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Sherwin Williams Antique White 6119: Paint Color Review

Posted on November 23, 2022 by KylieMawdsley
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Sherwin Williams Antique White: a pretty darn popular cream paint color

When it comes to cream paint colors, there are few as troublesome as Sherwin Williams Antique White. The thing is, as a wall COLOR, it’s beautiful, but too often it’s used on kitchen cabinets or trim work and THAT’S where the trouble begins.

This is why today, we’re taking a close look at Antique White, focusing on two scenarios…

  1. You want it on your walls – COOL BEANS! It’s a beautiful option
  2. You have it on your trim and cabinets and can’t figure out which paint colors will go with it – oooooh, we’re going to have a good chat today

BTW, most of my color reviews are NOT this intensive, but Antique White is a tricky lil’ bugger.

Paint colour ideas to go with, tone down or coordinate with Sherwin Williams Antique White on painted cabinets or trim. Review by Kylie M Interiors Edesign

In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality or RANGE of pics I need, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

IS ANTIQUE WHITE A WARM WHITE PAINT COLOR?

No, Antique White isn’t a white paint color, it’s a CREAM paint color.  However, cream is never just cream, it’s actually a shade of YELLOW with a neutral base added to calm it down. Along with this neutral base, it can pick up undertones of orange, red (pink), or even a wink of green – we’ll see which ones Antique White has shortly.

If you have a north-facing room, Antique White could be an awesome way to balance some of that cool natural light (works well for east-facing rooms as well). If your room is south-facing or has afternoon western sunshine, Antique White will lean even more into its warmth, without looking overly day-glo.

North, East, South, West – Which Paint Color is the Best?

WHAT’S ANTIQUE WHITE’S LRV?

Antique Cream has an LRV of 72, which can be a GORGEOUS depth for your walls if you’re wanting a cream with a bit more body compared to some of the other popular cream paint colors. However, it’s not so deep that it’ll look heavy or dated.

Sherwin Williams Antique White, north facing foyer, Sherwin Alabaster white wainscoting, dark wood flooring and some trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

 

ANTIQUE WHITE ON CABINETS & TRIM VS LRV

On the other hand, Antique White’s LRV is ONE of the reasons why it isn’t an IDEAL trim or cabinet color. The ‘average’ LRV for trim and cabinet paint is 82-94. With an LRV of 72, you’re looking at a color that’s far away from white and teeters on the ‘light’ range. Antique White definitely has a bit more meat on its bones compared to more traditional white or off-white paint colors, and its ‘lower than usual’ LRV is tricky for a few reasons…

1. As a cabinet or trim color, it prefers colors that are at least one to two tones darker than it, which is often darker than people want to go when they’re painting more than one room or wanting to update their cream cabinets or trim with a more modern wall color.

Antique White cabinets (or trim) don’t want to be partnered with colors that are the same depth or lighter than it.

2. Antique White’s depth makes it look richer and warmer than the usual trim/cabinet colors, making it more LIMITED for the type of paint colors it wants right beside it (especially as it relates to colors that are cooler than it), which we’ll get into shortly.

This next photo shows Antique White on the kitchen island as well as the trim work. While it connects reasonably well with the stone fireplace, it’s creamier in comparison to the undertones in the travertine tile floor (travertine generally has orange-pink undertones). I mean, the combo is DOABLE, but it’s a bit strong.

Sherwin Williams Antique White with traavertine floor and beige walls and stone fireplace. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

In the above example, my E-Design client was actually looking for a new WALL color and didn’t want to change the trim (which makes sense when it runs through an entire home). I gave her some new wall color options as well as some suggestions for JUST the kitchen island, to at least cut back the AMOUNT of Antique White in this space.

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE WHITE’S UNDERTONES?

Antique White is a cream paint color that centers on a yellow undertone/base color. Some creams can tip slightly yellow-orange or yellow-green. Antique White is just SLIGHTLY inclined towards orange-yellow, but not by much.

In this next photo, you can see the strength of Antique White on these painted cabinets. My clients hired me to find a new cabinet color as the Antique White cabinets were clashing with the undertones in their travertine tile backsplash (again, travertine caters to orange-pink, not yellow).

Antique White cream cabinets with dark countertop and travertine TOO WARM

WILL ANTIQUE WHITE LOOK YELLOW OR CREAM?

It depends on your perception. Antique White will definitely look yellow-ISH, but whether you personally find it too strong or not, is up to you. As an Online Color Consultant, the increased yellow in Antique White makes it challenging as a trim or cabinet color.

Why?

Some cream paint colors have a stronger neutral base. The more neutral a color is, the more flexible it’s going to be, and Antique White has a wink more color than I’d like.

Here’s another beautiful kitchen with cabinets painted Antique White. Overall, they read as cream, but there are those who will see that flash of yellow, especially if you compare the cabinets to the travertine tile backsplash…

Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige paint color, glazed cream cabinets similar Antique White, wood floor, dark island, similar Giallo granite

HOW DO YOU TONE DOWN THE YELLOW OF ANTIQUE WHITE/CREAM CABINETS?

If you want to tone down the yellow of your Antique White trim or cabinets, you can apply a darker muted brown or gray glaze, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have a ton more flexibility. The glazed look is also very 2000s. If you LOVE the look and don’t plan on selling, I say GIVE ‘ER! However, if resale is a consideration, I would reconsider glaze.

Remember, your cabinets HAVE a yellow undertone – you can’t make them something they’re not, it’s just a matter of not enhancing them to look even MORE yellow. 

Cream cabinets with a glaze on them, what paint colours look best. Kylie M Interiors. Similar to Sherwin Williams Antique White

Things are even trickier when you have cream cabinets with white trim! 

SHOULD I SAMPLE ANTIQUE WHITE WITH PEEL AND STICK?

I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Learn all about Samplize HERE

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOR WITH ANTIQUE WHITE?

With the degree of warmth in Antique White, it’s best to partner it with a white with a decent amount of warmth, rather than a clean or cold white paint color.

BTW, Alabaster is a more versatile white should you want to change your wall colors in the future – Dover White is more limiting.

Sherwin Williams Antique White warm cream paint color on walls, vaulted ceiling, wood floor. Kylie M Paint color blogger

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IS ANTIQUE WHITE A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?

If you’re looking for a cream paint color for your exterior that has a REASONABLE amount of yellow in it, while still being ‘neutral-ish’, Antique White could be a GORGEOUS choice.

5 Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

WHAT PAINT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO ANTIQUE WHITE?

GOOD QUESTION! While every paint color will have its own LRV and undertones, here are some colors to sample alongside Antique White…

  • Benjamin Moore Navajo White is similar but softer
  • Benjamin Moore Indian White is a bit cleaner/more orange undertone
  • Sherwin Williams Muslin (a bit less orange)

living room south facing, Navajo White Benjamn Moore greige furniture. Before Kylie M E-design

Benjamin Moore Navajo White

WHAT PAINT COLORS GO WITH ANTIQUE WHITE OR CREAM CABINETS?

Before deciding what color you want on your walls, you need to decide what LOOK you’re going for. Because as discussed earlier, Antique White is a picky lil fella…

Warm paint colors will help to soften the approach of Antique White as they will blend a bit more. Warm colors include cream, beige and brown.

How to pick paint colours go update Sherwin Williams Antique White

Antique White on the left

Cool paint colors will ‘accent’ Antique White and can enhance the warmth/yellow of it, making it appear a bit stronger. Cool colors include gray (with any of its undertones), blue, green, and purple. This also includes greige, although it’s considered a warm paint color.

Paint colours to update cabinets or trim with Sherwin Williams Antique White on them. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Paint colour ideas to update Sherwin Williams Antique White on cabinets or painted trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Another helpful bit of advice is to look for colors with an LRV of approximately 50 or LOWER. There are very few lighter colors that will work (other than a beige/cream with the same undertones as Antique White).

Need to brush up on LRV? Read THIS

So, with this info tucked in your back pocket, check out some of the color ranges below, understanding that not EVERY color in these families will work, it’s just a place to start!

  • Beige paint colors that are approx. ONE+ tones darker than Antique White with similar undertones, you can also add a touch of green in there with some of the darker beiges
  • Warm green paint colors that are approx. ONE+ tones darker than Antique White (with a neutral base to calm the green down)
  • Blue-green blends
  • Grays with blue-green undertones that are approx ONE+ tones darker than Antique White

PERSONALLY, I would ONLY consider the beige range as cooler tones react too much with Antique White, making it TOO strong – but it’s not all about me (not ALL the time anyway…)

The 16 Best Wall Colors for CREAM CABINETS & Trim

WHAT COLORS LOOK GOOD OR GO WITH ANTIQUE WHITE (in general)?

With the more GOLDEN approach of Antique White and its lower-than-average LRV (as it relates to trim/cabinets), Antique White is a BIT finicky with its color partners.

WHAT PAINT COLORS GO WITH ANTIQUE WHITE (for adjoining rooms)?

While Antique White might be limiting as a cabinet or trim color, it’s a FABULOUS partner to many colors if you’re creating a palette for your home…

Best paint colours with Sherwin Williams Antique White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy decorating and design advice blogger

Blobs are ONLY approximating the color families suggested below

Notice it’s the DEPTH of these colors that make them work better with Antique White.

COLORS TO AVOID WITH ANTIQUE WHITE TRIM OR CABINETS

When it comes to Antique White on cabinets and trim, MOST of my Online Paint Color Consulting clients are wanting a lighter gray, greige, or even cream, but these are a TOUGH SELL with Antique White…

Colours that don't work with Antique White. Colours to AVOID

Blobs are ONLY approximating the color families suggested below

Notice how the above colors either look DINGY with Antique White or make Antique White look even MORE YELLOW in comparison. In fact, many are just lighter versions of the previous colors.

Some of the colors I would avoid are…

  • any color that is lighter, the same depth, or even one tone darker than Antique White – you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything 60+ LRV that works unless it’s a beige-cream
  • cool blue colors with minimal to no green or gray in thempPurple-inspired paint colors
  • beige paint colors that have a taupe backdrop (pink or grayish cast)
  • ANYTHING white

Not sure if Antique White is what you’re looking for? I’ve got more!

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Not sure what to do?

Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!

undertones in paint colors, gray, greige, taupe, beige, white and more. Kylie M paint colour expert, edesign

Chat soon,

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WRITTEN IN 2020 – UPDATED IN 2022



Comments

  1. Would agreeable gray work with antique white? We have antique white in our kitchen cabinets and I’m trying to find a new wall color to help update the home and cancel out the yellow. I would love to do a white like Chantilly Lace or Snowbound but fear they might make the cabinets look yellow.

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      1. What wall color would you recommend then for antique white cabinets? Open floor plan so trying not to go too dark for the kitchen/eat in breakfast area. But cabinets and furniture are more of an antique white. Granite has browns, greys, mixed with some purple specks. Southern facing room.

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  2. This is a very helpful post, thank you! I’m wondering how you might handle antique white CEILINGS, ugh. We have golden oak cabinets and trim. The wall color today is a warm tan tight of color, and I believe the ceilings are antique white. I’d like to change the wall color but am worried nothing will work with the ceilings, and I’d like to keep the project at a reasonable cost. We have a nearly 4000sq ft home to deal with.

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      You know, sometimes it is what it is, and you can only get so far with a particular color in place. Sometimes the best thing is to continue with Antique White, so that you don’t have to worry about the walls/ceilings clashing – Antique White can be quite finicky with many other colors, so until it can change, you’ll be super limited 🙂

  3. I have creamy cabinets with a glaze, could I paint my walls in quietude? Is it neutral enough to pull it off or will it make them look more yellow?

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      I wouldn’t as it will DEFINITELY highlight the warmth of Antique White – I do have a full blog post on colors for cream cabinets if you go to my SEARCH!

  4. Hi Kylie,
    Our house has antique white on the doors, baseboards, wains coating, crown molding, everything! Which I don’t mind, but teamed with the bright white walls and ceiling the previous owners used, of course it makes the AW trim look dingy. Could I use the AW at like 75% as a wall color? And AW in flat sheen for ceilings? Would that look nice? I love the light walls, but hoping for less of a white vs. AW contrast. Thank you!

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      Well, if it were me, I would do AW at regular strength. Even going lighter can be an awkward shift from wall to trim/cabinets. USUALLY the trim is the lighter of the two. And while you can reverse it with more modern shades, with Antique White I wouldn’t.

  5. Like Terri B above, we have antique white on the doors, baseboards, wains coating, crown molding, etc…. ceiling is kilim beige. All walls were browns, shades of latte, and we want to update, but leave all the AW for cost. It sounds like putting AW on the walls as a cream is the best bet (or Alabaster) from your articles, but putting that on golden oak kitchen cabinets, too – is that too much to have cabinets/ walls / trim all AW? May be easier than finding coordinating colors! However, wanting to do a darker blue in Dining and SW Stargazer looks pretty good with a sample. The choice of a warm green for a bedroom seems to be trickier…. any suggestions on that? Southeast facing bedroom that is currently dark brown with camel colored carpet.

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