Snowbound (SW 7004), by Sherwin Williams, is an extremely popular white paint color. It is warm and friendly, and will brighten up any space nicely.
Snowbound used to be mostly used on trim, but with the rising popularity of all things white, Sherwin Williams Snowbound quickly became a favorite on walls as well.
Sherwin Williams has featured Snowbound in the following color collections: Color ID (Minimalist), Living Well (Reflect), Top 50 Colors, Pottery Barn (Fall/Winter), Finest Whites & Neutrals (Finest Whites), Colormix Forecast 2024 (a Study in Delicate Tints), Top Interior Colors, and Top Exterior Colors.
From this extensive list of collections that Snowbound has been a part of, you can see that it is a top pick for both homeowners and designers.
So why is Snowbound such a great paint color? Let’s take a look at all the details about Snowbound paint to find out why, and to see if its the right paint color for your project.
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Snowbound Color Details
Snowbound is a light white paint color. If you look at a swatch of Snowbound on its own, you will see that it is a fairly bright white. Without any other whites around it, Snowbound looks just basically white.
SW Snowbound has an LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, of 83. This means that it is a white paint color, but not the whitest white.
When compared to other whites or in dim lighting, Sherwin Williams Snowbound can look a bit grayed out.
This is because it has gray undertone to it. A gray undertone in a paint color tends to make a shade look more sophisticated.
On walls, you won’t find that Snowbound looks gray though unless you have really low light levels. The gray undertone in Snowbound means that the white paint will be just a bit muted.
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 not easily classified as a warm or cool paint color. Instead, it has a blend of warm and cool undertones.
Sherwin Williams calls Snowbound a cool paint color. But I have found that it looks pretty warm in a lot of spaces.
The warmth in Snowbound comes from its other undertones.
In addition to the gray undertones, Sherwin Williams Snowbound also has pink and purple undertones (reminiscent of taupe) and maybe the faintest hint of beige.
The pink and purple undertones in Snowbound are the the ones that worry people the most. Some people have very strong feelings against a pink/purple undertone.
In fact, when I recommend Snowbound, I always mention that you should make sure you are comfortable with a bit of pink or purple coming through in your space prior to painting.
Does this mean that Snowbound will definitely look pink or purple in your room? No, but it has a good chance to leaning that way.
For instance, in the picture above, I see a lot of pink coming through under the cabinets. The warm southern light coming in from the window brings that pink in Snowbound out quite nicely.
You won’t know what Snowbound will look like your space though unless you sample it. My favorite way to sample paint color is with peel and stick paint samples – more on that later.
Where Can I Use Snowbound, Sherwin Williams?
Snowbound is a great paint color for a room where you want to give the space a cozy white look. Specifically, I like to use Snowbound in bedrooms and living rooms.
While you can use it in any room of the house, I wouldn’t say that Snowbound is a great whole house paint color. Since the undertones in Snowbound can show up pretty noticeably in some lighting, I would not use it everywhere.
Instead, I would recommend trying it in several areas of each room you plan to use it in to make sure you like how it looks.
I’ve heard of people using Snowbound on cabinets and loving how it turns out. With the right marble countertop (with those same pink/purple undertones), Snowbound can be a great pairing.
Lastly, people often wonder if Snowbound is a good exterior paint color. While it can work on certain homes, it doesn’t make my shortlist of go-to paint colors for exteriors. This is definitely a shade you will want to try first.
You can do this by painting some on each side of the home, or by painting a large sheet of poster board and moving it to the different sides of the home throughout the day to see how it looks.
Snowbound Color Strip
If you have 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. Despite this, it is a fan favorite.
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 are 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 cool and warm toned paint colors because it has both warm and cool undertones in it.
Sherwin Williams specifically pairs Snowbound with Colonnade Gray, a medium depth greige paint color, and Autumn Orchid, a deep, dusty purple.
Other coordinating colors for Sherwin Williams Snowbound include Naval, Lite Lavender, Rejuvenate, and Festoon Aqua.
Overall, Snowbound will pair well with pinks and purples, navy blues, neutrals with similar undertones, and some blue greens.
If you are looking to paint your home Snowbound but need some additional specific colors to go with it, check out this Snowbound Paint Palette.
It is a collection of eight paint colors that go perfectly with Snowbound.
Trim Colors for SW Snowbound
Since Snowbound is a white paint color, you need to be very careful about what trim colors you put it with. Ensuring that the undertones work together is so important, otherwise you could end up with the white of the trim looking yellow and the white of the walls looking purple.
If you’re looking to paint your trim white to go along with Snowbound walls, the best way to ensure the undertones match is to paint your trim Snowbound as well.
The trick here to to paint the trim Snowbound in a higher sheen than the wall sheen. A higher sheen paint will reflect more light, making the trim look brighter than the walls. But, the undertones will all match perfectly because they will be the same.
If you want a really bright, crisp trim color to go with your Snowbound walls, your other option is to use High Reflective White. High Reflective White is Sherwin Williams lightest and brightest paint color. Since it is pretty much undertone free, it will pair perfectly with Snowbound.
If you have wood trim, Snowbound may be a great choice for your walls. The warm, pink/purple undertones in Snowbound work really well well with most wood tones such as cherry or natural shades, though I would avoid using Snowbound with honey colored wood.
Colors Similar to Snowbound
If you are looking for a white paint color, but need help deciding if Snowbound is the right white for your home, this is for you.
Snowbound vs. Alabaster
Here, you can see how Snowbound and Alabaster compare to each other.
Snowbound looks more gray, while Alabaster looks beige. In reality, the colors are much more nuanced than that.
Snowbound and Alabaster have very different undertones. Snowbound has those pink/purple undertones, while Alabaster has yellow undertones.
And because of those undertones, Alabaster is typically favored over Snowbound because the majority of people like a subtle yellow undertone over a subtle purple undertone.
Along those same lines, Alabaster is more versatile than Snowbound and works with more colors.
While Snowbound is popular for trim and walls, Alabaster is even more popular for for these surfaces.
Snowbound vs. Extra White
Extra White is another very popular Sherwin Williams white paint color that is frequently used on trim.
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 white.
When you compare Snowbound to Extra White, Extra White ends up look blue, and Snowbound looks more like a true white.
The difference between Snowbound and Extra White is that Snowbound works better with warm coordinating colors, and Extra White works better with cool coordinating colors.
If your space has more blues, bright whites and grays, Extra White is going to be a better choice for you. But if your space has more warm wood tones, pinks, purples and taupes, Snowbound is going to be the better pick.
Click here to learn more about Extra White.
Snowbound vs. Pure White
Here you can see Snowbound next to Pure White.
As you can see, these colors are actually fairly 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, and has pretty subtle undertones.
The difference between Snowbound and Pure White really comes down to those undertones. The undertones in Pure White are more usable and versatile than the undertones in Snowbound.
If you use Snowbound on your trim, you are going to be much more limited in choosing a coordinating wall paint color than you will if you paint your trim Pure White.
For more info on Sherwin Williams Pure White, check out this post.
For a few more color comparisons, check out:
If looking at all 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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Final Thoughts on Snowbound Paint Color
Snowbound is a great color for your walls, trim, ceilings, furniture or home exterior. It is a warmer white paint shade that will coordinate well with other warm shades, or will juxtapose with cool color pairings.
If you want a white paint color with warm taupe undertone, Snowbound should be on your short-list!
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