Is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White the MOST POPULAR beige?
Have you been looking for the perfect, soft, off-white paint color that isn’t gray? You’ve come to the right place. And while Aesthetic White isn’t necessarily the most POPULAR beige right now, in the coming years, as trends lean warmer, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this bad boy.
What type of paint color is Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White? Is it warm or cool?
Aesthetic White might look like a simple off-white, but it’s actually a beige paint color that leans slightly into gray. This means it doesn’t have the typical golden look that a lot of beige paint colors have and lacks strong undertones.
This next photo shows a HOT MESS of a kitchen with a wide variety of finishes and undertones – none very well-coordinated…
With a few coats of Aesthetic White, it’s like a brand-new space, without having to touch the countertops or backsplash…
In north-facing light, you’ll see Aesthetic White lean a touch more into the greige end of things, will STILL holding its warmth, as Aesthetic White is a warm color at heart. However, in south-facing or afternoon western light, Aesthetic White will be in its glory WITHOUT looking overly toasty!
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What’s the LRV of Aesthetic White? Is it an off-white paint color?
Aesthetic White has an LRV of almost 73. This means it’s an off-white paint color but is on the EDGE of the light range. If you have a bright room, Aesthetic White can act like a much brighter off-white, but if you have a dark room, it will just look flat and dingy (learn more HERE).
In this next photo, look at how the soft off-white of Aesthetic White works with the older-style granite countertop and beige tile floor…
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Aesthetic White? Will it look pink, yellow, or green?
Aesthetic White is a bit of a ninja. Like some other white and off-white paint colors, it’s very susceptible to picking up cues and reflections from its environment, so you want to pay attention to your exposure and any strong interior or exterior colors/finishes (ie: green grass or a red feature wall). Generally speaking, Aesthetic White doesn’t grab any OBVIOUS undertones. I’ve seen it flex just slightly pink and slightly green, which again, can be totally environmental, although the light version of this color (Accessible Beige) can grab a vague wink o’ green as well.
What’s the best way to sample Aesthetic White?
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- at $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
What’s the best white paint color for my trim with Aesthetic White walls?
With Aesthetic White, I would lean into the brighter, whiter approach of Sherwin Williams High Reflective White. Aesthetic White DOESN’T want to be partnered with a white that is too soft or creamy. However, it can also handle Sherwin Williams Pure White which is soft but not OVERLY warm.
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Would Aesthetic White be a good paint color for kitchen cabinets?
YES! Aesthetic White is a great option if you don’t want white cabinets, but are nervous about cream paint colors.
Again, another good shot of Aesthetic White on kitchen cabinets…
Is Aesthetic White a good color for the exterior of my home?
Aesthetic White can be a soft alternative to white for a lot of homes with trickier, warmer stone and brick colors. It can also be a great trim color for the exterior.
In this next photo, you’ll see a home with both stone and brick with different color preferences, making it tricky to find a flexible paint color to humour both…
But Aesthetic White and Sherwin Williams Pavestone did the trick!
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color
What Benjamin Moore paint colors the same as or similar to Aesthetic White?
Every color has its own particular nuances, and while some colors have SIMILAR versions in other brands, there isn’t much out there that rivals Aesthetic White. Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is along similar lines but certainly has its own look and different undertones.
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands, you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colors look good with Aesthetic White?
Aesthetic White has some particular preferences, but also has some flexibility!
- Aesthetic White likes quite a few gray and greige paint colors and can be a GREAT partner if you want some subtle warm balance
- Aesthetic White doesn’t like many creamy paint colors
Not sure if Aesthetic White is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!
originally written in 2020, updated for you in 2022!
I’m really liking this whole paint swatch (aesthetic white, white heron, zurich white, etc), what trim color goes best?
I really love some others you mentioned (white duck, creamy, etc), but they pair best with a warm trim. Mine is a crisp white trim. So how do you know what trim color looks best with a particular paint color? Is there a general rule of thumb?
Hi Kylie, I’m in the process of choosing a color for my downstairs area. I watched many of your paint color videos multiple times. I love the Aesthetic White, I painted a small sample on my wall. My only delima is that I have cream color cabinets and off white trim. I think it looks pretty good but I know you said cream colors don’t typically look great with Aesthetic white. I have a sample of Ballet white and White Duck on my walls also. They are pretty but still likes AW better. Just not sure since it’s hard with only a small area that’s painted. Thoughts welcome
Hi Kylie! Thank you so much for all of this incredible info. You are my guiding light in selecting paint colors for a huge home renovation! Please excuse the non-paint-related question but I was wondering if you know the brand of cabinet hardware in the photo with the granite counters, or could point me in a direction to find out. I’m desperate to find similar hardware for my new kitchen and having no luck. Thank you so much!
Oh Danielle, I DON’T know where it was from!!! I do have this blog post, maybe it would be helpful??? https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/update-oak-wood-cabinets-with-hardware-thats-budget-friendly/
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! You’ve helped me soooo much with picking paint colors. My kitchen cabinets are aesthetic white and also my fireplace mantle/trim. But now I’m desperate to know what color to do the trim in for my whole house. Please help! 🙂
Wahoo, you’re welcome! Without seeing the room and its finishes, I would guide you towards SW Pure White or BM Chantilly Lace :).
Hi Kylie, I love all your advice, and especially your HUMOR 🙂 All of my doors and trim are basic L4 white. I love the idea of Aesthetic White for my kitchen cabinets. What do you think? Also, would Modern Gray wall color pair well with Aesthetic White and L4?
Thanks, Emily! I’m not at ALL familiar with L4 white and when I looked it up, all I got was info on pills ;). HOWEVER, I can say that I’m not a huuuuge fan of Aesthetic White with Modern Gray on the walls. However, Aesthetic White is pretty good at handling whites, as long as they have a higher LRV and not too much yellow :).
Hi Kylie! Thank you soooo much for this great info. I’ve read your articles for many days!
And it helps me to narrow down the paint colors for my living room wall!
Could you help me the last question? I am thinking of painting my wall with this SW Aesthetic White or SW Alabaster , but I have a travertine floor and I have an easy facing, west facing, and South facing in my living room. And I have true white door,trim, and fireplace… So now I’m desperate to choose. (We have a lot of greens outside of my backyard;)
Could you help me the last dicision? Please help!
Hi Mina, I would be nervous with Alabaster that it will a) flash too yellow and b) pick up too much of that green reflection from outside!
Thank you so much for your advise! Right, that color looks like that.(I painted a sample. ) SW Aesthetic White looks okay for samples, but I am not sure yet… I am thinking of getting a sample of Edgecomb gray as well. I might need to change my floor soon. 😂
I really like your website and how you have changed a house! 💘
Thank you so much for your posts! Is it too much to paint the kitchen cabinets, walls, trim and ceiling aesthetic white using the appropriate paint sheen for each surface?
i love it for the walls issue is deciding trim color as thats going to need to be the same color I paint the builtins and kitchen cabinets (we still have the santa cecilia granite and travertine backsplash). Issue if we use Aesthetic for cabinet paint then what is wall and trim. I like trim/cabinets to be the same or lighter than the walls.
After reading this post I went to my local SW and got one of their ginormous samples in Aesthetic White. My room is west facing with a large 10 ft wide picture window, but the sample board just looks beige? I also tried alabaster but it just looked yellow. Would lightning this color help?
Hi April! It is a beige, but it’s an off-white beige with a bit of gray to calm it down. What were you thinking it might look like?