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White Dove by Benjamin Moore: the best neutral white paint

White Dove, OC-17, by Benjamin Moore is one of the best off white paint colors on the market, and a favorite warm white paint color of ours. Learn how you can use this soft white in your home.

White Dove by Benjamin Moore has long been a favorite white of decorators for its classic elegance and soft white hue.

Great for moulding, trim, doors and even walls or exteriors, White Dove is extremely versatile and works well to brighten any space without being too harsh.

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white dove shiplap in our bathroom

Is white dove a warm white?

Yes, if you’re looking for a warm white, look no further than White Dove. Bursting with creamy undertones, White Dove is a very soft white, and technically considered an off white paint color.

On a 0-100 scale, (with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white) White Dove has a Light Reflective Value of 85.38.

Next to other popular shades of white paint, White Dove has a slight yellow tint to it, however, when by itself, you only notice a soft white, free of all yellow undertones.

Is white dove a good wall color?

White Dove is an excellent wall color! We absolutely love using White Dove in our house and have used it on shiplap in our bathroom, trim, doors, hallways and even on our home’s exterior. 

When using White Dove on walls choose a flat, matte or even an eggshell finish. Out of the three, eggshell has the highest sheen, followed by matte, and then flat. If you’re worried about wiping marks off of the wall, choose a matte or eggshell finish of White Dove.  

Below is a photo of our bathroom where we painted the shiplap white dove.

white dove paint on walls
white dove shiplap in our bathroom

Can you use white dove on trim?

Yes, you can use white dove on trim. When using White Dove for trim or doors, use satin, semi-gloss, gloss, or high-gloss. 

Satin is the absolute lowest sheen you want when painting trim or doors with White Dove. Trim like baseboard or chair rail are often hit more with feet and it’s very difficult to clean flat or even matte paint. The glossier the finish, the easier it is to wipe away stains or scuff marks. 

Below is a photo of our fireplace, where we used White Dove on our trim around the fireplace and the bricks.

living room with center fireplace
white dove trim and shiplap

Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster the same as Benjamin Moore White Dove?

Alabaster by Sherwin Williams is another soft white, and while it’s very close in color to White Dove, the LRV of Alabaster is 82, compared to the LRV of White Dove, which is 85.

Comparing the light reflective values, White Dove is slightly closer to true white than Alabaster.

While Alabaster has beige undertones, it’s certainly not yellow, but it’s not white either–it’s more of an off-white.

Side by side, the two paint colors almost look identical. Because they’re so similar, your best bet would be to paint the two side by side and compare how they look throughout the day.

Grab a peel and stick sample of Alabaster and White Dove.

Simply White vs. White Dove

While Simply White and White Dove are both in the “white” paint color family, they’re actually very different whites. Simply White, OC-17 by Benjamin Moore, has a LRV of 91.7, which reflects quite a bit more light compared to White Dove’s LRV of 85. Essentially, Simply White is a true white, whereas White Dove is an off-white color.

Even though Simply White has less beige undertones than White Dove, it still works well for walls, and especially baseboards and trim. Simply White is a brighter white than White Dove and if you’re really going for that bright white look, I’d go with Simply White over White Dove.

Do keep in mind that you need a good bit of natural light to make Simply White look soft, as it’s more of a cooler color than White Dove.

Grab a sample of White Dove and Simply White

Swiss Coffee vs. White Dove

While the LRV of Swiss Coffee is very close to White Dove’s LRV, the colors are vastly different when compared next to each other. Swiss Coffee, OC-45 by Benjamin Moore, has a LRV of 83.93.

Out of all the white paint colors I reviewed, Swiss Coffee had the yellowest hue. The paint color almost had hints of gold, too. While still a white, Swiss Coffee looks like a very, very faint yellowy-beige in person. Paired side by side with White Dove, Swiss Coffee has more beige and yellow undertones.

Swiss Coffee is still a beautiful “white” that works well for trim and wall color, it’s just not as close to a true white, like some of the other colors I’ve reviewed. 

In a home with a lot of natural light Swiss Coffee will read closer to true white than a home with less natural white. If you’re worried about lack of natural light casting a yellow hue when using Swiss Coffee, I recommend painting a test section and noting how the color looks throughout the day before going forward.  

Grab a sample of White Dove and Swiss Coffee

Cloud Nine vs. White Dove

The LRV of Cloud Nine is 85.22, compared to 85, the LRV of White Dove. While the two colors seem very similar on paper, side by side there are differences.

Cloud Nine is brighter when painted next to White Dove, and has less beige undertones, too. To me, Cloud Nine has more of a yellowy-white feel, than the white-beigey feel you see with White Dove. 

Grab a sample of White Dove and Cloud Nine

If you like White Dove but want something a little more pigmented, try Cloud Cover. It’s also an off-white with a grey undertone.

Tips for painting with White Dove paint

frontal view of house with covered porch
white dove on our home’s exterior

While White Dove is a fantastic neutral paint color, it doesn’t go with everything. Here are some thoughts to consider when deciding on whether or not white dove is best for your home:

  • Look at paint colors together. Don’t select a white paint color you think you might like and paint it in isolation. Test out colors together to see how they work and pick up on their undertones.
  • Keep the light reflective values of the paint colors in mind to help guide you. All LRV of paint colors can be researched online. 
  • Don’t choose a paint color first–especially a white paint color. Remember, most white paint colors are not true “whites.” Instead, choose your fixed elements first, like tile, countertops or floors before choosing a white paint color. 
  • Your home’s sun exposure plays a big role in how White Dove will look in your home. The only way to really know how it will look is to paint a large enough sample in a room and observe how the color looks through the day and at night.
  • Speaking of lighting, your overhead lighting will also impact how White Dove looks on the walls. Because of this, it’s recommended that light fixtures are in place before you paint, so that you can see how the paint color looks with your lighting. Some lighting options may make White Dove look too yellow.

By far, I’ve found the easiest way to compare paint colors is to get the peel and stick paint samples.

If White Dove isn’t for you, check out some of the best off white paint colors I recommend all the time.

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