At first glance, Blank Canvas (Behr’s Color of the Year for 2023) is quite a nice white. At second glance, it seems almost unnecessary in a sea of Behr (and other) whites.
Luckily I will take you for a third glance, and you will see what Blank Canvas brings to the table, and perhaps most importantly, how it compares to the Behr OG: Swiss Coffee.
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What Color is Behr Blank Canvas (DC-003)
Blank Canvas is a creamy white with a natural feel:
I don’t know how else to describe it. It would fit right in with shoes, clothes, or home decor items that are the color “natural.”
LRV of Behr Blank Canvas
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
Blank Canvas has an LRV of 84.
What does that mean?
Blank Canvas is on the mid to dark end of white paint colors. It’s approaching off-white territory, but it’s not quite there.
What Are the Undertones of Blank Canvas?
I would describe Blank Canvas as having beige undertones. You can see this particularly well when it is next to bright clean whites.
Occasionally the undertones can veer into peach country.
Does Blank Canvas Look Yellow?
Blank Canvas is a creamy white, so it will not look like a clean bright white. I wouldn’t say that it looks particularly yellow, but in certain lights it may look that touch of peach.
Is Blank Canvas Warm or Cool?
Blank Canvas is definitely a warm white.
White paints are most easily chosen in comparison with one another. Blank Canvas will be more neutral than some reallly creamy options, and it is unmistakably creamy next to the whitest or coolest whites.
How Does Blank Canvas Compare to Swiss Coffee?
I’ll be totally honest and say that I kind of thought Behr was taking us for a ride with Blank Canvas at first. It is sooo close on paper to Swiss Coffee that I can’t even see the difference.
The RGB of Swiss Coffee is R: 241 G: 237 B: 224
For Blank Canvas it is R: 241 G: 237 B: 225
That’s right, it’s a one digit difference.
So do they just want to recreate their most popular white and promote it like it’s a new color? Not so fast, Behr!
Then I actually picked up the chips, and I can confirm that there is a slight but visible difference between these two colors, and a welcome difference it is!
That extra bit of blue does make Blank Canvas slightly more neutral than Swiss Coffee.
That first pic is probably the best photo that I got of the difference, but I felt like doing the most today, so here are some others that I really fought for:
This next one is the Swiss Coffee color card with Blank Canvas swatched over it:
I hope that helps!
If you already have Swiss Coffee on your walls, do NOT paint them in Blank Canvas. I’m still not 100% convinced the difference is much at all once it’s painted, so that would be a waste of your money.
Blank Canvas Color Strip
Behr doesn’t have Blank Canvas in a light to dark color strip, instead it is in a white collection.
The other colors on this strip are:
- Whipped Cream (DC-001)
- Statement White (DC-002)
- Winter White (DC-004)
- Natural White (DC-005)
- First Snow (DC-006)
Lighter Version of Blank Canvas
Besides Whipped Cream, which isn’t much like Blank Canvas at all, these whites are all in the same LRV range.
For a lighter alternative to Blank Canvas, try Behr Whisper White. It’s the same tone, just a little lighter.
Darker Version of Blank Canvas
For a darker alternative to Blank Canvas, try Behr Quarried Limestone. I put that one on the color strip, and you can see that it’s very similar to Blank Canvas, but it is an off-white.
Behr Blank Canvas Color Palette
Behr has a suggested color palette for Blank Canvas that is full of versatile neutrals:
Blank Canvas Coordinating Colors
Vintage Pewter is a greige paint color that looks great with the warmth of Blank Canvas.
Gratifying Gray is a warm gray, but not quite a greige (in my opinion). It will look like a silvery gray with Blank Canvas.
Vine Leaf is a bold dark green. It’s great if you are looking for a rich emerald tone to go with your luxurious warm white (Blank Canvas of course!).
Midnight Blue is what it sounds like, a deep navy. Navy blue with the creamy white of Blank Canvas is a pretty traditional combo. This would be perfect for a Victorian restoration.
Blank Canvas and Cracked Pepper would be the perfect duo for any Modern Farmhouse color scheme.
Complementary Color for Blank Canvas
The “official” complementary color for Blank Canvas (the color directly across the wheel) is a powdery violet-blue.
Behr Vaguely Violet is a very close match:
Don’t Forget Your Supplies!
This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!
Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.
DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)
This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.
What Trim Colors Go With Behr Blank Canvas?
On Instagram, Behr offered a customer the following trim suggestions:
- Palais White
- Ultra Pure White
- Spring Valley
None of these would be my first choice, but let’s take a look:
Palais White Trim with Blank Canvas
Palais White is very similar to Blank Canvas. A little too similar, in my opinion, to be used for trim. You could achieve the same amount of contrast by using Blank Canvas in a different sheen. (Which would be my first choice!)
Blank Canvas with Whisper White Trim
Whisper White is also very similar in tone to Blank Canvas, but it’s light enough to provide a bit more contrast.
Ultra Pure White with Blank Canvas
Ultra Pure White is a nice crisp white, but it will accentuate the creaminess of Blank Canvas. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think Ultra Pure White is a touch too cool, and might emphasize any peach tones.
Night Blooming Jasmine Trim on Blank Canvas Walls
Night Blooming Jasmine is a bright white, but it’s a little warmer than Ultra Pure White. That extra warmth keeps Blank Canvas looking more neutral.
Spring Valley Trim with Blank Canvas
Spring Valley is a bit out of left field for me! I am intrigued by the idea of using a sage green trim, but I think Spring Valley is quite bright. (Greens almost always looks more green on the wall!)
Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage with Blank Canvas
Svelte Sage is a toned down sage green that is perfect for trim with creamy white. Here it is with Shoji White.
A recap of your choices:
Bonus Trim Idea: Sherwin Williams Oyster White
I spent way too much time fooling around with swatches for this post, so I also had to add Sherwin Williams Oyster White as an unexpected trim choice:
Don’t these colors look amazing together?
The soft off-white of Oyster White would be a sophisticated look.
Blank Canvas with Oak or Dark Wood Trim
Natural creamy whites always look good with wood tones!
Here is an example photo using Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White:
Cloud White is more yellow than Blank Canvas, but in that photo it looks more like Blank Canvas than itself!
Regardless, you can see how nice the warm white looks with dark wood.
Blank Canvas Dupes
Not ready to dive into Behr paint? Here are some colors from other brands that will help you get the look:
Benjamin Moore Blank Canvas Equivalent
Behr’s own Swiss Coffee isn’t the only Swiss Coffee that matches Blank Canvas pretty closely! Swiss Coffee happens to be the name of Benjamin Moore’s closest alternative to Blank Canvas.
Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee (OC-45)
If Blank Canvas has an orangey-beige base, Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee has a yellowy base.
This Swiss Coffee is a less saturated color, so it looks closer to Blank Canvas than you might think.
I’m going to use this color in a few of my interior examples to help you picture Blank Canvas where pictures were hard to come by.
Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Blank Canvas
Valspar has a lot of really amazing creamy white options that tend to be pretty neutral. Definitely check out their color selection if you are stuck!
The closest dupe for Blank Canvas that Valspar offers, is their shade Polar White.
Valspar Polar White (7003-16)
Polar White is just a little bit cooler than Blank Canvas.
Blank Canvas Sherwin Williams Equivalent
The closest alternative to Blank Canvas that Sherwin Williams offers, is Cold Foam.
Sherwin Williams Cold Foam (SW 9504)
I had not looked at Cold Foam prior to working on this review, and I have to say it is a very promising white!
Cold Foam is just a little lighter than Blank Canvas.
Honorable Mention: Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Alabaster is probably Sherwin Williams most popular whites of all time, and it is very similar to Blank Canvas.
Alabaster is a bit darker and more gray than Blank Canvas, but it’s still a rock solid alternative.
Of course I have a whole post for Alabaster! : Luxurious Alabaster: Sherwin Williams Classic White Review (and Dupes!)
Behr Blank Canvas Home Interior
Blank Canvas is still a bit hard to find real life photos of. Here is a combination of rooms featuring Blank Canvas dupes, and some that I put together myself with a real photo of Blank Canvas for the background.
Behr Blank Canvas on Living Room Walls
First up we have an example of Blank Canvas in an all-white living room:
You can see that it may occasionally flash a peachy undertone, but we are generally getting neutral vibes.
Blank Canvas in a Dining Room
In lower light, like in this dining room, Blank Canvas will look more off-white.
Behr Blank Canvas Inspired Bedroom
This bedroom is actually Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, but in softer light this is very much how Blank Canvas would look:
Blank Canvas would probably look a touch more beige than this.
Blank Canvas in a Bathroom
This bathroom is SW Alabaster, but if you recall, Alabaster is darker, so I thought this was a great way to show how white Blank Canvas can look:
Behr Blank Canvas on Kitchen Cabinets
Here is how Blank Canvas would look in an all-white kitchen:
Blank Canvas on Your Exterior
I’m sure very soon I will have lots more Blank Canvas photos to share. In the meantime, here are a couple more “inspired by” photos to help you picture it.
This next photo is a dead ringer for Blank Canvas. It is Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, but it looks more beige than usual (therefore more like Blank Canvas!).
Blank Canvas Compared to Other White Paint Colors
We’ve seen the dupes, but how does Blank Canvas stack up against other popular whites?
Behr Blank Canvas vs Behr Polar Bear (75)
Polar Bear is one of Behr’s more popular whites. It looks like a lighter version of Blank Canvas, but it is actually a bit cooler too.
Still very much a soft white.
Behr Blank Canvas vs Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17 )
While White Dove is another warm creamy white, it is cooler and more gray than Blank Canvas, which makes it more neutral.
Did I take 1001 photos to try and capture the contrast? Absolutely I did.
Here is the best one:
The difference was a bit more obvious in real life, but I did my best.
Behr Blank Canvas vs Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW 7005)
Pure White is a soft white, but it reads very much like a true white, where Blank Canvas does not.
Blank Canvas Pros & Cons
Allow me to make a quick summary:
- A soft white that goes with a wide variety of other colors
- Both light enough and colorful enough to use in your whole home
- Great choice for a white exterior
- A pretty good alternative to the infinitely popular Sherwin Williams Alabaster
- Not a white white
- You will either love or hate the subtle peachy undertone
- So classic that it’s potentially a bit boring
Not sold? I have sooo much more: