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Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace + Tips for Trimming Color, Shine and Other Great Whites to Try! :DIY Home Decor

Choosing the right white color for our new master bathroom was a little more difficult than expected, but I couldn’t be more pleased with the color I ended up with – Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. I have a lot of questions about this, so today I’m going to share why you might want to put it on your short list of white colors for your home (bathroom especially!) And how it compares to other popular white colors.

I’ve also answered some of your most common questions, including the sheen of Chantilly Lace I used and the color that you use to paint your walls white. Let us begin… (Post contains affiliate links; full disclosure statement available {Here})

Chantilly Lace (OC-65): Why I love it

The hardest part about working with white colors is that they’re not 100% pure white – they have subtle undertones. So what might look like a pure white in the can could have a yellow, blue, green, etc. once it’s on the wall. What I love about Chantilly Lace is that it looks almost a pure white, but with just a hint of blue is enough to give it a crisp, fresh feel (but not so much that it’s tough or strong). Chantilly Lace feels soft and fresh and goes wonderfully with the white shower tiles, the bathtub, the toilet and the Carrara marble vanity our main bathroom::

I love the white color in this bathroom - Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

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Benjamin Moore describes Chantilly Lace as “as delicate and refined as the lace it was named after. This clear, clean white is reminiscent of pure silk, soft linen and simpler times.” While it’s totally cheesy, it’s actually a pretty accurate description! Here’s another view of it on the other side of our bathroom – as is typical with any paint color, it looks a little different depending on how much light it gets:

The best white color with Carrara marble - Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace!

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If you haven’t seen our main bathroom yet, you can see a few more pictures of Chantilly Lace in our bathroom and all the sources for that room in mine Main bath reveal post {here}.

A great decorative color with Chantilly lace walls

Whenever I paint the walls of a room white, my choice of decorative color couldn’t be easier – I use exactly the same color as the walls, but with a more glossy sheen. People often try to use a different white color for the paneling because they want some contrast from the walls, but you actually get the same contrast simply by changing the sheen. Like all white tones, Chantilly Lace in semi-gloss or satin appears whiter (as it is more reflective) than Chantilly Lace in flat or matt. It’s enough of a difference to get the contract you want while the two different finishes go wonderfully together.

Which Chantilly Lace Paint gloss colors did I use?

For the walls and ceiling of our bathroom I used Aura Bath & Spa (which is suitable for rooms with more humidity) in matt. Their matt color is just a touch more glossy than flat, but is more abrasive. Lots of people use eggshells on the bathroom walls, which is also a great choice. Personally, I prefer Matt because I’m just not a fan of a lot of shine. If you need to touch your paint down the road later, it is more likely that it will blend in if you use a matte or flat paint. The final reason I went with matte is because I wanted to use the same gloss on both the walls and ceiling so it would be an enveloping space and I wouldn’t recommend using paint with gloss on it to use the drywall ceiling as it has too many defects.

For the cladding in our bathroom, I used Benjamin Moore Advance in satin (semi-gloss is also a great choice for the cladding – it’s just a personal preference depending on how much sheen you like).

The sheen and type of color I used for Chantilly White in our bathroom

Chantilly Lace vs. Other similar white colors

If you are thinking about using Chantilly Lace in your home, you are probably choosing between Chantilly Lace and some similar shades of white. I thought it would be helpful to show you how Chantilly Lace compares to other popular shades of white to help you choose the white that is the best fit. I bought samples of four of the nearest whites from Sample so I can show you If you are not familiar with Samplize, they sell 12 “by 12” self-adhesive backed color squares so you can peel off the back and stick it on your wall:

Smart way to choose a paint color - try color swatches!

The glue is tacky enough to hold them to the wall, but not so tacky that they peel off paint or simply can’t be removed and repositioned in a different part of the room (which I 100% recommend – paint colors can be very different appearance depending on the place in your room and the light they receive). I’ll break down the comparison for all four of these colors, but here are some examples on all of the walls of my Chantilly Lace bathroom:

Chantilly Lace versus Oxford White, Simply White, Decorator's White and Super White

Some of them are so close that they fit in almost perfectly …

So helpful to see how Chantilly Lace compares to other similar colors!

Here’s how Chantilly Lace compares these four:

Chantilly Lace versus Simply White

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs.  Simply white paint colors

Simply White (OC-117) is one of my favorite colors in white and the one I use as the whole house color for our house in NC – so far we have painted our guest room:

I love the white color in this bedroom - Benjamin Moore Simply White!

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and our breakfast corner in Simply White:

So beautiful!  White color is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

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While Chantilly Lace has a touch of blue, Simply White has a touch of yellow. It’s just enough yellow to feel warm, but not so much that it looks too creamy. With that touch of warmth, even large rooms painted Simply White will feel non-sterile, as many fear their room will be a lighter white. When comparing Chantilly Lace to Simply White, they are similar in that they are both in the lighter range of the white colors and both have a crisp, clean look. The main difference is that Simply White is a warmer color than Chantilly Lace because of the yellow note.

Why didn’t I use Simply White in our bathroom? Actually, that was my plan! But when I was painting a large test pattern in my bathroom, the yellow undertone was way more evident than in any other room I’ve painted with Simply White. Why? Because it had to do with the cooler blue of our marble tiles, tub and toilet.

I was convinced Simply White would work, and my last minute test resulted in a run to the paint shop for more samples. Then I decided that Chantilly Lace would be best. The lesson is that while Simply White is a great, versatile paint color for most of the rooms in your home, it is probably not the best choice if used right next to cooler tiles or marble like Carrara because then you will get the yellow in it see The paint color comes out.

Super White vs. Chantilly Lace

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs.  Super white paint colors

Benjamin Moore Super White (OC-152 or PM-1) is another great white color to consider. If you’re struggling to tell a huge difference between the two whites in the pictures of the color swatches in my bathroom, you’re right! They are very similar and in all honesty, if you had painted two rooms next to each other in these two colors, it would be very difficult for you to tell a difference. You’d think Super White would be the lightest white of the two based on the name, but it actually does Chantilly Lace is just a tad lighter, while Super White is a tad softer. Chantilly Lace is just a little more color than Super White. But these two are also very similar.

Chantilly Lace vs. Decorators White

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace versus Decorator's White paint colors

Decorator’s White is a long-time favorite of many for cabinets and siding, but it’s also a great option for walls. If you look at Chantilly Lace vs. Looking at Decorator’s White (OC-149), you can probably see what the biggest difference is – The decorator’s white is not as bright as a white. When placed next to each other, you can also see that Decorator’s White looks more gray.

Oxford White versus Chantilly Lace

Benjamin Moore Oxford White versus Chantilly Lace paint colors

Oxford White (CC-30) is a white color that you won’t hear as much about as the other whites in this post, but it’s another lovely white that resembles Chantilly Lace. to compare Oxford White vs. Chantilly Lace, these two colors have a very tight hue (i.e., how yellow or blue they are), but Chantilly Lace is the lighter white of the two.

That completes everything! I hope this post wasn’t TMI, but I wanted to give you all the information I could so that you can make the best color choices for white colors and save yourselves time, agony, and money! If you want details on other popular white colors, be sure to stop by to read {this post} about my 8 favorite colors in white that has pictures of every color in real rooms. At the end of this post, you will also find tips on how to find out which white color is best for your space.

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