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Discover the Versatility of SW Shoji White

Are you searching for the perfect white paint color for your home but don't know where to start? Look no further than Sherwin Williams' SW Shoji White! This popular paint color perfectly blends warmth and serenity, making it a versatile choice for interior and exterior spaces.

In this article, we'll look closer at SW Shoji White, providing exterior and interior examples, a personal review, and everything else you need to know to make the right choice for your home. So let's dive in and explore the beauty of SW Shoji White paint!

SW Shoji White paint on the exterior of a home with brick

Recently my daughter and her husband painted the exterior of their home SW Shoji White. They wanted a white color but more subtle and less bright white. After doing research, they settled on Shoji White.

I was so impressed by this white paint color that I couldn't wait to share a personal review on the blog. But to make this article even better, I am featuring other examples of this lovely color.

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SW Shoji White

Picking paint colors can be tricky. When you look at a tiny swatch, you see a beautiful color, but when painted on a wall, it can look completely different. The lighting, size of room, and other factors play a part in affecting a paint color.

In this blog post, my goal is to help you see Shoji White as clearly as possible to help you determine if this is the shade of white for you. So let's begin by talking about what is Shoji White, then examples of it on the exterior and interior, and lastly, our personal Shoji White review.

  • What is Shoji White?
  • SW Shoji White interior examples
  • SW Shoji White exterior examples
  • Sherwin Williams Shoji White review

What is Shoji White

Shoji White is a great off-white color by Sherwin Williams that is a subtle white on the exterior of a home, but on the interior, it is more off-white depending on how much light and what kind of light the room gets. This makes the light color extremely versatile and a good option both inside and out.

SW Shoji White FAQs

What Undertones Does Shoji White Have?

This white color has warm undertones with a greige color (gray and beige) appearance. With a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 74, it is soft and not overly bright. The RGB on this color is a nice middle row of numbers 230/223/211 which means it is a clean and clear color, not leaning toward red, blue, or green.

What is the Difference between Shoji White and Alabaster?

Alabaster by Sherwin Williams is also a popular white paint color. So what's the difference? Alabaster has an LRV of 82, higher than the LRV of Shoji White, making it a brighter paint. Shoji White has more depth and color, so it will have a warmer, cozier feeling. This makes Shoji White a better choice if you want a warmer color.

Here is more information on what is LRV in paint and how to use it when selecting paint colors.

Shoji White Interior Examples

One of the best ways to get a feel for how a color will look in a room is with examples of real homes where others have used this paint color. For the interior walls of your home, here are a few examples of using this warm neutral SW 7042.

Shoji White Kitchen Cabinets

Here is a great example of shoji white on kitchen cabinets. This is a good option if you want white cabinets but not bright white. Can you see how this color reads more off-white on the interior of a house?

Sherwin Williams Shoji White used on kitchen cabinets
Photo courtesy: weepingwillow.farmhouse

This is a beautiful example of Shoji on kitchen cabinets. With a warm cozy look, I love how this paint color contrasts with a white/white color like Extra White or Alabaster. To see more examples of Jami's kitchen or the rest of her beautiful farmhouse, hop over to Weeping Willow Farmhouse.

Shoji White Dining Room

Sherwin Williams' Shoji White is a stunning color choice for a dining room. If you want to keep things light but don't want white walls, then this is a great choice. Its warm undertones create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, while its soft white hue brings a sense of elegance and sophistication.

Photo courtesy: petersinteriors

Look how beautiful this warm white color looks in this minimalist dining room by Peters Interiors. Paired with black chairs and a black chandelier, it is a gorgeous combination.

Shoji White Office

Shoji White makes a beautiful backdrop for your home office. It's bright and sunny but warm enough not to overwhelm.

shoji white office
Photo courtesy: The Turquoise Home

Laura at The Turquoise Home has designed this sunny and fun home office using Shoji White on the walls. It makes the room feel welcoming without being overwhelmingly bright.

Shoji White Bathrooms

Shoji White by Sherwin Williams is an excellent neutral paint color choice for a bathroom because it creates a clean and serene atmosphere that is perfect for a space dedicated to relaxation and self-care. Its soft white hue reflects natural light, making the bathroom feel brighter and more spacious.

Photo courtesy: jen__levine

I love how Jen used this creamy white to transform her bathroom. It is absolutely gorgeous with her warm brown cabinet color! If you love before and after photos, you will want to hop over to her Instagram to check it out.

shoji white bathroom
Photo courtesy: Callaway Homes

Here's another great example from Callaway Homes of using Shoji White in a bathroom. I love how they use white on the outside cabinets and walls, acting like a frame for the central portion of the sink vanity.

Shoji White Bedroom

Because white paint colors are often associated with tranquility and cleanliness shoji white is a perfect option for a bedroom.

Photo courtesy: Bedient Design Co.

This soft and peaceful bedroom design is a great example using share shoji white. Because shoji white has a low saturation level this color creates the perfect environment for a bedroom. Look at how beautiful Bedient Design Co combined other soft and cozy elements like the bedding colors into this bedroom.

Shoji White Living Room

Shoji White paint is a great option for a living room's wall color because it is a neutral and versatile color that can complement different furniture styles and color schemes. Its warm undertones create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere that makes the living room feel comfortable and inviting.

Sherwin Williams Shoji White painted on walls of living room
Photo courtesy: ashleycrisostomorealtor

Another great example of using Shoji White inside of a home is this living room by Ashely at Ashley Crisostomo Realtor. Look how this color warms up this main living space for a cozy feeling and blends in nicely with all the other colors in the room.

SW Shoji White Exterior

Now let's head outside and look at a few examples of Shoji White on exterior walls. Shoji White is a popular exterior color with good reason.

Sw7042 is a great choice for a home's exterior because of its classic and versatile look that complements different architectural styles. It reflects sunlight and works well with different trim and accent colors, making it a practical option that enhances curb appeal and requires minimal maintenance.

Shoji White painted on the exterior of a home
Photo courtesy: Simply2moms

Here is a beautiful example of Shoji White on an exterior paired with stone. This home belongs to my friend Anne Marie over at Simply2moms. She has a great article sharing her journey of selecting this on-point paint color.

If you have a stone house and want a white that is a warm paint color, this is a great color to consider and there are so many options for shutter colors to use when using shoji white.

Shoji white and blue shutters on a ranch style house
Photo courtesy: Portico.sarahjones

Here is another beautiful example of a brick house painted Shoji White by Sarah at Portico Real Estate.

I love how they left the brick on the front of the house, showing on the steps and a row of bricks at the base of the porch. And look at the gorgeous blue shutters, Carolina Gull by Benjamin Moore, on the house. This shows you how this white paint color will match any color scheme.

Sherwin Williams Shoji White review

After looking at all the beautiful examples of Shoji White, you will be interested in learning that my daughter and I feel this is a fantastic exterior paint color, and here is why.

Shoji white painted on walls and ceiling of porch

First, the color Shoji White was painted on all the wood of her house. Savanna's home is a warm brown brick color with a wood porch, sides and back of the house. So everything that was wood was painted off white except for the back deck and the porch floor.

Shoji White painted on a porch of a brown brick home

Shoji is a great color that matches almost all brick colors. It is an easy color to work with and with a lower LRV, it has a soft appearance.

House exterior painted shoji white with iron ore shutters

If you are wondering about the shutter color, they are Iron Ore, a charcoal black color leaning toward a blue undertone.

Brick house painted shoji white

Here is a photo of the entire house except for the garage. My daughter planned to paint the brick, but after seeing all the wood painted Shoji White, she decided she liked the brick. It was the perfect paint color for her to contrast with the brick.

We give Shoji White five stars for the exterior. It is a beautiful off-white paint color. Compared to Alabaster which is another exterior favorite, Shoji is not as bright of a white.

For the interior, I would highly recommend it if you are looking for off-white colors but keep in mind that your lighting can alter colors. For example, if you are using a light bulb with a low kelvin, it will cast a yellow hue onto your paint, whereas a higher kelvin is a bluer color.

If you want your paint colors to be more natural, look for a mid-range kelvin light bulb like 4000 which is a neutral light.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this review of SW Shoji White. It's definitely one of my favorite whites. I love the versatility of this fantastic paint color. It's a wonderful choice for interiors and exteriors. If you're interested in seeing how it compares to similar off-white paint colors, check out these posts:

Now that you have direction on picking a white paint color check out paint like a pro for more help on painting a room yourself and how to pick a paint color for tips and tricks from a designer. .You can also get peel and stick paint samples of Shoji White from Samplize. Check it out, and let me know how your paint project goes!

Happy Decorating!

Anne from Simply2Moms

Sunday 16th of April 2023

Great review of a great color! Love what a perfect creamy white Shoji is. Thanks for sharing!

Linda McDonald

Monday 17th of April 2023

Thank you! I love what a perfect creamy white it is too.