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The Perfect White Paint? 6 Designers Give Their Top Pick

May 11, 2018

Snow? Dove? Cotton? Selecting a white paint is no simple task, so we asked the masters for their go-to shades. The result?

An incredible range of options you’ll return to again and again, shown here on the walls of some of their best rooms.

Photography by Emily Followill

CLASSIC GRAY OC-23
Benjamin Moore

“Truly sophisticated and incredibly versatile, I find this to be the ultimate neutral. It is a very pale, pale, pale gray with warm undertones, so it reads on the wall as a chalky white that is luminescent and ethereal in any space.” – Beth Webb


 

Photography by Richard Hallberg Interior Design

CLOUD WHITE OC-130
Benjamin Moore

“It is the brightest true white that is still warm and not cold!” – Richard Hallberg


 

Photography by Simon Upton

ZURICH WHITE SW 7626
Sherwin Williams

“I like that it has a hint of gray and it is not just white. It adds a bit of softness and mystery.” – Nancy Braithwaite


 

Photography by Vicente Wolf

VICENTE WOLF WHITE PPG 1001-1
Pittsburgh Paints

“This is a true color without any color tint that is found in other white shades. It is a neutral white that works in all decors.” – Vicente Wolf


 

Photography by Peter Vitale

DKC-5 & WEVET NO. 273
Donald Kaufman & Farrow & Ball

“I have two go-tos for white paints: one is Donald Kaufman DKC-5, which is shown here. It is a warmer tone for more traditional use. The other is Farrow & Ball Wevet No. 273, which is a crisp white that works well for more contemporary projects.” – Pamela Pierce


 

Photography by Max Kim-Bee

SIMPLY WHITE OC-117
Benjamin Moore

“I am a big lover of white walls and have found the perfect combination of bright, crisp yet never cold in Simply White from Benjamin Moore. It is almost  chameleon-like in that it can gracefully interact with cooler white porcelain tones in bathrooms and the not-so-white upholstery fabrics I prefer to use in other spaces.” – Thomas Pheasant