Are you looking for the perfect white paint for your home, kitchen cabinets or furniture makeover? Benjamin Moore White Dove is classic and timeless with warm, creamy undertones making a lovely warm white paint color.
One paint selection I have never been disappointed with is Benjamin Moore White Dove. My husband and I have owned three homes. Every single home we have painted ourselves (mostly just me, but no one is keeping track). With the exception of our current home’s foyer – way too high and I would prefer not to fall and break my hip. We’ve done a lot of painting, much paint color selecting and made a few color errors along the way too.
Today I am breaking down all the details on the the lovely Benjamin Moore White Dove paint color! All of the trim in our home is painted White Dove in semi-gloss and it’s perfect! Our guest room is White Dove as well and recently I just painted our two children’s rooms White Dove.
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Benjamin Moore White Dove Explained
You may be thinking that all white paint colors are the same, but if you have ever gathered several white paint samples from the hardware store, placed them up side by side on your wall; you soon discover that not all white paints are created equal. It can make your head spin.
I’m here to introduce you to this luscious white color paint that you are bound to fall in love with.
White paints fall into three different categories which include warm whites, cool whites, and true whites.
What category is Benjamin Moore White Dove?
White Dove is neither warm, cool or a true white; it has a great balance of warm and cool tones but is a warmer white rather than a cooler white. How can this be? I’m going to explain.
It is not overly warm or yellow looking either and certainly not a cold, stark white. White Dove has the perfect balance of warm and cool tones in it. Sounds perfect right? So many others think so too since White Dove is one of the most popular and best-selling paint colors.
The unerring style defines this classic, softly shaded white. Light and luminous, it is a favorite choice for moldings and trim. – Benjamin Moore
White Dove Statistics
Benjamin Moore White Dove has a Light Reflective Value (LVR) of 85.38. LRVs range from 0-100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black. Design pros commonly use LVR to measure the amount of light reflected from a surface. Higher numbers reflect more light and lower numbers absorb light. Since BM White Dove is an 85.38 it is not a pure stark white and falls into the off-white category.
“The hexadecimal color code #f0efe6 is a very light shade of yellow. In the RGB color model #f0efe6 is comprised of 94.12% red, 93.73% green and 90.2% blue.” According to encycolorpedia.com
Benjamin Moore White Dove Undertones
What makes this color so great? It is the greige undertones. Since it’s a warm white it has to have some yellow in it, but to keep it from being too warm and looking overly yellow, a tiny bit of gray is added. The gray helps balance out the warmth of the yellow. Genius!
Is Benjamin Moore White Dove too white?
No, it is not too white! This is because of the yellow undertones as previously mentioned. The yellow undertones keep it from being too white. It’s more creamy.
Is Benjamin Moore White Dove too yellow?
Nope! Not too yellow either; this is because of the balance of the touch of gray added to balance the yellow.
There are some situations where White Dove can look too yellow:
- In south-facing light, White Dove can look even warmer and can definitely pick up some more yellow but this can be true of many whites. Strong south-facing light offers challenges.
- Partnered with a cool-toned marble or quartz countertop or stark white cabinets/furniture.
- If you have white appliances, White Dove can look considerably more yellow in COMPARISON to your white appliances.
Where can you use Benjamin Moore White Dove?
Anywhere and everywhere!
Since BM White Dove is relatively perfect it can be used anywhere and on anything really.
- Kitchen Walls & Kitchen Cabinets
- Interior Walls
- Trim & Moldings
Kitchen Walls and Cabinets
If you are painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets white dove then I suggest painting the trim (ceilings/doors) White Dove as well. This will keep things consistent and you can just let the PAINT SHEEN do the work for you rather than blending another white paint color into your space.
White Dove is great on walls if you have a lot of natural light coming into your space. Your walls will be the perfect backdrop for all your furniture and decor. The paint on our walls is mostly Sherwin Williams Passive and our trim, doors and walls underneath the chair rails is Benjamin Moore White Dove. We have a lot of natural light that comes into our home so White Dove has been an excellent choice.
If your space does not get a lot of natural light, I would recommend White Dove. White walls look their best when there is a ton of natural light and any white paint color may make the walls look grayed down, shadowy and dull if the room does not have the right conditions.
Assess your natural light before you select any paint color.
Should I Select White Dove?
Go for it: If you want a versatile white color that will accommodate many cool and warm-toned paint colors throughout your home OR if you want a warm, but not too yellow white wall color.
Skip it: If you prefer a white that looks like a true ‘white’
Instead: Check out Chantilly Lace or Oxford White
White Dove is an exceptional trim color. In fact, all our trim in our home, in every room is painted White Dove in a semi-gloss finish.
Since White Dove is a warmer white it pairs nicely with a wall color that leans on the warmer side but it can also work with some cooler tone paint colors too. Since it’s not a yellowish white and more neutral it is balanced and can work with some cool tones too.
What trim color goes with White Dove walls?
Hmmm…if your walls are white what color should the trim be? You may be stuck trying to figure out what you should paint the trim but don’t be dismayed.
Did you know a great trim color that goes with White Dove Walls is White Dove? Tada!! Yes, it’s true! You can use the same trim color that you paint your walls with. Use a flat or eggshell finish (makes your walls easier to clean) and a semi-gloss finish on the trim. The slight difference in the sheen will add enough variety.
If you think using White Dove for both the walls and trim is a little too matchy-matchy, you can try Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117. Still a white paint color but it’s a hint lighter and will pair beautifully with White Dove.
Another fantastic trim color option for White Dove walls is a color like Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC-23. White Dove will work well with a light gray paint color with a subtle warmth to it.
Paint Exterior White Dove
Exteriors painted in white dove are gorgeous too. It’s just such a fabulous shade. If our HOA would let us I would paint our exterior brick in White Dove. Since White Dove has a touch of gray in it as discussed previously and yellow it once again makes the white perfect for an exterior and not too blingy bright when the sun hits it.
Builder: Kroiss Development
Paint Interior Brick White Dove
Our large brick fireplace in our family room needed a facelift and we painted it White Dove to match the rest of the trim. Can I say I love it and it looks fabulous? It’s truly transformed the space. You can read all about the transformation and the steps we used to paint this fireplace.
BM White Dove vs. BM Simply White
Both White Dove and Simply White are very popular and you can’t go wrong with either shade, but there are some differences as I outline below. Simply White is a brighter and cooler white than White Dove. If you really want that bright white look then go with BM Simply White OC-117 instead of BM White Dove OC-17.
BM White Dove vs. BM Swiss Coffee
If you are looking for a creamier hue instead of a white hue than BM Swiss Coffee OC-45 is a great match. Do you want more of a cream or white overall shade in your home? Ask that question then you will know which color to choose.
Sherwin Williams Equivalent
If you prefer Sherwin Williams, you can ask them to mix White Dove, however you have to keep in mind, the color systems are different and the color may not be 100% accurate.
There is a common misconception that all paints are interchangeable with different brands. This is not the case since each paint brand uses their own color system when mixing paint. They might come out similar but they will not be exact.
If you paint using BM White Dove, run out of paint and then stop by SW for a color match you will be sorely disappointed. The colors will NOT be the same.
Benjamin Moore White Dove vs Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Sherwin Williams Alabaster is also a very popular white paint that many people use on walls and trim; however, there are a few differences between the two colors.
- Both Alabaster and Benjamin Moore White Dove are considered off-white paint colors.
- White Dove is closer to a white than Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
- Both paint colors are very light and have high LRVs. Alabaster has an LRV of 82 and White Dove is a tiny bit higher at 85.38.
- BM White Dove has a hint of gray in its undertone, which keeps the color from going too warm. Though both colors have the perfect balance of warm and cool undertones.
SW Alabaster and BM White Dove are two colors that are very popular and all over Pinterest and Instagram. They are no-fail paint colors that are truly timeless just with a few slight differences.
What Colors Pair Well with White Dove?
Have I convinced you that White Dove is amazing yet? If you don’t want all white walls no problem, but maybe you want to use White Dove for your trim.
Because White Dove is such a neutral white, it can work with just about any color. Here are a few that work very nicely together but this is not an exhaustive list at all!
- Revere Pewter HC- 172
- Edgecomb Gray HC-173
- Agreeable Gray SW-7029
- Accessible Beige SW-7036
- Passive SW-7064
- Classic Gray OC-23
- Hale Navy HC 154
- Charcoal Slate HC 178
Benjamin Moore White Dove is one of my favorite colors and when I get around to re-painting all the walls in our house I will likely go with white and it will be White Dove. It’s the perfect hue of warm and cool and classic sophistication.
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Final Thoughts on White Dove
White Dove is one of my favorite colors because of its extreme versatility and the shade of white is unmatched. I will continue to use White Dove and don’t plan on using another shade for my trim or walls.
It works well with just about any color because of both its warm and cool undertones. No wonder it is on Benjamin Moore’s best seller list. Try it out; you will not be disappointed.
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