Benjamin Moore Paper White Review & Inspiration

What We Love About Paper White - OC55

Paper White is a sophisticated and timeless off-white with the softest hint of gray. A color from Benjamin Moore's Off-White Color collection, it’s the go-to white for creating a calm, airy atmosphere. Paper White’s slightly warm tone helps it retain a neutral gray-white appearance in different room settings and lighting situations.

Paper White Is The Ideal Gray-White Neutral Paint

While on the surface it’s the palest gray, Paper White’s soft green undertones give it a subtle warmth. Compared to warm off-whites like Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, it looks like a cool gray. However, the green undertones keep it from appearing cooler and more blue in spaces with low natural light. This makes Paper White a reliable neutral color to unify the entire home.

To bring out more of Paper White’s light gray tint, pair it with trim in a crisp white color, like Benjamin Moore’s Super White. Creating contrast between walls and trim enhances the gray by placing it next to a truer white. Paint both the walls and trim in Paper White to create an airy, neutral space that appears more white than gray. Rooms that have a lot of natural light will wash out the undertones even further, turning Paper White into a rich shade of white.

Paper White: The Best Wall Color For Open Floor Plans

Used throughout the home, Paper White has a distinctive look that works beautifully with wood floors and adds character to tall ceilings. Always neutral, it maintains its warm gray-white appearance as you move from one room to the next. Paper White can brighten up hallways and bathrooms, blending perfectly with marble and stone finishes without looking cold. Use it to create a serene master suite, or add a sophisticated hint of gray to the living room and kitchen.

Often described as a very pale dove gray, Paper White is a neutral wall color that combines the best of the gray color trend with the warm sophistication of farmhouse style. While it adds an elegant touch to uncluttered spaces, it’s also the perfect backdrop for art and collections; and it happily recedes into the background when bright colors are nearby. Paper White on the wall compliments the cool blue kitchen island, and provides continuity with nearby cabinetry painted in Gray Owl.

Benjamin Moore Paper White in the kitchen, complemented by bright accent colors.

Benjamin Moore Paper White in the kitchen, complemented by bright accent colors.

In this dining room, Paper White’s gray tint is enhanced by pure white trim and black window frames:

Paper White used in the bathroom, complemented by white trim, dove gray window shades, and a travertine floor in warm beige:

Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55 is a relaxating color for the bathroom.

Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55 is a relaxating color for the bathroom.

Paper White appears lighter and whiter in well lit rooms. This versatility makes it the perfect backdrop for bright accent colors, like this coral window seat:

Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55 paired with bright coral and aqua in a bedroom.

Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55 paired with bright coral and aqua in a bedroom.

Buy Paper White Paint & Samples

Paper White is available at Ring's End in a variety of paint sheens and sizes. Buy it in our best-selling Benjamin Moore paint line today!

Want to see how Paper White looks in your home before deciding if it's the right color?

Try our 16 Oz Paint Color Samples that are used by professional interior designers. Alternatively, our Peel & Stick Color Samples are quick, easy, and can transfer between rooms.

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If you like Paper White, but you’re looking for a truer gray with a lively silver tone then try a sample of Silver Satin. Silver Satin can appear silver or gray due to its subtle purple undertones. Both paints are part of the Off-White Collection. For a white that’s more distinctly gray, we recommend a sample of Gray Owl.