Benjamin Moore White Dove: Is White Dove OC-17 the perfect soft white paint color for your home? See how this perfect neutral paint color looks compared to other creamy off-white paints from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams. We’ve used it in our home below, and it continues to be one of my favorite white paint colors!
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE
BM White Dove is one of the most popular paint colors for good reason, it’s a lovely soft white but not as yellow as Cloud White; but, significantly warmer than BM Simply White and BM Chantilly Lace.
When you want a soft white room with some warmth, that still looks “clean,” use White Dove.
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It comes across as a slightly grayed warm white, which makes it a favorite paint color to use in rooms where you want just a little touch of warmth! It has slight green undertones which make it highly compatible with other neutral paint colors like warm gray paint colors and pale grays. See how it transformed our family room and master bathroom below; plus, compare it to other similar warm paint colors and see it in real houses!
We paired it with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White trim on all of our woodwork (see how to paint wood trim here,) and the combination looks lovely! The white paint reflects light in this dark room in our house, and has made the room feel fresh, bright, yet still warm and cozy!
White Dove OC-17 is a clean white with only subtle yellow undertones–nothing like what we had before (Behr White Chocolate.) It’s slightly grayish with a hint of yellow undertones make it a “warm white” in my book. But, let’s break it down further by examining the LRV below!
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BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE LRV
White Dove’s LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is 85.38 which makes it a nice bright white (but warm).
What does LRV Mean? LRV is basically a percentage of light a given paint color reflects. The higher the number, the brighter the color! Most white paint colors have an LRV between 80-95. OC-17 (White Dove) has a good LRV in my opinion–bright but not too bright at 85.38.
WHAT ARE WHITE DOVE’S UNDERTONES?
The best way to look at undertones is to examine White Dove’s paint swatch and see similar colors within its color family. Another way is to compare it to some more of the most popular white paints, to help you make a decision! We will do both today. You can see in the graphic below, that it has just a hint of yellow. This is what makes White Dove such a fantastic paint color.
Like I said above, White Dove has a slight light gray and green undertones with just a hint of yellow. This is what makes White Dove such a fantastic paint color.
White Dove’s undertones lend it versatility and it pairs wonderfully with light gray paint colors!
IS WHITE DOVE A GOOD FARMHOUSE COLOR?
OC-17 is the perfect color for white walls if you are looking for a “Fixer Upper” look. It is warmer than many stark white paint colors, but will brighten any room and looks fantastic on shiplap! It goes with any style of decor–modern, traditional, transitional, and farmhouse.
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE VS. CHANTILLY LACE
Another popular soft white color is Chantilly Lace. You can see in the side-by-side comparison of White Dove and Chantilly Lace above with the paint chips, that White Dove is more saturated and has more gray in it.
Personally, I prefer White Dove because I like a little contrast between the walls and the trim in our house (all our trim is Benjamin Moore Simply White.) Chantilly Lace is a bit cooler of color and has more bluish undertones.
BM Chantilly Lace
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE VS. CLOUD WHITE
We have painted several rooms Cloud White over the years. While it is a lovely color, it has quite a bit more beige in it than White Dove, which almost has green undertones when you look closely at it.
I prefer to use Cloud White for rooms that I want to feel warmer–like our nursery, and White Dove for rooms like our family room that I want to appear fresher. If you want a warmer white, consider Cloud White. But, if you want a cleaner soft white, use White Dove.
SIMPLY WHITE VS. WHITE DOVE:
Above, you can see our combination of paints–BM White Dove walls (eggshell finish) and BM Simply White trim (in semi-gloss). There is a nice contrast between the two and it looks lovely. White Dove appears slightly darker and cooler than Simply White, which provides a sophisticated combination to the room.
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE VS. DECORATOR’S WHITE
Two very similar, and very popular soft white colors are shown above back-to-back, so you can see the difference. Decorator’s White has more of a bluish undertone than White Dove but is a lovely color to use and you could even use it on your trim as well. Side by side, you can see that White Dove has a little more green in it than Decorator’s White.
BM Decorators White
WHAT COLORS GO WITH WHITE DOVE?
OC-17 White Dove by Benjamin Moore is one of those colors that goes well with almost everything! Below, I’ve made an easy whole house color scheme for you! These are colors I’ve used in my house and love!
- BM Hale Navy
- BM Simply White
- BM Chelsea Gray (a lovely dark gray)
- BM Classic Gray (a nice light gray)
- BM Pink Cadillac (see all my favorite pink paint colors here!)
- BM Revere Pewter (a warm gray)
- BM Oxford Gray (see more blue gray paint colors here)
- BM Balboa Mist (another pale gray)
- BM Cloud White (a warm neutral white paint color)
In general, colors with green undertones pair nicely with White Dove.
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White Dove on Walls
See how wonderful White Dove looks on walls in these gorgeous rooms below! From kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms, you will see how this perfect neutral paint color looks good anywhere!
White Dove Kitchen Cabinets
Designthusiasm completely updated her kitchen by painting her cabinets BM White Dove and the result is amazing!
White Dove Bedroom
Maison de Cinq shows how lovely OC-17 looks in her master bedroom and how well it pairs with light blue colors.
OC-17 White Library Walls
BM OC-17 is a designer favorite for good reason--see how lovely it looks in this library!
Elegant White Walls Painted White Dove
Architectural Digest asked top interior designers what their favorite white paint colors are and you can see the results.
BM White Dove Hallway
Polished Habitat shows how well BM White Dove looks with crisp blue and white wallpaper!
White Dove Kitchen
Sandollar Lane shows her fabulous coastal kitchen using BM White Dove OC-17!
White Dove Cabinets
Design Dazzle shows her light and bright kitchen makeover below with BM OC-17.
White Dove Living Room
Caitlin Wilson's living room featured in House Beautiful shows how stunning it is with blue and blush accents.
White Dove Shiplap
Elements of Style Blog shows her family room with BM White Dove shiplap walls.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WHITE DOVE:
What number is Benjamin Moore White Dove?
Benjamin Moore White Dove OC 17
Is Benjamin Moore White Dove warm or cool?
White Dove is a warm white without the yellow typically associated with soft whites.
What color trim with White Dove walls?
We used BM Simply White in semigloss on our trim (see how to paint wood trim here), and you can see how nice it looks with BM Dove White walls.
Is Dove White a good trim color?
Yes, while I prefer a whiter trim color, (BM Simply White), White Dove would work as a trim color in an older home with detailed moldings.
Does Benjamin Moore White Dove have yellow undertones?
Not really. It has a little yellow, but it has more gray in it than Simply White and Cloud White. I consider its undertones grayish/ green.
Is White Dove too white?
No, White Dove is actually quite warm. I think of it as a warmer white color than most others that are cooler like Decorator’s White and Chantilly Lace.
Should white cabinets match white walls?
I like my white cabinets to match my white walls personally, and it’s something I recommend doing in my how to paint cabinets tutorial. If you use something similar but not different enough, one of the components (either the walls or the cabinets) has the possibility of looking dirty or dingy. Instead, use the same white paint color and create a harmonious space!
Shannon Coker Buncher says
I am using white dove for my trim. Is it weird to use it on the walls too if I want an all white master bath?
Janet B says
Hello, thank you for your post & photos. My question is very similar to Shannon’s question. How boring would it be to paint an entire bedroom with White Dove, ceiling (matte) walls (matte), closet door, baseboards and window sill (semi gloss) WITH white linen bedding? I do have an antique black (matte black) chest in the room and natural color linen drapes. Geez just typing this makes me think I’m going overboard with the entire room one color?
I painted a house all white dove and it looked spectacular! Walls eggshell and ceiling – baseboards semi. Very refreshing and elegant. Every time I walked into the house I was in awe. Art work looked amazing with the color. In my own house I’m doing Chantilly lace trim white dove on the walls. Only because I’m going for a different look. Good luck!
I love white dove too! I have been dying to try Chantilly lace! Thank you so much for commenting!
Lisa Heller says
I’ve been looking at grieges for awhile. I’ve painted my bathroom and guest room seasalt and ice cube white. My daughters room and 1/2 bath gray owl. My entrance room is a pine living room. The walls are light pine and ceiling is dark which gives the immediate feeling of darkness. There is a stone fireplace unit. It wraps around into a sunken living room. The other side is more gray fireplace. I was thinking of painting the sunken living room edgecomb gray but now that I’ve been reading about dove white I’m leaning towards that. My kitchen is to the left of pine living room. The oak cupboards were once stained deep brown but in the 90s my hubby sanded them light, this left the grain dark brown still. At this time the walls are green blue. My floors are faux tile in a warm gold gray cream stone. I have a picture window. I have a stained glass window with a periwinkle flower on it framed in gold stained glass. Counters are soft cream and soft white speckled. My back splash tile similar. I’m thinking changing walls to Dove White and painting sunken living room the same. Master bedroom is on opposite side next to daughters. Thinking Dove White again. Thoughts?
What do you think about doing the reverse- simply white walls and white dove trim? Will it have the same effect?
Cathy MacIlvane says
Building!!! Things are tough to visualize!
Creamy white cabinets, island natural coolish toned wood,
Doors are flat/modern style,
floors CORETec deluxe vinyl plank floor Dora Walnut. Med-semi dark cool wood tone.
Kitchen fixtures, cabinet door hardware and doors and hinges all matte black.
Countertop and island counter top is Calacatta Gold. Creamy quarts color.
BIG QUESTION: because the trim and wood doors will be painted SW Extra White. Do I continue to carry the Cool Whites on the walls.
I love BM Chantilly Lace or BM White Dove?
This is an open concept floor plan.
Hi, How would White dove look for a spanish style family room and halls with wood beams ? Or would you go whiter?
I want to paint my whole house in white dove can I paint my cabinets and ceiling in the same color or what color do you suggest
I am considering painting my kitchen, living areas, halls, dining, family room White Dove or Cloud white (I like my ‘separated’ rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms, laundry room to have a different feel so they are painted specific colors). Thank you so much for an indepth review of white dove and its comparison to Cloud White. Not sure which I will go with until I get some samples on poster board but it will be one of those two.
Also I REALLY APPRECIATE your ‘grown up’ writing and communicating style !! As there are other bloggers who sound like they are still in third grade, use British spellings when they are clearly American (what’s THAT all about??? I lived in England and New Zealand for quite some time and I don’t do that!!) , and curse and just use kinda crude language (the only time you should use the word suck in a sentence is with the word straw or vacuum). So thank you so much for your sane, mature writing!! We get a sense of your lovely personality without it feeling like nails on chalkboard.
I’m choosing for the first time a SW paint Accessible Beige for an east facing bedroom walls. Would BM White Dove be a good Trim choice?
Help! I’m planning to paint my living room, dining room and hallways dove white. The kitchen is open to these rooms and I’m wondering if I should paint the kitchen cabinets the same color or if I should use simply white or chantilly lace as a contrast. The kitchen walls would also be dove white. What do you suggest?
I’d like to paint our walls White Dove, with Simply White baseboards and trim. I love the idea of keeping the cabinets the same color as the walls to avoid the dingy look, but what about the doors? Not cabinet doors, but doors going to our other rooms – should we do the doors Simply White to match the baseboards and trim? Or White Dove to match the cabinets and walls?
What did you decide with door color…I have a similar question.
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