One of the questions I most frequently get asked is which is the best white paint color for trim and baseboards. While there’s many great whites, I’m sharing my tried and tested favorites that are winners every time.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen in my stories that I’m in the middle of repainting my Master Bedroom. I’m going from a blue/gray color (Behr’s French Light Gray) to an almost-white, very pale gray (BM Paper White). I also have some trim and doors to touch up, which got to thinking about one of the most common questions that I get asked – what is the best shade of white paint for trim, baseboards and doors.
White paint is notoriously tricky. Who knew there’s a million different shades of white? To me more precise, both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore EACH have over 150 different shades of white! Bonkers!
Because white the most reflective color, it can reflect back color from your room (think red area rug) or even the greenery outside.
Even though side by side you’ll easily see the different shades of undertones of the different whites, once the color is up on the wall you will more than likely not notice them. My point is – do your research, but don’t overthink it too much!
To help you narrow down your choices, I’m sharing some of my favorite white paint colors that I’ve used for trim, doors and baseboard molding in both my home and my clients’.
Decorator’s White – Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White is a very popular, clean white. It’s not overly bright, thanks to its slight gray undertone. Paired with an extremely bright white like SW Extra White, it will look dirty, but on its own it’s a white trim color that you can’t go wrong with.
In fact, in person, Decorator’s White really has no undertone and works incredibly well alongside both cool and warm wall paint colors. This white works wonderfully with gray walls but will really work anywhere!
Simply White – Benjamin Moore
Another very popular white, especially for cabinet doors is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. This is decidedly warmer with a slight yellow undertone that makes it warmer (creamier) than your basic white.
The warmer undertone is more apparent when painted on walls in a matte finish and much less likely to appear when using a satin or semi-gloss sheen on trim and doors.
If you have a lot of northern exposure or want to counteract a lot of cool colors, this may be a good choice for you.
Benjamin Moore Super White
This guy is white. Very white. It’s pretty neutral with no real undertone. If you want a bright white that doesn’t lean towards either cool or gray, this is a very safe choice!
If you’re trying to match existing trim paint that’s probably just an off-the-shelf white, this is probably a safe bet, too!
Sherwin Williams Pure White
This is an incredibly popular color for trim since it works well alongside all paint colors.
It’s very similar to Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White in that it has the tiniest bit of gray but it doesn’t read cool at all, just a nice white with minimal undertones.
Sherwin Williams Extra White
Any time a color is called “extra” white, there’s usually a blue undertone that will give it that super super white effect. A color this white can read a little cold in a north facing room but will be really bright and clean in rooms with warmer light.
Extra White Built-ins via Sand and Sisal
I’m slowly repainting all the trim, doors and millwork in my home with this really bright shade of white, and I’m really loving it. It’s definitely REALLY bright, so if you’re looking for something softer, then BM Decorator’s White or SW Pure White are a safer bet for you.
So there you have it. Five beautiful white paint colors for the next time you need to paint trim, doors or casings!
Now that you’ve picked the perfect white, how about the perfect wall color? Read all about my favorite grays – Stonington Gray, Repose Gray, Agreeable Gray & Paper White.
What Type of Paint To Use For Trim
Now that you know my favorite white paint colors for baseboard and trim, you may we wondering what type of paint to use. You actually have a few options. You can pick standard off-the-shelf paint like you would use on your walls or choose a hardier enamel finish.
What is The Best Sheen For Trim?
On a final note, let me briefly mention paint sheen. In the past trim was always painted semi-gloss. Personally? I think that a satin sheen is the best for trim, baseboards and doors. I used satin when we repainted our home and it has made such a difference.
Why? Well, it looks more modern for one. But the most important reason is that in an older home, where the trim needs to be spackled and fixed up a bit before it’s painted, a satin finish hides imperfections MUCH better than semi-gloss. So in the end you get a much more uniform looking finish, which is of course what we all want :-)
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