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!

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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
    • Sherwin-Williams

      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

    • Sherwin-Williams

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


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