The White Paint Guide

Picking the best white paint is a veritable minefield. But those subtle differences in shade can make a huge difference when you apply it to your wall. If you’re unsure which one will work best for your space, Ford weighed in with some of her favorites:

1. Ultra White by Behr

“You can get this one right off the shelf from Home Depot. My friends will write me constantly to ask which paint to use, and that’s my forever suggestion. It’s the perfect white, no tint, and it works well in high gloss and/or flat. I love it. And you don’t have to think about it or mix it; it’s sitting there waiting for you. I’ve done two of my houses top to bottom in this white.”

2. Shoji White by Sherwin Williams

“This is a new favorite. I am using this on my cabin project in Echo Park, L.A.—it’s a warmer, natural-feeling white. It has a kind of ceramic feel to the color. I love how the wood looks soaking through this shade.”

3. Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore

“It’s a lovely, happy, and clean white with just a touch of warmth to it—a nice option for ‘pretty’ homes.”

4. Dover White by Sherwin Williams

“We used this in a farmhouse project in Pittsburgh, and the white was perfect for the space. It felt fresh and clean but slightly more vintage. It worked incredibly well with the woods and bricks that we had throughout the house too.”

3 Comments
  • Sandy Grimes
    Posted at 02:20h, 19 February

    Behr Ultra White is beyond Perfect I have used this everywhere in my home …….. cause White is so perfect !

  • Lynn Duke
    Posted at 18:04h, 20 February

    I have used Behr ultra white base right off the shelves for years. Clean, crisp white. Perfection every time.

  • Jackie burch
    Posted at 13:08h, 25 February

    Thank you for sharing this info!

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