6 White Paint Colors to Bring in Summer

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Summer is fast approaching; a time for lemonade, sunshine, pool-side lounging and…lots of white! White sheets, white pants, white slipcovers, and of course, white walls. I’m not suggesting that you paint your walls for every season, but if you want that summer freshness and feel all year round, painting your walls white is often the easiest and most straight forward way to get there. As anyone who has dabbled with white paint before knows, not every white is a winner, so here is a little list of some tried and true white paint colors.

Perfect Wall and Trim Pairing

Slipper Satin
Image: Slipper Satin by Farrow Ball, Style at Home

When it comes to paint, I trust Farrow and Ball all the way. It’s sort of like In-N-Out where you have three awesome menu choices, and even though there are only three, you’re always happy with what you ordered. Contrast that with most other paint companies where you’re left with eight different swatches painted on your wall. They’ve done the work for you and only offer a paired down winning selection. Two of my favorite white’s from Farrow and Ball are Slipper Satin, a beautiful off-white that looks great with more pure white trim in a color such as Pointing.

Taupey White

Taupey White Paint
Image: Elephant Tusk by Benjamin Moore, Elle Decor

If you can’t decide between a darker neutral and a starker white, Elephant Tusk by Benjamin Moore is the color for you. It has a bit of taupe in it, but just a touch of it still reads as off-white. This is also a great “intro to white” color if you’ve never had white walls before.

Creamy Perfection

Linen White Interior
Image: Linen White by Benjamin Moore, Brittany Stiles

A few years ago I heard that famed decorator Suzanne Kaslar’s favorite white paint is Benjamin Moore’s Linen White. I tried it out for myself and have been using it regularly on design projects ever since. It’s not too brown, not too gray and the perfect creaminess. You can’t go wrong.

Classic White

Dover White Bedroom
Image: Dover White by Sherwin Williams, Pinterest

Dover White by Sherwin Williams is a classic color and used by Decorators time and time again. Similar to Linen White by Benjamin Moore, Dover White is an all-around great color but has less of the creamy undertones, which make it great for cottages and more modern interiors.

White-White (without the weird purple undertones)

Off White Interior
Image: Du Jour by Valspar, Houzz

Du Jour by Valspar is a fantastic alternative if you think you want white-white, but are trying to avoid the purply fluorescent look. It’s bright and fresh, fantastic for bathrooms, wood paneled walls, and trim.

Are there any white paint colors that you tried once and keep going back to? Comment below to add to our list!

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Brittany is an interior designer and stylist constantly searching for creativity and inspiration in the world around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she finds plenty of both. Her interior design studio services a variety of clients throughout California seeking her simple and collected aesthetic. Brittany believes that a house becomes a home when it is beautiful, comfortable and, most importantly, reflects the personality of the people who live inside.