Sherwin Williams Top 4 White Paint Colours – Undertones and More!
After my blog post re: The 8 Best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colours, I received TONS of emails and comments asking for the same thing in Sherwin Williams. Oh, you are a demanding bunch (and that’s why I love you…)! Seriously though, it’s via your comments that I get some of my BEST blog post ideas!
Sherwin Williams has some pretty wicked whites, so the chances of finding the perfect one for you and your home are pretty good – especially when you have me in your back pocket (btw, I pinch).
As you’ve probably discovered, whites can be a real bugger. Not only do you have to think about which undertones are hiding in them, but they’re also HUGELY susceptible to picking up reflections from the environment, such as:
- Green grass or landscaping outside the window
- Warm-toned woods (flooring/cabinets/ceiling)
- Feature walls
- Strong coloured furniture or drapes
- Light bulb temperatures or the colour of glass on light fixtures/shades
So what is a girl (or guy) to DO? Check these out…
1. Sherwin Williams Pure White SW 7005
Pure White is one of my FAVE go-to whites. It acts like white because it IS white (almost off-white), with a tiny bit of warm softness in it. Not enough to make it creamy or yellow, but enough to remove the crisp edge that many whites have.
Pure White on the large scale
A bit more about Pure White
- Pure White is beautiful for cabinets if you are going for a ‘white’ kitchen. It won’t be warm enough if you are looking for a softer, warmer white (in which case, you might check out Alabaster, which is coming up soon)
- If you are using it on your walls, you might want to do the trims/ceilings/walls all the same colour, but in different sheens.
- In a north-facing room, this colour will lose its warmth. In a south-facing room, it will warm up slightly, as its roots suggest
- Pure White is a fabulous trim/door/ceiling colour and can be used with warm or cool colours
- With an LRV of 85, you’ll know that Pure White has VERY little tint in it (the more tint there is, the lower the number goes – read more here)
2. Sherwin Williams Extra White SW 7006
Extra White is said to be Sherwin Williams most WHITE white as it’s pretty stark, crisp and clean (I might beg to differ, there’s a different one that wins in my books). Personally, I find it too cool for most trims/cabinets if I’m not doing cool-toned walls. It would be TOO cold and icy to be partnered with earth tones or warm-toned paint colours.
Extra White on the large scale
On the small scale, you’ll see a tiny tiny flash of cool-blue, but on the large scale it really just ‘acts like white’ – just a more clean/crisp white than Pure White.
And I would LOVE to show you some photos of this fab colour, but rely 100% on photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients and I haven’t had good clear after shots of this guy on the interior yet, but DO have one of it on exterior trim…
A bit more about Extra White
- Extra White is great for cabinets if you want a crisp, modern contemporary look for your cabinets, doors, trims and ceilings
- In a north-facing room, Extra White will go THAT MUCH MORE cool-toned and icy, which is great if you’re going for that look, but can be pretty darned cold visually
- In a south-facing room, the warm light can help to balance out the cool tones a bit, making things level out slightly, but will revert back to cool at nighttime unless you have warm bulbs
- If you are using it on your walls, you might want to do the trims/ceilings/walls all the same colour, but in different sheens
- It has the same LRV as Pure White – 85
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3. Sherwin Williams High Reflective White SW 7757
If you ask some of the peeps at SW, they’ll tell you that Extra White is their most ‘white-white’. If you ask ME, High Reflective White is PRETTY DAMN WHITE (and it’s all about me, so…). I don’t see that flash of warmth OR that flash of cool, making it versatile and easy to work with if your home sways from warm to cool tones throughout (Pure White is also flexible like this). The only tricky thing is that SOME paint stores don’t carry it – I have no idea why.
High Reflective White on the large scale
A bit more about High Reflective White
- Looks like me when I moon my friends – high…reflective…white (which I would NEVER do Mom, I swear)
- This is THE brightest white – LRV 93 – holy freakin’ moly!
- This is fabulous for a white kitchen
Read more: Can I Paint My North Facing Room White?
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right 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 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing 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
4. Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW 7008
Alabaster was the colour of the year for 2017 for a good reason – it’s stunning. While other whites are usually used for trims, cabinets, doors, ceilings, this is one white that relates just as well on walls as it does on trim! And of course, you can use the others on walls as well, but because this one has a bit more colourant in it, it’s just a bit softer on a larger scale.
Alabaster on the large scale
Alabaster WON’T act like white on the small OR the large scale.
It will hint at white but really is a softer look. Not quite off-white, but certainly getting there. It has a warmth to it that’s grounded by a neutral base so it isn’t overly creamy.
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It’s also beautiful on exterior trim if you want a softer, creamier look compared to a traditional white.
A bit more about Alabaster
- Alabaster is a soft warm, but not overly yellow white
- In a south-facing room, the warmth will absolutely rise up, without getting too yellow
- In a north-facing room, I worry that Alabaster on the walls could look a bit drab/flat
- Alabaster has an LRV of 82, so it has the most tint of the bunch, but it’s still soft and subtle
And you know, I had 3 other paint colours that I was going to chat about – Whitetail, Snowbound, and Ceiling Bright White, but they just didn’t fit in- they didn’t have enough flexibility or mass appeal (which is why I rarely refer to them in my E-designs). The above options are whites that I refer to on a DAILY basis as they can satisfy any NUMBER of paint colours, surfaces and rooms!
Want to know which white is best for you and your home?
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The 8 Best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colours