Sherwin-Williams Oyster White Color Review

Oyster White Color Review

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.


Is Oyster White a good exterior trim color?

We always recommend that you test paint colors in your house because lighting can change a 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 Dark Blue 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.

Oyster white vs greek villa

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 its crisper, but always test.

SW Oyster White vs. SW Natural Choice

Alabaster vs. Oyster White

Oyster white is much darker and warmer than Alabaster, and lighter than Greek Villa.  It will also make Oyster 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.

SW Oyster White vs. SW Alabaster White

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.

SW Oyster White vs. SW Pearly White

Shoji White vs. Oyster White

Shoji White has similar undertones, but is much warmer and fleshier when you see it inside. As an exterior paint color, if you have alot of exterior green follage, it could make a better white paint color than Oyster White because those warm tones will neutralize all the green.

SW Oyster White vs. SW Shoji White

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 its pretty darn close!  It’s not quite as warm, but will look very much the same in a room.  We never recommend paint matching unless you are willing to spend alot of time going back and forth with the paint company.  Learn more about matching paint colors here.

Oyster White vs. Gray Mist


The Verdict

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 color most like it 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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6 Responses

  1. But you’re right (continued from my comment above) BM Gray Mist may be just a touch better match to SW Oyster White than BM Old Prairie.

  2. I love this post! A year ago I painted my interior Oyster White. It was so hard to find information on the color plus I did not know much about paint but I love it!! Oyster white needs more love 🙂

  3. I just painted the exterior of my house Oyster White and I love it!! I can’t decide on a trim color. What color do you recommend? My roof is brown with red undertones. I am debating to use Pure White or just use Oyster White in a different sheen.

    1. I would just paint the trim Oyster White! Pure White is too cold, and the same color will look classic and timeless in the ame sheen.

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