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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Snowbound SW 7004

Posted on October 1, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

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.

Paint review, Sherwin Williams Snowbound, popular white paint colour. Written by Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy 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 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…

Large room with terra cotta tile flooring, fireplace and off-white warm paint colour on walls, Sherwin Williams Snowbound

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)…

Natural light on Sherwin Williams Snowbound, a popular off white paint colour for walls

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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…

Sherwin Williams best off white paint colour, Snowbound with Benjamin Moore Ocean Floor painted built in cabinets, blue hue

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!

Snowbound, White Dove, Alabaster, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams best white paint colours. Kylie M Interiors Edesign comparision

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.

Sherwin Williams Snowbound, soft off white paint colour with mixed undertones. Kylie M.

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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…

Exterior brick home painted Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, Comfort Gray, Snowbound. Kylie M Interiors, online paint color consulting and diy advice

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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.

Should My WHITE Walls, Cabinets & Trim Need be the SAME WHITE?

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…

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

READ 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!

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  1. Kylie – I have been following you for 3 years. You taught me so much about paint. I have to say I’m disappointed to see you don’t share my mad love for Snowbound. My kitchen cabinets are Snowbound with Agreeable Gray walls and Pure White trim. It was done in the Spring of 2019 and I’m still happy with it. I understand people can disagree. I’m just surprised you don’t like this popular color.

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      Hi Ally! So, it’s funny, I actually LOVE Snowbound (I’m thinking about using it in our lake build), but it’s just that it’s unpredictable and not as ‘safe’ as other whites. So many people use it as a trim colour and expect it to be flexible, and it just isn’t great for that application! I think what you have sounds LOVELY!

  2. Thanks so much for this review on this not so predictable color. ” I think the joy of color should be approachable and accessible to everyone, whether you live in a bachelor suite or a mansion – I’ve got you covered.” I will always quote your words to everybody, you have been very helpful to me!!!

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  3. This article has helped me a lot! I’m building a beach home and the builders mentioned they’re using Snowbound as the trim work color. I am really not happy about that. I feel the same way you do about, it limits me to the wall selections.

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      Hi Natalia, it is SUCH a beautiful colour, but yes, a bit limiting. Any way you could ask them to shift to Pure White? I don’t see WHY it would be an issue as it’s the same brand!

    2. I have new construction underway and I used all snowbound on exterior (trim and hardie) AND snowbound walls and trim interior. In the end, i think what goes with snowbound is SNOWBOUND. Haha I did find a blue, whirlpool, that looks good in my laundry. I tried a few others for hallway and nothing worked right. Painting back to snowbound. I would call it an independently beautiful color.

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        Kathy, I’m SO glad to hear this, as you’re totally right – Snowbounds favourite white partner IS…Snowbound ;). ?And GREAT job with Whirlpool!!!

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  4. I have found Snowbound to be nicely flexible. I have snowbound trim, with rooms painted SW Sea Salt, others Heron Plume, and getting ready to do Agreeable Grey in another. Extra white for the ceiling (all SW colors)

  5. Hi Kylie, I can’t decide what I love more – your wit, style or color sense (do I have to choose?) Question – Kitchen cabinets appear to be Alabaster, trim is Snowbound, walls are Canvas Tan. What should I put on the ceiling?

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      Well, thank you Lloyd, I’ll tuck those compliments in my back pocket and carry them around with me! Now, there are a lot of shifting undertones going on there, but i would lean into Snowbound for the ceiling :).

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