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Choosing the best white paint color for your home’s interior

March 22, 2017

How to choose the best white paint color for your home

White walls have never been in more demand. Because there are so many shades of white, best white paint color for your home’s interior can be overwhelming because the variations in white aren’t as obvious to the eye as other colors. White is a calm, delicate, classic, peaceful color on walls, which is why we see it all over design magazines and Pinterest.

The following tips will help you make the right selection:

  • Bring home lots of swatches: Make sure to bring home at least several swatches of white from the paint store. At some paint stores, like Sherwin Williams, larger swatches can be requested, which makes it easier to visualize the color once home. Tape these larger swatches to the wall in the room you are painting!
  • Know your undertone: Whites either have warm undertones or cool undertones. Knowing which undertone you are drawn to for your home will help you edit the swatches you select. Warmer whites have a creamier, more yellow base. Cooler whites have a blue-green base.
  • Paint a sample on the wall: Once you have narrowed your paint colors down (we suggest at least three), paint a 3X3 foot square on the walls in the room you are painting. It is very important to observe the color at different times of day and night since paint colors change depending on the light and the direction the room is facing.

Some of the best and most popular white paint colors

Warmer whites (creamier base, yellow undertones)

White Dove, Benjamin Moore

This white reads as soft, welcoming, and warm without looking beige. It is one of the most recommended and used white paint colors out there! There is nothing cold about this white.

Dover White, Sherwin Williams

This is one of the most popular whites right now! This also reads as a creamy white and has a yellow undertone. Its popularity is largely due to the fact that though white, it is not cold. This is a good white for a family room!

Snowbound, Sherwin Williams

Another top choice in the warm whites category. This is a creamy white paint which allows darker colors to pop. It looks beautiful on walls when juxtaposed with dark stained hardwood floors!

Simply White, Benjamin Moore

This is a top seller because it is clean and bright without being too harsh. It can be used everywhere from kitchen cabinetry, to kitchen walls, to family rooms. This white is a great choice for homes with open concept plan (especially homes with great rooms) because it is warm and soft, yet clean. Simply White is a very versatile white that looks great in any space.

Cooler whites (green and blue undertones)

Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore

When you need a very bright white, this is it! It is probably the paint color closest to a true white. Most people use Decorator’s White on doors, trim, and moulding because of its brightness. It also makes the wall color pop.

Pure White, Sherwin Williams

This will be one of the top white paint colors this year! Pure White is a cooler white with blue undertones. It is a clean and bright white and is a stunning hue on kitchen cabinetry and trim! It provides a clean looking backdrop for cooking, and a room where we spend much time.

Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore

We love Chantillly Lace! It’s hard to achieve a beautiful, crisp white that’s not too bright, but this paint does just that. Another white that is beautiful on cabinetry and perfect for kitchens!

Dunbar Builders will work with you to select the best white paint color for your home

At Dunbar Builders, we work with our customers to allow them to customize their homes just how they want them. When it comes to choosing paint, we will work with you to get just the color you need. Contact us to learn more and get started with building your dream home!