Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 is one of the most popular white paint colors of all time. As a warm creamy white, it looks fabulous in any room of the house.
I’m back today with another in-depth color review answering all your burning questions about BM White Dove. This popular color is also a personal favorite of mine and I’ve used it on the walls of our home office, laundry room, and shiplap throughout our first floor (and a few flip houses too!)
It really is the perfect shade of white. However, like with any paint color, there are pros and cons to consider before making your final decision. So grab a comfy spot and let’s dive in!
**And be sure to scroll all the way through for a video and secret tip!
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White Dove walls with Simply White Trim
our foyer with Benjamin Moore White Dove walls and BM Simply White trim, front door color is BM Boothbay Gray
Our remodeled staircase with White Dove walls and Simply White trim, front door color is BM Boothbay Gray, stair trim: BM Cliffside Gray
Is Benjamin Moore White Dove warm or cool?
White Dove is a warm white paint color with greige undertones and a smidge of gray pigment that helps ground the color and keep it from looking yellow.
These creamy undertones are also why White Dove is an off-white and not a true white. However, the warmth of the color lends depth and makes it a great choice for trim work and homes with hardwood floors. (keep reading to find out more about its undertones!)
Grab a peel and stick sample of White Dove to see how it works in your space.
What Undertones are in White Dove?
White Dove has yellow undertones mixed with a slight gray, which together create a beautiful soft creamy off white color. The warm and cool undertones balance each other out to create the perfect neutral white paint.
But paint colors will always be affected by the amount of light in a space. In my opinion, BM White Dove looks its best in rooms with a lot of natural light. In darker rooms, it may appear a bit more shadowed and the greige undertones will become more apparent.
So definitely keep in mind your room’s light temperature when deciding whether or not to use White Dove.
What is the LRV of BM White Dove?
White Dove has an LRV of 85.38. Well, that’s great but what the heck does that mean?
LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value (also referred to as Light Reflective Value) In a nutshell, it’s the number associated with the amount of light a paint color will reflect into the room.
LRV is based on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being the blackest black and 100 associated with the brightest white (although in the painting world, there is no paint color that is pure black or pure white.)
So with an LRV of 85.38, White Dove sits right in the sweet spot for a perfect warm white that’s not too bright white, nor too dull. I recommend it to friends all the time who are looking to give their whole house a fresh paint makeover.
– The darker the paint color – the lower the LRV number and more light is absorbed.
– The lighter the paint color – the higher the LRV number and more light is reflected.
Does BM White Dove look yellow?
White Dove does contain yellow pigment, but the gray in the formula balances out the yellow to create a beautiful neutral creamy white tone that falls on the warmer side. So it does not look yellow in most situations.
Situations where the yellow tones may be more noticeable:
- If you have white appliances, the warmth in White Dove may look yellow
- If your fixed surfaces such as tile or countertops have more cool tones, then White Dove can appear a bit more yellow in comparison
- South-facing rooms can intensify the yellow undertone a bit, but honestly, I don’t notice it that much in our own south-facing living room. It just looks warm and bright and neutral, which I love!
On Benjamin Moore’s website you can see that White Dove is part of their off white collection. They describe the color as:
But just remember to grab a sample to see how it looks in your own space and lighting conditions at different times of the day and with your fixed elements (flooring, cabinetry, countertops, etc…)
Does White Dove ever look green?
While I have never experienced White Dove looking green, it did happen to a few of my blogger friends. I think White Dove has the potential to flash a tad green in certain lighting situations like dark hallways or shadowy corners.
But personally, this has never happened to me so I wouldn’t let that stop you from trying this gorgeous color!
Is White Dove a Good Exterior Color?
Yes, White Dove is a great exterior paint color! As a beautiful warm white, it can complement any type of architecture from coastal farmhouses to mid century modern designs.
Many design professionals and realtors recommend using BM White Dove as an exterior color. It’s a beautiful, classic color that will never go out of style and can coordinate well with so many other trim and door colors.
Red door color below is Sherwin Williams #6321 Red Bay
White Dove also works really well as an exterior trim color as you can see on this lovely traditional home below featuring Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray walls with White Dove trim work.
Just remember that paint colors will usually always appear lighter when used in exterior applications. This is due to the amount of natural light being reflected off the surface.
So don’t forget to grab a sample to see how the color looks during different times of day, in different lighting.
What colors go well with Benjamin Moore White Dove?
Some of my favorite coordinating colors for White Dove are Hale Navy, Boothbay Gray, Silver Strand, and other blue-gray paint colors. Grays with warm undertones such as Repose Gray and BM Fieldstone are great complementary colors as well.
brick color: BM Fieldstone, mantel & trim color: BM White Dove (check out our brick fireplace makeover for more details)
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Benjamin Moore White Dove is such a versatile color that it can be used in so many spaces. While White Dove is a great choice to pair with other warm colors, it may not pair as well with cooler colors. Take a look at the Video Review at the end of this post to see why!
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What is one shade darker than White Dove?
If you love White Dove but want a shade darker, take a look at Dune White by Benjamin Moore. It has an LRV of 82 compared to White Dove’s LRV of 85.38. It has a similar greige undertone as well but it’s not quite as warm as White Dove.
Does White Dove go with Carrara marble?
In my opinion, White Dove may be a little too warm to use with Carrara marble. However, my fellow blogger Shauna from Satori Design for Living used White Dove on her marble fireplace remodel and it looks stunning! Check out all the details here.
Great colors to pair with marble according to Kylie are:
Just keep in mind that natural stone colors vary greatly and have different undertones, with some marble leaning cool bright white and others having warmer tones. So it’s a good idea to choose your marble before choosing your paint color.
Or you could take your SAMPLIZE swatches with you to the stone yard to help figure out the undertones of different slabs and which paint colour will work best.
Is Sherwin Williams Alabaster the same as Benjamin Moore White Dove?
SW Alabaster (LRV 82) is just very slightly darker than Benjamin Moore White Dove’s LRV 85.38. But if you use them side by side, the difference is very hard to see. In fact, in my pics below, the White Dove actually looks a bit darker on the closet door, but that could be the different light and shadows playing tricks on us.
In our last flip house, we paired Alabaster shiplap walls with White Dove trim. It created a very warm monochromatic farmhouse vibe, which I love!
Here’s some pics:
White Dove Trim
Wall color: SW Alabaster; door & trim: BM White Dove
Walls: SW Alabaster; doors & trim: BM White Dove (You can see how White Dove reads a bit darker on the closet door above)
Shiplap walls: SW Alabaster; BM White Dove trim
Does Simply White go with White Dove?
Yes, Simply White and White Dove pair beautifully together! In fact, I chose these colors throughout our current home. They are both considered to be warm whites, with Simply White OC-117 being brighter and cleaner with an LRV of 89.52. I used Simply White as a trim color (as shown below) since I wanted a bit of contrast between the walls and trim.
our foyer with Benjamin Moore White Dove walls and BM Simply White trim, front door color is BM Boothbay Gray (pendant light: Serena & Lily)
BM White Dove shiplap walls with Simply White trim, french doors are BM Cliffside Gray
Shiplap walls: White Dove by Benjamin Moore; stair post and trim: BM Simply White
White Dove Paint in Real Homes
If you’re like most people, you probably have a hard time deciding what color to paint your home. You might look at different colors and imagine how they would look in your space, but it’s still tough to make a decision.
So I’ve gathered some pictures of White Dove in real homes to help you make the best choice possible. All pics are linked to their original sources, so click the links below each pic for more details.
White Dove Kitchen Cabinets
If these next pictures don’t convince you that White Dove is one of the best white paint colors for kitchen cabinets, I don’t know what will. Soft, warm, and inviting – it truly makes a beautiful statement when paired with warm woods and brass or black fixtures.
White Dove Living Rooms
White Dove Bedrooms
Choosing the right white paint can make all of your bedroom dreams come true. Benjamin Moore’s White Dove is a beautiful warm tone that won’t be stark or cold. Pair it with warm wood hardwood flooring and furniture choices for the perfect bedroom oasis you’ll never want to leave.
White Dove is the perfect color for your white walls, but it’s also an excellent choice when painting cabinetry throughout a home. A great example of this would be in this bathroom vanity below by Chango & CO.
Want to see White Dove in comparison to some other popular white colors? Jacob Owens and Kylie are two of the top color experts when it comes to choosing paint colors. Watch these videos if you’re still undecided and need even more help:
Secret Painting Tip and Final Thoughts
To reward you for making it through this ultimate paint color review post, here’s a secret tip that interior designers use to get the perfect paint color:
IF YOU LOVE WHITE DOVE, BUT IT’S TOO LIGHT:
- Ask your paint store to mix it at 150% (this increases the pigments and makes the color richer and darker.)
IF YOU LOVE WHITE DOVE, BUT IT’S TOO Dark:
- Ask your paint store to mix it at 50% (this decreases the pigments and results in a lighter color.)
Choosing the best white paint color can sometimes feel like an impossible task. But I hope these paint color reviews are helpful and give you a bit more information so you can make a better decision. So if you’re still on the fence about what color to paint your walls, give White Dove a try – you won’t be disappointed!
And be sure to check out my other popular paint color posts:
- The Most Popular Fixer Upper Paint Colors of ALL Time
- Best White Paint Colors for Shiplap
- Best Paint for Kitchen Cabinets
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy Paint Review
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