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Shoji White, The Perfect Farmhouse White?

Shoji White is a beautiful off-white paint color by Sherwin Williams. Shoji White is not a pure white which makes it very versatile. In fact, it is included as one of the Sherwin Williams top 50 paint colors, because it is so popular among homeowners and designers.

Shoji White is part of the following color collections: Living Well – Inspire, Top 50 Colors, and Warm Whites.

For more information about this gorgeous paint color keep reading!

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Shoji White Color Details

Shoji White Sherwin Williams

Shoji White is a gorgeous paint color that has been increasing in popularity over the last few years.

This is because Shoji White is a neutral paint color. It is perfectly in that neutral beige/gray category that is so popular right now. Shoji White is sort of like a cream paint color that has some gray in it.

It doesn’t read exactly like a greige, which is a blend of gray and beige, because it also has creamy notes in it.

Shoji White also doesn’t fall cleanly into the beige category, because it doesn’t have that golden tone that beige paint colors have.

And last, Sherwin Williams Shoji White isn’t it gray paint color either.

It sort of straddles the line between all of these beautiful neutral shades.

In addition to having cream, gray, and beige tones in it, Shoji White also has the tiniest bit of a green undertone. Don’t let this worry you though. Some of the most popular paint colors have a green undertone.

For example Agreeable Gray and Accessible Beige, two of the most popular paint colors right now, also have a green undertones.

Is Shoji White Warm or Cool?

Shoji White by Sherwin Williams

With its creamy tone, Sherwin Williams Shoji White is a warm paint color. It isn’t so warm that is going to look glowing or yellow though.

If you have a Northern facing room that gets a lot of cooler light, Shoji White will look just warm enough. In a Southern facing room you’ll see a bit more of the warmth of this paint color, from the yellow turned light coming in the windows.

Shoji White LRV

Shoji White has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 74.

This means that Shoji White is a light paint color, that will reflect a lot of light into a room.

The LRV scale goes from 0 to 100, with zero being completely black and 100 being completely white. So Shoji White is fairly high in the light range.

Is Shoji White Yellow?

Shoji White is not a yellow paint color.

You don’t have to worry that Shoji White will turn up to yellow on your walls. In a southern facing the room, Shoji White will be even warmer, because of the warm light coming in.

Shoji White doesn’t have a golden undertone, so it will look warm and perhaps like a beige but it shouldn’t look like a yellow.

Where Can I Use Sherwin Williams Shoji White?

Shoji White in Living Room

Shoji White paint is a great color for walls. It has enough color in it that will look like an actual color on your walls, but not so much that it will be too saturated. Shoji White is a perfect light paint color for that farmhouse look. It also goes well in a traditional style home.

On cabinets, Shoji White is a great warm paint color. Since it is a neutral, which makes it go well with cabinets with gold or black tone metals.

last, shoji white can be used on an exterior. Repairs great with crisp white trim, black shutters, or a wood door.

Shoji White Compared

When I do a full paint color for you, I always like to compare the shade to other popular paint colors that people might be considering alongside of it. I find that this sort of differential diagnosis is helpful in determining whether a paint color is the exact right one for your space.

But the truly best way to determine this is to pick up a can of paint or a Samplize square. More on that later.

For Shoji White, people often considered Alabaster, Oyster White, and White Duck.

Let’s look at each of these paint colors now.

Shoji White vs. Alabaster

Shoji White vs. Alabaster
Shoji White Sherwin Williams

Alabaster is probably the most popular white paint color by Sherwin Williams. It has a bit of warmth to it, because it has some yellow undertones. But it’s not too bright because it also has a tiny bit of gray in it.

In comparison, Shoji White paint has a lot more color to it. It is a much more saturated paint shade.

Whereas Alabaster can look and function more like a true white (people use it for a trim color), Shoji White is never confused as a true white paint color.

So while Shoji White and Alabaster are both popular white or off-white paint colors they have very different intentions.

If you’re looking for a paint color that it’s just a hint of a pure white, alabaster is going to be the right place for you. But if you want a paint color that has more of a neutral look, as opposed to a white look, Shoji White is going to be the better choice.

Click here for a full color review on the paint color Alabaster.

Shoji White vs. Oyster White

Shoji White vs. Oyster White

Oyster White is another popular Sherwin Williams paint color.

Unlike Alabaster, Oyster White has very similar intentions to Shoji White.

It is a warm neutral that has many of the same undertones as Shoji White. Their LRVs are almost identical, but Shoji White comes off as just a tiny bit darker and more saturated. Shoji White has a bit more gray in it and oyster white has a bit more green.

So, Shoji White and Oyster White are both amazing neutral paint colors. If you have a very cool tone room, Shoji White might be your better bet, because it has a bit less green in its mix to come out.

Shoji White vs. White Duck

Shoji White vs. White Duck

For a last paint color comparison, let’s look at Shoji White and White Duck.

Shoji White and White Duck share a paint strip. And, in fact, they are very similar paint colors.

Because of this, it’s going to be very hard to determine which one is the right color for your room, without trying them both in your room.

They are not exactly the same paint color, but they are both gray beige cream blend.

Shoji White has maybe a bit more gray in it. White Duck has maybe a bit more beige in it. But they both are great on walls, cabinets, and exteriors.

If you’re leaning toward Shoji White, and it’s just not quite the right color, check out White Duck, and vice versa.

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.

Coordinating Colors for Shoji White

Shoji White is a great paint color because it works well with other paint colors.

For example, Sherwin Williams pairs Shoji White with a few really awesome paint colors.

Shoji White Coordinating Colors

First it is paired with Fawn Brindle, which is a dark grayish brown paint color. Click here for a full color review on Fawn Brindle.

Shoji White also coordinates with Pearl Noire, a dark gray paint color.

Last, Sherwin-Williams pairs Shoji White with Pure White. If you’re looking for a white for a trim color that goes with Shoji White, Pure White is a great option. Click here for full color review on Pure White.

Shoji White Trim Colors

You could also put Shoji White with a brighter white such as High Reflective White or Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. These whites would really make sure the weight stand out, as the clean crisp look of these white paints would highlight the warm tones of Shoji White. If you’re interested in Chantilly Lace, click on the link.

I also like Shoji White with some green colors, navy colors, and dark reddish colors.

Looking for more coordinating color names for Shoji White? This paint color palette will show you what colors compliment Shoji White so that you can have a perfectly coordinated look in your home. The colors in this palette can be used on trim, cabinets, accent walls, adjacent rooms and more.

Final Thoughts on Shoji White

Looking for a white paint color for a farmhouse style house, Shoji White should definitely be on your shortlist.

It is a great neutral that straddles the line between cream, gray, and beige which makes it go with other furnishings and accessories with those tones.

It is also great and a traditional style home that wants a beige paint color that is a little more updated.

All in all, shoji white is a really pretty, up to date take on a neutral paint color.

SW Shoji White paint color

Have a question? Leave me a comment! Remember to check back for a response – it may take me up to a week or two depending on how busy I am, but I’ll be sure to get back to you!

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Thanks for sharing!


Monday 18th of September 2023

Thinking of using shoji white on walls. Can I use it on ceiling too?


Saturday 23rd of September 2023

Hi Gesh! You could, but it won't look like a white ceiling. Shoji White has too much color in it to look like a true white. So, if you want an off-white ceiling, you can use it, but if you want the white ceiling look, I would go with something like Pure White.


Thursday 14th of April 2022

Hi! I need help with paint option for open concept. I have bright white cabinets from Home Depot. I’d say they lean towards cool more then warm. My countertops are laminate typhoon ice. So they have maybe a griege tan, cream and blue gray. And my floors are darker/midtown laminate with an Auburn undertone. Also I have mainly northern light since the south side is covered by a porch. Please could you suggest some paint colors for me? I’d really appreciate it. I’ve tried so many and always end up second guessing myself. I’d like something in the off white range. No less then lrv of 64 and no higher then 80. My biggest concern is how my bright white cabinets bring out any undertone. Like ballet white looked orangey beige. And any green really seems to show up. BM Winds breath and fossil pulled green. Thank you!


Thursday 21st of April 2022

Hi T.D.! This is a great question to ask in my Facebook group! With all those different colors, it'll be hard to give you a good suggestion without seeing a picture. But, here is a link to some of my favorite whites by Sherwin Williams, and my favorite whites by Benjamin Moore. There are some pretty, off-whites in these posts that may start you in the right direction!

Deb Stover

Monday 1st of November 2021

Lauren, Do you think walls with Shoji White will work with SW Whitetail trim and ceilings. Not a white trim kind of girl. Or would White Duck look better? This is in my west-facing great room with almost full glass and 20 ft ceilings.

Cathy Young

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

I am pairing Shoji White with urban bronze trim and Dutch tile blue as an accent in the living room and with friendly yellow in the bedroom.It is a 1900 old Victorian that I am trying to lighten up and decorate farmhouse style with cow print.


Saturday 9th of October 2021

I'd love to see how it turns out Cathy! You can post a pic on my Facebook group if you want to show it off :).


Saturday 18th of September 2021

We recently had our North-East facing open kitchen/fam painted Shoji White/Ballet White. It does have a yellow undertone, and falls flat on the corner two walls. I think we need something warmer for our space. Can you suggest a similarly neutral greige in the 65-67 LRV range? Thanks!


Saturday 18th of September 2021

Hi Jodi! Natural Tan and Maison Blanche are in this range. They're a little more beige. If you want something more gray, Modern Gray has a little lower LRV, but less beige. Check them out and see what you think!