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What is the Best Shade of White for Paint for my Wall?

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

popular shades of white paint for 2022

Does the idea of picking paint give you hives? Well, if this question seems a tad dramatic, pardon the hyperbole — but all that tells me is that you haven't tried to choose the perfect shade of white.

Shades of white, technically speaking, includes; cream, eggshell, ivory, Navajo white, and vanilla, which is a simple breakdown as there are more than 150,000 shades. Good news is... that's why I, among many others in the design field, are here to help with the age old question, "which white is your favorite?"

These tried and true gorgeous whites will take the mystery and anxiety out of making the wrong decision, because truth is — I've made the wrong ones to find the right ones. When friends ask, "what is your favorite white paint" I know they want a quick answer, but there are so many things that play into the "perfect white" shade.

I've evaluated the undertones, looked at light direction as well as what other product or elements are in the same space--- because all of that will change the hue dramatically! Also, I take note in how they make me feel when I see them up in a space. I know it may sound crazy, but some things just feel right...and when they do, well, you write a blog...because sharing is caring my friends. These whites are shades that I have used everywhere from spec homes to my own home and everywhere in between.


Here are a few of my absolute favorites:

alabaster - shade of white

Benjamin Moore — Dove Wing

Benjamin Moore ----- White Dove

Sherwin Williams — Pure White

Sherwin Williams — Alabaster

Sherwin Williams — Greek Villa

Sherwin Willams ---- City Loft

Magnolia with Miller Paint — Shiplap


One thing to remember is to buy quality paint. Let me say it a little louder for those in the back row.

Buy. Quality. Paint.

For all that is good and holy, please don't skip this step. You put too much energy and money into your spaces to skimp on paint. There's a difference, so if money is tight, skip it in another area.

The key to selecting the perfect white paint is to determine the mood you want to create, and then choose a white that is either warm or cool or bears no hidden undertones of blues, yellows or pinks, but still has a solid foundation. If you need further help choosing the right white (or any other color) for your home, I'm only a message away @ I'd be happy to consult and walk you through the process of choosing finish and show you how the perfect shade will adapt in your own personal space.

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