SHERWIN WILLIAMS HERON PLUME: A FEATHER-LIGHT OFF-WHITE PAINT COLOR
Have you been looking for a soft, warm neutral with whisper-like undertones? Well, you’re in the right spot, as today we’re learning ALL about Sherwin Williams Heron Plume.
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Color 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!
IS HERON PLUME WARM OR COOL, GRAY, GREIGE, OR TAUPE?
Heron Plume is a warm neutral paint color. However, it’s a toss-up whether it’s a warm gray, taupe, or greige. Why?
With Heron Plume’s subtle warmth, it can easily lean into the taupe range, especially in rooms with warm southern or west-facing light. However, throw Heron Plume in a north-facing room, and you might see a warm gray look that’s a bit cooler than the previous approach.
This chameleon color can also change depending on its immediate surroundings, meaning if you put it with cooler finishes, it could look warmer ‘in comparison’.
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WHAT’S HERON PLUME’S LRV?
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 Color Consulting clients, I’ll add them – but some colors aren’t as popular as others!
WHAT ARE HERON PLUME’S UNDERTONES?
Heron Plume has subtle violet-pink undertones, so it has warm undertones. If you don’t like purple or pink – I highly advise you to find a different color. If you’re okay with a soft, slightly noticeable taupe backdrop, then you’re in business!
WHAT WHITE PAINT COLOR GOES WITH HERON PLUME?
When coordinating Heron Plume with white trim, I keep things simple, like Sherwin Williams High Reflective White – not warm, not cold, just a simple white.
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IS THERE A PEEL & STICK SAMPLE OF HERON PLUME?
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out soon to grab paint samples – stop there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel-and-stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on the location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
IS HERON PLUME GOOD? IS IT POPULAR?
Heron Plume isn’t popular, but I feel it’s more due to its placement in the fan deck, as it’s JUST AS PRETTY as some of its competitors, which we’ll be looking at shortly.
Also, many people are sensitive to violet and pink undertones, meaning a color like Heron Plume might not be on their list. If you don’t like these undertones, you may want to lean a bit more into a green undertone.
WHAT PAINT COLORS ARE COMPARABLE/SIMILAR TO HERON PLUME?
There are several paint colors you should compare with Heron Plume, including:
- Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
- Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
- Sherwin Williams Egret White
Not sure if Heron Plume is right for you? Want a bit more gray, more beige, less undertone? I’ve got more!
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Not sure which paint color is best for your room and its finishes?
Check out my Online Color Consulting; I’d love to help!
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, UPDATED IN 2022
I saw your video that you recommend heron plume for cherry oak floors to tone down the redness of them. So what should I paint my baseboards? Which white? What about doors?
Hi Sheema, I would check out Sherwin Williams Pure White or Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for both 🙂
Hi, the information provided was very useful. I want to know what accent wall colors can go with heron plume. I want diff. Colors for bedroom and loving room. My living room is open concept with kitchen cabinets( anthracite and malibu white color shades). Please advise