Searching for the perfect shade of white? Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 might be just the ticket! This is a warm, pretty off-white color you’re going to love.

If you’ve started researching white paint colors, you know that it’s not as easy as it initially sounds. Every shade looks different in varying lighting situations and it can be difficult to choose.

I’m here to help! Simply White is a crisp, clean, warm off-white. It’s not a true cream and it’s barely antiqued at all… reading as more of a white in most rooms. Come see what the love for Benjamin Moore Simply White is all about!

A white living room with blue accents, walls painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Our modern coastal living room, painted in Simply White. The Dutch door is painted in Benjamin Moore Silver Gray.
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I received so many questions and such great feedback about this gorgeous White Brick House we recently shared! Luckily, the homeowner was kind enough to share the details of her pretty white paint color with me.

I’ve been sharing my favorite whites, creams, and soft neutral paint colors for years, and I love saving you time and money with the details about your options. Don’t miss my favorite Warm Whites!

A colonial brick house painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White with black shutters.

Simply White was Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year in 2016, and with good reason. It’s bright, it’s fresh, and it’s crisp and beautiful, without feeling too cold, as some whites can tend to read.

A graphic featuring Simply White paint

Simply White

As you know, I tend to be drawn to more warm cream colors (read all about my favorite Cream Paint here). However, there are lighting situations where a true cream might just read too yellow.

In those cases, a less creamy off-white is a particularly good fit. Simply White BM paint to the rescue! In fact, I have grown to love this pretty, warm white so much that I just used it in the living room at the lake cottage.

Throughout this post, you’ll see photos of the Simply White exterior of this white brick house, as well as a few of our freshly painted coastal modern living room.

Keep reading for all the details about this pretty white paint color, and find all my favorite Living Room Paint Colors here.

An entryway painted with Simply White walls and a blue Dutch door.
Our entry area at the lake, painted in Simply White. The Dutch door is painted in Benjamin Moore Silver Gray.

Benjamin Moore Simply White Details

There’s so much to love about this bright, warm white!

Works Well For

  • exteriors
  • trim
  • cabinetry
  • ceilings
  • walls
  • open concept spaces
  • traditional floor plans
  • rooms with natural lighting
  • rooms without natural lighting
A white living room with blue accents, walls painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Our newly painted lake cottage living room in Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Feels

  • light and airy
  • fresh
  • crisp
A colonial brick house painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White, flowers in the foreground of image.
A white brick house painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White

Undertones

  • very slightly yellow
  • touch of green
  • touch of blue
A kitchen painted Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Light Reflective Value (LRV)

The LRV for Benjamin Moore Simply White is 91.7, which is considered very high.

To clarify, LRV (Light Reflectance Value) measures the percentage of light that is reflected from a surface. It’s commonly used by design professionals and helps to show the light and bright level of a color.

In fact, light reflective values can range from 0-100… with 100 a true white and 0 the truest black.

A white living room with blue accents, walls painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Styles it Fits

  • traditional
  • transitional
  • country
  • modern

The Benjamin Moore website notes that this color is very similar to their Mountain Peak White, which looks like another excellent option to explore! It’s also close to Cloud White, Chantilly Lace and Benjamin Moore White Dove if you’re looking for more paint color sample choices.

A colonial brick house painted in Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Pairs Well With

A kitchen painted Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Trim and Ceiling Paint to Pair it With

This color is an excellent choice for painting walls and trim the same color in a room. The simple difference in sheens will make all the difference, allowing this color to really stand out.

You can also use a traditional un-tinted white Ceiling Paint to ensure that this color reads as a slight off white in your space. When it’s paired with a truer, clear white on the ceiling, it will help to show that Simply White is indeed more of an off-white color.

Because this color is a great trim color itself, it can be very difficult to pair it with another white trim color without clashing and mismatching. My suggestion? Try it with an un-tinted white or something like Pure White paint color SW 7005.

A kitchen painted Benjamin Moore Simply White.

Simply White Benjamin Moore Exterior

As you can see in these photos, in a situation of exterior full natural light, this color reads as a pretty true, clear white!

simply white benjamin moore exterior of a colonial home with black shutters.

For more photos of this painted brick house, be sure to go check out my White Brick House post. The homeowner kindly shared her home with us, and her Simply White paint color too!

The black shutters she used were stock from Home Depot, so I don’t have more specifics on the black color she paired the white with.

The back of a white brick house painted in Simply White paint from Benjamin Moore.
You can also find my complimentary paint color chart here to keep all your paint colors organized!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Simply White a good paint color for kitchen cabinets? 

Yes! Benjamin Moore Simply White is an excellent color for kitchen cabinets, laundry room cabinets, or even furniture! It’s a warm, soft off-white that works beautifully in most lighting situations.

What Sherwin Williams paint color is the same as Simply White?

Alabaster is very similar, but has a bit more depth to it. It is best to have paint colors made in the formula they were intended for (ie: Sherwin Williams color in a Sherwin Williams Paint).

Is Benjamin Moore Simply White cool or warm?

Simply White is a warm, crisp white. It’s not too antiqued, too creamy or too yellow, though… making it an excellent multi-purpose white.

Is Simply White too white?

Well, this is a subjective question and of course a subjective answer. In my opinion, Benjamin Moore OC 117 is just right, with slightly warm undertones and not too much cool blue.

Does Benjamin Moore Simply White look yellow?

This color can read just a touch yellow when paired next to a pure white on the ceiling or trim. Be sure to use a test sample and check it in varying light situations throughout the day.

What is the difference between Simply White and White Dove?

White Dove has more of a slight greige or beige undertone, while Simply White’s undertone is a minimal touch of yellow.

An entryway painted with Simply White walls and a blue Dutch door.
Our entry area at the lake, painted in Simply White. The Dutch door is painted in Benjamin Moore Silver Gray.

So, what are your thoughts on Simply White? Are you ready to repaint your house in this fresh classic color? I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Hi Julie, we’re in the process of remodeling our kitchen and have decided to repaint our extremely well built oak cabinets, white. I have never been so stressed and confused over choosing the “right” white but I think I’ve narrowed it down to chantilly lace and simply white. My kitchen is facing east and gets a lot of light in the morning but not much at all in the afternoon and evening. Also I really want to use gold hardware, faucet and light fixtures. My countertop is a quartz Calacatta macchiato which leans more warm than cool but I think can go either way depending on the lighting. I’ve read and watched so many articles and videos but yours is by far the best and most complete, so your input may be what will tip the scales for me.
    Thank you,
    Rose

    1. Hi Rose!
      I apologize, I’m just now seeing your comment. Did you already make a choice? I bet Simply White would be an excellent option for you! Let me know if you still have questions.
      Julie

  2. I have been tossing around exterior colors and it’s come down to a Copley Gray by BM for the front door . What do you think about Simply White as the house color? Thanks for input.

  3. Hi! Love reading this! I want to paint my house white with white shutters. The house faces SE so lots of sunlight in front. Could I just paint siding, trim, and shutters in BM Simply White? If so, what do you recommend for door? We live in a marsh coastal community so would prefer a door with green/gray hues but not blue. Thank you for your help!

  4. Hi Julie. I am having trouble finding a white colour for our living room. We have cherry wood trimming and furniture. Which white do you think would work? I want the room to look a bit brighter because if the darker furniture. Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Elie!
      Simply White is an excellent choice to go with all types of wood finishes because it has just a touch of a creamy undertone.
      Good luck with your paint choices!
      Julie

  5. Hi Julie! Thanks for this info! We’re looking for a white paint to go over this green color on a crib we ordered. It will have natural wood tones too. I see the wood has a very warm hue to it. Would simply white be a safe choice to go with, or should I look for a white that has only cool undertones? I have the link to the crib in case you want to see. Thanks!
    Jordan
    Dream On Me Lucas Mini Modern Crib with Rounded Spindles I Convertible Crib I Mid- Century Meets Modern I Portable Crib https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LM8BFKX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_2N7CR5X9YYEKFZNHX016

    1. Hi Jordan,
      I apologize that I am just now seeing this message!
      Yes, I think this would be an excellent color choice. And congratulations!
      Julie