It’s finally that time at the Orchard Project. What time, you ask? Time to pick a paint color, a white paint color. If you’ve ever painted a room white before, you know that white paints are some tricky business. Even the slightest undertone can shine through like a screaming splash of color. And since the variations are ever so slight, they look vastly different in each setting. So ah, no pressure! For today, I’ve narrowed down my choices to the six most popular Benjamin Moore White Paints, which I have reviewed for ya’ll below…
The Benjamin Moore white paints I will be reviewing today are; Simply White, Chantilly Lace, White Dove, Decorators White, Super White and White Cloud. In my reviews I’ve included three examples of each, so you can see how the colors vary depending on their setting, as well as some insight as to what the experts say.
Of all the Benjamin Moore White Paints White Dove is the creamiest. Some decorating guides consider it an ‘off white.’ That said, when applied in bulk it still appears very clean and crisp, just slightly warmer than the others. It’s lovely backdrop on walls and reads as a very light ‘greige’ color. I don’t recommend this color for trim however, as I prefer my trim to be as pure of a white as possible and this comes off looking too creamy for my tastes.
“White Dove has a creamy undertone that brings a lovely warmth to homes in urban environments or those in climates that often experience grey and overcast skies. Meanwhile, in more traditional settings, White Dove reads as a crisp white without being too cold or modern.” – Emilie Munroe
I like cloud white for it’s neutral feeling. It isn’t a pure, stark white, but standing on it’s own it does appear ‘white.’ I say it is a neutral because the undertones are equal parts gray and yellow, so it doesn’t seem to lean too far to the warm or cool end of things. It is a good white if you are looking for something with a bit more substance than just pure white. It works well in traditionally designed homes, as it doesn’t come off as super modern. It’s a classic favorite of the Benjamin More white paints.
“Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White is one of my go-to shades because it’s a white that doesn’t feel cold or sterile; instead, it comes off as really warm and fresh.” -Maria von Hartz
Simply white is brighter and more fresh feeling than Cloud White. It’s also not nearly as creamy as White Dove. This is a great go-to white if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more inviting than a stark white, but doesn’t read too warm or yellow. Simply White was Benjamin Moore’s color of the year last year, and for good reason. It’s a great white that plays well with almost any other color but is also beautiful on it’s own. Architectural Digest has a write-up on Simply White here.
“Simply White is a warm white, and it felt to us the cleanest and the most versatile. It looked fresh with a warm palette or a cool palette. It’s nothing like yellow teeth. White should never go in that direction.” – Ellen O’Neill
BM’s Super White is the only paint in this round-up that I have personal experience with. I used it as a trim color throughout the Hill Street House and I loved it. I recommend Super White for trim, as it’s the whitest of Benjamin Moore white paints (in case you couldn’t tell from the name). It’s bright nature makes trim pop against any other color. When applied to a whole wall (which I, personally, haven’t done) it makes the art, furniture, and decor pop. Most museums use this color on their walls for that reason. Super White works in any setting, and is the only white I would consider in an ultra-modern space. (Note: I wouldn’t use this white on plaster, or uneven walls as it will highlight the imperfections.)
“My new go-to white is Benjamin Moore ‘Super White’ (PM-1). I recently remodeled my house and painted everything this brilliant, crisp white. With no creamy undertones, it highlights architectural detailing and makes artwork really pop.” —Grant Gibson, San Francisco
Now we are beginning to lean more to the cool side of things. This hue is a very bright white, but just a shade cooler than Super White. It works well on trim when paired with gray walls. For whole walls it appears as a perfectly balanced white, only not quite as stark as Super White. Decorators will often mix this 50/50 with Linen White to achieve a balanced, approachable color.
“You can’t go wrong with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Decorator’s White’ (CC-20). It’s what I use in my own home and for clients’ walls when they tell me they can’t decide on a white and I want to play it safe. There might be fancier whites, brighter whites, darker whites, grayer whites, ad infinitum, but this one always delivers in a friendly, consistent way.” —Susanna Salk,
The coolest of all the Benjamin Moore White Paints, Chantilly Lace is a relatively new color in the BM lineup and it’s been well-received. If you’re painting a kitchen with Carrara marble counters, I recommend this color, as it looks beautiful with the cool marble. This is also a great white for ceilings of gray rooms, as it color-matches well and doesn’t seem to stark. All of the pictures I found online of Chantilly Lace painted rooms were just stunning, it would be hard to go wrong with this choice.
“Lace is crisp and bright while having enough depth to avoid a sterile look. It’s a white on the cold side, but able to bring in warm tones as well — excellent used where modern and traditional meet.” – Moises Esquenazi
Phew, what a review of the best Benjamin Moore white paints. I hope this helps you make a decision! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have any personal experience with any of these and what you liked/didn’t like. I will pick one of these whites for our master suite and will (of course!) write a post about how much I love it because anything that takes this much research must result in something awesome, right?! Ha!