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Best White Trim Paint

It’s easy to overcomplicate choosing paint colours for your interior decorating project, especially when selecting which white trim to coordinate for trim and ceilings.

But I’m here to help and make things easier for you!

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In this week’s video, I’m answering a question from a reader who wanted to know which white to use for her trim and ceiling that would work with her existing paint colours. It’s part of my ‘Instant Colour Claire-ity’ series because I believe it shouldn’t be stressful to choose the right paint colours the first time for your home.

What’s the Best White Trim Paint For My Project?

Love The Colour Green?

Here’s a kitchen design we did for clients using Copley Gray by BM on the island. See all of our client’s interior design project here.

Custom Kitchen island Copley Gray HC104 & White perimeter Ivory White by Benjamin Moore, by Claire Jefford.
Dishwasher custom cover is also Copley Gray.

This is the same client’s kids bathroom with greige painted walls.

Walls painted Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore.

Custom living room design of our Burlington clients where we painted the walls Pashmina which has a green undertone.

Walls painted Pashmina by BM with Ivory White custom built-ins. Photo by Stephani Buchman.

Abingdon Putty has a green undertone as well and it’s the colour we selected for another Burlington client’s living room, except this style is more traditional and with purple accents. Photos below by KWest Images. 

Formal living room painted Abingdon Putty HC99.  See more of this interior decorating project here.
Updated fireplace painted Cloud White by BM.

In other news…

This week I’m heading to Las Vegas for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show!  It’s my third year attending the show and it’s always exciting to see the latest trends, which inevitably always involves colour too!

Follow along with me here on Instagram where I promise to share fun videos and pictures on both my feed and my IG stories.

If you can’t wait until then, watch my YouTube playlist here from KBIS Orlando in 2018.

Remember, it only takes one mistake to take your home decorating project from divine to disaster. Don’t let the paint be what stresses you out!

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(8) Comments
  • Cheryl M
    | 17 February 2019

    Watched your video on the best white trim. I am remodeling a home in Fredericksburg TX with red wood floors. We chose BM’s White Dove for cabinets, trim and ceilings. It goes well with our Nimbus bedroom walls. Haven’t chosen paint color yet for the rest of the home – might use light pewter. Kitchen cabinets are White Dove and the counter tops are Sequoia Brown Fantasy. Thinking of making paint for island cabinet baltic gray or willow creek (all BM brand) Any thoughts? Many of the warmer white colors look too yellow in this home since the floor color has so much yellow/red. We did refinish floors with no stain, just sealer to lighten them up. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 2 March 2019

      Hi Cheryl. Thanks for your comment and for watching my video. I don’t have all of these finishes to hand, so there is not a quick and easy answer for what you are asking. There is a lot to consider and making a mistake will be time consuming and costly. My advice is to seek out a colour expert in your area and invest in a consultation meeting. If you are interested in an online colour consultation, please email me:

  • Vanessa Welch
    | 19 February 2019

    Hi Claire. Thank you for this post. I have a question related to this…if a client has a home filled with white-white California shutters (such as Chantilly Lace) but has a White Dove kitchen…will that colour on the casing create a clean and dirty look with the clean white shutters?

    • Claire Jefford
      | 26 February 2019

      What I suggest Vanessa is considering first how close the shutters are to the cabinetry in the kitchen. And can the trim around the shutters be the brighter white but the baseboards and crown continue through the house with the White Dove? Where everything is in relation will be a factor, but also how fussy the home owner is about mixing a white and off white. I personally don’t like to if I can avoid it, but I know many designers have done so with pleasing results.

  • Cheryl MacBride
    | 23 February 2019

    What dark blue colors go with Benjamin Moore Nimbus? I’m thinking of painting bathroom cabinets dark blue and the walls are Nimbus.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 26 February 2019

      Hey Cheryl. So many dark blues would go with Nimbus, it really depends on whether you want the cabinetry to lean towards more of a blue or a dark gray. For example, Lead Gray and Midnight (which happen to be in the same number line up as Nimbus) are deep blue grays that would look fantastic. For more blue, Hale Navy or Kensington Blue would work wonderfully as well.

  • fran
    | 12 March 2020

    I am interesting to use sea salt by BM ( copy SW formula) but I would like lighter but I do not want change color . I like have both green and blue mix even with more white which make it lighter. I am hoping it isn’t showing too much blue or green. Please advice.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 14 March 2020

      Hi Fran. I recommend you test the colour on a large board so you can see it in better context than on a small paint chip and you can move it around the room at different times of the day. I don’t suggest changing the colour, the right one is out there, I promise!

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