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Ultimate Guide to Sherwin Williams Off-White Paint Colors

Off-white paint colors are popular for homeowners because they are versatile, timeless, and make a space feel larger and brighter. Sherwin Williams offers various off-white paint colors, so you can find the perfect shade to match your style and needs.

Whether you're looking for a warm, inviting color or a cool, sophisticated hue, Sherwin Williams has an off-white paint color that's perfect for you.

In this blog post, we'll look at some of the most popular Sherwin Williams off-white paint colors and examples of the different shades on the interior and exterior of homes. We'll also provide tips on choosing the right off-white paint color for your home.

So, what are you waiting for? Read on to learn more about Sherwin Williams off-white paint colors!

Sherwin Williams off white paint color - shoji white exterior

Recently my daughter painted the exterior of her house a Sherwin Williams off-white paint color, and I feel like this opened the door to sharing everything wonderful about off-white.

Did you know that off-white paint colors account for over 50% of paint sales? You know that if a color has high sales, it must be an easy paint color to use in your home interior and exterior.

More interesting facts about off-white paint colors are that they are usually warm, neutral shades, making them pleasant to live within your home and easy to work with when decorating.

But probably the best fact about off-white is that they pair nicely with various decor styles, making them a great choice for any home. Plus, they are easy to care for and can be easily updated if your style changes.

Now, are you convinced that off-white is a great color to consider for your home? Either way, keep reading because I have some amazing examples to share and more information to help you make the best decision in your painting selection.

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission if you purchase using the links below at no extra cost to you. All opinions are all my own.

Sherwin Williams Off White Colors FAQ's:

What is an Off-White Paint Color?

Off-white paint colors are white with another color added, usually red, blue, or green, giving it a slight beige, gray or greige undertone. This paint color is commonly used on walls because it is easy to pair with patterns, textures, decor styles, and other colors.

Other names for off-white are frosted, tinted, fair, ivory, and pearl. You will surely find it simple and easy to work with, no matter what you call off-white.

But you might be asking what the difference between off-white and white paint is. The easiest way to explain this is by looking at the light reflective value, or LRV, of white and off-white colors.

White colors are in the 100 to 80 range, while off-white is below 80. With a lower light reflectance value, off-white is more subtle, less bright, and casts a slight tinge of color.

Here is more information about what is LRV in paint.

What Paint is Best for Off-White?

There will be many factors that will help you determine which is the best off-white color for your home. Each off-white paint color will have a slightly different appearance if used on the exterior or interior of the home. You will also need to consider the style of your home, how much light the space gets, and the flooring and furniture you're using in the room.

Benefits of Using an Off-White Paint Color

Because off-white is a safe and easy color to work with, let's look at how wonderful a color it can be.

  • Versatile: Off-white paint colors can be paired with various décor styles, making them a great choice for any home.
  • Timeless: Off-white paint colors are classic and timeless, so you can be sure they will never go out of style.
  • Can make a space feel larger and brighter: Off-white paint colors reflect light, making a space feel larger and brighter, but because they have a lower LRV, they are a softer choice than white/white colors.
  • Easy to care for: Off-white paint colors are easy to clean and maintain.
  • Can be easily updated if your style changes: Off-white paint colors are a great choice if you're unsure what color you want to use in your home. You can easily update the color of your walls if your style changes in the future.

Popular Sherwin Williams Off-white Paint Colors

Now that you know how easy off-white is to work with, you might wonder what the most popular Sherwin Williams off-white paint colors. Here is a list of the most sold, popular, and best off-white to consider for your home.

  • Accessible Beige SW 7036: This warm, neutral beige is a great choice for any room in your home.
  • Alabaster SW 7008: This soft, light ivory is a classic and timeless color that will never go out of style.
  • Eider White SW 7014: This cool, grayish white is a great choice for rooms with a lot of natural light.
  • Pure White SW 7006: This crisp, clean white is a great choice for any room that needs a bright and airy feel.
  • Snowbound SW 7063: This warm, off-white is a great choice for rooms that need a touch of warmth.
  • Shoji White SW 7042: This neutral off-white is a good down-the-middle color, meaning it is a clean, clear color, that looks white on the exterior of a house and is a great choice for an off-white interior.

Now let's look at examples of these off-white colors.

Accessible Beige SW 7036

Accessible beige is the first of our warm whites and is probably the most popular choice for a beige or off-white color sold by Sherwin Williams. With the lowest LRV of 58, this is the darkest off-white, most popular Sherwin Williams paint color.

Accessible beige has gray undertones which makes it a versatile color and an excellent choice for any room. This warmer white has an earthy cozy feeling and looks beautiful next to white/white colors.

SW 7036, with its warmer tones, looks great on interior walls and exterior. Here is an example used by Jenna Sue Design for her bathroom wall color.

Popular off white paint color called accessible beige by Sherwin Williams

Check out this Sherwin Williams beige paint color post for more ideas if you want a deeper off-white color.

Shoji White SW 7042

When I was doing my research, this color was sometimes considered a popular SW color, while others didn't include it. However, I wanted to share this color because my daughter recently used it on her exterior, and it is a beautiful example of an off-white with a creamy undertone.

Shoji white painted on walls and ceiling of porch

Shoji white is a warm creamy white that leans towards greige. With a light reflectance value of 74, this off-white reads a nice neutral white color on the exterior, while on the interior, it has more of an off-white, creamy look.

Check out more examples and our personal review of this color in my Sherwin Williams Shoji White post.

Eider White SW 7014

Here is another off-white that is in the 70s LRV range. Eider White SW 7014 is a light grayish-white paint color by Sherwin Williams. It has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 73, which means it is a fairly light color. It has a slight pink undertone, which can be more noticeable in certain lighting conditions.

Off white paint color by Sherwin Williams called Eider white

Here is a lovely example of Eider white on Steffianglewood kitchen cabinets on Instagram. This off-white color has a lower LRV which looks white by itself but paired with a white/white color, it comes across as a warm white paint color.

If you are looking for cabinet paint colors then check out this Sherwin Williams white paint colors post.

Alabaster SW 7008

Sherwin Williams Alabaster is probably one of my favorite white to off-white paint colors by Sherwin Williams, and this is why. Alabaster is a soft, light ivory paint color.

It has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 82, which means it is a very light color. Alabaster is a great option if you want white walls with a bit of warmth. It has a warm, beige undertone, which gives it a slightly creamy appearance.

Off white paint color called Alabaster by Sherwin Williams

Here is a great example of using Alabaster in my niece's guest bathroom renovation. This bathroom has only one small window, making it a great candidate for white color.

Because Alabaster is slightly off-white with a high LRV, it was the perfect color for this tiny space. It bounces a lot of light, making the room feel larger, while the warm undertone keeps it from feeling cold.

Snowbound SW 7004

Snowbound SW 7004 is a white paint color by Sherwin-Williams. It is a warm, soft white that can appear grayish in certain lighting conditions.

Snowbound has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 83, reflecting a lot of light back into the room. This makes it a good choice for rooms with a lot of natural light. Snowbound white looks great on trim, as it will help to brighten up any space.

Exterior painted Snowbound by Sherwin Williams

Here is a great example of Snowbound used on the exterior of a house. This beautiful home belongs to my friend Jennifer at GraciousSpaces on Instagram. Because snowbound is more on the white side of off-white, it reads white on the exterior but in a more subtle way.

Some pros to Snowbound is that it is a warm, soft white color that reflects a lot of light. It is a great choice for time and versatile, meaning you can use it in any room. The cons of snowbound are that it appears grayish in certain lighting conditions.

This Sherwin Williams exterior paint colors post is a great place to learn more about white colors.

Pure White SW 7005

Sherwin Williams Pure White SW 7005 is a warm, bright white paint color that is perfect for a variety of rooms in your home. It has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 84, reflecting a lot of light back into the room.

Because this brighter white color has a high LRV, it leans more toward white but is still considered off-white. This high reflective white color is a great choice for rooms that do not get a lot of natural light. On the exterior, it will read as white instead of off-white. In fact, it will be a bright white like Snowbound.

What makes Pure White a great selection? It has a warm and bright white appearance, reflects a lot of light, is a good choice for trim color, and is can be used in any room. This color's downside is that it appears yellow in certain light conditions.

Sherwin Williams pure white paint color

Here is a great example of Pure White on cabinets by Tina at Mimishousewego on Instagram. See how it reads more on the white side? A nice bright off-white makes for great white cabinet color.

Here is more information about Pure White and other popular Sherwin Williams paint colors.

How to choose the right off-white paint color for your home

When selecting any paint color, I recommend starting with the popular, most-sold colors. To make that easy for you, I have included those off-white colors. Next, look at the undertones and LRV of each other to determine which off-white is best for your rooms or home.

Consider the size and shape of a room and whether it has natural light. This will help determine if you want a whiter off-white or a darker off-white.

Different design styles of offwhite will work with any style, for example, farmhouse, boho, vintage, transitional, traditional, cottagecore, country, Scandinavian, modern, and more. The perfect choice will be the off-white that speaks to you and your vision of your ideal home.

For more detailed information, check out my blog post on how to pick a paint color.


In conclusion, there are many beautiful Sherwin Williams off-white paint colors. Whether you're looking for a warm or cool tone, light or dark shade, or a traditional or modern look, you're sure to find the best Sherwin Williams off-white color that is the perfect paint color for your home.

When choosing an off-white paint color, it's important to consider the overall style of your home, the other colors you'll be using and how much light the space gets.

For example, if you have a traditional home with dark wood floors and moldings, you might want to choose a warm off-white color like Alabaster. If you have a modern home with light gray walls and floors, you might want to choose a cool off-white color like Agreeable Gray.

No matter what your style, there's an off-white paint color that's perfect for you. So take some time to browse the Sherwin Williams selection and share the perfect color for you in the comment.

Happy Decorating!

Scherri Gollehon

Saturday 29th of April 2023

Hi Linda, I enjoy your articles, thank you for sharing. Please tell me where you bought the lovely striped dress you have on in the side picture of this article. Thank you, Scherri

Linda McDonald

Monday 1st of May 2023

You're welcome! I am glad you enjoyed it. The dress I am wearing while standing at my front door is from Shein. I got it over a year ago, so they may not have it for sale anymore.