Sherwin Williams Snowbound: LRV, Undertones & a Little More
If you’re looking for the PERFECT white paint colour for your trim, walls or exterior – THIS ISN’T IT! Just joking (kind of).
The thing is, Snowbound isn’t a true white. And while in the end, it might be EXACTLY what you’re looking for, you also need to know what you’re getting into before you start slappin’ it on your walls.
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 pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Snowbound? Is it warm or cool?
Snowbound is definitely a warm, soft white paint colour. If you have south-facing light or warm afternoon western sun, you may find it looking warmer than usual…
If you have north-facing light, it will mute a bit without looking look icy cold or stark. Notice how the above photo shows Snowbound picking up a bit of a yellow hue, whereas below, it leans that bit more taupe (violet-pink)…
What’s the LRV of Snowbound?
Snowbound has an LRV of 83, putting it in the white range, but NOT FAR into it. Most of the more popular whites range from approx. 84-94. With an LRV of 83, Snowbound is a relatively SOFT white with more LIMITING undertones.
In this next photo, compare Snowbound to the white of the door and the fan to see the shift between a white with a HIGHER LRV (similar to Sherwin Williams High Reflective White) and one with a lower LRV like Snowbound…
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Snowbound? Will it look like a TRUE white?
HECK NO! With its slightly lower LRV, Snowbound picks up a beautiful SLIGHTLY TAUPE undertone (violet-pink). In my experience, this is an undertone my colour consulting clients often want to avoid (especially in a shade of white) so make sure it’s the look you’re going for!
However, give Snowbound the right environment and it can lean into its passive warmth and even pick up a faint hint of cream!
And while I’ve read A LOT about it having a green undertone, I’m YET to experience this.
What’s the best way to sample paint colours?
If you aren’t familiar with SAMPLIZE, I highly recommend you try them out! 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 with Snowbound walls?
That depends. If you want to downplay the depth/undertone, it’s often best to paint the trim/doors the SAME COLOUR as the walls. However, if you want to highlight the soft white look of Snowbound, you could partner it with a cleaner white, such as…
I would ABSOLUTELY avoid warm whites with Snowbound as the yellow of warm whites can react POORLY with the purple-pink in Snowbound.
Is Snowbound a good colour for the exterior of my home?
With its unpredictable undertones, Snowbound isn’t a colour I recommend very often to my E-Design clients (for exteriors). Unless Snowbound is PARTICULARLY nice with their stonework and surrounding finishes, I’m more likely to choose a different, more flexible white or off-white paint colour.
With this next home’s palette, Snowbound is the PERFECT soft white paint colour for the trims…
Is Snowbound a good paint colour for my trim and cabinets?
I’m not going to say NO, but I will advise you to tread carefully. The thing is, on a ‘room-by-room’ basis, Snowbound can be a lovely trim colour (or WALL colour) when partnered with the right shade on the walls. HOWEVER, on a larger scale, ie. all the trims/ceilings/doors in your home, you may find it limits you long-term should you want to stretch outside of Snowbound’s limited colour preferences.
As for cabinets, it does suit some countertops and backsplash tiles. But being a more FINICKY soft white, Snowbound will limit you when it comes to wall colour choice and could look a bit off if you have white trim that’s brighter.
Kylie, do you even LIKE Snowbound?
After reading my notes re: Snowbound on cabinets or exteriors…or trims…or ceilings…or doors, you might think I’m not a fan. I AM a big fan of Snowbound – on walls. In fact, here are the IDEAL situations for Snowbound if you ask me (which you kind of are)…
1. you’re painting it in a single room OR multiple rooms that have relatively bright white trims/ceilings/doors – AWESOME!
2. you’re doing your walls, cabinets AND trim all in Snowbound – SWEET POTATO!
3. you’re painting your trims and cabinets in Snowbound and don’t ever plan on changing the paint colour on your walls to anything OTHER than what Snowbound quite specifically likes – COOL BEANS!
And while I’m sure there are a few more exceptions out there, these three are the big ones.
What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Snowbound?
Every paint colour has its own particular blend and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths and Benjamin Moore doesn’t have anything that REALLY comes even CLOSE.
And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie. getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colours look good with Snowbound?
Snowbound is FINICKY, which goes back to my point about not using it EVERYWHERE, especially as it relates to trims/ceilings/doors. The types of colours Snowbound can humour include some…
- warm gray paint colours with a purple undertone
- some taupe paint colours with violet or violet-pink undertones
- clean whites
- some grays with a stronger blue or blue-green undertone
- darker charcoal grays with ANY undertone (ie. a feature or accent wall)
I DEFINITELY wouldn’t partner Snowbound with…
- cream, tan or beige paint colours
- stronger taupe paint colours
- green paint colours unless they’re HEAVILY mixed with gray and blue or DARK
Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?
Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!