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PAINT COLOUR REVIEW: SHERWIN WILLIAMS GREEK VILLA 7551

Posted on June 28, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

Sherwin Williams Greek Villa: is this the white you’ve been LOOKING for? 

When looking for the best white paint colour for your walls, trims, cabinets or exterior, it’s easy to get lost in the HUNDREDS of options. But I’m here to make it easy by introducing you to Sherwin Williams Greek Villa.

best warm shade of white paint colour for walls, cabinets and trim, Sherwin Williams Greek Villa by Kylie M.

BEFORE WE GET STARTED…

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 photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint colour is Greek Villa? Is it warm or cool? 

Greek Villa is a WARM WHITE paint colour. If you have a north-facing room, the warmth of Greek Villa can help balance this cool light – the same goes for an east-facing room (in the afternoon). On the other hand, with south-facing light or western afternoon light already being warm, Greek Villa will look even warmer.

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What’s the LRV of Greek Villa?

There are five different types of white paint colours. With Greek Villa having an LRV of 84, this classifies it as a SOFT WARM shade of white.

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

If you have a dark room, the warmth of Greek Villa (compared to say, Pure White) can help your space look a bit more inviting. BUT you will need to supplement with adequate interior lighting.

If you have a BRIGHT room, Greek Villa will definitely wash out, but so will ANY paint colour in the lighter end of things (you’ll need to hit LRVs approx 55 and lower to REALLY start counteracting this).

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Does Greek Villa have undertones?

Unless you have a TRUE white paint colour, you will find undertones in any chosen white. And because Greek Villa is a warm white, it has a yellow undertone, just like most of the other popular shades.

Sherwin Williams Rocky River and Greek Villa exterior with brick, white trim, green blue shutters and front door

What’s the best way to sample Greek Villa?

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 DAY, depending on location
  • 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 colour for my trim if my walls are Greek Villa?

As with ANY white, my best recommendation is to partner Greek Villa with ITSELF.

Why?

When partnering up shades of white, one white can expose the underbelly of another, meaning it’s EASY to get clashing undertones. So, unless you WANT to expose the undertones of Greek Villa and have it look more yellow than it is, you’ll want to keep every painted white surface the same.

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Is Greek Villa a good exterior paint colour?

Whether it’s for siding, stucco, brick or trim, Greek Villa is a great option for an exterior. With its beautiful warmth, it can help balance a north or east-facing home. Just note that if you have south-facing light or warm afternoon sunshine, it will lean more into its warm yellow undertone (similar to what’s shown below).

Exterior with brick and Sherwin Williams Greek Villa warm white paint colour. CLIENT PHOTO Kylie M INteriors edesign

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Is Greek Villa a popular colour for kitchen cabinets?

Greek Villa certainly COULD be popular for kitchen cabinets but isn’t used nearly as much as Sherwin Williams Alabaster and Pure White. This means it’s DEFINITELY worth trying out if your finishes suit a warmer white paint colour.

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Greek Villa vs other white popular paint colours

Comparison is the KEY to choosing the best paint colour for your home. Don’t be afraid to explore other colours to see how undertones, temperatures and LRVs shift…

  • Sherwin Williams Alabaster vs Greek Villa: Greek Villa is a bit brighter and cleaner with its slightly higher LRV
  • Sherwin Williams Pure White vs Greek Villa: Greek Villa has the same depth/LRV as Pure White but ALSO has more warmth
  • Benjamin Moore White Dove vs Greek Villa: White Dove is definitely more muted and softer/less clean-looking than Greek Villa; although they have similar LRVs

By the way, if you’re thinking of getting one brand to match another’s paint colour, I DON’T recommend it. Read why HERE.

Which paint colours go with Greek Villa?

Because Greek Villa is a brighter white, it’s pretty darn flexible as to its colour partners. HOWEVER…

  • be cautious when partnering it with other white paint colours – Greek Villa really only wants ITSELF as a white partner
  • Greek Villa can be fussy with some of the popular warm off-white paint colours, particularly shades of beige and taupe

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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

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

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Comments

  1. I am sampling Greek Villa in my home with honey oak trim and floors and sapphire blue granite countertops. It looks quite nice, but I am just nervous about using it as a whole house paint.

  2. First time commenting but wanted to put my full support behind Greek Villa as an awesome white with a welcoming warmth to it. In our previous home, we used GV, on all of our trim, ceilings (in flat), and on our son’s bedroom wall when painting alternating navy stripes. It is the perfect white to me. I also love Sherwin Williams Pure White but for exterior applications because it’s very crisp. In our current home, we chose Benjamin Moore White Dove as our cabinet color and as our whole house trim and ceiling colors (partially open concept). While I like WD, I wish it was a bit brighter at times. We live in a south facing home but are surrounded by a lot of trees and greenery outside so we don’t get the full brightness as a normal south facing home, especially towards the back of the home where our kitchen& family room are located. We also have good artificial lighting with recessed lighting, sconces and ceiling light and WD still looks a little muddled to me. If I could go back and reselect the cabinet color, trim and ceiling color for the home, I would pick Greek Villa 1000 times over White Dove, especially given the natural light in this home. Again I like WD but GV is cleaner, slightly brighter and just as welcoming if not more than WD. When we complete our basement renovation, I know we will use Greek Villa for mostly all walls, ceilings and trim (with different finishes for each) as White Dove will be too dark for the lower level.

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      YES, THIS is such a great comment to read, thank you! When comparing colours, sometimes it’s notes like these that help others figure out which white is best for them – one way or another! And I agree, it’s just that bit brighter and cleaner than White Dove. I’m even tempted to use it in our next home that I do white!

    2. I’m so excited to read your review, as I’ve chosen Greek Villa for our home that we are currently building! We are also surrounded by woods and will have lots of natural light, but like yours it will be affected by the woods. All of our windows but one facing north and south and we will have good artificial lighting. I’m more excited about Greek Villa after reading your review! Thanks for sharing

  3. Yes!! I have my north facing two story great room/whole downstairs painted in Greek Villa. I wanted a white with some warmth that wouldn’t make my great room look cold (and I used your website to figure all that out). I think it’s a great interior option. I will say that we have an open floor plan, so the foyer faces south and is painted the same color and I don’t like it as much there. But all rooms have four walls… you gotta pick the color for the best impact.

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      YES, I love when the right whites are used to balance an exposure like this – well done! And I know, it’s so hard when you have multiple exposures. I have the same thing in our home (with White Dove) and while I love White Dove the MOST in my south-facing rooms, I still like it well enough in the northern spaces, even though it loses a bit of its warmth :).

      1. I have BM White Dove at 50% painted throughout our beach condo and it is STUNNING and just “white” in my south facing bedroom, warm in the morning in the east facing LR (can see the yellow undertone-which is beautiful in my space) but a bit flat in the afternoon – but colorful art brings it to life. It’s grayed out in the dark hallway and north facing room but still lovely with lamps, etc. There’s a depth about White Dove that I love. It would have been beautiful for my home repaint, but we are using Sherwin Williams and I liked the very slight nod to beige (and it is slight) that Greek Villa has.

  4. We are in the process of painting SW Greek Villa throughout our home. It sampled beautifully compared to SW Alabaster and BM White Dove, way less grayed down and more consistent in every room, even north facing. It’s glorious!

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  5. Could Greek villa be used on walls with a pure white flat ceiling? Southern exposure…I am a bit afraid after reading your review

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