With endless paint colors to choose from, sometimes it can be best to stick with the basics—like a versatile white that will go with anything. But even within the world of whites, there are almost endless options, with subtle variations between. We asked our experts from the
Remodelista Architect and Designer Directory what pure white paints they swear by—plain, with little to no pigment, like you’d find in a gallery. Here are their picks, all of them from two favorite (and easy-to-find) brands.
Mel Walbridge for Remodelista. Above: The experts’ picks. Above: For both Medium Plenty and Sonoma-based Amy A. Alper, Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace is a “go-to” pure white. “The undertones proved to be truly neutral, without an undertone of red, yellow, or green,” says Alper Architects. Says Medium Plenty: “We worked on a university photo studio about five years ago and the head of the department said that this was the most neutral white to use as a gallery backdrop, so we believed him.” Above: Howells Architecture & Design‘s go-to pure white: Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. Above: Brooklyn firm Made chooses the softly warm White Dove by Benjamin Moore. Above: Santa Monica–based MLK Studio also swears by Benjamin Moore’s Super White. Above: Scavullo Design Interiors and San Francisco–based Marie Fisher Interior Design both like Farrow & Ball’s All White: “We’ve found that this is the best pure white with no other pigment in the mix. We use this often where clients are showcasing art,” says Marysia Rybock of Scavullo Design Interiors. Above: Both Kriste Michelini of Bay Area-based Kriste Michelini Interiors and Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe of Nickey Kehoe opt for the brighter Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Above: Jon Call of Mr Call Designs swears by Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, because, he explains, “it just works.” More in the world of white paints: Above: Ellen Hamilton of New York City–based firm Hamilton Design Associate likes the soft Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.