February 20, 2018

Y’ALL READY FOR THIS?! ( starts playing) You’ve only been asking for about 970 years – just kidding – it’s been exactly 4 years since my last White Paint roundup!

Yup, That’s right

I finally made some time to give you the 2018 edition of  my “go-to” White Paints!! – Woot Woot!

Now I must say, picking paints, even for me can be a general headache. White paint can be super simple to choose or like solving some wicked calculus problem, after 12 beers, and doing a hand stand on a yoga ball…

a little Tricky.

You see, paint changes in every environment, every light, every season, and sometimes trying to gauge what color works best in the space, can make you feel half insane. But I don’t want anyone to get admitted to the looney bin on account of white paint hysteria, so I’ve done you a solid and included all my top picks from Dunn Edwards (my personal fav) and Benjamin Moore below.  While I do have a couple other brands of paint I LOVE (specifically Farrow and Ball, but I am planning on dedicating an entire post to that brand soon) lets get to my top dawg all stars first.  I’ve been at this for a few years now and these are my go to’s to sample out on ANY and EVERY job. They are without fail almost always good..no, they are always GREAT.


We used Dunn Edwards “White Heat” on the walls throughout all of the #clientohhiojai house. We wanted a warmer white, and one that didn’t make the house feel to sterile! In some lights this paint read a bit sandy beige, but in other lights, it was like a deep saturated vanilla! thats why testing in your own home is SO important!

When it came to my own quick kitchen (#clientmemyselfandIcantmakeupmymind) , living room remodel I tried out a new color… “Millk Glass” by Dunn Edwards! Let me tell you, I am one smitten kitten over this shade. It has an olive green undertone, which sounds crazy, but it really works well! I have been using it a LOT lately ever since I was the gineau pig!

In #Clientradtrad I went with “Whisper” from Dunn Edwards. this is also a warmer white, with vanilla undertones, but I would say its much more bright than say the “White Heat” is.

not done yet….

Yeah – That’s right, I gave you two roundup’s – one for each of my fav white paint brands!



For #clientforrealzthenicestpeopleontheplanet ,we used “White Dove”. It is a very Neutral white, but will read more warm in most lights. If I had to pin down just what the undertone color would be, it would be a tiny bit greige.

In the same house, we switched up the paint in the family room/den to make sure the room felt a lot more bright! Here, we chose to use “Simply White” . This made for the perfect crisp and neutral white that never felt to stark or cold.

For #clienthollaatlajolla we went with a very white…white. “Decorator’s White”. Sometimes this is best on cabinetry, or trim, but in this house, it worked just right for all the walls, trims, and ceilings!

Lastly – Here are my 2 very, VERY, important tips that you must follow….

and don’t you forget ’em

1. Paint out LARGE samples on your actual walls (at least 24″ x 24″) OR paint out some sample boards at the same size.

2. Live with them for a couple of days, check them out in the morning, afternoon, and night. Take note how they change with time of day. If you have sample boards, move em around. They could surprise you. All rooms and paints are not created equally – put in the time and effort and you’ll thank me later!!

Sooo there – you basically just got the deets without the whole “hiring me” thing. … Now just hop on over to and snag a pillow combo or two, and you’ll know all my decorating secrets.

Hope this helps a bit, and thanks for stopping by and taking my advice

Now go get your white paint on peeps!


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  1. Thanks for such an in-depth article, Amber. White paint is definitely a tricky color to get right, especially when it comes to lighting and undertones. We’ve featured your work on Studio Designer’s Twitter — take a look!

  2. Thank you so much! Who would have thought so many undertones even in white! We are painting the outside of our home white, would you recommend these whites for exterior as well? The front of our home gets the sunrise ace back sun set so we get plenty of sunlight and still want that feeling of clean heat cozy. We are updating our 1956 ranch home. Thank you!

  3. Thank you for your post! Do you still like Droplets for the walls? I know it used to be a favorite of yours! Thank you!

  4. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS! I was about to go crazy trying to pick the perfect white! I love all of these options, and I think I”ve finally narrowed it down to simply white. It’s so beautiful and I think will work so well for our new home. Thank you for taking the time to write this amazing post. You are the one I trust for anything concerning design!

  5. Love this! I have used Dove White and Super White before, and Decorators White only on trim, and they all worked wonderfully well in their different applications. Can’t wait to see your suggestions for Farrow and Ball. I’m about to paint our new house in the open living spaces – kitchen/dining/living rooms. I used Wimborne White in the family room which was a nice warm white, but can’t decide if I need to go whiter in the big open spaces of the house.

  6. Hi Amber,
    I love your style! Would you please share the beautiful white paint you used on the vanities with carrara marble counter tops? White is so difficult to pick. Thank you so much.

  7. I live in NYC so only BM paint is sold here but I love the DEW340 Whisper as my apartment gets very little natural light. It is a very modern style apartment so want to bring in brightness. Which BM white paint to you prefer to rooms with little to no natural light. Thank you!

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