Ask CMH: Our Favorite White Paints

So often we're asked, "What is the best white paint color?" There are so many decisions to consider when choosing white paint for your walls. Undertones, finishes, warm vs. cool. There are so many different shades of white to choose from, which makes choosing the right shade tricky. We've compiled a list of our tried and true whites, our go-to's, our ride or dies. Take a peek and hopefully you'll find the perfect shade for your home.

From our Weston Drive Project | Photo: Tyler Norman Photography

Common FAQ'S

How should I test paint samples on my walls?

We recommend picking up large paint swatches on card stock from your local BM or SW paint store. Hold the swatches up to each wall in the room so you can see the different shades. Don't forget to do this exercise several times throughout the day so you can see how the different light affects the color.

What's the difference between cool whites vs. warm whites?

Cool whites are bright and crisp, and lean towards a more modern look. You'll see undertones of blue, green and purple. Warm whites are soft and cozy, and lean towards a more traditional look. They have undertones of red, yellow, or brown. If you're looking to infuse a lot of color in a room, then I would select a cool white for your walls. If you plan to work with a neutral color scheme, I would go with a warmer white.

What sheen's do I use?

Walls - We prefer Eggshell. Our go-to, especially in homes with little ones who have sticky fingers. It's so easy to wipe clean!

Ceiling - Flat

Baseboards - Satin or semi-gloss. We have a soft spot for a subtle sheen difference between walls and trim.

Cabinets - Satin

From our Weston Drive Project | Photo: Tyler Norman Photography

From our Weston Drive Project | Photo: Tyler Norman Photography

Christine McCall Home is a full-service interior design studio in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in residential interior renovations.