Looking for the best white paint colors for interior spaces? You’ve arrived at the right post. These colors work well on walls, trim and moldings, too.

When I started this blog, I never thought I would write a post about the best white paint colors.


But then again I never thought that I would move to the middle of the country.

Or move back again.

Or live in the house I grew up in.

Or wear colored jeans.

Or lose 100 pounds.

Or stop using Aqua Net hairspray.

Or paint a room white.

Life’s funny like that.


Have you noticed the trend toward white rooms?

They are everywhere.

I think right when this new century turned 18 everyone packed up all their gray paint and khaki paint and greige paint and beige paint.

And painted all their rooms white.

Just between us (and I never thought I’d say this), but I’m with them.

There’s just something clean and crisp and wonderful about a white room. It’s a blank canvas waiting to be filled with color and pattern and texture with curtains and linens and pillows and rugs and accessories.

For example, let’s dissect this room.

If we were in aisle 5 at Walmart and I showed you this picture on my phone would you say:

A. This room doesn’t have any color.

B. Look at that bland and boring room.

C. Can you please add a little more pattern to this room?

D. None of the above.

Chances are you’d answer D and tell me the room was full of pattern and color.


That’s because when you paint your walls a brilliant, clean, crisp, clear white like Extra White SW 7006, it gives your eye a place to rest and you can fill the rest of the room up with color.

So if you are like me and you are looking for a crisp, white option for summer?

I got you.

Here are 6 of my favorite white paint colors.

1. Extra White SW 7006

This is my go-to white.

It’s actually the perfect white without any undertones.

If you are looking for a white without blue or gray or cream undertones? This is the paint for you.

This is actually the color of the moldings in my house, too.


In this room, the walls and the moldings are the same color.

And it makes the room feel so fresh.

2. Shoji White SW 7042

I adjusted the paint color in the craft room because it gets SO MUCH natural light.

It needs a slight undertone to give it some personality.

Enter Shoji White SW 7042.

It reminds me of the shells on Cape Code. There’s the tiniest pink of pink undertones with a creamy white that feels so fresh and crisp.

The molding in here is painted Extra White SW 7006, so it adds another layer of color.

3. Alabaster SW 7008

Our bedroom is painted Alabaster SW 7008.

This was Sherwin-Williams color of the year several years ago and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.

It has gray undertones and has a slight greige tone to it.

Again, the molding in here is Extra White SW 7006 to make Alabaster pop.

4. Oyster White SW 7637

This is the white I used on the walls in my sister-in-law’s office makeover.

It is the prettiest white with a hint of khaki and a tiny bit of green.

It paired so well with Sea Serpent SW 7615 because they both have a cool undertone.

You can see the entire before and after office makeover here.

5. Toque White SW 7003

This is such a warm white and the PERFECT white to pair with neutral textures and colors.

If you like modern farmhouse?

This is the white paint for you.

It’s the perfect white wall color to layer in with creams and khakis.

6. Windfresh White SW 7628

If you aren’t sure about the lighting in your space?

Windfresh White SW 7628 may be the answer.

It changes color depending on the other colors in the room as well as the amount of natural light.

It’s a soft off-white and goes perfectly with greige and cream.


One more word about white paint colors before we go.

You may have read this post and thought the same thing over and over again with every white color I’ve shown you.

When you are looking at white paint colors on two (or three different) strips of paint chips, many times the colors will appear to be the same.  


Do not be fooled.

Each strip of white paint color chips is tinted in a slightly different direction.

To see the true color tint, look at the darkest color on the strip.

This color has the most color saturation and you can see the true base color much more easily.

This will help you pick the perfect paint color.

Just remember, the bottom of the paint strip is your best friend.


Happy painting. 🙂

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  1. Image for Mary Smart Mary Smart

    You are so funny Karianne! My go to is SW EXTRA WHITE too! I use it inside and out. I would love to hear more about your weight loss journey. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I need to lose weight, but it seems like everything I try does not work because I am on so much Insulin. Wondering if the plan you used would work for me?

  2. Image for Lydia Lydia

    KariAnne please let us in on what you did to lose the weight and how long it took...I just want to believe that I can do it too ! Maybe I just missed the post where you shared it?

  3. Image for Patricia Whitford Patricia Whitford

    Question:. I have three pieces of furniture painted sage green and there is a dark red brick wall with light grey grout in this room...would Oyster white be best for this room? Thanks, Patti

  4. Image for carolyn ensminger carolyn ensminger

    Congratulations on the weight loss! It's so hard, isn't it? I've been maintaining an over 50 lb. loss for about 6 years now, although mine was due to a new medication for chronic nerve pain after fighting with my weight for all of my life. I love being thinner...even though at the time I lost so much that I was emaciated. I've put a little back on and have stabilized, so all is good. Well, except for that chronic nerve pain...get your shingles shot! That's my PSA for today! Anyway, we just chose SW7004 Snowbound to paint our living, dining and bedroom and I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's done! Right now it's a blah sort of antique white. We're also going to paint the fireplace in the dining room navy blue...trying to decide between naval and salty dog because it's in a dark area and naval looks almost black there. Truly wish some former resident hadn't painted all of our wood floors in our 1927 bungalow a yucky brown then carpeted over them...would love to refinish them, but with 6 cats, that's not happening! Love your white rooms, have so much personality! Just like you!

  5. Image for Teresa L Gonzales Teresa L Gonzales

    Yes I always go with a white with a little hint of cream. Works with everything. Thanks for all the different whites. :)

  6. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    I want to repaint our entire downstairs but haven't been able to decide which white to go with! Right now the walls are all very greige, and it makes me droop. Problem is, one day I want the brightest white and the next day I want a creamy cream! I'm going to bring home all of the swatches you suggested. It'll be so helpful! Thank you!

  7. Image for Sony Sony

    I love a white room too KariAnne but I don’t think I have ever used any of the ones you mentioned. I am looking for a white for our main living area and might have to try ones of your favorites.

  8. Image for Patti Patti

    Great info. Where did you get your living room couches and chairs? Or maybe better, who is the manufacturer? Thanks!

  9. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    This is such a helpful post! Want to paint my SW Believable Buff walls white and this will save me a lot of the trial and error. Thanks!!!

  10. Image for Eileen Eileen

    I can't believe it!!! Not only all the whites I've been looking for but the table in the craft room, too! I've spent hours looking for a table exactly like this one. Would you PAAALLEEEASE. tell me who made it and/or where you purchased it? I'm off to buy some samples of white paint, finally! Thanks for a fabulous article!!!!

  11. Image for Phyllis Caruso Phyllis Caruso

    Can you advise what Navy Blue you have on your walls in the Dining Room. Looks so beautiful!! Thank you.

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