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Sherwin-Williams Creamy: A soft, warm choice

Sherwin-Williams’s Creamy is a yellow-toned off-white, which should give your space a soft, warm glow if used correctly.

Off-white paint colors can be the perfect choice to brighten up just about any design, but off-whites are often more complex than they look.

Creamy by Sherwin-Williams is a warm-toned off-white shade that can add subtle warmth to your design, but it can be tricky to use.

The problem with choosing white paint colors

Whether you are creating a space’s color scheme from scratch, or you simply feel like updating a room to match your current style, you will inevitably reach the stage of the process where you have to pick a white or off-white paint color to add some contrast to the space.

Every paint brand certainly has more than enough options to choose from in these categories, but this does not make the decision any easier.

Off-white paint colors can look deceptively simple in-store, but once you start diving deeper into each color individually, you will realize that there may be a lot more going on below the surface.

Sherwin-Williams Creamy: A soft, warm choice

Sherwin-Williams Creamy (SW 7012) is the perfect example of how an off-white color can be so much more complex than it looks at first glance.

While it is true that off-white shades are usually fairly neutral and can be used to compliment other colors in your scheme, these colors still have varying undertones.

And just like any other paint color, these undertones can make even the lightest and brightest of colors appear differently, depending on the lighting and the other colors in the room.

Creamy lives up to its name, with subtle, warm undertones that make even the dullest, darkest rooms glow softly.

However, this color’s complexity lies in the fact that it is not quite stark enough to work as a crisp white, and it is also not quite white enough to be a versatile option for accents like ceilings, woodwork or trim.

However, this does not mean that Creamy is not an excellent choice for a warm-toned off-white paint color, but it does mean that you need to be a bit more careful if you decide to use it.

Creamy does have a warm, yellow tone to it, but this undertone is not too overwhelmingly yellow. This often makes it the perfect choice for vintage-inspired designs or for warm-leaning color schemes that need some added brightness.

All about Sherwin-Williams Creamy

If you really want to understand a tricky shade like Sherwin-Williams Creamy, you will need to start with the basics first. Some of the most important details about this shade include:

Sherwin-Williams Creamy swatch
Sherwin-Williams Creamy code SW 7012
Sherwin-Williams Creamy undertones Pale yellow
Sherwin-Williams Creamy LRV 81
Sherwin-Williams Creamy collections Color ID (Naturalist), Top 50 Colors, Finest Whites & Neutrals (Finest Whites), Finest Whites and Neutrals (Cool Neutrals)

Sherwin-Williams Creamy vs. other off-white paint colors

Often, the best way to see exactly how complex such a light color truly is – is to place it next to other, similar colors.

For example, when Creamy is placed right next to the slightly darker Benjamin Moore off-white color, called White Down, you can really see that pale yellow undertone quite clearly, as follows:

Creamy – Sherwin-Williams White Down – Benjamin Moore

However, when Creamy is placed next to a truly creamy, yellow shade like Benjamin Moore Featherbed, you can see how soft and understated these undertones truly are:

Creamy – Sherwin-Williams Featherbed – Benjamin Moore

How your lighting will affect Sherwin-Williams Creamy

The lighting in your space will affect any color that you use within your design. South-facing rooms for example, usually have an abundance of warm-toned light.

This warm-toned light will bring out Creamy’s creamier tones and will make the color appear much more yellow than it does in the shade.

The exact opposite happens in north-facing rooms, where there is cool-toned blue light. In this situation, Creamy should appear much less intense and the color should simply give a very subtle warm glow.

Fortunately, Creamy is just bright enough (with an LRV of 81) to work well in both low-light and very bright spaces.

Can Sherwin-Williams Creamy be used on exteriors?

Although Creamy can add a lovely brightness to interior color schemes, this shade is not ideal for use on the exterior of your home.

The reason for this is that natural sunlight will accentuate those yellow tones, and while this can add warmth in an interior color scheme, it may end up just looking dirty and grimy on the outside of your home.

Creamy’s high LRV also means that it might be slightly too light in direct sunlight, but since it is so warm, it will never quite give you the crispness that a pure white color will, even when it does appear a little too stark.

Trim colors to pair with Sherwin-Williams Creamy

If you really love the look of Creamy and you are looking for a really bright, warm accent color, you may just be tempted to use it on the trim and woodwork of your home. However, since Creamy is not a stark, crisp white, this color is quite difficult to use on trim.

Creamy is quite a bit darker and warmer than a traditional almost-white trim color, which means that you may struggle to find balance in a scheme where you have picked Creamy as a trim color.

This is why it is better to pick Creamy as one of your main colors, and then use a crisper, brighter off-white as the trim color. This includes colors such as:

Color name Color swatch
White Sand – Sherwin-Williams
White Dove – Benjamin Moore
High Reflective White – Sherwin-Williams

Coordinating colors for Sherwin-Williams Creamy

Creamy may not be ideal for your exterior or trim, but this does not mean that the color is always difficult to work with. Creamy pairs well with just about any other warm-toned shades, which includes other, deeper creamy tones, such as:

Creamy – Sherwin-Williams Napery – Sherwin-Williams Golden Fleece – Sherwin-Williams

Creamy also pairs well with deeper, earthy tones, which share the same warmth such as:

Creamy – Sherwin-Williams Austere Gray – Sherwin-Williams Shiitake – Sherwin-Williams