Painting our Home White with Benjamin Moore

May 12, 2021

If you’ve ever had to choose white paint before, then you know it’s not as easy as looking at a colour chip, and you’re on your way.

White paint looks different in every house, in every room, and at every time of day. Yes, it was one of those pull your hair out of your head decisions for me. Did you watch my stories when I was going through the dreaded paint choices?

Well, hopefully, this post will save you a couple of headaches if you’re trying to find a beautiful white paint colour. Depending on your budget, this is something you want to consider… PAINT QUALITY MATTERS!

I knew I wanted a warm white in our house, mainly because the original plan was to paint our whole house the same colour. So with our designer, we chose White Dove (OC-17) by Benjamin Moore early on in the process. It’s a popular colour amongst designers because it’s a soft white with a hint of grey and it just looks very classic. It also looks beautiful on trim and cabinets, which we ended up using too.

When it came time to start the painting, our painter tested our paint colour in a kids room upstairs. I knew that paint looks different on walls than it does on trim, so we tested both. When I saw the sample in Taylor’s bedroom, I was disappointed because it looked so grey and yellow. It definitely wasn’t what I was envisioning, and I remember my heart sinking a little.

I didn’t know what to do because we had all settled on the paint colour quickly early on. I never predicted this would happen. I didn’t want this decision to affect the timeline of the build, so the pressure was on!

I called Benjamin Moore to talk about their paint colours because, at this point, I thought we needed to select a different white, and they told me that Benjamin Moore white paints are tough to match because most painters start with a grey/white base. Not sure if this is true or not, as I haven’t fact-checked this, but it made so much sense in our case. I then decided to get a sample of the actual Benjamin Moore White Dove paint in their Aura line, and it made all the difference.

Most painters choose a lower quality paint brand, because it’s more cost effective and mix the colour you want. This isn’t always the best route like we experienced. Like anything, quality lasts longer, and this is very true with paint too. When it comes to quality paint, a lot of the time, it goes on thicker, so you don’t need as many coats, which ended up being the case in our situation. So a gallon may cost more than a knock-off-brand, but you won’t need to buy as much, which makes a pretty big difference when you’re painting an entire house. You also have a piece of mind knowing the colour is precisely the way it’s supposed to be.

Benjamin Moore also has a line called Scuff-X, and the name pretty much says it all. It’s a super durable paint that protects your paint finish from dirty little hands and scuff marks. We chose this paint for crowns, frames, doors and base boards. Scroll down to the bottom for our full list of products.

White Dove Benjamin Moore Products We Used:

Main & Upper Floor WallsAura Interior Paint – Eggshell (OC-17) White Dove
Main & Upper Floor CeilingsWaterborne Ceiling Paint (OC-17) White Dove
Main, Master & Upper Floor Crown, Baseboard, Windows, Doors & FramesUltra Spec SCUFF-X – Pearl (OC-17) White Dove
Main & Master Floor PanellingUltra Spec SCUFF-X – Eggshell (OC-17) White Dove

For the kids bedrooms, the bathrooms and our basement we used a different white.

It was an honour to partner with Benjamin Moore on this post in exchange for a portion of the paint used in our home.

Photo Credit: Platinum Creative

21 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth May 12, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Did you have trouble getting your cabinet paint to match the rest of the White Dove in your house? My cabinet guy uses lacquer based paint for cabinetry, and I’m concerned about this. Any suggestions?

    • Reply kristinelee May 12, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      Our cabinets were sprayed with a lacquer paint too. We had our cabinet maker do a sample door for us to match with all of our samples that we approved before he sprayed everything.

      • Reply Heather July 10, 2021 at 7:27 am

        So beautiful! Would you mind telling me what color you used for the exterior of your home? It’s perfect! Thanks!

  • Reply Maddy June 13, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Curious, what colors did you use for the bathrooms, and kids bedroom?

    • Reply kristinelee June 30, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      Kids rooms are Simply White and a few of our bathrooms (not all) are Chantilly Lace.

  • Reply Lisa June 21, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Hi, I really love your floors. What is the name of the stain that you used?

    • Reply kristinelee June 30, 2021 at 5:37 pm

      Hi! Flooring details are in my Kitchen Blog Post. They are from Hakwood.

  • Reply isabela June 26, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    I am so curious which white you used for the kids room? I am in this white dove dilemma now.

    • Reply kristinelee June 30, 2021 at 5:33 pm

      Simple White was used in the kids rooms.

      • Reply barbara August 26, 2021 at 12:27 pm

        did you also do simply white for the trim or did you keep the trim white dove throughout? thank you!

  • Reply Jessica August 4, 2021 at 7:56 am

    Such inspiration! Loving your style 🙂
    Where is the living room rug from?

  • Reply Jennifer August 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    You have a beautiful home. I have an office painted chantilly lace. We have a half fluted wall that I wanted to paint a similar color. Would you recommend simply white, white dove or white heron?
    I don’t want it yellow but slightly different than the chantilly lace.
    Thank You

    • Reply kristinelee August 18, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      Hi! I’m not familiar with White Heron, but between the other two colours I think Simply White will work better with Chantilly Lace.

  • Reply Toni August 17, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Where is your dining chandelier from? Xx

  • Reply Heather August 18, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this information! SOOO Helpful!
    May I ask where you purchased your Benjamin Moore paint? Especially the ScufX and Ultra? We do not have a “Benjamin Moore paint store” Lowe’s says they can match exact, but I’m fearful of getting the “gray/yellow situation” you experienced as well.
    Thank you so very much in advance!

    • Reply kristinelee August 18, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Hi! Our painter purchased the paint for us, so I’m not sure where they went to get it. However, I’m pretty sure paint stores sell BM products. I would call around.

    • Reply Allison September 16, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Ace sells Benjamin Moore!

  • Reply Kristin August 26, 2021 at 8:14 am

    What paint color did you use on the exterior? I’ve been trying to find it and I can’t. Thanks!

  • Reply Jo-Ann September 4, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Beautiful! And great pointer about the kitchen cabinets. I am looking at Chantilly Lace for the whole house. Wondering why you restricted Chantilly Lace to the bathroom (yes nice clean white for a bathroom) but did not use it in the rest of the house?

  • Reply Angie September 20, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Can you please let me know the colors for your exterior? I can’t seem to find them. Thanks so much!!

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