Sherwin Williams Extra White Review: A Forever Favorite!

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Sherwin Williams extra white …  white trim. These are a few of the most searched for topics on my blog- likely because I used these winning paint colors all over my home!

If you are looking for a clean, true white, with no yellow or warm undertones, Extra White should be at the top of your list. Today I am sharing real life photos of Extra White in our new home, showing you how it looks in different spaces and lighting. 

Living Room painted sherwin williams extra white

Sherwin Williams Extra White: Why Is It So Popular?

When it comes to the best Sherwin Williams whites, Extra White is my go-to. It is just that – a good clean, true WHITE! If you are looking for a cream or a warm white, this is not it. 

We painted our home using a series of crisp whites and cool grays. A LOT of Extra White was used, in different sheens! My goal for my home was to create a light and bright coastal space.

Extra White is popular with builders because it is such a well balanced white that showcases a home in the best way! It also works well as an ideal trim color or ceilings for a crisp, clean true white look.

3 Quick Things To Know About SW Extra White

  1. It is a pure white, and slightly on the cool side
  2. No creamy or warm undertones will show, even in rooms that face south
  3. In a north facing rooms with dim light and little warm sunlight to reflect off the paint, Extra White could look cold and stark.

(If you are looking for a warm white exterior, check out Sherwin Williams Alabaster on our brick home we just moved into!)

Our house has a lot of windows on the south side. Because of this southern exposure and our warm hardwoods throughout, our home started with a lot of warm sunshine and I wasn’t worried about Extra White on the walls looking cool. In fact, a crisp pure white seemed like the right balance!

How much sunlight your rooms get will make a difference in how Extra White looks on your walls! Keep reading because this paint does look different in darker spaces. 

Extra White Sherwin Williams Exterior

Let’s start outside on our exterior! For the siding, brick AND the trim we went with our favorite white, Sherwin Williams Extra White.

I had concerns before we had it painted that it would feel “too bright” on the eyes in a bad way, or blinding in the sun. But the shade is lovely – and the best part is it always looks clean, not dingy. 

house outside, painted with Sherwin Williams extra white

We get a ton of pollen in North Carolina so we do power wash it in the spring. It is probably only necessary every two years. Pop over to this post here to read more about painting and maintenance of white brick.

Here is Extra White under a mountain of snow- a rare occurrence in North Carolina. Is anything whiter than a fresh snowfall? The siding and brick look just like the snow. It doesn’t appear dingy against the snow or the gray sky. It still looks like a fresh white!

house in the snow painted with Sherwin Williams extra white

Other Exterior Choices:

The shutters are painted Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray. Read about that Uncertain Gray on our exterior here. The roof is a light silver gray- the shingles Certainteed and the color is their “Silver Birch”. 

Outside of a modern farmhouse painted Sherwin Williams Extra White

>>See all about our shutters’ paint color here!<<

Sherwin Williams Extra White Trim Paint

For  a crisp clean white trim look no further than Extra White. Use a glossy or semi gloss sheen so you can wipe the trim down as needed. No need to use an grungy white to “cover” dirt.

But why stop with trim? Painting interior walls, ceilings and trim all the same color works well. Just use different sheens on the trim to differentiate.

We used Extra White on our living room and kitchen shiplap as well. Because my painters used oil based paint, it wipes down easily with a damp rag. Latex paint in works great too however, and I was surprised when I saw them using oil. If you have trim or moldings in place of drywall, paint them with a semi gloss sheen so you can wipe it doesn’t easily.

sherwin williams extra white paint on the shiplap and trim and walls

souces: Lamp

In very dark rooms, Extra White could read cold! We have so much warm sunlight and warm hardwoods in our downstairs, Extra White is a fitting paint to balance it out. Scroll down to see how it looks in a darker north facing room.

boy walking downstairs

sources: Lamp | Basket

All those photos show the extra white in my home on the trim, shiplap, railings and ceilings in various sheens.

Extra White In A Kitchen

kitchen with Sherwin Williams white trim paint

Stools | Light Pendants

Tour Our Kitchen here.

A common problem people run into with white kitchens is making sure all the whites flow together nicely. This isn’t just walls; this could mean counters, cabinetry, backsplash and trim. If all surfaces are not all coordinating, one surface will end up looking dingy or yellow. 

Our cabinets came from the manufacture a warm white. On their own, the cabinets appear a crisp white! Next to the warm quartz, they look great – both are warm whites. Once we put the cabinets next to a clean white like Extra White, they cabinets appear off white. It is not too noticeable in real life, but I catch it in photos.

(Read about our white oak hardwood floor stain colors here!)

I kept the trim Extra White trim so that it didn’t have a different look from the rest of the home. Of course, that means it doesn’t match the cabinetry or in my opinion compliment it, and I had to make peace with that.

The kitchen island is Sherwin Williams Krypton- it might look gray in some pictures but it is a true blue with undertones of gray. Read all about our decision to paint the island krypton – and eventually pantry door – here.

More Sherwin Williams Extra White trim and moldings in our dining room below.

Sherwin Williams white trim paint

Shop The Room: Rug | White Console Table  | white chairs

In our bedroom the board and batten trim work is Extra White by Sherwin Williams in an oil based paint.

Our guest bath uses Extra White on the shiplap and Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on the vanity. If you like this coastal combo, you have to take a peek at my post painting our bathroom cabinets Hale Navy here:

bathroom with painted hale navy vanity

Sherwin Williams Extra White In Rooms That Face North

My son’s room is Extra White on the walls. His room and windows face northwest. The paint looks clean, and fresh in the mid afternoon. In the morning when the room has its’ least amount of light, the walls look colder with bluish undertones.

boys bedroom painted sherwin Williams extra white

See His: Rug | Stools | Flag Art

In our son’s coastal room we used SW Ice Cube on the bottom and Extra White on top, both in a flat. His room does face north with only two small windows- so Ice Cube reads very cool; a bluish gray, and Extra White looks like a cold, clean white. 

sources: similar bed (a dupe, original no longer sold from Crate and Barrel) | rug | similar dresser | hamper | art


Extra White Vs. Pure White

Extra White is often compared with Pure White, as they are both clean, crisp whites with a balanced undertone. Extra White is the brighter of the two, and the cooler, with an LRV of 86.  I strongly wouldn’t recommend the use of either of the two together. They are too close in color that it won’t look intentional! Just pick one white – no need to complicate. If you are afraid Extra White might be too stark, choose Pure White.

What’s The Best Sherwin Williams White Colors For North Facing Rooms?

Most rooms that face sole north will already have a cold hue on the wall. Any paint with a blue or cool undertone will be made stronger. Try warm whites, creams, or a warm gray like Agreeable Gray, or Accessible Beige. 

Alabaster is an off-white paint color that looks white on its own. Never cold or stark, this white has neutral beige undertones that come out especially in cool toned rooms. This makes Sherwin Williams Alabaster my ideal white paint color for a northern room! 

Make sure to bring warm colors into the room with the furniture – like brass and wood tones – to help even more.

If you enjoyed this you might also like reading about Sherwin Williams Krypton in My Kitchen, or Building Our Home, or take a peek at Our Coastal Kitchen.

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