Learn all about Sherwin-Williams Oyster white in this color review (Sample Here). This warm muted very light greige paint color is a gorgeous option as an exterior white paint color or a light neutral greige for interiors. This color is also an excellent option for interiors. As you can see from the color above, Oyster White will look much brighter outside than inside or on the computer screen. SW Oyster White is a very light greige with green undertones. It will look like a soft white outside.
Please note that all the photos in this post are from Color Concierge projects.
LRV of Oyster White
The LRV of Oyster White is 72, which makes it a warm white for exteriors or a light greige for interior wall colors. LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is a measurement used to identify how light or dark a color is. The scale goes from 1 (pure black) to 100 (pure white) and indicates how dark or light a color is.
Oyster White for Exteriors
Oyster White is one of our paint colors for white exteriors with red brick or warm stone colors. It looks like a soft white outside – much brighter than inside or on the computer screen. This is a great all-around exterior white paint color. It looks fabulous as a crisp white in the bright sunshine, Southern United States, California, Arizona, or high altitude Mountain states. It is soft, creamy, and fabulous in the shade or up North.
At The Color Concierge, we are always very careful about using exterior white paint colors that are too stark. When we need to pick a darker white, we don’t look at cream colors because they lean toward yellow. Instead, we pick light greige colors that might look like light grays inside. This prevents an unwanted yellow edge that some creamy whites might give.
We select colors that are compatible with the exterior lighting conditions. The closer you get to the sun, the more paint colors get washed out. For example, when we pick a white for the Southern United States, or high altitude locations such as Denver or Salt Lake City, we pick warmer and darker whites. We pick brighter whites for shady areas, or locations that are further North such as Michigan, Wisconsin, Seattle, New York, or Canada.
This house is in North Carolina and is shown in the winter with overcast light. Oyster White is still soft and beautiful – much lighter than you would expect. The blue shutters are our favorite feature!
The “before” photo is shown below. We lightened the body color and removed the darker trim. We usually prefer white trim with white vinyl windows, and in this case, it looks much brighter, current, and even classic. It’s counterintuitive, but simplicity can help show architectural features better than a lot of complicated color shifts.
Oyster White exterior with warm light brick and gray shutters
This house is in South Carolina, near the water, where the conditions are pretty bright. We kept the light warm brick, and it looked amazing with Oyster White’s more muted tones. Had we picked a brighter white, it would have looked discordant and harsh next to the brick and all of the surfaces. We picked light gray shutters to keep the palette harmonious and light.
The shutters are SW Fawn Brindle (Sample Here)
Entry details of the final home are shown here. The wood front door adds warmth and depth.
Here is the final photo. It looks soft, lovely, gracious, and classic.
And check out the house before it was painted! Our homeowner was really brave to trust us with this transformation. The light brick looked dingy before, and now it is a beautiful warm feature.
Is Oyster White a good exterior trim color?
Oyster White for Interiors
This paint color is beautiful as a soft greige wall color, but we don’t have any photos. It looks much like BM Classic Gray. Learn more about Classic Gray here. Only consider it as a trim color in houses with earthy granites and other hard finishes.
Best Interior White Trim & Ceiling Colors with Oyster white
Use clean white and off-white paint colors such as Extra White, Pure White, Alabaster, and Greek Villa. Creamier colors darker than Westhighland White can lean toward yellow.
What is the easiest way to test Oyster White?
We always recommend that you test paint colors in your house because lighting can change a paint color completely.
In the old days, this meant we painted a large poster board with sample pots and a huge mess.
Now we have SAMPLIZE, 9X14″ Pre-Painted peel-and-stick paint samples. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.
Comparisons with Other Creamy White Paint Colors
Greek Villa vs. Oyster White
Oyster white is much darker and warmer than Greek Villa, but don’t pick the Greek Villa for bright light conditions. Oyster will look dingy next to Greek Villa, but it could still be the better choice.
Both colors could look great as interior wall colors; it just depends on the look you are going for. I would usually prefer Greek Villa as an interior trim and ceiling color. Learn more about Greek Villa in our color review here.
Natural Choice vs. Oyster White
Both these colors could look great in similar bright light conditions. Natural Choice is warmer but lighter and might look better if you have a ton of green foliage near your house.
For interiors, I’d prefer Oyster white because it’s crisper but always test to make sure.
Alabaster vs. Oyster White
Oyster white is much darker and warmer than Alabaster, and lighter than Greek Villa. It will also make Oyster White look dingy when you test them side by side but don’t pick Alabaster for bright light conditions. Oyster White could still be the better choice.
Both colors could look great as interior wall colors; it just depends on the look you are going for. I would usually prefer Alabaster to Oyster as an interior trim and ceiling color.
Pearly White vs. Oyster White
When you take these colors outside, Pearly White will be much brighter than Oyster because of its much higher LRV of 77. They look very similar on the page, but believe me, Pearly is lighter. They have the same undertones, so if you are looking for a brighter crisper white and you have earthy finishes, Pearly White would be a great choice.
Pearly White is lovely as an interior paint color. Learn more about Pearly White in this color review.
Shoji White vs. Oyster White
Shoji White has taupe undertones and is much warmer and fleshier when you see it inside. As an exterior paint color, if you have a lot of exterior green foliage, it can make a better white paint color than Oyster White because those warm tones will neutralize all the green.
Which Benjamin Moore Color is most like Sherwin-Williams Oyster White?
I would say Benjamin Moore Gray Mist, because it gives a similar effect, and it’s pretty darn close! It’s not quite as warm but will look very similar outside or inside. We never recommend paint matching unless you are willing to spend a lot of time going back and forth with the paint company. Learn more about matching paint colors here.
Key Learning Points
Sherwin-Williams Oyster White is a light warm greige with soft green undertones. It looks fantastic as an exterior white paint color, or as an interior light greige. The most similar Benjamin Moore color is BM Gray Mist.
No matter what, don’t forget to test your paint colors. It’s a standard best practice. Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. We love to test with SAMPLIZE peel-and-stick samples. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.
NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified. Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens. Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.
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