Sherwin Williams 4 Best Whites – 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!
And 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).
So, as you’ve probably discovered, whites can be a real bugger. Not only do you have to think about what undertones are hiding in them, they are 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…
Sherwin Williams Pure White SW 7005
Pure White is one of my FAVE go-to whites. It acts like white because it IS white and it literally has 1 little drop of warmth 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 – below or Whitetail)
- 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 flash a bit more gray toned, I’d be less inclined to use it in north with the worry it could look a bit dingy. In a south facing room it will warm up slightly as it’s 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)
Sherwin Williams Extra White SW 7006
Extra White is said to be Sherwin Williams most WHITE white in that it is pretty stark, crisp and clean (I might beg to differ as there’s a different one that wins in my books). Personally I find it too cool for trims/cabinets/etc… if I’m not doing cool toned walls. It would be TOO cold and icy for earth tones or warm toned paint colours.
Extra White on the large scale
On the small scale you can 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.
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. That’s great if you’re going for that look, but it 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 balance out slightly, but it will revert back to cool at nighttime
- 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
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).
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, but might even be a bit too ‘white’ for some of the more popular marble/quartz countertops out there
Read more: Can I Paint My North Facing Room White?
Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW 7008
Alabaster was the colour of the year for 2017 for a good reason – it’s pretty stunning. While the 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 toward it, but it really is a softer look. Not quite off-white, but certainly getting there. It has a warmth to it that is grounded by a neutral base so it isn’t overly creamy.
A bit more about Alabaster
- Alabaster is a soft warm, but not overly yellow white
- In a south facing room with Alabaster on the walls, 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 flexiblity 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? Check out my E-design and Online Color Consulting – starting at $45!