It’s not until you start choosing your paint colors that you realize white isn’t “just white.” There are green whites, red whites, warm whites, cool whites, and straight-out-of-the-can whites.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound is a gorgeous white paint color that I think will appeal to just about anyone! Read on to see it in real homes, and to compare it to other popular whites.
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Snowbound (7004)
Snowbound is a versatile white from Sherwin Williams, that is actually on the orange-red spectrum.
Snowbound RGB is 237, 234, 229.
Hex code is #edeae5.
Is Snowbound Warm or Cool?
I would say that Snowbound is a fairly neutral white. While it should read warm because it is in the red-orange family, it is cooler than most whites that are in the yellow family.
I was surprised to see that on an exterior it looks much creamier than it ever looks inside. (In my opinion.)
What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Snowbound?
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.
The LRV of Snowbound is 83 (where 0 is true black and 100 is pure white). That’s kind of a middle of the road white. Creamy whites start in that range, but Snowbound reads brighter because it’s more neutral.
All whites are the lightest shade of a particular color, and for Snowbound that is orange. Compared to yellow whites, Snowbound reads more neutral and even slightly cool.
On the wall next to a creamy white, Snowbound would appear more gray.
I actually like this, because I prefer for a color to go more gray than yellow.
If you are very sensitive to pink, you may not like Snowbound.
I don’t even want to say that, because it really is a beautiful true white. There are plenty of real life photos here to help you decide for yourself, but there is one bathroom photo where I point it out for you.
Is Snowbound A Bright White?
Snowbound is a true white, but not a cool white. So it has a bright and airy feel but it isn’t stark.
It depends on your definition of “bright.” To me, bright white is anything that appears straight white and not creamy, and I think Snowbound does this.
If you are wondering if it is a blue white, then no.
What Color Trim Goes With Snowbound
If you love the color, there is no reason you couldn’t paint the trim in Snowbound as well. In an older home with beveled trim that may be your best option.
I painted our 1970’s bungalow enough times that it was hard to tell where the wall stopped and the trim began! A seamless finish in Snowbound would actually be quite nice.
Otherwise, I would keep it simple and go with a clean white for trim and doors. In Sherwin Williams that might be Extra White. That’s the combo that Liz from @building_up_toelle went with:
It’s a very subtle difference because the LRV of Extra White is almost the same! Keep your eyes peeled for more from Liz in just a minute when we look through some homes.
Using Snowbound on Trim
Of course there is always a chance that you are here because you want to use Snowbound for trim only. I’ve got you covered!
Snowbound is actually a great trim choice because it isn’t as creamy as something like Sherwin Williams Alabaster, but it’s softer than something like High Reflective White.
Here is a home with Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White on the walls, and Snowbound on the trim:
Want more white-on-white combos? Check out: White Walls with White Trim? (Alabaster with Pure White & More!)
Snowbound Complementary & Coordinating Colors
Honestly you can use Snowbound with pretty much anything. It’s a very flexible white.
Most Popular Coordinating Colors for Snowbound
Here are some of the most popular neutral color schemes that include Sherwin Williams Snowbound.
Sherwin Williams Peppercorn (SW 7674)
Peppercorn is a medium charcoal gray. It is technically completely gray, but if it shifts it tends to look like a blue gray.
Peppercorn is such a nice moody color!
I will show you these two colors together when we get to exteriors.
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)
Agreeable Gray is one of Sherwin Williams’ most popular colors. It’s actually a “greige” (beige-gray) so it is warm-toned.
Here is Snowbound with Agreeable Gray on the trim and door:
I’m a big fan of the contrasting trim look! You can see more of it in my post: Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray (How to Choose!)
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015)
Repose Gray is another of Sherwin Williams most popular colors!
It’s a sophisticated take on “builder beige” – which in recent years has been more gray than beige – and it is on every wall throughout many people’s homes.
Sherwin Williams Naval (SW 6244)
Naval is a medium to dark navy blue by Sherwin Williams that looks great with Snowbound.
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.
Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black (SW 6258)
Tricorn Black is a true black, and the “blackest” black that Sherwin Williams makes. The stark contrast with Snowbound is stunning!
Remember this hall?
Liz painted all of her interior doors in Tricorn Black. Even the pantry:
Are you a fan of this look? Check out my post: 39 Spicy Black Interior Doors (How to DIY & Paint Colors to Use!)
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069)
Iron Ore is a very dark charcoal color that is one of Sherwin Williams most popular “blacks.”
It is technically a warm off-black, on a color strip it would be a very deep shade of yellow, but in real life it usually has a touch of a blue-ish hue:
Interested in Iron Ore or Peppercorn? Check out: Sherwin Williams Iron Ore vs Peppercorn (Full Comparison!)
For something in between Tricorn Black and a charcoal like Iron Ore, you might also consider using Snowbound with Black Magic:
Trending Coordinating Colors for Sherwin Williams Snowbound
Now let’s look at some of this year’s most popular colors that go with Snowbound!
Benjamin Moore Narragansett Green HC-157
Narragansett Green is actually more blue than green. It is a beautiful smoky turquoise color.
Sherwin Williams Zircon (7667)
Zircon is an up-and-coming warm gray color by Sherwin Williams. It’s not quite a greige, but very close. It’s a great neutral to pair with Snowbound.
Sherwin Williams Pewter Green (6208)
Pewter Green is a beautiful not-quite-sage, not-quite-olive, green. It’s a complex color that can look very different depending on the light.
Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (7701)
Cavern Clay is one of my favorite subdued terracotta colors.
I feel like it has wider appeal than an orange-red normally would, and it looks great with so many colors!
Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze (7048)
Urbane Bronze was Sherwin Williams’ 2021 Color of the Year, and boy was it ever! This color has become extremely popular for exteriors and trim in particular.
Snowbound is the perfect white to pair with the richness of Urbane Bronze.
Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173)
Edgecomb Gray really messes me up! One minute I think it’s so creamy that there is no good reason to have “gray” in the name, and then I see it on a wall and change my mind.
Edgecomb Gray is one of Benjamin Moore’s best greiges, and Snowbound is just contrasting enough to make an impression.
Snowbound Complementary Colors
Complementary colors are those across the color wheel, and for Snowbound that is a smoky blue color.
You can also choose complements from those that would be further along the paint chip, so for Snowbound that is a tan color.
Here is the complementary color palette for Snowbound:
Sherwin Williams Snowdrop (SW 6511)
Snowdrop is a pale blue color from Sherwin Williams with just a touch of purple undertones. It looks so cozy with the warmth of Snowbound.
Benjamin Moore Flower Box (CSP-530)
Benjamin Moore’s Flower Box is a blue gray color with a hint of violet. It’s like a grown up version of Snowdrop.
Sherwin Williams Distance (6243)
Distance by Sherwin Williams is one of my favorite dark blue gray colors. I think it looks great with Snowbound!
Distance would be very at home in a farmhouse-chic color scheme.
If neither of these blue-gray colors suit you, check out my full list of warm blue gray paint colors.
Benjamin Moore Briarwood (HC-175)
Briarwood is a sophisticated tan-beige color by Benjamin Moore.
It’s actually a top pick for exteriors, so if that’s where you want to use Snowbound, Briarwood should definitely be in the running.
Sherwin Williams Recommended Coordinating Colors
Here are the colors that Sherwin Williams themselves recommend Snowbound with:
Sherwin Williams Autumn Orchid (9157)
Autumn Orchid is a smoky mauve color by Sherwin Williams. They also recommend it to go with Pewter Green.
I think Autumn Orchid is a nice color, but purple doesn’t have the widespread appeal that some other colors have.
Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray (7641)
I can see why Sherwin Williams recommend Collonade Gray, because it’s similar to the color Briarwood, which is one of Snowbound’s complementary colors.
I like Collonade Gray a little better because it’s lighter and a little more cool toned than Briarwood.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound as an Interior Paint Color
Finally the moment we are all waiting for: More pictures of Snowbound in real homes!
Let’s dive in.
Snowbound on Living Room Walls
I showed this living room/dining room feature wall from another angle at the beginning of this post, but it’s worth a second look!
Amazing work by @wood_visions!
You might have peeped some of Amy and Ryan’s (@rockcreekfarmhouse) home earlier in this post, but there is plenty more where that came from!
They shared all phases of their construction over on Instagram, so we get to see it both empty, and then finished.
Their open plan living room, dining room, and kitchen in Snowbound are sure to be a crowd-pleaser at family gatherings.
The big windows in the living room are amazing!
Snowbound on Kitchen Walls
Here is the finished product in the kitchen at Rock Creek Farmhouse.
Wow! So gorgeous!
These cabinets are in Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray, which is funny, because that’s actually what Liz chose for her cabinets as well.
So Snowbound walls in the kitchen? Yes please!
Snowbound on Kitchen Cabinets
Snowbound is actually a pretty popular choice for cabinets too.
Thanks to our friends at GR Fine Finishes (@grcabinetpainting) I have lots of Snowbound cabinets to show you.
Unfortunately we don’t know the colors of the two different grays in the kitchen, because they were already there.
I can tell you however, if you like the color of the pantry door, you will like Sherwin Williams Cyberspace.
Here is another kitchen in Snowbound:
We are lucky here, because GR Fine Finishes took photos both with and without artificial light:
I didn’t even realize the walls were cream until the lights were off!
And again the same Snowbound kitchen from another angle with natural light and then artificial:
Here is a kitchen with Snowbound on the perimeter cabinets and HGSW Bunglehouse Blue on the island. (Similar to Hale Navy.)
You might catch a whiff of pink on those cabinets, but the hardware is rose gold, so it’s mostly reflection.
Believe it or not, I paired down the example photos! Here is one last kitchen that is a white extravaganza.
Snowbound in a Bedroom
I do love me some Ripe Olive!
Think this kids room is stylish? Check out their kids’ bathroom in my post: Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog: 2022 Color of the Year (Plus Dupes!)
Sherwin Williams Snowbound in the Bathroom
I had quite a few great examples of Snowbound in the bathroom, so I wrote another post with all of the nitty gritty considerations: See Sherwin Williams Snowbound in These Sophisticated Bathrooms
But you can find some details here too!
Liz’s bathroom (or rather her whole house) features Snowbound on the walls, with trim in Extra White:
I am loving that tub, but check out this shower:
You can probably see the contrast between Extra White and Snowbound best above the door. This is also the one photo where I catch the wink of pink in the same area.
Would I have noticed if I wasn’t looking for it? No.
Back to Amy and Ryan’s we go!
Here is their bathroom, in Snowbound of course:
To be honest, I almost have too many bathrooms to show you today! It’s funny how certain colors show up over and over in the same spaces!
Here is one that uses both board and batten AND shiplap very successfully:
All in Snowbound of course!
Snowbound as an Exterior Paint Color
Amy and Ryan not only pained their whole interior with SW Snowbound, they used it on their exterior too!
I love this classic black and white look! They were smart to plan ahead and choose black windows in the build.
We actually repainted the exterior of our home last summer, and as I started painting the window trim black, I changed my mind and went back to white. The bulky white vinyl windows with black trim were a no-go!
I believe the front door and garage door are SW Tricorn Black, but I can’t remember where I read that.
Here’s your sign to paint your brick white with Snowbound!
One last one of this Snowbound exterior in a fitting setting:
Snowbound doesn’t look nearly as blinding outside as I would have expected!
Here is one more exterior, this time in a totally different style:
Snowbound looks amazing against the charcoal of SW Peppercorn.
Snowbound Dupes by Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Valspar
Benjamin Moore Snowbound Equivalent
With all the whites on the market, I didn’t think finding a Benjamin Moore version of Snowbound would be very difficult.
I was sort of wrong and sort of not. I didn’t find as close of a match as I wanted, but I found four equally good options!
Snowbound vs Benjamin Moore Atrium White (OC-145)
Worth noting: Depending on where you look in Google search results, Atrium White and Alabaster sometimes come up as the same thing.
Benjamin Moore is clear, they have two different style numbers, therefore, two different colors. Be careful if you are color matching, to make sure that you pick the right hex code!
Compared to Snowbound, Atrium White is slightly lighter and ever so slightly more red.
Snowbound vs Benjamin Moore Alabaster (OC-129)
Alabaster is practically identical to Snowbound, except lighter. Benjamin Moore Alabaster is not to be confused with Sherwin Williams Alabaster, which is a creamier more yellow white.
Snowbound vs Benjamin Moore Gardenia (AF-10)
Gardenia is also a very close match to Snowbound. It is lighter and slightly more red like Atrium White, but a touch lighter still.
I know it might not be the most similar, but I actually think I would choose Gardenia for myself.
Snowbound vs Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)
White Dove is often touted as the Benjamin Moore version of Snowbound, and it is quite close.
White Dove is a little lighter and more yellow than Snowbound. To my eyes Atrium White is just as close (but on the red side vs yellow), however both are great choices!
If you want to use Benjamin Moore paint, I definitely would choose White Dove rather than risk a slightly off color match. It really is close enough.
(Although I do still like Gardenia!)
Check out my complete review: White Dove by Benjamin Moore Complete Review (and Dupes!)
Valspar Snowbound Equivalent
Valspar doesn’t have as many whites as other brands do, so I couldn’t get quite as close. Pearly Violet was the best dupe that I found for Sherwin Williams Snowbound.
Snowbound vs Valspar Pearly Violet (7001-23)
At first glance, Valspar’s Pearly Violet looked more yellow to me than Snowbound, so I was surprised to find out in the side by side that it is actually more red! I can see it now, so maybe it depends on the screen.
Snowbound is less saturated than Pearly Violet, which is why it looks gray in comparison.
Behr Snowbound Equivalent
The absolute closest match to Snowbound from any brand is Diamonds Therapy by Behr. This is a true color dupe!
Snowbound vs Behr Diamonds Therapy (BWC-30)
The hex code for Diamonds Therapy by Behr is just one number different than Snowbound: #EDEAE3 vs #EDEAE4.
I created a graphic and had to add a line so you would know where the colors change.
Some might be able to spot the difference, but to me it isn’t discernible with the naked eye. You certainly wouldn’t know the difference from one house to another (or even from one wall to another!).
Check out my post: Behr Diamonds Therapy Review and Comparison
Snowbound Compared to Other Sherwin Williams Whites
The world of white really is mind boggling!
In case you didn’t have enough to chew on already, here is how Snowbound stacks up to a few other popular white paint colors by Sherwin Williams.
*There were way too many colors to compare here, so for a full list, see my post: Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs 50+ Other White and Light Paint Colors (Including Benjamin Moore!) *
Snowbound vs Sherwin Williams Greek Villa
Greek Villa is actually quite similar to the Sherwin Williams color Alabaster. It is a slightly more tan version of white compared to Snowbound.
Where Snowbound reads true white, Greek Villa is slightly creamy.
If you like the look of this white, I have written a complete review of Sherwin Williams Greek Villa.
Snowbound vs Sherwin Williams Pure White
I wrote an entire post dedicated to comparing these two! : Sherwin Williams White Battle: Snowbound vs Pure White
But I will give you a synopsis here:
You can see that Pure White and Snowbound are very similar, but Pure White is a little bit lighter.
According to the hex color code, Pure White’s hue is slightly more yellow.
Here is a side by side comparison of the two:
It’s really difficult to spot any color difference, Pure White just reads a touch more white.
Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs Sherwin Williams Eider White
Eider White is another popular white by Sherwin Williams. Side by side you can really see that Eider White is more gray.
Snowbound vs Sherwin Williams Alabaster
I’ve got a whole post dedicated to this conundrum! Snowbound vs Alabaster: Which is the Better Sherwin Williams White for Cabinets, Trim, & More
Not to be confused with the Benjamin Moore color of the same name, Sherwin Williams also makes an Alabaster that is similar to Snowbound.
Alabaster is even more popular than Snowbound!
When it comes to warm whites, the important distinction is that often Alabaster looks warm and creamy, whereas Snowbound just hints at it.
If you want a “farmhouse white” you might prefer Alabaster.
Snowbound vs Sherwin Williams Extra White
Extra White is actually a green white. It is most similar to my favorite Benjamin Moore white, Chantilly Lace.
Extra White is also less saturated and lighter than Snowbound. A true neutral white.
I don’t have any stats, but from what I’ve seen Extra White is one of the more popular Sherwin Williams white for trim. Plenty of people opt to use it with Snowbound or Alabaster, and while the difference is subtle, it still looks great!
Sherwin Williams Snowbound vs Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
Not the Swiss Coffee you were looking for? Check out more here: Swiss Coffee Paint Colors Reviewed (Are They All the Same?)
Swiss Coffee is the exact same lightness as Snowbound, but it is more yellow and more saturated. The result is that it looks like a very creamy white, where Snowbound is more neutral/gray.
I’m still clinging to the warmer grays, so Swiss Coffee is far too yellow for my taste, but it is definitely a favorite amongst designers.
The Snowbound Summary
That’s all I have for now about Snowbound!
Overall Snowbound is a versatile warm white that really goes with anything. It’s a tie for me between this white and Chantilly Lace. I really like both!
I have been on a creamy white tear lately, so here are a few other whites for you to consider: