The Best Cream Paint Colors, According to Designers

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Pointing by Farrow & Ball

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“It is a great, versatile paint color that works almost everywhere. It’s warm but still reads as predominantly white.” —Daniel Rabin and Annie Ritz, And And And Studio

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Maritime White by Benjamin Moore

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“It’s sophisticated, warm, and inviting—the best elements your home should have.” —Hattie Collins, Hattie Sparks Interiors

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Sand by Farrow & Ball

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“Cream with cool undertones can pair well with decor in black, navy, chrome, and marble. On the other hand, warm undertones give off a cozy, inviting glow, especially in natural light. Warm creams pair better with the brick reds and denim blues omnipresent in American ceramic and textile antiques, as well as natural materials like linen, wool, and wood.” —Marie Joh, The Six Bells

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White Dove by Benjamin Moore

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“It adds just enough warmth to a white base to give a soft and understated feel that perfectly complements any color palette.” —Julia King, Studio Roene

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Soft Chamois by Benjamin Moore

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“This is a versatile cream. Whites will pick up on what’s being reflected in the light, so if, for example, you have a lot of greenery next to the windoow of a room, the color could start looking green inside too.” —Chango & Co.

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White Snow by Sherwin Williams

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“This shade brings a modern yet natural and organic appeal to any room that can be hard with cool whites that feel too sterile.” —Taniya Nayak

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Linen White by Benjamin Moore

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“In rooms that I paint this shade, especially with warm undertones, I always advise clients to paint the trim and ceiling the same color as the walls but change the finish to give added interest. Cream colors with warm undertones offer flexibility because they remain quiet and neutral.” —Todd Prince, Todd Prince Design

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School House White by Farrow & Ball

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“This shade is a beautiful creamy white that creates a warm, soft glow in the rooms it lives in. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition to more industrial elements, like concrete floors, that we love to pair it with.” —Katie Labourdette, Hearth Homes Interiors

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Irish Linen Limewash by Sydney Harbour Paints

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“Not only is it a gorgeous warm white, it is also the perfect amount of texture and depth that takes it to a whole other level. It takes a few steps to get the finish, but it’s totally worth it.” —Tami Ramsay, Cloth & Kind

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Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore

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“This shade is warm without feeling too yellow, it pairs nicely with both warm and cool fabrics or accents, which is rare for a true cream paint.” —Laura Pankonien, The Pankonien Group

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Cloud White by Benjamin Moore

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“It’s neutral with warmth and coordinates equally well with warm and cool adjacent colors and seems to look great regardless of the light temperature in the rooms. Our group chat keeps joking it should be called White Arrow White.” —White Arrow

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Calm by Benjamin Moore

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“It is a soft warm white, but with lavender undertones, which allows it to work well with cooler and warm tones alike.” —Studio DB

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Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

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“This color is the perfect balance of crisp white with the slightest cream undertone for warmth. It’s always a winner, whether a city apartment or a beachside residence. Chantilly Lace is my favorite background color and a champion in both matte and satin finish. It’s a classic color that allows art and upholstery to take center stage.” —Nathan Thomas, Pembrooke & Ives

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Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams

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“This warm shade with taupe undertones brings a velvety depth to walls and millwork. It works wonderfully with crisp white trim, and while it’s right at home in more traditional spaces, it’s bright enough to feel modern and fresh when paired with medium wood tones and clean lines.” —Regan Baker, Regan Baker Design

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Vanilla Milkshake by Benjamin Moore

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“We love Benjamin Moore’s Vanilla Milkshake and its blend of gray with a strong cream undertone for the walls, especially in a bedroom. It’s super soft and soothing on the eye. The walls should be a softer tone to let the patterns on curtains and upholstery and textures in pillows show.” —Meghan Hackett-Cassidy, Hackett Interiors

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Belgravia by Myland

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“I like Belgravia by Myland for wall and trim. The ground marble powder in their Marble Matt finish offers depth to complement the bones of classical architecture and show off the curvatures of fine woodwork.” —Carolyn Pressly, Carolyn Pressly Interiors

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White Tie by Farrow & Ball

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“I love this pale cream, as it serves as a warm neutral and brightens any space. It’s also a great backdrop for art and pops of color. I like to use it in hallways, on kitchen cabinets, and for moldings and trims in contrast to a vibrant wallpaper.” —Ritika Bhasin, Ritika Bhasin Design

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Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

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“My favorite cream paint is Benjamin Moore OC-45 Swiss Coffee. It’s the perfect creamy white, with a touch of beige and gray. I have it all over my home and have used it in many other homes. It’s warm and inviting while still modern and clean.” —Danielle Fennoy, Revamp Interior Design

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Slipper Satin by Farrow & Ball

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“I love this soft neutral. It warms up a space more than white but doesn’t carry too heavy of pink or yellow undertones.” —MA Allen, MA Allen Interiors

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