Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore (2121-70 and OC-65) is a bright neutral white paint color. This color is perfect for trim, cabinets, walls, and exteriors. We can see why it is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular white paint colors!

When trying to find the right white paint color, the hardest part is that they aren’t all 100% pure white, most have subtle undertones.

However, if you are looking for a bright, crisp, white paint color, this will be the perfect fit for you!

What Color is Chantilly Lace?

Benjamin Moore describes Chantilly Lace as “as delicate and refined as the lace it was named after, this crisp, clean white evokes images of pure silk, soft linen and simpler times.”

If you are looking for a beautiful, classic, white paint, this might just be it!

It can be confusing, since Benjamin Moore has two numbers for Chantilly Lace. Chantilly Lace is both OC-65 and 2121-70. Benjamin Moore includes Chantilly Lace in their Color Preview Collection, and the Off-White Collection.

They are the same paint color just a different number.

Vertical Paneled Entry Accent Wall Chantilly Lace
DIY Vertical-Paneled Entry Accent Wall Chantilly Lace via Making Home Pretty

What is The LRV?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is an indicator of the amount of light that is reflected by a color when it is illuminated by a light source. A higher value (closer to 100) means that a color will reflect more light back at you and a lower value (closer to 0) means that a color will appear darker, or absorb more light. 

Chantilly Lace has an LRV of 92.2, making it Benjamin Moore’s brightest white.

Chantilly Lace Living Room Window trim
Living Room Painted With Chantilly Lace From Benjamin Moore via Endlessly Elated

Is it a Warm or Cool Color?

This is a tough one to answer! The undertones are so slight, it doesn’t fall far on either category. This color is a clean white, so it is more impacted by its environment than anything else.

It isn’t a cool white, since there are no blue or green undertones, but if you have cool north facing light, it may cast some of that slight gray/blue light back into the room.

On the other hand, if you have warm southern exposure, it will soften up just a bit, while still maintaining that crisp white look.

empty living room with wainscoting and walls painted benjamin moore chantilly lace

What Are The Undertones?

Chantilly Lace is a really nice crisp white, with minimal undertones.

However, cool northern light can create that slight gray/blue cast that we inherently get with bright whites. Warmer light will soften it, without bringing out any creamy undertones.

Real Room Examples

I love the how crisp and bright a white paint makes a room feel. Whether you have a traditional, modern, or even farmhouse style home, white is a timeless classic paint color choice.

Chantilly Lace is the perfect clean white paint color, which pairs nicely with most colors.

You can basically pair it with anything, since the undertones are so minimal. It looks great blues, greens, oranges, browns, and deep reds.

little girls room painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace with floral wallpaper accent wall
Little Girls Room Painted Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace Via Making Home Pretty

Chantilly Lace on Kitchen Cabinets

It is a great color for cabinets and trim, The clean white gives off a bright appearance, that isn’t too stark.

I love how gold accents in the kitchen below, they help soften up the bright white for a really beautiful effect.

Kitchen cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace with gold hardware accents
Kitchen cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace via Decor Pad

If I’m using this paint color on my walls, what white trim color will look best?

When doing white on white, keep the color the same. So if your walls are painted Chantilly Lace, the trim should be too. The key to making this work, and not look flat and 2 dimensional, is to use 2 different paint sheens.

Choose a flatter sheen for the wall – washable matte or eggshell, and then do satin or semi-gloss on the trim.

The shinier finish on the trim reflects more light back, making the color look lighter. It provides just enough contrast between the walls and the trim and you never have to worry about undertones clashing.

If white on white is too boring for you, consider white walls with a contrasting color on the trim. I love white walls with greige trim – it’s modern yet classic looking at the same time,

BM Chantilly Lace vs BM Simply White

Both Chantilly Lace and Simply White are very popular white paint colors, both for walls and trim.

chantilly lace versus simply white swatch comparison

Simply White has an LRV of 91.7, making it fractionally less bright than Chantilly Lace.

However, Simply White has a yellow undertone, which is very apparent in the lower sheens and under incandescent light. Conversely, Chantilly Lace will never look yellow.

wall and trim in bedroom painted BM Simply White
Walls painted in a matte finish with BM Simply White, while trim is painted in a satin sheen in the same color. Notice how it almost looks creamy in this east facing room (photo taken late afternoon).

In a well lit home, Simply White can be a beautiful white, and I know many that love it. But do we aware of that yellow undertone.

BM Chantilly Lace vs Sherwin Williams Extra White

Sherwin Williams Extra White is another very popular shade of bright white paint. With an LRV of almost 86, it’s a bit less bright than Chantilly Lace.

chantilly lace versus sherwin williams extra white swatch comparison

However, in those rooms with cooler, north facing light, Chantilly Lace is less susceptible to blue undertones than SW Extra White.

Chantilly Lace vs Sherwin Williams High Reflective White

High Reflective White (HRW) is Sherwin Williams’ brightest white, however not all stores carry it. It’s slightly whiter than Chantilly Lace with an LRV of almost 93.

Compared side to side, it definitely does look whiter.

Despite its brightness, HRW has just enough softness to it to stop it ever feeling cold or blue, but it also doesn’t have any yellow undertones. It is just a bit warmer than Chantilly Lace, and a little less inclined to look blue/gray in cooler light.

If you have to pick Sherwin Williams paint, then this is an excellent choice if you like the look of Chantilly Lace, but your painter won’t use Benjamin Moore products.

Final Thoughts

Chantilly Lace gives you the perfect bright white color, especially for trim, doors and casings.

If you’ve been looking for a white paint that’s truly white, crisp and bright, then you will love Chantilly Lace.

Just remember, if you’re using it on walls, that it will be influenced by the environment. If you have a lot of greenery outside your window, it may be impacted by that. If you have bright red furniture in your home, your walls may look a little pink!

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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