Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee: The Quick and Easy on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
When it comes to the most popular white paint colours, 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 colour. And while it could be the PERFECT white paint colour for your home, there are some serious things to consider before you start slappin’ it on your walls or cabinets.
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Colour 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 white paint colour is Swiss Coffee? Is it a true white?
Swiss Coffee is not a legit white paint colour, due in part to its undertones and LRV, both of which we’ll get into below. Swiss Coffee is actually a considerably SOFT white paint colour.
Is Swiss Coffee a warm or cool white paint colour?
Swiss Coffee is a WARM white paint colour – not OVERLY yellow/creamy, but definitely warm.
What’s the LRV of Swiss Coffee?
The LRV of Swiss Coffee is ALMOST 84 (the website says 83.93, the fan deck says 82), so it’s a white, but a SOFT white that is closer to being off-white than BRIGHT white (learn more HERE).
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Swiss Coffee? Will it look yellow?
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 colour, so you WILL have a yellow-based warmth to it, but it can pick up a WEEEE wink of green sometimes, which makes me a bit nervous – especially when there are other soft whites that are a bit more predictable (keep reading).
What’s the best way to sample Swiss Coffee?
Like with every paint colour, 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!
However, with WHITE paint colours, I recommend NOT comparing them to white paper/poster board as the cooler tones of the paper can OVEREXPOSE the undertones of some white paint colours. Only compare whites to OTHER white paint colours that are similar (ie: Benjamin Moore White Dove, Sherwin Williams Pure White).
Learn more about Samplize HERE
If I’m painting my walls Swiss Coffee, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
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 colour for the exterior of my home?
I wouldn’t do it as there are SEVERAL other white paint colours that I believe are better and safer choices for white trim or siding.
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
Is Swiss Coffee a popular paint colour right now?
Swiss Coffee is popular as an EXISTING paint colour, as it was used a lot in the last 20 years or so and a lot of my Online Colour Consulting clients have it on their trim or cabinets. However, in new construction/painting, most people are choosing whiter or safer white paint colours.
What type of paint colours look good with Swiss Coffee?
When it comes to Swiss Coffee, there aren’t a lot of paint colours that I totally LOVE with it, and would lean the most towards…
- Beige or tan paint colours that have a weeee tiny wink of green hiding in them (ie: Grant Beige)
- I would absolutely avoid greige or taupe (with purple or purple-pink undertones)
- I would avoid many/most gray paint colours, unless they had a bit of depth to them
Not sure if Swiss Coffee is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more! Also, because I use Swiss Coffee so rarely in my E-design, I don’t have photos of it, but these next reviews have some AWESOME example photos for you to check out!
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE
SHERWIN WILLIAMS PURE WHITE
BENJAMIN MOORE SIMPLY WHITE
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN AND ONLINE VIRTUAL PAINT COLOUR EXPERT, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLORS DIY DECORATING AND DESIGN ADVICE BLOGGER