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Picking a white paint color just got easier because here is a list of the best white paint for interior walls.  White paint can be tricky, but this list of best white paint colors will help you create that clean, fresh farmhouse look that you see all over the internet.

best white paint for interior walls using Sherwin Williams extra white in entryway

Best White Paint for Interior Walls

White paint is a color that almost every interior has a little or an abundance of in their home. But what is the best white paint for interior walls?

Here are the best hues to choose from and some tips to help you pick the best white paint colors.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster

The first color I want to introduce is SW 7008 Alabaster. 

Alabaster happened to be Sherwin Williams paint color of the year in 2016.   So what makes this one of the best white paint colors?

It is a great interior wall paint color, and it is also a popular exterior paint color.

SW 7008 is a pleasant soft white.  It's great for trim, walls and the exterior of your home.

best white paint for interior walls using Sherwin Williams alabaster on walls at stairs

See how fresh and clean Alabaster looks on these walls in the home of Leslie with Deeply Southern Home. 

Her post talks about how to paint stripes on your stairs, but the Alabaster wall color is trying to steal the show. 😉

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

After recently discovering OC-65 Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore I have learned that this color is becoming more and more popular.  

Chantilly Lace is in my top best white paint for kitchen cabinets

It is a bright white but not a stark look and named appropriately because it looks like fine silk or lace.

best white paint for interior walls using Benjamin Moore chantilly lace on kitchen cabinets

These cabinets were honey oak, and once we painted and replaced the hardware, it brightened my client's kitchen. 

Chantilly Lace is great for cabinets and walls. 

Sherwin Williams Extra White

Extra white is a great paint color for walls and the best white paint for trim if you want the whitest white you can find.

SW 7006 Extra White is such an all-around excellent paint color until you can use it on furniture, cabinets, trim and the list goes on.

It is a pure clean bright white.  Probably the whitest of whites you can purchase at Sherwin Williams.

Here is a room with Extra White on the bench, walls, and trim.  

best white paint for interior walls using Sherwin Williams extra white on walls, trim and bench

Here is something to keep in mind when you are going to paint the walls and trim the same color. 

Use the same kind of paint on everything. 

In other words, if you are using an eggshell finish then go eggshell on the walls and the trim.  If you use two different finishes, they most likely will not come out looking like the same shade of white.

Sherwin Williams Pure White

SW 7005 Pure White that is a safe bet when you are looking for the best white paint for interior walls.  

This color has a cooler hue which gives you that fresh, clean “pure” look like Extra White but not as stark.

Our laundry room was the lucky place to find this color.  

best white paint for interior walls using Sherwin Williams pure white in laundry room

Painting over a bright color is very tricky which is why you need good quality paint with a built-in primer

My post on how to paint walls white will help you do it right the first time.

Sherwin Williams White Duck

And our last best white paint colors are Sherwin Williams SW 7010.  

White Duck has a bit of grey in the white which is great if you are trying to tone down some yellow tones.  It is a softer white and gives you a little contrast if you are using Extra White on your trim.

best white paint for interior walls using Sherwin Williams white duck in entry way

This beautiful entry is again the home of Leslie with Deeply Southern Home

She used White Duck on the walls of this space because she didn't want to paint the crown mold which had aged a little and was casting a slightly yellow look.  

So her favorite paint to fix this challenge is SW 7010.

In this post, Leslie,  talks about painting the handrail, stair risers and trim perfectly every time but remember if you want to use White Duck look at her walls as an example.


Now that we have rounded up the best white paint colors it is time to go to the next step in making your selection.

Here is what to do next when picking a white interior paint color for your walls.  

  • Pick up these five best white paint swatches
  • Tape swatches to the wall of the room you want to paint right next to your white trim, white tile or white counter-top.
  • If your room already has a color make sure to put something white behind the white paint chip like a piece of paper, so the current color doesn't affect the white.
  • Watch this color through the day from sunny moments to darker times.
  • Remove the swatches you like the least and narrow down to a few.
  • Next, if you have something in the room that is also white like a tile back-splash or white counter-tops then put that color right next to the tile or counter-top.
  • How does it look?  Does it flow nicely with the tile or back-splash or does it appear terrible?  In some situations, I pick the color based on what it will be touching.
  • Now you have your white paint color selected.
  • Don't forget to use the same finish if you are going with the trim and walls in the same white. 
  • And remember picking white colors can be a tricky but it is not impossible.

I hope this post has helped give you the confidence to go with white in your home.

Happy Decorating!

Lisa Cooper

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

Iā€™m wanting white painted cabinets with white walls throughout the entire house. What color whites and finishes would I incorporate. My cathedral ceiling is copper color metal. What color for ceilings?

Linda McDonald

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Hi! My go to white colors are Alabaster and Shoji if I am painting walls, trim, ceiling and everything.


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Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Hi there! Loved this post! Quick question.... If painting the walls trim and cabinetry one of the colors you have mentioned above what color white would you suggest for the ceiling? The same as trim and cabinets? In flat? Thank you so much!

Linda McDonald

Friday 9th of August 2019

Hi Karyn!

That is a very good question. If all the ceilings in your home are white I would continue with the same white for consistency. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me.