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Benjamin Moore White Dove complementary colors

Some of the complementary colors that work best with White Dove from Benjamin Moore are blue and greige colors that have warm undertones.

Complementary color schemes can be incredibly effective in creating balance or shifting the focus within a space.

Complementary colors do not have to be bright to have the desired contrasting effect.

Even off-white paint colors, like Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, can be used in a complementary color scheme with Hale Navy, Revere Pewter, Repose Gray, Edgecomb Gray or Kendall Charcoal to create the same effect.

The magic of complementary color schemes

Complementary colors, in their most basic form, are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel,  including pairs like blue and orange, red and green, as well as yellow and purple.

Since these colors are exact opposites of each other, they create a lot of contrast when they are used together in the same design scheme.

However, when it comes to color schemes for interior design, complementary colors can range far beyond simple pairings.

Using a complementary color scheme can help you accent special architectural and design features, create tons of visual interest, and can even help you incorporate a pop of color into a design that may feel too monotone.

Benjamin Moore White Dove complementary colors

Though the simplest examples of complementary colors usually explain the concept with the use of bright and easy-to-recognize primary colors like red, blue and yellow, you can create a complementary color scheme with pretty much any paint color of your choice.

This is even true in the case of seemingly simplistic, neutral shades like Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. White Dove has always been a favorite among interior designers and the Benjamin Moore clientele, because the color is so much more than a simple off-white shade.

In reality, very few “white” paint colors are pure white, and as is the case with White Dove, they have undertones which make the color lean warmer or cooler.

White Dove is a warmer-leaning off-white paint color that has been well-established as one of the best paint colors to use if you want a creamy, but bright look and feel.

This is because White Dove has a slightly green-gray undertone, which gives it that creamy look and feel, but keeps the color from appearing too yellow in warmer light.

White Dove also has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 83.16, which makes it a fairly bright, light off-white paint shade.

This means that you can create a complementary color scheme by pairing White Dove with other paint colors that have a warm undertone and other neutral or pale gray paint colors.

This includes paint colors like Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter, Sherwin-Williams’s Repose Gray, Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray or Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal.

Everything you need to know about Benjamin Moore’s White Dove

You will need to understand the complexities of Benjamin Moore’s White Dove before you can choose the best complementary colors for the shade. These are listed below:

Details Benjamin Moore White Dove
Swatch
Code OC-17
Undertone Warm, with slight hints of green and light gray
LRV 83.16 (White)
Can it be used on trim? Yes, especially in spaces with warm-toned walls.
Can it be used on the exterior of a home? Yes, and the gray undertones keep the color from becoming too stark in natural light.

Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy and White Dove

Since White Dove is such a light and bright color, it is often the perfect complement to darker blue paint colors. Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is the perfect example of a sleek and sophisticated toned-down navy color.

Hale Navy has a slight hint of indigo within its gray undertone, which complements the warmer tones in White Dove without becoming too busy or overwhelming.

When Benjamin Moore’s Hale and Navy and White Dove are paired together, they create a particularly sophisticated palette, as shown below.

Hale Navy – Benjamin Moore (HC-154) White Dove – Benjamin Moore (OC-17)

Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and White Dove

White Dove works especially well with classic fan-favorite greige paint shades like Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter, to give your space a warm and inviting look.

In this case, decorators often choose to paint Revere Pewter on the walls and use White Dove as the accent on trims, ceilings and cabinets.

This combination creates a crisp finish, as displayed below:

Revere Pewter – Benjamin Moore (HC-172) White Dove – Benjamin Moore (OC-17)

Sherwin-Williams’s Repose Gray and White Dove

Another greige paint color that pairs especially well with the earthy gray undertones in White Dove is Sherwin-Williams’s Repose Gray. This color is incredibly versatile and goes with just about any interior decorating style.

Repose Gary is also slightly warm-toned, so it coordinates well with White Dove, but it is still neutral enough to contrast with the creaminess of the color.

There is just enough of a difference between these two colors for both to really shine within a design scheme, as shown in the table below:

Repose Gray – Sherwin-Williams (7015) White Dove – Benjamin Moore (OC-17)

Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray and White Dove

Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray and White Dove has been a fan-favorite combination among homeowners and designers for years, because it creates such a natural and organic color scheme within a design.

Once again, this color’s greige undertones have just enough purple in them to contrast with White Dove, but Edgecomb Gray is also light enough to keep your overall scheme feeling bright when paired with White Dove, as is displayed below:

Edgecomb Gray – Benjamin Moore (HC-173) White Dove – Benjamin Moore (OC-17)

Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal and White Dove

Pairing Benjamin Moore’s White Dove with Kendall Charcoal is an excellent way to up the contrast in the space and create considerable visual interest.

Kendall Charcoal shares some of White Dove’s earthy undertones, but is much darker and makes for an excellent accent color when paired with such a light off-white color.

Kendall Charcoal is a bold but deep and versatile warm grey color, which plays well with the creamier tones in White Dove. This combination is shown below.

Kendall Charcoal – Benjamin Moore (HC-166) White Dove – Benjamin Moore (OC-17)