Sherwin Williams extra white … Sherwin Williams Ice Cube … 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 and Ice Cube in our new home, showing you how it looks in different spaces and lighting.
Sherwin Williams Extra White
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 space.
5 Things To Keep In Mind About SW Extra White
- Extra White is a crisp, clean white
- It is a pure white, but if it has to pick a side it is slightly on the cool side
- No creamy or warm undertones will show, even in rooms that face south
- In a north facing rooms with dim light and little warm sunlight to reflect off the paint, Extra White could look cold and stark – even pulling slightly blue hues.
- Extra White is an ideal trim color for a nice clean look
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 light bouncing around already. I wasn’t worried about 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.
Sherwin Williams Extra White Exteriors
Let’s start outside on our exterior! For the siding, brick AND the trim we went with – no surprise – 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. 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.
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.
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”. I wouldn’t have picked this light of a shingle if we had trees hanging above our house because they can leave stains. I felt confident this light shade on our roof will look good for years to come! A light roof color actually keeps the house cooler because the color is slightly more energy efficient than say, stark black shingles.
Sherwin Williams Extra White Trim Paint
Sherwin Williams is an ideal color for those wanting a crisp clean trim. 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? There is nothing wrong with painting interior walls, ceilings and trim all the same color. Just don’t forget to use different sheens on the trim of course, to differentiate.
We used painted Extra White on our living room and kitchen shiplap as well. Because my painters used oil based paint, it wipes down nicely with a damp rag. Latex paint in works great too however! If you have trim or moldings in place of drywall, paint them with a semi gloss sheen so you can keep it clean.
Elbow grease – and in the worst case the Magic Eraser – take everything off. I have 4 kids, so this makes a great Saturday morning “before friends” chore!
If our living room faced north or didn’t have many windows, think carefully about choosing Extra White. In dark rooms it could read blue! 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.
All those photos show the extra white in my home on the trim, shiplap, railings and ceilings in various sheens.
White Kitchen Woes
A common problem people run into with white kitchens is making sure all the whites are similar shades of whites. The counters, cabinetry, backsplash and trim are usually the culprits. If all surfaces are not all together on the warm or cool side, one surface will end up looking dingy. Do your research before you spend thousands on a very warm white countertop against bright white cabinetry!
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 yellowed. 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 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 solve the problem right in this room. But we have an open floorplan, so where the trim runs into our living room trim, it would be obvious that it does not match.
On the other hand, I could spray the cabinets all to match the trim. What an added expense, and of course this would add the additional headache of the paint scratching over time.
I made the choice to do nothing. 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 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 trim in the kitchen that didn’t match the trim elsewhere in the home!
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.
In our master 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:
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 starting around mid afternoon… but in the morning? Cold, stark. Bluish undertones.
Extra White & Ice Cube Together
In our other son’s room, Extra White is painted on the top half of the room. It also faces north, with only two windows. The pain looks much colder, with a gray blue undertone.
And now Ice Cube is showing its’ undertones again, 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.
The color is great in his room- don’t get me wrong. But almost unbelievable that it’s the same Sherwin Williams Ice Cube color as the walls in our living room.
Sherwin Williams Ice Cube
Switching lanes here – from a pure, crisp white to a Sherwin Williams Ice Cube, a cool icy off white with gray undertones. In our bedroom, the drywall above the board and batten is Sherwin Williams Ice Cube. We use flat paint on our drywall. Here, with all that beautiful light pouring in, that tricky Ice Cube looks white sometimes, and gray blue during other times of the day.
Our master bathroom is also Ice Cube but looks much more gray due to less sunlight..
Sherwin Williams Ice Cube In Our Entry
The only drywall downstairs is in our entry. 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!
This picture is accurate of how crisp and clean the Extra White trim looks. The Ice Cube next to it turns into a beautiful cool gray.
Alabastor Color For North Facing Rooms
What’s The Best Sherwin Williams Colors For North Facing Rooms?
Most rooms that face sole north will already have a bluish hue on the wall. Any paint with a blue or cool undertone will be made stronger.
This is why Leo’s room is cooler than my room even with the same color of Ice Cube! 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.)
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.
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