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.

circles with shades of white inners
Side of staircase painted Pure White SW 7005
Featured Color: Pure White SW 7005

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.

Wall painted Alabaster SW 7008 with plants and wood dresser decor
Featured Color: Alabaster SW 7008

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.

Dining room painted Shoji White SW 7042
Featured Color: Shoji White SW 7042

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.

Foyer walls painted Eider White SW 7014 with wainscoting painted Extra White SW 7006
Featured Colors: Eider White SW 7014 (Walls), Extra White SW 7006 (Wainscoting)

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.

Children's play room painted Dover White SW 6385
Featured Color: Dover White SW 6385

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.

92 Comments

  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
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      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.

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

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  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?

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      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.

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  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
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      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.

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

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      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

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  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
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      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.

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  7. How about a white that is not stark and pairs well with a dark brown?

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      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

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  8. 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
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      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

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  9. 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
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      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

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  10. 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.

  11. 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?

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      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.

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  12. 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?

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      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.

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  13. Hello, we’re repainting the house and currently have dover white as the trim/door color. The existing walls are SW ivorie, which contrast nicely with the trim, but want to change the wall to “whitish/beige/greige/neutral” color. What’s the lightest greige or beige or neutral you’d recommend that pairs nicely with dover white trim?

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      Hello Steve! Sadly, there is no color that is white/beige/greige and a neutral. You would need to narrow down your color family choices. Are you open to a light golden neutral? Let us know when you get a minute

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  14. I’m painting the interior walls with city loft, satin finish, emerald paint. What color of white would be a compliment for the trim? Thank you.

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      Hi Barb! City Loft SW 7631 is a subtle and sophisticated gray and looks best next to a white trim that is clean and crisp without any undertones. Consider using either Pure White SW 7005 or Extra White SW 7006 – either one will “pop”.

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  15. I am trying to choose an exterior color. Looking for an off-white to pair with black windows and gray/taupe rock trim. I thought I had decided on Eider White, but after looking at photos online, I am afraid it will appear light gray in low light. We live in the Seattle area so there are many overcast days and I do not want to end up with a light gray house rather than the off-white I am hoping for. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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      Hello Nancy! We cannot stress enough how important it is to not judge a color by how it looks online, colors will look different on every screen. A color chip is the best standard to really “see” a color. Eider White SW 7014 is a light greige and has some gray in it. Off-white usually refers to a color with some yellow in it – that would not work with your palette. If Eider White looks too gray check out Shoji White SW 7042 or Aesthetic White SW 7035.

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  16. Would Dover white go with Sjohi white or Oyster white? Thanks!

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      Hello Pamela, the warm tones in Dover would not complement either Shoji or Oyster. Can you tell us what room you are painting? Is Dover White on the walls or trim? Let us know when you get a minute, thanks again.

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  17. We’ve just purchased a home that has cherry wood floors. I’m thinking I’ll paint and decorate with creamy whites. What are some complimenting white colors that would tone down all the reds?

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      Hi Chelle, There is no way to “tone down” the red in a cherry floor. Your best course of action would be to complement the existing flooring. Creamy whites have yellow in them and are not the best choice next to cherry flooring. Check out these warm but neutral whites instead. Look at:
      Neutral Ground SW 7569
      Natural Choice SW 7011
      Stucco SW 7568

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  18. I am using iron ore for my trim on my exterior. Will shoji white go with it? I do not want a stark white as my ledge stone is mostly soft grays and tans/Users/sook/Library/Messages/Attachments/c8/08/ECFD3672-9B75-4B94-B32F-A364E3FCEB69/exterior with iron ore sw.jpeg

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      Hi Ann, Yes, Shoji White SW 7042 would look great with both the Iron Ore trim and the griege tones in your stonework.

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  19. New Construction with 1.5 stories 20ft + ceilings in LR & DR, open Loft. I am really wanting to paint ceilings, wall and trim in same color but difft sheens. As my style is more rustic cabin on a lake with tons of wood and light wood stained cabinets, is Alabaster a good choice for a warm white? I’m thinking Urbane Bronze for the interior doors only as it matches my counters perfectly.

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      Hello Kathryn, yes, Alabaster SW 7008 is a beautiful warm white. Consider using a flat on your walls and ceiling and then semi-gloss on the trim so the sheen difference is noticeable.

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  20. Hi! We are a new build – I would like to paint everything (upper cabinets, trim, walls) all one color. We will have polished gray concrete floors, some exposed warm woods, dark brown leather couch and navy bottom cabinets in kitchen. Going for modern rustic ish. We have an open floor plan – 9 ft ceilings in kitchen and 10 in living room. Since we will have quartz countertops and gray floors, I am looking for a warm white, but without yellows. I’ve been leaning toward alabaster, but am worried because yea know… it’s a whole house color haha. We have a good bit of windows, but most windows will be covered from front and back porch. Thoughts? I like alabaster and this article made me think of pure white. Super open to other options.

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      Warm whites can only be made by adding a drop of yellow to them. Alabaster SW 7008 is the lightest of our warm whites so that would work for you. Also, take a look at Greek Villa SW 7551, it is very similar to Alabaster but is just a bit brighter. It is always best to look at color in your lighting.

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  21. Looking for a color that would look soft on exterior ad be complimented by a clean white trim.
    Was considering white duck, alabaster or agreeable gray for exterior. Pure white on trim, Dorian gray or silver mist for *shutters – possibly pavestone if using white duck or alabaster( *only two in front – it’s a cottage) and silver mist on door.
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you 😊

  22. Hello,
    We are looking to paint the exterior of our home a shade of white that is clean and modern while also blending with the natural limestone in the area. Modern White SW 6168 is a strong contender but we are unsure if it is the right choice. I have heard people being disappointed on their selection of white as it often (once painted on all the surfaces) seems to glare and beam. Wondering if you could make a recommendation on the best exterior shade of white. Additionally we are looking for an exterior trim color that is dark like an architectural bronze found on window frames that would work well with this white primary color on the walls. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

  23. I have Acacia Wood floors in my kitchen, dining and living room and golden oak cabinets in the kitchen. What light/white color do you recommend for the walls?

    Jennifer Taylor
  24. Our home was built in the 80s and it’s full of oak – oak kitchen cabinets, oak molding, oak beams, and it’s extremely open to the 2nd floor. It has very high ceilings in the main area. We changed our countertops to a honed black granite and our floors will be black rectified porcelain tile (resembles burnt wood). We want a white color for the walls and are leaning towards the Eider White, Pure White or Alabaster. Our painter coincidentally chose Alabaster as an option. What do you think about these 3? Should we keep the ceilings the same color or change?

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      Hi Joe! Alabaster SW 7008, which has a subtle warm undertone, would be the best choice to complement and unify the different colors/finishes in your space. And yes, painting the ceiling Alabaster will make your space bigger and brighter and highlight all the vertical space you have.

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  25. I want to brighten dull basement walls that are now beige. The ceilings are 7-1/2 ft. high. Would Alabaster be a good choice? Should I paint the walls and ceiling the same color? I currently have Creamy White trim throughout the main house. What ceiling, wall and trim color would you suggest for the basement.

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      Hi Nita! Alabaster SW 7008, which has a subtle warm undertone, would be the best choice for your basement. And yes, painting the ceiling Alabaster SW 7008 will make your space bigger and brighter and taller. Consider pairing Alabaster with a clean, crisp white like Pure White SW 7005 Pure White or Extra White SW 7006 on your trim to bring ever more light into your space.

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  26. Does Sherwin Williams have a white with a hint of the palest pure blue?

    peggy varnado
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      Hi Peggy! Yes we do, check out Rarified Air SW 6525 and Snowdrop SW 6511 for two whites with a hint of blue in them.

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  27. I’m looking to repaint my entire first floor. We currently have Navajo White on all walls and the trim is pure white. The entire entry way, dinning room, living room and kitchen are all 12 feet high ceilings and all open. Lots of light in all rooms. Its a modern Victorian. I hard oak flooring. Our style for furniture is a mix of antiques, Victorian, mixed with some Ethan Allen British Collection. I need some ideas for new fresh colors for walls and trim or should I just repaint with same colors. I have really enjoyed the colors I have because they are neutral and work with almost any furnishings.

    Monique Louise Latessa
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      Hi Monique! Navajo White SW 6126 and Pure White SW 7005 are two colors that we reference almost daily -they are timeless. Consider using that same palette when you repaint – no need to reinvent the wheel. You have a classic color combination that will look good forever.

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  28. I am having kitchen cabinets painted. I really like SW Shitaki for the island. White Duck is too yellow for the cabinets. Would Alabaster or Shoji White be a better blend with Shitaki?

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      Hi Lea! Shoji White SW 7042, which is a very light greige, would be the best complement to Shiitake SW 9173 for your cabinetry

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  29. Hi – I am thinking of painting my open space living/kitchen area Alabaster. The adjoining hallway is Macadamia. White cabinets in Kitchen and one Shiplap accent wall in Living area with a brick fireplace. What color should I use on Ceiling, and color for trim? Thanks!!

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      Hi Beth! Consider painting your ceiling Ceiling Bright White SW 7007 and then match the existing white on our kitchen cabinets for your trim.

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  30. We want to paint our above ground family room. Is alabaster too white? We have oak trim, a large brick fireplace in taupe and cream bri ck, burgandy leather furniture oatmeal colored carpet.

    Karen Carlson
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      Hi Karen! Yes, Alabaster SW 7008 would look great in your family room. Alabaster has a drop of yellow in it which makes it a beautiful complement to your oak trim and the other colors/finishes in your space.

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  31. Hello I have open living room to dining area,also open to the kitchen. Not much light unless blinds are open wide. Hall leading to bedrooms kind of dim. What color white would comment and make brighter but not to white where it would bother eyes?

  32. We are converting our basement into a den and full bath. There are no windows, so we want to keep things light. The core of our upstairs is Repose Gray, so we would like something that flows with that. Also, the den area will have coffered ceilings, so a contrasting color would be nice.

    Linda L Daley
  33. What would be a good “greige” that is on the warm side, without yellow?

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      Hi Robin! Check out these warm greiges below, they will never read yellow:
      Repose Gray SW 7015
      Modern Gray SW 7632
      Skyline Steel SW 1015

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  34. I’m Currently building a house, I really want a white that’s not bright and crisp for my exterior color on hardy plank … more of an off white, but I’m afraid of it looking yellow. I was considering alabaster but sometimes in certain pictures it looks yellow to me, maybe it’s just the photo in certain lighting? Maybe I should choose pure white? curious what your thoughts were on those colors for exterior… I will have stained wood doors and posts with stone on the house as well, with clay colored windows

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      Hi Amanda! An off white color can only be created by adding yellow. Alabaster SW 7008 does have a drop of yellow in it so that may not work for you either. Consider sticking with Pure White SW 7005 as your option – it is a clean white without any undertones.

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  35. An interior designer suggested using Pearly White on everything, saying that it is a warmer white and goes with everything. Thoughts on this?

    Also, I am torn on the new trend of painting trim, base, and crown the same as the wall color. I’m accustomed to painting trim super white and color (even if it’s white) for the walls. Is it okay to do it the “old way”?

    Megan Westby
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      Hi Megan! Pearly White SW 7009 is indeed a versatile white and goes with everything, however, it has a drop of gray in it so it is not considered a “warmer white”. Warmer whites will have either a drop of yellow or red – that is what makes them warm. Pairing a crisp, clean white like Extra White SW 7006 with Pearly White SW 7009 will allow both your trim and walls to “pop”.

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  36. I am painting my exterior vinyl. It is a yellowy beige and it’s got to go. I have a mottled brown brick front facade, dark wood front door, garage doors. and a brown rood. I’d like something non yellow that would add a crisp, clean look to the vinyl.

    Karen Gill
  37. We are building a new home and have decided to paint the walls in common areas Gossamer Veil
    and bedrooms City Loft
    What trim do you recommend ?

    Kitchen cabinets a white also but what white do you recommend for cabinets that will blend with wall colors and trim.
    Thank you very much for your expertise !

    carla sanchez
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      Hi Carla! Treat your kitchen cabinets and trim as architectural details (which they are) and use the same crisp white on all of your trim and cabinetry. Consider using either Pure White SW 7005 or Extra White SW 7006; either of these clean whites would be a beautiful complement to the soft colors on your walls.

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  38. I had agreeable gray lightened 6%-now an LRV of 66- should I just look for a whole new color.? One of the other colors I was considering was gossamer veil.
    The ceiling is alabaster and trim is creamy in the entire house- it appears white – I do not currently see any yellow.

    Dorene Habecker
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      Hi Dorene, Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 66 – doing a lighter custom version of it at 6% (which will not be noticeable to the human eye) does not change the LRV at all. Did you want a lighter color and are you keeping the trim?

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  39. I bought new interior doors in the Greek Villa and want to paint the door casings and walls in the same Greek Villa. Do I accent the window casings and/or baseboards in a whiter white? And if so, what white do you suggest. I have also read on just doing one color for baseboards, walls, ceilings in the same ‘white’ and just changing the paint to a semi-gloss. Our home has high cathedral ceilings and bedrooms in the 8ft flat ceilings.

    Debra Passo
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      Hi Debra! If your doors are Greek Villa you would want to paint all of the architectural trim (baseboards/windows etc.) in the same color. You could definitely do a monochromatic palette with Greek Villa SW 7551 and you are correct; paint the trim in a semi-gloss sheen and paint walls and ceilings in a flat sheen.

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  40. Hello,
    I am building a modern house with French white oak flooring, cabinets, beams and ceilings. I’d like an all house wall color for a seamless contemporary look that is not bright white. Expansive South and North facing windows and not very sunny/bright in the main rooms. We definitely don’t want yellow or cool gray undertones. Which color do you recommend?

    Isobel Sadler
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      Hi Isobel, 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. https://homeowner.sherwin-williams.com/colorconsult/

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  41. Painting the exterior brick on our home. I am wanting a warm white. I have been looking at Alabaster White, Dover White and Shoji White. Shutters and door will be stained a darker oak. Any suggestions?

    Laura Roussel
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      Hi Laura! Dover White will read as a light yellow and Shoji White can read like a light tan. Alabaster SW 7008 is a warm white, check out Greek Villa SW 7551 and Origami White SW 7636 for two more options. It is always best to look at color in your lighting. Order some free sample chips from our website to determine which color will work best for you and thanks again.

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  42. Hi, I am building a new home and looking to have white cabinets and was wondering what
    colors do you suggest go together for walls and cabinets.

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      Hi Pam! Do you have a preference at all for what color family you want the walls to be? The white you choose should depend on the other colors in the room. The flooring, furniture colors, etc. This way if it’s a warm color, you can choose something with warm undertones or vice versa. You will probably want to think about choosing a wall color first! If you need help, you may benefit from our free virtual color consultation. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.sherwin-williams.com/en-us/virtual-color-consultation

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  43. Hello, We are painting our entire house white and have decided to go with pure white SW7005. Two questions: 1. We are also repainting out kitchen cabinets, should we also paint them the same white or go with a different shade? 2. Our house is furnished mostly in warm, natural colors e.g., orange, yellow, shades of brown, and reds. Are we choosing the wrong wall color in pure white SW7005? Thank you!

    jessica acharya
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      Hi Jessica! So yes, paint your cabinets Pure White SW 7005, if you introduce another white it may look like you tried to match the wall color and failed. Stick with the same Pure White throughout. Pure White SW 7005 is our cleanest white without any undertones and would complement the other colors/finishes in your home beautifully.

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  44. Hi! We are painting kitchen cabinet white and trying to decide between Alabaster and Pure White. We have Venetian Gold granite, which would be better for that countertop? For the wall, we are considering City Loft or Eider White, would either of that go with Alabaster? Thanks in advance!

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      SW 7008 Alabaster would be a much better option as it is a hair darker than SW 7005 Pure White and would complement the warm undertones in your granite. It is always best to look at color in your lighting. Order some free sample chips from our website to determine which color will work best for you.

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  45. Hello I am painting my kitchen clary sage. WhT would be a nice cream color for my cabinets and also what would be a good trim color .

    Aimee wilrs
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      Your trim and cabinetry should be the same color – however I need a little more info before I can recommend a color. What other colors/finishes are in your kitchen? For instance, countertop, flooring and backsplash. Let me know when you get a minute and thanks again.

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  46. I painted my fireplace Pure White. I’m looking for a white for my walls (living room) but I wanted to see a slight contrast. I’m having difficulty because all the whites seem to look like pure white and no subtle pop. I don’t want grey or cream for the walls, i wanted white. What color white would give somewhat of a difference with pure white while still being classified as a white color? Fireplace is also in a satin finish. What finish would be nice for the walls?

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      In order for the eye to perceive a different color, you would need to pick a color at least two steps darker than SW 7005 Pure White – that color would no longer be considered a white. You may want to use SW 7005 Pure White in a flat finish as that would help differentiate it a little bit from the fireplace. If you try to put any other “white” on your walls, it may look like you tried to match your fireplace and failed.

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