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Aesthetic White Paint Color Review

Aesthetic White is a soft off-white paint color by Sherwin Williams.

Recently, I have been referring to Aesthetic White a lot, so I figured it was time to do a full paint color review on it.

Aesthetic White is a part of the following color collections: Living Well, Top 50 Colors, and Timeless Whites.

If you are looking for a neutral, soft paint color, keep reading for all the details on Aesthetic White, by Sherwin Williams.

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Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White Color Characterstics

Aesthetic White Sherwin Williams Paint Drop

Aesthetic White is an off-white paint color. This means that while it is called a white, it is not a true white.

Instead, Aesthetic White is a light paint shade that is soft and subtle, but not actually white.

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White Undertones

Aesthetic White has greige undertones. In fact, it is my favorite light greige paint color. Greige paint colors are a blend of gray and beige.

Aesthetic White is a nice light greige because it does not have a lot in the way of undertones outside of the beige and gray. While some greiges (or taupes, which are similar to greiges) can have green, blue, or purple undertones, Aesthetic White is a fairly neutral paint shade.

It straddles the line between beige and gray nicely, without leaning too hard one way or the other.

In some lights, Aesthetic White will look more gray, and in others, more beige.

The most popular greige (of all time, in my estimation) is Agreeable Gray, by Sherwin WIlliams. People frequently want a paint color that is similar to, but lighter than, Agreeable Gray. In these instances, I recommend Aesthetic White.

Is Aesthetic White Warm or Cool?

Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams

Aesthetic White is a warm paint color.

The beige undertones make sure it stays in the warm category. Like other warm neutrals, Aesthetic White feels cozy, comfortable and welcoming.

Aesthetic White LRV

Aesthetic White has an LRV of 73. The LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is a scale that ranges from zero, which is completely black, to 100, which is completely white.

As you can see, an LRV of 73 is pretty high up on the scale.

Since true white paint colors range in the 80s and 90s on the LRV scale, an LRV of 73 means that Aesthetic White is not a true white, which we already knew.

Instead, it is a color with just a bit of depth. But don’t worry, it will still be very light on your walls. Aesthetic White is a light and airy paint color.

Aesthetic White Coordinating Colors

Aesthetic White paint color is great because it is very versatile and functional. It can go with many different paint colors.

Sherwin Williams pairs Aesthetic White with Pure White, a bright white; Aqua Verde, a greenish blue; and Chelsea Gray, a light gray paint color. Together, this makes for a fun paint scheme for a coastal, traditional, or farmhouse style home.

Complimentary Colors for Aesthetic White

Aesthetic White also goes with true blues, blue-greens, warm, rosy pinks, darker greiges, neutrals and black paint colors.

Aesthetic White Trim Colors

If you are looking for a white paint color to go with Aesthetic White, I have two good options for you.

Aesthetic White Sherwin Williams Trim Colors

First, Aesthetic White goes well with Pure White.

In fact, you probably remember that Sherwin Williams actually suggested pairing Aesthetic White with Pure White. Pure White is a softer, white paint color that gives a clean look to your trim without being overly stark. It is my go-to color for trim, because Pure White goes with so many paint colors very well.

Click here for more information on Pure White.

But if you prefer a crisper trim color, you can also pair Aesthetic White with High Reflective White. This white paint color is super clean, super bright, and just almost leans warm.

Click here for more information on High Reflective White.

Where Can I Use Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White?

Aesthetic White is a great all-over-the-house paint color.

Because it is light and it has a fairly high LRV, it can be used in most spaces, including basements and hallways. Additionally, since it is a neutral paint shade, it works in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, entryways, dining rooms, kitchens and more.

Aesthetic White can also be used on a home exterior, but remember that the bright sunlight will make Aesthetic White look lighter than it does inside your home.

Aesthetic White Compared

When I do a full color review on a paint color, I find that it is helpful to readers if I compare the paint shade with other popular paint colors that are either in the same color family, or have the same uses.

This is because people typically don’t view a paint color on its own. They tend to look at a few paint shades and decide between them.

So, I will look at Aesthetic White compared to several other popular off-white paint colors that people frequently consider together.

Aesthetic White vs. Shoji White

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White vs. Shoji White

Shoji White, by Sherwin Williams, is a popular off-white paint color. It is neutral, light and airy.

While Shoji White and Aesthetic White have almost the same LRVs and are both in the greige family, Shoji White has more beige in it than Aesthetic White does.

Both Shoji White and Aesthetic White are warm, neutral paint colors though. Shoji White is a bit creamier than Aesthetic White, with a bit more yellow to it.

To differentiate which paint color is going to be best in your home, consider whether you want more of a beige shade or a greige shade.

Shoji White just barely crosses over the greige line, and will probably look a bit more beige. Alternatively, Aesthetic White is more neutral and muddy. It isn’t clearly beige or gray.

Aesthetic White vs. Alabaster

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White vs. Alabaster

Alabaster is Sherwin William’s most popular white/off-white paint color. It is a light white paint shade with yellow and gray undertones.

This light and airy white is a favorite warm white for many.

Alabaster is lighter than Aesthetic White. When you compare the two together, Alabaster almost looks like a true white next to the off-white hue of Aesthetic White.

Truly, Alabaster and Aesthetic White aren’t that similar. Alabaster is a good pick if you want a warm white that looks pretty white (though not truly white).

Aesthetic White is a good pick if you want a very light greige. They are not interchangeable though.

Click here for more information about Alabaster.

Aesthetic White vs. Incredible White

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White vs. Incredible White

Incredible White, by Sherwin Williams, is much more similar paint color to Aesthetic White than Alabaster is. Incredible White is another greige shade, though it actually falls more into the taupe category than the greige category.

Wondering what the difference is? Well, a greige paint color is a gray and beige shade that has more green and blue undertones. A taupe paint color is a gray and beige shade with purple and pink undertones.

Incredible White has gray and beige with a hint of pink/purple undertones. In contrast, Aesthetic White has gray and beige without any real discernable undertone. Aesthetic White is more neutral than Incredible White.

But, they have nearly identical LRVs and depths.

If you want a light neutral that leans a bit more the warmth of pink and purple, Incredible White is the better bet. But if you want a neutral sort of pale greige, Aesthetic White wins here.

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Final Thoughts on Aesthetic White

Aesthetic White, by Sherwin Williams, is a lovely light greige paint color. It is a great paint color for anywhere and everywhere in your home. It goes well with many other paint colors, and is a nice backdrop to most decor.

Aesthetic White can work in traditional, coastal, contemporary, modern, or farmhouse style homes.

If you are looking for a very light greige, consider Aesthetic White!

Aesthetic White Paint Sherwin Williams

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Ambree Smith

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Hi! Thank you for all of the information. I just painted my new build aesthetic white. I love it in some of the rooms where it seems more greige but in some rooms it leans heavily on the beige side instead of greige. Right now, I just have the natural light from the windows. Do you think once the lights are all in, it will help lean more greige? Several of my bathrooms have some gray in the tiles and am just hoping this is all going to balance.

Lauren

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Hi Ambree! I think that you can help it lean greige depending on the temperature of light bulbs you put in. If you put in warm white light bulbs, it'll look more beige due to the yellow in the lighting. But with daylight or cool light bulbs, it'll go more towards greige. Also, it should look more greige in the evening due to the dimmer, cooler light from outside. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Shar N

Saturday 28th of May 2022

I tried SW Alabaster in the room, and it has a very light yellow/green tint

Lauren

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Yes, Alabaster has a lot of yellow in it, and the red oak floor would accentuate this.

Shar N

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Hi Lauren,

I love this post! Do you think that aesthetic white will work in a north facing room, with matte natural red oak floors, and pure white trim?

Dianna

Sunday 12th of June 2022

@Shar N, You just described my living room to the tee! Did you end up going with aesthetic white? I was just on my way to the paint store now to pick up a sample. I must add one of many samples they have already purchased.

Lauren

Saturday 28th of May 2022

Hi Shar! I think it could work. It has more agreeable undertones for a red oak floor than a color with warm undertones. I would definitely try it in the room before painting the whole space though.

Sunday

Sunday 10th of April 2022

Hi Lauren, Thank you so much for this posting! I have a travertine floor and most of wood furniture in my living room. I have an east-facing window. Do you think this paint color works well in my place? Or you you think beige color would be better?

I'm painting the sample colors, but it's hard to choose. Could you advice for my place? Thank you!

Lauren

Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Hi Sunday! Aesthetic White has a bit of purple in it, so I don't know that it is the best option for your travertine floor. I do think a beige would be better. Here is a list of some of my favorite beiges!

Sarah

Friday 8th of April 2022

Hi Lauren,

I’m really enjoying all your colour reviews!

I am thinking of painting my open family room and kitchen and hallway aesthetic white with pure white for the trim colour. The rooms face west. My kitchen cupboards are honey oak and the granite is Santa Cecelia( not my favourite).Do you think that will work? Or do you have another suggestion?

Thanks, Sarah

Lauren

Saturday 9th of April 2022

Hi Sarah! Thank you! Yes, I think this will work nicely. I would check the Aesthetic White with your cabinets to make sure the honey oak doesn't pull out any weird undertones, but it should be fine :). Edgecomb Gray also works with honey oak. Good luck!