Sherwin Williams High Reflective White: a TRUE white paint color?
When it comes to specifying white paint colors for my E-Design clients, High Reflective White is one that I refer to all the time. Why? Let’s find out!
What type of paint color is High Reflective White? Is it a TRUE white?
High Reflective White is PRETTY DARN WHITE and is Sherwin William’s TRUEST, most genuine white paint color.
Is High Reflective White a warm or cool white paint color?
High Reflective White is neither cold nor warm; it’s a neutral white paint color with no noticeable hue.
What’s the LRV of High Reflective White?
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of High Reflective White? Will it pick up undertones of blue, yellow, violet or green?
Whites are hard because while they have their own UNDERTONES, they’re VERY SUSCEPTIBLE for picking up reflections from their environment. Everything from the cool gray-blue of northern light to the reflection of your grass, your neighbour’s brick wall or your bright red sofa can reflect onto white walls, changing how they’re perceived.
However, at heart, High Reflective White is a pretty darn neutral white.
What’s the best way to sample High Reflective White?
Like with every paint color, 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!
Just be careful when sampling. The undertones in white paint colors can be OVEREXPOSED if you compare them to the white paper or poster board. The best way to pick a white paint color is to compare it to OTHER white paint colors that are similar.
Learn all about Samplize HERE
If I’m painting my walls High Reflective White, what’s the best white paint color for my trim or cabinets?
HIGH REFLECTIVE WHITE! That’s right; I would do the same color on the walls, trim and ceilings and just let the change in sheen do any shifting for you (and there will be shifting).
Can High Reflective White be used on my walls, trims, and cabinets, or is it just a base color?
High Reflective White is actually a BASE that’s used to create other white paint colors; its intention isn’t to be used as an actual paint color. However, Sherwin includes it in the fan deck, and I, for one, have used it DOZENS AND DOZENS OF TIMES.
DAMN, I have some talented clients!
Why isn’t it used as a ‘color’? It doesn’t have enough tint/colorant to offer any hide. ‘Hide’ refers to how well a color covers another color. If you take Sherwin Williams High Reflective White off the shelf as it is, you’ll be five coats deep and might STILL SEE your old color through it.
And while I could go into gratuitous detail here, I’ve written a helpful blog post showing you HOW to get High Reflective White made.
Is High Reflective White a good white for kitchen cabinets?
YES! While there are MANY gorgeous white paint colors for cabinets, High Reflective White is a great one to look at if you prefer a cooler paint color palette or some of the popular white quartz or marble countertops.
Is High Reflective White a good color for the exterior of my home?
If you’re wanting a white house or white trim, then HRW could be a great choice for you. It’s bright and simple and will be WHITE looking. Just remember, it WILL pick up cues from its environment based on the exposure of your home and other factors like grass, trees and water.
Is High Reflective White one of the most popular white paint colors?
These days, softer whites are on more people’s radars, but for those looking for a cleaner, whiter approach, High Reflective White is VERY popular, right up there with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
What type of paint colors look good with High Reflective White?
As far as white paint colors go, High Reflective White is one of the more flexible ones and can accommodate a WIIIIIDE range of colors. It’s more about what you might NOT do vs what you can do…
- if you have warm Tuscan products in your home (i.e. golden beige tiles, countertops, carpets, for example), you might find High Reflective White just a bit too stark and clean
- if you have beige/almond windows or bathroom fixtures, HRW could be too stark
WHICH PAINT COLORS ARE COMPARABLE TO HIGH REFLECTIVE WHITE?
If you’re having difficulty getting High Reflective White or want a few alternatives for comparison, check out…
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. The difference between Chantilly Lace is that it’s a tiny bit softer than High Reflective White (read about it HERE)
- BEHR Ultra Pure White. The difference between Ultra Pure White is that it’s a tiny bit WHITER and brighter than High Reflective White (read about it HERE)
- Sherwin Williams Extra White. The difference between Extra White is that it’s a touch COOLER than High Reflective White (read about it HERE)
Not sure if High Reflective White is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
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 2019, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2022