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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 friendly, 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 muted but 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 not easily classified as a warm or cool paint color. Instead, it has a blend of warm and cool undertones.

Snowbound has gray undertones, some pink and purple undertones (reminiscent of taupe) and maybe the faintest hint of beige.

And, while it does have a touch of beige, Snowbound is not a super 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 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 can 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 many cool and warm toned paint colors, because it has fairly muted 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 pinks and purples, 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 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 just a hint of a neutral undertone, Snowbound should be on your short-list!

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Review of Snowbound

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Robin

Friday 17th of September 2021

I have Extra White on all trim and doors. I have Ageeable Gray on all the walls. I want to go with white walls so what white would pair well with Extra White? We get a lot of light. Thanks for your opinion!

Lauren

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Hi Robin! Matching white undertones is very tricky, and Extra White has those blue undertones. Your first option is to paint the walls Extra White in a lower sheen (such as Satin or Eggshell). This will give you a perfectly coordinated white look. If you don't want Extra White, you could go with Ethereal White or Rock Candy. They have similar undertones to Extra White, but a bit more color. Good luck!

Briana

Saturday 28th of August 2021

So if you use Snowbound on the walls, what color do you suggest for trim? I like a little contrast. High Reflective White or Extra White for trim?

Lauren

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Hi Briana! I would go with High Reflective White!

Deb

Friday 20th of August 2021

Dear love remodel, I was just looking at your review for Sherwin Wiliams Snowbound I am having painted my daughters first apartment at University and I will need to pick out a paint colour without actually being in the apartment just using photos. So I need a versatile white. I was thinking about doing snowbound for the walls and trim and ceiling in different sheens of course . Eggshell walls, ceiling flat, trim semi gloss?

The kitchen and bedroom walls are a pale blue The kitchen floor is a large checkered tan and yellowish Linoleum The living room carpet is gray beige

I just don’t want to make a costly mistake Sorry, I am not sure which way the apartment faces but it’s fairly light and bright Thank you for any advice I have a painter lined up September 1 Kindest regards Deborah

Lauren

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Deborah! Snowbound is beautiful, but it isn't a white that can just go anywhere. Instead, I would go with Pure White. It goes with almost any shade, and gives a bright white look on the walls that is super in style right now (without being stark). Differentiate by the sheens, like you mentioned :). Good luck!

Calli

Thursday 12th of August 2021

We are picking out paint colors for our new build. Our trim and cabinets are going to be snowbound SW. I am trying to decide for wall color what would be a good little bit darker wall color but still creamy white. What would your advice be. We have antique heart pine floors and a few walls of antique bead board

Lauren

Monday 16th of August 2021

Hi Calli! I would go with a white that has taupe undertones to match the Snowbound cabinets and trim. Some good examples are Toque White or Incredible White. I'm afraid that going with a creamy white (one with yellow undertones) you may end up highlighting the yellow in the walls and the pink/purple in the trim and cabinets. Picking a white with similar undertones will help avoid this. Good luck with your new build!

RB

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Great post! I am planning to paint all the interior walls of the house Snowbound and trims Alabaster. Will they look good together? We can’t change the trim color since it is provided by the builder so it has to be Alabaster, but I am just worried that Alabaster might look yellow with Snowbound walls? Confused. Should I pick any other color for the walls? Please advice. Thanks!

Lauren

Sunday 15th of August 2021

Hi RB! Thanks! I would not paint the walls Snowbound and the trim Alabaster because they won't work well together. Since you have to go with Alabaster for the trim, I would recommend picking a different color for the walls. A white like Aesthetic White might be good!