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Benjamin Moore Simply White


Benjamin Moore Simply White

Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Simply White and how it’s simply one of the best white paint colors on them market. You can read all about Simply White, plus learn about undertones, popular shades of white, and much more.

benjamin moore simply white office

What color is Simply White from Benjamin Moore?

Simply White is a shade of almost-white that has a slightly warm undertone. It has been one of the most popular shades of white from Benjamin Moore for nearly 10 years and was their color of the year in 2016. It has a light reflective value of 91.7 on a scale of 0 to 100, indicating that it’s very light, but not a stark white.

benjamin moore simply white paint color

What does LRV mean?

LRV, or light reflective value, is a number that’s assigned to paint colors to indicate the percentage of light that reflects off of them, or basically how light they appear on a wall. The scale ranges from 0 (absorbs all light) to 100 (absorbs no light or reflects 100%). Whiter, lighter colors have high LRV’s since they reflect more light, and darker colors have low LRV’s reflect less light and absorb more of it.

benjamin moore simply white walls

What are the most popular whites from Benjamin Moore?

There are dozens of beautiful shades of white, but these are currently the most popular white from Benjamin Moore:

You can see many more popular whites from Benjamin Moore here: Best Benjamin Moore White Paints

What’s the difference between a warm white and a cool white?

Most every white has some type of undertone to it. Warmer whites have red, yellow, and orange tints undertones. Cooler whites have green, blue, and violet undertones to them.

Is Simply White warm or cool?

Simply White has only the slightest hint of color, but it is on the warmer side of white. The laundry room below has cabinets painted with Simply White and you can see how they’re slightly warmer than the cooler white washer and dryer.

laundry room with benjamin moore simply white cabinets

What’s an undertone?

I’m glad you asked! Did you know that unless a color is premixed at the paint factory, it has at least a few drops of colorant added to it at the paint store? I worked at our family paint shop for 30+ years, mixed hundreds of gallons of paint, and can personally attest to this.

You’d be surprised at the colors the make up your white and neutral paints. But don’t worry, these formulas have been used for decades and are always spot on.

There are 16 different colors in the Benjamin Moore paint tinting machines. Variations of tints are unlimited and will determine the undertones of your paint.

For example, a drop of yellow oxide or red oxide will give your white paint a warm undertone. A drop of black, blue, or green will produce a cool undertones. More drops and more tints will affect the depth of color and the undertones.

Want to know more? You can read more of my thoughts about undertones, warm and cool whites, and where to use them here: Best Benjamin Moore White Paints

Now let’s talk more about Simply White.

 “Fresh as the first snowfall, this clean, crisp, multi-purpose white is a perennial favorite for trim, ceilings, and walls.” – Benjamin Moore website.

2016 Color of the Year Simply White

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How Does Simply White Compare to White Dove?

As you can see below, Simply White is lighter than White Dove when compared side-by-side. Simply White has an LRV of 91.7, where White Dove has a slightly lower LRV of 85.38.

simply white vs white dove

Both colors are beautiful shades of white. They could be used together since they have similar undertones and complement each other nicely. Either would be great for trim, cabinets, or walls.

MORE ABOUT WHITE DOVE: In our home, the trim throughout the main level, our living room, the painted brick fireplace, and my craft room are all painted with White Dove.

Does Simply White go with Chantilly Lace?

There’s not a huge difference between these two colors, but Simply White has warm undertones and Chantilly Lace is slightly cooler. Side by side you can see the difference.

I would probably recommend using one or the other, but not both of them together. The choice would be determined by whether or not you need a warm undertone in your space.

simply white vs Chantilly lace

What’s the difference between Cloud White and Simply White?

Cloud White and Simply White are both warm colors and excellent choices for white paint. Simply White is lighter, with an LRV of 91.7, where Cloud White has an LRV of 87.35. There is only a slight difference between them.

simply white vs cloud white

Now let’s take a look at some areas painted with Simply White.

Simply White Living Rooms

living room with benjamin moore simply white paint

This classic living room from Kate Knowles has a built-in bookcase, trim, and walls all painted with Benjamin Moore Simply White. It looks fresh and crisp and complements the wood floors and various shades of blue beautifully.

benjamin moore simply white living room

This Simply White living room has a clean, fresh feeling to it and the walls allow the furniture and decorative accents to be the stars of the show.

benjamin moore simply white living room
Studio McGee

The Simply White walls paired with the natural wood tones give a beautiful Scandinavian feeling to this space. And it’s so serene.

living room painted with benjamin moore simply white

Here’s another open, airy space with Simply White on the walls. The wood elements warm up the space nicely.

rustic living room painted with benjamin moore simply white
benjamin moore simply white living room

Benjamin Moore Simply White Kitchen Cabinets

This fresh, white kitchen with Simply White on the cabinets and walls is so cozy and charming. The copper accents in the cabinets and the soft contrast of the floors and walls are a timeless touch.

benjamin moore simply white cabinets

This traditional kitchen with Simply White cabinets would be a dream to cook in. And the black counter tops and chairs add a nice little punch of color.

Benjamin Moore Simply White Kitchen Cabinets
Benjamin Moore Simply White Built-in cabinets

Benjamin Moore Simply White Bedroom

rustic bedroom with wood beams and wide plank floors and walls painted with Benjamin Moore Simply White

This rustic bedroom from Jaime Costiglio has amazing wood beams on the ceiling and wide plank floors. The Simply White walls keep the room light and clean without competing with all the wood tones.

Benjamin Moore Simply White Trim

For a stunning contrast with dark colors, use Simply White for your trim color. It looks gorgeous with these Hale Navy walls.

More Interior Spaces with Simply White

This rustic dining space is fresh and clean with the Simply White walls. The wood beams, table, and cabinet give a nice warmth to the space and add tons of patina and character.

Benjamin Moore Simply White Kitchen

Isn’t this a dreamy studio? The Simply White walls and the beautiful windows provide an abundance of inspiration.

2016 Color of the Year Simply White

Here’s another rustic studio with clean walls and the warm wood accents. Any artisan would be motivated to create in this serene space.

2016 Color of the Year Simply White

Walls – Benjamin Moore Simply White, Trim – Benjamin Moore Ice Mist

Benjamin Moore Simply White Exteriors

Are you ready to try it out? Get a peel and stick sample and see how Simply White looks in your home. No brush, no mess. Found here: Simply White Peel and Stick Paint Sample

Benjamin Moore simply white paint swatch

To learn more about the colors or to find a store near you, go here.

One Comment

  1. Hi Angie! Does Simply White have a tiny bit of warmth to it? It looks like it does in the samples, but I have never seen it in person, have you? LOVE these colors, gray owl is a fave.

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