such as skirting boards and window frames where you want to avoid a glossy effect.

What is the most popular white paint for ceilings? ›

Favorite whites for ceilings include White Dove OC-17, Cloud White OC-130 and Decorator's White OC-149. Check out our most popular whites on the White Color Family page, then head to your local Benjamin Moore retailer to buy a paint sample: We always recommend you “live” with any color before you buy it-even white!

What is the official color of the White House? ›

Today, Duron's “Whisper White” is used, and it takes 570 gallons of paint to cover the exterior. During restorations, the paint is often stripped from the sandstone and re-applied. Painting crews have been working throughout the week to give the entire White House exterior a fresh coat.

What is the best white paint brand for walls? ›

The best white paint options – our top 10
  1. Farrow & Ball Ammonite Estate Emulsion. ...
  2. Little Greene Shallows Absolute Matt Emulsion. ...
  3. Farrow & Ball Slipper Satin Estate Emulsion. ...
  4. Mylands of London Pure White Marble Matt Emulsion. ...
  5. Dulux Easycare Bathroom Egyptian Cotton Soft Sheen. ...
  6. Dulux Easycare Kitchen Timeless Matt Emulsion.
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What is the most popular Benjamin Moore white paint? ›

You won't be surprised that Benjamin Moore'e White Dove, Decorator's White & Chantilly Lace are the most popular white paint colors in their collections. They are both trending in the 2020's, but also timeless colorless white paint colors.

Are white walls going out of style? ›

IS WHITE STILL A TRENDY PAINT COLOUR FOR WALLS? Yes, based on my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients, white is still going strong. This doesn't mean that every home can pull it off, but white walls are definitely popular and I don't see that changing in the coming year.

What is designer white paint? ›

Designer White (33-1) by Pratt & Lambert Paints is a crisp and classic shade. On the cooler side of the spectrum, the color is a wonderful complement to bold hues and works both indoors and out. Dover White by Sherwin-Williams (SW 6385) is a warm neutral that creates a soft and inviting look.

Is decorators white too white? ›

Is Decorator's White too white? No, it's not! In fact, this color has a very moderate LRV on the white paint scale, there are many colors that are technically brighter whites.

Why do designers paint everything white? ›

White paint, perhaps more than any other color, can set the tone for a space's design direction with subtlety. Together with lighting, accents, furniture, and artwork, it can make a space read as anything from charming and cozy to brilliantly minimalist.

What is the most popular interior paint color for 2022? ›

The most popular neutral interior paint color of 2022 is Pure White by Sherwin-Williams. This popular neutral wall color is beloved by interior designers for any room.

What color looks most professional? ›

Which colours work? Blue, black, grey, brown and white are the best, while orange is universally considered the worst colour for an interview. Also avoid yellow, green and purple.

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