Sherwin Williams Antique White: LRV, Undertones and a Little More
When it comes to cream paint colours, there are few as troublesome as Sherwin Williams Antique White. The thing is, as a wall COLOUR, it’s beautiful, but too often it’s used on kitchen cabinets or trim work and THAT’S where the trouble begins.
Which is why today, we’re taking a close look at Antique White, focusing on two scenarios…
- You want it on your walls – COOL BEANS! It’s a beautiful option
- You have it on your trim and cabinets and can’t figure out which paint colours will go with it – oooooh, we’re going to have a good chat today
BTW, most of my colour reviews are NOT this intensive, but Antique White is a tricky lil’ bugger.
In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality or RANGE of pics I need, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Antique White?
Antique White is a warm cream paint colour. However, cream is never just cream, it’s actually a YELLOW paint colour with a neutral base added to calm it down. Along with this neutral base, it can pick up undertones of orange, red (pink) or even a wink of green – we’ll see which ones Antique White has shortly.
If you have a north-facing room, Antique White could be an awesome way to balance some of that cool natural light (works well for east-facing rooms as well). If your room is south-facing or has afternoon western sunshine, Antique White will lean even more into its warmth, without looking overly ‘day-glo’.
What’s the LRV of Antique Cream?
Antique Cream has an LRV of 72, which can be a GORGEOUS depth for your walls if you’re wanting a cream with a bit more body compared to some of the other popular cream paint colours. However, it’s not so deep that it’ll look heavy or dated.
However, Antique White’s LRV is ONE of the reasons why it isn’t a great trim or cabinet colour. The ‘average’ LRV for trim and cabinet paint is 82-94. With an LRV of 72, you’re looking at a colour that’s LEAVING the off-white range and entering the ‘light’ range, so it has a bit more meat on its bones compared to more traditional white or off-white paint colours. This ‘lower than usual’ LRV is tricky for a few reasons…
1. As a cabinet or trim colour, it would naturally want to be partnered with colours that are at least one to two tones darker than it, which is often darker than people want to go when they’re painting more than one room or wanting to update to a more modern look.
Antique White DOESN’T want to be partnered with a colour that’s the same depth or lighter than it.
2. The depth makes it look richer and warmer than the usual trim and cabinet colours, making it more LIMITED for the type of paint colours it wants right beside it (especially as it relates to colours that are cooler than it), which we’ll get into shortly.
In this next photo, you’ll see Antique White on the kitchen island as well as the trim work. While it connects reasonably well with the stone fireplace, notice how much creamier it looks in comparison to the undertones in the travertine tile floor. I mean, they’re DOABLE, but it’s a bit strong.
My E-Design client was actually looking for a new WALL colour and didn’t want to change the trim (which makes sense when it runs through an entire home). I gave her some new wall colour options as well as some suggestions for JUST the kitchen island, to at least cut back the AMOUNT of Antique White in this space.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Antique White? Will it look yellow, orange or just cream?
Antique White is a cream paint colour that centers on yellow with a weeeee nod towards an orange undertone.
In this next photo, you can see the strength of Antique White on these painted cabinets. My clients hired me to find a new cabinet colour as the Antique White cabinets were clashing with the undertones in their travertine tile backsplash.
It’s those darned UNDERTONES that make Antique White that bit more challenging as a trim or cabinet colour. Some cream paint colours have a stronger neutral base. The more neutral a colour is, the more flexible it’s going to be…and Antique White has a wink more colour than I’d like.
What’s the best way to sample Antique White for my walls?
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!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
If I’m painting my walls Antique White, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
With the degree of warmth in Antique White, it’s best to partner it with a white with a decent amount of warmth, rather than a clean or cold white paint colour.
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Is Antique White a good colour for the exterior of my home?
If you’re looking for a cream paint colour for your exterior that has a REASONABLE amount of yellow in it, without being ‘day-glo’, Antique White could be a GORGEOUS choice for siding OR trim!
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Antique White?
GOOD QUESTION! Every colour has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out…
- Benjamin Moore Navajo White is similar but softer
- Benjamin Moore Indian White is a bit cleaner/more orange undertone
Benjamin Moore Navajo White
Benjamin Moore Indian White
BTW, if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting Sherwin Williams to make a Benjamin Moore paint colour), you’ll want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colours look good with Antique White?
Ahhhh, here it is – the golden question (literally). With the more GOLDEN approach of Antique White and its lower than average LRV (as it relates to trim/cabinets), Antique White is a BIT finicky. But, as long as you follow a few rules, you should get along just fine!
THE BEST PAINT COLOURS IF YOU HAVE ANTIQUE WHITE ON YOUR TRIM OR CABINETS
Before deciding what colour you want on your walls, you need to decide what LOOK you’re going for…
WARM PAINT COLOURS will help to soften the approach of Antique White as they will blend a bit more. Warm colours include cream, beige and brown.
Antique White on the left
COOL PAINT COLOURS will ‘accent’ Antique White and can enhance the warmth/yellow of it, making it appear a bit stronger. Cool colours include gray (with any of its undertones), blue, green and purple. This also includes greige, although it’s considered a warm paint colour.
Another helpful bit of advice is to look for colours with an LRV of approximately 50 or LOWER. There are very few lighter colours that will work (other than a beige/cream with the same undertones as Antique White). Need to brush up on LRV? Read THIS.
So, with that info tucked in your back pocket, check out some of the colour ranges below, understanding that not EVERY colour in these families will work, it’s just a place to start!
- Beige paint colours that are approx. 2+ tones darker than Antique White with similar undertones, you can also add a touch of green in there with some of the darker beiges
- Warm green paint colours that are approx. 2+ tones darker than Antique White (with a neutral base to calm the green down)
- Blue-green blends
- Grays with blue-green undertones that are approx 2+ tones darker than Antique White
PERSONALLY, I would ONLY consider the beige range as I think the cooler tones react too much with Antique White, making it TOO strong and the combo is too opposite – but it’s not all about me (not ALL the time anyway…)
IS THERE ANYWAY I CAN TONE-DOWN THE COLOUR OF ANTIQUE WHITE?
If you want to tone down the yellow of your Antique White trim or cabinets, you can apply a darker brown glaze, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have a ton more flexibility, it will just neutralize the yellow a bit.
Things are even trickier when you have cream cabinets with white trim!
COLOURS I WOULD AVOID WITH ANTIQUE WHITE TRIM OR CABINETS
Blobs are ONLY approximating the colour families suggested below
Notice how the above colours either look DINGY with Antique White or make Antique White look even MORE YELLOW in comparison.
Some of the colours I would avoid are…
- Any colour that is lighter, the same depth or even one tone darker than Antique White – you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything 60+ LRV that works unless it’s a beige-cream
- Cool blue colours with minimal to no green or gray in them
- Purple-inspired paint colours
- Beige paint colours that have a taupe backdrop (pink or grayish cast)
- ANYTHING white
THE BEST PAINT COLOURS IF YOU HAVE ANTIQUE WHITE WALLS AND WANT COMPATIBLE COLOURS FOR OTHER ROOMS
While Antique White might be limiting as a cabinet or trim colour, it’s a FABULOUS partner to many colours if you’re creating a palette for your home…
Blobs are ONLY approximating the colour families suggested below
Notice it’s the DEPTH of these colours that make them work with Antique White (some of them are just darker versions of the colours shown previously).
- Earth-toned blue-green or green-gray-greige blends (a colour with a neutral base added to calm it down) with an LRV of approx. 55 or lower
- Cream paint colours that are lighter than Antique White but have similar undertones
- Gray paint colours with any of the three undertones with LRV’s approx. 55 or lower
- Beige paint colours that are approx. 2+ tones darker with a similar undertone profile
Not sure if Antique White is what you’re looking for? I’ve got more!
BENJAMIN MOORE GENTLE CREAM
SHERWIN WILLIAMS CASA BLANCA
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