Benjamin Moore White Dove is a paint color that is tried and true. Beloved by homeowners and interior designers alike, this is a warm white paint that you can use with confidence – read on to find out why!
We’ve all been there… standing in the paint aisle at the hardware store, debating. How can there be so many different white paint colors? Painting the walls in your home shouldn’t be this hard, right?
When I first began transitioning to a home filled with lighter and brighter soft neutral and creamy paint colors, I realized that this dilemma is a real one. Every color looks different in different homes, lighting situations, and rooms.
In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time researching paint colors and all of their details so you don’t have to, and shared extensively since these are some of my most commonly-asked questions!
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Benjamin Moore White Dove
For many years now, both dark and light grays have tended to be the choice of homeowners. I think a lot of people are afraid of “boring” stark white walls and they don’t want their homes to feel cold or unwelcoming.
Thankfully, there are certain whites that do NOT lend those feelings and this is one of the best. This one works beautifully on both the walls and trim of any home. I’ve also seen it used on kitchen cabinets with great results!
This is an incredibly flexible white color with more of a greige undertone, vs the yellow undertone in so many creamy whites, and it transitions beautifully in a variety of lighting situations.
Whichever way you look at this paint color, White Dove paint color is a total winner!
This post shares our spa bath trim that we painted in this color, as well as some of my favorite Instagram images from designers who feature this color often! I hope sharing a variety of images of this color will inspire you to feel confident in taking the leap!
The room above features White Dove on the walls and Chantilly Lace on the trim.
Benjamin Moore White Dove Trim Color
This color goes far beyond the walls in your family room or dining room! In our particular situation, I wanted to try it out as a trim color.
We used BM White Dove as the semi gloss trim in our spa bathroom, in combination with Soft Chamois as the wall color. It worked perfectly and I think this is a great example of combining this color with other soft whites and creams.
What do you think of our choice of Benjamin Moore White Dove trim?
White Dove Paint
Works Well For
- open concept spaces
- traditional floor plans
- rooms with natural lighting
- light and airy
The kitchen featured above has White Dove on the walls and exterior cabinetry.
- a hint of greige
Styles it Fits
Pairs Well With
Benjamin Moore White Dove LRV
I’ve chatted about LRV at length, because it’s such a fascinating subject and one that is hugely beneficial to homeowners as they choose their paint colors.
LRV is light reflectance value. It’s a number that is generally found on paint websites or the back of fan decks or paint chips.
It’s simply a system that measures the percentage of light reflected from a surface. It’s a scale commonly used by designers and helps to show the lightness and brightness of colors.
The higher the LRV number, the more light the color reflects. So the more “white” a paint color is, the higher the number on a scale of 0-100. For example, White Dove has an LRV of 85 and Simply White is 91.7. Hale Navy has a very low LRV because it’s so dark, almost black!
The primary bedroom featured above has White Dove on the wainscoting and trim, and a warm Benjamin Moore paint color called Spring in Aspen on the upper walls.
- Paint colors darken as they dry.
- Learn about Light Reflectance Value in my comprehensive guide: What is LRV?
- Samples – Use paint samples! As you try different shades, you’ll begin to recognize a pattern in the colors that feel good in your home. In fact, you should check samples on different walls throughout the day.
- Keep all light sources in mind, as this can also change the way the color feels- read up on light bulbs, too.
The landing featured above has White Dove on both the walls and trim, which is one of my favorite tricks. Read more about Painting Trim and Walls the Same Color!