Sherwin Williams Extra White (SW-7006)

Sherwin Williams Extra White is my go-to for a bright, crisp white. It’s perfect for trim, doors and cabinets.

sherwin williams extra white mantel and surround

What Color is Extra White?

As the name suggests, Extra White (SW 7006) is one of Sherwin Williams’ brightest whites. With an LRV of 86, it’s pretty white, with only one other color, High Reflective White, is brighter (it has an LRV of 93). If you’re looking for a slightly less bright white, then Pure White may be a good choice.

Sherwin Williams claims Extra White is their “truest white”, which is not technically true. They do, in fact, have a whiter-white – “Highly Reflective White”.

What’s LRV? LRV, or Light Reflecting Value, is the number that refers to how light or dark a color is on a scale of 0-100. The closer the number is to 100, the lighter it is (white being the lightest). The closer the number is to 0, the darker it is (black).

Extra White kitchen cabinets
Extra White Cabinets

What are the Undertones of Extra White?

Extra White is a very bright white with a slightly cool undertone. This means it tends to favor cooler paint colors alongside it (it looks great with blue and grays).

Interior trim, baseboards and wainscoting painted with Sherwin Williams Extra White

Where to Use Extra White

Extra White is most commonly used for trim and ceilings, but I have seen it used as a wall color, too.

I am slowly transitioning all the trim in my own home from Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White to Extra White and I love it. It is so clean and fresh, and makes every room feel bigger, brighter and more modern.

While we haven’t started repainting our ceilings yet, when we do, they will all be Extra White, too. My hope is that the brighter color will help make our low-height ceilings feel a bit higher.

sherwin williams extra white exterior trim
Exterior trim painted SW Extra White

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Extra White is also a great exterior paint color. While our siding came in a factory-finish white, Extra White is a perfect match (I know because I painted the trim around the front door and it matches perfectly!).

kitchen cabinets painted with SW extra white
Sherwin Williams Extra White Cabinets

Extra White vs Pure White

Extra White is only a bit brighter than Pure White, with an LRV of (86), although it comes across as brighter because it’s purer white, with a slight blue undertone. Pure White, on the other hand, has an LRV of 84. It does not come across as a really bright, stark white (LRV of 84) It has just enough softness to it (thanks to that little drop of gray) to stop it being in-your-face. This makes it a really great white to use anywhere, no matter the light.

Sherwin Williams Pure White Nursery
SW Pure White walls and trim

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a bright and modern white, then Sherwin Williams Extra White delivers that. If you are worried that it may come across a little stark, then try SW Pure White instead, as its a white that seems to work in every space.

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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  1. I’m having Classic Calacatta Quartz installed in my kitchen and I wanted a white paint color that would work for walls, cabinets, ceiling, and trim – is pure white or extra white too light for the quartz? I have had designers recommend alabaster but it seems to wash out the quartz to me and looks a tad yellow.

  2. Hi Jenna I was wondering if extra white is a good choice for an exterior color we are purchasing a 1930’s bungalow and I want the outside paint to be a bright crisp clean white for entire body and trim will have a new black roof and natural wood tone shutters the interior is also going white we have chosen Pure White for walls and trim just unsure of the exterior color white is so hard for me lol tried and failed before so just trying to avoid another creamy yellow undertone white home thanks

  3. I didn’t see this mentioned but we are about to have our interior walls painted and the trim in currently Extra White and I was wanting to paint our walls Pure White. Could I leave the Extra White trim or should I paint trim Pure White also? I can’t find the answer to this anywhere, so any help would be so appreciated!

    1. You *probably* won’t notice too much of a difference since the sheens will be different anyway. To be safe, test a swatch of pure white close to where the wall meets the trim to see how it looks in the light in your home.

  4. Hi, this articles addresses the exact two SW whites I’ve been offered. (Choosing one of these over Swiss Coffee). I am unable to get into the home to test it. The main living space room will face East, the BR will face South. The office North.. I love a clean, crisp, bright white but want to avoid a chalky white. My favorite white would look soft and fluffy. haha How do I choose between Pure White and Extra White…….? Will Extra be too stark and harsh? I got some chips from SW but still hard to tell. Thanks for the article!

    1. pure white is a safer choice as extra white will look dull in northern light. Paint chips are not an accurate representation, you’ll want to order samples from Samplize or test the paint in the space. Either way, pure white is a safer option.

    1. Hi Linda! I am doing the same but tricorn black on the bottom cabinets. I would love to hear how it worked out.


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