Is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White the MOST POPULAR beige?
Have you been looking for the perfect, soft, off-white paint color that isn’t gray? You’ve come to the right place. And while Aesthetic White isn’t necessarily the most POPULAR beige right now, in the coming years, as trends lean warmer, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this bad boy.
What type of paint color is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White? Is it warm or cool?
Aesthetic White might look like a simple off-white, but it’s actually a beige paint color that leans slightly into gray. This means it doesn’t have the typical golden look that a lot of beige paint colors have and lacks strong undertones.
This next photo shows a HOT MESS of a kitchen with a wide variety of finishes and undertones – none very well-coordinated…
With a few coats of Aesthetic White, it’s like a brand-new space, without having to touch the countertops or backsplash…
In north-facing light, you’ll see Aesthetic White lean a touch more into the greige end of things, will STILL holding its warmth, as Aesthetic White is a warm color at heart. However, in south-facing or afternoon western light, Aesthetic White will be in its glory WITHOUT looking overly toasty!
What’s the LRV of Aesthetic White? Is it an off-white paint color?
Aesthetic White has an LRV of almost 73. This means it’s an off-white paint color but is on the EDGE of the light range. If you have a bright room, Aesthetic White can act like a much brighter off-white, but if you have a dark room, it will just look flat and dingy (learn more HERE).
In this next photo, look at how the soft off-white of Aesthetic White works with the older-style granite countertop and beige tile floor…
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Aesthetic White? Will it look pink, yellow, or green?
Aesthetic White is a bit of a ninja. Like some other white and off-white paint colors, it’s very susceptible to picking up cues and reflections from its environment, so you want to pay attention to your exposure and any strong interior or exterior colors/finishes (ie: green grass or a red feature wall). Generally speaking, Aesthetic White doesn’t grab any OBVIOUS undertones. I’ve seen it flex just slightly pink and slightly green, which again, can be totally environmental, although the light version of this color (Accessible Beige) can grab a vague wink o’ green as well.
What’s the best way to sample Aesthetic White?
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- at $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
What’s the best white paint color for my trim with Aesthetic White walls?
With Aesthetic White, I would lean into the brighter, whiter approach of Sherwin Williams High Reflective White. Aesthetic White DOESN’T want to be partnered with a white that is too soft or creamy. However, it can also handle Sherwin Williams Pure White which is soft but not OVERLY warm.
Would Aesthetic White be a good paint color for kitchen cabinets?
YES! Aesthetic White is a great option if you don’t want white cabinets, but are nervous about cream paint colors.
Again, another good shot of Aesthetic White on kitchen cabinets…
Is Aesthetic White a good color for the exterior of my home?
Aesthetic White can be a soft alternative to white for a lot of homes with trickier, warmer stone and brick colors. It can also be a great trim color for the exterior.
In this next photo, you’ll see a home with both stone and brick with different color preferences, making it tricky to find a flexible paint color to humor both…
But Aesthetic White and Sherwin Williams Pavestone did the trick!
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color
What Benjamin Moore paint colors the same as or similar to Aesthetic White?
Every color has its own particular nuances, and while some colors have SIMILAR versions in other brands, there isn’t much out there that rivals Aesthetic White. Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is along similar lines but certainly has its own look and different undertones.
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands, you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colors look good with Aesthetic White?
Aesthetic White has some particular preferences, but also has some flexibility!
- Aesthetic White likes quite a few gray and greige paint colors and can be a GREAT partner if you want some subtle warm balance
- Aesthetic White doesn’t like many creamy paint colors
Not sure if Aesthetic White is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
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originally written in 2020, updated for you in 2022!