“Sherwin Williams Ice Cube” … “Sherwin Williams extra white” … “white trim”
These are a few of the MOST searched for topics on my blog. Always paint colors! I am a big Sherwin Williams fan and they have some great whites and light grays. Today I am giving y’all a quick tour around my home, talking about which paint colors we picked out for each space. We painted our home using a series of grays (Ice Cube) and whites (Extra White). A LOT of Extra White. My goal for my home was always to create a light and bright space. We already were starting with a lot of natural light! Our last home, although lovely, was dark. Dark was in at that time, and we went all out. Dark floors, dark trees outside blocking the sun, etc.I was counting on lots of windows, southern exposures, and the right paints to create light filled home!
Sherwin Williams Extra White In My Home
Sherwin Williams Extra White is a crisp, clean white. Extra White is slightly on the cool side. No yellow undertones here. Although in a North facing room it could be stark, our house has a lot of windows on the South side. Because of this Southern exposure and our warm hardwoods, our home gets a lot of warm light bouncing around and I wasn’t worried about the walls looking too cold.
There is nothing wrong with painting walls, ceilings and trim all the same color, and we did some of that in our home. I like a crisp white on the ceiling if the walls are clean white too! Just use different sheens.
All our ceilings are Sherwin Williams Extra White in flat. All the shiplap, board and batten and the trim work around our home is Extra White in oil based paint with a glossy sheen.
Sherwin Williams Ice Cube In Our Entry:
We have a lot more Ice Cube upstairs (scroll down to see more), but on the first level it is only in our entry. This is the we only drywall downstairs that we needed to paint. We have trim that comes up 5ft or so, painted Sherwin Williams Extra White in a glossy. The drywall is Sherwin Williams Ice Cube in flat. It looks like a very light gray next to that crisp white trim. This room gets a ton of natural light and the paint colors look their best!
Upstairs it looks different, as you will see…
This picture is accurate of how crisp and clean the Extra White trim looks. The Ice Cube looks nice and gray if you were standing here in the room.
Sherwin Williams Extra White Trim & Shiplap
Our living room is all shiplap and trim, painted extra white. Because this is oil based paint, it wipes down decently with a wet rag. I won’t say it wipes down clean every time, but it does a great job compared to regular latex paint. Elbow grease and worst case the magic eraser take everything off.
All these photos show the extra white in my home on the trim and shiplap, and ceilings in various sheens.
Sherwin Williams Extra White Trim In The Kitchen:
A common problem people run into with white kitchens is making sure the counters, cabinetry and trim are all the same shade of whites. A warm white will look yellow and even dingy next to a crisp white. Our cabinets came from the manufacturer a slightly warm white. You would think it is crisp white on it’s own, but when put next to a clean white like Sherwin Williams Extra White, you can see the difference.
Since I wasn’t going to paint the cabinets, I was faced with a decision to make. On the one hand I could paint the trim just in the kitchen to match the cabinetry. That would make the trim creamier in the kitchen and it would not match the rest of the home. So instead, I kept the trim Extra White 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 exactly.If you are inspecting carefully or someone that notices little things like that, you can see it is just a slightly different shade of white. I still am not convinced this was the best decision, but I don’t know that I could live with a creamy trim just in this room!
Sherwin Williams Krypton on The Kitchen Island
The kitchen island is Sherwin Williams Krypton- it might look gray in some pictures but it is a true blue with undertones of gray.
If you are debating painting your island, be very careful about the color, but also- I want to encourage you to do it! It has a MAJOR impact on the kitchen! And it’s not the end of the world if in 5 years you want to change it. Knowing me, in 5 years I’ll be ready for a new color. It’s just an island. You’re not repainting the whole house.
I detailed Sherwin Williams Krypton and the process in another blog post!
Ice Cube and Extra White In Our Master Bedroom / Bath:
In our master bedroom the board and batten trim work is Extra White by Sherwin Williams in an oil based paint, and the drywall above is Ice Cube by Sherwin Williams in a flat. Here, with all that beautiful light pouring in, that tricky Ice Cube paint looks almost white! I LOVE it.
Our master bathroom and the upstairs hall is also Ice Cube in a flat. I have plans to add shiplap and tile to the walls, but we haven’t made any moves yet.
Extra White / Ice Cube In The Kids’ Bedrooms:
The girls shared room is Valspar Sweet Pastel in eggshell on the bottom two-thirds of the wall. These crazy girls definitely mark up their walls which was the only reason I didn’t do a flat. That is Sherwin Williams Extra White in a flat on the top third of the wall.
And now Ice Cube is showing its’ undertones again, in Leo’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- so Ice Cube reads very bluish gray. The Extra White in here is also cooler than the rest of the house! Why is that?
Best Sherwin Williams Colors For North Facing Rooms
Are you looking for Sherwin Williams colors to paint a north facing room? Most rooms that face north will already have a bluish sort of hue on the wall. Any paint with a blue or cool undertone will be made worse (I’m looking at you Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray!). This is why Leo’s room is cooler than my room, but painted the same colors. Try warm whites, creams, or a warm gray like Agreeable Gray, or Accessible Beige. If you must do blue, try a warm blue. Benjamin Moore has some great warm paints that aren’t too warm for those rooms that face north.
The color is great in his room- perfect, don’t get me wrong. But almost unbelievable that it’s the same Sherwin Williams Ice Cube color as the walls in our master bedroom. He has two windows so it’s not quite a dark room, but it only gets Northern light. This is why paint is something you must sample before buying gallons of paint the will turn out to be purple or green or something else odd.
Robbie’s room is Extra White in a flat. See why I love this shade of white? Clean, fresh.
Extra White Exterior, Shutters, & Roof
Our exterior is – no surprise – Sherwin Williams Extra White. I agonized that it would be “too bright” or blinding in the sun. Its lovely and the best part is it always looks clean, not dingy. 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 or three years.
The shutters are Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray. The roof is a light silver gray- the shingles are made by Certainteed and the color is their “Silver Birch”. I wouldn’t have picked this light of a shingle if we had trees hanging above our house (they can stain). Since we don’t I felt confident this will look good for years to come. I LOVE it, and it actually keeps the house cooler because the color is slightly more energy efficient than say, black shingles.
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