Over the years, I have tried most of the popular white trim paint colors that I am sure you all have heard of including Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White.
White Dove accommodates a lot of different paint colors because while it is a warm white, it has an almost greige base. This is a soft white, so it won’t act like white, but just a VERY slightly softer version of it.
Atrium White will generally act like white in the absence of a real white, but watch out, if you have yellow or green tones in the room it can activate the pink and bring things a bit more to life!
White trim looks best when it’s a subtle crisp white contract to the wall color but not so crisp and white that is is jarring. Back in the day, Navajo White was popular but now it just looks muddy. I also recommend staying away from creamy off-whites for trim color. The only creamy white trim I would recommend is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White because it has only the slightest warmth in the undertone (as noted below).
There are a couple of circumstances in a home that impacts the brightness/crispness of white trim. The first is the home with a lot of natural light and the other is the home without a lot of natural white. In a home filled with an abundance of natural light, white will naturally be brighter so it’s important to choose a white with a very subtle hint of warmth so the color will not be jarring. In homes with average to minimal natural light, I suggest a white that is brighter that would naturally help lighten a space.
So to help, I am breaking down the four best white trim paint colors that I recommend to my clients on the South Shore – 1) bright, 2) brighter 3) brightest and 4) reliable
1) Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (Bright)
If your home (or specific room) is filled throughout with bright, natural light, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Simply White for trim. . This was the 2015 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year and I couldn’t agree more. It’s the perfect soft white (warm, but not too creamy). Simply White is a great, slightly fresh, slightly warm approach to white. It has a yellow undertone, but not so much that it’s obnoxiously yellow. It adds a touch of life, without adding too much color. As you can see below, Simply White is not a bright white, but when mixed in with natural light, you can see it is crisp with just the right amount of brightness. Paired with Benjamin Moore’s Baby Fawn, the beauty of both paint colors is elevated!
2) Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White (Brighter)
Decorator’s White has slightly cool undertones. It contains very vague blue/green/gray, so this will look fantastic with walls colors that also have gray undertones. This is a truly beautiful white that is not stark, just sort of a subtle bright white.
3) Benjamin Moore’s Super White (Brightest)
For those looking for a gorgeous, brighter/crisp white for trim, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s Super White. I think this color is as bright of a white as anybody should choose. I love this color in darker spaces. As you can see below, this hallway with one small window is brightened up with Super White on the trim and staircase spindles. It’s so fresh, light and really updated!
4) Benjamin Moore’s White 01 (Reliable)
What can I say, I recommend Benjamin Moore’s White 01 probably 90% of the time because it is as true of a white as you can get and goes well with virtually any paint color you choose for your walls. It is a bright, brighter and brightest white depending on the room. This is a reliable, fail-safe white that works 90% of the time. Here White 01 is shown with White Sand walls. Simply stunning.
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