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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.

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.

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!

Want to see all your paint options in one convenient place? Click here to pick up a Sherwin Williams fan deck (contains all SW colors) or a Benjamin Moore Collections fan deck (contains many popular BM colors – other fan decks sold separately)!

Review of Snowbound

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Caren

Monday 7th of February 2022

I have a 1970’s contemporary home with walnut wood trim around windows, baseboards, and doors; the doors are also walnut stain. I was thinking of using Snowbound on the walls to brighten up the space. Will Snowbound’s undertones work with walnut stained trim?

Lauren

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Hi Caren! I'm not sure how the walnut stain looks in your home, but I think it would work :)

Georgana

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

I have my condo kitchen painted Agreeable Gray , now getting my wood cabinets painted. Kitchen has overhead lights, no windows. My contractor mentioned Porters White Umber. I am thinking Snowbound on my cabinets . What do you suggest.

Lauren

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Hi Georgana! I'm not familiar with Porter Paint colors, but I would probably go with something more like SW Pure White on my cabinets. Snowbound has a pink/purple undertone that may not work on your cabinets. Good luck!

Chad

Monday 6th of December 2021

In reading your article you position Snowbound as one of your favorite colors that's highly versatile for trim, cabinets and walls. But in your response to questions, in most cases you are advising not to use it. We are doing a kitchen remodel with cool off-white counters and mega-greige walls, and our designer just recommended Snowbound for our cabinets and trim to give a white with a hint of gray. Does it really look pink?

Lauren

Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Hey Chad! I'm sorry if it seemed like there were some opposing views between the article and the comments section. I read through the article again to make sure I hadn't misspoke, but Snowbound isn't actually one of my favorite trim or cabinet colors :). Many people love it and use it, but it isn't one of my personal favorites. It does have a pink undertone, and I'm just not willing to advise someone to put it on their home unless they know about that pink/purple undertone and are okay with it. If you want a white with a hint of gray, I'd go with Pure White. It is just a safer choice. BUT, if you've tried Snowbound in your space and it works, go with it! Many people use it and love it. As you can see, I'm answering peoples questions without seeing their spaces, so I tend to go with the safest choice so that people don't get pink trim and hate me :). Good luck! I love Mega Greige by the way!

Sharon

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Hi ! I kinda wish I read this before I painted my trim snowbound 😅! I’m now wondering do I paint the kitchen the same white ? Any grey or blue/navy’s you’d recommend to compliment the snowbound? Also should I stick with it for ceilings?! Very informative posts thank you

Lauren

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Hi Sharon! Snowbound can be PERFECT in some spaces, so don't worry just based on this post! If the walls will be Snowbound, I'd go with Snowbound ceilings. Otherwise, I would go with Pure White probably. For the walls, you can definitely do the kitchen walls in Snowbound if your trim is Snowbound (and you should go with Snowbound walls, if you want white walls and the trim is already in Snowbound). For a gray or navy, Hale Navy, Van Deusen Blue, Krypton, or Colonnade would all work :).

Jenn

Monday 18th of October 2021

I am trying to select a white to paint my kitchen cabinets. Would Snowbound or Pure White be better?

Lauren

Monday 18th of October 2021

Hi Jenn! I would say Pure White. Snowbound can look a bit pinkish at times, so Pure White is a safer choice. Good luck!