Our Top 5 Shades of White

White is often thought of as a simple color, but with tons of tints and tones to choose from, this classic hue proves there’s more than meets the eye. We’re rounding up our top five shades to help you find the perfect white for your next project.

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Pure White

Thanks to a hint of gray color, Pure White creates a softness that keeps spaces feeling bright without being stark. This beautiful balance helps build a versatile space that works with a variety of different design styles.

Alabaster

With subtle beige undertones, Alabaster is the perfect mix of warm and cool for a result that makes this hue a go-to favorite for just about anywhere. Whether it’s trim or the entire wall, this inviting shade adds a sense of ease.

Shoji White

An off-white hue like Shoji White features warm tones that create a cozy look full of comfort. This shade pairs especially well with traditional spaces thanks to its approachable quality that feels timeless.

Eider White

If you’re looking for a hue that feels a little cooler, look no further than Eider White. This neutral shade features gray undertones that are perfect for enhancing a space where furniture and decor have primarily cool tones.

Dover White

A tint of yellow gives Dover White a brighter look that’s soft and inviting. This warm neutral is great for any place where you want to add a hint of barely-there color.

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  1. What color white would be good for a home with the same white as the walls my bedrooms is small and dinning room kitchen is open with living room in that area they have high ceilings and kitchen cabinet are white also . I was thinking about accessible beige white

    Penny Scott
    • Hi Penny, we have a color Assessible Beige SW 7036, there is no white in the name and it is definitely not white. Are you asking for an all over white? Let us know when you get a moment. Thank you.

      Sherwin-Williams
  2. Hello! We are in the middle of a major renovation and have finally picked our colours. Living room and hall/entry will be Shoji White, kitchen will be Gossamer Veil and Dining room: Gauntlet Grey. Can you suggest a trim colour that would work with all these colours? I was thinking Pure White but I am wondering if it is the best option before I go for it. Thank you!

    Christine A
    • Hi Christine! We think either Pure White SW 7005 or Extra White SW 7006 either would work as they are both clean, crisp whites.

      Sherwin-Williams
  3. Hi! I want to paint my dining room, entryway, and hall. The trim in our house is Alabaster. I am having a hard time deciding the complimentary white for the walls. The entryway and dining room get good natural light and the hallway is darker of course. Help please?

    • Hi Brenda! We’d like to get a better sense of your space before making a recommendation. Sign up for a free Virtual Color Consultation here.

      Sherwin-Williams
  4. I am torn between Shoji White and White Duck. I have a lot of mahogany wood and travertine and what to lighten the house and take out some of the yellow. I also have a lot of molding that is a contrasting color. Would anew gray or perfect griege work with White Duck? Thanks!

    Bonnie Warren
    • Hello Bonnie, White Duck SW 7010 has a yellow base and can read as a yellow in some lighting, for that reason you may want to consider using Shoji White SW 7041 instead.

      Sherwin-Williams
  5. Hi,
    We are looking for a white that pairs well with Urbane Bronze. This would be for an exterior trim color.
    Thank You!

    • Hi Linda, check out these white/light greiges. Any of which would be a beautiful complement to Urbane Bronze SW 7048. Look at:
      Shoji White SW 7042
      Natural Choice SW 7011
      Eider White SW 7014

      Sherwin-Williams
  6. Hi. I have a combination of very high and low ceilings. I am doing my entire house in Shoji white. I have no idea what colour to use on the ceiling. I don’t want a stark contrast, but instead, I’d like a white that compliments the shoji walls. Any suggestions?

    Cindy Schell
    • Hello Cindy, take a look at Westhighland White SW 7566. It is a warm, soft white with enough contrast from Shoji to work on your ceilings.

      Sherwin-Williams
    • Hi Aida, you are definitely on the right track; a warmer white would work best with a dark brown. Look at:
      Natural Choice SW 7011
      Oyster White SW 7637
      White Duck SW 7637

      Sherwin-Williams
  7. Hi there! We’re installing a brand new kitchen and we’ve decided on Iron Ore as the island color. We’re now looking for a nice complimentary white for the cabinets. We know we don’t want a stark white and no yellow undertones either. Would love to hear your thoughts….
    Thanks!
    Kim

    Kim Pinajian
    • Hello Kim, check out these subtle whites – they have a touch of gray in them and will complement Iron Ore SW 7069 beautifully. Look at:
      Heron Plume SW 6070
      Windfresh White SW 7628
      Origami White SW 7636

      Sherwin-Williams
  8. Hello. My home has travertine floors and mahogany wood cabinets and wood beams. Walls are currently Navajo white. Navajo white is pulling too much yellow. Are there a few options I can start with. Trying to tone down the Tuscan influence =)

    Lourdes serafini
    • Hello there, Navajo White SW 6126 does have a lot of yellow in it. Consider using one of these neutrals, any of which will complement your floors and mahogany wood beautifully. Look at:
      Panda White SW 6147
      Wool Skein SW 6148

      Sherwin-Williams
  9. Our kitchen cabinets (new from Kemper) will be Shaker design/White paint color. We have an open floor plan: kitchen island cabinet will be black; quartz countertops will be Clovelly (Cambria) (it’s off white, gold, bronze, black veining). What colors should we consider for kitchen, living and dining area. Thank you, I’ll order the “stick-on” samples when I hear back from you. This is a great website and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

  10. I recently painted my exposed beam ceiling dover white and am thinking it is too yellow. would iit work to paint over this with another white? if so which shade would work?

    • Hi Adelle, yes Dover White SW 6385 has quite a lot of yellow in it. You can paint over this with either Pure White SW 7005 or Extra White SW 7006 to get the look you want.

      Sherwin-Williams
  11. We are new construction. Our kitchen, dining, living is all one open area with lots of windows and facing east/west. I wanted to use SW alabaster but am now leaning towards SW pure white as a whole house paint (walls, cabinets, trim, doors) Will it be to stark white?

    • Hi Karen! Pure White SW 7005 is a soft, clean white. It is not stark at all; compare Pure White to High Reflective White SW 7757 and you will be able to see the softness and warmth in Pure White.

      Sherwin-Williams

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