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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Dover White SW 6385

Posted on January 21, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Sherwin Williams Dover White: The Quick and Dirty on LRV, Undertones and a Little More

Have you been wondering about certain paint colours, but can’t find helpful actionable info? Well, have I got the blog posts for you!

I’ve created my Colour Review series to cover some of the most popular Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paint colours. I’ve also got the Quick & Dirty series to cover colours that aren’t as popular, or that I don’t have enough of photos of yet (as I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients).

And today we’re talking about…

Paint colour review, best warm white creamy paint colour, Sherwin Williams Dover White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert and diy decorating blogger

What type of paint colour is Dover White? 

Dover White is white, but it’s not a LEGIT white, it’s actually a considerably SOFT white with some MAJOR considerations.

Is Dover White a warm or cool paint colour?

Dover White is a warm paint colour, which is one of the reasons you need to be careful when using it as your MAIN white (trim/ceilings/doors). The warmer and softer a white is, the more limitations it will have re: the type of paint colours and products you can partner with it.

Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Colour is the Best?

What’s the LRV of Dover White?

With an LRV just over 82, Dover White is a white, but it’s not a bright white. Dover White is considerably soft, bordering on the high end of the off-white range (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 Dover White? Will it look yellow or cream?

Yes and yes. Having that slightly lower LRV, Dover White has more colourant compared to the more popular warm white paint colours. And that colourant is WARM, which means Dover White has a creamy yellow base to it. If you partner it with cool tones, greige, and even some tan/beige paint colours, you might see that cream/yellow even more.

Benjamin Moore Collingwood, best warm gray paint colour, Silver Gray ceiling, Sherwin Dover White trim, contemporary living room. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

What’s the best way to sample Dover White?

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 more about Samplize HERE

If I’m painting my walls Dover White, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

When it comes to white paint colours, USUALLY, I’d recommend doing the same white on the trim and walls for consistency. And while you certainly can do that with Dover White, you can also partner it up with a cleaner white, something like SW High Reflective White. Just remember, this will show the depth/colourant of Dover White a bit more as you’ll see the CONTRAST of it with a brighter white.

Here’s a good example of Dover White in action…

Silver gray ceiling, Collingwood walls, white cabinets and Dover White trim

Look at the shift between the cleaner white of the cabinets and the WARM white of the crown moulding and trim work (Dover White). While everything is okay, you can see how Dover White is the one thing that kiiiiind of doesn’t fit in quite as well.

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colours from Sherwin Williams

Is Dover White a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

I wouldn’t do it. If I’m going to suggest a white for my Online Colour Consulting clients, I’m going to choose a brighter one with less yellow in it, more along the lines of Sherwin Williams Pure White perhaps, but it can depend on the home and its particular finishes. Dover White can even be a bit too yellow for the trim.

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Should I paint my kitchen cabinets Dover White?

Only if you have to. Generally speaking, Dover White will LIMIT you long-term regarding other finishes like countertop, backsplash and wall paint, simply because it is a stronger yellowish white. And while the odd kitchen/style calls for this and looks LOVELY, it will be awfully warm for the average home.

Sherwin Williams Dover White painted maple cabinets, Edgecomb Gray paint colour granite countertops. Kylie M Interiors Edesign and online paint color

Is Dover White a popular paint colour right now?

Dover White is not UNpopular, but personally, there are WAY better options in the warm white world. I find that the degree of yellow/cream is super limiting when it comes to coordinating with other paint colours, countertops, tiles and decor. In fact, I have it listed as one of the 3 whites I would never paint my trim or cabinets…but maybe that’s just me (wink wink).

I’m not trying to put you OFF this colour, but you do need to seriously consider how warm/creamy it is and whether that’s a look your home and decor can support short-term and long-term.

BTW, if you want a nice warm white for your cabinets or trim, I would lean more into Benjamin Moore Cloud White or Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

What type of paint colours look good with Dover White?

Not sure if Dover White is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


Oak wood painted cabinets, Benjamin Moore White Dove, island Dovetail, taupe carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, split level idea (2)

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Best neutral beige, tan paint colour, Sherwin Sandbar. Living room, built-ins, fireplace, vaulted ceiling, Alabaster trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing




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