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The Best White Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

White paint colors are super in style right now… no matter if it is on your walls, cabinets or furniture.

But not all white paint colors are created equal. Some can feel flat and boring, and others can warm a room up making it feel inviting and clean.

So how do you choose the best white paint color?

Well it depends on what you are painting.

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White Paint Undertones

Before we go into which white paint color works best where, we should chat for a minute about undertones.

The undertones in white paint can make a big difference in how it looks.

White paint with cool undertones, which are shades of blue, green and purple, will tend to look more stark on your walls.

White paint with warm undertones, which means it will have a hint of yellow, red or orange, will likely look softer on your walls.

There is no right or wrong in which one you decide on, but there are few general guidelines you should consider.

If your room is north facing, there will tend to be a little less light, and a warm white does well to brighten the space.

If your room is south facing, it tends to get a lot more warm, golden sunlight. In this case, a cooler white will look a little warmer on the walls, and may be just perfect to neutralize the warmth of the sun.

So consider these things when you’re picking a white paint color for your home.

The Best White Paint Colors for Trim

House trim looks amazing in a crisp, clean white. I can’t tell you what a difference it makes if you repaint yellowed, white paint with a brighter white.

My favorite white trim paint color from Sherwin Williams is Pure White.

As the name implies, Pure White is a good, true white. It is a very bright white with just a touch of warmth to it.

It isn’t yellowy and it isn’t beige. But the hint of color in it makes sure it doesn’t give off a cool blueish tone like many whites do.

Pure White has a LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 84, meaning it is a very white paint color, with just a hint of color.

Click here for a complete paint color review of Pure White.

Pure White is a great warm white for trim.

If you want a white paint color without any warmth to it, Extra White is also great for trim. Some say that is Sherwin Williams whitest white, or truest white, but it does have a hint of a blue undertone.

You likely won’t see any blue in it if you’re putting it next to another color, but if you hold it up next to a bright white piece of paper (or paint your walls a bright white with a more neutral undertone), you may see a bit of that blue.

It has an LRV of 86, which means it reflects just slightly more light than Alabaster. With its pale blue undertones, Extra White is perfectly cool and crisp.

Click here to learn more about Extra White.

Extra White is a perfect cool white for trim.

If you need help figuring out how to paint your trim without getting paint all over your floor, check out this post on DIY trim painting.

The Best White Paint Colors for Cabinets

If you are looking for a great warm white for your cabinets, you should check out Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.

Alabaster has an LRV of 82. It is a warm white paint color, with hints of yellow and gray in it.

This very slight hint of yellow it possesses echos the warm undertones of natural wood, making it a perfect complement to a kitchen with wood elements.

Alabaster is so popular, it was named Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year in 2016. Check out this post for more information about the paint color Alabaster.

Before you paint your cabinets, check out this post on how to paint your cabinets and hide the wood grain.

Alabaster is a warm white that is great for cabinets.

If you want a cool white paint color for you cabinets, Snowbound is a nice option.

Snowbound has an LRV of 86. It has a slightly gray undertone, making it a great match for other cool colors.

Click here to learn more about Sherwin Williams Snowbound.

Snowbound is a good cool white for cabinets.

The Best White Paint Colors for Walls

If you’re looking for a cool white for your walls, Eider White is a gorgeous choice. It has more than a touch of gray in it, which makes it stand out nicely against white trim.

I should mention, Eider White has a purple undertone.

This sneaky undertone can pop out when you least expect it, so be sure you’re okay with it before you paint your whole house.

Eider White has a LRV of 73, meaning it has the most color in it of all of the whites discussed. Put another way, it is the darkest white listed. In fact, some may look at it and say that it is gray.

I recently painted the the walls in my powder room Eider White. Check out how it turned out with the reveal of my modern boho bathroom.

Eider White is a cool white for walls.

If you prefer a warm white for your walls, Westhighland White is a perfect choice. It is bright and almost creamy, but not yellowish.

Because it has just a touch of color, it will look beautiful and slightly distinct next to Pure White trim, where as some whites will just look the same as the trim.

For example, when Alabaster is placed next to Pure White, it tends to look like the walls and trim are painted the same color.

It has a LRV of 86, meaning it is the bright.

Because it is a warm white, it’ll go nicely with wood or white trim.

I recently painted my son’s room in Westhighland White. I love how it is perfectly creamy without being yellowy at all.

Westhighland White is a warm white for walls.

And while we’re discussing white paint colors, I’ll give you one more bonus one. White Dove, by Benjamin Moore, is highly popular. It is a great soft white with just a hint of gray undertones.

White Paint Colors Compared

When you look at all the different whites together, you can see their differences.

Pure White is crisp and clean, not strongly leaning any way (but has a hint of gray that takes the edge of starkness off of this white).

Extra White is cool, with bluish undertones.

Alabaster has beige undertones with a touch of gray.

Snowbound has gray and slightly beige undertones.

Eider White has gray and purple undertones.

Westhighland White has yellow and beige undertones.

Wondering How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color?

I have the best solution for you!

Samplize sells peel and stick paint samples in almost every paint color.

These no-mess, peel and stick sheets are made from real paint, so they will show you exactly what the paint color will look like.

Simply place them on your walls next to your trim, furnishings or fixed elements, and easily see which paint color works best in your space and with your lighting.

Then, peel the sheet off your wall and reapply it somewhere else if you like. You can try several different paint colors with no mess, no fuss and no cleaning paint brushes.

SAMPLIZE Peel and Stick Paint Samples

Oh, and you can have them in your home by tomorrow with OVERNIGHT shipping!

As a bonus, be sure to use the code LoveRemodeled10 at check out to get an extra 10% off! Samplize sheets are cheaper than a sample can of paint, and way less work.

They are the easiest (and fastest!) way to try a paint color in your home, with no hassle.

Get Samplize squares of all of Sherwin Williams’ best white paint colors here!

Pairing White Walls With White Trim

If you want to paint your walls and your trim white, as is so in style right now, I have another option for you.

Instead of trying to get the undertones of two different paint colors to match perfectly, consider painting your trim and wall color the SAME white, but in different sheens.

So paint your trim Pure White in a semi-gloss, and your walls Pure White in a satin.

Because a high gloss finish reflects more light, the trim will look brighter than the walls, but the undertones are guaranteed to be perfectly matched (because they are, perfectly matched!).

The Best White Spray Paint

I have one more bonus white for you, and is not a Sherwin Williams color.

If you’re looking to spray paint decor or furniture white, pick up a can of Rustoleum Heirloom White. The spray can lid makes it look almost beige, but I assure that that it is the perfect warm white spray paint color (perfect for a farmhouse themed home).


I hope that this list is helpful for you as you try to choose a white for your home!

Before you pick out a white and paint the whole house, remember to try the colors in your own home. The amount of light a room gets, as well as the other colors in the room will really change how a white looks.

In addition, remember that my recommendations on where to use these white paints are just a guide. Whites are very versatile, and you can use all of the whites listed in other ways – Pure White can go on walls, Alabaster can go on trim, etc.

Before you go, remember to get your Samplize squares of all of Sherwin Williams’ best whites to find out which will be best in your space!

If you’d like to see a few more paint colors, check out the top white paints from Benjamin Moore!

Want to see all your paint options in one convenient place? Click here to get everything you need to start painting, including Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint color decks!

RELATED: The Best Neutral Whole House Color Scheme

The Best Sherwin Williams Whites for Your Home

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Nancy DeCesaris

Saturday 15th of July 2023

I built a new home, the front of my home is facing east and the back is facing west. I get so much sunlight. I have warm tones for furnishing in my home, cream, gold, brown, right red, and burnt orange. I am looking for a neutral white/ off white that won’t show yellow as I have an accent wall that is brown and drapes that are gold. Any suggestions? Would like to paint entire house. Bedroom had white. A pretty white would be great!


Tuesday 1st of August 2023

Hi Nancy! Based on the other colors in your home, a warm white is really what will look best. Warm whites have either yellow or pink undertones typically, and with gold, cream, brow, red and burnt orange, I would go with a yellow undertone. This is problematic since you don't want the white to show any yellow. My recommendation would be to check out Alabaster, because I think it will work really well with all the colors you listed. For a white that doesn't have any yellow, I would check out either Chantilly Lace or Pure White. Both can show yellow if you have lots of warm tones around them, but they will show less than something like Alabaster. Good luck!


Tuesday 4th of July 2023

I have painted our two story stucco home Sherman-Williams Designer color "Autonomous" . I am looking for a soft color for the trim (alot of trim). What would you suggest.


Monday 10th of July 2023

Hey Brenda! Unfortunately, I don't have swatches of the Designer collection colors. I looked at it online, which is not the same thing because colors can really vary depending on your screen, etc. But, in looking at the colors that Sherwin Williams lists as similar, it seems to be a cooler gray. This is a complete shot in the dark, because I have no idea what the undertones of Autonomous are, but maybe something like Spare White would work. But, this is really just a starting point, and I definitely think you need to talk to someone who is familiar with the shade before moving forward. Generally thinking, I think of soft colors for trim being a warm off-white. A warm off-white will look yellowish next to a cool gray, so you're more limited to soft cool whites. So, I don't think my answer is terribly helpful but I didn't want to just not answer! I would probably recommend talking to a Sherwin Williams color consult person and seeing what they recommend. Good luck!


Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Hello, Lauren. My husband and I have been reading your very helpful articles about Sherwin Williams whites as we are finally getting around to painting the exterior of our stucco house. We live in a south facing home in Colorado Springs and would greatly love to cover the current multiple shades of peach (previous owner). We are into modern farmhouse and hope to paint our house white with SW tricorn for the trim/facia/soffit/garage door. Like so many viewers, we were totally unprepared for the almost countless shades of white. We have narrowed our search (I hope) to Tricorn trim with either SW Greek Villa, SW Alabaster or SW Pure White. We are a bit concerned about the yellow undertones of the first two so we are currently leaning towards the Pure White but fear it might be too bright for our south facing, bright sun, high altitude stucco home. We are getting down to the wire, at this point, and we are stuck. Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for both your time and your assistance.


Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Hi Patti! My best suggestion for you would be to get a sample can of each and paint it on a large piece of poster board, and then tape them on the house and look at them all throughout the day to see what they do. (Alternatively, you could just paint them on the house, but I'm not sure if you're comfortable doing that). Between the three, Alabaster would be the one that I would recommend without seeing them, because it's a good middle of the road. Pure White could come off very white, and Greek Villa has a bit more of that yellow. But, you won't really know for sure unless you sample them. With a whole house paint, it's just costs too much to be wrong, so definitely try to sample the colors on your house! Good luck!! I'm sorry I can't give you a better answer!


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

Hi Lauren! This is a great post. I am thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets with SW White Duck and I’d love to get your opinion on a wall color for an open floor plan to match that! I love neutrals and greiges but don’t want anything too gray and would love to paint the walls with a very light color. Any other “whites” that would go well with White Duck? Or can you recommend something light that would complement it? Thank you so much!!!


Tuesday 8th of November 2022

Hi Izzy! For a lighter white that goes with White Duck, my top pick would be Alabaster. It is lovely, looks pretty much like a white paint, but has a touch of color that makes it soft and warm.


Thursday 6th of October 2022

I have a brown stained exterior. Its awful but I have to live with it. My question is, which white would you recommend for the front door color to match the brown? The hardware is matte black and the door is south facing but under a porch lol


Thursday 13th of October 2022

Hi Megan! My only reservation with a white front door is that it is going to show a lot of dirt. But, if you're okay with that, Alabaster would be a good choice. Its a bit warm, and it'll go nicely with the brown stained exterior. It sounds like it'll actually be really pretty! Brown wood, white door and black hardware will be gorgeous together! Other options for the white front door are Greek Villa or Creamy, depending on how much color you like in a white paint. Good luck!