White paint may seem like the simplest choice, but there are just as many shades to choose from as with any bolder hue. In fact, there are warmer whites and cooler ones, and how the paint ends up looking in your home depends on what else is in the room and what the light is like. It’s important to pay attention to the undertones as you pick your paint, since they’ll impact the atmosphere in the space and can mean the difference between stark and cozy. The key to choosing a white paint color is actually trying it in the room. Get samples of your top few picks and paint generously sized swatches on the wall. You can see how the colors look at different times of day and under various lighting conditions. A shade that looks beautiful in natural light may look completely wrong when the lamps come on at night. Testing the color will help you pick the perfect shade and avoid any surprises after the final coat is applied.
Many designers have tried-and-true whites that they return to for project after project. For designer Madeline Stuart, it’s Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, which she used in her own Santa Barbara home. “It’s not too sterile and has virtually no yellow—just enough to take the edge off. It instantly transformed the home.” Designer Bruce Bierman has a trio of go-to paints. “The whites we use—usually Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace, Donald Kaufman Color’s 51, and Pratt & Lambert’s Pro-White—balance the light in the room,” he told AD.
Feeling a little overwhelmed? Drop your fan decks and read on. We’ve narrowed your options down to ten of the most popular white paints for sale right now from the country’s top brands. If so many of your fellow decorators and remodelers love these colors, chances are you will, too.
Paint Buying Guide
Choosing a color is where some folks start. Color-matching systems have improved to the point where you can get close to the color you crave in just about any brand. The sheen can vary by brand, however, and that can affect your perception of color. So decide which sheen is needed for the job (you’ll see the pros and cons spelled out below), the color you love, and then the best paint for your budget. (Despite all the colors available, whites and off-whites remain the top-selling interior colors. With dozens to choose from, zeroing in on just the right white can be tricky.)
Look at the biggest paint chips the store offers. A store’s lighting affects your take, so step outside to get another look in natural light. Once home, place the chips on the wall, next to the trim, and look at them at different times throughout the day as the natural light changes. Do this over the course of several days, removing colors that aren’t working. Keep in mind that indoors, color tends to intensify over large areas, so it’s generally better to go too light than too dark in a given shade.
Once you’ve narrowed your choices, buy small containers for testing. Paint sample colors on large sheets of heavy paper so that you can move them from place to place without having to paint the walls. Live with them for at least a few days. Throughout the day, observe the effects of changing light on the color, both natural light and light provided by bulbs.
For exteriors, warm, neutral palettes continue to be widely used because the brick, stone, and other fixed elements are warm materials. That said, as blues and grays became popular colors for a home’s interior, they’re popping up on exteriors, too. And it’s smart to take a cue from other homes in the neighborhood, although you don’t want a color that’s too close to the homes next door.
Paint sample boards with each color you’re considering, and place them on different corners of your home. Again, observe the color at different times of day as the natural light changes. Once you’ve narrowed your choices, paint a swatch on the front of your house where it’s in full sun—not on the porch or under an overhang, where there are shadows. Look at the color at different times of the day.
If you're unable to embark on a home renovation in the near future, there's an easy way to give your space an entirely new look: a fresh coat of paint. Not only is painting affordable and a fun activity to complete with your family — the right color can address a range of design flaws. Want to make a small space feel cozier? A dark paint shade, like brown, could work beautifully. Need to give a bathroom design scheme an airy vibe? A crisp white can get the job done.
For inspiration on picking a great color for your home, we've rounded up some of the top paint brands and shades that designers and experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute recommend. Here, you'll find go-to options for a slew of spaces, ranging from bedrooms to kitchens. Before you grab your paintbrush, scroll down for a look at the best interior paint colors.
Of course, Sherwin-Williams would choose Urbane Bronze — a nature-inspired brown shade — as its Color of the Year. The rich hue is perfect for giving just about any space a cocoon-like feel.
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If your interior is in need of some cheer, Farrow & Ball's Babouche is the perfect pick. Interior designer Ariel Okin especially likes it for kid's rooms. "It's a zingy, happy yellow that gets its name from the distinctive color of the leather slippers worn by men in Morocco," Okin says. "I love using it as an accent color on millwork (think: trim and doors) for a fun pop of unexpected color in a playroom or children's bedroom."
Bring a jolt of personality into your space with Benjamin Moore's Strawberry Red, which designer Mark Lavender chose to transform a playroom. "We used a satin finish to provide a modest sheen to enhance the exterior lighting into the spaces," Lavender says. "We felt this sheen provided the best 'glow' without being too shiny."
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When it comes to versatile white paint colors, it doesn't get any better than Sherwin-Williams' Snowbound. Kirsten Krason of House of Jade Interiors likes to deck an entire room in the color. "We like to use the same shades throughout for the walls, trim, cabinets and ceilings," she says.
Believe it or not, teal shades can lend a calming vibe to an interior. "It's a beautiful paint color in a bedroom, library, office space or even on cabinetry," says HGTV star Breegan Jane, who's partial to Benjamin Moore's Aegean Teal. "It awakens a carefree, soothing sensation that would be pleasing to almost anyone."
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Taking a cue from nature's everlasting beauty, Valspar rounded up 12 gorgeous hues that bring the serenity of the outdoors to any room. Described by paint experts as "a mature pink that is confidently cheerful like a spring sunset," Bombay Pink is best dressed with gold accents.
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Much bolder than the other paint colors on this list, Sherwin-Williams' Color of the Year is a rich, statement-worthy navy. While classic and cool, this deep hue combines the power of nature with a timeless confidence straight from Art Deco designs.
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Even when the weather outside convinces you otherwise, this "calm, gracious, and balanced" green inspires you to get out in nature and embrace all that it has to offer. Considered "nature's neutral," Behr's paint, aptly called Back to Nature, achieves the meadow-inspired color by the combination of light and dark greens.
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Lighten up your space with Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year. A unique alternative to classic white or beige, First Light is the "backdrop for a bright new decade." But if you prefer something with more personality, opt for another one of their 10 inspiring picks, including a pure grey and a rich blue-green.
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To help make your most restful year yet, PPG named Chinese Porcelain this year's Color of the Year. Inspired by the sky and the sea, this perfect blend of "cobalt and moody ink blue" aims to take people away from their screens and stresses of everyday life.
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Best OverallRegal Select
Benjamin Moore's Regal Select is a great all around. The nice, thick paint goes on easily, which provides impressive coverage that will last. It's also extremely durable and cleans easily, so it earns high marks across all areas. You won't be able to find it at retailers like Home Depot, so your best bet is to shop for it at paint or specialty stores.
Valspar Signature paint was the runner-up in our tests, so it's a solid alternative to our Top Lab Pick. Not only did it score well in our stain removal tests, but it has good coverage and finish quality, too. Our consumer testers thoughtthis low-VOC paint plus primer looked good overall, but there was some room for improvement when it came to the evenness of its coverage.
Benjamin Moore's ben is a good value for the quality of the paint that you get. Not only is the paint and primer duo affordable, but it also contains zero volatile organic compounds, (or VOCs, a.k.a. gasses). It also comes in three different finishes: eggshell, flat, and semi-gloss, so you still have plenty of options for painting without breaking the bank.
Best for Kitchens and BathroomsInterior Premium
Glidden Interior Premium paint is mold- and mildew-resistant, making it a smart pick for high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. When we tested it, the paint dried fast and seemed unlikely to fade. It also cleans easily and was good at resisting stains, so splattered food and makeup messes are no big deal.
Testers didn't find much wrong with Benjamin Moore Natura paint. Along withzero VOCs, it has fade- and stain-resistance, making it an attractive option for bedrooms or living rooms. It also had great coverage — making it a great pick all around. Just note that we found it a bit messy to apply.
Best for Laundry RoomsPaint & Primer In One
Behr Premium Plus paint has everything you'd expect from a premium paint, like stain and UV resistance. It is low-VOC and resists the growth of mildew, so it's suitable for laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other spaces that may be damp.
Best for BeginnersAccolade
With great coverage, easy stain removal, and a fast dry time, Pratt and Lambert Accolade paint is easy to apply. Its resistance to mold and mildew makes it a great choice for kitchens and baths. In our testing, its performance was slightly sub par in holding up to wear and tear, so avoid applying it to high-traffic areas, like a narrow hallway, stairwell wall, or garage.
Best for Large RoomsDuration Home
When we tried it, Sherwin-Williams' low-VOC Duration Home went on smooth with little-to-no splatter. It held up to stains well, and the paint didn't fade during our accelerated UV tests (which means it will probably keep its color in a sunny room). Our painted samples stood up to abrasion, too. We found this formula offered great coverage area and quality, so a gallon should cover as much, if not more, than many other paints.
Best for Accent WallsAura
Benjamin Moore Aura paint is definitely on the more expensive side, but you do get what you pay for. Testers loved its appearance (it's particularly great for bright colors in small areas!) and how easy it was to apply. It scored excellent for stain resistance, but avoid scrubbing too hard because it wasn't great resisting abrasion. It's also another low-VOC paint, and it's suitable for high-moisture places like your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.
Best for Covering Old PaintMarquee
Behr Marquee interior paint is a great pick if you're looking to save during home renovations. It's very good at hiding old paint because it has great coverage. There's even a guarantee that it'll hide imperfections in just one coat. The acrylic-based paint is also low-VOC and easily accessible at Home Depot (where it can be tinted to over colors!).
Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping InstituteEditorial AssistantAmina is an editorial assistant at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she works with lab experts (who test all the latest products) and writes original content based on their recommendations.
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Paint Worth the Price? Valspar, Duron, Behr, and Ralph Lauren Review
A fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest ways to make a space look new again, and its one of the most popular DIY projects. But how do you determine which paint to buy? It seems that everyone has their own opinion on the best paint, and brand loyalties run deep. To provide some analysis, weve tested several of the top brands available to determine which paint provides the best coverage for the price. In each section, well review coverage, price and availability.
Editors note: This post originally ran in April, Since that time weve received lots of comments, feedback and suggestions. In an effort to continue providing accurate information, weve updated this post, and retested new paint samples. Weve also added a lot of pictures so you can see the results for yourself. Many of the comments may no longer be applicable after this update, but weve preserved them to incorporate reader insights.
To accurately compare the paints, we needed to devise a balanced test that would be applicable in a real-life scenario. In that effort we setup a sheet of drywall and painted a deep red checkerboard pattern. Each paint was applied to a large section with a fresh roller and paint brush to see how well they covered. Pictures were taken with consistent lighting immediately after application and after allowing the paint to dry. Lets see how they stack up!
We purchased Valspar Signature Interior Semi-gloss which is a paint and primer in one. This is an acrylic latex, interior paint designed for ultimate hiding. Valspar is a Lowes specific brand and is available nationwide at their retail locations and online. Click here for product details.
- Price: $ (quart), $ (gallon) comparable to other paint + primer products.
- Coverage: 1 gallon = sq. ft.- requires multiple coats to cover dark squares.
- Notes: Weve had great experience with Valspar customer service.
- Lowes store locations
You can still see a faint outline of the red squares
This is an up-close picture of Valspar covering the red squares.
Duron / Sherwin Williams
Sherwin Williams purchased Duron in They kept the name, mostly for brand recognition according to one sales associate. Sherwin Williams stores can be found nationwide. For this test we used Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Interior Acrylic Latex. Its another self-priming paint, and is available in over 1, colors. Heres the product page.
- Price: $ (quart), $ (gallon) higher than alternative products however sale prices are much closer to competitors.
- Coverage: 1 gallon = sq. ft. superior hiding, almost completely covering the red squares with just one coat.
- Notes: Very knowledgeable sales associates as expected from a dedicated paint supplier. At the time of this writing, a gallon of paint is on sale for $
- Sherwin Williams store locator
You almost cant detect the red squares after one coat
The square is barely perceptible
The brushed paint yielded similar results
Behr is Home Depot brand paint and has their own paint with primer offering called Behr Premium Plus Ultra. This acrylic latex paint has the added benefit of having low volatile organic compounds (VOC). This paint is available in exclusive, designer hues or choose from over standard Behr colors. Behr paint can be found in any Home Depot store and online.
- Price: $ (quart), $ (gallon) similar prices to Lowes.
- Coverage: 1 gallon = sq. ft. it felt very thin during application and would obviously require 2 or more coats.
- Home Depot store finder
Red squares are plainly evident
Brushed paint results are similar
Home Depot stopped carrying Ralph Lauren brand paint in early , and now it is only available from specific distributors. We did not include them in our updated test for the simple reason that the closest store is located about an hour away. We can confirm that right now Ralph Lauren does not make a self-priming paint. For the sake of comparison, we pulled information for a generic interior acrylic latex paint.
So what paint do you think is worth the cost? None of our test samples proved to be one-coat-wonders, but we didnt expect any of them to completely conceal the dark red paint. If you couldnt tell from the individual photographs, Duron / Sherwin Williams was the clear winner. No matter if you roll or brush the paint, we found similar results. While it may save some time, youll pay for the improved coverage in significantly higher prices. Here are some final pictures if youre not convinced.
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Many people dont realize all the different ways to get rid of old paint. Old paint can be donated, recycled, or taken to a paint disposal center. For more complete information about disposal your old paint, check out the link above.
What do you think? Do you agree with the pros and cons? Whats your experience been? What brand would you recommend?
Editors note: Valspar paint is offered exclusively at Lowes and before you head out the door, grab a free Lowes Coupon. The same is true of Behr and Home Depot so pickup a Home Depot coupon too. We keep a couple great coupon pages and that one allows you to sign up for 10% off any in-store purchase.
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CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM COLOUR
Whether it’s a picture you’ve seen in a magazine, a colour scheme you’ve fallen in love with from Pinterest, or the colour of a lampshade, we can match million colours.
Bring us a sample and we’ll instantly generate a unique colour formula that’s 99 –% accurate and can be mixed into any interior or exterior paint.
So whether you’re decorating your walls and ceilings, wood and metal trim, or your kitchen and bathroom, with our unlimited range of colours you can create a truly personalised palette for every room in your home.
How it works
Our exact colour matching is as simple as
1. Bring a colour sample to your nearest B&Q
Our colour matching team will scan the sample and create your custom colour recipe.
So we can accurately scan and match the colour, your sample should be:
- At least cm in size
- Not too glossy
- Not full of holes
Please note that we can't match a colour from phone or tablet screens.
Want to match colours from a digital photo? Try our photo uploaderhereand see which Valspar colour is the closest match.
2. Mixing your bespoke paint colour
Once we’ve matched your sample and have the colour recipe, you need to choose which type of paint you need. We can create custom colours for the majority of our paints.
Whatever you’re painting, we have the right finish to make sure you get the best results. Our in store teams can help you choose the right product for your project.
We then mix the colour formula into your tin of paint for you to take home. To make sure you really love your custom colour, we recommend you try a tester pot first.
You can also name and save your colour in the instore system so you can visit any B&Q and mix another tin of your colour.
3. Enjoy your new look
All that’s left to do next is decorate.
The end result is a colour scheme and high quality finish that lasts as long as you love it.
If for any reason you don’t love your new colour, our Love Your Colour Guarantee means you can buy a new colour and we’ll refund you the cost.
Trust your colours. Visit your local B&Q store with your colour sample today.
Our new house was professionally painted, using Valspar paint. We are now finishing some basement bedrooms and want to use the same/similar colors. Our local hardware store sells only Benjamin Moore, so we brought in one of the spare cans of the Valspar. They have a computer which can color match any major brand. We decided on BM Aura, even though it was more expensive than Regal. The hardware store shook up our old Valspar paint, and then one gallon of their Aura. Upon getting home, we decided to use up the old paint on a less visible part, and then the Aura on the remainder. The Aura actually performed worse - poorer coverage, more splattering and more negative edge effect. We are thinking about switching back to the Valspar for the rest of the rooms, but would like comments here. One problem is that the nearest dealer which carries Valspar (Lowes) is an hour drive away, and we wanted to support the local store. Thank you.
PS in both cases, this is the first coat on unprimed drywall.
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