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

32 Comments

  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?

      Sherwin-Williams
  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

      Sherwin-Williams
  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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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

      Sherwin-Williams
  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
    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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!

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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!

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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

      Sherwin-Williams
  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?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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!

      Sherwin-Williams
  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?

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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
    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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…

    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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
    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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
    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams
  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
    • Sherwin-Williams

      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.

      Sherwin-Williams

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