White Duck: The best warm off-white a girl could ask for…
When it comes to paint colors that are neutral and versatile, Sherwin Williams White Duck is in my top five. Its unique blend of neutral undertones and just-right depth make it a great option for everything from walls and cabinets to exterior siding – and more!
I always refer to White Duck in my Online Paint Color Consulting.
So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at this bad boy…
WHAT TYPE OF PAINT COLOR IS WHITE DUCK?
White Duck is a warm, neutral paint color that’s an AWESOME hybrid of cream, beige (tan), and gray.
The base of White Duck is cream (yellow). However, whereas traditional cream paint colors can be a bit obnoxious in their commitment to color, White Duck is HUGELY toned down with a healthy dollop of beige and gray.
If you have north-facing, afternoon eastern, or morning western light, you may find White Duck leans that bit neutral/muted while still holding tight to its cream base. However, if you have a south-facing light, White Duck will lean more into cream without going OVERLY yellow, thanks to its neutral backdrop.
DOES WHITE DUCK LOOK LIKE A CREAM PAINT COLOR?
What you might REALLY be asking is, ‘Will White Duck look overly yellow?‘ Nope. While White Duck is a warm paint color with a creamy APPROACH, the beige and gray calm it down considerably, making it look FAR less like a traditional cream paint color!
If you love cream paint colors but DON’T love yellow (which every cream has), this could be a FABULOUS choice as the yellow is cut CONSIDERABLY back, even in those warmer exposures.
By the way, if you’re looking for a REAL cream with less of that neutral base, check out Sherwin Williams Creamy.
WHAT’S THE LRV OF WHITE DUCK?
White Duck’s LRV is 74, which parks at the bottom of the off-white range. White Duck will hold itself a BIT better in a bright room than an off-white with a HIGHER LRV, but it can still wash out (learn more HERE).
In a dark room, because it doesn’t have a high chroma (much color), White Duck can look a bit dingy (not like a fresh cream). You need adequate, good interior lighting to support it. Regardless, you MIGHT want to sample a warmer cream paint color or a brighter warm shade of white.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT ARE WHITE DUCK’S UNDERTONES?
While White Duck has a yellow foundation, it doesn’t have obvious yellow, orange, pink, or green undertones. Of these, it does cater to yellow, with a touch of orange buried deep inside (you won’t see it). If you’re hoping for a more muted tan or beige color, it could look a bit too creamy for you, but generally speaking, it’s not an overly yellow paint color.
SAMPLING WHITE DUCK WITH PEEL & STICK
I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. These peel & stick paint color samples are AFFORDABLE, FUN, and are made with each brand’s ACTUAL PAINT!
Get your PEEL & STICK SAMPLE OF WHITE DUCK HERE!
WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM OR CABINET COLOR WITH WHITE DUCK?
White Duck has a WIDE range of whites that it loves. However, based on current trends, you can even consider painting your trim the same color as your walls. PERSONALLY< this is a trend I’d be careful with. Sure, I might paint White Duck on my walls, trims, and doors in ONE room, but I sure as heck wouldn’t commit in my entire home.
If I want to change wall colors down the road, White Duck will 100% hold me back – it’s not flexible like white paint colors.
As for whites that coordinate with White Duck…
- Sherwin Williams Pure White is nice for a slightly softer contrast between trims, cabinets, and walls.
- But you can easily go brighter with High Reflective White or Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace if you want more contrast between the wall and trim.
- While some like to partner White Duck with Sherwin Williams Alabaster, it’s ‘okay,’ but White Duck prefers whites with a bit less yellow.
White Duck on the walls
IS WHITE DUCK A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?
White Duck can be a FANTASTIC exterior color for siding, brick, or other surfaces. It has passive warmth that will fall back in north or east-facing light but can lean creamier/warmer in south-facing or afternoon western light.
While white exteriors have had a moment – and it’s quickly passing, I’m seeing many more requests for warm off-whites in my Online Paint Color Consulting. While white is the perfect color for SOME homes, based on particular exterior features, a gentle off-white can be a more timeless color choice, especially for painted brick or stone…
Not to say off-white won’t fall out of style either; these things ebb and flow, but if you choose the RIGHT color for the RIGHT home, you’ll get a great lifetime out of it.
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IS WHITE DUCK A GOOD CABINET COLOR?
It sure can be! Because White Duck is so muted, with a low chroma (not much undertone), it can be a great off-white paint color for cabinets, even nodding at the creamy white world (just a bit darker/less yellow).
As shown on these painted wood cabinets, White Duck is a great partner to the strong green in the backsplash and countertop…
A brighter white could’ve contrasted a bit too much with the green, whereas the more gentle approach of White brightens this kitchen while offering a more subtle contrast. It’s also GREAT with the wood floor.
REMEMBER, even if you’ve fallen in love with White Duck, make sure your backsplash (first) and countertop (second) suit a color like White Duck. Some kitchen finishes need more white, beige, gray, or even prefer to be left their natural or stained wood finish!
On the topic of wood, White Duck is gorgeous with various wood trims. In the right room, White Duck looks like a muted, creamy white without a REAL white (trim) to contrast with. Just ensure your room has enough light; as mentioned earlier, it can look dingy without enough natural light.
WHAT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO WHITE DUCK?
GOOD QUESTION! Every color has particular nuances, and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature, and depths. However, more so than many others, White Duck has some great comparables…
BENJAMIN MOORE BALLET WHITE VS. WHITE DUCK
Ballet White is similar to White Duck in its approach. However, it’s a bit darker (with an LRV of 71.97 to White Duck’s 74). Ballet White also has a bit more color and a slightly creamier look.
Benjamin Moore Ballet White with White Dove trim, front door, and wainscoting.
SHERWIN WILLIAM SHOJI WHITE VS SW WHITE DUCK
Sherwin Williams Shoji White is White Duck’s closest match. If you want to stick with Sherwin Williams, but want to see a color that’s just a tiny bit more neutral, check it out. Personally, I always choose White Duck over Shoji White; as of the two, White Duck is LESS likely to grab green. While both have a yellow base, White Duck has a touch more orange in its backdrop.
BENJAMIN MOORE WINDS BREATH VS. WHITE DUCK
It’s fun to compare Winds Breath and White Duck. While they have similar INTENTIONS – both being subtle with undertone profiles that aren’t WILDLY different from each other, Winds Breath is darker than White Duck. In gaining this bit of depth, Winds Breath can look more grounded and calming (open to perception).
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.
Shown above, Benjamin Moore Ballet White
WHAT COLORS GO WITH WHITE DUCK IN A PALETTE?
Whether you’re looking for a paint color for an adjoining room, a feature wall, or smaller accents in your room (home decor and furnishings), White Duck has some great partners…
- Gray paint colors that are the same depth or darker, particularly ones with a blue or blue-green undertone. It doesn’t love a purple undertone quite as much, but it depends on which one you’re looking at.
- A ton of gorgeous greige paint colors, from the light range, right down to the SUPER darks!
- Blue-green blends, especially those with a good dose of gray in them.
- Navy blue and other dark accent colors, including medium and dark shades of green.
- White Duck favors shades of tan over beige (stronger orange undertones), as long as they’re a bit more muted, like Sherwin Williams Sandbar.
- While White Duck prefers warm shades of white, it can also handle brighter whites – it just doesn’t work with cool white paint colors.
Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2020, UPDATED IN 2022, JUST FOR YOU!