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Sherwin Williams Creamy Paint Color

Sherwin Williams Creamy paint color is a cream colored paint shade. It is actually one of the more popular off-white paint colors by Sherwin Williams.

Sherwin Williams Creamy is included in the following paint color collections: Senior Living Warm Foundations, Cool Neutrals, Naturalist, Living Well, Top 50 Colors, and Warm Whites.

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Sherwin Williams Creamy Color Details

Creamy Sherwin Williams Paint Drop

As the name implies, Creamy is a cream colored paint color by Sherwin Williams.

Cream paint tends to be an off-white shade that is very close to white but has a bit more color in it. Creams typically have yellow undertone, but some can also have a bit of gray, green, or orange in them.

Creamy Undertones

Sherwin Williams Creamy has a pale yellow undertone. It is a true off-white that will not look like a true white.

As far as cream paint colors go, Creamy doesn’t have too much of a yellow base to it though, which makes it a nice shade for a wall. In most lights, Creamy will look cream – not white, and not yellow.

In a Southern facing room, you may find that creamy takes on a bit more of a yellow hue. This is because Southern light has a warmer tone to it.

Creamy LRV

Creamy by Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams Creamy has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 81. The LRV scale goes from 0, which is completely black, to 100, which is completely white. So, as you can see, an LRV of 81 is fairly high on the LRV scale.

Creamy will reflect a lot of light into the room, but like any paint color, you need to have enough natural or artificial light in the room to support it.

Is Sherwin Williams Creamy Warm or Cool?

Warm paint colors have red, orange or yellow undertones. Cool paint colors have blue, green or purple undertones.

With its yellow undertones, Creamy is a warm paint color.

Coordinating Colors for Creamy

Creamy Sherwin Williams Coordinating Colors

Creamy is warm paint color, and it tends to go well with other warm paint colors.

Sherwin Williams pairs Creamy with Reynard, an orangey red paint color that is reminiscent of fall. Additionally, Studio Taupe, a warm neutral paint shade, is a lovely accent to Creamy.

Trim Colors for Creamy

Creamy Sherwin Williams Trim Colors

Creamy is a light off-white paint color, and while some may use it for trim, I find that it has a bit too much color in it for my taste.

Off-white trims were more popular in the 90s than they are today, with most people favoring bright white trim.

For Creamy, the best white color for trim is probably going to be Pure White.

Pure White is my go-to paint color for trim because it works so well with most paint colors. Click here if you want to learn more about Pure White.

Where Can I Use Sherwin William Creamy?

Creamy is classic, elegant, sophisticated paint color.

It works great in traditional, farmhouse, southwestern or contemporary style homes.

Creamy will not give your home that bright white wall look that is popular right now, but don’t count it out. It is more enduring than that – not a shade to go in and out of style easily.

Creamy is a great paint color for walls and cabinets that you want to have a soft, creamy look.

Sherwin Williams Creamy Compared

When I do a full color review on a paint color, I always like to compare it to other popular paint colors. I find that this helps people determine which paint color is the right one for their home or preferences.

So, lets take a few minutes to compare Creamy to a few other popular white and off-white paint colors.

Creamy vs. Alabaster

Sherwin Williams Creamy vs. Alabaster

While Creamy is a true off-white, many would consider Alabaster to be more of a white paint shade (though it actually isn’t).

Alabaster is one of the most popular white (or off-white as the case my be) paint colors on the market. It is a classic type color that is used on walls, trim, cabinets and more.

Alabaster and Creamy are actually fairly similar. They are just one number off on their LRVs and they have similar depths.

Alabaster has a bit more gray in it than Creamy does, making it look more neutral on your walls, and less yellow. It won’t have quite the same glow in it that Creamy may.

If you want a paint color that looks like a cream, Creamy should be your pick. But if you want a paint color that is a warm white, I would recommend considering Alabaster.

Click here to learn more about Alabaster.

Creamy vs. White Dove

Sherwin Williams Creamy vs. White Dove

White Dove is a popular Benjamin Moore paint color. It is a white paint color with yellow undertones.

But, White Dove is significantly whiter than Creamy. Despite having an LRV that it only two points higher than Creamy’s, White Dove looks like a white next to Creamy. (Next to a true white, White Dove looks almost cream colored though, for comparison’s sake).

White Dove doesn’t have too much gray in it, like Alabaster does. It is a warm white with soft yellow undertone.

If you want a white paint color is warm but not yellow, White Dove is a good bet. But if you want a true cream paint shade, go with Creamy.

Click here to learn more about White Dove.

Creamy vs. Swiss Coffee

Sherwin Williams Creamy vs. Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

There are actually two different Swiss Coffee paint colors. One is a Benjamin Moore paint color, and one is a Behr shade.

The one we are going to discuss today is the Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee.

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee is an off-white paint color with yellow, gray, and a hint of green undertones in it. It is also a cream colored paint.

Altogether, Swiss Coffee looks more neutral and less creamy than Creamy does though. Because of this, Swiss Coffee is a good choice if you want a neutral paint color that is warm, but not glowing.

Creamy vs. Navajo White

Sherwin Williams Creamy vs. Navajo White

Navajo White is a Sherwin Williams paint color that falls into the beige family. In fact, I discuss it on my post about the best tan and beige paint color.

With an LRV of 72, Navajo White is a much darker paint color than Creamy. In fact, it doesn’t really even fall into the off-white paint colors group.

Instead, Navajo White is a good paint color if you want a beige shade for your walls. It is particuarly good in a southwestern style home. It is not as flexible or as classic as Creamy though.

Creamy vs. Greek Villa

Sherwin Williams Creamy vs. Greek Villa

Greek Villa is one of my favorite off-white paint colors by Sherwin Williams. It is similar to Creamy in that it is a soft, warm off-white.

But, Greek Villa looks much lighter than Creamy, even though it is only a few points higher on the LRV scale.

Greek Villa will give off more of a white room look than Creamy will. So if you want a true cream paint color, Creamy is the pick. But, if you just want a warm shade of white, Greek Villa may be good for you.

Click here to learn more about Greek Villa.

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Final Thoughts on Sherwin Williams Creamy Paint Color

Creamy is a beautiful cream colored paint shade by Sherwin Williams. It is warm, soft and elegant, giving a room a classic cream look without being too yellow.

If you are looking for a paint color that will warm up a cold space without looking too yellow, Creamy should be on your shortlist!

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Creamy Sherwin Williams

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Malena

Friday 29th of April 2022

In your opinion what would be a good coordinating wall paint in greige tones to pair with kitchen cabinets that have been painted in Sherwin Williams Creamy?

Lauren

Sunday 1st of May 2022

Hi Malena! Agreeable Gray or Repose Gray would look very nice!

Linda Woodworth

Sunday 10th of April 2022

This is an excellent article. Thank you! My daughter is agonizing about the paint color for the home she is buying. She has bought many off-white samplize swatches and she and everyone else like SW Creamy best. She thinks the trim is currently painted alabaster, but this does not create enough contrast. She thinks that SW Pure White is too industrial looking, but this looks like one of her only options if she chooses Creamy. Would SW Greek Villa work as an option? Or BM White Dove? Thank you for your help. She is 7 months pregnant and this has been very stressful.

One thing I forgot to mention: with Creamy walls, my daughter would like to be able to use whatever trim color she uses to also paint the kitchen cabinets to keep the same color throughout the house. She had wanted to paint them alabaster, but alabaster seems like it really won’t work with creamy. Thank you so much!

Lauren

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Hi Linda! Thank you for your kind words, and I'm sorry for my delay in responding! Creamy is a beautiful shade! Your daughter is correct though, ALabaster doesn't really create any contrast with Creamy. It would work in terms of undertones, etc., but won't make the trim pop in that space. That being said, if she wants to use it throughout the house, she may just have to go with a shade that doesn't make the Creamy stand out. Creamy is such a light, soft shade of off-white that it won't ever create much contrast with the trim unless you go with something super clean and bright like High Reflective White or Chantilly Lace. Both are gorgeous, but if she found Pure White to be too industrial, she may think these paint colors are as well. Greek Villa is a beautiful complimentary shade to Creamy, but I fear this shade also won't create much of a contrast either. I don't love White Dove on trim because it can go yellow on you. All that being said, painting the trim a higher sheen than the walls will make it appear a bit brighter. So, if the bright whites are too clean for your daughter, your best bet may be to go with a softer trim color like Alabaster or Greek Villa, and just understand that there won't be a huge contrast in that space. Hope this helps!

Renee

Sunday 6th of February 2022

Excellent article!! Choosing thebright white paint is an overwhelming process. Thank you for making it easier.

Lauren

Monday 7th of February 2022

Thanks for your comment, Renee!!