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A true chameleon color, Sherwin Williams Shoji White (SW 7042) is a beautiful off-white paint color that marries the best of greige and cream. If you’ve been stumped on the perfect neutral paint color for your home, then this may be the one for you!

paint swatch of Sherwin Williams Shoji White

What Color is Sherwin Williams Shoji White?

Adding the word “white” in a paint color name would lead you to believe it’s actually white. However, with Sherwin Williams Shoji White (SW-7042), this color is truly so much more.

Technically, Shoji White is a warm off-white, but as you’ll see throughout this post, it’s a chameleon color that can change depending on the natural light in your room.

bedroom walls painted Shoji White
Shoji White bedroom walls via Studio McGee

On the Sherwin Williams paint fan deck, Shoji White sits right above Worldly Gray, classified as a greige. So technically, this color is a lighter greige paint color.

However, this color can’t be fully classified as a true greige either because it also can appear as a cream.

Think of it this way – if a greige and cream had a baby, Shoji White would be that baby!

Shoji White and Urbane Bronze accent wall
Shoji White walls with Urbane Bronze accent wall via Jennifer Patrick Levine

Shoji White really pops with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze as you can see in this gorgeous modern bedroom.

What is the LRV of Shoji White?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is an indicator of the amount of light that is reflected by a color when a light source illuminates it. A lower value (closer to 0) indicates that a color will appear darker or absorb more light. A higher value (closer to 100) means that a color will reflect more light back at you. 

The LRV of Sherwin Williams Shoji White is 74, meaning it falls on the off-white side of the LRV scale. For comparison sake, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace has an LRV of 90, while Sherwin Williams Pure White has an LRV of 84.

Is Shoji White a Warm or Cool Color?

Sherwin Williams Shoji White is a warm paint color.

What Are The Undertones of Shoji White?

Typically a greige color (like Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray) has beige or tan undertones, alongside some gray. Along with the beige, gray and cream undertones, Sherwin Williams Shoji White also has subtle green undertones.

Unfortunately, this can scare people away. But in my experience, this green undertone is so minimal that you really won’t ever see it.

Shoji White kitchen cabinets with dark gray backsplash
Shoji White Cabinets via Amanda Louise Interiors

Shoji White is an excellent choice if you want to create a warm atmosphere without being too bright. It’s a beautiful neutral color that won’t compete with other colors in your home’s color palette.

How Exposure Affects Shoji White

The exposure your room gets can greatly impact how a color looks on the wall, and Shoji White is no different.

Let’s delve into the different exposures and how they impact how this color can look.

Shoji White in South-Facing Rooms

A south-facing room gets warm yellow sunlight all day long. This will bring out the creaminess in Shoji White, making it appear its warmest.

Shoji White in West-Facing Rooms

West-facing rooms get similar warm light in the afternoons to south-facing rooms, so the effect on Shoji White will be similar. However, the cool morning light will make that greige undertone more apparent.

Shoji White in North-Facing Rooms

Warm whites and off-whites are always a good choice in North-facing rooms as the warmth of the color helps to counteract the gray cast that northern light brings. The color will look more muted and the warmth will appear much more subtle than in the rooms that get warm sunlight.

Shoji White in East-Facing Rooms

East-facing rooms react similarly to north-facing rooms in that they get nice morning light (but it’s not super warm and yellow) followed by a cooler cast in the afternoon. So again, Shoji White will appear more muted and not as warm.

If I’m using SW Shoji White on my walls, what white trim color will look best?

Because of the green undertones and the fact that it’s more greige than white, your best option for a white trim color would be Sherwin Williams Pure White.

daybed with coral bedding and walls behind painted Shoji White
Shoji White walls and SW Extra White Trim via Inspired by Charm

Pure White has just a smidge of warmth, so it never looks too cold. It looks great with all wall colors, but it’s especially the correct choice if the color is warm, which Shoji White is.

Where Should I Use Shoji White?

SW Shoji White is of course a great choice as a wall color, whether that’s in your living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining room or hallway. It’s also certainly an option for cabinets in your kitchen or your bathroom vanity.

Many people think they want the all white look for their walls, then quickly realize it’s not for them. Lighter colors like Shoji White are a great choice in these situations.

I would not, however, choose Shoji White as a trim color, even if you’re trying to do contrasting trim. It’s too dark/off-white to be a white trim, but not dark enough to be a good color for contrasting darker trim alongside white walls.

No, SW Shoji White is not a particularly popular choice for kitchen cabinets. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not the right choice for your kitchen cabinets. If your kitchen has other warm elements like wood and brass, Shoji White would be a beautiful choice for cabinets.

Love Shoji White but want a bit more color? Try SW Accessible Beige instead (it looks amazing on cabinets!).

Is SW Shoji White A Good Exterior Color?

If your home has more of a traditional look on the exterior walls, Shoji White can be an amazing color because it provides a neutral palette, while still keeping the home feeling fresh and modern. It’s perfectly paired with deep reds, blues, greens, taupes, grays – almost any color.

Large house exterior painted Sherwin Williams Shoji White
Shoji White exterior via MagzHouse

This is especially perfect for those who love soft off-whites, rather than a stark crisp white.

By the way, notice how this photo in particular helps highlight that soft green undertone that can become apparent.

What Colors Go With Shoji White?

The following colors can be incorporated in to a coordinating color scheme with Shoji White (notice how many have a beige or slight green undertone to help the colors feel cohesive).

Shoji White coordinating color scheme

Shoji White vs. Alabaster

comparison of shoji white versus alabaster

When I think about Sherwin Williams Alabaster, that color is very much in the white paint color family. Although Alabaster is a warmer white and not a true white, Shoji White is definitely more beige than Alabaster.

Alabaster is a popular choice for creamy, almost off-white walls and trim. Whereas Shoji White would not be a color I would personally consider for trim.

Comparing the two paint colors, you can clearly see Shoji White’s greige undertones come to the fore.

Shoji White vs White Duck

sherwin williams shoji white vs white duck swatch colors

These are incredibly similar colors, with the only difference being the little bit of green undertone that Shoji White has. If that scares you off, then Sherwin Williams White Duck may be a better choice!

Shoji White vs. Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

comparison of shoji white versus benjamin moore swiss coffee

One of Benjamin Moore’s most popular neutral white paint colors is Swiss Coffee. Swiss Coffee is a warm, creamy white with a higher LRV ) than Shoji White (74), making it considerably whiter and brighter.

Swiss Coffee has a LRV of almost 84 which puts it right in the sweet spot for bright white paint colors. It’s bright enough to make a room feel light and airy. Swiss Coffee has creamy warm undertones which stop walls from looking boring and sterile.

Final Thoughts

If you can’t decide between greige or cream for your walls, then Shoji White may be the perfect paint color for you!

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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10 Comments

  1. Is there a green that goes well with Soji white? I love soj I in my entry and staircase. The adjacent living area is Hazel by SW. I need a update. I’d like a green,but am worried that I’ll pick something too grey. I’ve 1 family vote for PPG OLIVE SPRIG.Thank you LINDA

  2. Nancy Ciervo says:

    I am considering Shoji white or White Duck for my foyer and great room. Do you ever paint trim and walls the same color? If not, what color trim do you suggest with those colors?

  3. What type of sheen would you chose for shoji white? would it change the look of it drastically based on the sheen?

  4. I remember a post that discussed a 50:50 mix if 2 BM colors. I think they were 2 white/creams. I can’t find the article. help
    TY

      1. Hi,
        I finally ready to fix my house. I want classic wainscotting in my entry and stairs. What are the dimensions of the trim used on your home? All contractors ” its your choice, go to home depot and pick” there has to be an answer. I’m terrified to screw it up. Yours is the scale and size that I’m looking for. TY
        Linda
        A terrified home decorator

  5. Would you use sojhi white as a trim for exterior of house painted in SW evergreen fog?