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If you’re looking for a light gray that doesn’t lean either warm or cold, then Paper White by Benjamin Moore may be the perfect gray color for whatever room in your house that you need to paint!

Rooms painted with Paper White by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Paper White

Grays are tricky, I’ll admit. They can have pink, yellow, purple, blue, beige and even green undertones.

Trying to find that perfect dove gray that doesn’t lean either cold or warm can be tricky. But I may just have discovered that elusive light neutral gray and its name is Paper White.

In the can – and upon first application – you may be fooled into thinking that this is indeed white paint.

neutral bedroom with walls painted benjamin moore paper white
Bedroom with walls painted BM Paper White

But once it dries, and especially when it’s paired with crisp white trim, you will in fact see that it is the most beautiful, soft, almost creamy shade of dove gray.

I’ve now used it in two rooms in my house – my guest bathroom and more recently in my master bedroom and it looks equally stunning in both.

Oftentimes, colors leaning more towards white can leave a space feeling cold but even in my north facing rooms, there is not a trace of cold emanating from this paint color.

Instead, it feels warm (without really looking warm) and just gives a lovely soft effect. It’s my go-to neutral paint color for darker rooms that really need a punch of light and bright.

I think Paper White shines brightest when everything else is kept simple.

In both the above and below photos, the surrounding colors are calm and neutral, resulting in a bright and airy space.

A perfect neutral dove gray that doesn't lean either cold or warm
Another stunning bathroom with Paper White on the walls via Square Footage

Sometimes pairing grays with wood can result in undesirable undertones, but  not with Paper White.

Pay close attention to where the vanity below meets the paint. No purple, yellow or any other funky undertone in sight!

The off-white curtains and bed linens in the bedroom below show how pairing this paint color with something warmer really brings out the “creaminess” of the paint.

Paper White by Benjamin Moore Kid Bedroom
Beautiful traditional kid’s bedroom with Benjamin Moore Paper White walls via Nicole Lee Interiors.

In the living room below, you can see on the left where it’s getting a lot of bright light that the wall almost looks white.

In the shadows, the gray is more obvious. That’s why I particularly love this color in north facing rooms that don’t get a ton of light.

If you have a very bright room and want a solid gray, then Paper White might verge on being too close to white (and a little washed out) for your needs.

Finally, you can see how well Paper White works in this stunning kitchen.

Paired with lots of white and warmer wood tones, it stops the face from feeling cold while still maintaining that modern, bright white effect.

If you’re looking to paint a room in your house and a light gray color is one of the options, then I think you will really like Paper Gray! 

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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46 Comments

  1. Would Paper White work with White Dove trim and cabinets? Looking for a very light gray for a kitchen with White Dove trim and cabinets, and marble (with grey undertones) counters and backsplash. Thanks!

    1. It’s not the best choice, I would pick something with a smidge more warmth to it. BM Classic Gray would look much nicer.

  2. Donna Huber says:

    Hi Jenna!

    I love Paper White. I must have spent a year deciding on the right gray paint for a small condo I was renovating, and yes picking a gray is frustrating to say the least. There wasn’t much on Pinterest about this color at the time, so I just took a chance and very happy I did. Today I came across your post and it is all you say it is. If anyone is struggling to find the right gray they need to read your post. I also paired it with BM Chantilly Lace. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos and boosting my confidence that I made the right choice.

  3. Hi Jenna
    My trim is SW Extra White. Would Paper White be enough of a contrast? Would it read as grey?
    I love your blog! I’m building a home and picking paint scares me, I’m so bad at it! :)

  4. What color would you pair with paper white for the trim? Renovating a tight master bath in our townhouse that has no windows (yikes!) and looking to keep it black/white/grey scheme. Thanks!

    1. Any bright neutral or cool white will do! BM Chantilly Lace, Oxford White or Decorator’s White are good choices

  5. Shannon Revesz says:

    Hi there,
    I paint paper white in my sons bedroom which faces north and it turned an icy blue! I used Benjamin Moore paint called scuff x and selected the colour paper white. I wonder if this could be the cause? Or is it just the lighting? Cliffside grey turned ice blue and balboa mist turned pink / mauve!

    1. Hi Shannon! Light can do weird things to paint, as well as whatever is in the room and even outside the windows. It’s always best to sample to avoid unwanted undertones

    2. Hi Shannon, a late answer but one that I hope helps others. Yes, in certain lighting (mainly rooms with little natural light) the color has a blue undertone and no, it has nothing to do with the Scuff X formulation. I painted my whole house BM Paper White, flat finish, and many of the areas of my house are an icy blue color. I did paint entire sections of walls before moving forward with the color and the blue undertone did not pop until whole rooms were painted. Fortunately, we’ve grown to love the “blue” paint. Flat paint is beautiful but no longer practical for our family. Does the Scuff X paint live up to its promise?

      1. The flat finish doesn’t allow light to bounce off it like an eggshell finish does so can bring unwanted undertones out unfortunately!