My Favorite Cream Paint Colors

The most beautiful cream paint colors - get the details at

You’ve seen these colors before in our home, but given that it’s one of the most frequently asked questions, I wanted to share more about them. I know how agonizing selecting a color can be. Maybe you recall how I obsessed over our exterior paint colors & had the neighbors thinking I was crazy with every swatch I had Chris test! In response to your questions, I’m sharing my tried & true cream paint colors & how they look in actual rooms.

One of the most frustrating things about selecting a paint color is how the swatch varies from computer & swatch to wall. Last week I thought I had selected the perfect blue hue for a piece of furniture online, then when I got to the store I realized it was a much brighter indigo versus the dark, dusty navy I thought it was. While colors can still vary from one space to another, seeing it in a room is much more indicative of the color than a swatch.

Paint colors can vary based on the previous wall color & light in the room, so I thought I’d show you various lighting situations for paint colors so that you can make an informed decision.

Best cream paint color

The image above & below is the same paint color, one photographed in morning sun & the other in afternoon sun.

The best cream paint colors

Here is another example of the same color:

Pretty neutral paint palette of cream colors

All of the above are on our upper level, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Soft Chamois in Valspar’s Signature paint found at Lowe’s, in eggshell.

I haven’t shown much of our main level yet, because I haven’t decorated it yet – it’s merely our furniture relocated from the old house to the new, so forgive me for the holiday photos…

Finding the right white paint color - a neutral paint palette

Beautiful cream paint color - finding the right white

See how cream paint colors differ from one room to another to select the right white paint color for you!

The last 3 images were all taken in the afternoon of Sherwin Williams Zurich White in Valspar Signature at Lowe’s eggshell sheen. You can see how warm it is with the natural light of the afternoon sun in the first two images.

Another go to cream paint color I love is Sherwin Williams 7012 Creamy. I’m contemplating using it in our mudroom & kitchen. This photograph of Adalyn’s dresser is a good representation of the color. The wall behind is also Zurich White – the color of the 3 images above.

The best cream paint color for trim

And for trim? I pair these colors with Valspar Paint + Primer Ultra White Base 221395.

We painted the screened porch in Sherwin Williams Everyday White in Valspar Signature – it’s soft so soft, yet warm & inviting.

A neutral paint palette - see how colors look in various spaces & find the perfect cream paint color for your home

Pin this cream paint palette for later here:

The best cream paint colors - find the right white!



Zurich White, Creamy, Soft Chamois, Everyday White

You can read more here about my favorite interior paint colors and exterior paint colors 1, exterior paint colors 2 and take a tour of our home in progress here..

I hope it helps seeing our cream paint colors in various rooms and lighting situations.

You can find my complimentary paint color chart here to keep them all organized!

organize the paint colors in your home with this free printable paint color spreadsheet


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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner


  • Patty says:

    I’m in love with your porch color! I assumed it was Valspar, but they don’t show an Everyday White. Is it another brand?

  • Diana Seeley says:

    Julie – My daughter is expecting our first grandchild this August. I love your nursery, but especially the little riding lamb. Would you be able to share where you purchased it?? She’s actually doing her nursery in a lamb theme, so it would be perfect! Many thanks, Diana Seeley

  • Wendy G says:

    I LOVE the trio of pictures in the nursery – details, please (where to purchase them, framed yourself, etc.)!

  • Cara says:

    Love your paint colors! I have a question–when you wrote about BM Soft Chamois in Valspar Signature, do you mean you had that BM hue color matched and mixed at Lowe’s in their Valspar Signature paint?

  • Sue King says:

    I am interested in your curtains on your screened in porch. Where did you purchase them if you don’t mind sharing!!!

  • Sue King says:

    I am interested in where you purchased your screened in porch curtains if you don’t mind sharing.

  • Alessandra says:

    Hello – can you tell me where the chandelier is from in the 3rd photo – bedroom?

    Thank you,

  • debbie perry says:

    I love your website! and you are so like your home…soft and beautiful looking 🙂
    I have been struggling with paint colors for way too long. Going to try a lighter shade of accessible beige, and maybe soft chamois. I’m worried it might show up yellow. Also looking for a similar shade to zurich white, which looks a bit purply in my light. Everything looks SO nice on your walls!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you! You’ll find accessible beige definitely has purple undertones. Soft Chamois should work well for you. It doesn’t have much undertone to it. What color are your walls currently? Your paint color will look different in different lighting at different times of the day.

  • Kara says:

    Where did you purchase that ottoman?

  • Lia says:

    Hi Julie, I have found a bar I love, but do not care for the finish. If I recall from an earlier post, you spray-painted your bar. Do you recall what product you used? It has such a nice finish. Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      What bar? The bar cart? If so that was Ace Hardware brand gold spray paint. I loved the color more than most. Valspar now also has a beautiful gold/brass spray paint at Lowe’s that I love as well.

  • Katherine says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been searching for the perfect paint color for our open concept living area and am going to get samples of some of the colors you suggested. Question though — we are going to be painting over a very yellow-y color (its horrendous – with red streaks throughout to boot! previous owner choice) so with these colors, would it be best to prime with a white first?? I am in love with Sherwin Williams brand paint.

    Thanks for the advice!

  • Sharon VanDeVen says:

    I am installing brazillian cherry hardwood floors in my living rm. I have a 14′ entertainment center in medium cherry. What color would you paint the walls. I love the cream hues but am confused on which one to pick. Also would you consider a color on the ceiling? My style is more traditional not contemporary.

  • Karen says:

    I recently stumbled upon your blog when I wa researching paint colors for our new home. I love your style!! I have a paint related question and would love your feedback considering you are a pro! I plan on using soft chamois throughout my home (I found your blog when I was looking at pictures of this color!) Our family room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams. We plan to leave the wood beams and paint the ceiling a creamy white. Would accessible beige be too heavy in here? It will be next to a hallway with soft chamois and a kitchen with cherry cabinets. Thanks! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Pat says:

    I’m not sure what exactly the point of this is. I look at soft chamois, which is a color I am thinking about, and I think u r showing how it depends on the surrounding as to what tint of color is in the white? I wa thinking maybe just a regular soft looking white but can’t seem to figure out what tint is in a lot of different white or if it’s just plain ol white. (Which is what I prob should go with) Any advice would be great! 🙂

    • Julie says:

      I’m sorry that you found it confusing. I think it’s great to see how paint can vary in lighting situations so you know what to expect. I find that Zurich White is a nice, soft white and that Soft Chamois is a warmer white. Either make your home feel less sterile than a plain white. I hope that helps!

  • Debbie Rowland says:

    I have 1960’s brick ranch, and love the color of brick in the colonial home. What exterior colors did you use?

  • larissa says:

    Awesome post as always! I love the unique and soft tone the cream color gives a room, it just makes it into something different! Thanks so much for sharing, I cannot wait to start planning my colors out soon!

  • Angela says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a warm cream color that will go with a brick fireplace which has been painted white. Do you think these creams you lust above would work?

    • Julie says:

      Of course! Here are a few to try – Farrow and Ball Klunch, Farrow and Ball White Tie, Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois, Benjamin Moore Navajo White

  • Stephanie says:

    I live the chandelier in the nursery! Can you tell me where it was purchased?

  • Sandy says:

    Your home is lovely. 🙂 I am going to look at the Soft Chamois. Your comment on SW accessible beige purple undertones was very timely. I had narrowed down to it and Kilim beige. Several rooms in my home are painted Benjamin Moore New Chest Nut which is a deep color. We have a lot of rock inside our home. Colors are rusts, sand, grey…. In fact all of my dining room walls are rocked from floor to vaulted ceiling. The ceiling in that room is BM New Chestnut as well. I want to paint our trim color a cream but not to yellow, or peach or purple 🙂 is there such a thing as a cream with no undertone? If that makes sense. I plan to paint the interior doors black. I have picked out BM Onyx for the doors. I have been seeing the black doors a lot in photos and like them. Hoping it will look good in our home. If not both trim and doors will be cream. For the trim I tried to go with a earthy, dirt, mmm sort of smokey taupe for lack of better word on trim as our grout color in our tile which is through our whole house and the grout in all the rock work is that color. I gave up finding that color after I don’t know how many samples. They all had a purple undertone…I know that sounds dark for trim but our home is warmer deeper tones. Old world rustic. Deeper colors. What are your thoughts on Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige? Thank You

    • Julie says:

      That’s not one that I’ve used before, sorry! I can tell you all colors have undertones, which are more noticeable in neutrals, so you just have to decide which undertone you prefer. Best wishes!

  • Sandy says:

    Thank You

  • Cathy Humphries says:

    Beautiful rooms. I need help selecting off white color for my new kitchen cabinets. Looking at BM Navajo white or SW Creamy 12. Don’t want a strong yellow undertone. Cabinet maker has been waiting months for my decision. It sooo… difficult. I have white trim on doors and windows.

    • Julie says:

      I love BM Navajo White, but it has a significant yellow undertone. I highly recommend creamy. It’s perfection. I plan to use SW Creamy or BM Soft Chamois for our kitchen cabinets.

  • Gina says:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful blog with so many great ideas!! I’m using some of your paint colors to update my home and am in the process of changing my trim paint from dark cream to white. My fireplace in the living room is encased with dark grey trim fro the ceiling with white and gray marble tile. What color walls would best compliment this? It’s a fairly dark room with not a lot of natural light. Would Zurich White work or be too drab? Is chamois too creamy??
    Thanks so much!!!

  • Belinda Romines says:

    I love the rug under your ottoman, and your home is just lovely!
    Can you tell me where you purchased this rug? And what kind of pad you used underneath… I have hardwoods, too.
    I’m very excited to try your color recommendations!
    Thank you!

    • Julie says:

      Of course, it’s from Overstock…I linked to it on an old living room post, I can’t recall the name.
      I always purchase pads at Home Goods – they’re inexpensive and work well! Enjoy!

  • Margaret says:

    HI – I love your house – so beautiful.

    I mistakenly painted my house with Benjamin Moore Hilton Head Cream, while its a nice color it was so wrong. I live in a condo with only windows/sliding doors facing north (living room & Master bedroom) & second bedroom facing south. It come across so yellow. My living room colors are red curtains, light beige sofa with dark brown wood floors(accents of red throughout). Master bedroom as cherry wood dark furniture. Do you think Zurich White would go in the living room(its also connected to the dining-one big room).

    Thank you!

  • Kate Averill says:

    Hello – beautiful! Wondering where you found that gold candle chandelier in the master bedroom? Looking for something just like that, but having a hard time finding the right one. Thank you!

  • Cindy says:

    Great information! I never knew how complex it could be picking a shade of “white” until we remodeled our kitchen…so much to consider.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  • Missy says:

    Love the whites! Curious though. What color are your ceilings? In a few of the photos it looks like a different color than what is on the walls. Thank you.

    • Julie says:

      My ceiling white is untinted ceiling paint, with the exception of the breakfast room where we painted the ceiling the same as the walls. I hope that helps!

  • Lidia Dennis says:

    Julie, I love your cream colors, what a nice idea to post the rooms on different times.I am not sure what color is the second below the first left row?

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you Julie.

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