How to Choose the Perfect White

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Are you having a hard time picking the right white? We're here to help! The shade you select can dramatically impact the look and feel of a room. Read these simple tips below to learn how to choose the perfect white.

Cool Whites

If you have a room with cool hues, like blue, it’s best to select a white that also has cool undertones. Cool whites make a great complement to clear and deeply saturated colors, bringing a clean look to any design while still offering a sharp contrast. Sunlit rooms are a good match with these whites, as they offset natural light which is inherently warm. Embrace the clean canvas your cool white provides and use it to make your favorite artwork stand out.

Cool Whites

Warm Whites

Warm undertones tend to have a base of yellow or red and provide a warm and welcoming feel to any room. These whites work well in a room with warm furnishings and decor, and create smooth transitions from room to room. These shades also combine well with natural materials (such as wood), creating an organic flow throughout the space.

Warm Whites

Pure Whites

The purest and brightest of whites can be suitable for modern, traditional, rustic and eclectic spaces. This versatile palette contains the least amount of undertone, so choosing accent colors in the form of paint, furniture and decor is not only made easier, but more fun! Now your favorite bold color will stand out even more when paired with one of these bright supporting shades.

Pure Whites

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Use the Sherwin-Williams color display for fast and easy color selection and as your guide when trying to determine the perfect hue. Whites and off-whites are grouped together to help you identify subtle variations.

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