Color of the Month September 2019: Shiitake

This mindful shade of beige brings the perfect balance
of warm and cool. 

dining room, peach walls with 2 windows

Need a little refreshing? Lose yourself in the simplicity of Shiitake – a color that’s all about mindfulness through minimalism. This mushroom-inspired shade is the perfect blend of warm and cool that sets the stage for a room where everything has a purpose. From concise color palettes to functional furniture, a minimalist space is about being intentional from the ground up.

corner of dining room, sisal walls, descendant light in balls shape, table with chairs

Borrowing from the “less is more” motto, this versatile color creates a relaxing environment where you can catch your breath. Use warm wood furnishings to bring an inviting balance, while muted jewel-tone accessories add just the right amount of color. The beauty of this simplicity is that it never goes out of style, leaving you with more time to find joy in the little things.

bathroom with sisal/wooden walls, modern simple bathtub
color swatch - shiitake

Style Cues:

  • Warm Wood Tones
  • Minimalism
  • Matte Accessories


  1. Are there any more complimentary colors for shiitake? Thanks!

    • Hi Kat! Tho color families that would complement Shiitake are green and blue. Which color family appeals to you more?

  2. Wanting to do Shittake on my trim and white walls! Pure white nor Greek villa work. Suggestions???

    Meredith Stokes
    • Hello Meredith! The following subtle whites would coordinately nicely with Shitake. Look at:
      White Duck SW 7010
      Futon SW 7107
      Snowbound SW 7004

  3. Thinking of using Shitake throughout our entire great room and hallway in our Florida home. The great room does have a small divider wall in the middle that is open on both sides but divides the rooms some — the dining/living room and the kitchen/family room. The DR/LR has little direct Natural light both N and S. The FR/KIT has lots of N natural light. We’re replacing the Irish Cream that is turning our floors a yellow tone, want a more updated feel and we want slightly more contrast with our white trim. We also have maple cabinets in the kitchen which we’re not ready to restrain yet and distressed wood floors with both gray and beige in them in the LM/DR. We want a warmer look that is neutral and a nice Greige not too beige. Our accent colors are blue/teal and we have warm to darker wood tones in our furniture. Most of our upholstry is off white. Do you think Shitake would work well? Our house is transitional and we like a more minimalist look. Thank you

    • Hi Carolyn! We’d like to see your space before making a recommendation. Sign up for a free Virtual Color Consultation here.

  4. I am painting my kitchen Shiitake and want to paint the cabinets a coordinating off white or light beige/taupe. What colors do you recommend?

    • Hi Becky, check out these options below. Any of these three off whites will look fantastic with Shitake. Look at:
      Pearly White SW 7009
      Aesthetic White SW 7035
      Everyday White SW 6077

  5. Hello. My wall color is Shiitake through all the main areas of our home, cabinets and trim is painted Pure White. Looking for complementary color to paint interior doors. Suggestions???

    Kelli Bishop
    • Hi Kelli! Shitake SW 9173 is a beautiful grounding neutral and complements many other color families. It would look good with a color in the same family but several shades darker like Dark Clove SW 9183. Shitake can also work with a saturated blue like Charcoal Blue SW 2739. And finally, looks great with a dark charcoal gray like Peppercorn SW 7674.

  6. Hi! I am painting my island Peppercorn 7674, my walls are Agreeable Gray but I’m undecided on cabinets. My top two choices are Shitake and Anew Gray. My kitchen does not get a lot of sunlight. What do you think?

    • We think you should consider painting your upper cabinets Agreeable Gray SW 7029 – the same color on your walls. Anew Gray and Shitake are very close to Agreeable Gray and if those are used on your upper cabinets, it may look like you tried to match your wall color and failed. If you paint the cabinets Agreeable, it will make your kitchen look larger with a more cohesive palette. Let us know if you need anything else.

      • I’m redoing a bathroom with ample lighting (fixtures and natural). The accent walls are a blend of gray, tan, cream, chocolate and black river rock with a gray/brown grout and a wood look tile in weathered gray with dark brown accent lines in the shower. The vanity is a natural dark brown wood and the floor is shades of light gray, tan and cream. Would shiitake be a good color choice to keep the space bright but add color?

        • Hello Denise, Shitake SW 9173 is a good choice but if you are interested in a slightly brighter version of that color, check out Sand Beach SW 7529. It is always best to look at color in your lighting.

  7. Hi, doing a kitchen remodel with light gray cabinets and dark brown maple stained flooring. Would shiitake work on the walls? There is plenty of natural light, and very little wall space where the cabinets are mounted. Probably going with a white tile backsplash and lighter countertops. Thanks!

    • Hi Linda! Shitake SW 9173 is a mid-tone brown and may not be the best choice next to gray cabinets. Can you give us the name of your cabinets or tell us a color from SW that matches your cabinetry? That would be a big help.

      • Hi Sherwin how about river rock cabinets. Would that work with shiitake? Floors are Gulf Sand

        • Hello Clea, yes, Shiitake SW 9173 which is a warm greige, would look great with your river rock cabinets.

  8. Hi, I’m planning to paint my exterior wall with shiitake. What color should I pick for the trim and also I’m planning to to do darker color for the garage door. Thanks!

    • Hello Liza, Shitake SW 9173 is a warm neutral that works well with a lot of colors. Check out these two options below:

      Option A:

      Trim: Alabaster SW 7008

      Door: Foothills SW 7514

      Option B

      Trim: Greek Villa SW 7551

      Door: Mineral Gray SW 2740

  9. We are painting exterior of our home Shiitake. We would like to use Dover White for the trim and Dark Night for the front door. Will these colors go together well?

    • Hello Charlene, Dover White SW 6385 is a much better complement to Shitake and Dark Night as it is a warm color with a subtle yellow undertone. Ethereal White SW 6182 is a frosty blue white and would not look great next to Shitake SW 9173. Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  10. See previous email. Another trim color approved by our HOA is Ethereal White. Is that a better choice than Dover White?

  11. I have Shiitake throughout my open concept living room and kitchen area. We also have Extra White trim throughout the entire house (builder color). I really want to paint my kitchen cabinets, but the Extra White will look too bright with our counters. Can I use another white next to the Shiitake and Extra White that has more warmth without it looking weird?

    • Hi Wendy, for a warm white that works with Shiitake and Extra White take a look at Alabaster SW 7008. It has warmth to it, and it works well with Shiitake SW 9173 and Extra White SW 7006 to create a cohesive, coordinated palette.

  12. Hi,
    Let me start by saying I have no creative or artistic vision or skill. Just moved and am looking for a whole house neutral color scheme. I do like muted blues, greens and earth tones. We have honey colored oak cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms. We also have creamy colored wood trim and doors. Any chance you can provide a whole house color scheme? The floor plan is open-ish and there are 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. I am not adverse to painting the cabinets, just FYI. I just need help finding colors that flow and are warm and stylish. I am torn about grays vs. tans. Thanks in advance!

    Tracey Pfau
    • Hi Tracey! We recommend a Virtual Color Consultation. This way we can get a better sense of your space before making a recommendation. Click here to sign up.

  13. wanting to paint my living and kitchen in shiitake. both receive a lot of natural light and face west. my upper cabinets are Natural Choice SW 7011 and lower cabinets are Dark Night SW 6237. would you go shiitake or would balanced beige be better. also need a trim that would go with whatever choice for the walls. Help?? Please…

    • Hi Tiffany, we’d like to get a better sense of this space before making a recommendation. Please fill out the form linked below for a free Virtual Color Consultation here.

    • I plan to paint my family room and kitchen which is one large room with the color shiitake number 9173. I also want to paint a darker accent wall in that room and was considering urban bronze 7048 or Derk clove 9183. What are your thoughts about those two colors or is there a better color for a darker accent wall?

      • Hello Mary, we recommend you stick with Dark Clove SW 9183. Dark Clove has a warm brown undertone which will complement the creamy tones in Shitake SW 9173 beautifully. Dark Clove + Shitake is a gorgeous combination.

  14. We are painting exterior of home shiitake with dark night as front door color. Would dover white or antique white be best as trim color?

    Charlene Steinhauser
    • Hi Charlene, both colors would work well with Shiitake and Dark Night. Dover White SW 6385 may work better, as it’s lighter than Antique White and creates more contrast between the body color and the trim color, which creates more visual interest on the exterior. We recommend obtaining the color chip and viewing it in your exterior space and lighting situation with Shiitake and Dark Night, this will assist you in making the best color decision to complete the color story for your home’s exterior.

  15. Hello, We are considering using Shiitake for the exterior color of our home and painting the front door and accent shutters Iron Ore. First, do those two colors work together? Second, what trim color would you recommend? We are looking for a darker brown recommendation and not white. Thank you in advance for your help!

    Heather Cole
    • Hi Heather, Shiitake SW 9173 and Iron Ore SW 7069 look fantastic together. Some darker brown options for your trim are Keystone Gray SW 7504 and Sycamore Tan SW 2855.

  16. I am painting my house SW shiitake with SW Dark Night on the front door. You previously suggested Dover White for trim, but I walked the neighborhood and looked at houses with Dover White and realize that I prefer more muted colors. The HOA has one more option for trim and that is Kestrel White. What do you think about Dover vs Kestrel?

    Charlene Steinhauser
  17. I am painting my house SW shiitake with SW Dark Night on the front door. You previously suggested Dover White for trim, but I walked the neighborhood and looked at houses with Dover White and realize that I prefer more muted colors. The HOA has one more option for trim and that is Kestrel White. What do you think about Dover vs Kestrel?

    Larry Steinhauser
    • Hi Larry, Dover White has a yellow undertone to it while Kestrel White has a gray undertone to it. Either trim will work with Shiitake, but Dover White will look better with your Dark Knight door. The good news is whichever option you choose will create a beautiful look.

  18. I am painting my main level Shiitake. What ceiling color you recommend with Shiitake?

    • Hi Amy, consider using either Shoji White SW 7042 or Origami White SW 7636 on your ceiling to create a “fifth” wall in your space. Either of these soft whites would look fantastic with Shiitake SW 9173.

  19. Hi, I have Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray walls and want to use Shiitake Mushroom for my kitchen cabinets. Do you think those two colors will look tone-on-tone or like I don’t have enough contrast?

    Elaine Darroch
    • Hello Elaine, yes those colors are a tad too similar. Are you open to two colors on your cabinets? Perhaps Edgecomb on the bottom and a lighter color on top? Let us know when you get a minute.

  20. I am having an extremely difficult time selecting a paint for my tiny library ( with massive detailed fireplace (not strong light) and an adjoining narrow room with two large west windows. I can open a paint store with all the samples I have collected. I AM NOT a gray person … I am comfortable and prefer browns… creams… beiges… tans…. but apparently my choices alway end up having pink or gray or yellow undertones. Can you recommend some light colors ( deep creams… light browns… brown beiges) that are true to their names. When I was younger, I was not afraid of taking chances, at 70, I want to get it right… thank you so much.

    • Hi Barbara, the colors you want will all have undertones to them. Any cream will have a yellow undertone and tans/beiges will have a pink undertone. A soft and subtle color without those undertones would be Alabaster SW 7008. It goes with everything and will read as a soft white on your walls.

  21. Hi There!
    What are the undertones to Shitake? I can’t tell if I see some green/blue hues?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Catherine, Shiitake SW 9173 is a warm neutral with a very subtle pink undertone. There is no green or blue in this color. You can order a free color chip to see how it looks in your space.

    • I am wanting to paint my interior walls Shiitake what color for the trim and baseboards?

      Jennifer Carter
      • Hi Jennifer, look at a soft white without undertones like Pure White SW 7005 for your trim.

  22. My kitchen table legs, chairs, my 2 doors and another piece I have in my kitchen are painted Tri-corn black. And my trim is white out of the can. Currently my walls are pussywillow with western light in the evening it looks purple?. So I want to repaint the walls, would Shitake look good on my walls? Or could you help with another color, please!

    • Hi Tami, Shiitake SW 9173 is a perfect choice as it is a warm neutral and will work with black and white. Two other warm neutrals that would also work are Naturel SW 7542 and Loggia SW 7506. You can order free color chips here to see how these colors look in your space.

  23. Hi. My Living Room is painted Origami White with Fawn Brindle as the accent colour. I am now ready to paint my staircase which flows from the living room area in Shitake. Will this be a beautiful blend? Reason. I love the shade Shitake

    Gillian Johnson
    • Hi Gillian, Shiitake SW 9173 would look great next to Fawn Brindle SW 7640, it is warm and welcoming and is lighter than Fawn Brindle so it will flow seamlessly.

  24. Hello, I have bought so many samples & having such a difficult time. We are painting Shiitake in our kitchen & I am trying to find a very soft, dim, not stark white that will also go with our new couches that are a nice Camel color, to paint in our living room & entryway. Trying to find a dark white or the lightest griege. Thank you

    • Hi Maggie, two colors that we would describe as a dark white/light greige. Either of these subtle colors would look beautiful with Shitake. Look at:

      Shoji White SW 7042
      Aesthetic White SW 7035

  25. I am considering the following for the exterior of my home:
    SW 9173 Shitake – Siding
    SW 0038 Library Pewter – Trim and Gutters/Downspouts
    SW 7048 Urbane Bronze – Shutters

    Will these colors compliment each other well?

    Kelly Powell
    • Hi Kelly, yes those colors all complement each other well – you are creating a monochromatic palette of every darkening shades of Greige (grey+beige). If you want to mix it up a little, consider using a saturated teal similar to Still Water SW 6223.

  26. I have oak trim and oak doors (stained a medium golden-oak) and plan to use Shiitake as neutral paint for bedrooms and hallway. I think the Shiitake would go better with the oak than grays would. I read somewhere that Shiitake has taupe undertones with subtle pink – is this going to be okay with the oak? It seems like it will, but I’m second-guessing! Thank you!

    Sueann Kelly
    • Hello Sueann, never second guess yourself, you were on the right track. Shitake SW 9173 has a very subtle khaki/green undertone not pink and that will look gorgeous next to all your oak.

  27. We are considering painting our entire interior Shiitake. We get light in from the south west and the floors are natural red oak (look yellow) and kitchen cabinets are natural maple. We’d like something that works with the wood tones and that is in between a beige and grey. A prior SW response noted a green undertone and NO pink undertone in this paint, while another SW response noted exactly the opposite. We’d like to avoid any pink undertone. Can you kindly advise which is the correct answer? If this paint does have a pink undertone, is there a similar one you’d recommend that might work with these wood tones and light source and doesn’t have a pink undertone? Thank you!

    • Hi Erin, Shiitake SW 9173 is a taupe color. Taupes do have a drop of red in them; however, it is quite small and may not be noticeable at all. The only way to test this is in your individual lighting. If there is any red tones in wood or furnishings you may see a subtle pink undertone. The only way to make a definite determination is to look at color in your lighting.

  28. I am painting 3,000 sq foot home with original terracotta tile floors. I want a beige that will help tone done the pink/orange of the floors without being too grey. Trim and ceilings will be bright white. We are considering shiitake; is this a good choice? Is it a warm or cool tone? Is there much pink or red undertones in this color?

    • Hello Julie, Shitake SW 9173 has a drop of red in it so it may not be the best choice next to your flooring. Consider instead one of these neutrals, none of them will turn pink in your space. Look at:
      Oyster Bar SW 7565
      Stucco SW 7569
      Urban Putty SW 7532

  29. Hi, I am currently working with a builder for future home and we will be doing stucco. I was thinking of doing Shiitake for the exterior, Ticorn Black would be the color for the trims, the front door and the garage door . Would this be a good color combo or is there a color that would look better with Ticorn black? Going for a more modern look

    Elizabeth Padilla
    • Hi Elizabeth! That palette is quite beautiful and would look very modern and striking.

  30. I am considering Shiitake in a large bedroom. What trim would be good for doors, ceiling and trim?

    • Hello Margaret, for the ceiling we would recommend you use Ceiling Bright White SW 7007 in a flat finish. For doors and trim, consider either Pure White SW 7005 or Extra White SW 7006 in a semi-gloss finish.

  31. Please help….kitchen upper cabinets are Drift of Mist and lower Anchors Away…..time to change lower cabinets And Bar ??? Maybe Shitake ??
    Lots of natural light & wood floors. Adjacent rooms are Sandbeach .

    Joanie Rung
    • Hello Joanie, instead of changing the Anchors Away, consider changing your Drift of Mist instead. All of the other colors in your palette are warm and friendly, the Drift of Mist may be too cool, we think Shitake or Sand Beach on the upper cabinets would look great.

  32. How does Shitake look next to Clary Sage? Not as trim but as on walls in a room flowing off one painted w the Clary Sage.

    • Hello Jen, Shitake SW 9173 works well with Clary Sage SW 6178 as they are both mid-tone warm colors and the neutrality of Shitake will really make the Clary Sage “pop”.

  33. Considering Shiitake for a condo that has tons of natural light. Tile floors are darker with brown/ orange undertones. Should I consider something different? Also, what trim color would you reccommmed??

    • Hello Julie, Shitake SW 9173 has a drop of red in it so it may not be the best complement to floors with an orange undertone. Consider using Accessible Beige SW 7036 or Accolade SW 9516 instead. Those two colors are warm neutrals that will never turn pink or orange in your space. Pair whichever color you choose with Whitetail SW 7103 for a warm complement to the different finishes in your space.

  34. Hey there, this is a great service! I really enjoyed reading all the exchanges. I have just tiled my downstairs hallway and am looking for a paint color to match. Shiitake is a perfect match with the tile but the hallway doesn’t get much light and I would like to complement rather than replicate the tile color. I’m wondering if I should try a 75 percent version of Shiitake or if there is a lighter version of Shiitake that I should consider. Thanks lots for the help!

    Diana Swain
    • Hello Diana, thanks for your kind words, we appreciate it! Two colors to look at from our fandeck that are lighter than Shitake SW 9173 are Sand Beach SW 7529 and Nantucket Dune SW 7527. If you want to try a custom formula, you will need to start at 50% of the original formula in order to see any noticeable difference in the color.

  35. Hi, we just painted our entire open main floor in shiitake (both north and south light). Our floors are slightly whitewashed European Oak with what some say is a slight pink or red undertone, but I also see a slight gray undertone (maybe I’m wrong), and the flooring site it says the series its from are natural taupes and tans. Depending on the light it can switch from quite warm to slightly softer, cooler. It’s a beautiful floor. We had a pro suggest shiitake for the walls. We painted before we laid the floor because that was suggested to us (wish we hadn’t now). Was that the right color to paint our walls to go with that floor? Depending on the light sometimes I think it looks good, and sometimes I’m not sure.

    Also, we now need to finish painting the trim in these rooms. I want some sort of white. Was suggested Pearly White, but my first instinct was Pure White. I’ve also seen suggestions of Origami and Alabaster.

    Finally, we’ll also be painting our at-the-moment quite orangish oak cabinets (so we didn’t care to match the floor to them). I’m thinking of a white for the upper cabinets and something like tri-corn black for the bottom.

    I’m wondering if shiitake was the right color for the floor (doesn’t look bad, I am just sometimes not sure), what white to paint the trim, and what neutral colors would work for the kitchen against both the floor and the shiitake walls. We’re into a warm (but not too warm), natural, neutral, modern look.

    Tonya Wariner
    • Hi Tonya, for a job of this scope and detail, you would benefit best from a one-on-one virtual consult with one of our designers. You can schedule a “real time” appointment with a designer when you sign up. This virtual consult will allow the designer to see your space and lighting which would be the best option for your project. Click the following link to get started.

  36. shiitake came out a little grey-er than we hoped for in the kitchen, but we’ll roll with it. what is a good compliment, maybe lighter for the other walls near the kitchen?

    • Hello Susie, some lighter colors that would complement Shitake are River’s Edge SW 7517, Natural Linen SW 9101 and Kestrel White SW 7516.

      • We painted our interior walls Shitake and trim and kitchen cabinets Pure White. We are looking for a color for the kitchen island, fireplace mantle and stairway railing. We’ve tried Tavern Taupe and Foothills. Foothills seems like a richer color but we just aren’t sure. What do you suggest?

        Esti Stevens
        • Hi Esti, Tavern Taupe & Foothills are too close in hue and depth to Shitake to make much of an impact. Look at these richer, darker versions. Check out:
          Urbane Bronze SW 7048
          Sealskin SW 7675
          Van Dyke Brown SW 7041

  37. Hi there, we’re considering shitake for our main house. Front door and garages in iron ore and trim in pure white. Good combo or what would you suggest? Thanks.

    • Hi Wynn, that is a beautiful palette but you may want to consider using Extra White SW 7006 on your trim as it is a little brighter and cleaner than Pure White SW 7005.

  38. Hello- I am planning on painting my kitchen and laundry room Shiitake. . I need to pick a darker color for the doors and an off white for the bead board and trim in the laundry room. I have some trim in my house already painted in Sherwin Williams Creamy and I like it very much. Would it be a mistake to pair Creamy with Shiitake? Also, I noticed on a recent post that you did not recommend Foothills with Shiitake. I thought it would be a good color because it is on the same color strip. Your advice would be appreciated. Thank you:)

    • Hello there, Creamy SW 7012 would look lovely with Shitake. Foothills and Shitake are not in a regular family strip but grouped together because they are similar. You can use Foothills if you want but it is a lot of brown. Is there a different color family you would like to introduce?

  39. Hi – Considering Shiitake stucco with Urban Bonze trim and doors. Can’t seem to find this exterior combo in picture form anywhere. Thoughts on this combination?

  40. Hello – I am painting the exterior of my home. It has an orangey brown brick front with intermittent brown tones. I previously had siding painted Benjamin Moore Sag Harbor with Edgecombe Gray trim. I wanted to change the siding to Shiitake. Would this work with my brick and do you have a suggestion for a trim? Thanks so much!

    Dana Henning
    • Hello Diane, yes, we think Shitake SW 9173 would be a beautiful complement to your brickwork. Trim colors that would look great are:
      Natural Tan SW 7567
      Canvas Tan SW 7531


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