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Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 Review and why it’s a favorite

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 is an all-time favorite white and is definitely one that should make your list of top white paint colors.

Today I’m sharing all the details about this classic hue as well as showing it in real rooms so you can get an idea of how it will look in your home.

benjamin moore white dove review

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white dove color review

White Dove from Benjamin Moore

Who knew how difficult it could be deciding on a white paint color, right? There are literally hundreds of options with various undertones, so narrowing it down can be frustrating and confusing.

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Today we’re talking about the ever-popular White Dove from Benjamin Moore including undertones, coordinating colors, where to use it and more and hopefully it will help with your search for the right white paint color for your home.

What color is White Dove?

White Dove OC-17 is a soft creamy neutral white that’s been a best seller for Benjamin Moore for at least a couple of decades. Also known as PM-19 (PM indicates that it used to a be pre-mixed color), it has all the qualities you need for a versatile and neutral nearly white paint color.

It’s the color I’ve sold and recommended the most for trim and cabinets for the past 30 years and have used it throughout my own home.

benjamin moore white dove sample

Is Benjamin Moore White Dove a warm or cool white?

It leans slightly warm with subtle creamy undertones. But it’s a white that can be used with both cool and warm colors.

What undertones does White Dove have?

With a mix of gray and oxide yellow colorants, White Dove has a tiny hint of soft creamy undertones. But it’s definitely not yellow.

White Dove LRV

LRV of Benjamin Moore White Dove

The LRV, or light reflective value of White Dove is 85.38. On a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being the lightest, 85 is considered to be very light. The lightest white from Benjamin Moore, Chantilly Lace, has an LRV of 90.

Does White Dove look yellow?

No, it doesn’t look yellow. The only time White Dove looks even slightly yellow-ish is when it’s compared to colors with cool or gray undertones.

And even then it’s more of a creamy appearance than actually yellow. Here’s a good example of that with a side-by-side comparison to Wickham Gray.

Does White Dove look gray?

Similarly, White Dove could appear slightly gray when compared to colors with yellow undertones. Here’s a comparison with Linen White, a classic creamy white paint color.

benjamin moore white dove vs linen white

Why is White Dove so popular?

Benjamin Moore White Dove is extremely popular because if it’s warmth and versatility. It has a nice white appearance but isn’t cold or stark.

And it works with almost any color you put with it. It’s truly the little black dress of white paint colors.

Where’s the best place to use White Dove?

Anywhere you want a neutral nearly-white is a great place for White Dove. Here are the best places to use this classic white:

  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Trim
  • Interior Doors
  • Board & batten, wainscoting, beadboard
  • Walls in any room you want to give a fresh look to
  • Furniture
  • Fireplace mantels

Benjamin Moore White Dove coordinating colors

Let’s take a look at some popular complementary colors for White Dove, although it coordinates with just about every color. It works well with beige paint colors as well as greige colors that aren’t too gray. Here are a few specific suggestions:

I created 6 White Dove color combinations with a variety of recommended accent colors.

Benjamin Moore White Dove paint color palettes

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Contrasting and Best Trim Colors for White Dove

Many people, including myself, use White Dove as a trim color with White Dove walls. Using a higher sheen on the trim like a satin or semi gloss and an eggshell finish on the wall will give a nice subtle contrast and ensure that the trim is washable.

Learn more about sheen levels here: The Ultimate Sheen Level Guide with Printable Chart

A popular trend that’s everywhere is White Dove walls with contrasting trim. It’s been around for years but has really gained steam recently.

Here are some popular colors that work well for trim colors with White Dove walls:

This is a great example in a kitchen from The Lettered Cottage. They painted the cabinets and trim with Revere Pewter.

white dove walls and revere pewter cabinets and trim

Colors that are similar to White Dove

If you’re not sure if White Dove is right for your painting project or just want to see some alternatives, let’s look at additional popular off white paint colors to compare it to. I’m showing pictures of real samples in addition to digital ones so you can see how they look different in reality. And also why it’s crucial to sample the colors and not choose them from your computer.

Benjamin Moore White Dove vs Swiss Coffee

Swiss Coffee is another classic, popular white from Benjamin Moore’s best selling colors. It’s very similar to White Dove and has mostly neutral undertones. It’s slightly darker but has a similar warmth to it.

white dove vs swiss coffee
White DoveSwiss Coffee
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral to creamy

Benjamin Moore White Dove vs Chantilly Lace

The cleanest white from Benjamin Moore is Chantilly Lace. It’s basically devoid of any undertones and you can see here how White Dove looks a little warmer and slightly darker than this popular white.

white dove vs chantilly lace
White DoveChantilly Lace
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral

White Dove vs Simply White

Another of the top white paint colors from Benjamin Moore is Simply White. It’s lighter and slightly warmer than White Dove.

white dove vs simply white
White DoveSimply White
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral to creamy

White Dove vs Super White

Super White is lighter and slightly cooler than White Dove. It’s more of a stark clean white and gives a crisp contrast.

white dove vs super white-
White DoveSuper White
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral to cool
benjamin moore white vs super white

OC-17 White Dove vs Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Possibly the closest color to White Dove is Sherwin Williams Alabaster. It has an LRV of 82 and is the slightest bit darker than White Dove. They have very similar undertones.

white dove vs alabaster
White DoveSW Alabaster
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral to creamy
benjamin moore white vs sherwin williams alabaster

White Dove vs Sherwin Williams Pure White

Pure White is slightly warmer than White Dove. It’s more of a crisp, clean white and has an LRV of 84.

white dove vs pure white
White DoveSW Pure White
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral to creamy
benjamin moore white vs sherwin williams pure white

Benjamin Moore White Dove vs Sherwin Williams Greek Villa

Another very similar color is Greek Villa. It’s just a tiny bit darker with an LRV of 84 and warmer or more beige than White Dove.

white dove vs greek villa
White DoveSW Greek Villa
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral
benjamin moore white vs sherwin williams greek villa

BM White Dove vs Sherwin Williams Snowbound

Snowbound is the tiniest bit darker with an LRV of 83 and has warmer undertones than White Dove.

white dove vs snowbound
White DoveSW Snowbound
Undertonesneutral to creamyneutral to sandy
benjamin moore white vs sherwin williams snowbound

White Dove Benjamin Moore seen in real rooms

Now that we’ve talked about the nuts and bolts of White Dove and you’ve seen how it compares to other popular white paint colors, let’s look at it in some real rooms.

White Dove Living Rooms

Our own living room is painted with White Dove and this is a recent image. Like most whites, colors can reflect onto White Dove and give it an appearance of having various undertones. The colors from my area rug are reflecting on the wall and giving it a warm hue.

living room painted with Benjamin Moore White dove

Here’s an older picture with a different furniture arrangement and some subtle fall decorating ideas. We have lots of large trees in the back yard, and when I shot this picture they were covered with lush green leaves so there’s a bit of a green cast seen here.

living room with white sofa and blue chair and ottoman

And this picture was taken during the spring. One of the best things about White Dove is how easy it is to change your accent colors.

living room with Benjamin Moore white dove walls and blue chair and ottoman

My friend Debbie at Debbie Dion Hayes Creative painted the textured walls in her living room with White Dove and it looks so pretty with her colorful decor.

white dove living room debbie dion hayes

Revere Pewter cabinets & trim with White Dove walls

Jen Woodhouse added a window seat and flanked it with cabinets in her home. She painted the trim and cabinets with Revere Pewter and the walls with White Dove. It looks incredible.

revere pewter trim white dove walls

Here’s a gorgeous laundry room with White Dove walls and Revere Pewter trim. The stunning green cabinets are Lafayette Green. From Simply 2 Moms.

white dove laundry room revere pewter trim lafayette green cabs

In our laundry room I added an accent wall of paintable brick wallpaper and painted with with White Dove. The other walls are painted with Quiet Moments.

White Dove Entry Foyer

Martha O’Hara Interiors painted the walls and trim in this entry foyer with White Dove. The contrast against the dark wood floors is gorgeous.

Martha O'Hara Interiors white dove foyer

Dining Room and Entry painted with White Dove

Alexandra von Gymnich Scully painted her dining room with White Dove and it looks so cozy and cottage-y. The rattan dining chairs and wood table and floors complement the wall color and give the room a warm and inviting feeling.

white dove dining room and entry with natural wood floors

White Dove Bedroom Walls

Ashley Whatley painted her bedroom wall with White Dove and it has a classy and elegant look. Her timeless furniture and decor give the space a stately yet cozy feeling.

white dove bedroom paint

Looking for a cozy color to go with wood planked ceilings? This bedroom from Mira Riverfront Getaway has a cozy minimalistic feeling and would be a great place to get away from it all.

white dove bedroom

Benjamin Moore White Dove cabinets

Kristi at Chatfield Court gave her wood cabinets a facelift by painting them with White Dove. It gave the space a light and airy feeling and a brand new look.

chatfield court white dove cabinets

My good friend Leen at Sand Dollar Lane gave her coastal kitchen a fresh new look by painting her cabinets White Dove. The pops of turquoise and blue look so fresh and beachy.

sand dollar lane white dove kitchen cabinets

Love the coastal grandmother look? This classic coastal kitchen also has White Dove cabinets.

white dove cabs and stairs clay beige walls

Benjamin Moore White Dove Craft Room

One of the rooms in our basement is my craft room. I painted the paneling walls with White Dove and also painted the laminate counter top and updated the pulls and knobs on the cabinets for a fresh look a few years ago. It’s still a basement room with only a small window, but the light color keeps it from feeling so dark. I also painted the floor to look like an area rug using a stencil and floor paint.

craft room painted with Benjamin Moore White Dove

White Dove walls with gray Trim

This pretty mudroom from McGee & co has White Dove walls that make the space look so fresh and clean. Trim and door color is 50% Chelsea Gray and cabinet color is Narragansett Green.

Here’s a similar color combination used in an open concept kitchen and dining area. The Steep Cliff Gray cabinets look great with the White Dove walls and the warm wood and leather tones.

white dove and steep cliff gray

White Dove Bedroom

Sheila at Maison de Cinq gave her bedroom a refresh and painted the walls with White Dove. The soft blues and pale neutrals look beautiful with the White Dove walls.

maison de cinq white dove bedroom

Glam bedroom with White Dove walls

Love the glam look? White Dove is a great backdrop for the Peony ceiling and the metallic lamps. The Gray Owl trim has a nice subtle contrast against the walls without being to busy.

white dove peony and gray owl

White Dove Fireplace Mantel

This beautiful fireplace belongs to Shauna at Satori Design for Living. She painted the mantel and surround in White Dove and it looks classy and elegant with her decor.

white dove mantel

The White Dove fireplace and trim in this elegant living room contrast beautifully against the rich French Press walls.

white dove and french press

White Dove Painted Brick Fireplace

A few years ago I wanted to lighten our living room and I painted our brick fireplace White Dove. It made such a huge difference in this room and I have no regrets.

brick fireplace painted with White Dove before and after

Recap of White Dove

One of Benjamin Moore’s top selling colors for the past 20+ years, White Dove is a classic, neutral, nearly white paint color that is extremely versatile. It can be used for walls, trim, doors, cabinets, and furniture. And it coordinates with almost any color you put with it.

So if you’re searching for a white that’s crisp but not stark, this is one that you’ll definitely want to consider.

Try a sample

You should never choose a paint color from your computer screen. They always look different in person so I use and recommend Samplize peel and stick paint samples. They’re mess-free, removable, and made with two coats of real paint. Get a White Dove sample here: Samplize Peel and Stick White Dove paint sample

Have you used White Dove in your home? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this color. And let me know if you have any questions about it.

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  1. Very informative post. Thanks.
    What sheen should I use to paint kitchen cabinets that have bumps and bruises?

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