If you've followed me for long, you know that choosing the right colors for your space plays a role in how your home feels and contributes to your - and your family's - sense of well-being. With hundreds of whites to choose from, picking white paint can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be.
Before your head starts spinning, let's get your paint project off to a good start by helping narrow down your white paint choices.
We'll start with a designer favorite for trim color: Sherwin Williams Snowbound SW 7004.
What Color is Snowbound by Sherwin Williams?
Sherwin Williams Snowbound white is a neutral white paint color that goes particularly well with shades of gray. It is in the off-white category.
Is Snowbound warm or cool?
Sherwin Williams Snowbound 7004 is similar to Alabaster white paint in that both are slightly warm but quite well-balanced between warm and cool. If I had to pick one, I'd say SW Snowbound is warm, but just barely and only enough to make it not too bright.
What are the Snowbound Sherwin Williams undertones?
Undertones in any white paint will always be more muted simply because there's not a lot of colorant for it to influence. Yet it's surprising how much impact that little muted undertone can have.
Snowbound is considerably softened by a mild gray undertone. It's not enough gray to drive it into the light gray paint category; it only calms any tendency toward stark, bright white.
Where Sherwin Williams Snowbound undertones get tricky is the tinge of taupe and yellow which may show up like an unwelcome guest in certain lighting conditions or when paired with certain colors.
Is Snowbound too white for walls?
Too white is definitely not the issue with Snowbound; it's the undertones. When you consider your whole house color palette, be careful about choosing Snowbound as your primary neutral unless you're pairing it with cooler and darker gray or violet shades. The sneaky undertones evident in SW 7004 Snowbound may be too unpredictable for walls throughout the whole house.
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What is the LRV of Snowbound?
LRV (light reflective value) is a scale to tell how light or dark a color is. The scale goes from 1 (blackest black) to 100 (true white).
Sherwin Williams Snowbound LRV is 83 which means it will reflect a lot of light back into a room.
In a north facing room without a lot of natural light Snowbound will favor its gray side and may even come off looking dirty white or yellowish. But Snowbound perks right up in a room with lots of windows or with warm south facing where it can look amazing and elegant.
Snowbound Sherwin Williams Vs Other White Paint
When compared to other whites, Snowbound usually looks more grayed out.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs Pure White
Pure White paint SW 7005 and Snowbound are neck and neck when it comes to brightness and both are sought-after trim colors. Seen together though you can really pick out that faint yellow lurking in Snowbound, while Pure White remains more gray.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs Alabaster
Alabaster white SW 7008 is another super popular color with a stronger beige undertone than Snowbound. It is far more likely than Snowbound to be used on walls, but Snowbound gets the nod for favorite trim color.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs Eider White
Snowbound and Eider White SW 7014 are on the same color strip but the similarity stops there. Eider White is significantly darker than Snowbound, and despite "white" being in its name, Eider White is technically a light gray.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs Greek Villa
When it comes to soft yellow undertones, SW Snowbound meets its match in Greek Villa SW 7551. Next to Greek Villa below, Snowbound reads grayer and cooler, proving once again how other color elements in the room will influence the look and feel of Snowbound.
What is the Sherwin Williams Snowbound Benjamin Moore equivalent?
Nothing matches exactly. White Dove and Vanilla Milkshake are close though.
What is the Sherwin Williams Snowbound Behr equivalent?
Chalk and Diamonds Therapy are two near matches but again, neither is a perfect match.
Examples Of Rooms With Sherwin Williams Snowbound Paint
Many people love Snowbound and it can be a beautiful white in the right situation. Let's check out some real life examples.
Snowbound Sherwin Williams exterior
Snowbound is definitely not too much bright white for this exterior designed by Eldrige Company. This dramatic pairing of Snowbound with a charcoal gray trim and roof emphasizes Snowbound's warmth and makes it look almost creamy in comparison.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound interior walls
If you decide to use Snowbound white on your walls, you can down play its undertones by also choosing it as your trim and even the ceiling color like this entry area. The contrast of the white paint with the darker elements along with the abundance of natural light plays right into Snowbound's strengths.
Living Room Snowbound Sherwin Williams
Natural light also flows into this room where Jennifer at City Farmhouse chose Snowbound for her room remodel. She deliberately went for the grayer undertones which work beautifully with the dark curtains and modern farmhouse vibe.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound bathroom
The dark moody vanities add a punch of wow to each bathroom below while Snowbound walls give the eye a place to rest. By now you may be noticing the trend with these room examples...
Snowbound + contrasting gray/blue/purple = happy room
Sherwin Williams Snowbound cabinets
Mindful Gray cabinets team up with Snowbound shelves above them to create a calm and balanced ambience.
Does Snowbound work on shiplap? Yup - it's a great choice for that, crown molding, and wainscoting too. Love this mudroom's nice clean canvas with the Snowbound shiplap.
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Sherwin Williams Snowbound kitchen cabinets
Sarah at Room for Tuesday achieved that same calm and balanced vibe in this stunning mid-century modern kitchen and dining nook remodel. She chose Snowbound for the kitchen cabinets, where the brilliant gold hardware stands out, as well as for the nook paneling.
SW Snowbound bedroom
Creams, whites, grays and blacks add up to quiet sophistication in this bedroom by Z Design at Home. Snowbound provides the crisp clean backdrop on the walls and trim.
Notice Snowbound veered toward a slightly taupe undertone in this master bedroom by The Spoiled Home. Nevertheless it works beautifully with the neutral color scheme.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound Trim
White is always a popular and timeless trim color and Snowbound Sherwin Williams' classic beauty works especially well to bring out the best features of your home. In fact Snowbound is happiest when used mainly as a trim.
This exterior features lovely Snowbound trim with Agreeable Gray as the primary color.
Snowbound looks crisp and white in this detailed window trim work by Ponderosa Mountain House. Wall color is Eider White, which we mentioned before is more of a gray.
What Are Sherwin Williams Snowbound Coordinating Colors?
It's evident from the room examples that SW Snowbound plays well with cool grays/purples/black, and that its lack of versatility can be somewhat limiting. Just know up front that going all out with Snowbound will limit your choices for secondary and accent colors.
Since this is one of the trickier paint colors you won't want to pass up an opportunity to live with Snowbound paint color samples on your walls for a few days. Always look at the color in various lighting situations before settling on a final choice.
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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.