Egret White – a popular soft, warm neutral paint color
With trends leaning into the warmer end of things, it’s no surprise that I’m seeing more warm grays, taupes, greiges, and EVEN BEIGE paint colors popping up in my inbox. This is why today we’re going to spend some time with what SHOULD be one of the best warm neutrals on the market…
By the way, I love Egret White so much that I selected it as one of my TOP COLORS OF THE YEAR FOR 2024!
IS EGRET WHITE WARM OR COOL? GRAY, TAUPE OR GREIGE?
While it’s up for grabs whether Egret White is a warm gray or taupe, one thing it ISN’T is a greige. Greige paint colors favor a green undertone, which is one hue you WON’T find in Egret White. What WILL you find? Keep on reading!
Because Egret White is a taupe that caters to warm gray (so it has more gray than beige), it’s a warm paint color.
If you have a north-facing room, with a degree of gray in it, you can expect Egret White to lean a bit more into its gray side while DEFINITELY retaining some passive warmth.
If you have a south-facing room or a room with a lot of western afternoon sunshine, Egret White will lean into its warm side without going FULL beige on you.
WHAT’S THE LRV OF EGRET WHITE?
Egret White has an LRV of 70, putting it in between the light and off-white range. If you have a dark room due to insufficient interior lighting or natural light, Egret White could look dingy and won’t come to life. On the other hand, if you have a VERY BRIGHT ROOM, Egret White WILL wash out quite a bit – as will any color with a higher LRV like this. This is thanks to its LRV AND lack of obvious color.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT ARE EGRET WHITE’S UNDERTONES?
Egret White has subtle undertones nodding toward a warm violet, so a violet with a wink o’ pink in it. These undertones are SUPER passive but could show up to the party more if you partner them with a surface with green hues. You might also notice them if you’re sensitive to these undertones. Just keep in mind, that if we take these undertones away entirely, you’ll switch into the greige world, with green undertones.
In the right situation, you might see Egret White leaning just a weeee tiny bit into BEIGE – it’s quite the chameleon, and it’s all so subtle that it can be left up to personal perception.
SAMPLING EGRET WHITE WITH PEEL & STICK
SAMPLIZE offers peel-and-stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER, and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots.
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY; depending on the location
- they’re more affordable than the sample pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
Get your PEEL & STICK SAMPLE OF EGRET WHITE HERE!
WHICH WHITE GOES WITH EGRET WHITE FOR TRIM & CABINETS?
While you’ll want to consider a LOT more than Egret White when choosing a cabinet color (like countertop and backsplash), knowing the type of white it suits is a great place to start.
IS EGRET WHITE A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?
Egret White suits some roofs, and a reasonably wide range of stonework and brickwork, more so than some other neutrals in this range. Note that Egret White often looks WARMER than expected on an exterior, but regardless, it’s becoming a popular choice on exteriors thanks to its flexibility!
IS EGRET WHITE A GOOD COLOR FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?
Egret White COULD be popular for kitchen cabinets, especially with homeowners loving off-white and light-depth cabinet colors (the current trend). However, because of its particular depth, Egret White is tricky to partner up with wall colors if you want to see ANY type of contrast. You need white walls or a paint color with an LRV approximately 15-20 points lower (or paint your walls Egret White as well).
WHAT PAINT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO EGRET WHITE?
There’s never a perfect match, especially not in different brands. However, Benjamin Moore has a comparable and a few more within Sherwin Williams…
- Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs. Egret White – Classic Gray is just a touch lighter and can look a bit warmer in some spaces, although both are often in competition for the same painting project!
- Sherwin Williams Modern Gray vs. Egret White – Modern Gray is a bit warmer and darker than Egret White, although both are darn popular. Between the two, I would lean into Egret White as I trust its undertones (or lack thereof) more than Modern Gray.
- Sherwin Williams City Loft vs. Egret White -City Loft is the same depth as Egret White but shows more undertone, for this reason, Egret White is more popular and versatile.
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (i.e., getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
Sherwin Williams Egret White
WHAT COLORS GO WITH EGRET WHITE?
Thanks to its depth and simple undertones, Egret White has quite a few coordinating colors…
- gray paint colors that are the same LRV or lower, particularly with blue or blue-green undertones
- medium and dark shades of green can be stunning with Egret White
- light depth or darker blue-gray blends
- some darker shades of warm greige and taupe
- some super muted shades of warm off-white
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