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THE NEXT ‘IT’ COLOR IN THE PAINT WORLD (btw, it’s not white OR gray!)

Posted on April 19, 2023 by KylieMawdsley


It can be darn hard to keep up with trends (for those so inclined). This means that when choosing a paint color, you shouldn’t just think about what’s TRENDY; you should also consider what’s VERSATILE.

What does this mean?

Well, the more versatile a paint color is, the better it will flex into the next trend. It’s kind of like me at 44 – the more flexible I am NOW, the easier it will be to transition into my 50s. I figure my diet of white wine, Filet o Fish and Cornuts is also helping with that.


If there’s ONE COLOR that’s popping up more and more in my Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube comment sections, it HAS to be Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White. You know I’m a sucker for flexible neutrals like Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, Ballet White, and Sherwin Williams White Duck, which is why I’m MORE than happy to welcome another up-and-comer to the paint color world.

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, off white warm beige paint colour, White Dove door, bedroom decor. Kylie M.

Now, if you’re like my hubby and are confused about the title of this blog post vs. the color name, I get it. I said in the title that this color ISN’T WHITE, yet the name is AESTHETIC WHITE.

Never judge a color by its name. If I judged a color by its name, my walls would be painted Nacho Cheese and Red Red Wine. Aesthetic is an off-white paint color – not white.


  • walls
  • exteriors (siding and trim)
  • cabinets
  • interior trim (although I don’t personally recommend it)


Any color that can nod at various neutrals without 100% commitment to a particular ‘color’ (i.e., gray/beige/cream) or undertone (i.e., blue/green/violet) is a winner in my books. Aesthetic White definitely satisfies this, along with a depth that’s versatile for a variety of spaces.

Aesthetic White, Moderate, Panda, Pure White. Sherwin Williams. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, paint colour expert. Off-whites

A few more warm off-whites 


HELLLLS no – NO paint color is fool-proof; there will ALWAYS be situations where it won’t work. As it relates to Aesthetic White, here are its limitations…

Divine White, Aesthetic White, Egret White Sherwin Williams off-white cabinet paint colours with granite and travertine

Left to right: Sherwin Williams Divine White, Aesthetic White, Egret White

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White and Simply White, bathroom with wood look tile floor, freestanding tub


It depends on which surface you want to paint it on, as well as the surrounding finishes, so let’s break it on down (no twerking, though – yes, Mom, I’m talking to you)…


  • Aesthetic White is a soft subtle color that often humors a room with a variety of interior finishes containing different neutrals in them
  • with its higher LRV; Aesthetic White is a great way to lighten and brighten a room, especially for those who want to do so without going all-white

In this next bathroom with muted natural light, look at how subtle Aesthetic White looks. While it has a passive warmth, it’s not NEARLY as warm as some of the other popular shades of off-white.

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, best off-white paint colour. Bathroom with Quartz Cambria Wellington, free-standing white tub. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

In this hallway with beige/taupe carpet and orange-hued wood trim, the warmth of Aesthetic White shows up to the party much more…

Dark hallway with beige carpet and dark wood trim and doors. Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White off white beige paint color on walls. Kylie M interiors Edesign

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  • Aesthetic White can be a great choice for kitchens that don’t suit white cabinets (more common than you’d think – especially kitchens with granite countertops from the early 2000s)
  • thanks to its higher LRV, combined with the extra sheen of cabinet paint (satin or pearl), Aesthetic White can lighten the look of a previously dark kitchen without going too white/bright
  • if you want a bit more depth, check out Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

The Best Off-White Paint Colors for Kitchen Cabinets

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White with warm granite quartz countertop and tile floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Painted fireplace mantel, built-ins, Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe, Aesthetic White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, family room

FULL Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White


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

sherwin williams aesthetic white, samplize and kylie m color expert



  • on exterior trim, Aesthetic White is a bright but not WHITE look – not all homes suit white trim, yet going cream/yellow or gray can be risky
  • as an exterior siding/main color, Aesthetic White offers a bright look without the same starkness of white
  • the flexible neutrals in Aesthetic White often humor a wide range of stone, brick, and roof colors

Picking Your Home’s Best Exterior Color: Does Exposure REALLY Matter?

Stone on exterior, asphalt roof, Aesthetic White darkened, Sherwin Williams Mineral Deposit, Kylie M

Aesthetic White 50% darker

What do YOU think? Are you excited to see warmer colors popping up, or are you still on the gray train?


FULL Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White

The Top 11 Warm Neutral Paint Colors That AREN’T BEIGE! 

The 5 Best Off-White Paint Colors

6 Budget-Friendly Home Update Ideas

How to Update Granite Countertops



The best neutral paint colours. Edesign, edecor with Kylie M Interiors diy decorating and design advice. Market

Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, signature, online paint colour consultant using Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paint colours. DIY update advice ideas


  1. Wow, what a pleasant and total surprise to see a picture of my house (the hallway) as I was reading this article. I’m glad it wasn’t used as an example of what NOT to do! Haha

    I have a house that was built early 2000s and nothing had been updated since it was built so it has very golden warm finishes/ orangey wood trim/ brown floor/ etc. I painted my whole house this color and I mostly like it, but can’t say I would choose the same color if I could go back in time. It’s not quite warm enough against some of the countertops and flooring and looks a bit “off” at times. When I first painted my house, I remember thinking it looked so gray and couldn’t image how this color could be described as a beige. Then again, I was comparing AW to a very golden yellowish color that was there before. In certain lighting and times of day, I love the way it looks. I like this color for my home and it suits it decently , but I wouldn’t say I LOVE it. I might choose Moderate White or, more likely, Natural Linen if I ever repainted again. Hope that helps someone!

    1. Any pictures you could post? Your house, before being painted AW, sounds like mine (golden yellow walls, golden/orangey oak hardwood floors). Was thinking about AW with my existing SW Extra White trim.

  2. I really like this colour! Definitely similar to the Ballet White I have throughout my main floor (which I discovered on your lovely blog and still love several years later – Thank YOU!!!)

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      YES YES YES! These versatile warm neutrals warm my heart! They’re not into the gray trend OR the warm beige trend, but snugged perfectly in the middle.

  3. Aesthetic white is what you recommended for our vaulted living room ceiling with Anew gray walls. Still love it!!

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  4. Do you think Aesthetic White would be an appropriate trim color on a mountain home exterior with Rockport gray as the main color?

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      I’m cautiously optimistic :). I say this because most times Rockport shows a pretty kind of muddy green undertone – Aesthetic loves this. But once in a while it leans a touch violet. I can’t say that would be BAD with Aesthetic, but not quite as pretty.

  5. I used it in my kitchen with super dark gray/brown cabinets, marble counters, bleached oak floors and handmade “white” wall tile. It was the closest color to match the tile. Used it flat on walls & ceiling and semi-gloss for trim. It’s so beautifully changeable with the light but always looks right. As you say- bright white trim doesn’t sit well with it but changing the sheen/same color made it look lighter and brighter than the walls and the perfect trim color. I’m definitely off the gray train. Going with Westhighland white next in my living room and just painted the dining room Black Fox which I love for the brown undertone in it.

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      Ahhhhh Lori, I LOVE the sounds of your palette! And I’m so glad you love Aesthetic White with your finishes (I also LOVE Black Fox and it’s brown undertones – gorgeous!)

  6. I love all your ideas so much and find this site so helpful! I am currently renovating our lakehouse and am trying to find a very light and bright neutral color to paint the whole house. I have lots of light with southern exposure in our great room. I have pure white kitchen cabinets and pure white trim and doors throughout. I am really struggling with finding a wall color. I like alabaster, moderne white and aesthetic white. I don’t want it to look too beige and am a little worried about aesthetic white! Help!!

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  7. Kylie, is there a wink of a green undertone or am I incorrect with that? I like the transition to warmer colors that is happening but I would probably make a bigger commitment than this color seems to make.

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      You know, it’s a tough one. For every person who sees a tiny wink of green, someone sees a vague pink (which is the opposite)! It’s pretty responsive to its environment. OVERALL, between the 2 undertones, it’s a touch more likely to grab green, but it would be vague at very best (and still, could be there due to the surrounding trim/exposure/lighting/etc…

  8. This color was recommended to me by the SW color consultant. I got a sample pot and liked it on the wall. I used it in my dining room and with accessible bridge underneath the chair rail. Trim is Vaslapr ultra white, floors are a mahaghony. Room faces west with natural light from the door to the backyard. It opens into our kitchen which is super warm with cherry cabinets and dark grainate counter tops.

    I must say- I may be regretting this ! The color looks too cool for me and there is not enough warmth in there for me. I was afraid of a yellow undertone, but maybe that is what I needed. :/ not sure what to do but live with it until I get regain the engery (and pocket money ) to paint again It looks better when all the lights are on and when it’s sunny, but on a drab day like today, it looks gray and flat. Overall I like the two tone contrast with accessible beige but I think the undertones may not be ideal.

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