Sherwin Williams Heron Plume: The Quick and Dirty on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
I know how much everyone loves paint colour reviews, and I try to cover as MANY of the most popular paint colours as I can. However, there are some colours that I get asked about A LOT, even if I don’t refer to them much in my E-Design (for various reasons…). So, I decided to start a new series – the ‘Quick and Dirty’ series, where I cover the BASICS of paint colours that aren’t talked about as much, colours like Sherwin Williams Heron Plume and Shoji White, or Benjamin Moore Pale Oak or Calm .
And because these colours aren’t AS popular as the others and ALSO because I rely 100% on photos from my E-Design clients, you won’t find a ton of beautiful images, but you WILL find the information you’ve been looking for.
What type of colour is Heron Plume?
Generally speaking, Heron Plume is a soft taupe, which means it is a neutral beige-gray paint colour with VERY sneaky undertones, which we’ll talk about shortly. In a south-facing room or in western afternoon sunlight, it will lean more into its slightly dominant warm base. In a north or east-facing room, it will have a more passive warmth but won’t fall cold gray.
What is the LRV of Heron Plume?
Heron Plume has an LRV of 75. If you don’t what LRV is, it could save your sanity and I suggest you read this. With an LRV of 75, Heron Plume is an off-white – not a SUPER WASHED-OUT one, but it’s not dipping even close to my magical LRV number.
This next image is the best shot I have of Heron Plume for you. If I get more via my Colour Consulting clients, I’ll add them – but some colours just aren’t as popular as others!
What are the undertones of Heron Plume?
Heron Plume has subtle purple-pink undertones, so it has warm undertones. If you don’t like purple or pink – I highly advise you find a different colour. If you’re okay with a soft, slightly feminine backdrop, then you’re in business!
Which white paint colours work with Heron Plume (for trim)?
I like to keep things simple, along the lines of SW High Reflective White – not warm, not cold, just a simple white.
What’s the best way to sample Heron Plume?
Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE to save money, time and energy. It’s important to place white paper around your sample so that your perception isn’t altered by your existing wall colour.
Why isn’t Heron Plume as popular?
Undertone undertone undertone. Because purple and pink are two of the LEAST preferred undertones in my E-Design, I can safely assume it’s the undertones that make most people nervous. That being said, it’s still a BEAUTIFUL colour.
And all of that being said, that doesn’t mean Heron Plume won’t work for YOU and your room but might make you think more about whether it really IS the right fit. And if it is…SEND PHOTOS!
Not sure if Heron Plume is right for you? Want a bit more gray, more beige, less undertone? I’ve got more!
BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY
SHERWIN WILLIAMS AGREEABLE GRAY
Read more: The 5 Best Off-White Paint Colours
Not sure which paint colour is best for your room and its finishes?
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