Sherwin Williams Snowbound: LRV, Undertones & a Little More
If you’re looking for the PERFECT white paint color for your trim, walls or exterior – THIS ISN’T IT! Just joking (kind of).
The thing is, Snowbound isn’t a true white. And while in the end, it might be EXACTLY what you’re looking for, you also need to know what you’re getting into before you start slappin’ it on your walls.
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 pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint color is Sherwin Williams Snowbound? Is it warm or cool?
Snowbound is a warm, soft white paint color. If you have south-facing light or warm afternoon western sun, you may find it looking warmer than usual…
If you have north-facing light, it will mute a bit without looking icy cold or stark. Notice how the above photo shows Snowbound picking up a bit of a yellow hue.
In this next photo, it’s EASY to see how warm Snowbound can flex…
However, in the room below, it leans more (violet-pink)…CRAZY, eh?
What’s the LRV of Snowbound?
Snowbound has an LRV of 83, putting it in the white range, but NOT FAR into it. Most of the more popular whites range from approx. 84-94. With an LRV of 83, Snowbound is a relatively SOFT white with more LIMITING undertones.
In this next photo, compare Snowbound to the white of the door and the fan to see the shift between a white with a HIGHER LRV (similar to Sherwin Williams High Reflective White) and one with a lower LRV like Snowbound…
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Snowbound? Will it look like a TRUE white?
HECK NO! With its slightly lower LRV, Snowbound picks up a beautiful SLIGHTLY TAUPE undertone (violet-pink). In my experience, this is an undertone my color consulting clients often want to avoid (especially in a shade of white) so make sure it’s the look you’re going for!
However, give Snowbound the right environment, and it can lean into its passive warmth and even pick up a faint hint of cream!
And while I’ve read A LOT about it having a green undertone, I’m YET to experience this.
What’s the best way to sample paint colors?
If you aren’t familiar with SAMPLIZE, I highly recommend you try them out! 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!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
What’s the best white trim color with Snowbound walls?
That depends. If you want to downplay the depth/undertone, it’s often best to paint the trim/doors the SAME COLOR as the walls. However, if you want to highlight the soft white look of Snowbound, you could partner it with a cleaner white, such as…
I would avoid warm whites with Snowbound as the yellow of warm whites can react POORLY with the violet-pink in Snowbound.
Is Snowbound a good color for the exterior of my home?
With its unpredictable undertones, Snowbound isn’t a color I recommend very often to my E-Design clients (for exteriors). Unless Snowbound is PARTICULARLY nice with its stonework and surrounding finishes, I’m more likely to choose a different, more flexible white or off-white paint color.
With this next home’s palette, Snowbound is the PERFECT soft white paint color for the trims…
Is Snowbound a good paint color for my trim and cabinets?
I’m not going to say NO, but I will advise you to tread carefully. On a ‘room-by-room’ basis, Snowbound can be a lovely trim color (or WALL color) when partnered with the right shade on the walls. However, on a larger scale, i.e. all the trims/ceilings/doors in your home, you may find it limits you long-term should you want to stretch outside of Snowbound’s limited color preferences.
As for cabinets, it does suit some countertops and backsplash tiles. But being a more FINICKY soft white, Snowbound will limit you when it comes to wall color choice and could look a bit off if you have brighter white trim.
Kylie, do you even LIKE Snowbound?
After reading my notes re: Snowbound on cabinets or exteriors…or trims…or ceilings…or doors, you might think I’m not a fan. I AM a big fan of Snowbound – on walls. In fact, here are the IDEAL situations for Snowbound if you ask me (which you kind of are)…
1. you’re painting it in a single room OR multiple rooms with relatively bright white trims/ceilings/doors – AWESOME!
2. you’re doing your walls, cabinets AND trim all in Snowbound – SWEET POTATO!
3. you’re painting your trims and cabinets in Snowbound, and don’t ever plan on changing the paint color on your walls to anything OTHER than what Snowbound quite specifically likes – COOL BEANS!
And while I’m sure there are a few more exceptions, these three are the big ones.
What Benjamin Moore paint colors are the same as or similar to Snowbound?
Every paint color has its own blend, and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, and Benjamin Moore doesn’t have anything that comes even CLOSE.
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (i.e. getting BM to make an SW paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colors look good with Snowbound?
Snowbound is FINICKY, which goes back to my point about not using it EVERYWHERE, especially regarding trims/ceilings/doors. The types of colors Snowbound can humor include some…
- warm gray paint colors with a violet undertone
- some taupe paint colors with violet or violet-pink undertones
- clean whites
- some grays with a stronger blue or blue-green undertone
- darker charcoal grays with ANY undertone (i.e. a feature or accent wall)
I DEFINITELY wouldn’t partner Snowbound with…
- cream, tan or beige paint colors
- stronger taupe paint colors
- green paint colors unless they’re HEAVILY mixed with gray and blue or DARK
Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!