Sherwin Williams Creamy is a warm off-white paint color perfect for walls, ceilings, and moldings. We used it everywhere on the inside of our farmhouse to create a bright and airy interior throughout. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this paint color and share our opinion about it after living with it for over four years.
Sherwin Williams Creamy SW 7012 Stats
Sherwin Williams Creamy LRV
The LRV of SW Creamy is 81. This means that this paint color is on the bright side of the light reflectance spectrum, but not overly bright like some other whites. LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value. It’s measured on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is black and 100 is pure white.
What are the Undertones of Sherwin Williams Creamy?
Anytime you are choosing a white paint color, undertones are something you should consider. It’s important to learn about the undertones of the color you are considering and determine if they will work in the space you will be painting.
As you might have guessed, Creamy has yellow undertones, but it’s not overpowering. I would say that it is more of a pale yellow. This gives SW Creamy an overall warm appearance without coming off as yellow.
Where Can You Use SW Creamy?
As I mentioned above, we used Creamy everywhere on the interior of our farmhouse. This included the walls, ceiling, doors, and trim. On the walls and ceiling, we used a flat sheen. On the doors and trim, we used satin. Even though we didn’t use Creamy on our kitchen cabinets, it would be a great option there as well. In my opinion, it’s one of the best warm interior white paint colors.
Sherwin Williams Creamy also works well as an exterior white paint color. Anytime you are choosing an exterior paint white paint color, it’s a good idea to choose one that doesn’t have an extremely high LRV. You don’t want your house to be blinding on bright sunny days. So Creamy’s 81 LRV puts it in the right range. I also prefer warm whites on an exterior as opposed to whites with cooler undertones.
What Benjamin Moore Color is Close to Sherwin Williams Creamy?
If you like the way Creamy looks but would prefer a Benjamin Moore color, White Dove is very close but certainly not an exact match. White Dove has an LRV of 85 making it slightly brighter than Creamy. And while it does have yellow undertones too, it also has some gray in it to tone down the creaminess. So if you want a white that is not quite as “creamy”, White Dove might be a good option.
Does SW Creamy Look White?
Creamy will look white most of the time, especially when it is next to colors that aren’t as warm or colors that are darker. However, if you place Creamy next to whites that have cooler undertones, Creamy’s yellow undertones will become more visible. Lighting situations will also have a big impact on how white creamy looks. Cool lighting will tone down the yellow in the paint color considerably.
Sample Before You Paint
Before you invest money in gallons of paint, it’s extremely important that you sample several paint color options first. You can do it the old-fashioned way, which is time-consuming and messy. Or you can use Samplize to order large peel-and-stick paint samples with accurate color representation.