SWISS COFFEE: IS IT THE RIGHT WHITE FOR YOU?
When it comes to the most popular white paint colors, Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee has been around a looooong time – but, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the BEST. Sometimes, it’s more about the familiarity of the name rather than the flexibility of the color. And while it could be the PERFECT white paint color for your home, there are some serious things to consider before you start slappin’ it on your walls or cabinets.
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IS SWISS COFFEE A WARM OR COOL WHITE?
Swiss Coffee is a warm white paint color that’s popular for walls, cabinets, and trims. In particular, Swiss Coffee and other similar whites often suit older style granite and laminate countertops (the ’90s and early 2000s) as these finishes prefer a more subtle approach to a bright and clean one.
WHAT’S THE LRV OF SWISS COFFEE?
The LRV of Swiss Coffee is 81.91, making it a considerably soft white, one that’s tinklin’ on the toenails of the off-white range (learn more HERE).
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WHAT ARE SWISS COFFEE’S UNDERTONES?
When it comes to Swiss Coffee, it can be about perception. If you have a lot of warm/beige tones in your home, it can settle as a soft, warm white. If you have cooler tones, those cool tones can react with the warmth of Swiss Coffee and make it look much more yellow in comparison.
But, regardless, Swiss Coffee IS a warm creamy white. Cream is a yellow base paint color, so Swiss Coffee does have a yellow undertone that can ALSO pick up a weeee wink of green sometimes. This mild tendency makes me a bit nervous, especially when other soft whites are more predictable.
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WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOR WITH SWISS COFFEE?
If you’re painting your walls Swiss Coffee, I highly recommend painting your TRIM Swiss Coffee. Because Swiss Coffee has unpredictable undertones, I wouldn’t mess around too much with mixing and matching whites with it.
IS SWISS COFFEE A GOOD EXTERIOR SIDING OR TRIM COLOR?
I wouldn’t do it, as there are SEVERAL other white paint colors that I believe are better and safer choices for white trim or siding.
WHAT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO SWISS COFFEE
Swiss Coffee is unique in its particular blend of undertones (as are all colors), but there are a few whites with similar intentions…
See how Swiss Coffee compares to the TOP WHITE PAINT COLORS HERE.
WHAT PAINT COLORS GO WITH SWISS COFFEE?
When it comes to Swiss Coffee, there aren’t a lot of paint colors that I totally LOVE with it, and I would lean into and away from…
- Beige or tan paint colors that have a weeee tiny wink of green hiding in them (i.e., Grant Beige)
- some slightly darker versions of gray with blue-green undertones can be pretty
- many of the popular shades of greige
- I would absolutely avoid taupe (purple or purple-pink undertones)
- I would avoid many/most gray paint colors, unless they had a bit of depth to them, as well as some green or blue-green
Not sure if Swiss Coffee is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more! Also, because I rarely use Swiss Coffee in my E-design, I don’t have photos of it, but these next reviews have some AWESOME examples for you to check out!
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