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Benjamin Moore White Dove: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect soft white paint color? Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore White Dove and if it might be perfect for your home!

White paint colors are popular for a reason – white is neutral enough to work in most homes, with many color schemes, and across all seasons.

But, white paint colors are actually tricky. There are tons of undertones and color behaviors to keep in mind before committing.

White Dove is a super popular white paint color by Benjamin Moore. Let’s dive into it and see if it’s right for your home!

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Benjamin Moore White Dove paint color guide

Benjamin More White Dove OC-17

White Dove is technically an off white paint color with very neutral but creamy undertones. It verges on warm toned, especially in golden lighting, and is definitely not cool or stark.

Color Family

White Dove is a white or off-white paint color

Light Reflectance Value


Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

With an LRV of 83, White Dove is technically an off-white. However, it is very bright and will appear to be white in many spaces.

RGB Colors

R:239 G:238 B:229

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code



White Dove is a rather neutral white or off white paint color. However, it does have yellow undertones and, paired in warm golden light can read as slightly yellow.

White Dove also has slight gray undertones to it. This is what gives it an almost pastel feel, but it is also what can make it feel slightly dingy in darker spaces.

If you have LED lighting in your home – beware. The blue-ish light from the LEDs mixed with the warmth of Dove White has been known to go a touch green. Swatch it in your home and test for yourself!

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

White Dove is neutral enough to work in almost any room of the house. I love it for a whole house paint color. It’s also great for cabinetry that you don’t want to feel too stark.

Similar Colors

  • BM Oxford White
  • BM Steam
  • BM Swiss Coffee
  • BM Vanilla Milkshake
  • Sherwin Williams Cold Foam
  • Behr Hacienda White
  • Valspar Soft Wool

Coordinating Colors

White Dove is really neutral enough to work with most any color palette. However, due to the greige undertones, greige is a natural neutral match. I love playing off the creamy undertones with blue and green accents, too.

Greige accent colors:

Blue/green accent colors:

White Dove Kitchen via Satori Design for a Living
White Dove Kitchen via Satori Design for a Living

Trim Colors

I 100% suggest using White Dove as your trim color when painting your walls White Dove. Go for a matte, flat, or eggshell wall paint and a semi-gloss on the trim. This will give a soft, tone on tone look.

If you go with a crisp, true white, it is going to make the White Dove walls look yellowed and dingy. However, without any pure white next to it, Dove White will look soft and beautiful.

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Benjamin Moore White Dove paint color palette

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BM white dove paint color palette

White Dove FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about White Dove.

Does BM white Dove look yellow?

White Dove tends to read as more creamy than yellow in most spaces.

Is BM white Dove warm or cool?

White Dove has warm undertones.

Does white dove look dingy?

White Dove is not a pure white but is a slightly creamy off white. Yellow artificial light could make it appear dingy, as could pairing it with pure white trim. If you want a pure white wall – pick a different color.

Why is white dove so popular?

White Dove is popular because it is a very soft off white that is easy to decorate with, goes with many color schemes, and works with many styles of home decor.

Which is whiter Swiss Coffee or white dove?

White Dove is both whiter and brighter than Swiss Coffee.

Why does white dove look yellow on my walls?

If White Dove is looking yellow on your walls, it is probably due to a combination of two things: lighting and accent colors. First, try changing light bulbs for something less yellowed. Secondly, avoid pairing it with pure white such as trim or accessories, which would make it look yellower in comparison.

Is white dove too creamy?

If you want a pure white, then White Dove might be too creamy for you. If you want something softer, it is a great option.

Does white Dove go with everything?

White Dove is neutral enough that it plays well with both warm and cool toned accent colors and works in a wide variety of home styles.

What is the difference between Alabaster and White Dove?

Alabaster and White Dove are both super popular off white paint colors. However, they have slightly different undertones, giving them each their own look.

SW alabaster vs BM white dove

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