Benjamin Moore White Dove: The perfect soft white paint color for your home! BM White Dove appears as a slightly grayed warm white, which makes it a favorite paint color to use in rooms where you want some warmth! See how it transformed our family room and master bathroom; plus, compare it to other similar warm paint colors and see it in real houses below!
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.
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!
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It is a clean white with only subtle yellow undertones–nothing like what we had before (Behr White Chocolate.) See how it compares with similar soft white paint colors below.
BM White Dove on walls and BM Simply White trim
Walls: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
Trim: Benjamin Moore Simply White in semi-gloss
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE LRV
White Dove’s LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is 85.13 which makes it a nice bright white (but warm).
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, 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.)
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 greenish 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.
MY FAVORITE TOOLS TO PAINT A ROOM FAST
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These tools have literally saved me DAYS of painting and cut my time painting by 66%! I only wish I knew about them and made the under $10 purchase before!
- Abrasive Hand Pad
- Use this instead of sandpaper. Using sandpaper will rub off too much of the varnish and the stain on your oak wood trim will permeate your newly painted white paint. We use these abrasive pads everywhere instead of sandpaper.
- Paint Pad–– save yourself HOURS by buying this under $10 painting tool!
- Paint Trim Guard
- You are going to want this if you have wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood floors that you want to protect. I use it along with Painter’s Tape to ensure that I don’t have drips on my floor.
WHITE DOVE PAINT WALLS
White Dove hallway by Polished Habitat
Benjamin Moore White Dove cabinets by Sand Dollar Lane
Postcards from the Ridge BM White Dove living room
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE CABINETS
Benjamin Moore White Dove kitchen by Design Dazzle
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 mouldings.
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.
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!
Want to see more of my favorite neutral paint colors? Check out these posts!