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Benjamin Moore Simply White Paint Color


Simply White Review & FAQ’s

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

benjamin moore simply white office

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What color is Simply White?

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.


What’s the light reflective value of Simply White?

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.

LRV simply white benjamin moore

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.


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.

benjamin moore simply white color swatch

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

What Colors are Similar to Simply White?

  • Mountain Peak White OC-121
  • Snowfall White OC-118
  • Cotton Balls OC-122
  • Super White OC-152
  • White Dove OC-17

What’s a darker version of Simply White?

If Simply White is a little too light for you, or if you want to use a monochromatic color scheme, here are the best colors to consider:

  • Moonlight White 2143-60
  • Old Prairie 2143-50
  • Doily CSP-130
simply white color strip

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

Simply White Living Rooms

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.


The vintage boho vibe in this living room by Adrianna Beech is strong! The Simply White walls are the perfect non-descript backdrop for you artwork and photos.

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

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

simply white living room

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

living room painted with Benjamin moore simply white

The light in this living room painted with Simply White is simply amazing! And the non-color of the walls doesn’t distract from the gorgeous views.

rustic living room with simply white painted walls

Soft and subtle, this small living room with Simply White walls looks great with the blue doors.

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 Bedroom

simply white bedroom with wood beams

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

It looks beautiful as a trim color with more subdued wall colors like Classic Gray in this 2-story living room. From Martha O’Hara Interiors.

simply white trim, classic gray 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

An office with Simply White cabinets is calming and clean. The black and white photos look stunning against the Simply White.

Benjamin Moore Simply White Built-in cabinets

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

studio with simply white walls and wood art easel

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

pottery studio with benjamin moore simply white walls

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

Simply White Exteriors

This charming vintage home in Austin looks cozy and welcoming with the Simply White siding and Azores front door. From Avenue B Development.

simply white siding, azores door

Try a sample

Are you ready to try it out? Get a peel and stick sample or tester sample and see how Simply White looks in your home. Found here:

Benjamin Moore simply white paint swatch

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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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