Making the decision to paint your walls white is easy enough: you really can’t go wrong with the timeless neutral. But actually selecting the color is another story. With so many shades to choose from, all with unique undertones, tints, and finishes, the choice can be overwhelming. From a crisp true white, like Fresh Kicks, to a creamy off-white, like Timeless, the world of white paint is more nuanced than what meets the eye.
Just ask interior designers who have spent hours sampling, swatching, and comparing the best white paint colors in search of that perfect classic off-white or the flawless, cool white fit for a light-filled penthouse.
For their shortlist of favorites, we tapped six interior designers for the best white paint colors. Ahead, find the warm, cool, and clean white hues that design pros have actually used in their own projects.
The Best Warm White: Whipped
“When I started to renovate my first home, I wanted to create a warm, inviting space grounded in a calming neutral palette. I was immediately overwhelmed by the world of paint—but Clare made the entire process so easy, and I ended up painting my entire home in Whipped. The slightly off-white tone created that warmth and simplicity I was trying to achieve without feeling stark or clinical.” —Samantha Moore, President of Brand at Jenni Kayne
The Best Cool White: Snow Day
“Snow Day single-handedly transformed this drab Park Slope living-slash-dining room into a bright and airy grand room. The cool tones in Snow Day paired perfectly with the design's playful blue color palette, while the touch of warmth added depth and helped create an inviting, comfortable space.” —Alicia Hassen, founder of Brooklinteriors
The Best Off-White: Timeless
“I chose Timeless for this bedroom for its creamy undertones. Using a warm white is a great way to make a minimalist room feel cozy. When decorating with white, I like to mix in different tones for a layered look. For example, mixing in a crisp cool white on the ceiling with a warmer white on the walls creates visual interest.” —Fariha Nasir, Pennies for a Fortune
The Best Gray-White: Penthouse
"Penthouse is a lovely neutral, soft greige that can serve as the perfect backdrop for any design. I used Penthouse in my bathroom to beautifully complement the brass fixtures and darker shower tile. It added the perfect touch of color to my walls that I was looking for without being too overpowering." —Sachi Lord, founder of Sachi Lord Design
The Best Beige-White: Classic
“Classic is truly one of my favorite white paint colors. It’s bright enough to lighten up a space, but warm enough to add depth. It’s timeless and works well with cooler and warmer palettes and accents. I’ve actually used Classic in two more rooms in our new house after painting the walls and trim in this guest bedroom!” —Emily Starr Alfano, founder of MStarr Design
The Best True White: Fresh Kicks
“Fresh Kicks is the perfect bright, crisp white. I’ve used it in several rooms in my home and I’m never disappointed. It reflects natural light beautifully.” —Hannah Briggs, Founder of Thistle Harvest