Why I’m over the Gray Paint Trend and 8 White Paint Colors I’m Currently Crushing On

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Find out if gray paint is on its way out and learn all about everyone’s new favorite neutral.

Fun Fact. We’ve been in our home almost 2 years now. And in that short time we’ve managed to re-paint nearly 70 percent of our home, in you guessed it….GRAY. But as we’ve grown into our new house I’ve started to get really tired of gray walls.

Wouldn’t you love to see the look on my husband’s face when I told him recently that I didn’t really care for the gray wall trend anymore and wanted to go all white?!

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Let’s just say I’m lucky he’s so patient with all my crazy ideas.

But I totally don’t expect him to help me out in repainting all of these walls. Pretty sure I’m on my own there.

Is gray paint going out of style?

I’m probably going to get a lot of flak for this, but yes, Gray painted walls is just one of those decorating trends that are on its way out.

It’s beginning to feel like the decade of beige walls where we all opted for that neutral tan paint color that we thought went with EVERYTHING.

And like all good things, this too must come to an end. Sorry Fixer Upper fans.

So What’s the new Gray?

Now don’t get me wrong. I still love a good gray paint color, but I think it makes a much bigger statement when accenting architecture, like on molding or millwork.

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I’m pretty sure we can all agree that this home from my friend Chelsea is absolutely stunning. The gray painted trim really pops against the creamy white walls.

This is just one of the many design trends I’m loving in her new home.

Why I’m loving White Paint for Interior Walls in 2020

White paint colors are no longer dedicated just to ceilings, trim or kitchen cabinets. Different shades of white are making their presence known by interior designers and bloggers looking for a fresh go-to neutral.

And what’s a more obvious neutral paint than white?

From the warm creamy undertones, to the bold cooler shades of white paint, they literally go with anything in your home. And they have an amazing way of making any space feel clean and new again.

The White Wall Trend

White on white paint combinations are nothing new in the design world. We’ve seen it around for decades in plenty of modern and contemporary spaces. But today’s whites feel softer, and more cozy. Making them a perfect option for everyday living spaces.

Which white is the best for walls?

Well, all of them really.

But just like any paint color, there’s an art and science to choosing the perfect one. It all comes down to what you’ll be putting inside the room you plan to paint, as well as the different shades or undertones that make up the white paint colors.

But here are a few ideas to get you started to picking the right one.

Cool White Paint Colors

Pure White by Sherwin Williams

Jacki from Crazy Life with Littles jumped on the white wall trend train with her white on white kitchen.

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This pure white paint color with a hint of gray makes the perfect color combination with her Sherwin Williams Naval painted island.

If you’re afraid to dip your toes in the water of white paint, then this color makes a great option with its cooler gray undertones.

Benjamin Moore Oxford White

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This is another pure white paint color option. Lia from Southern Yankee DIY used this cooler shade in her new son’s nursery to accent the board and batten walls against a pop of blue for a fun contrast.

Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace

Rebecca from Hello Central Avenue absolutely crushed her design goals in her master bedroom by giving her walls a fresh coat of this white paint with just a hint of grey in it.

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Remember what I said about using gray paint for other details in your home? Well she nailed it by pairing her white painted walls with her newly refinished gray dressers.

True White Paint Colors

Behr’s Ultra Pure White

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I love a good clean laundry room and Brittany from Five Little Bears totally brightened up this once dark space by painting her walls and trim with a truly pure white paint color.

Adding in some fun patterns with her tiled flooring and a pop of grey in the cabinetry makes this room feel anything but sterile.

Highly Reflective White from Sherwin Williams

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Kylie from Kylie M. Interiors knows a thing or two about white paint. And she swears that this shade of white is one of the truest white paint colors out there.

With no major undertones it has just a hint of color to take the stark white edge off and make this bedroom feel cozy and inviting.

Warm White Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore’s Simply White

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If you’ve been following the blog, then you’ll remember that we painted our entire powder room last fall in this creamy white paint color and I’ve been in love ever since.

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This off white paint color has the slightest hint of yellow to it which makes it a great warm option to brighten up rooms that lack a lot of natural light. I’m pretty sure that’s what made it the perfect choice for our tiny windowless powder room.

Benjamin Moore White Dove

I seriously love Jaclyn’s Home from One-Thousand Oaks. She used the creamiest shade of white paint to transform her entire house into a bright and warm vintage haven.

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I especially like how she pairs it with dark and moody colors on wall moldings for an extra touch of drama.

Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Kylie M. Interiors showed us again how the right shade of white can really make an overall’s room design.

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This creamy off white paint color has the subtlest hint of pink to it making it one of the more warmer toned paint colors.

After seeing all these gorgeous inspiration photos of white painted walls, you’re probably asking yourself this:

“Should I paint my walls white?”

Well, I’ll leave that one up to you, but don’t knock it till ya try it!

As for me…..I’ll just be over here painting away at white walls one room at a time. In fact, check out how I transformed our master bathroom on a budget using creamy white paint as the backdrop for the design.

Happy Painting!

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  1. Thank you so much for showing off how to use white as the new go-to neutral color for houses. This could really change the way my entire house looks from top to bottom and bring in a sense of comfort it didn’t have before. Once I find a painting service expert in the area, I’ll definitely have them use a color palette utilizing white as the netural.

  2. Getting ready to give my family room a makeover. I was going to paint the walls a light grey. Two walls have large windows and my trim is white. Can I also paint the walls white?

  3. Thank you for inspirational ideas for white paint. Planning to use Sherwin Williams Pure White flat for walls and ceiling. High ceilings with large windows, but have traditional furniture. If I wanted to warm up a traditional decor home what paint colour could I use?

    1. Hi Judy! If you have a lot of natural light I would aim for more of a creamy off white to warm up the space and go for an eggshell finish on the walls for just the smallest hint of sheen.

  4. I’m doing more and more white paint consultations. Gray is definitely going the way of beige. It all comes full circle, now it’s Whites time to shine again. Great post and colors choices!

    1. I totally agree with you! It really does come full circle. My aunt posted that she new white would be in style again so she left her walls white all this time. I almost cried laughing.

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