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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.

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?

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I love Samplize squares because they are able to be placed on your wall and peel right off when you’re done. You can move these paint squares around your room to easily tell whether a color will go in your home, with your furnishings and accents, and with your lighting.

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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 a 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).

Conclusion

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.

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

Planning to DIY the job? Make sure to get these paintbrushes at an AMAZING PRICE! Oh, and don’t forget to get this for those high places!

Looking to hire a professional to do the job? You can be connected with a painting professional in your area by clicking here!

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Marshan Oden

Monday 19th of April 2021

Hi Lauren! I found this article last night as I was researching the best creamy white neutral for my interior home. With the painters coming this week I’m still so confused and some what afraid to make a bad choice. That said, a little advice from you would be helpful and very appreciated. I’m looking to brighten my home from what is now “clay beige” by Sherwin Williams. My hard wood floors are a honey color and i would really like them to stand out. I’ve selected Shoji White by Sherwin Williams but after reading your article I’m wondering if Westhighland White is a better choice. I would still like my white trim to stand out so any advice on trim color would be helpful too. My family room doesn’t get much sunlight, the kitchen, formal dining and living room get pretty good light. This color would by throughout the main floor and hallways. Thanks

Lauren

Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Marshan! I hope I'm not replying too late! Shoji White has a bit more gray in it, so it may act to neutralize the honey colored floors a little more than Westhighland White will. If you want to really play up the color of the floors, you may want to choose Westhighland White. High Reflective White is a nice trim color with it, and it'll make the wall color still pop. Good luck!

Dee

Monday 12th of April 2021

Hello, we will be having the interior of an open concept home painted and the building company has standard paint colours, the white being Aesthetic White by SW. What are your thoughts on this for a large, open concept space (living room/dining area/kitchen/staircase) that will have wood flooring and possibly wood beams or cladding on the ceiling (it is a lake house). Aesthetic White looks to have quite a yellow undertone. The paint colour can be changed to a custom colour choice (Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore) but that would come with mean an extra expense. Weighing the options. Thank you!

Dee

Friday 16th of April 2021

@Lauren, Thank you!

Lauren

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Hi Dee! If you don't have a paint color you LOVE, I think that Aesthetic White is a great all over house color. I don't find that it carries too much yellow in it, especially when compared to many beige paints. It is a good beige/gray that has a bit more depth than an off-white, but is still very light. This makes it super versatile. Hope this helps! Good luck with your build and enjoy the lake!

Geetha

Monday 29th of March 2021

Hello, I was wondering, I live in a very sunny and hot area of Southern California. We have a white picket fence, surrounded a long row of roses and salvia. We painted it Chantilly White and it doesn’t looks great. It looks too stark & bright, like plain primer.

How would you treat outdoor light, in full blazing sun. Is it considered warm, like a south facing room? Or is it considered a cool light, because daylight bulbs I’ve seen a cool toned... 🤷‍♀️ Maybe the Chantilly White is getting washed out... Would you have picked a darker or greige white? Or a white with a warmer (yellow?) undertone? Or... would you pick a white with a green undertone because of all the natural greenery outside? I’m confused what kind of undertone I should be looking for. Thank you!

Lauren

Friday 9th of April 2021

Hi Geetha! White paint can be so confusing! When a white paint is outside, it tends to get so much sunlight, so bright whites can look washed out just like you're saying - too stark. People tend to like the looks of whites that have a bit of warmth to them, such as Benjamin Moore White Dove or Sherwin Williams Alabaster. They both have a bit of a yellow/gray undertone. If you go with a white with too much gray, it runs the risk of being dingy looking, but either of these should work nicely for you. Good luck!

Courtney

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Hi, I want to paint my master bedroom Alabaster. I have a knotty pine paneled wall and closet sliding door. Will that color be ok with that? I want a neutral or white to brighten the room. And all my trim is natural pine. Should I go with something with a little more beige?

Lauren

Sunday 28th of March 2021

Hi Courtney! Alabaster is a really nice white and I think that it will look fine with your knotty pine paneling. I probably wouldn't go with something beige unless you really like the yellow tones in the room. A beige will accentuate them. A very light blue might help to neutralize the yellow in the knotty pine, if you want to downplay it a little bit. If you like that idea, check out North Star or Glimmer. Good luck!

Barb Black

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

I just began to freshen up my master bathroom which is Benjamin Moore Navaho White. In order to save some funds, I am having the current cultured marble garden tub and countertop resurfaced with a company that uses Sherwin Williams paint. I’m trying to coordinate the SW color that I choose with the BM paint on the walls. I used Samplize and ordered White Heron, Downy, Ivory Lace, and Greek Villa. The White Heron looks too gray, Downy too pink and the Greek Villa a bit yellow. I’m not sure about the Ivory Lace with the paint. I’m wondering if II should use Pure White or Extra White instead, especially considering flexibility and resale. The tile floor is beige and white. There is also beige tile in the shower enclosure. I’m going to repaint the vanity black and have black accents with paintings and throw rugs.. What is your best advice. Thanks.

Lauren

Sunday 28th of February 2021

Hi Barb! I would definitely lean towards Pure White if you want a color that is super flexible and goes well with warmer tones such as beige. But, before you paint, be sure to check it with other whites in the space. I don't think you'll have a problem, which is why I love Pure White so much, but pick up a swatch and compare it just to make sure any white tones in the bathroom aren't SUPER cool, and requiring a cooler white like Extra White. Good luck!