Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White is one of the most popular Benjamin Moore white colors. Decorator’s White is a bright white paint color that has just the slightest touch of a gray background. It’s a pretty shade that is excellent for trim, baseboards, doors and cabinets.

Read on to learn why BM Decorator’s White might be a great fit for your home. I’m sharing all the details in this complete color review!

A small bathroom with board and batten painted in Classic Gray, and the upper walls painted in Benjamin Moore Decorator's White.
A bathroom painted in Decorator’s White up top and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray on the board and batten.
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Choosing paint colors is difficult – even for people who have made a career out of analyzing them (ME). After years of sampling paint colors in every room of our homes, we still make lots of mistakes. I’m learning something new every day!

That’s why I’ve created these paint color guides to make your decisions easier. Studying a few of your favorite paint colors is the best way to make a decision you’ll love for a long time to come.

Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White feels like a true, bright white. However, it has some depth and interest that makes it more unique than a clear white. With a barely-there soft gray undertone, it’s great for a variety of places in your home, but lighting situations do matter.

That’s why I’ll show it to you in a variety of beautiful spaces throughout this post, including the primary bathroom we’re updating. It’s so helpful to see a color in real homes!

A bathroom with greige walls on bottom and BM Decorator's White walls on top.
A bathroom painted in Decorator’s White up top and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray on the board and batten.

Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White

I hope this guide inspires you to take the leap with a fresh new color in your home. Use the drop down Table of Contents menu to navigate this post with ease and find everything you need to know!

If your room faces north, Decorator’s White might show more cool undertones. But in warmer light (southern or western facing) it will often read as more of an authentic white, even a little warmer.

It’s beautiful with the gray tones of marble countertops, making it an excellent option for kitchen installations.

Decorator’s White Overview


  • Cabinetry
  • Trim
  • Walls
  • Exterior (Body or Trim)
  • Ceilings
  • Furniture


  • Fresh
  • Soft
  • Cool


BM Decorator’s White is a cool white color.

  • Gray
  • Purple
  • Blue

Light Reflective Value (LRV)

Decorator’s White has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 84.6. Click through to learn more about LRV, which is an important factor in choosing your paint colors!

This system is a scale used by design professionals. Basically, 0 = the darkest black and 100 is a true white paint color. The higher the number, the more light that paint color reflects. So the more “white” a paint color is, the higher the number.

For comparison purposes, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (one of my favorite white colors, and also on the cool side of the spectrum) has an LRV of 92. That means Decorator’s White isn’t quite as “white” as you might initially think!

Recommended Sheens

Learn all about Paint Sheens here. The best sheens for BM Decorator’s White will be dependent on where you’re using it, of course!

For walls, use an Eggshell Paint. You can use this color for Trim Paint, too, which also requires a specific paint. For ceilings, use a Flat Paint which tends to hide imperfections.


  • Modern
  • Contemporary
  • Transitional
  • Coastal

Print this complimentary paint color chart  to keep our paint colors organized for quick touch-ups!

A white and gray bathroom with wainscotting around the space and decorator's white paint above.
A bathroom painted in Decorator’s White up top and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray on the board and batten.

Colors to Pair Decorator’s White With

Since this is a slightly cool white, it pairs beautifully with all your favorite cooler grays, greens, and blues.

Trim Paint to Pair With OC -149

Avoid pairing any creamy whites with yellow undertones next to Decorator’s White. They will compete and make this one look more dirty or gray. Pair it with a true bright white or cooler whites.

How does a monochromatic paint scheme like that work? Well, you paint the walls in eggshell, and use semi-gloss for the trim in the same color. It looks and feels rich and cohesive, and you’d won’t have the struggles of matching walls and trim!

Ceiling Paint to Pair With OC -149

  • A traditional white ceiling paint right off the shelf
  • Match ceiling paint to BM Decorator’s White to avoid clashing with your ceiling.


  • Sample – I recommend starting with removable paint samples and then testing your favorites prior to committing.
  • Test near your finishes like flooring and cabinetry.
  • Look at paint color during the morning, afternoon and evening light.
  • Check the quality and consistency of your light bulbs to ensure your lighting is showcasing the color correctly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Decorator’s White too white?

No, it’s not! In fact, this color has a very moderate LRV on the white paint scale, there are many colors that are technically brighter whites.

Is Decorator’s White a good color for walls?

Yes! Especially if you’re looking for a calm, cool white, this one is an excellent choice. Because it has no yellow undertones, it works beautifully if you have a variety of gray colors in your home, too.

A white and gray bathroom with wainscotting around the space and Benjamin Moore Decorator's White paint above.
A bathroom painted in Decorator’s White up top and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray on the board and batten.

Color Comparisons

Decorator’s White vs Sherwin Williams Snowbound

Snowbound has a similar LRV, coming in at 83 compared to Decorator White’s 84. It’s also got a similarly cool, gray undertone, so this one would be a great paint sample comparison as they are quite similar!

Decorator’s White vs White Dove

 White Dove has an LRV of 85, coming in very closely to Decorator’s White. However, the undertones of white dove are a little warmer and more greige.

Decorator’s White vs Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace has a significantly higher LRV, at 92, but it’s a very similar cool white background. They pair well together for trim and walls, for that reason!

Sherwin Williams Equivalent

The closest color from Sherwin Williams would be Snowbound. Check them both out to cover all your bases!

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  1. Just painted the walls and trim in my coastal, relatively modern house Decorator White. I’d like to choose a slightly warmer white for my primary bedroom, and was planning to use Dec White on Trim since I have it. Can you recommend a warm wall paint (or even a direction I can take)? Just read that you don’t recommend White Dove with DW b/c they’d contrast. That was my plan. HELP, please. Thank you!!

  2. Hello! I am renovating my kitchen/main living area. The cabinets I chose are very close to BM Decorators White – they came prefinished directly from the manufacturer. I’m so confused on what color I should use for my walls baseboards and trims. I want a white on white look but don’t know what the right white is. Do you think I should have the paint color matched to the white
    Cabinet or do you have another white recommendation? Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Cindy,
      I’m not able to offer custom paint consultations at this time, but I think you’ll enjoy my trim paint posts! I’ve also got a White Dove post with more details and suggestions!
      Good luck, and have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Hi Julie,

    Love this very informative article! I am redecorating/refreshing my entire downstairs and I am really liking the Decorator’s White. How popular is it to paint ALL of my walls in the eggshell and the trim (and cabinets) in a semi-gloss? Is that look more cohesive than using say, a Chantily Lace to trim it up? Wish I had a visual in my head. Thank you in advance!

  4. Hi Julie,

    Thank you so much for all of this information! I have tended to lean towards the warmer whites vs cooler whites for my overall design but unfortunately we are moving into a home with a fairly open floor plan that the refinished the cabinets in Decorator’s White. I was originally hoping to paint the downstairs white (it is currently gray but I wanted to warm it up) but was not sure if there was a white/off white you would recommend that would look okay with these cabinets. Feel like I’m in a bit of predicament with my style vs what the house is giving me! Thanks so much!

      1. Hi! Thanks for replying. Those two colors won’t make the cabinets look blue/purple? Been reading a lot about undertones! 🙂

        1. It is a cooler white…much like Chantilly Lace, which can read touch blue/purple/gray at times.

        2. Yes! Okay! So if I cannot afford to repaint the cabinets (currently Decorator’s white), will painting the walls white dove or simply white make either the walls or cabinets look bad? Or would they pair okay together? Sorry for any confusion! It is a south facing room!