17 White Paints We Love in 2023
Our favorite white hues displayed in real homes as inspiration for your next project.
Is it just me or is it very overwhelming to pick a white paint? White paint should be easy to select, but with many variations it's easy to slip into a state of decision paralysis.
That's the white paint dilemma. Can you actually pick the wrong shade of white? Have you ever seen a white paint you truly hated? If you don't know what a wrong shade looks like, how can you tell which shade is the right choice?
Lucky for you, we've created a list to help you narrow down the options based on interior designer recommendations, trending colors, and popular home inspiration websites. Below you'll find 17 white paint colors that the Craftwork team loves in 2023.
1. Pure White
Plank & Pillow used Pure White from Sherwin-Williams on their interior walls, trim, and ceiling, as seen in this image. Pure White has a slight hint of yellow, but fits perfectly into any space. I've used this white in my own home and highly recommend if you're looking for a brilliant, bright white.
2. White Diamond
The nursery of this 1912 row house in NYC is painted in White Diamond by Benjamin Moore, featured in Apartment Therapy. The paint company describes the color as a "sparkling white brightened with a hint of blue."
3. Fresh Kicks
Featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Havenly's favorite white paint list, Fresh Kicks by Clare is an interior designer favorite. According to Clare's founder, Nicole Gibbons, the bestselling white paint is one of her favorite paints.
"A true, neutral white wall paint like Fresh Kicks is best for creating a crisp, gallery-like feel that helps bold colors and bright accents pop," Gibbons said in the Better Home and Gardens interview.
4. Eider White
Color of the Month August 2021, Eider White by Sherwin-Williams is a very light greige that can work in any space. Although it's not the easiest white paint name to pronounce, it looks like a paint that can fit into any aesthetic.
5. Balboa Mist
Shapeless Studio architects and designers Jess Hinshaw and Andrea Fisk used Balboa Mist from Benjamin Moore in a Brooklyn bathroom they designed, featured in this image and in Apartment Therapy.
"The bathroom doesn’t get any natural light, so she wanted it to feel light and airy. It’s kind of a nice break; it feels very fresh and clean, like a different mindset," said Fisk.
The Renovation Husbands, a husband design and DIY team, painted the kitchen in their renovated Victorian Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams, featured in the left photo. Harper House, featured in right photo, used the warm yellowish-white paint in their bathroom.
If you're looking for the perfect white for a farmhouse interior design aesthetic, look no further than Alabaster.
7. Polar Bear
Polar Bear by Behr, featured in Better Homes and Gardens best white paint list, looks like heaven in this shiplapped room. According to the magazine, Behr's Vice President of Color and Creative Services Erika Woelfel calls this hue "a clean and clear white" that can help rooms feel more spacious.
8. Strong White
I am glad I was able to find a picture of the same paint in two rooms that were lit differently, so you can see how natural light can drastically alter the color. The photo on the left is Toronto-based apartment with dining room walls in Strong White by Farrow & Ball, featured in Apartment Therapy. The hallway on the right, painted in Strong White, is from Farrow & Ball's inspirational photo gallery, with the door painted in Down Pipe.
I love the way Snowbound by Sherwin-Williams covers Jennifer O’Brien's family room. O'Brien, who featured the space on her blog City Farmhouse, selected the white because of its slight hint of gray. This white is one of Sherwin-Williams top 50 paint colors and September 2022 color of the month.
10. Du Jour
Du Jour by Valspar covers the family room of this Georgia home featured in Apartment Therapy. This warm white gives a homey, but elegant vibe. This family room shows if you select Du Jour, you really can't go wrong.
11. White Opulence
Interior designer Maude Coudé updated the family room of this Montréal apartment using White Opulence from Benjamin Moore. Featured in Apartment Therapy, the walls in this apartment shows the very slight touch of pink undertones in this brilliant white paint.
12. Blank Canvas
This warm creamy shade of paint is Blank Canvas, Behr's 2023 Color of the Year. It has a hint of green and brown undertones and works especially well with other nature-inspired paint tones.
13. White Dove
White Dove by Benjamin Moore is used by Amelia Lawerence Style & Designs in all three of her homes, shown in bedroom featured in the right image. One of Benjamin Moore's best selling paints, this color has creamy light brown undertones that makes the space feel warm and welcoming.
14. Shoji White
Interior Designer Erica Van Slyke, who wrote a paint review on her blog Designing Vibes, gushed about how Shoji White by Sherwin-Williams turned out in her lake house.
"Before I had the time to truly observe this ever-changing paint color morph through out the day (depending on natural light variations), I would have sworn this hue was merely a warm white... but in lower light scenarios, it can come off as a super light greige," Van Slyke said.
One of Sherwin-Williams top 50 paints, this mushroom-sounding white is a definite winner.
15. Simply White
Natalie Jacob, the blogger behind Arsenic Lace, painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore through her entire New Jersey apartment. Her home, featured in Apartment Therapy, is covered in color through wallpaper and pops of other paint shades, and Simply White is the perfect complement.
16. Westhighland White
Sherwin-Williams' Westhighland White is a brilliant, creamy paint that is featured on Sherwin-Williams top 50 paints list. This shade also made Southern Living's favorite white paint list, showcasing its versatility in a bedroom styled by Liz Strong.
17. Chantilly Lace
Featured in Havenly's favorite white paint list, Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is one of the most popular white paints out there. The hue looks amazing with blues and greens, but works well with colors in the red family as well. House Beautiful dedicated an entire article to this color alone, with one interior designer saying it's a white "they know their clients will love 20 years later."
This article includes images from Farrow & Ball, Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Sherwin-Williams' websites. It also includes photos from Havenly, Laurey W. Glenn, Nancy Mitchell, Erica Van Slyke, Amelia Lawerence, Sylvie Li, Minette Hand, City Farmhouse, Lauren Kolyn, Renovation Husbands, Harper House, Nicole Franzen, Kylie Fitts, and Plank & Pillow.