Read all about Sherwin Williams White Duck, plus see 17 real homes that use it!
For a long time, beige paint colors were top dog. It seemed that nearly every builder was filling new houses with beige to help them sell. That’s why beiges of the 1990s are called “builder’s grade” neutrals or beiges.
Then the trend moved to gray, and suddenly people painted everything gray. Grays stayed in that king-of-the-colors position for a LONG time. But now, another shift in the trend of most popular paint colors is happening. This time it’s toward off-whites and greiges.
More and more homeowners want a neutral color with some depth and warmth without looking too yellow. And that’s the beauty of these neutrals.
I’ve been covering a variety of colors in extensive color reviews. I’ve heard from lots of readers about how much they struggle with choosing paint colors. So, my goal is that these paint reviews will help readers know the great things about each color as well as the areas they need to watch to help make choosing a color a more straightforward process.
In today’s color review, we’re taking a deep dive into Sherwin Williams White Duck (SW 7010), which is a light, warm neutral but unique blend of greige and cream that brightens and adds cozy charm to any space without those dreaded shades of visible yellow.
Whites, off-whites, and other neutrals can be notoriously hard to choose because there are so many with very subtle differences! If you’re searching for the perfect light creamy greige, keep reading because I will share all the ins, outs, and secrets about Sherwin Williams White Duck.
FAQs about White Duck
What color is Sherwin Williams White Duck?
Many people say they love cream colors but hate when they lean yellow. Since EVERY cream shade has yellow in it, it’s hard to avoid – unless you have another color taming the yellow beast.
That’s the beauty of White Duck. It’s a warm creamy color, but the greige undertones tone down the yellow while still letting the warmth shine through. With this shade, you can have your cake and eat it too!
Where should I use SW White Duck?
Depending on your lighting, this shade can work beautifully in almost any area of the home.
I tend to recommend this color to people who live in a small space or colder regions because it will make your room feel bright, airy, and warm.
Consider using White Duck in:
Given its beautiful neutral nature and versatility, this shade works in nearly every style of home too! It’s a favorite for modern farmhouse decor.
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Sherwin Williams White Duck Undertones
Let’s talk undertones of this paint color, because as you may already know, undertones are an inescapable part of paint – EVERY color has them. With that in mind, I advocate building your knowledge about them rather than avoiding them so that you can use them to your advantage.
That’s why I strongly recommend utilizing paint swatches for every color you’re seriously considering. Move them around your home and check them out in different lighting situations to thoroughly evaluate paint colors. This process will help you identify undertones that can show up in your home.
It’s time to cover SW White Duck’s undertones. Overall, this shade is pretty neutral. It gives a very creamy vibe and adds a warm and cozy ambiance without reading yellow or green (which can happen with beiges). It will rarely flash a faint wink of pink.
How Different Types of Lighting Affect SW White Duck
Lighting plays a significant role in how White Duck reads. Thanks to its light tone, it will usually appear light and bright off-white.
The one warning I will give is that it can sometimes look a little dingy in low lighting, thanks to its greige coloring. However, both natural and artificial light work well with this color to prevent that from happening.
Here’s a general idea of how lighting will impact White Duck’s appearance.
- North-facing light – this is the coolest light, which tends to bring out the coolness of colors. White Duck will lean slightly greige in north-facing rooms, but the color’s inherent warmth will warm up the room.
- South-facing light – this bright, warm lighting will draw out the warmth of White Duck. It will read more creamy or beige in this lighting.
- East-facing light – this bright yellow morning light will make this shade read warm in the morning, but the afternoon is a different story because the light will be to the west. That’s when White Duck does its best work to warm up the room, although it will lean greige.
- West-facing light – this ultra-warm, orange-red light will make White Duck appear its warmest. Expect it to look very beige in this lighting in the evening while looking slightly more greige in the morning. If you really want to avoid those yellow undertones, I’d tread carefully here.
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Great Coordinating Colors for White Duck
Thanks to its neutral versatility, finding great colors to pair with White Duck isn’t a challenge. Here are a few tips to guide you:
- Look for gray or greige paint colors that are darker or have blue or green undertones.
- Avoid pairing with purple undertones.
- It complements blue-gray blends and dark accent colors (such as navy) well.
NOTE: Paint colors rarely look the same in two different places. And don’t expect a color you see on your computer screen to look the same in your home! Use sample colors to see how any paint color will look in YOUR home.
As far as sampling goes, I highly recommend these mess-free, re-usable, re-positionable peel and stick paint samples ⤵
Also be aware that your paint sheen choice make an impact. Flat, semi-gloss, satin? To learn more about choosing the best paint finish, check out this article.
LRV of Sherwin Williams White Duck (SW 7010)
Looking at paint involves lots of subjective interpretation, so we need a way to evaluate paint objectively. Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a number on a scale between 0 and 100 that’s given to each paint color based on the amount of light that hue reflects. A lower number means the color reflects less light and a higher number means it reflects more light.
This one tool can give you a clear indication of how light or dark this color truly is – rather than how dark it SEEMS to be.
The LRV of SW White Duck = 74
This value places White Duck in the light range. It has just enough saturation to read as a soft white. Due to its light nature, it will usually look lighter than a true greige.
Below, here’s how White Duck looks next to pure white…
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White Duck Compared to Other Colors
Comparing similar shades next to each other is a great way to get more information on how colors appear – primarily how their undertones affect the color. Here’s how Sherwin Williams White Duck compares to three other popular shades.
Sherwin Williams White Duck vs. Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Since SW Alabaster has a higher LRV value of 82, it’s quite a bit brighter than White Duck will appear. Both colors are off-white with varying hints of greige. When you compare them side by side, White Duck reads as darker and more beige.
Sherwin Williams White Duck vs. Sherwin Williams Oyster White
Sherwin Williams Oyster White has an LRV of 74.23, which makes it nearly identical to White Duck. In fact, at first glance, these two colors may look similar because they both have greige undertones.
However, if you look very closely, Oyster White leans just slightly grayer. This difference will make Oyster White read darker and cooler than White Duck in certain lighting situations.
Sherwin Williams White Duck vs. Sherwin Williams Shoji White
What is the difference between White Duck and SW Shoji White? Well, these two colors are VERY similar and versatile, but they aren’t the same by any means (which is why choosing colors can be so hard).
I would say that White Duck leans ever so slightly more beige while Shoji White can flash a little green from time to time.
More Colors to Consider
I know, picking colors can be challenging! Maybe you aren’t “feeling it” for White Duck? If that’s the case, I’m sure you’ll love one of these neutral paint colors!
- Anew Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a light-medium warm greige
- Aesthetic White (Sherwin Williams) – a beautiful off-white with greige undertones
- Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm greige falling in the light-medium range
- Eider White (Sherwin Williams) – a light, creamy off-white with a touch of greige
- Light Pewter (Benjamin Moore) – a crowd-pleasing light gray with greige undertones
- Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee – an off-white with rich, creamy undertones
- Linen White (Benjamin Moore) – a rich, creamy off-white
- Dover White (Sherwin Williams) – a creamy off-white with beige and yellow undertones
- Sherwin Williams Pure White – a clean, fresh, crisp white
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace – a bright, white with cool undertones
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17 Real Life Homes Using White Duck
Let’s ditch the techy stuff and get to the good stuff! Sherwin Williams White Duck is a popular interior and exterior shade for a reason – let’s check out 17 real houses that use it to find out why.
Sherwin Williams White Duck Living Rooms
1. Compliments Bold Colored Decor
If you have bold colors in your furniture or home accent pieces, I’ve found that having a simple, complementary color for your walls (like this light greige) works really well. Test out SW White Duck to see if it looks as incredible with your home furnishings and accents as it does in this living room from Houzz!
2. A Chic Neutral Color
You can see the creamy nature of White Duck on the walls of this lovely living room. The bright natural light makes it read off-white, but there’s just enough saturation that it still contrasts well against the white trim.
Kitchens with White Duck Paint
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).
3. Cozy Feel in an East-Facing Home
Cool lighting and gray cabinets help to draw out the gray in White Duck in this kitchen featured on The Color Concierge. You can tell the shade is a greige because in the shadows the walls read more gray while above the cabinets they read more beige.
4. A Perfect Farmhouse Off-White
The great lighting, wood accents, and stainless steel appliances come together to let White Duck shine as a soft, creamy off-white. It really is a terrific modern farmhouse color!
5. White Duck Kitchen Cabinets
But this color works well in traditional and transitional homes too. If your kitchen is dark, try lightning it up by painting your cabinets in White Duck.
6. White Duck + Wood Tones
Here, the White Duck wall color casts a warm (but not yellow, or creamy) glow over this entire room. It’s an excellent choice for a large, airy space like this beautiful kitchen and dining room.
SW White Duck Bedrooms
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.
7. Serene Bedroom Paint Color
It may be a light color, but there’s enough greige in this off-white that it pairs well with neutrals and wood tones. It’s working hard (seemingly behind the scenes) to make this bedroom an elegant retreat.
8. Creamy Off-White with Natural Light
When you want a creamy off-white that doesn’t read yellow, I urge you to consider SW White Duck. This example from Houzz is one of the best at showing how neutral and soft this color appears.
9. Perfectly Paired with Off-White Decor
Going for a monochromatic color scheme? Let White Duck do the heavy lifting on the walls while you have fun with the decor!
Home Entries Featuring White Duck Paint
10. Greige in the Shadows
Look at the difference in how this shade appears between the light and the shadows in this space from Deeply Southern Home. In the shadows, you can see definite gray undertones while the walls being hit with direct light look creamy and off-white.
11. An Elegant Cream Entry
Warm lighting paired with warm-toned decor (such as hardwood flooring) will bring out the warm creamy qualities in White Duck. This festive entry from Home Bunch is a perfect example.
12. Warm, Inviting Foyer
Paired with cooler tones in the wood flooring and the staircase bannister, White Duck helps warm up this entry hall without making things yellow or beige-y.
SW White Duck in Other Spaces
13. Brightens a Dark Basement
I personally use White Duck in my own home. Our basement playroom gets almost NO natural light. So it was a tough room to pin down from a paint standpoint. We settled on White Duck because I wanted a very light, bright paint to help offset all the darkness.
Finding a paint that was warm, but still read neutral and not too beige was important to me.
14. White Duck Painted Floors
I love this daring painted floor project! We’ve painted floors here, as well, and I personally love the look, AND the price point! Spoiler alert…the upkeep is NOT as difficult as many people seem to think, either.
Check out this PLYWOOD floor painted with White Duck…YES! Plywood! Isn’t that impressive?
Sherwin Williams White Duck Exteriors
15. Not Too Stark
White paints can easily read as cold, sterile, or too bright. That’s never a problem with White Duck! It looks so good as an exterior paint color Plank and Pillow‘s brick home.
16. Warm, Inviting White
Want a white for your exterior that’s not cold and institutional, but rather warm and welcoming for family and guests? While you’re on the hunt for exterior white paint colors, definitely consider White Duck, because it may be the right color for your home.
17. Best White Paint Color?
Paired with stained wood and popular Tricorn Black as a trim color, Sherwin Williams White Duck SW 7010 certainly seems like it could very well be the perfect exterior siding color choice!
It’s got the right depth, so that it doesn’t fall flat without any type of saturation or color interest, but isn’t so colorful that the yellow tones takeover, or it reads as a light brown rather than white.
If you love modern off-whites and greiges, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Sherwin Williams White Duck. This warm, light off-white paint displays all its best features and greige undertones nearly anywhere you use it.
And if this is a color you’re seriously considering, remember paint-sampling is better than ending up paint-sorry! I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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