Sherwin Williams Natural Choice is a warm off-white paint color with a softness that makes interior spaces and exteriors feel inviting. When we were choosing exterior paint colors for our current home, Natural Choice was one of the three final paint options we were considering. In the end, we chose Sherwin Williams White Duck because it was a little bit brighter. But Natural Choice was a very close second.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams such a popular paint color amongst homeowners and designers.
What Color is Sherwin Williams Natural Choice?
Natural Choice is an off-white paint color that is warm and creamy. It looks more beige than yellow. According to Sherwin Williams, it is: “Creamy yet cool, this white feels clean and welcoming. Great for making a friendly impression on exteriors.”
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Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams Undertones
No matter what kind of paint you’re using, it’s always important to understand the color undertones. Knowing the undertones is essential for finding your perfect paint color, as they can change the hue and give a room more character. But if you’re new to painting, you may be wondering what color undertone actually means.
In the simplest terms, a color undertone is simply an additional tint or shade that lies beneath the surface of a particular paint color. It is most often found in neutral colors like whites, greys, and beiges. For instance, some whites have green undertones, while others may have yellow or blue ones. The same goes for other neutral colors as well. Beiges may have pink tones and greys may have purple ones.
Natural Choice has brown and yellow undertones, which give it a beige look. Neither of these undertone colors is overpowering. So you won’t think it looks too yellow or brown. But keep in mind that different lighting situations will have an impact on what undertones come out. For example, on an overcast day, a home exterior painted with Natural Choice will appear more creamy than on a bright sunny day.
The main reason why it’s important to understand paint color undertones is because they can drastically alter how a room looks and feels. For instance, warm colors with yellow or orange undertones will give off a cozy feeling while cool colors with blue and green undertones will create a more peaceful atmosphere. Additionally, having an understanding of how certain paint colors interact with each other can help you create stunning visual effects that will make any room stand out.
What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Natural Choice?
The LRV of Natrual Choice is 73. If you’re not sure what LRV means, it stands for Light Reflectance Value. It is a measure of how much light is reflected by a surface. It’s measured on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is pure black and 100 is bright white. The higher the LRV, the more light is reflected. Keep in mind that the LRV of a surface can also be affected by texture and finish.
So a value of 73 puts Natural Choice on the lighter end of the spectrum, making it more of an off-white and not a pure white.
Where to use Sherwin Williams Natural Choice?
There really isn’t a place you can’t use Natural Choice. If you want to create a warm and inviting space in your home’s interior, it is great for walls and even cabinetry. But I especially love it on the exterior of a house! As I mentioned above, we almost chose it for our current home’s exterior color. You can see below some samples that we painted on the brick comparing Nartual Choice, White Duck, and Oyster White.
I can’t stress enough the importance of sampling all of the colors you are considering. As you can see, we did it by painting a small sample on the brick. At the time, we didn’t know there was an easier way. But then we learned about Samplize. They provide large peel-and-stick paint samples with accurate color representation. You can use the button below to order some samples of Natural Choice or any other paint colors you are considering.
Natural Choice vs White Duck
Even though we loved how Natural Choice looked on the brick, we ended up choosing White Duck. We felt like Natural Choice was a little more creamy than White Duck. Natural Choice is also a bit darker with an LRV of 73, while White Duck has an LRV of 74. The two paint colors are very close, but you are looking for a little more warmth, I would recommend Natural Choice. But if you want something just a bit brighter, go with White Duck.