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Sherwin Williams Shoji White 7042: Paint Color Review

Posted on May 13, 2023 by KylieMawdsley


Can’t decide whether you want cream, tan, or greige? Not sure which neutral paint color suits your home finishes and your personal tastes? Well, maybe there’s a shade that can do it ALL that and more – Sherwin Williams Shoji White.

Sherwin Williams Shoji White, best off-white neutral cream tan paint color. Kylie M Color review, expert consultant online (1)

I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so I ONLY use photos from my Online 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!



Shoji White is a beautiful blend of cream and beige, making it a warm paint color. This means it doesn’t fall under one particular color family and is flexible enough to nod to several.

Here are a few examples of its flexibility…

  • In some rooms, you’ll benefit from Shoji White’s soft cream-inspired backdrop without having a typical cream-yellow on your walls. Its look can be reminiscent of limewash without the smudgy look.
  • Shoji White will read a bit more beige-tan in other spaces, losing that creamy warmth WITHOUT looking gray.
  • Shoji White can lean more into its warm foundation in a south-facing room or the western afternoon sun.
  • If you have a north or east-facing room, it will still look warm, but it’s a more passive, grayed-out warmth.

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Shoji White has an LRV of 74. This number means that Shoji White is off-white, but not by much, and it does sit on the edge of the light range. If you’re not familiar with LRV, you’ll benefit from reading this.



I get asked this question often, and the REAL question is ‘too light for WHAT?

  • If you have a room with tall ceilings and a lot of natural light, it will wash out quite a bit – as will any color with this high LRV. However, once the sun shifts, you’ll get it back. Any color/depth will lighten in the sun, but the higher a color’s LRV (light reflectance value) is, the more it will be affected by natural light.
  • Shoji White is a beautiful exterior color and isn’t too light as long as you want a soft, subtle, off-white neutral. To more clearly see its depth, partner it with a brighter white trim, increasing the contrast between siding/stucco and trim.
  • Is Shoji White too light for kitchen cabinets? It depends on the look you’re going for. If you love the trendy off-white and light-depth cabinets, this depth is great. However, this depth can be challenging to pair with wall colors as it will ONLY suit warm white walls or colors that are at least 20+ LRV points DARKER than it. You can’t partner it with a color that’s a ‘similar depth’ but in a different family.



The great thing about Shoji White is that it’s super flexible. While it has a cream-yellow base with a wink of orange, it’s not so far that it leans RIGHT into beige.

Sherwin Williams Shoji White, off-white neutral cream-tan greige paint color in different lighting situations.

Shoji White’s lack of REAL commitment to pink or green undertones makes it versatile and more susceptible to picking up cues from its environment, as shown in the above photo. As you see, it’s being greatly affected by the different light bulbs and natural light from the windows.

Interestingly, Shoji White sits right about Worldly Gray in the fan deck, followed by Amazing Gray and darker shades of greige. These ALLL have a green undertone. Undertones shift as colors lighten and darken. The lighter a color goes, the less tint/colorant it has, meaning it CAN drop an undertone entirely. Now, I’m not going to say you’ll never see any green in Shoji, as I’ve seen it; it’s just not as inclined toward it as the others.



Having a bit of a cream base, Shoji White has yellow in it. I wouldn’t consider it an OVERLY yellow color, as the gray in it calms it down. If you’re feeling nervous, compare it to Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, a gorgeous off-white beige (a bit more orange and less yellow).

Here’s Shoji White on the exterior trim of this charming little home! Notice its PASSIVE warmth with no overt yellow tones…

Exterior best green paint shade of paint, Sherwin Williams Retreat Shoji White trim, beige brick and warm asphalt roof. Kylie M client photo

Sherwin Williams green painted exterior, Retreat siding, beige brick, Shoji White trim, dark stained wood accents. Kylie M client photo.

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While Shoji White is more likely to flash a hint of green than White Duck (which I PERSONALLY prefer), overall, it’s not NATURALLY inclined to lean this way. Just keep in mind that it can be heavily influenced by its environment. Bulbs with low CRI’s can make a paint color look green, as can light reflecting from landscaping.



Some refer to Shoji White as a white paint color – it ain’t white. With its lower LRV, Shoji White is most definitely an off-white. This means it likes to have white paint colors as its trim partners, as they offer CONTRAST between wall and trim.

  • I like the simple, clean look of  Sherwin Williams High Reflective White – not warm, not cold, just white.
  • Check out Sherwin Williams Pure White for a softer but still noticeable contrast.
  • While some people like to try Shoji White with Alabaster, Alabaster is really too warm/yellow for Shoji; I wouldn’t do it.
  • Sherwin Williams White Snow is another beautiful option for trims or cabinets with Shoji White walls.

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Of course, you’ll want to sample Shoji White and a few comparable shades (which we’ll look at shortly). The BEST way to sample paint is via Samplize and its peel and stick paint samples – more AFFORDABLE and FUN than traditional sampling, and made with REAL PAINT.

Plus, they’re delivered to your front door the NEXT DAY!





Shoji White is reasonably flexible toward colors in adjoining rooms and a range of accents for feature walls, furnishings, or decor.



Whether you’re looking to compare colors within Sherwin Williams or want to find as close a match as possible in Benjamin Moore paint, I’ve got some GREAT alternatives to explore. Remember, never pick a paint color based on itself – compare it to similar shades to see the ebb and flow in depth, warmth, and undertones!


These two shades are very similar. They’re the same depth (LRV 74), so they’re both off-whites, but where they differ is in a MINOR shift in undertones.

Both colors have a cream (yellow) base; however, while Shoji White has a touch of orange mixed in, White Duck has just a BIT more. This means that of the two, Shoji White is MORE likely to flash green (even though that’s not its natural tendency). Shoji White is also slightly more neutral/less colorful (fractional). If these are two of my options for walls, cabinets, or otherwise, I almost ALWAYS pick White Duck for its particular undertone combo.

Sherwin WilLiams White Duck in open layout living room and dining room. White tongue and groove painted ceiling with beams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign



I haven’t done much blogging or Online Color Consulting with Oyster White and Natural Choice for one reason – their undertones. Whereas Shoji White is a flexible, warm neutral, Oyster White and Natural Choice are more likely to grab a green undertone (vague, but true). Is it STRONG? No, but this undertone can look a bit murky when tucked in warm neutrals like these.

Both colors are a bit lighter than Shoji White, but only by a point or two, so are quite comparable in the depth department.

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Winds Breath is LOVELY. It’s a light-depth, warm paint color with an LRV of 70. While Winds Breath has the same intentions as Shoji White – to be light, subtle, and warm, it looks like a ‘slightly darker version’ of Shoji White. I wonder if Winds Breath was lightened by 25% if it would look almost the same as Shoji White – I’ll have to try it!

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Wind’s Breath

Benjamin MOore Winds Breath match with wood floor, cream cabinets on island, dark wood upper cabinets, wood beams.



Gray Mist is comparable to Shoji White as they have similar undertones- with Gray Mist coming in a bit lighter at 72.83. However, in comparing the two, you’ll see that Gray Mist is a warm, off-white neutral – just like Shoji White, but it grabs a slight green undertone, even without influence from its surroundings. Gray Mist could be a great alternative if you have finishes that cater to this undertone or want a slightly more organic, natural approach.


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Check out my Online Color Consulting; I’d love to help!

The best paint colors for room or cabinets. Benjamin or Sherwin Williams paint colours. Kylie M Interiors Virtual, Edesign, online paint colour consultant and blogger market



  1. I bought a gallon of Gossamer Veil, but seriously considered Shoji White- the builder put Alabaster on all walls and ceiling- too much for me. Foyer is 50% fawn brindle, half bath in Krypton, using Urbane Bronze or Porpoise as accent somewhere, but want our open space with 12 – 8’ windows facing East/North to be one color- just not Alabaster. I painted GV on a small section- earthy- but what will happen if I go 50% GV? Do I keep the same hues? Trim is Snowbound. I just don’t know how cutting such a light color will impact it.

  2. Hi! Love your blog! Super helpful. I wonder if you can answer this for me – are the HGTV SW paint colors from Lowes the same as the colors you’d get at SW? I have a sample of HGTV SW Shoji White and a sample of Shoji White from SW. The one from SW is definitely darker and warmer. I can understand how the paint itself could be different, but if they are using SW color names then they should match. Very frustrating!

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      Hi Kathy – TELL me about it!~ Yes it’s the same Shoji White, it’s just the printing that makes it look different. 😉

  3. Would you use Shoji white as a whole house paint colour? If you use it in an East facing kitchen what colour cabinets would pair well with it?

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        Hi Ann – they are SO similar, really, Shoji just has a whisper of a green undertone hiding in it, whereas White Duck doesn’t.

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      Hi Ann! You can, but I usually lean towards White Duck, which doesn’t tend to grab the same minor green undertone. 🙂

  4. , I am using alabaster for my trim and cabinets could you give me a light warm color to match with alabaster for my walls. I’m looking to stay in the beige colors instead of grey
    Thank you

  5. I’m building & my choice of colors is super limited & mostly gray which I’m not a fan off. I’m considering shoji white but the only real white they offer is extra white. The rest are off-whites in the 70’s LRV range.
    How do you think they would look? The only beige they have is accessible beige but I don’t think that would look good with extra white either.
    Any suggestions on the lesser of 2 bad options.

  6. My new construction home will have SW Natural Linen walls. Which white will look best on cabinets, doors, and trim. Countertop is cream, as well as backsplash. Thanks.

  7. I have so many paint colors I love in the neutral whites. Just about the time I think I have made a decision, I watch your video , then I’m back to being confused again. I thought Sholi white was the one…but now the green! My dilemma is I have oak cabinets, I want to blend with my wall paint.

  8. This might be a dumb question, but if Shoji has a green undertone, and I’m installing one wall with green tile in my bathroom, would it be a bad white to use as it will pull too much of that green and I should use something more complimentary to the green? SOS

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      Hey! So, Shoji White is actually an OFF-WHITE, not a white. And while it all depends on the green tile, my first instinct is to stay away. Shoji White is a cream that’s SUPER muted with a greige undertone and a tiny tiny wink of green (barely). My worry is that overall it could look a bit dingy/yellow next to many green tiles.

  9. Hello Kylie,
    I’m thinking of painting our house SW Dried Thyme on the body, SW Pewter Green on the garage doors, (if those colors go together) and wondering if Shoji white would be a good trim color? I want an off white, not white. What do you think would work? Thanks so much.I appreciate your time.

  10. I was thinking of pairing SW Evergreen fog as accent with Shoji white in a dining room, just wondering if these 2 will go together and if Shoji white will go in dining room
    What do you think?

  11. Shoji White – Did not have good experience with this one recently in the small bathroom we were repainting. Warmer green neutral tile on floor, walls looked almost pink next to it (no natural light, yes high kelvins at play and yes-I did Samplize on this color too!)) Lighting made no difference so Kilz to the rescue …..anyone need almost a gallon of Shoji White?:)

  12. I painted my entire south-facing condo Shoji White based on one of your YouTube reviews and I LOVE it! It’s like a chameleon: In my living/dining which gets the most light it is bright and does have that slight green tint (that I never noticed until this article, but it works fine with my furnishings). Yet in the bathroom (no natural light) and in my loft bedroom (little natural light) it’s much creamier. I’m moving to a north-facing condo, and I just might paint it Shoji White (though I’m considering other colors thanks to your online expertise).

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