Chances are the formula will be in high reflective or extra white base with a whole bunch of white tint and maybe a drop or two of something else. I want a warm soft white. White makes this small kitchen feel open and spacious. So of course now I have a question I’m painting my whole 1970s house white. Would love your honest opinion. If you have northern or eastern exposure, Alabaster might be a wink nicer…I also have an E-design service for questions like yours if you’d like me to take a look! Not too warm or cold with the right amount of “crispness.” Is this possible? I have a large 2 story entry (North Facing)that shares the same ceiling as the back, 2 story family room (South Facing). Walls are BM Ice Cube Silver (I like cool grays – I don’t understand how anyone can look at agreeable gray, anew gray, etc. My hope is that the brighter color will help make our low-height ceilings feel a bit higher. ALL are warm grays with a soft purple undertone that can occasionally pick up a wink of green ;). Which SW white wold you suggest for the trim and ceilings. On the small scale, you’ll see a tiny tiny flash of cool-blue, but on the large scale, it’s more of a soft white with a slightly cool gray cast to it. High Reflective White by Sherwin Williams Decorators White by Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore Extra White by Sherwin Williams All White by Farrow and Ball. I really wanted to go with BM white dove but my painter uses SW so hoping Alabaster might give the same look? My mom likes it so much she’s doing it too! With a naturally lit vaulted room running south to north, and a cedar ceiling, it’s tough to decide what white to pick. It won’t be warm enough if you are looking for a softer, warmer white (in which case, you might check out. Thank you! Best Paint Matches: SW 7757 High Reflective White OR Behr 1850 Ultra Pure White; Simply White (BM OC-117) Simply White is a versatile and iconic soft white paint color with just a little bit of warmth, and looks great just about anywhere. Thanks. Which one would you recommend? There is some white trim and I was going to go with Pure White on those areas to get some contrast. Well, White Dove will give you the most ‘white’ look, with a bit of softness whereas Alabaster has just a wink more body to it. We really wanted white walls, but our builder gave us limited paint colors to pick between. But was wondering does snowbound have a pink undertone.’ ~Kylie. Suggestions? Thanks, Robin. I have dark walnut trim throughout. I do not like a yellow or cream tint to the white. My painter alerted me that if I don’t paint the doors and trim in the extra white, there will be a vast difference. Casual cool feel with brown floors and natural tones for the furniture. I want a warm crisp feeling so leaning toward Alabaster but not sure whether to do it on walls and cabinets. I want to paint my maple cabinets white too (yes, I love white and bright), what color would suggest I paint the cabinets? Our kitchen is south facing and does have trees right outside the windows. I recently discovered your blog and I love it! White added? It’s for a stairway, so not he best lit area? have you painted yet? I am painting over a mossy green color in my north-facing kitchen/family room. Our living room is mostly north with some west/east windows. I am thinking Pure White is the way to go. We purchased a house and were researching/sampling neutral colors for almost two months. I hate the yellow that comes out when you go too creamy and just wondering if there’s a happy medium for north facing rooms that give depth without the yellow. What’s a good white/off white that will corner up to agreeable grey but has bright white basboards. I consult ALL the time on new construction. enjoy your vacation. You don’t have the right to NOT be offended. Doing white subway tile and white quartz countertops with the gray streaking in it. I have a light whitish beige wood floor and a dark gray couch I want to keep it white…which SW white paint and sheen would be best? It has a lot more viscosity than Extra White and the deep bases and does not cover well used on its own, it really needs tint added. If you don’t mind please share a pic. If you are looking for a bright and modern white, then Sherwin Williams Extra White delivers that. I am not looking for stark stark white but don’t want to go dull/creamy,yellow side as well. The house does not get a lot of natural night and the formal living room has very tall ceilings. Our painter wants us to choose a SW paint for the ceiling.. is SW Pure White a good choice for ceilings? You insights have been so helpful! Am I on the right track? Those whites are great ones to look at – particularly Duck White! Thank you! I do try to give as much complimentary advice as I can on my blog and if that doesn’t work, sometimes you need me to have a closer look! Thanks you for all the information on SW Whites! Otherwise, I’m just guessing as to what all is really happening in the room! There are so many types of gray (blue/purple/green/warm/greige) that for me to guess would be just that – a guess! If it were me, I might keep my whites consistent, so that I don’t have a cool white here, a warm white there, a dingy white there. I am doing a new build and am at the point ( and pressure) of selecting paint colors. I’ve read your blog and all the comments and I’m still a bit lost. A pure white in … You are most welcome, thank you so much for letting me know! Thinking of Agreeable Grey or Sea Salt walls and between Pure White & Extra White ceiling? iI so enjoy your blog. Perfect, sounds like you have it all figured out – good job! August 2020. We’re building a modern farmhouse, interior all alabaster. This way I can see your countertop, flooring, exposure, etc… otherwise i’m TOTALLY just guessing! Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint colour expert. It’s just classic. Dove white? Nevermind. absolutely adore your sense of humor, style, and expert color wisdom!! Thank you so much ???? I have chosen KraftMade Bonsai (soft sage-y green uppers), honey spice maple base cabinets. I want the room to look clean and somewhat warm without looking yellow and would like something that would pair nicely with the grey and greige colors of furniture. Personally I feel that Simply White has warm tones and I want cool tones but not contemporary. Just stumbled across your website… thank you! Delete the comment about you saying that white is whiter than you at a hip-hop dance party. Are we making a mistake? The rest of the house has Alabaster ceilings and Repose Gray walls. I’m hoping you can help me pick a good paint color for my new office. The only cabinet hardware close to the appliance handles and faucet color found to date is ATLAS HOMEWARES “Champagne”, and the best matching style we liked was their “Sutton Place” design. Great insight! Thinking of using Alabaster white for kitchen cabinets, dark espresso island, medium/dark wood floors. Would it work with agreeable gray? We our building a house here in AZ. What SW white would you recommend to go with the brick? We bought a new construction home that had all the finishes done already. ~Kylie. Extra White is a BIT finicky as to the type of paint colours it wants to be partnered with and prefers the cooler end of things vs warm tones. It is an off-white slightly warm gray with a vague purple undertone, so as long as you’re cool with that, you’re good. High Reflective White is pretty…darned…white – with only a WINK of softness. We have medium tone red oak floors, and prefer the warmer tones, but noticed the preference trend of younger buyers is for the cooler tones. I haven’t seen you I definitely want a change from the alabaster and think I like pure white quite a bit but haven’t seen it terribly large scale like it will be on my cabinets. Something too stark white I think could look off with the countertops which call for something a bit warmer. It is actually one big open room(think farmhouse-living, dining, kitchen (kitchen cabinets are green and Uba Tuba countertops) and a sitting area in one). Hi. Help me please, I love your white posting and I really struggling as I have this 80’s interior trim throughout my whole house that would be too difficult to paint as they go with custom Pella window colors. Main house interior is Accessible Beige. The thing is, there will already be a small shift between the sheen of the cabinets and the sheen of the walls. Thank you! I hope that helps and thank you for hanging on my site! Hi Sofia, yes Pure White will work great. Wondering your opinion on choosing a white ceiling paint when the walls are also white. I thought I was referring to my lack of any kind of dance skills…my bad! My husband and I are building a house and after reading your blog I think we have decided to paint the whole house Alabaster white. You answer directly and comprehensively, not everyone does that and it’s very appreciated! Thank you for your recommendation of pure white trim and ceiling with Duck White walls for our farmhouse. Hi Kylie! And short of that, I might do a soft light blue/green. Use it … Despite its name, Sherwin Williams Pure White isn’t really pure. Or, do you think I can paint Baseboards extra white and have the trim and doors Swiss coffee? There’s also the darker again, Gauntlet Gray. Your email address will not be published. The condo is not formal. So, it’s hard to say for sure without seeing your countertops, but I can get a reasonable idea knowing you have Ice Cube Silver – which tells me we really just need a brighter white. It sounds COOL, but I think you’ll need some texture on the bottom walls (I would do the Iron Ore on the ceiling Do you have a suggestion of a slightly off white that would complement the walls, without clashing with the floors? It faces north east. Thank you again! Wanting to add gray shutters also with a traditional stained door. It feels so dark and depressing in here! Any suggestions on other types of white paint to use? It is a traditional farmhouse wrap around porch etc. Thank you for educating us all! The living room next to the kitchen has Eider white in it and I also love Alabaster. It’s perfect for trim, doors and cabinets. It’s also great for walls and trim. I actually have an Edesign business that I’ve created for questions just like yours! I can dress it up or down depending on the seasons. Hope that helps! Thanks in advance for your help! We are changing our color scheme from warm colors to white. The guy at Sherwin Williams said that Alabaster will appear very white on the exterior so now I’m confused. Pure White is the white we used in our master bedroom. I’m from Argentina and I love your post and videos. The trim color is close to SW 6038 – Truly Taupe — I want to try to down play the trim as is it looks 80’s mauve gray and make it look more gray. So at some points throughout the day, it appears darker than usual. I just had my kitchen cabinets painted and the woman was extremely persistent that we go with SW Extra White. Hi Jenny, I’m most inclined to keep my whites consistent, so that I’m not mixing undertones. I’m sooo scared I’m going to make the wrong decision . The Simply White is quite creamy next to the Chantilly Lace. I mean, I MIGHT lean toward White Dove in a different sheen, but I wouldn’t do a different white – I know that. Hi Jamie, thank you for your note! This will go on all ceilings, doors and trims as well as fireplace mantle. My ceiling is SW Pure White. The closer the number is to 0, the darker it is (black). Personally, I like the idea of SW Pure White as it does have a tiny touch of softness while still acting considerably white. I have rooms with all exposures. Any input would be greatly appreciated!! It is affordable and fun! Clean is best. However, I DO have another one of Extra White on exterior trim…, Read more: FULL COLOUR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Extra White. So, I thought it was about time! I realize this thread is older but sure people still read it! ~Kylie, Hi Kylie!!! How does SW Pure white compare to BM Simply White and BM Chantilly lace? Your email address will not be published. Thank you so much! Great write up on WHITES! And in the end, if you can’t get a match that you feel confident with, I’m sad to say I wouldn’t do it . I try to give as much info for free on my blog, but if that doesn’t work, it might be time for a closer look! (D65 Illuminant, 2° observer) Color science, colorimetry, color data whatever you want to call it is no more difficult to understand and apply than LRV, light reflectance value. Thank you for your prompt reply. What’s LRV? It is a condo on the Gulf but the kitchen does not get much natural light. Alabaster and Pure White aren’t so different enough to put them together – too similar but with different approaches :). I wish there was one that was bang-on! You’ll find that Alabaster will neutralize a bit more in that eastern light, whereas it would have warmed up to it’s normal warm off-white self in a south facing space…overall it will be a soft, subdued whiteish looking colour…. There is one ice block window that faces east, so there is some natural light, but it’s quite dark still during the day. Due to the number of emails I get every day, I have to pick ‘n choose which questions to answer, focusing first on the ones that have mass appeal! What would be a nice white for that. I bet Pure White would be closer and I’d be less nervous for sure as at least it is more white. I’m a conservative, traditional girl when it comes to decorating. Do you think that would be ok for the walls? Hi Ruth! It will complement any modern space well. There are many types of grays and greiges, so I could suggest some off-whites, but if they have the wrong undertone for the type of gray you have (purple/green/blue/greige/warm) then you’re in big trouble! Notes likes this definitely help other readers! Both can look nice with SW Alabaster or the more clean look of SW Pure White! Thanks! I see you also love BM White Dove. Hi Kylie! 2. I learned so much!! I took what I could from the blog info. FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams High Reflective White, How to Choose the Best White for Your Kitchen Cabinets, Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…, Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! Keep in mind that the play of Pure White and Alabaster means that you’ll notice the warmth of Alabaster MORE, whereas it would fall back more if you had Alabaster trim/cabinets. Check out Sherwin Williams Snowbound. There is a bit of natural light from the window in the kitchen nook and then off the kitchen (separated by a wall w/a cut-through) there is a dining room window – but overall actual cooking/cabinet part of kitchen gets minimal light. But I’m stumped…Question…trying to decide on color for trim and wainscoting. My thanks!! . And yes, I think Pure White could be the fix – it’s pretty awesome…, Looking for a SW color to paint the walls of our mudroom (trim is BM white dove). I want to paint my south facing living room an off white by either BM or SW. I would love to help! She has chosen Sherwin Williams sky high, a very light, cool blue for every room walls and wants white trim. ouch!this is so hard! Thank you! Hi Jena! It does not come across as a really bright, stark white (LRV of 84) It has just enough softness to it (thanks to that little drop of gray) to stop it being in-your-face. Fyi, the kitchen cabinets are light maple and the family room furniture is in the warm family of colors. ~Kylie. We decided to go with Agreeable grey for 1st floor , foyer, upstairs hall and my master bedroom. This way I can look at your room and make suggestions that actually make sense! While our siding came in a factory-finish white, Extra White is a perfect match (I know because I painted the trim around the front door and it matches perfectly!). Just finished post for. An all-white or mainly white room with graphic silhouettes and strong lines can look modern. A southern exposure might enhance this and warm it up a bit too . Hi Randy, when it comes to personal questions, I do refer to my E-design! Hi Sarah, you BET! I need you precious advice about a “white” selection. It is on the creamy side with a dose of yellow. I’m painting the exterior of my house white with dark grey trim. 1 decade ago. I am trying to figure out the best SW white for cabinets to look best with our new white KitchenAid appliances. Hi Kylie, I actually try to keep most of my focus on BM and SW colours, as there are SO many other brands at some point my brain would max out, so, unfortunately, I’m not that helpful when it comes to Behr colours! For the cabinets along the wall, upper and lower? My husband is leaning towards High Reflective white and I feel that it will be TOO bright and TOO white, especially if we do decide to do doors. SW 7004 Snowbound Interior / Exterior. You might want a slightly cool, but not necessarily COLD colour to find a bit of a balance. So none of those look good in a North facing room. I stumbled upon your site as I am doing research on which white color to pick for the interior of my new home. Hi Kylie, Thanks for the information. Hi CJ! Which white from sherwin Williams will go the best with the quartz, Hi Amy, without seeing your home/quartz it’s just a guess, but you could check out SW PUre White. RELATED: The Best Paint Colors For Front Doors. Strange. Finally, would you put whichever white is chosen for cabinets/trim/doors on ceilings as well, or go with another ceiling white? Perfect, thank you for letting me know! And yes, Pure White is one of my fave go-to’s for flexibility, absolutely! I do try to give as much complimentary info as I can on my blog posts and if that doesn’t help, I do have an affordable e-design service! We are painting our celings, doors, and trim white next week. It has just the tiniest drop of warmth, so even though it’s crazy white, it doesn’t feel as stark as Extra White, despite being considerably brighter! It is super helpful. Cabinets, trim, doors, walls. Maybe ask to see Alabaster darkened by 25%, adding just a touch more body to it…. SW or Benjamin Moore… The woodwork Hi Sharon! I’m definitely a satin girl for trim and love matte or eggshell on the walls ;). Both are great IMHO. We are purchasing a beach home and want to redo the interior paint. or any other SW white color? I have to tell the painters by Monday. ~Kylie. Hi Lee, I’m glad you found my site helpful and it sounds like you’re doing an AMAZING remodel! Don’t have BM Store around, road trip needed, and I am truly amateur but it will drive me crazy if things would clash…yellow cabinets agains the backspash?or to stark? Our cabinets are pure white and though the rest of our walls are Mindful Gray but I eventually want to repaint them white or at least a lighter gray or griege. Hi Shaunna! But, you want your room to have that crisp, clean look, you may want to choose Extra White. Alabaster or creamy? It is a very elegant white that pulls colors of what is around it. My go-to white paint colours: SW Extra White for a more modern look that’s good in medium natural light. Behr Ultra Pure White. In a room with warm colors, I would also go with Pure White over Extra White. Our top contenders right now are SW Snowbound and BM White Heron. This cleans it up a stitch and also improves the coverage, as you will find that SW whites don’t cover well…at all. Your blog is great. I am slowly transitioning all the trim in my own home from Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White to Extra White and I love it. Have you thought about a darker version of Mindful Gray, ie: SW Dovetail? We don’t have morality police in the USA, however, Iran just hired 2,000 more to their payroll in June. Hi Sian! This way I can look at your siding/roof/stone/etc… otherwise it’s a wild guess! Notice the creamy warmth of Alabaster against the cool of Gray Owl. If you’d like some suggestions, I do have an affordable AND fun E-Design service. Hello! There is a local home done in SW Creamy and personally I find it too yellow (and it’s south facing). I’m worried white will look too “stark” any suggestions on off-white/cream color or do you think something else would pair better? Or look to dingy? Hi Jennifer – absolutely! Are there any white that combines with Wool Skein and Agreeable Grey? So helpful! Thank you!! Hi Amanda! Because it’s the whole room , The exposures are different. Appliances are stainless. Is there a wall, trim, and ceiling SW color in the white family that you think is a great combo with either of those for kitchen and great room? The only tricky thing is that SOME paint stores don’t carry it – I have no idea why. I MIGHt lean toward Alabaster if I were spending a lot of time in the room in the afternoon. What is a nice white to paint kitchen cabinets with. 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