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The Best Interior White Paint Colors

Who would ever dream that choosing a white interior paint color could be so hard. Whites can be bright, creamy, and even carry some gray tones. Believe me when I say, there are thousands of different shades of white. This can be a daunting task if you don’t have somewhere to start.

Keep in mind, when choosing the perfect white for your home, you will need to consider the amount of direct sunlight your home or room receives. This will make a huge difference in the white you go with. You will also want to ask yourself these questions: Do I want a bright, stark white? A creamier white? Or maybe even a white with hints of gray?

We enjoy using shades of white on the interior because it creates that bright and airy feel that we love so much. White also create a clean, timeless look that will never go out of style.

A few months back we wrote about our favorite exterior white paint colors, so in this article I’m going to share our top picks for interior white paint. This seems to always be a hot topic and a question that comes up very often.

Creamy Sherwin Williams

Our current modern farmhouse is painted in Sherwin Williams Creamy. We chose to paint the walls, ceilings, and trim all the same color. The only difference being the trim, doors, and shiplap are a satin finish.

We liked the clean look of it all being the same color and are doing the same in our new build. Not to mention, it makes for a much easier paint job.

Creamy is a soft and subtle creamy white. We chose this to match our kitchen cabinetry color which is also on the creamy side.

White Dove Benjamin Moore

Design: Studio McGee

White Dove by Benjamin Moore is not a stark white, nor on the creamy side. I feel like it is pretty much the perfect white with just a hint of grey.

Pure White Benjamin Moore

Photo Credit: Home Bunch

Pure White is one we also mentioned for the exterior. It is a very elegant white that pulls colors of what is around it.

Navajo White Benjamin Moore

If you are looking for a creamy white, Navajo White by Benjamin Moore will be perfect. It is on the creamy side with a dose of yellow. I personally would use this color more in a sunroom, mudroom, or bath.

Extra White Sherwin Williams

Photo Credit: Home Bunch

Extra White by Sherwin Williams is a bright white with a modern feel. It is great for painting cabinetry and also beautiful on walls, trim, and ceilings.

Alabaster Sherwin Williams

Photo Credit: Home Bunch

Sherwin Williams Alabaster has been favored for many years, even winning color of the year in 2016. It is a very soft white, but not on the creamy side at all. It’s another top choice for our new home build interior walls.

Promenade Valspar

Promenade by Valspar keeps within the cool neutral white-gray tones. It’s a touch darker than Extra White, but just enough. It’s great for a living area or bedroom.

Simply White Benjamin Moore

Design: Kate Marker Interiors

Simply White by Benjamin Moore is a very popular white used among lots of designers. Its a soft white, but not too creamy. It is for sure one of my favorites and may be a contender for our new home.

Moonlight White Benjamin Moore

Photo Credit: Home Bunch

Moonlight White by Benjamin Moore is a sophisticated color and very versatile. It’s perfect it you are going for more of a clean, modern feel.

Cloud White Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White is a classic off white. Its name is very fitting because it is truly a cloudy white. It’s very warm and soft on the eyes.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Keely

    Love this post! Whites can change the look of a house depending on the one you choose! Thanks for the pictures to go along with the names!

    July 17, 2019 at 1:25 am
    • Reply Brooke

      You are so right! And you’re welcome. Glad you enjoyed it.

      July 17, 2019 at 1:48 am
      • Reply Kathleen

        This interior white and the exterior black posts are sooo helpful. Paint is soooo intimidating to me!

        August 29, 2019 at 12:16 pm
        • Reply Angela

          Love all of your favourite whites! What colour did you go with for your new home?

          March 3, 2020 at 10:36 pm
  • Reply MayberryMagpie

    We just painted our son’s 1500-sq-ft ranch house White Dove — ceilings, trim, walls and doors. I feel like it is the perfect white. Bright in high light, soft with a hint of grey in low light. We couldn’t be happier.

    July 17, 2019 at 1:27 am
    • Reply Brooke

      Awesome! It’s so nice to hear people’s first hand experience with a color. It helps a lot. And I like that you painted everything the same white! 🙂

      July 17, 2019 at 1:49 am
  • Reply Lisa McGee

    We painted all of our interior walls Alabaster with Pure White trim and couldn’t be happier!
    There’s a very subtle difference between the two which is what we were going for.

    July 17, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      I’m sure that is beautiful! If we were going to do a different white on the trim, I would definitely want it to be subtle.

      July 17, 2019 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Can I ask what color you painted your kitchen cabinets? Just found your blog and I LOVE it!

    July 22, 2019 at 4:39 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hello Amy! Our current cabinets were not actually a custom color, they were factory painted.

      January 20, 2020 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Great post thank you!! Do you typically match the color of the walls to the color of your cabinets? The cabinets we ordered are in white dove. Should I paint the walls that color too or go with a more creamy white or simply white?

    Thank you!

    October 29, 2019 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Maria

    I would like to paint my interior home trim,walls,ceiling the same color. Im going back and forth with SW -Alabaster White and BM White Dove. My kitchen cabinets are painted in Alabaster. I wanted to get your opinion. Some of my doors are painted with Wrought Iron color. I would like your advise of which color is better. Thank You!

    January 19, 2020 at 1:10 am
    • Reply Henry

      Hello Maria!
      I love painting the walls and ceilings the same color, great idea! Since your cabinets are already Alabaster, I would probably stick to this. It will be a good contrast with your doors.

      January 20, 2020 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Rhondda

    I’m in the process of a complete change of colours in my home. My furniture is warm browns and tans with some blue and I have oak trim and exposed beams. My plan is a soft neutral pallet with cream walls and a darker shade for the beams. My dilemma is wanting a soft cream without it looking dirty in dim light but not too bright either. I’m looking a Benjamin Moore Navajo white but it looks dirty in some lights. Do you have a suggestion for my walls and a subtle contrast for the beams? Thank you

    February 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm
    • Reply Henry

      Hi Rhonda. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We used Sherwin Williams Creamy in our farmhouse and we loved it. It added just the right amount of warmth without looking too yellowish. You should give it a try.

      March 24, 2020 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Jess Dalby

    Hi Brooke & Henry-
    Thank you for all of the helpful articles on paint. Which line of Sherwin Williams do you recommend for walls & trim? Thank you!

    April 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm
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