The PRETTIEST off-white, beige paint color: Divine White
Whether your room is north-facing, your finishes suit beige, or you just LOVE warm paint colors, you’ve come to the right place. You no longer have to rely on golden beiges, builder beiges, or Tuscan-style tones as, today; we’re looking at the most DIVINE shade of beige – Sherwin Williams Divine White.
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IS DIVINE WHITE A WARM OR COOL COLOR?
Divine White is DEFINITELY a warm paint color (beige). And with its particular warmth, no matter which exposure or artificial lighting you have, Divine White should never look cold. This is due to the strength of its UNDERTONES (which we’ll get into shortly).
If you have a north-facing room, Divine White will help to balance this cold natural light. The same goes for flat and drab eastern afternoon light. However, while it will hold its warmth in both of these exposures, it will be more of a PASSIVE warmth compared to how it can look. In a south-facing room or one with western afternoon sunshine, you can expect Divine White to look EVEN WARMER as it leans into that yellow-hued natural light.
WHAT’S THE LRV OF DIVINE WHITE?
Divine White has an LRV of 72, putting it right on the border between the light and the off-white worlds. However, with this higher LRV, you can expect Divine White to wash out considerably in a room with a lot of natural light or direct sunlight (keeping in mind that any lighter color will do this).
But one thing I love about Divine White is that while some off-white paint colors can look a bit drab or flat in a dark or low-light room, because of the strength of its undertones, Divine White still holds some color and warmth without flashing too much color for the average homeowner.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT ARE DIVINE WHITE UNDERTONES?
Being a very slight version of beige, Divine White centers on an ORANGE undertone. Now, an orange undertone can lean orange-yellow or orange-pink. One of the great things about Divine White is that it doesn’t really cater to either yellow or pink. In some lights, it certainly looks a bit more orange-yellow (but the yellow RARELY takes over), while in others, it can be a bit friendly towards surfaces with orange-pink undertones!
In other words, Divine White is SUPER flexible.
Divine White is beautiful in this living room as it connects with the warm stone fireplace
If you’re sensitive to warm undertones, Divine White could be too much for you; you might want to explore other warm-off-whites. And while some worry that Divine White picks up a subtle flesh tone, it isn’t quite peachy enough, although I see where the concern comes from. If it looks a bit fleshy (it shouldn’t) or isn’t quite hitting the spot, consider how you might adjust to another color…
- Does your ideal off-white beige have less orange in it, more yellow, or more pink?
- Is your best color more grayed-out or more colorful than Divine White?
- Is it lighter or darker than Divine White?
Once you know what you want to fix, it’s easier to find colors that fall in that range (some alternatives are coming up shortly – keep reading!)
Sure, while Divine White might not be popular right now, this particular blend suits a HECK OF A LOT OF HOMES and their existing color palettes, especially those from the early 2000s, so you may want to give it a chance!
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WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM OR CABINET COLOR WITH DIVINE WHITE?
This is a tricky question, for sure. Because of the orange in Divine White, it can be pretty fussy with the typical warm white paint colors.
This foyer shows Divine White with Divine White 50% lighter on the trim
Because these warm whites center on a YELLOW undertone, and Divine White has an ORANGE undertone.
Will it be a hot mess?
Sometimes, yes, especially creamy yellow-whites like Sherwin Williams Alabaster. Instead, I have two options for you to consider…
1. Sherwin Williams Pure White. This is a soft, warm white but not an OVERLY yellow one. Divine White WISHES there was a wink of orange in there – but there isn’t.
2. Get samples of Divine White made 50% lighter and 75% lighter. While undertones can shift, at least you’re working with similar BONES. I GREATLY prefer this way over Pure White (but you do you, boo). Learn more about lightening and darkening colors HERE; it’s a great tool for your color toolbelt!
IS DIVINE WHITE A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?
Divine White is an AWESOME exterior paint color…for some homes. It can be particularly friendly with homes that have terra cotta (orange-pink-red) roofs. It also loves many of the more traditional Florida or California-style stucco homes (excuse me if this seems funny; I’m Canadian, and this is my best way to explain it).
What’s interesting about colors like this is that inside your home, they can look more beige-orange. On the exterior, beiges like Divine White can lean that bit warmer, picking up more yellow-cream on the way – just something to be aware of!
IS DIVINE WHITE A GOOD COLOR FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?
YOU BET YOUR BOOTY, JUDY – it sure as heck is! When it comes to homes built in the early 2000s, Divine White is often an excellent choice as it complements a wide variety of granite countertops from the earlier part of this decade.
It’s also super flexible towards beige tiles and countertops, whereas many other popular beige and tan paint colors can sometimes fall a bit flat.
In this next photo, while it’s hard to get a GOOD read on it with the lighting, you at least get the gist of the depth – it looks gorgeous with the travertine tile flooor…
WHAT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO DIVINE WHITE
Comparison is the KEY to choosing the best paint color for your home. Don’t be afraid to explore other colors to see how undertones, temperatures, and LRVs shift. Here are a few colors to compare…
SHERWIN WILLIAMS MODERATE WHITE VS. DIVINE WHITE
When comparing Moderate White with Divine White, you’ll see that Divine White has a touch more pink in its backdrop while still maintaining a good beige-orange hue. Divine White’s also a touch darker, with an LRV of 72, to Moderate White’s 74.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS AESTHETIC WHITE VS. DIVINE WHITE
While these are both shades of beige, Divine White has FAR more color/undertone compared to Aesthetic White’s slightly grayed-out approach to beige. Between the two, current trends will lean more towards Aesthetic White because of it’s muted approach. But trends aside, it’s about picking the color that relates the best to your finishes.
BENJAMIN MOORE MARITIME WHITE VS. DIVINE WHITE
Maritime White is one of my FAAAVORITE subtle beiges. With an LRV of almost 72, Maritime White is the same depth as Divine White. HOWEVER, it’s a more muted, less colorful approach – not as subtle as Aesthetic White, but offers another great take on beige.
If I were to choose between Maritime White and Divine White – if they both suit my finishes…I’d probably choose Maritime White; it’s pretty amazeballs as far as beige goes.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS NATURAL LINEN VS. DIVINE WHITE
Natural Linen is a slightly darker take on beige. With an LRV of 66, Natural Linen is in the light range, so it has more meat on its bones than the off-white look of Divine White. For this reason, Divine White looks brighter and a bit more cheerful compared to Natural Linen.
If I’m deciding between the two shades, it will come down to the type of contrast I want with my trim work. If I want to see the play between the walls and the trim a bit more, I’ll choose Natural Linen, as it shows up to the party with more depth. On the other hand, if I want my walls and trim to be a super simple backdrop to my home, Divine White could do the trick as it offers a more passive approach with the right trim color (a lightened version of itself).
By the way, DON’T get colors matched between paint brands – read why HERE.
WHAT TYPE OF COLORS GO WITH DIVINE WHITE?
Divine White is a reasonably flexible, warm neutral and enjoys a variety of partners – just like me. JUST JOKING!
- Soft, muted green-gray hues can look GORGEOUS with Divine White, as long as they’re darker than it.
- Earth-toned greige paint colors with more noticeable green undertones, again, darker than Divine White, is best.
- Subtle blue-gray blends in the medium range are pretty accents to Divine White.
- If you want a WICKED accent wall for your Divine White room, check out medium to darker shades of green, as well as darker greiges.
- Make sure that if a color is COOLER than Divine White, it’s also DARKER than it (long story).
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