Read about Sherwin Williams Egret White, and see 12 real homes that use it!
Sherwin Williams Egret White (SW 7570) is a popular and ideal light warm greige with taupe undertones. This timeless off-white (or pastel greige) is light enough to read white in bright light while still offering the saturation that white can’t provide.
I saw a reader ask a question recently that caught my eye, and I can’t stop thinking about it. The question was (and I’m paraphrasing), “Why choose off-white paint instead of white?”
Why, indeed! At first glance, maybe you wouldn’t want to. However, I can think of several reasons why off-white could be more appealing. Here’s just a few of them. Off-white colors:
- Offer versatile, neutral qualities without being as intense or sterile as white.
- Add a subtle welcoming ambiance to a room.
- Make a room feel more cozy and intimate while also keeping it light and airy.
- are just as timeless and beautiful!
Now that I’ve pleaded my case for choosing off-white, how do you choose just one shade from the sea of possibilities on the market? That’s where I can help 😉
If you’re considering updating your home with a fresh coat of paint, I have an entire paint color review series to help you choose your ideal color. Each post highlights one single shade and covers all the details (plus the pros and cons) you need to know.
Today, I’m excited to highlight a timeless and gorgeous off-white. Say hello to Sherwin Williams Egret White, the star of today’s color review .
What color is Egret White?
Egret White (SW 7570) is a light, off-white with warm greige and taupe (brown and gray) undertones that give it body and subtle richness.
Sherwin Williams places this shade in their off-white color family, but it’s basically a pastel greige that often appears off-white.
Although it’s light and bright, it (as many off-whites do) has some flex and nuance that you need to know about. Let’s check out all that Egret White has to offer!
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FAQs about Sherwin Williams Egret White
What other colors are similar to Egret 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 in a different brand, I recommend Benjamin Moore Athena or Behr’s Taupe Tease.
Is Sherwin Williams’s Egret White warm or cool?
Egret White is a good balance of warm and cool but leans just a tad warm. This shade follows the “Goldilocks rule” – it’s not too warm or too cool, but just right. It has warm gray undertones that make it lean toward the warm side but also keep it mostly neutral.
Where should I use Sherwin Williams Egret White?
Consider Egret White for every area (top to bottom) of your home, including:
Accents such as cabinets or built-ins
Egret White is an off-white paint color that fits well in traditional, transitional, Scandinavian, modern farmhouse, mid-century modern, and French country homes.
Sherwin Williams Egret White Undertones
What you’ll notice most about Egret White is that it’s hard to describe but incredibly easy to use. The blend of beige and gray makes it generally read as neutral, but once in a while, it can display VERY subtle purple or pink undertones.
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How Different Types of Lighting Affect Sherwin Williams’ Egret White
It’s a classic story in life – as the sun moves, colors change. EVERY paint color will display some amount of variation throughout the day, so expect it to appear differently on different walls.
Here’s how this Sherwin Williams paint color will likely shift throughout the day based on different types of natural lighting.
- North-facing light – gray-tinted cool lighting in a north-facing room will make Egret White appear darker and grayer. This is when it will look more light greige than off-white.
- South-facing light – consistently warm light through the day in a south-facing room will make Egret White wash out and display its natural warmth.
- West-facing light – morning passive lighting shifts to ultra-warm lighting in the late afternoon. Egret White will appear as light greige in the morning and become lighter and warmer (with a possible hint of pink or purple) later in the day.
- East-facing light – warm, yellow-tinted morning light changes to passive shadowy lighting later in the day. Egret White will display its off-white side in the morning and then shift towards its richer greige side later.
When to Avoid SW Egret White
The pink and purple undertones in Egret White are VERY subtle, but there’s no denying that they show up from time to time. If you absolutely want to avoid any pink or purple, do not use this shade in rooms with Western exposure.
And you may want to steer clear of any pink or purple decor, which can also influence this shade’s appearance.
Pairing whites and off-whites can be tricky because the wrong combination can make both shades look terrible. I recommend using a bright white instead of another off-white.
Great Coordinating Colors for Egret White
Pairing off-white with other shades can sometimes be tricky, and Egret White is no exception. In general, I recommend choosing sage greens, deep blues (like navy blue), blue greens, clean whites, darker grays, and some darker greiges when working with Egret White.
And it looks stunning in a color palette alongside brushed nickel, matte black, and chrome (or polished or satin) hardware!
If you need a few different colors that work with Sherwin Williams Egret White, try:
- Tin Lizzie
- Silken Peacock
- Functional Gray
- Palladian Blue
- Intellectual Gray
- Rocky River
- Smoky Blue
- Tricorn Black
- Sea Salt
- Westhighland White
- Worldly Gray
- Amazing Gray
- Jade Dragon
- Roycroft Pewter
- Black Fox
- Hale Navy
- Aegean Teal
- Revere Pewter
LRV of Sherwin Williams Egret White (SW 7570)
LRV (Light Reflectance Value, but you’ll also sometimes see it 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 Egret White = 70
That means SW Egret White is basically on the border between off-white and pale greige. It has more depth than most off-whites but WILL wash out in bright lighting.
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Egret White Compared to Other Colors
How does Egret White stand out from other popular off-whites? Let’s compare it to similar shades to see!
Sherwin Williams Egret White vs. Benjamin Moore Fog Mist
To begin, let’s put Egret White and Ben Moore’s popular Fog Mist (OC-31) side by side.
Fog Mist is also an off-white with greige undertones, but it lacks the taupe undertones that Egret White has. Since both of these shades have an LRV of 70, they are identical in terms of depth, and both make a room feel light and airy.
Sherwin Williams Egret White vs. Agreeable Gray
The first thing you’ll notice about these two colors is that Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams (SW 7029) is noticeably darker (LRV of 60) and cooler than Egret White.
It falls at my ideal dept, which looks rich and fabulous in any lighting. Although Egret White is off-white, there’s no mistaking Agreeable Gray as off-white because it’s definitely a color.
Sherwin Williams Egret White vs. Eider White
Eider White (SW 7014) is a tad lighter, coming in with an LRV of 73. This white paint from Sherwin Williams is cooler and isn’t quite as versatile as Egret White due to its purple undertones. What’s more, Egret White has beige and brown undertones, which Eider White lacks.
More Colors to Consider
Egret White has a lot of great qualities that make it a strong contender. If you aren’t “sold” on it YET, check out these popular alternative paint colors!
- Dove Wing (Benjamin Moore) – a creamy warm shade in the off-white range.
- Oyster White (Sherwin Williams) – a beige-leaning off-white with greige undertones.
- Big Chill (Sherwin Williams) – a lovely gray with subtle beige undertones.
- Swiss Coffee (Behr) – a soft, muted, warm off-white.
- Calm (Benjamin Moore) – a calming, light color with subtle purple undertones.
- Ballet White (Benjamin Moore) – a neutral white paint color.
- Navajo White (Benjamin Moore) – a warm, neutral off-white.
- Paper White (Benjamin Moore) – an off-white with gray undertones and a hint of green.
- White Duck (Sherwin Williams) – an off-white with greige undertones.
- Pale Oak (Benjamin Moore) – a popular choice for those looking for greige paint colors.
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12 Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Egret White
It’s time to see this color in action! Let’s “play” and see how this color REALLY acts in real-life homes! Check out these 12 examples and show a range of lighting exposures and decor.
Egret White Kitchens
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).
1. Rustic and Gorgeous
I love Egret White on the cabinets in this kitchen from Inspired by Charm!
The paint offers just enough tint of gray to keep them from looking too bright. But they’re still light and airy!
2. Perfectly Off-White
White, black, and gray is a timeless color combination that will never look outdated. This example from @oakhillfarmhouse is so much fun.
I love the white and black with Egret White wall color for just a hint of gray. And how amazing is that wall of windows?
3. Light and Bright
The Egret White cabinets look wonderfully white (without being glaringly bright) thanks to the bright artificial light in this kitchen from Cristin Cooper. And the shade is light enough in this very bright room to contrast with the Alabaster walls.
Egret White in 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.
4. Palest of Greiges
The wood tones and brown accents pull out the brown undertones in SW Egret White on the walls of this bedroom from @xo.abbeyjean. Don’t see it? It’s subtle, but there!
5. Gray Undertones in the Shadows
I love the hint of gray in the walls in this bedroom from @robinson_designstudio. The walls appear mostly white but are muted in the shadows.
Living Spaces Painted Sherwin Williams Egret White
6. Bright but Muted
The Handmade Home shows the genius of Egret White. It washes out in this bright natural light exposure to appear white. The gray undertones aren’t very noticeable, thanks to the balancing effect from the wood and other warm tones.
7. Barely There Greige
Wow! This stunning living room from @ally_trout_house is simple yet surprisingly complete. The Egret White walls are working hard to balance the warm and rust tones with the very dark built-in cabinet cubbies.
8. Creamy Delight
Creamy isn’t a word I would often use to describe Egret White, but this example from Altura Homes highlights its subtle creamy potential. If looking light, cozy, and inviting were the goals of this space, they nailed it!
SW Egret White Baths
9. Beautiful and Understated
Darling Down South painted the bottom wainscoting Egret White to highlight the fun patterned wallpaper above. Its classic and understated beauty is only enhanced by the pops of gold from the accents.
10. Muted and Neutral
The light greige (leaning gray) undertones come through on the walls in this bathroom from Jenna Sue Designs, which highlights the wall texture in the very best way!
Sherwin Williams Egret White in Other Homes
11. Gray Undertones
The walls of this home office from Love Your Room appear pale gray thanks to the low levels of cool-tinted light coming in the window.
12. More Beige in Yellow Lighting
Notice the beige undertones peeking through in this hallway from @diy.dana.diy! The yellow-tinted light draws the tones out, allowing the walls to contrast with the wide, bright white molding.
The gorgeous complexity of this Sherwin Williams color gives me all the feels that you want when you find an incredible paint shade! So what’s your take? Can you see it as as a great option for one of your own room colors?
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