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Benjamin Moore Atrium White OC-145

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Benjamin Moore Atrium White is gorgeous white paint color with a fresh feel to it. This is a popular white and for good reason. It’s clean yet it also has a warm welcoming vibe. It is truly a fantastic white paint color to use for any application.

I am back with another stellar paint color.

Ok, so don’t be mad, but It’s another white paint color. I know! I promise the next paint color review will not be a white.

I’m honestly very intrigued by this color. It’s unique enough to be a bit different than some of the other colors that I have been working with lately.

Today I will be reviewing….

BENJAMIN MOORE ATRIUM WHITE

BM Atrium White paint can swatch

STATS

Let’s start off strong with some basic statistics on Atrium White.

  • LRV: 85.08
  • HUE FAMILY: Yellow-Red
  • COLOR COLLECTIONS: Off-White Collection
  • ALSO KNOW AS: OC-129, 876, PM-13

Allow me to break these stats down for you.

Atrium White has an LRV of 85.08.

What is LRV?

LRV or Light Reflectance Value is a measurement commonly used by design professionals that measures the amount of light reflected from and absorbed by a surface. LRVs range from 0 -100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black. A great article to read to learn more about LRV is Light Reflectance Value: What Do Those Numbers Mean?

The hue family is yellow-red.

I like to give this piece of information because it helps your see where the color comes from. Unlike undertones which are merely perspective, the paint color’s hue family stems from scientific data.

Color collections. I like sharing these because you can see some of the other colors it’s grouped with. Also, it may help you find the color quickly when you are searching.

Finally, AKA. Often you see many of Benjamin Moore’s paint colors with multiple suffixes.

It can be a bit confusing but to put your mind at ease all it really is is a way to group the colors together.

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WHAT COLOR IS ATRIUM WHITE?

Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White is a white paint color though it has a bit of pink or pink/peach that can show up.

Now don’t let that make you completely write it off. It’s a fantastic white paint color that has a very fresh and refined appeal.

Benjamin Moore describes it perfectly,

A fresh, youthful white with a flattering touch of pink.

Benjamin Moore

DOES ATRIUM WHITE LOOK YELLOW?

No, Atrium White does not look yellow.

Though if you want to be 100% sure, you need to sample it in your home to see how it will look.

IS ATRIUM WHITE A WARM WHITE PAINT COLOR?

Yes, Atrium White is a warm white paint color. It’s not overly warm by any stretch. It has the perfect amount.

A great way to identify whether a paint color is warm or cool is by comparing it to another paint color. To demonstrate let me place Atrium White next to Benjamin Moore Super White.

BM Atrium White vs BM Super White graphic

When the two colors are placed side by side, you can see that Super White is the cooler paint color of the two.

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ATRIUM WHITE AND LIGHTING – CARDINAL DIRECTIONS

Lighting plays a major role in the way a paint color looks. So for that matter, it’s helpful to know how natural light looks from the cardinal directions.

NORTH-FACING ROOMS – Light in North-facing rooms comes off cooler and somewhat bluish. Lighter colors will appear more muted or grayed down, while bolder colors will show up, or appear sounder.

SOUTH-FACING ROOMS – In South-facing rooms, there tends to be a consistently bright light throughout the day. Warm and cool tones work with south-facing light, This light intensifies colors, so darker colors will seem a bit brighter while softer colors will appear to look like they are gleaming.

EAST-FACING ROOMS – East-facing rooms have the brightest light in the mornings, with a yellow-orange tone. If an east-facing room will be used mostly in the evenings, going with a warm palette will help balance the lack of natural light.

WEST-FACING ROOMS – Early evening is when West-facing rooms have the most favorable light. Warmer tones might seem overwhelming because of the red-orange the light gives off. However, if the main use for the room is in the mornings, the colors won’t appear as strong as they would in the evening.

A key takeaway here is that South facing rooms draw out more warm in paint colors, The same goes for the mornings of east-facing rooms and the evening of west-facing rooms.

As for north-facing rooms, warm paint colors are great because they tend to hold up well against the cool light.

It’s noteworthy to always take lighting into consideration while choosing a paint color. Though you cannot forget about the other elements that influence how a paint color may look.

This includes fixed features like cabinetry, flooring, tiles, etc. as well as the decor colors you choose for your home.

WHAT ARE THE BEST LIGHT BULBS TO USE?

Natural light affects paint colors but also so does artificial lighting.

The color of the light bulbs you use will influence how a paint color will look in a room. And unfortunately, it’s an important detail that is often overlooked.

With the variety of light bulbs available and it can become overwhelmingly confusing. I mean what really soft white and bright white?

Thankfully, it becomes easier once you know a little bit about light bulbs.

For reference, light color or light appearance is measured on the Kelvin (K)temperature scale. Lower Kelvin numbers mean more yellow light; the higher the Kelvin number the whiter or bluer light.

Remember, lower Kelvin (K) numbers = yellow light, Higher Kelvin (K) numbers = white/blueish light

I always recommend using this type of light bulb.

Be cautious of the light bulb names such as “daylight” or warm light”. I’d advise against picking a light bulb by its name.

Instead, always check the package for actual facts. This allows you to choose the best bulb for you.

Don’t forget, as much as lighting plays a major part in how a paint color will look at times, there are other determinants to be aware of. For instance, decor, furniture, fixtures, cabinetry, and floors. These are all elements that can affect and/or influence the way a paint color will look in your room.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SAMPLE?

Not sampling paint colors is one of the biggest painting mistakes you can make! If you skip it, you run the risk of a paint color failing to look the way you hoped it would. This is not only disappointing but costly!

This is why I always say sample those paint colors!

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WHAT’S THE BEST TRIM COLOR FOR ATRIUM WHITE?

The most popular choice for a trim paint color is most often a shade of white. And if you have read a few of my posts, you know that not all white paint colors are created equally,

Trying to find white paint colors to work together can be challenging. If you choose two whites that don’t mesh well, there is a chance that they can look dirty and messy.

This is another prime example of why sampling paint colors is a crucial step to take.

Luckily I have a few white trim colors you can pair with Atrium White.

READ MORE: THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLORS FOR TRIM.

If you want to altogether eliminate the hassle of finding a white to work with Atrium White, paint your trim in Atrium as well however use it in a different sheen.

For example, use a flat finish on your walls, and then use a semi-gloss on the trim. This provides a slight variation in how the color reflects light and in turn, makes the color look a bit different. on the walls and trim.

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IS BENJAMIN MOORE SWISS COFFEE OC-45 A GOOD TRIM COLOR?

When the question “is Atrium White a good trim color?” is asked, there really isn’t a yes or no answer. More so an answer of “it depends”.

It depends on your wall paint color. If you have a wall color that can potentially clash with Atrium White and that pink undertone it may show, then the obvious answer is no, it is not the best option for trim color.

However, if you have a wall color that will complement it then yes it will be a good trim color.

This is another reason why you need to sample your paint color. You want to make sure all the colors you choose complement each other.

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WHERE TO USE ATRIUM WHITE?

Use it anywhere your heart desires. All kidding aside, it truly is such a beautiful fresh white paint color that it can be used anywhere.

KITCHEN CABINETS

White is a popular kitchen cabinet paint color, there is no denying that.

Coastal Cabinet Painting out of Juniper, Florida painted these cabinets using Benjamin Moore Atrium White.

READ MORE: HOW TO PAINT KITCHEN CABINETS

The kitchen cabinets look clean, updated, and beautiful.

Atrium White Cabinet

DINING ROOM

Atrium White is a great paint color to use on paneling in the dining room or any room for that matter.

@haejinxee on Instagram painted the paneling on her walls using Atrium White.

It pairs beautifully with the pop of teal on the upper part of the wall.

Atrium White and Agean Teal Walls
via haejinxee

FURNITURE

Jacqueline @roserico_vintage on Instagram painted a gorgeous vintage vanity using BM Atrium White.

This amazing white paint color brought this vintage piece back to life.

Jacqueline is so talented. She does custom pieces so if you are on the market for something special she is the one to talk to.

IS ATRIUM WHITE A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?

Atrium White House Exterior
via paintcle.willoughbyhills

Yes, I think you can use Atrium White on the exterior. It’s a beautiful white paint color so why wouldn’t you want to use it?

The thing you need to keep in mind about paint colors on the exterior is that they do bright or lighten up in direct sunlight. This is very important,

if you like the way Atrium White looks on your walls, like a soft slightly warm white, it won’t look the same on your exterior. It may look much whiter and lose that slight warmth.

That’s not to say this is a terrible thing but if you are expecting it to look one way, you may be disappointed. Do yourself a favor a sample the color on the exterior to make sure you love it.

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ATRIUM WHITE COORDINATING COLORS

There are plenty of colors that complement Benjamin Moore’s, Atrium White. I don’t think you will have a hard to find a few that are pleasing to you. However, I know it can be challenging trying to come up with a color palette.

This is why I like to give a few examples of paint colors that will coordinate well with Atrium White.

  • DOVE WING
  • AGEAN TEAL
  • FOGGY MORNING
  • WOLF GRAY
  • COVENTRY GRAY

Use these colors as inspiration for creating your own color palette or use some of the colors suggested. Remember, you have to like the colors, you will be the one living with them.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS EQUIVALENT TO ATRIUM WHITE

This is a question I often hear, whether there is a paint color equivalent in another paint brand.

The answer is no, there is not.

There are colors that are very similar to one another, but I have yet to find an exact dupe.

Often colors are so similar that they are nearly indistinguishable once they are painted on the walls.

But I do understand why people want to know if there is an equivalent.

There are times when you cannot access a paint brand, this can be due to multiple reasons, brand loyalty, your painter only using one type or you just don’t live near one or the other.

The Sherwin-Williams equivalent to BM Atrium White is Snowbound. And again it’s not an exact dupe.

These two colors have similar specs and if you like the one you may like the other.

Also, please keep in mind that the colors on the computer screen aren’t a 100% accurate representation of how the colors look in person.

BM Atrium White vs SW Snowbound

WHAT ABOUT COLOR MATCHING?

If you are considering color matching between brands, do it with a bit of caution.

Brands formulate paint colors differently. This means that if they mix a paint color that isn’t theirs, it has the potential of being slightly off.

If you still want to take a chance, I highly recommend starting with a sample of the color to start. This way you can see if the color is the same and if you like it.

COLOR COMPARISONS

Let’s compare some colors!

This is always fun to do because you get to see how similar or different some colors are.

There are times I’m so surprised at how similar some colors are.

ATRIUM WHITE VS WHITE DOVE

BM Atrium White vs BM White Dove
  • White Dove has an LRV of 85.4 which is basically the same as AW’s 85.04
  • White Dove comes from the yellow hue family whereas Atrium is from yellow-red.
  • These two colors are similar in lightness and in chroma or colorfulness, though Atrium is a tad lighter
  • The main difference between the colors is that White Dove has a slight chance of showing a yellow undertone and Atrium can show pink.

READ MORE: BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE FULL REVIEW

ATRIUM WHITE VS SIMPLY WHITE

BM Atrium White vs BM Simply White
  • Simply White has an LRV of 89.5 which is slightly higher than AW’s 85.04
  • Simply White comes from the yellow hue family and Atrium from the yellow-red
  • BM Simply White is the lighter paint color and it also has a bit more chroma or color in it.
  • Atrium has the possibility of showing a pinkish undertone white Simply White has a yellowish one.

ATRIUM WHITE VS ALABASTER

BM Atrium White vs SW Alabaster
  • SW Alabaster has an LRV of 82, a bit lower than AW’s 85.04
  • Alabaster comes from the yellow hu family and Atrium is from yellow-red
  • Alabaster is a slight bit darker and has more chroma or colorfulness to it.
  • While Atrium can show a flash of pink, Alabaster can show a smidge of yellow

READ MORE: SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER FULL REVIEW

ATRIUM WHITE VS SWISS COFFEE

BM Atrium White vs BM Swiss Coffee
  • BM Swiss Coffee has an LRV of 83.9, lower than AW’s 85.04
  • Swiss Coffee comes from the yellow hue family and Atrium is from the yellow-red.
  • Atrium White is lighter and has less chroma. Swiss Coffee has a bit more color to it.

READ MORE: FULL COLOR REVIEW- SWISS COFFEE

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RECAP

I know I gave you a ton of information regarding Benjamin Moore Atrium White, It’s a lot to take in. So I’ll condense it down into a few bullet points.

  • LRV: 85.08
  • HUE FAMILY: Yellow-Red
  • COLOR COLLECTIONS: Off-White Collection
  • ALSO KNOW AS: OC-129, 876, PM-13
  • it’s a white paint color that is refined and elegant
  • has a slight warmth to it
  • can potentially show a pinkish undertone in certain lighting
  • it works well with cleaner whites like Chantilly Lace
  • The best way to sample it is with SAMPLIZE PEEL & STICK PANTS SAMPLES
  • Sherwin Williams Snowbound is a similar color
  • looks lovely with many colors including greens and pinks

FINAL THOUGHTS

I was right, this is a fantastic paint color.

The reason I like Atrium White is that it isn’t your typical warm white. Yes, it has a slight warmth to it but it’s almost unexpected.

The pinkish tones that can come through in the color make it so unique and interesting. Not the usual yellow undertones in many popular white paint colors.

Atrium White is soft and refined yet it has a warm welcoming appeal. Truly lovely,

Will this color work for everyone? Of course not. But if you like pink and want a barely there type of wall color this may be a viable option. I say get yourself a sample of it and test it out.

Overall, I think Atrium White is an amazing white paint color.

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