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Sherwin Williams Westhighland White SW 7566 is a beautiful creamy white with a slight warm undertone. It’s considered the most “off white” with a hint of gray to keep it from looking yellow. Lets learn why Westhighland White is one of my favorite whites and how we used it in our entire house.
Moving into 2023, design trend experts are indicating a shift towards warm white from the popular cool toned “white” paint colors that we have seen over the last few years.
If you are looking for a neutral creamy white that is not a bright cool tone, then SW Westhighland may be for you!
What Undertones Does Westhighland White Have
SW Westhighland is a popular paint that has warm undertones but does not have yellow or beige undertones. It’s a classic neutral that has been popular for years and will be for many years to come.
The LRV or Light Reflective Value is 86 with pure white being 100.
Our living room has large windows allowing a lot of natural light and what I love about West Highland White paint is natural light does not wash out the color.
You will notice below, our foyer and dining room do not have as much natural light and the color still shows a true white color. It almost casts a slight gray undertone in the image below.
Keep in mind, natural light plays a huge role in what colors will look like in your home. For example, a North facing room will cast different lighting vs a Southern facing room.
If you have been following our Mediterranean home remodeling project, you know that we recently painted all of walls, trim and doors.
We eliminated all of the dark dated stained wood which has made me so happy! If you missed any of those posts, be sure to read:
You will notice above that the Westhighland White also stands strong (no yellow undertones) against our dark stained trim and flooring (see how we painted our wood trim and how our walls look with SW Westhighland trim color.)
Yes, we used the SW Westhighland White wall color on our trim but made it 25% lighter and it looks spectacular!
See the same view below with the trim color painted white.
The image above shows all of our trim painted SW Westhighland White but 25% lighter than the walls.
Our goal was to keep our trim color the same white as the walls but a little lighter to provide a slight contrast and added brightness. I am loving the white trim and the white doors!
If you are wondering, is Westhighland White yellow, absolutely not.
Is Westhighland White Darker Than Alabaster
SW Westhighland White is a shade darker than Alabaster but to be honest, it truly depends on the lighting in your home.
Natural light and artificial light (if your lamps are on) will cast a completely different shade and what looks “white” in my house, may not look white “in your house.”
For example, Alabaster looked identical to Westhighland white paint in my house.
As you can see in the above image, SW Alabaster looked very similar to my wall color which is Westhighland.
You will notice the 75% arrow points to Westhighland at 25% lighter (the 75% means that I had the paint store dilute the color to 75% adding a 25% more white to brighten it up for my trim). I know, very confusing! ha. I’ll write a blog post soon on how to change paint color percents.
You will notice below in this small guest bedroom makeover, we originally started with blue walls and opted to freshen up the room with Westhighland White and wow, what a difference! If you have dark walls, be sure to click through this post, “how to paint over dark walls with white paint.”
Here is a good comparison that I made from the color swatches on the Sherwin Williams website that compares Westhighland vs Alabaster and Pure White being a bright white (the lightest of the 3).
- Grey kitchen cabinet paint colors (sharing the 7 paint grey cabinet colors with pictures)
- Sherwin Williams Westhighland White (a neutral white with a little warmth)
- Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (a beautiful blue green)
- Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray (the color we used in our kitchen renovation)
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (a cool white we used at our lake house)
- Benjamin Moore Advance Paint (best kitchen cabinet paint)
Overall, my Sherwin Williams Westhighland Review is excellent. The color is the perfect neutral without feeling cold and is a great choice for walls, trim or kitchen cabinets.
If you are looking for cooler toned white that isn’t stark white, a great choice is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. We painted our entire lake house living room and kitchen Chantilly Lace and it’s so pretty!
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