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Benjamin Moore White Dove

OC-17 / LRV: 83

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What Color is White Dove

Benjamin Moore White Dove is a paint color that has stood the test of time, because it surpasses the boundaries of traditional white. White dove is a color that has been popular for decades. Widely embraced by interior designers, White Dove has earned its place as a go to choice for creating timeless interiors.

It’s ability to play well with both modern and traditional elements makes it a versatile companion in any design project. I explain more about the color in the “undertones” section, but White Dove is essentially a soft white, that’s not too white, but also not too yellow and creamy. 

Benjamin Moore White Dove Undertones

What sets White Dove apart is its subtle undertones, which vary from warm to cool, with a hint of greige. These warm and cool undertones balance each other out, creating a soft creamy white that avoids being too yellow. It strikes the perfect balance between crisp purity and gentle warmth. 

In bright, natural light or south-facing rooms, the warm tones might be more noticeable. In north-facing rooms or with cooler artificial light, the gray undertones can take center stage. 

White Dove LRV

The Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of White Dove is 85. LRV indicates how much light is reflected or absorbed from painted surfaces. It’s measured on a scale from 0 to 100. The darker the color, the lower the number. The brighter the color, the higher the number. 

For reference, Sherwin Williams Iron Ore has an LRV of 6 where as Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace has an LRV of 92. White Dove isn’t too bright, nor too dark for a white. 

Benjamin Moore White Dove Complementary Colors

Because of it’s neutral undertones, White Dove pairs beautifully with a wide range of colors. From nature-inspired shades, to crisp, clean neutral

benjamin moore white dove color scheme

What’s Equivalent to Benjamin Moore White Dove

Some of the colors below are not necessarily “equivalent” to White Dove, rather colors that people debate between. Just for reference, if you’re looking for the closest colors to White Dove but made by a different company, these would be the closest colors: 

  1. Farrow & Ball: Wimborne White
  2. Valspar: Swiss Coffee
  3. Behr: Harmonious White
  4. Sherwin Williams: Cold Foam
  5. PPG: Gypsum

White Dove vs. Swiss Coffee

Swiss coffee is leans slightly warmer and darker than White Dove, and sometimes it can appear to have a slight green cast, while White Dove stays true to it’s name with a slight gray undertone. 

Benjamin Moore white dove vs. swiss coffee

White Dove vs. Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace is what I would consider Benjamin Moore’s whitest white. It doesn’t have any obvious undertones and gives a crisp, clean feeling. White Dove is definitely a “darker” white than Chantilly Lace. If you’re looking for a bright white, rather than a soft white, Chantilly Lace is perfect.

White Dove vs. Sherwin Williams Pure White

Sherwin Williams Pure White is cooler and crisper with minimal undertones. Pure White has an LRV of 84 while White Dove has an LRV of 83.16 which means Pure White is brighter by a small fraction. Pure White might be better for south-facing rooms with an abundant amount of natural light. In north facing rooms, Pure White can feel a bit stark.

White Dove vs. Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Sherwin Williams Alabaster has a touch of yellow and maybe even a slight pink undertone. It tends to appear creamier than White Dove. Alabaster has an LRV of 80 so it reflects less light than White Dove, but in my opinion, it’s still a very similar to White Dove.

Benjamin Moore White Dove vs. Sherwin Williams Cold Foam

Sherwin Williams Cold Foam is probably the closest color to White Dove with Alabaster being a close second. Cold Foam is a cooler white with a slight green cast that would be best suited for modern spaces with plenty of natural light. It can make rooms with warm artificial lighting feel even cooler and potentially appear as if it has a blue undertone.

White Dove vs. Simply White

Simply White is cooler and brighter than White Dove. It’s probably one step down from Chantilly Lace, because Simply White and Chantilly Lace are a crisp bright white with cool undertones.

Benjamin Moore white dove vs. simply white

White Dove vs. Dove Wing

While White Dove and Dove Wing are popular white paint colors, they possess distinct characteristics that can impact the feel of your space. White Dove is the lighter of the two. With an LRV of 85, it offers a brighter and airier feel in a room. 

Dove Wing is slightly darker than White Dove. It has an LRV of 83, it’s not quite as bright as White Dove but still very close. Dove Wing has cooler undertones with a hint of green-gray. It can be a great choice for walls, particularly in larger rooms, or for creating a contrasting trim with White Dove on the walls.

The best way to sample paint colors! SAMPLIZE!

If you’re trying to pick paint colors, you’ll want to sample the color first. Samplize offers peel and stick samples. These samples are easy, MESS-FREE, and affordable. 

A few reasons that I love Samplize:

  • You can order online, and samples are delivered right to your doorstep in 1 day! 
  • The samples are much more cost-effective. You won’t have to purchase a paint sample, poster boards, AND brushes. You’ll save yourself time/energy and money!
  • No more messy application with wasted paint or leftover paint cans!
  • Buy 8 products, get 2 for free!!

Benjamin Moore White Dove Examples

These examples are helpful to give you an idea of what the color looks like when painted in  different areas of the home, but keep in mind that your monitor or device screen can make the color look different than when you see the color in person. 

White Dove on Trim

White Dove on Walls

White Dove always looks clean and fresh rather than cold and stark. It’s great for areas that you want to provide pops of color in other ways, like through accent rugs, wall decor and furniture just to name a few examples. 

Benjamin Moore White Dove for Cabinets

White Dove is one of the most popular white paint colors for kitchen cabinets. One of the nice things about white Dove is that you can use it on the trim and ceilings for a clean and seamless look. 

Revere Pewter with White Dove 

White Dove and Revere are two of Benjamin Moore’s most popular paint colors, so it only makes sense to pair them together. 

White Dove Exterior Examples

White Dove is a great option when you want a nice, subtle white on the exterior. You can also paint the trim white dove to tie it to the body, or pair it with a dark trim, especially if you’re looking for a modern farmhouse exterior. White Dove also looks great with wood tones. 

Is White Dove the Color for You?

Here are some specific examples of who might find White Dove a good choice:

  • Homeowners who want to update a variety of rooms: White Dove works well in just about any area of the house. 
  • People who are indecisive about color schemes: Because White Dove is so versatile, it can be a good base color to build on. You can introduce color through accents or furniture. 
  • Someone that wants a timeless paint color, that is highly unlikely to go out of style. 

Ultimately, White Dove is a great choice for anyone wanting a warm and inviting space. The subtle gray undertones prevent it from feeling stark or cold, making it a good choice for creating a cozy atmosphere. 

Of course, the only way to know if White Dove is right for you is to try it out. Make sure to get your own peel and stick sample, so you can see what it will look like on your walls and in different light conditions. Just, peel, stick and repeat!


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