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Sherwin Williams Extra White: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect white paint color for your home? Let’s review Sherwin Williams Extra White undertones and coordinating colors to see if it is perfect for you!

White is a classic paint color for a reason. It is a blank slate, a fresh start, and is compatible with so many other accent colors.

However, all white paint colors are not the same. There are differences in brightness and in undertone that can make these colors look totally different from each other.

One super popular white paint color is Sherwin Williams Extra White. Let’s dive into this color to see if it might be the perfect fit for your room!

Sherwin Williams Extra White paint color guide

Sherwin Williams Extra White SW 7006

Extra White is one of the most popular white paint colors that Sherwin Williams puts out. But, it’s not a pure white color. Extra White is a slightly cool white that is almost universally flattering.

Because of this, Extra White is a very popular color to choose for trim to pair with any wall color. But, it can be great as a wall color on it’s own as well.

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Color Family

Extra White is in the white color family.

Light Reflectance Value


Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

With an LRV of 86, Extra White is a very light and bright color. But, it’s worth noting that it is not a pure white (LRV of 100). It’s not even super super close!

This will be more evident if you pair your Extra White with something that’s actually white. Put a piece of blank printer paper next to it and suddenly you will see the warm undertones!

RGB Colors

R:238 G:239 B:234

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code


sw extra white


Extra White usually reads as very neutral. However, it is slightly cool with light blue/gray undertones.

Because of this, it pairs best with cool tones and can sometimes clash with super warm colors like yellow.

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

Extra White is a super neutral color that can work well in many spaces in your home. I love it for:

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  • Sherwin Williams Tennis White
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  • Behr Blue Vision
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Coordinating Colors

Extra White is super neutral and therefore can play with almost any color scheme. I do not suggest pairing it with a pure white color, or it will look dingy.

Because of the slightly cool undertones, it is easiest to pair Extra White with cooler colors. But, it can work with warm tones, too – it just has to be done correctly.

I suggest pairing Extra White with blues, greens, and cool grays.


  • SW Smoky Azurite
  • SW Charcoal Blue
  • SW Rain

See all of my favorite blue-gray paint colors


  • SW Watery
  • SW Drizzle
  • SW Waterscape
  • SW Sea Spray

See all of my favorite blue-green paint colors

Cool Grays

  • SW Rock Candy
  • SW Ice Cube
  • SW Online
  • SW Rhinestone
  • SW Gray Screen

See all of my favorite cool gray paint colors here.

Trim Colors

When painting your walls white, I almost always suggest using the same white color for your trim. But, choose a glossier sheen for tone-on-tone contrast.

So, if you did Sherwin Williams Extra White walls in matte or eggshell, I’d use Sherwin Williams Extra White in a semi-gloss on the trim!

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Sherwin Williams Extra White color palette

Want to use this paint color in your home? Instantly upgrade your home’s aesthetic with our exclusive paint color palette. Unlock the perfect trim color and six stunning accent colors, a combination of neutrals and bold hues for an instantly harmonious space!

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sw extra white paint color palette

Frequently Asked Questions about Extra White

Is Sherwin Williams Extra white too white?

Extra White actually has a nice amount of color depth to it and is not too white. However, if your room has north facing windows or cool light, it might feel a bit cool or icy in your space.

What color is SW extra white?

Extra White is a bright white paint color with slightly cool undertones. This means it will never feel yellow or dingy.

Is SW Extra white a good ceiling color?

Extra White can be a great option if you want a bright white ceiling!

What is the undertone of extra white?

Extra White has a slightly cool blue/gray undertone.

Is extra white too white for cabinets?

Extra White is a great color for cabinets. Just test it next to your tile or countertops first. Sometimes, the cool undertones can clash with, for example, marble with warm tan veining.

Alabaster vs Extra White

SW Extra White vs Alabaster

These are both light, bright, off-white paint colors. But, Extra White is brighter and cool toned, while Alabaster is slightly less bright and warm toned.

Read my full comparison of Alabaster vs Extra White here!

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Still not sure what paint color to choose?

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My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.

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The best way to sample paint? Samplize!

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