Ethereal White is the perfect color for anyone looking for a richer white without heavy cream tones.
This color is far from being one of Sherwin Williams most popular whites, but I think it’s going to get there!
If gray is being pried out of your unwilling little paws (same), Ethereal White is a great way to dip your toes into whites and warmer neutrals.
In this post I will show you Ethereal White in comparison to other popular whites, take a look at it in real homes, and of course, give you some dupes!
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Ethereal White (SW 6182)
Ethereal White is a fairly neutral off-white. It is too dark to be considered a true white.
It can look creamy, gray, or even a little green, depending on lighting and other finishes.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Ethereal White
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
At 76, Ethereal White is most definitely not a true white paint color. It even toes the line between an off-white and beige.
What Are the Undertones of SW Ethereal White
Ethereal White is a rich off-white with gentle green undertones.
You could also say that it has gray undertones, but the grayish tones are pretty up front. There is nothing super yellow about Ethereal White.
Is Ethereal White Warm or Cool
Ethereal White is definitely a warm white, because it is in the yellowy region of the color wheel.
What I like about it, is that it doesn’t look like a warm buttery yellow. It isn’t cool at all, but the bit of gray helps it stay pretty neutral.
Ethereal White Color Strip
Sherwin Williams has Ethereal White on a color strip with a couple of heavy hitters: Dried Thyme and Rosemary.
The colors on this strip are all really versatile and neutral.
One Shade Darker Than Ethereal White
If you are wanting a color like Ethereal White that is not an off-white, check out Conservative Gray (SW 6183).
It has an LRV of 63, so it is definitely an actual color, and not a white.
Here are the other colors in this strip:
Sherwin Williams Austere Gray (6184)
Sherwin Williams Escape Gray (6185)
Sherwin Williams Dried Thyme (6186)
Sherwin Williams Rosemary (6187)
Check out my post about Rosemary.
Sherwin Williams Shade Grown (6188)
Sherwin Williams also tacks their color of the year for 2022 “Evergreen Fog” onto this same strip:
You can read my post about Evergreen Fog here.
What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Ethereal White?
First we always have traditional wood trim as an option. This always seems to look good with colors in the green family!
Here in the dining room designed by Project Phoenix (@projectphoenixflips) you can see it at work:
For this home they actually have a bit of both: Some traditional wood trim and some white. We will see more of this project in just a moment!
White Paint that Goes with Ethereal White
If you are after the perfect white paint to pair with Ethereal White, there are a few options to consider. The first should be Ethereal White!
If you want Ethereal White to look as light and bright as possible, or trick the eye into thinking it is white, use it on the trim too.
I have some great examples of this done successfully with a similar color in my post about Shoji White.
Here is a graphic of other options:
Ethereal White with Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
High Reflective White is Sherwin Williams whitest white. It is perfect for maximum white contrast with an off-white like Ethereal.
Just remember that any bright white will show off the color more, and the walls will look less white.
Ethereal White with Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Snowbound is actually a pretty true white. It isn’t as bright as High Reflective White, and instead has a hint of softness. It’s a nice choice for some contrast, but still allowing Ethereal White to look more white.
Another white option is Sherwin Williams Extra White. I didn’t include it in the graphic, because you will see it in quite a few photos coming up!
Ethereal White with Darker Contrasting Trim
If you are choosing an off-white like Ethereal, consider doing a darker trim instead, like Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.
(I have a few pictures of Agreeable Gray trim with creamy walls here.)
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White Home Interior
Okay, on to the fun part!
Ethereal White is a relatively difficult color to find in real life, so I am soooo grateful to Project Phoenix for sharing their photos with me.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White Bedroom
First up, here is Ethereal White in the bedroom:
I feel like you can really appreciate how neutral it is here!
As I mentioned earlier, the trim color is Sherwin Williams Extra White.
I love the contrasting doors!
Real wood like these can be hard to come by, but you could replicate the look with black interior doors.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White Living Room
This home has such great light!
I actually think this might be a bedroom again, but you can use your imagination here.
So soft and pretty!
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White Bathroom
Here is Ethereal White in a small cozy bathroom.
This is giving me country vibes!
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White Kitchen
Finally we have Ethereal White in the kitchen:
To get a look like this kitchen, you might like Sherwin Williams Clary Sage for cabinets.
Or, check out my post: Trend-Setting Green Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
I would have liked to show you Ethereal White on cabinets as well, but like I said, this color is a bit hard to find!
You could definitely use Ethereal White on the walls with oak cabinets. This color works great with all shades of wood.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White Color Palette
I used the clean soothing vibes of this home to inspire my Ethereal White color palette:
Of course white is really versatile, so you could try it out with any of your favorite colors!
Ethereal White Complementary & Coordinating Colors
I put SW Extra White in this palette because it was used so successfully in this example home, but you might also like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
Gray Owl is a greenish beige neutral that would work amazing with Ethereal White’s warm green tones.
You might also like Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay
Oyster Bay is a smoky sea grass kind of color. It is a bit brighter in real life than it looks in a swatch. Super pretty!
Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue
Vintage Vogue is a rich dark green that you can use like a neutral.
Sherwin Williams Cyberspace
Cyberspace is a nice alternative to black. It’s like if charcoal and navy had a baby.
Ethereal White Compared to Other Sherwin Williams Paint Colors
You have already seen the difference between Extra White and Snowbound compared to Ethereal White, but here are a few more Sherwin Williams white comparisons.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Moderne White (SW 6168)
If it made any sense to choose a dupe for Ethereal White from Sherwin Williams themselves, I guess the top choice would be Moderne White.
So what is the difference?
You tell me! (Jk….I did actually have to figure it out.)
Moderne White is a teeny tiny bit darker than Ethereal White, with an LRV of 74. It is also a little warmer, so closer to orange than to green.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Alabaster (SW 7008)
Alabaster is probably Sherwin Williams’ most popular white.
It is lighter, brighter, and warmer than Ethereal White.
The LRV of SW Alabaster is 82.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Pure White (SW 7005)
Pure White has a bit of the same grayed out quality that Ethereal White has, but in an overall lighter color. Technically Pure White is also a touch warmer.
The LRV of Pure White is 84.
Don’t Forget Your Supplies!
This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!
Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.
DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)
This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.
Ethereal White vs Popular Benjamin Moore Whites
Before we move on to the dupes: Here is how Sherwin Williams Ethereal White stacks up against a couple popular choices from Benjamin Moore, that you might also be considering.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee (OC-45)
Swiss Coffee is an uber popular Benjamin Moore white. It is a little warmer than SW Ethereal White, and not gray at all.
Swiss Coffee does have a tendency to look a little yellow, which is why it isn’t one of my personal favorites. The LRV is 83.93, so it is also quite a bit lighter.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)
White Dove is a really nice warm white by Benjamin Moore that is nice and light. With an LRV of 85.38 it is a true white.
White Dove is in a similar area on the color wheel to Ethereal White, but without any gray.
Dupes for Sherwin Williams Ethereal White
Time to get into some dupes! Here are the closest ones from every competing brand that we will be looking at:
Benjamin Moore Ethereal White Dupes
Let’s start with the Benjamin Moore dupes! I’ve narrowed it down to White River and Grandma’s China.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Benjamin Moore White River (1499)
White River is probably the closest Benjamin Moore equivalent to Ethereal White.
It is a touch darker, with an LRV of 74 (73.69) and a little less gray.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Benjamin Moore Grandma’s China (CSP-365) aka Behr Soft Focus (T18-09)
The hex code for Grandma’s China is the same as for Behr’s “Soft Focus” so this is a two-for-one dupe for Ethereal White!
This color is a touch warmer (closer to orange) and a little less gray than Ethereal White.
Benjamin Moore says that the LRV of Grandma’s China is 72.48, but Behr says the LRV of Soft Focus is 75, so that’s interesting.
I think 75 is more accurate, because there’s no way this color is 3.5 points darker than Ethereal White (in my opinion).
Valspar Ethereal White Dupes (Lowe’s)
Next let’s take a look at Valspar color matches for Ethereal White.
I actually found quite a few great options. I narrowed it down to four, but the closest two are Gilded Linen and Satin Snow.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Valspar Gilded Linen (6002-1A)
Like a lot of these dupes, Gilded Linen is just a touch warmer and less gray that Ethereal White.
Gilded Linen is also a hair lighter, with an LRV of 73.838.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Valspar Satin Snow (7004-17)
The LRV of Valspar’s Satin Snow is right on the money with Ethereal White, at 76.128. It is just a little bit warmer.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Valspar Mineral Ash (7006-19)
Valspar’s Mineral Ash is one of the only dupes that is actually a bit more gray than Ethereal White.
It is also a little lighter, with an LRV of 77.015.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Valspar Divine Cream (7006-8)
Divine Cream is a bit cooler (greener) and lighter than Ethereal White, with an LRV of 77.053.
Ethereal White Behr Dupes (Home Depot)
Here’s a reminder of all the dupes we’re covering:
Behr makes two close equivalents to Ethereal White: White Pepper and Weathered White.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Behr White Pepper (PPU24-13)
The first Behr color match to Ethereal White, is the shade White Pepper.
White Pepper is a little bit warmer and lighter than Ethereal White. It has an LRV of 78.
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Behr Weathered White (HDC-NT-21)
Equally close to SW Ethereal White, but in slightly different ways, is the Behr shade Weathered White.
Weathered White is still lighter, with an LRV of 77, but a bit closer than White Pepper.
On the other hand, Weathered White is even warmer than White Pepper, so it is a bit further from the tone of Ethereal White.
You can see in the comparison how Ethereal White does look more greenish in comparison to Weathered White.
Finally, one last comparison that is not a color match at all! :
Sherwin Williams Ethereal White vs Behr Ethereal White (BL-W04)
I always like to compare colors of the same name when I get the chance, and Behr also has a shade named “Ethereal White.”
Behr’s version of Ethereal White is a very pale blue, so nothing like the warm off-white of Sherwin Williams Ethereal White.
The LRV of Behr Ethereal White is 86.
Ethereal White Final Moody Musings
I hope you enjoyed this deep dive into the heavenly world of Ethereal White!
Shall we summarize?
- Ethereal White is a grayed down version of creamy white with subtle green undertones
- Ethereal White is darker than traditional whites (and even some off-whites) so you would not use it in place of a “true” white
- This color is a great compromise between gray, beige, and white
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