Are you trying to decide between Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White? You are not alone because the paint colors are pretty similar. This post aims to help you differentiate and tell which paint color is better.
So, what is the difference between them? The main difference between Chantilly Lace OC-65 and Simply White OC-117 is the undertones. While Chantilly Lace is a whitey-white and one of the purest white paint colors, Simply White has slightly yellow undertones that make it warm.
I want to take you on a journey of discovery in a world of paint colors. Doing this will help you decide which is better, as well as the best colors to go with it. But before I do that, let me help you pick the better color for each occasion.
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When to Use Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White
When is the best time to use Chantilly Lace instead of Simply White and vice versa? The closeness in the resemblance of these colors makes it a challenge to determine which works better and when. But I can help you with this aspect with a few pointers.
Use Chantilly Lace if:
- A true white paint color is ideal for you
- You are not of fan of white paint turning yellow or green when dry
- You want a neutral color to create a balance in your decor
Use Simply White if:
- Your main concern is warmth in your white paint color
- You don’t mind a hint of yellow in your white paint
- You want to blend a warm white in your warm color scheme without sacrificing brightness
There are other occasions that may warrant using either or both of these colors. But the points I mentioned above are the foundation and should guide you in deciding when and where to use these white paint colors.
Remember that they are pretty bright whites, and the lighting is crucial. While they are excellent for rooms without enough lighting, they may appear too stark or sterile in extremely bright rooms. That is unless you tone them down with other colors and accessories.
But more on the lighting and color combination later because I want to show you real pictures of Chantilly Lace and Simply White.
A Visual Comparison of Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White
I have learned from experience that seeing pictures of paint colors goes a long way in helping buyers choose what they want. It is one thing to explain in words, but pictures usually seal the deal. While the paint colors may look slightly different in real life from what the pictures show, they are quite close.
Chantilly Lace is used in this pristine and classic hallway:
And Simply White graces this sitting room walls:
Simply White reads a little warm, while Chantilly Lace is pure white with a hint of coolness. You may notice a hint of blue-gray, but it is barely there. Many interior designers use Chantilly Lace as a baseline to rate other whites.
That is not to say that Chantilly Lace cannot read warm in some rooms. That is part of its appeal to users; it can be warm, cool, or simply neutral. It is not easily influenced by lighting or other colors, but this depends on the extremity of the elements around it.
Nevertheless, Chantilly Lace is one of the cleanest, purest, and brightest white paint colors on the market. Simply White is a close second, but the slightly yellow undertones make it undeniably warm, unlike Chantilly Lace which can lean toward any direction.
Choosing Between Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White: A Quick Comparison
Several aspects of any paint color make it unique so you can easily tell one apart from another. So, I have created a table with the most important details for easy reference.
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Emotional Effects: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White
Chantilly Lace is a bright white that evokes feelings of serenity and peace. I like that it can remain unmoving in most cases, regardless of what is around it. So, you may want to consider it if all you want is that feeling of tranquility from a crisp white.
On the other hand, the warmth from Simply White makes it a cozy and inviting paint color. If you want to create a warm haven that draws you into a personal space without compromising brightness, Simply White is the better choice of the two.
You will get the feeling of a true white more from Chantilly Lace than from Simply White. The truth is that you may not easily tell which paint color is which unless you place them side by side. Also, Simply White may look like a true white until it is paired with Chantilly Lace or another true white.
In simple terms, choose Simply White if you want a warm yet bright white to make you feel cozy. But go for Chantilly Lace if you prefer a true neutral that blends with different color schemes so you can remain versatile in your decor.
LRV of Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White: Which Reflects More Light?
The LRV of any color determines its ability to reflect light. It means the light reflectance value and this value goes from 0 to 100. True blacks absorb all light and have a value of 0, while pure whites fully reflect light and have a value of 100.
Chantilly Lace has an LRV of 90.04, which makes it one of the brightest and purest whites on the market. That, and its neutral tones, makes it a favorite for trims, wainscoting, and other uses, including pairing with other white paint colors.
Simply White is slightly less bright, with an LRV of 89.52. While the difference in value may not look much, it shows when you place both paint colors close together. Besides, the warmth of Simply White makes it appear less bright than it actually is.
So, Chantilly Lace reflects more light than Simply White, although their LRVs are pretty close.
Undertones of Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White: Are They the Same?
Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace and Simply White do not have the same undertones. Where Simply White has obvious yellow undertones that give it a creamy look, Chantilly Lace has almost no undertones, which makes it look neutral.
This difference does not immediately jump out at you just by looking at the colors one by one. But when you paint swatches of each on a wall side by side, you will see the difference. The neutrality of Chantilly Lace makes Simply White look more creamy or off-white than white by exposing the yellow in it.
A Closer Look at the Undertones of Chantilly Lace
This section shows you the true undertones of Chantilly Lace. Although it can present a cool face sometimes, the paint color also shows a bit of warmth at other times. This entryway decor is proof of that.
A Closer Look at the Undertones of Simply White
The paint color has undeniable warmth, with a bit of yellow showing through to the surface. The bright sunlight streaming through the window also contributes to the brightness and warmth of Simply White.
From the pictures above, you can clearly see that Chantilly Lace is more of a true white than Simply White. That is not to say that Simply White does not perform well as a bright white paint color. The only thing is that it pales in comparison to Chantilly Lace. Therefore, go for the brighter white if you want a fair representation of pure white paint color.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White: Are They Warm or Cool?
Let me start with Simply White: it is a warm white paint color. This is because of the yellow undertones, turning it into a slightly creamy white instead of a classic white.
Chantilly Lace is more of a neutral-toned color than warm or cool. It can read warm in bright natural or artificial light. But northern lights or rooms with a northern exposure can reveal a bit of blue-gray in the paint color. So, it can lean toward cool in some situations and read a little warm in others.
But you must remember that the perception of any color is subjective. What you see may differ from what another person sees. So, while Simply White is undeniably warm, Chantilly Lace is open to debate because of its neutral tones.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White Complementary Colors
Every color is represented on the color wheel, but not all of them are easily recognizable. So, since complementary colors are those directly opposite the main colors on the color wheels, complementary colors for varying shades are not easy to find.
The best complementary color for Chantilly Lace is Benjamin Moore Polar White 2069-70. Close to it are Benjamin Moore Whisper Violet 2070-70 and Sherwin Williams Feathery Lilac SW 7141, although the Sherwin Williams paint color is archived.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White Color Palettes
It is always a good idea to merge colors in your palette, including contrasting, complementary, and analogous colors. If you are stuck at the point of getting the right color palette for these white paint colors, I’m here to guide you.
Color Palette for Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Some of the best colors with which to pair with Chantilly Lace include Ewing Blue, Tender Pink, and Blue Danube.
- Ewing Blue CW-585: This is a mixture of white and Prussian blue that pairs well with the cool tones of Chantilly Lace
- Tender Pink 2090-50: A light pink that reveals some orange and is a bright color to make Chantilly Lace work
- Blue Danube 2062-30: It is a deep blue color that provides versatility and saturation for the light and bright white paint color
Color Palette for Benjamin Moore Simply White
Mellow Pink, Winter Sunshine, and Bedford Blue are some of the best colors to add to this color palette. This palette combines contrasting and coordinating colors to make it a striking one.
- Mellow Pink 2094-70: A barely-there pink with a hint of gray that greatly complements the warmth of Simply White
- Winter Sunshine 345: This is a pale yellow that evokes feelings of early morning sunshine to pair well with Simply White
- Bedford Blue 1679: A true blue that tones down the warmth and color of Simply White and makes a striking pair
It is crucial that you pick colors that fit into the tone of the central hue to avoid clashing tones. If unsure, stick to warm neutrals, whether dark or light.
And if you are not a fan of dark and saturated colors, stick to warm grays and off-whites or use these palettes to find suitable colors for each central white paint.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White on Cabinets
While dark colors, especially green and blue, are becoming popular for cabinets, white will always be a classic. What do Chantilly Lace and Simply White look like on cabinets? Let’s find out!
BM Chantilly Lace on Cabinets
Chantilly Lace is one of the most popular white colors used on cabinets. This may be because of how well it pairs with other colors or its neutral tones. Here is a kitchen done almost completely in Chantilly Lace.
BM Simply White on Cabinets
As with Chantilly Lace, Simply White also looks fantastic on cabinets. And because it is warm, it turns your kitchen into a cozy family-friendly room. But pair it cautiously with other colors to avoid making it appear too yellow.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White on Trims
White works well on trims, especially when paired with dark colors. That is not to say that it does not work as well with light colors, as the next pictures will prove.
BM Chantilly Lace on Trims
This house exterior is done all in Collingwood by Benjamin Moore. But the trims are painted in Chantilly Lace, making a striking contrast with the light gray on the walls.
BM Simply White on Trims
The next picture shows Simply White on trims for a house painted in black. While it is inside the house, the contrast is as you would expect: beautiful.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White on Doors
Whether or not you paint the entire house in white or a different color, doors look amazing in white. They stand out and make it easy to use when there is not enough lighting, especially for bright whites like Chantilly Lace and Simply White.
BM Chantilly Lace on Doors
This entire entryway is painted in Chantilly Lace, including the door. And the result is spectacular.
BM Simply White on Doors
A beautiful and warm color, Simply White is an excellent choice for doors. It works for interior doors, front doors, and back doors.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace on Exterior Walls
They may look too bright for exterior walls, but Chantilly Lace and Simply White are expertly recommended for exteriors. They are classic, and bright, and pair well with dark colors.
BM Chantilly Lace on Exterior Walls
Here is Chantilly Lace on exterior walls, paired with Benjamin Moore Black on the window frames and door. Isn’t it stunning?
BM Simply White on Exterior Walls
And here is Simply White on the exterior of this house, looking warm and creamy. The sunlight goes a long way in making the paint color beautiful and memorable.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White on Interior Walls
This list is not complete without seeing these paint colors in action inside a house. Let’s go further to see how well they perform on interior walls.
BM Chantilly Lace on Interior Walls
Remember how I said that Chantilly Lace can look warm in certain lighting or exposures? This powder room with artificial and natural lighting is proof of that.
BM Simply White on Interior Walls
Also, Simply White can look like a cool white paint color when used in rooms with northern exposure. The next picture is an example of when Simply White can look slightly cool.
Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace vs Simply White with Various Elements
Colors tend to change when there are different elements around them. This is especially true of white paint colors, and you must keep this in mind when using any of these colors. Some may pick up other colors and change their hues, while others may remain the same.
BM Chantilly Lace with Various Elements
This dining room decor has a lot of green and wood tones. But Chantilly Lace on the ceiling and walls does not change its hue or pick up the various colors. The wall is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Absolute Green.
BM Simply White with Various Elements
Here, Simply White is paired with Benjamin Moore’s Onyx on the door. The well-lit room has a lot of colors in greens and blues, they slightly affect the hue of Simply White. But it is still a beautiful room that matches the outside environment.
As I have shown you, lighting conditions can change how these white paint colors appear. For rooms in cool climates, they may appear cooler than they actually are. But in rooms with warmer exposures, they look truly warm, with Simply White appearing creamy instead of white.
Therefore, I recommend that you keep the lighting in any room where you plan to use either of these paint colors in mind. Also, note the accessories and colors as they may affect the paint when it dries. Cool colors work best with cool colors, and warm colors are better paired with warm colors.
You can have a wonderful time picking paint colors if you know what to look for, and that is why I have created this guide. Always check the lighting, other colors, and undertones to ensure you pick the best colors for the palettes.
With all I have unpacked in this guide, you are sure to make an informed decision by deciding which white paint color is better. However, do not hesitate to reach me if you have other questions or wish to share your real pictures of Chantilly Lace and Simply White. I’m waiting for you in the comments section.