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Dover White, a Popular Sherwin Williams White Paint

Dover White is a popular, creamy white paint color by Sherwin Williams.

In years past, it was the go-to paint color for walls and trim. While it has fallen out of favor by many for a trim color, it is still a great paint color for walls.

Because it is such a popular white paint color, it has been featured in the following Sherwin Williams’ collections: Acute Care Warm Foundations, ABC’s and 123’s, Precious Baby, Teen Space, Living Well – Balance, Top 50 Colors, and Warm Whites.

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Sherwin Williams Dover White Color Details

Dover White Paint Color

Sherwin Williams Dover White (SW6385) paint color has been around for years.

It is a white paint color, but not a true white. Dover White has soft creamy tones in it.

Dover White is a timeless, classic paint color that works well in traditional, farmhouse or transitional style homes.

Dover White Undertones

Dover White is a warm white paint color. It is not yellow but it definitely has yellow tones in it. These yellow tones place it firmly in the warm white category.

Dover White also has some gray undertones in it. This hint of gray keeps Dover White from looking too sunny, and helps tone the color down a bit.

Dover White LRV

Dover White has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 83.

This puts it in the light category of paint colors.

As for what this LRV means, an 83 indicates that Dover White is very light, will reflect a lot of white, and is just a shade off of a true white.

Coordinating Colors for Dover White

Dover White goes great with medium to dark blue paint colors, green paint colors, red paint colors, and some other more saturated yellows, browns, or grays.

For example, Sherwin Williams pairs Dover White with Waterloo, which is a dark highly saturated bluish green paint color. It also pairs it with Dakota Wheat, which is a golden paint color.

Dover White Coordinating Colors

Dover White is also a good paint color for pairing with red brick.

For trim colors, Dover White needs a very clean bright white to make it stand out.

My two top choices are Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace or Sherwin Williams High Reflective White.

Sherwin Williams Dover White Trim Colors

If you pair Dover White with a softer white trim, it just won’t stand out very much.

Another option would be to use Dover White in a satin or eggshell finish on your walls, and Dover White in a semi-gloss on your trim. The difference in sheen will make the trim look a bit brighter, but the undertones will be perfect (since they are exactly the same!).

Where to Use Dover White

Because Dover White paint is a warm creamy white, it is great on walls and can even be used on cabinets.

Some people like to use it on trim, but this is not my most preferred use of it. I find that it is a little bit too yellow, and a bit too creamy for trim.

The yellow in Dover White tends to clash with other paint colors that you might put next to it on the wall. If you like that soft look on trim, you might want to consider a color like White Dove instead.

We will talk more about White Dove in a minute.

Dover White can also be used on a home exterior. This creamy white would pair nicely with brown, blue and even some red tones.

Is Dover White Too Yellow?

A commonly asked question about Dover White is if it is too yellow.

Whether Dover White paint comes off looking yellow or just like a creamy white is going to depend on the light in your space.

A warm Southern light is going to really bring out the yellow in Dover White, and may even make your walls look like a soft yellow paint. In a Northern facing room with cool light coming in from the exterior, you might find that Dover White brings a good amount of warmth to the space making it feel bright and cheery without being overly yellow.

The best way to tell how Dover White paint is going to look in your space is to get a Samplize square of it. More on that later.

Dover White Compared

When I look at a paint color, I always like to review in light other popular paint colors. I find that this helps people decide between shades that they are considering.

Dover White vs. Creamy

For example, Dover White shares a paint strip with Creamy, another popular warm white from Sherwin Williams. However when you compare the two, you see the Dover White has a bit more yellow in it.

So without further ado, let’s look at how Dover White compares to some other popular white paint colors.

Dover White vs. Alabaster

Dover White vs. Alabaster

Alabaster is a super popular Sherwin Williams paint color. Whereas Dover White might have been the most popular white in the past, Alabaster is the most popular right now.

Like Dover White, Alabaster can be used on walls, and some people even use it on trim.

Alabaster and Dover White have similar intentions. They are both warm whites but Dover White is just a bit more creamy. Dover White has more yellow and, overall, just more color to it than Alabaster has.

If you’re interested, check out this full color review on Alabaster.

Dover White vs. Pure White

Dover White vs. Pure White

Another color that people commonly consider when they are thinking about Dover White is Pure White.

Dover White and Pure White are actually very different colors though.

Pure White is a perfect trim or cabinet color, where is Dover White is a much better wall color.

Pure White can go on walls and Dover White can go on trim, but typically you are going to see the reverse: Pure White on the trim and Dover White on the walls (but not together).

Pure White is more of a neutral white. It doesn’t have much yellow in it though it does have a hint of gray in it.

While Dover White and Alabaster have similar goals, Dover White and Pure White do not. Pure White is a more bright white that is neutral or maybe even hinting warm, while Dover White is just a warm white.

Click here for more information on Sherwin Williams Pure White.

Dover White vs. White Dove

Dover White vs. White Dove

People often question whether Dover White and White Dove are the same paint color. They are not.

White Dove is a Benjamin Moore paint color and Dover White is a Sherwin Williams white paint color.

They are different colors, but Dover White and White Dove are actually fairly similar.

They are both warm creamy whites, but Dover White has more color in it. They share the same undertones though.

White Dove almost looks like a lighter Dover White.

Click here for more information on Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Wondering How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color?

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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.

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Final Thoughts on Sherwin Williams Dover White 

Dover White is a gorgeous creamy white paint color that is perfect on walls, or home exteriors. It’s popularity over the years demonstrates that this timeless paint color is a good one.

If you are considering a warm white for your walls, Dover White paint might be the best choice for you.

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Saturday 7th of October 2023

Need a nice neutral wall color to go with beige cabinets. Large open room with den, kitchen & dining. Clear oak Wood floors.kitchen cabinets are beige vinyl


Wednesday 25th of October 2023

Hi Wanda! Without seeing the beige cabinets its hard to pick the perfect neutral, but some of my favorite neutrals are Shoji White, Alabaster, Agreeable Gray and Edgecomb Gray. Good luck!


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Hello! I know this post was a year ago, but I am hoping you can help me. I had our barn painted Sw Dover White and I can’t stand it. It looks SUPER yellow and I need a stain and a paint color (for a wood door and painted shutters) to tone down the yellow. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated! Thank you:)


Saturday 1st of July 2023

@Lauren, Thank you so much for your reply and assistance! That is a huge help and I will report back after I have a chance to try your suggestions out. It is just so expensive having your exterior painted and practically panic inducing when it isn’t at all what you had hoped for. I really appreciate you taking the time to help!


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Hi Erin! I'm sorry that you're hating your barn color! Really, to tone down the yellow, you need to add more yellow. I know... sounds completely opposite of what you want to do right now, right? But, if your eye is picking up yellow from other things, it won't register the yellow in Dover White as much. So, for a stain color, I'd go with one that has warm tones in it, like a Special Walnut or something. For a paint color, stay away from blues and purples, and anything with those undertones. They'll highlight the yellow. You could go with a gray like Keystone Gray or Studio Clay that have some beige in them to see if that helps cut the look of the yellow. Of course, sample first on the coordinating paint colors to make sure it does what you're hoping it will. Or, go wild and paint the shutters yellow (joking, sort of... I mean, it would work). Good luck!!


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Hello, We are painting the interior of our home. We are not painting the doors and trim - they are dover white (saving some $$). The rest of the home is yellow (possibly Dakota) and it looks very Tuscan. The floors are porcelain tile (orange/grey) I can't find a color for the walls. I thought Natural Linen. I need help.


Thursday 17th of November 2022

Hi Christine! Natural Linen would work with Dover White. My initial thought was to do the walls in Shoji White, as its a nice off-white that is modern and warm, and goes well with Tuscan colors (but updates the look). It will also work with Dover White, but it won't show much of a contrast with a trim. If you want a contrast Natural Linen is better. You could also check out Canvas Tan and see what you think. Good luck!


Sunday 5th of June 2022

Hello —I am renovating a beach condo. Floors are travertine tile, so have some warmth to them (but also have a bit of white and gray). I picked out kitchen cabinets that will be painted SW Pure White. Walls are to be Dover White. I have two pieces of furniture for the living room to be painted. Would it be ok to have them painted Pure White? I am trying to keep it neutral and use color in accessories to make the place look larger. Or, other thoughts? While we are on the beach, we are on a side that doesn’t get a ton of natural light. Thank you!


Sunday 12th of June 2022

Hi Karan! Yes - you could definitely use Pure White on your furniture. Another option would be to go with a shade like Sea Salt or Rainwashed. These beachy shades go well with warm colors and tend to bring a bit of balance. But if you like a very monochromatic look with just pops of color in the decor, then go with Pure White. Good luck!


Thursday 13th of January 2022

Could you suggest ceiling color options to use with Dover White walls and High Reflective white trim?


Monday 17th of January 2022

Hi Gina! I would go with High Reflective White or Pure White.