The Best White Paint Colors

Selecting the best white paint color can come with a huge dose of decision fatigue. Understanding the nuances of undertones, not to mention each room’s unique lighting situation, often makes it feel impossible to commit. But rest assured, we’re about to make your white paint search infinitely easier. We’ve put together our definitive guide to the best white paint colors broken down into three key categories: classic whites, bright whites and creamy whites. Each shade is designer-approved, so you can count on a fresh look every time—no stressful paint store trips required.

The best bright white paint colors in 2023 as chosen by top New York designers.
Design by Studio DB / Photography by Matthew Williams

 

Classic White Paint Colors

 

There’s something to be said for the staying power of the classics. While these white paint colors have certainly been around the block, they’re considered timeless for a reason. Shades like Simply White and White Dove are beloved by designers for their clean (but never stark white) look, allowing them to blend seamlessly in a wide range of styles. You can feel confident using these whites on your cabinets, walls, or quite frankly, anywhere in your home.

 

 

Favorite Classic White Paint Colors:

 

The best white paint color of 2023 - bright white paint in cozy and airy living room with blue sofa.
Design by Innen Studio
The best white paint colors in 2023 chosen by designers. Soft white walls with putty colored trim.
Design by Lauren Nelson Design / Photography by Seth Smooth

Bright White Paint Colors

When your space needs a decidedly modern shade of white, these are the colors to turn to. We’re partial to Fresh Kicks, which you’ll find on Anastasia’s former kitchen and dining room walls. It’s a pure, untinted white that feels like a total breath of fresh air. Super White is another fan favorite that lives up to its name as a more brilliant shade with zero undertones in sight.

Favorite Bright White Paint Colors:

Super White by Benjamin Moore

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

Fresh Kicks by Clare

Pure White by Sherwin Williams

The best white paint colors in 2023 as selected by top interior designers
Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photography by Julie Soefer

Creamy White Paint Colors

Sometimes you need a white with just a little bit of warmth. Something soft, serene, and creamed to perfection. That’s where these beloved off-white beauties come in. While Swiss Coffee is a well-established favorite among top designers like Shea McGee, Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite (featuring soft gray undertones) is quickly gaining steam. You’ll find Whipped in Anastasia’s primary bathroom, and it’s a warm white that’s earned our full stamp of approval. In The Austin Tudor, Anastasia opted for Fossil by Benjamin Moore for a deeper, moodier take on a classic white.

Favorite Creamy White Paint Colors:

Alabaster by Sherwin Williams

Whipped by Clare 

Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

Timeless by Clare

Ammonite by Farrow & Ball

Fossil by Benjamin Moore

White Flour by Sherwin Williams

The best creamy white paint colors in 2023 as chosen by top interior designers.
Design by The Interior Collective / Photography by Lindsay Brown

BY: ANASTASIA CASEY

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