Best Designer-Approved Off White Color Paints to Try

A round-up of the most recommended off white color paints by designers for a bright, sophisticated home that still feels warm and inviting.

If there is one hue that is the absolute trickiest when choosing paint, it’s off-white color paint. There are so many subtle nuances that can make the difference between choosing a paint color with the perfect creamy undertone or glaring yellow undertones that completely change a room. 

The off white paint colors in our home are by far some of the most asked about in our inbox. So it seemed like a good time to dive in for anyone who struggles in the paint color decision department. 

the best off white color paint recommended by designers

If you ever feel confused choosing the best warm white paint color, here is the best way to choose the perfect paint color to get the best results for your home every time. 

Contrary to popular belief, not all shades of white colors are the same. Choosing the right white hue can make or break your interior design. 

What to Consider Before Choosing White Color Paints

  • Before making your final color decision, be sure to consider whether a room has a little or a lot of natural light. 
  • Think about your interior wood stains; stick paint samples against your wood tones. 
  • Look at paint samples in all types of lighting to see if a white has warm undertones, neutral undertones, or blue undertones. 
  • Make sure to get samples of the actual paint colors made by the manufacturer, not color matched to a different brand. 
  • Exterior paint should be viewed outdoors in all types of lighting as well (dawn, daytime, dusk, sunny, and cloudy conditions). 
  • Place your sample next to other colors in the room, especially in rooms with bold colors. 
  • It’s a good idea to apply interior primers over an existing wall color as it can change the look of the new paint colour. 

These factors will skew your results when looking for warm white paint colors. 

But this blog post can serve as a starting point in your search to find a great option for an off white color palette in your home. 

wood paneling painted off white paint color

1. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

We absolutely loved having Benjamin Moore Classic Gray in our foyer and stairway because it’s such a chameleon neutral that feels light and airy with an inviting warmth that can lean slightly gray or slightly beige, depending on the lighting.

The Benjamin Moore Off White Color Collection is an excellent place to find the perfect warm off-white. 

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

2. Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

A slightly off white, Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee has just enough yellow undertone to create a clean, creamy white.

When paired with black or dark gray like Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron for high contrast, it feels sophisticated and calming.

It’s my favorite off white for larger, brightly lit living spaces like our living room.

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

3. Benjamin Moore White Dove

Benjamin Moore White Dove is slightly lighter than Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee but still just creamy enough to feel comforting. Its soft warmth can brighten beiges in a room and works well on trim and moldings.

We used it to downplay the beige countertops we didn’t particularly love in our bathroom refresh, and it worked perfectly!

Benjamin Moore White Dove

4. Sherwin Williams Alabaster

A lighter soft, creamy white that can be considered closer to a true white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster has just enough warmth to combat the starkness of other bright whites.

If you can’t decide between off white and true white, Alabaster is a perfect balance. We used it in our last house’s primary bedroom and loved it!

Sherwin Williams Alabaster

5. Benjamin Moore Linen White

A darker off white, Benjamin Moore Linen White leans more yellow than others and works best in north-facing rooms where colors can look slightly washed out.

Benjamin Moore Linen White
Source: Southern Living

6. Sherwin Williams Snowbound

An off white color with a slightly gray undertone, Sherwin Williams Snowbound leans cooler than Sherwin Williams Alabaster. It’s an excellent choice for east/west facing rooms, on trim, cabinets, and exteriors.

Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Source: Home Bunch

7. Sherwin Williams Oyster White

Closer to greige than white, Sherwin Williams Oyster White slightly leans toward cool tones but is a chameleon color that can look warm in darker rooms at different times of day.

Sherwin Williams Oyster White
Source: Emily Henderson

8. Sherwin Williams White Flour

Leaning closer to the yellow family of colors, Sherwin Williams White Flour can invoke a feeling of comfort.

When paired with more blue/gray colors, it can appear especially yellow, so use it wisely keeping in mind other colors in the room.

Sherwin Williams White Flour
Source: Studio McGee

9. Sherwin Williams Classic Light Buff

A paint color that creates a level of clean sophistication without the starkness of a true white, Sherwin Williams Classic Light Buff is a creamy, casual off white that feels slightly sun-kissed.

Sherwin Williams Classic Light Buff
Source: Southern Living

10. (Bonus) Romabio Feather

Shameless plug, but we are total fans of our color Romabio Feather is a light, airy off white that teeters the line between warm and cool.

Romabio Feather

Best Cool White Paint Colors

If you want suggestions for other neutral paint colors for true white walls instead, try these:

  • Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
  • Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Sherwin Williams Pure White
  • Benjamin Moore Cloud White

Designer Tip: Always be sure look at samples of your paint colors in natural light, artificial light, and at various times throughout the day to make your final decision.

See How to Choose Paint Colors for Your Home Interior Like a Pro

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is off-white paint in style?

Currently (as of 2023 at the time of this post’s publishing), warm neutral color tones are trending, so off-white paint colors are considered “in”. Though off-white never actually really goes out of style since it is a constant classic.

What paint sheen should I use?

Typically, flat is used on ceilings, eggshell is used on walls, satin is used on walls, trim, doors, and cabinets, semi-gloss and gloss are used on trim, doors, and cabinets.

However, it all comes down to the look you want, and paint sheen rules are made to be broken. But that’s the general guideline.

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  1. We chose Greek Villa by BM with white white wood trim throughout, except a cool soft blue for master walls.(sight unseen) Hopefully it will be beautiful. We’re looking a clean bright coastal vibe. Have you seen this shade?

  2. Debating on updating our dark northern facing great room. Talk vaulted t&g ceiling with a stone fireplace of mixed beige tones. Currently the main walls are a warm beige with an accent wall in a green sage. I honestly don’t remember what we used because it’s been so long but the trees have grown so much that the room is quite dark and I am ready to bring some light back into the room. Time to refresh the space. Suggestions please.

    1. Hi, Pat! Your room sounds absolutely beautiful! I wish I could answer all of the decorating questions but I just get too many to get to them all. I have to step away to spend time with family. But I have a Bless’er House Decorating Group you’re welcome to join to submit questions and get input from the lots of helpful people in this community. I try to pop in there too when I can. I do these Decorating SOS submissions about once a month and will announce it on social media for the next one. Please share pictures of the before and after over on the page when you have it completed?