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 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. It 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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Snowbound Color Strip
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.
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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Monday 20th of March 2023
Hi. We built a new home and they painted the trim doors and ceilings snowbound. What color do you recommend for walls? Would origami white work? City loft? I’m nervous to paint walls snowbound because of undertones.
Wednesday 19th of April 2023
Hi Kathy! Origami White might be a little too light, but Incredible White or Eider White may work! They have similar undertones to Snowbound. Good luck!
Wednesday 15th of March 2023
Hi there, we are in the process of building a industrial rustic new home on the river and need to decide on a paint color in the next week. I really like the egret white color for the whole house including ceilings. Going for the taupey color. I am struggling with trim. I am not a fan of bright white trim so was thinking zurich white as trim for all doors and trim throughout house. Will this work with egret white or would snowbound be better? Ia m just afraid snowbound might be too white?
Appreciate the help.
Monday 28th of November 2022
Hi Lauren! We are painting our Florida condo which is an open concept with a North/East lanai so the brightest light is morning. After mid day it looks darker. Our contractor suggests Snowbound but we are leaning towards the warmer Alabaster. Our floors have creamy stone tiles and our furniture is light wood. We have blue accents (eg. a light blue/grey leather chair) so we are really looking for a beachy feel. We would like to coordinate a spa-like color for the master bedroom/bathroom off the main area. Please help!
Sunday 27th of November 2022
We bought a house that has dark kitchen cabinets and dark hardwood floors. All the interior trim, doors, and bathroom cabinets are painted Snowbound. I want to brighten up the house and paint it white. We have low lighting. What color white would you paint the walls and ceilings?
Tuesday 29th of November 2022
Hi there! Your best option would probably be to do Snowbound on the walls in a lower sheen than the trim. So if the trim and doors are done in a semi-gloss, go with Snowbound in an eggshell on the walls. For an off-white that will be a little darker than the trim, Aesthetic White may work well in your situation. The undertones should coordinate with Snowbound nicely. For the ceiling, I would go with Pure White. If you want a real white for your walls as well, Pure White will work there too, but recognize that it will be lighter than your trim. Good luck!
Friday 18th of November 2022
I need to paint a credenza that’s next to a desk with Nero Portoro marble top and I want to paint th credenza white. The office has lots of natural light. Will snowbound work on the credenza? Will it look OK next to the black marble, which has silver and white veins with some gold veining as well.
Tuesday 27th of December 2022
Hi Michael! Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Nero Portoro marble. Snowbound has purple undertones. If the marble does as well, it may work well. If it doesn't have purple undertones, I would probably choose a different white for the credenza. Sorry I can't be more helpful!