Brick&Batten’s Top 4 Exterior Whites and Off-Whites

While there are a million whites, not all will work on every home.  Style, sunlight, direction of the house and other fixed elements play a crucial role in the way we see and interpret color.  However, brick&batten has found some tried and true whites that we return to again and again for max curb appeal.  We don’t always expect our clients to know or care how much sunlight their house gets or how much shade is created with the trees and other landscape elements.  Siding like textured stucco and cedar shake can automatically make a color appear darker by creating shadows.  In addition,  different surfaces play a role in how paint is soaked up.  Furthermore, there are undertones at play.  Ignore all of  this and find yourself with the wrong white paint on your biggest investment.

So, let’s dive in to some of brick&batten’s favorite whites and why!  

sea pearl

Sea Pearl

1. Sea Pearl by Benjamin Moore:  This color has an LRV of 77.95.  That indicates it’s Light Reflective Value.  We try to stay under 85 here for all our whites as beyond that, they can get really bright in some environments.  This LRV makes Sea Pearl and ideal choice.  In addition, it has gray undertones which keep it from going yellow on the exterior.  It pairs amazing with greens and blues while still having enough warmth to live with brick and stone.  Great choice in almost any environment. 

White Dove

2. White Dove by Benjamin Moore:  This show stopper has a higher LRV at 85 so it will be brighter than choice 1.  It has more warmth and pairs amazing with stone, brick and other warmer elements.  This is also a great choice for trim as it’s brightness will stand out and stay crisp against other off whites and colors. 

shoji white

Shoji White

3. Shoji White by Sherwin Williams:  This neutral’s undertones are a mix of gray and beige, but it’s much lighter and brighter than the typical “greige.” Depending on the light, it can take on a clean white appearance or more of an off white.  This beautiful color has an LRV of 74 making it an easy choice if you want to avoid the harsh brightness of some whites. 

simply white

simply white

Simply White

4. Simply White by Benjamin Moore:  This classic choice has a relatively high LRV at 91.  This means it will reflect a lot of light and can be too bright in some environments.  It remains warm, but without becoming cream or yellow.  This works on the white modern farmhouse well and when clients want WHITE without feeling “off white”.  We would say test this color before committing.  It’s gorgeous!  But, depending on the environment and surroundings. 

After you have driven yourself crazy and stared at a thousand paint chips and read everything online…TEST, TEST AND TEST SOME MORE.  And by test, I mean throw up big swatches and live with it for a few days.  Different shades of white show up differently in different environments.  Not to mention, white is very susceptible to picking up color from all the fixed elements around your home.  Do you have a brick base?  Do you have a brown roof?  All these things will have an impact.  The trick is identifying the undertones in the paint color and picking colors with undertones that can live harmoniously in YOUR space.  We’d love to partner with you on this adventure and help take the guess work out by showing you our choice with a virtual exterior design by brick&batten.  Let’s get started!