Shoji White Sherwin Williams – What You Need To Know


There are many Sherwin Williams white paint colors to choose from and narrowing it down to the perfect neutral paint choice for your home can be a daunting task.

To help you tame the paint overwhelm, I've been highlighting some of the most popular white paint colors that designers and homeowners turn to again and again. Shoji White Sherwin Williams is a gorgeous interior and exterior off-white color that may be just what you're searching for.

Let's take a look at what this elegant and sophisticated white paint color has to offer.

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What Color is Sherwin Williams Shoji White?

Shoji White Sherwin Williams is a warm creamy off-white that borders on being a greige paint color due to its undertones. Shoji White is flexible enough to be used in a variety of ways, including as a primary or accent interior wall color and exterior siding color. Its also a top choice for builtins and cabinetry.

(If however, you are looking for a crisp bright white rather than off-white for your baseboards and trim, check out my reviews for Sherwin Williams Pure White or High Reflective White instead.)

What are SW Shoji White undertones?

White paint comes with a staggering amount of undertone variance. If you choose a white with yellow-pink-brown undertones it will look cozier and less crisp than a white with gray-blue-purple undertones such as Sherwin Williams Extra White. With its warm beige undertones, Shoji White SW gives off a friendly and inviting vibe while still feeling modern and chic.

Shoji White has also been known to unexpectedly pick up surrounding green shades, so be aware of this if you're considering it for an exterior paint and live in a forested area.

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What is the Shoji White LRV?

LRV (light reflective value) is a scale used to tell how much light a paint reflects or absorbs. The scale goes from 1 (absorbs no light) to 100 (reflects the maximum amount of light). The LRV of Shoji White is 74 which puts it in on the high end of mid-range as a shade that will reflect back a good amount of light and look airy and bright in a room.

Shoji White paint will also look warm in a room facing any direction but north, where it will appear cooler.

A color may look perfect on a paint strip at the store but not so great once its on your walls. To prevent paint mistakes, I recommend testing Sherwin Williams Shoji White on your walls to be sure it doesn't clash with your own unique home decor.

The Best Way To Test Paint Colors On Your Walls

No need to buy paint samples and paint big squares of each color on your walls! Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples from all major paint brands delivered to your door so you can put them up on the wall with no mess.

Examples Of Homes With SW Shoji White Color Palette

Shoji White exterior

If your home is shaded most of the day, a warm white like Shoji White SW 7042 is a great choice because it has enough color to not look overly bright or too washed out in strong sunlight.

Peppeard Design brightened up a drab and dated Tudor home with Shoji White painted brick which played up the different architectural patterns in the roof and windows. Trim is SW Balanced Beige.

What do you do with a white paint and a black paint that go with nearly everything? You pair them together, of course! The versatility of both SW Tricorn Black and SW Shoji White exterior paint is represented in this modern farmhouse home by House of Rad.

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There's backyard inspiration galore in this outdoor living and dining room by Peach and Pine Interiors. Shoji White SW on the walls and trim invite relaxation in this outdoor setting.

Shoji White bedroom

Beige can get a bad rap for being boring but these bedroom retreats are anything but. Layering a spectrum of soft neutral shades in a bedroom brings a calm atmosphere making it the perfect place to hibernate after a hard day. SW 7042 Shoji White on the walls keeps these rooms feeling fresh and warm and adds to the air of subdued relaxation.

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Shoji White walls

Shoji White is an unobtrusive backdrop for all your room elements. As a warm shade, Sherwin Williams Shoji White walls goes particularly well with the wood and dark metal finishes in this foyer and great room.

SW Shoji White can integrate into just about any home decor style from traditional to contemporary to industrial style. The Shoji White living room and office below are modern and chic and Shoji White has just enough color to give a subtle contrast to the white furnishings.

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Shoji White kitchen

Shoji White's ability to harmonize with wood tones is highlighted in this kitchen where the Shoji White walls contrast beautifully with the beams, flooring, door and furniture. (Cabinetry is a custom color.)

The clients in this kitchen designed by SJM Designs were tired of dark cherry cabinets. Sherwin Williams Shoji White cabinets came to the rescue with a major aesthetic transformation from dark to bright and clean.

SW Shoji White Vs Other White Paint Colors

Let's compare Shoji White paint color with some other popular whites that are similar in hue.

Shoji White vs Alabaster

SW Alabaster 7008 is an extremely popular white paint choice for walls, brighter and lighter than SW Shoji White. Some people shy away from Alabaster though because it can read yellow due to its undertone. Shoji White will never look yellow, thanks to its mix of beige and gray undertones. Shoji White walls with Alabaster trim would be an excellent choice.

Shoji White vs White Duck

At first glance these two shades are practically twins, but SW White Duck 7010 has a bit less warmth than SW Shoji White 7042 because of a cooler grayish undertone. If you can't decide between the two, apply both colors to the wall with your peel-and-stick Samplize paint samples and sit with them a few days in a variety of lighting.

Shoji White vs Swiss Coffee

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee and Sherwin Williams Alabaster (mentioned above) are pretty doggone close and both are highly popular white paint choices for walls. Shoji's stronger beige undertones keep it from ever flashing yellow and give it a tad more warmth than Swiss Coffee. Shoji White has enough saturation to even be used as a neutral accent wall, while Swiss Coffee is light enough that it could double as a trim color as well as a wall color.

Shoji White Color Scheme

Whites with warm undertones like Shoji White pair best with lighter warm-toned whites for a lovely trim complement. Consider SW Alabaster, SW Snowbound or SW Greek Villa.

For Shoji White coordinating colors in monochromatic shades you can't go wrong with anything in the warm greige paint family such as SW Accessible Beige, SW Alpaca and SW Amazing Gray.

Contrasting color options that work well are SW Urbane Bronze, SW Iron Ore and SW Krypton as well as black metal and dark wood tones.

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.