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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. It will be muted but bright, as it will probably be the lightest white in the room.

Living Room Paint Colors - Snowbound

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 Paint Color

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.

Click here to learn more about Extra White.

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.

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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 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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Vergie Opdycke

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

We are building a new home. The walls, trim and cabinets are painted Snowbound but now I see that the crown molding is not very noticeable. Would aesthetic gray or gossamer veil work on the walls? I want the walls to be light and a greige color. The contractor will repaint the walls, but repainting the trim and cabinets would be too expensive. I really like Snowbound for trim.


Sunday 4th of September 2022

Hi Vergie! Yes, I think either of those would work okay. Aesthetic White can look a little pink at times, like Snowbound, so this pairing may work well together. Good luck!


Thursday 16th of June 2022

Hi Lauren,

We are getting new counters and painting our kitchen cabinets white. I have a color match tool from Sherwin Williams that shows the white in the counter is Toque White and shows our trim color is Pearly White. Our walls are Mindful Gray. Do you have a suggestion as far as the white we should paint the cabinets? I originally was thinking maybe Snowbound or Pure White, but am scared of the possible pink tone of Snowbound. Do you think Pure White would work or would you go with something else?

Thanks so much, Christy


Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Hi Christy! I would go with Pure White because it tends to work with most shades, including the ones you listed. Snowbound has that pink undertone that can flash at times, so Pure White is just a safer bet. Good luck!

Rachelle Zabka

Saturday 30th of April 2022

Hello Lauren!

We just bought a new home that is i almost completed. The kitchen and living room is open concept and there are a lot of windows, but it is north facing. :(

I wanted a really bright airy warm look. The painters have already painted the entire house agreeable gray and the cabinets and trim are snowbound. I am picking up the pink purplish undertones in this and overall darker look than I wanted - not a fan.

I am planning to pay the builders to repaint the whole house for an up charge and have to have the decision to them by Monday, but I don’t know what to do. Read wonderful things about alabaster for north facing rooms but with the snowbound sounds like that will not work from reading this blog and others.

What do you suggest to paint for the walls for a light, bright, airy feel if the trim and cabinets in a north facing room is snowbound ? I do not like stark/cold at all. The floors are white oak.

Thank you Rachelle


Sunday 1st of May 2022

Hi Rachelle! I saw your comment and hopped on here to get back to you before Monday! As for a color that goes with Snowbound, Pale Oak, Toque White or Aesthetic White might work for that light and airy look. They all have purple/pink undertones, which will coordinate nicely with Snowbound. That being said, try them first. You don't want them to look purple on your walls. You could also go with Snowbound on the walls in a lower sheen (like a eggshell). The difference in sheen will make the walls looking a little darker than anything painted a higher sheen. Good luck!


Sunday 10th of April 2022

Hi Lauren, I am using Snowbound for walls and trim on a lower floor that has low natural light. The ceiling is a bit flawed in pitch, not that I can see but my builder tells me so.. What color should I use for the ceiling? Had considered Snowbound but wonder if it will be bright enough/masking.

Using First Star upstairs for walls and Trim- lots of natural light there so I was thinking of painting the ceilings the same color.

The house is modern.


Wednesday 20th of April 2022

Hi Tanr! I would go with High Reflective White or Chantilly Lace to ensure the brightest look on the ceiling. Good luck!

Tina Ainscough

Saturday 26th of March 2022

What’s the best trim color to use if Snowbound is used on the walls?


Sunday 27th of March 2022

Hi Tina! I would recommend either Snowbound in a higher sheen or High Reflective White.