SHERWIN WILLIAMS EXTRA WHITE: might not be as EXTRA white as you expect…
You shouldn’t believe EVERYTHING you read (unless you’re reading my blog) because while this color might be CALLED Extra White – it’s anything but…
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so I ONLY use photos from my Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need, but I have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
WHAT ARE EXTRA WHITE’S UNDERTONES? IS IT WARM OR COOL?
Extra White is complicated as its undertones change depending on the type of paint you’re using. That’s right, even though Extra White’s roots suggest a very (very) vague green-yellow undertone, you might be surprised to see a) NO green whatsoever, and b) a wink of blue sometimes!
EXTRA WHITE ON WALLS
If you choose Extra White for your walls, thanks to the type of paint you’ll be using (wall paint), it will read as a cool shade of white. There’s a wink of blue in there, but you’ll hardly know it.
EXTRA WHITE ON CABINETS & TRIMS
If you paint your cabinets and trims Extra White, it will look like a slightly WARM white. This is because the base/foundation it’s mixed into (trim or cabinet paint) has yellow, whereas the wall paint base doesn’t.
Does this make it really hard to paint your walls, cabinets, and trims the same white – namely, Extra White? YOU BET IT DOES – don’t kill the messenger!
But regardless of whether you’re painting your walls, trims, or cabinets, it’s SURPRISING how darn white Extra white can look.
Why is it surprising?
As you’ll learn in the LRV section (coming up next), Extra White is not in the ‘bright and true white’ range – and it sure as heck ain’t ‘extra’ white.
HOW WHITE IS SHERWIN WILLIAMS EXTRA WHITE?
Extra White has an LRV of almost 86. This higher LRV means that while it’s in the white range, it has some depth compared to WHITER and BRIGHTER whites – making it more of a soft shade of white (technically). This might not be noticeable until you partner it with a WHITER white with an LRV of, say, 92+; then, it will look softer – maybe not off-white, but darn close. Grab a sample of Extra White and High Reflective White (LRV 93) and note the differences.
Look how great Extra White looks as a backdrop to a white toilet. Whereas some shades of white can look quite creamy-yellow compared to bath fixtures, Extra White settles in quite nicely…
If you’ve never heard about LRV, you’ll LOVE learning about this great color-picking tool – read it HERE.
USING PEEL & STICK TO SAMPLE EXTRA WHITE
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- they’re more affordable than the sample pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
WHAT COLOR SHOULD MY TRIM BE IF I HAVE EXTRA WHITE WALLS?
Another version of this question would be…
If I want WHITE walls and have Extra White trim, which white should I use?
Normally, I’d suggest painting your walls and trims/cabinets the same color. However, with the variation in Extra White, you could have a whole mess of undertones on your hands, unless your paint technician is a tint-magician.
This is why I’m more likely to partner Extra White with High Reflective White. High Reflective White is pretty darn white, meaning Extra White doesn’t have dominant undertones to wrestle with.
IS EXTRA WHITE A GOOD EXTERIOR COLOR FOR TRIM OR SIDING?
If you want a white that really just reads WHITE, Extra White could be a great fit for the trim OR the main house color!
You can expect Extra White to look WARM when your home gets good hits of sunshine (i.e., south-facing/western afternoon). In this case, ANY shade of white can pick up some yellow/cream hues.
WHAT WHITES ARE SIMILAR TO EXTRA WHITE
Extra White is really a shade unto itself. However, before you pick ANY white paint color, it’s important to compare it to others…
EXTRA WHITE VS. SHERWIN WILLIAMS PURE WHITE
Extra White is a touch whiter than Pure White. As for temperature, Extra White generally comes off much cooler compared to the subtle warmth in Pure White. Extra White is also CLEANER-looking than Pure White.
Cabinets in Sherwin Williams Pure White with beige tile floor
EXTRA WHITE VS. SHERWIN WILLIAMS HIGH REFLECTIVE WHITE
If you ask me, there’s no competition. High Reflective White is WHITER/brighter than Extra White (due to its higher LRV) and has virtually no undertone. This makes High Reflective White far more versatile for the average home.
Painted white surfaces in Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
EXTRA WHITE VS. BENJAMIN MOORE VS BENJAMIN MOORE SUPER WHITE
Extra White and Super White are similar as their LRVs are reasonably close – Extra White at 86, Super White at 87.36. Even so, if you compare them, Super White looks a bit brighter, a bit whiter, and has CONSIDERABLY less undertone – again, Super White wins (but of them all, High Reflective is the best for this general approach).
Cute powder room in Benjamin Moore Super White!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2022