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QUICK Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Moderate White

Posted on August 27, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

The Best Off-White Beige: Moderate White

While beige has had a bad rap for the last 10 years, it’s comin’ BACK baby. I mean, maybe not TOMORROW, but in the next few years, we’ll be seeing a shift from the cool end of things into the warmer end with colours like Benjamin Moore Maritime White, Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White and, of course, Moderate White. So today, we’re going to take a closer look at Moderate White to see what it’s all about…

Sherwin Williams Moderate White, light beige tan paint colours. Kylie M Interiors edesign, diy update blogger

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 Moderate White? Is it beige or cream?

Because of its placement in the fan deck, many think that Moderate White is a cream paint colour, but it’s not. Cream paint colours focus on a YELLOW undertone, whereas beige paint colours focus on an ORANGE undertone, which makes Moderate White a beige. However, an orange undertone isn’t ALL that Moderate White has to offer.

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What’s the LRV of Moderate White?

The LRV of Moderate White is 74, making it an off-white. However, it doesn’t go very FAR into the off-white range as it has a bit more depth than average.

With an LRV of 74, Moderate White WILL wash out in a bright room, but as will any colour with a moderately high LRV (ie. 55 or higher) – nature of the beast! And while some off-whites can fall a bit dingy or dirty looking in a darker room, because Moderate White has a BIT more chroma (colour) to it, it can handle low light a bit better than some others.

While I realize this next photo is no screamin’ glory, it’s a great example of how Moderate White can be a GREAT choice with outdated beige tile. Remember, I rely 100% on my E-design client’s photos, so I’m grateful to see these colours in action no matter what!

Sherwin Williams Moderate White with beige tile in bathroom. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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

What are the undertones of Moderate White? Will it look orange or pink?

Moderate White centers on an orange undertone. Orange can lean either orange-yellow or orange-red (pink) – Moderate White has an orange-pink undertone. Will it LOOK orange or pink? I don’t believe so, but if you’re OVERLY sensitive to these undertones, you might find them a bit much (more so the orange than the pink).

Aesthetic White, Moderate, Panda, Pure White. Sherwin Williams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint colour expert. Off-whites

HOWEVER, it’s important to remember that it’s not ALL about you. Regardless of whether it’s mad love or not, Moderate White is often an AWESOME choice for homes built in the 1990s and early 2000s as it suits many of the tiles and countertops installed from those eras.

Which paint colour is similar to Moderate White?

Benjamin Moore Maritime White is the CLOSEST to Moderate White.

COMPARING Sherwin Williams Moderate White, Divine White, Benjamin Maritime White. Kylie M Interiors edesign

What’s the best way to sample Moderate 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 all about Samplize HERE

What’s the best white trim colour to go with Moderate White walls?

Moderate White is a FUSSY one. Most warm whites have a yellow undertone, and this yellow can clash with the orange-pink of Moderate White. For this reason, I usually recommend the following:

a) keep things simple and go for a white like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

b) ask the paint store to lighten Moderate White by 50% and see what this looks like – make sure you still like the undertones/general look as it can shift

Which type of paint colours look good with Moderate White?

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

Moderate White can be an excellent exterior colour, especially for those in the states with terra cotta tile style roofs and warm-hued stone driveways. However, in grayer climates, many find Moderate White to be a bit too washed-out for the main body of their home (particularly south-facing homes). However, it can be an excellent exterior trim colour, so long as the undertones suit your stone, brick and roof.

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

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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!

The best beige, tan, neutral paint colours for your walls. Benjamin or Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting. Diy home decorating and ideas blogger.market


Chat soon,

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  1. Hi Kylie,
    I’m thinking of a color palette with Balboa Mist (kitchen walls), Cyberspace (kitchen island), Natural Linen (living room), Moderate White (bedroom). The colors would be in adjacent rooms in that order. Based on all of your posts and videos on these colors, I believe they will suit the products and exposures in each room. Just wanting to check with the flow from room to room. Any thoughts?

    Thank you, as always!! You are helping me so much!!

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