Sherwin Williams High Reflective White Paint Review


If you're on a quest to find the perfect white paint that enhances the natural light and creates a sense of openness in your home, you've come to the right place.

High Reflective White by Sherwin Williams promises to brighten up the ambience of any room and is a super popular choice for trim and cabinetry in the kitchen and elsewhere.

So let's get started and discover whether this white paint color can truly make a difference in your home.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams High Reflective White?

SW High Reflective White is a crisp and clean white paint that can create a modern and sleek aesthetic and complement any decor style.

Is High Reflective White warm or cool?

Highly Reflective White is pretty doggone neutral; however if forced to make a choice, it will lean toward the cooler end of the spectrum. If you have a lot of cool natural light it will definitely read cooler, and if you have a lot of warm natural light, it will balance it out to a cooler effect.

What undertones does SW High Reflective White have?

High Reflective White has no noticeable undertones on its own. However, like many white paints, it's especially prone to picking up the predominant color tones surrounding it.

High Reflective White Sherwin Williams LRV

With an LRV of 93, High Reflective White is Sherwin Williams's brightest, cleanest white paint that, as its name suggests, reflects a lot of light.

Is High Reflective White too white?

You may be thinking "neutral paint, no undertones, what's not to love"?

High Reflective White Sherwin Williams can sometimes appear very bright and stark, especially in certain lighting conditions. Most designers recommend you steer clear of it for your home exterior (in fact, I couldn't find any SW High Reflective White exterior images to share with you).

Not only is it overly bright in the sun, but the lack of hue makes for poor coverage ...at least three paint coats is needed (or more if you're painting it over darker shades), which can add up to big expense fast.

(If you're on the hunt for exterior white paint, I've got you covered. Just head over to my paint reviews of Sherwin Williams Alabaster and Sherwin Williams Snowbound.)

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Rooms That Use High Reflective White

Let's focus first on the areas where High Reflective White shines brightest: interior trim (baseboards, moulding, and doors) and cabinetry. (Tip: when you're picking a trim color, I recommend you keep the same trim color throughout so your home looks cohesive and flows nicely from room to room.)

High Reflective White Sherwin Williams Trim

High Reflective White for trim is adaptable and pairs effortlessly with virtually any other color combination. In high traffic areas like a bathroom or staircase, use a high gloss enamel to make it durable and easy to clean.

Not sure which sheen to choose? I’ve got guidelines for you in 8 Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Color.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White cabinets

The kitchen is one of the most heavily used areas of the home, and needs a paint that resists stains and moisture. Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White brings a bright ambience to any kitchen design and stands up to heavy use.

Christie Kenny Interiors creates a visually striking look by pairing bright High Reflective White with dark and hearty Seaworthy by Sherwin Williams.

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MHM Professional Staging loves to use the versatility of High Reflective White to achieve a clean, spacious and simple look in this kitchen. Here it's paired with white marble countertops.

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Sherwin Williams 7757 High Reflective White walls

High Reflective White on walls is less common but that doesn't mean it won't work, depending on the design goals you have for the room.

The bright white is a perfect backdrop when you want other decor elements to stand out and take center stage. To create more interest and depth, pair with black or mixed metals and woodgrains.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White accents

Painting a dated fireplace with High Reflective White is a great way to breathe new life into tired brick. (Be sure to check out more of these amazing DIY brick fireplace makeovers!)

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This board and batten accent wall by Kylie M. Interiors features High Reflective White paint. The crisp white walls seem to expand the room giving it an airy spacious feel; when paired with gray and black metal the effect is clean and calm.

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SW High Reflective White Vs Other White Paint Colors

SW High Reflective White vs SW Pure White

Due to tiny drops of gray Sherwin Williams Pure White is a softer white than High Reflective White. Both paints are go-to shades for cabinetry and trim. If you love a high contrast pop of white, High Reflective White is the better choice. For walls and exterior, Pure White gets the nod.

SW High Reflective White vs SW Extra White

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White paint has a higher LRV and reflects more light, creating a brighter appearance than Sherwin Williams Extra White. With that bluish undertone, Extra White pairs best with cool colors (blues, grays, blacks) while High Reflective White happily pairs with just about any shade.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White vs Behr Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure White by Behr clocks in at 94, the highest LRV and the whitest of all the white paints. High Reflective White is the only paint that sits near it at 93, so the two shades are super similar: clean and vibrant whites with no undertone. Behr Ultra Pure White is a touch brighter.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White vs Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace is Benjamin Moore's brightest and purest white paint. Like High Reflective White, it has no discernible undertone, and again, the two paints are frankly tough to tell apart. Chantilly Lace may be just a hint softer.

Making a paint choice can be hard and it's really easy to get lost in all the choices; I recommend getting a sample of Sherwin Williams High Reflective White to see how it will look with your lighting conditions and decor to take the guesswork out of your decision.

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Other Things to Consider When Choosing Colors For Your Home

A lot of factors go into selecting colors for your home, and it goes way beyond paint color.

Things like your home color palette, existing colors in your home (that you may not be able to change), and the color of the natural light, or lack of natural light can change the way a color shows up in your home.

In my self-paced online color course, Color Made Clear, I walk you through all the steps to choosing and using color in your home to create a pulled together and cohesive look, even if you have things like cabinet color or floors you can't change.