Read about Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, and see 12 real homes that use it!
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White (SW 7035) is a light, warm, beige-leaning off-white with gray undertones. This pale greige paint color is an easy-going, timeless shade that never gets old.
White or off-white? It’s a choice that many homeowners struggle to make, and I totally get it. You want light and airy but don’t want your space to be blindingly bright or look stark and sterile.
That’s why I turn to off-white hues time and time again! They’re bright and make small rooms feel spacious (similar to white colors), but they’re ALSO softer, more inviting, and offer just a hint of color
Unfortunately, as anyone who has recently walked down the paint color swatches aisle lately can attest, choosing an off-white paint color isn’t as simple as it may sound.
If giving your home a refreshing new coat of paint is on your to-do list, you’ll be thrilled to know that I’ve covered many off-white shades of paint in my extensive paint color review post series to help you find the perfect color.
Each post in the series highlights one single shade and covers all the details (plus the pros and cons) you need to know.
Today, I’m excited to share with you one of my all-time favorite off-white paint colors! Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White is a gorgeous shade that will lend timeless sophistication to your space.
What color is Aesthetic White?
Aesthetic White (SW 7035) is a light, off-white with warm beige and (slightly) cooler gray undertones. Overall, it’s a warm shade that will lend a subtle body and richness to any room.
Although it’s in the Timeless Whites Collection and part of the white family, Aesthetic White isn’t a true white. This soft and subtle off-white is a very light greige that strikes the ideal balance of gray and beige. You might say it’s the Goldilocks of light greiges – not too gray, not too beige, just right.
You could think of it as a lighter, brighter little sister to one of Sherwin Williams’s most popular shades, Agreeable Gray. They have a similar balance of beige and gray, but Aesthetic White is for those who want a little color with less depth than Agreeable Gray offers.
What you’ll notice most is that it’s a pretty, gentle-on-the-eyes color that will make your space feel airy, inviting, and relaxed.
Let’s see what Aesthetic White has to offer!
FAQs about Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
What other colors are similar to Aesthetic White?
Thanks to differences in each company’s color blending techniques, trying to match paint colors across brands will give you a hue different from the shade you expect!
If you want a similar color from a different brand of paint, I recommend Benjamin Moore Gray Mist or Behr’s Spun Wool.
Is Sherwin Williams’s Aesthetic White warm or cool?
Aesthetic White leans warm (but not too warm) thanks to its beige undertones. The gray undertones keep it mostly neutral and add versatility.
Where should I use Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White?
Aesthetic White can be a stunner in any area of your home, including:
Aesthetic White is an ideal shade for traditional, transitional, coastal, modern farmhouse, mid-century modern, and French country homes.
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White Undertones
My favorite feature about Aesthetic White is how easy it is to use. It doesn’t have any glaring purple, pink, or yellow/orange undertones to be aware of, so this beautiful shade is a favorite among interior designers and homeowners too!
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Impact of Different Types of Lighting
As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, as it moves across the sky, the color changes – and so does the way it makes paint look.
EVERY paint color will display some amount of variation throughout the day. It’s your job to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
Here’s how different natural light exposures will impact Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White:
- North-facing light – cool, gray northern lighting will make Aesthetic White look darker and cooler but not icy. It will display passive warmth in north-facing rooms.
- South-facing light – warm and bright, southern exposure will wash out Aesthetic White and pull its warm beige undertones forward.
- West-facing light – shadowy in the morning and warm later in the day, western exposure will see the most shifting in Aesthetic White’s appearance. It will look darker and richer in the morning and lean more into its beige half in the late afternoon.
- East-facing light – warm and yellow in the morning and shadowy in the afternoon, eastern lighting has a similar (but reverse order) impact on this off-white as west-facing rooms. However, since this shade can trend toward looking dingy with yellow, tread carefully.
When to Avoid SW Aesthetic White
One of the reasons I love this shade so much is there are VERY FEW times to avoid it!
I recommend not pairing it with light yellows or pastel colors (such as pale pink) because the gray undertones can make it look slightly dingy.
Also, avoid other light off-whites because it can be notoriously hard to pair well. Go with darker greiges instead of off-white.
Great Coordinating Colors for Aesthetic White
Aesthetic White is neutral enough that it’s a dream to pair with other colors. In general, I recommend going with blues, teals, sage greens, darker greiges, grays, and black.
And when choosing hardware or metal accents, this shade looks stunning with brushed brass, matte black, chrome, and brushed nickel finishes!
If you need a few specific color ideas that work with Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White, try:
- Chelsea Gray
- Westchester Gray
- Dorian Gray
- Moody Blue
- Monorail Silver
- Gauntlet Gray
- Wall Street
- Accessible Beige
- Sea Salt
- Colonnade Gray
- Tony Taupe
- Balanced Beige
- Agreeable Gray
- Copen Blue
- Downing Slate
- Drift of Mist
LRV of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White (SW 7035)
LRV (or Light Reflectance Value, also sometimes called the Light Reflective Value) is a scale that measures the reflection of light a color has, with 0 being totally black and 100 being totally white.
The LRV of Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White = 73
What does that mean? SW Aesthetic White sits on the border between pale greige and off-white. It will provide a little bit of color, but it will also wash out in bright natural lighting.
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Aesthetic White Compared to Other Colors
How does this off-white stand out from the sea of other off-white paints on the market? Let’s compare it to similar shades to find out!
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White vs. Sherwin Williams White Duck
To begin, let’s put Aesthetic White up against White Duck (7010) side by side.
Although these two shades are similar, White Duck is a hair lighter (LRV 74), and tends to feel warmer thanks to yellow undertones. I would recommend White Duck over Aesthetic White in cool climates or rooms where you want more noticeable warmth.
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White vs. Eider White
Eider White (SW 7014) and Aesthetic White share an LRV of 73. Although they’re the same depth, think of them as polar opposite siblings.
Eider White is a gray-leaning off-white with a VERY subtle pink undertone, while Aesthetic White leans more beige and doesn’t have noticeable undertones.
Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White vs. Shoji White
Sherwin Williams Shoji White (SW 7042) is a tad lighter, thanks to an LRV of 74.
This off-white paint has stronger beige undertones along with some subtle green undertones that make it slightly less versatile than Aesthetic White.
More Colors to Consider
Can you see why this shade is one of my favorites? If you aren’t quite sure whether this shade is the best fit for your home yet, check out these popular off-white and greige paint colors!
- Oyster White (Sherwin Williams) – a beige side off-white with greige undertones.
- Dove Wing (Benjamin Moore) – a creamy, warm white.
- Calm (Benjamin Moore) – a light off-white with mildly noticeable purple undertones.
- Big Chill (Sherwin Williams) – a lovely gray with subtle beige undertones.
- Paper White (Benjamin Moore) – an off-white with gray and subtle green undertones.
- Ballet White (Benjamin Moore) – warm and agreeable off-white.
- Swiss Coffee (Behr) – a muted, soft off-white paint color.
- Navajo White (Benjamin Moore) – a creamy and timeless off-white.
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12 Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
It’s time to see this color in action! Let’s have some fun by checking out how this color REALLY looks in real-life homes! Here are 12 examples that show a range of lighting exposures and decor.
1. Subtle and Chic
Every time I look at this picture from Room for Tuesday, I find something new to love.
The first thing that struck me was how well the wood tones work with Aesthetic White without making the walls look too warm. They’re just calm, cool, and collected in the background.
2. Bright but not Glaring
This room from @cacheyhome boasts a mix of warm and cool tones, and Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White perfectly bridges them all together.
3. Cozy and Inviting
Take a close look at the walls around this living room from House Homemade and notice the differences in appearance.
A little more beige here, a little more greige there, and more off-white where the light hits directly. The common thread? All of these “versions” are welcoming and cozy.
Bedrooms Painted in Sherwin Williams’ Aesthetic White
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
4. White in Bright Light
The greatest appeal of off-white is its ability to look white in areas with a lot of natural light (like this example from Maison De Pax), but it has a soft quality that never looks too bright. Check it out for yourself!
5. Enough Depth to Contrast True White
This bedroom from @gregoryfarmhouse is a farmhouse bedroom to be envious of!
I love the textured white walls with the Aesthetic White upper portion to provide contrast. And the matte black accents give it that perfect final touch.
Kitchens & Dining Spaces
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
6. Looks Soft White
This kitchen from Green with Decor has plenty of bright natural light, so you may not realize at first that it’s off-white instead of white.
Take a closer look between the walls and ceiling and you’ll see the difference.
7. Trick of the Lighting
If you (like me at one time) think that lighting can’t possibly make such a big different on paint’s appearance, this image from @a_home_for_marwen will prove what I’m talking about.
The cabinets are all painted the same shade, but look at the difference between the upper cabinets with light and the lower cabinets/island where the shadows are. Scroll through the images to see different angles and lighting!
8. Barely There
Looking for an understated color? East Coast Designs shows us just how elegant Aesthetic White can be in a minimalist setting.
Bathrooms Using Aesthetic White Paint
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
9. Warm but not Too Warm
This bathroom from Our Fifth House shows the potential this shade has in eastern morning lighting. It’s very cozy and comfortable without being too warm or yellow-tinted.
10. Balanced and Sophisticated
Since paint colors usually lean either warm or cool, it can be challenging to find one that can bridge the divide and unite warm and cool tones.
This bathroom from @gilbertranchhouse has both warm brown-toned hues and cooler lighting and gray tones. Beautiful!
11. Beige Balances Blue
Warm beige tones are a great balance for cool-toned blues. This laundry room from The Sister Studio has so much character!
12. Perfect for Exteriors
True white can be too bright for home exteriors that receive lots of natural light, but this off-white is an ideal shade.
It pairs well with wood tones as seen here from @mississippi_farmhouse to create a welcoming ambiance and tons of curb appeal.
Aesthetic White looks great in all the spaces we shared today, right? Could this popular paint color be the right color for your own home? It’s an off-white color that makes me say, “aaaaah”! I hope you love it as much as I do.
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