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 this post! We are knee deep in a renovation and have been trying to figure out whites. Next on the list is kitchen cabinet color – trying to decide between farrow and ball stony ground or shaded white? Was going for the devol mushroom paint color but now I am thinking darker stony ground is best. Can’t wait for your farrow and ball post!

  2. It’s like you read my mind! Just today, I was out picking and putting up white paint samples.
    Sherwin-Williams seems to be popular in my neck of the woods (San Luis Obispo, CA). Do you have any recommendations for this brand of paint? Particularly for a west-facing bedroom?

  3. I’m struggling with exterior palettes. Your advice of testing in the light is good but I would love something with a dose of “watch out for colors that ____ because of [insert weather element or other outdoor condition here]” I have a beige metal roof and am having the hardest time finding any inspiration that I like for colors to go with that.

  4. I spent a fortune on those small Benjamin Moore sample cans, all different whites. Simply White, Dove White read yellow in my house. Nothing was just right until I went with BM Swiss Coffee on cabinets in semigloss, used BM Aura Matte, which is scrubbable on the ceiling and Dune White on the walls, also in the Aura Matte. Thrilled with it all!

  5. I am in LOVE with BM Simply White … I lived with it for over a year as my trim color and recently just did my entire upstairs in it. It goes so well with our new French white oak flooring. I’m not sure why people find it “to yellow” but it my small house it’s just so creamy and divine!! I love it … thanks for the roundup! So on point, as usual! Xo

  6. Amber and her team have chosen the perfect white for our exterior too!
    Even our Architect wants to use their choice on her future homes. Guys Znay has changed our world with the perfect whites. Yay team AID!!!

  7. Amber,
    We are buying a beach condo facing the water. I want to use white but have been struggling with which one would be best with the bright beach and ocean water. Any suggestions?
    Thanks so much!

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