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Snowbound Paint Color – A Sherwin Williams Favorite

Snowbound (SW 7004), by Sherwin Williams, is an extremely popular white paint color. It is crisp and cool, and will brighten up any space nicely.

Snowbound is most commonly used on trim, but can also be used on walls, ceilings, furniture and exteriors.

Sherwin Williams has featured Snowbound in the following color collections: Minimalist, Pottery Barn – Fall/Winter 2020, Living Well – Reflect, Timeless White, and West Elm – Fall/Winter 2020.

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Snowbound Color Details

Snowbound Paint Color Review

Snowbound is a very light white paint color. If you look at a swatch of Snowbound, you will see that it is a crisp white. When compared to other whites however, it can look a bit grayed out.

On walls, you won’t find that it looks gray though. If will be crisp and bright, as it will probably be the lightest white in the room.

Snowbound, SW 7004, has a LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 83. This means that it will reflect a lot of light back into the room.

Snowbound is most easily classified as a cool white paint color. While many cool whites have blue undertones, Snowbound doesn’t carry any blue or green.

Instead, it has gray undertones and maybe the faintest hint of beige. Other than that, is a pretty neutral white.

And, while it does have a touch of beige, Snowbound is not a warm white paint color. To compare, Alabaster is a very popular warm white paint color by Sherwin Williams which carries much more of a beige undertone.

Snowbound vs. Alabaster

Here, you can see how Snowbound and Alabaster compare to each other.

Snowbound Compared to Alabaster

Snowbound looks gray against the white of the screen, while Alabaster looks beige.

While Snowbound is very popular for trim, Alabaster is equally or even more popular for walls.

For a full review on Alabaster paint color, click here. As an FYI, at the bottom of the Alabaster post, there are a TON of questions and answers that you can read through to get even more information about white paint colors!

Neither Snowbound or Alabaster will look either gray or white on your walls, but comparing white paint colors to other white paint colors helps us see what undertones the shades carry.

So with that in mind, let’s compare Snowbound to a few more popular white paint colors.

Snowbound vs. Extra White

Extra White is another very popular Sherwin Williams white paint color that is frequently used on trim.

Snowbound compared to Extra White

Extra White is the epitome of a cool white, as is carries a soft blue undertone and has no warmth to it. It is bright and very, very white.

When you compare Snowbound to Extra White, Extra White ends up look blue, and Snowbound looks more like a true white.

Between the two, Snowbound is probably more versatile, as it works well on walls also. In addition, because it has a bit more warmth to it (though is still very cool) it is slightly more usable for pairing with a variety of colors.

Snowbound vs. Pure White

Here you can see Snowbound next to Pure White.

Snowbound compared to Pure White

As you can see, these colors are actually very similar. Snowbound has just the teeniest tiniest bit of beige in it though, where as Pure White carries a similar gray undertone without the beige.

Pure White is my go-to paint color for trim because it goes with both warm and cool paint colors, but Snowbound should be considered as well, for all the same reasons.

For a full review on Pure White, check out this post.

If comparing these white paint colors has your head spinning, let’s pause for a minute to talk about how to know which white paint color will work in your home.

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Snowbound Color Strip

Paint Color Strip with High Reflective White, Snowbound, Toque White, Eider White, Incredible White, First Star and Big Chill

If you’ve been searching for paint colors long, you can see that Snowbound shares a color strip with some pretty big name paint shades.

High Reflective White is a SUPER bright white with very little color in it. I’ve heard the complaint that it does not cover well because there is so little pigment in it.

Toque White is a nice, very pale taupe colored off-white paint shade.

Eider White is a gray paint color with subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) purple undertones.

Incredible White is a great, neutral off-white that leans greige.

First Star is a gorgeous pale gray. And Big Chill is a slightly deeper gray.

These paint colors aren’t necessarily just lighter or darker shades of each other, as is commonly thought. In fact, they’re all very different shades of white or off-white with diverse undertones. So, if you want Snowbound, but wish it was a little bit darker, don’t just jump down the color strip in hopes of finding the same shade!

Coordinating Colors for SW Snowbound

Snowbound will coordinate with almost any cool toned paint color, because it has very little undertones to compete with other hues. This is one of the reasons that I love Snowbound – it is highly usable!

Sherwin Williams specifically pairs Snowbound with Colonnade Gray, a medium depth greige paint color, and Autumn Orchid, a deep, dusty purple.

Colors that go with Snowbound

For a full review on Colonnade Gray, click here.

In addition to these paint colors, Snowbound will pair well with blues and greens, and with warmer paint colors that carry gray undertones, like Autumn Orchid demonstrates.

Final Thoughts on Snowbound Paint Color

Snowbound is a great color for your walls, trim, ceilings, furniture or home exterior. It is a cool white paint shade that will coordinate well with other cool shades, or will juxtapose with warm color pairings.

If you want a white paint color with just a hint of a neutral undertone, Snowbound should be on your short-list!

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Sally larson

Friday 11th of June 2021

Thank you for your advice on white paints. I am having a hard time choosing a wall color for my master bedroom & office. They both do not get a lot of natural light, and have dark wood floors and trim. I will also have do cherry furniture in these rooms. I am trying to decide between Greek Villa and Snowbound. I want these spaces to look white and bright, but also want them to feel relaxing and not too stark or flat. My painter will use an eggshell paint on the walls and a flat on the ceilings of the same color. I would really appreciate any advice you can offer. My painter is waiting on my decision. Thanks!


Friday 11th of June 2021

Hi Sally! Greek Villa is a warmer white - with creamy notes in it. This will give the space a very welcoming look. Snowbound is a more neutral white with grayish undertones. With the dark wood, I would probably go with Greek Villa. I think the tones will compliment each other well (though I, of course, can't be positive since I can't see it), and it is a really beautiful shade. Neither is going to be a bad choice, but I think that the Snowbound runs the bigger risk of falling flat since. Eggshell on the walls and flat on the ceilings is perfect. Good luck!


Saturday 5th of June 2021

Would snowbound pair well with drift of mist? I’m thinking about a drift of mist bathroom vanity with snowbound walls and trim.


Friday 11th of June 2021

Hi Chris! I think that'll be very nice together!


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Thank you for this. I was thinking of painting my house in snowbound, trims, ceiling and kitchen cabinets in pure white. Do you think it will look nice together?


Sunday 6th of June 2021

@Lauren, I’m wondering if you would pair Snowbound (walls) with SW Extra White (trim, ceiling)? Extra White appears to match our cabinets best. Thanks


Sunday 30th of May 2021

Hi Jules! You probably won't see any difference between the Pure White and the Snowbound. I would either go with Snowbound and High Reflective White, which might look different, or just do all Snowbound and differentiate the surfaces by sheen. So, do the walls in satin and the trim and cabinets in semi-gloss. The different sheens will look a little different since they reflect light differently, but the undertones will go perfectly. Good luck!