Each paint manufacturer has their own paint color top that they can firmly show off. The well-known brand Sherwin-Williams offers a no less impressive collection of shades that are real finds for various design solutions. Plus, designers and owners can’t help but fall in love with these variations over and over again. Therefore, some of these paint colors trump trends year after year and promise to stay the same for a long time.
Considering the top 50 colors at Sherwin-Williams and current trends, we’ve put together a list of 15 timeless shades that are especially popular this year and don’t look like they’ll go out of fashion for years to come. Unsurprisingly, most of them are neutral, although vibrant shades also make the list. Get ready for irreplaceable classics, modern sparkles and even some unexpected splashes!
One of Sherwin-Williams’ most renowned shades of white, Pure White features a true such shade devoid of striking undertones that impresses with its sheer base. Hence, this shade replicates a perfect blend of crispness and softness, making it a real find for any design approach.
This paint color stays true to its nature, neither cold nor warm, although a slight play with the nuances of lighting can instantly change the scenario. Pure white is a go-to color for walls, trim, cabinetry, and the ceiling, with no less impressive effect on the exterior, especially since this hue is compatible with any other splash of color.
Inspired by Japanese architecture, Shoji White reflects a warm, natural shade of white, reproducing a stunning balance between white, gray and beige. We can safely say that this variation is neutral and fits easily into any interior.
Considering this shade is still warm, designers suggest using it in north-facing spaces or poorly lit rooms to provide appropriate amounts of light and warmth. Shoji White is the go-to option in south-facing rooms if an accentuated feeling of comfort is required. This paint color is light, warm and no less neutral – a perfect choice for modern interiors and exteriors.
Navajo White SW 6126
This charming shade of light beige with striking yellow undertones is exceptionally comforting and bewitching. In a space painted this way, you feel surrounded by the softest particles of comfort. Although light enough to gravitate towards the medium and light color groups, Navajo White first impresses with its lovely peachy base.
It’s worth noting that this overly warm shade is a real find for north-facing spaces, but works just as well for south-facing rooms if the matching colors cool that paint color down slightly. It should be mentioned that this paint color can appear rather yellow in some interiors. Since current trends involve the use of warm hues to provide as much comfort as possible, Navajo White is definitely a prominent representative of this type.
Creamy SW 7012
This light creamy shade diluted with a few particles of gray reproduces a well-balanced combination of notes. It does not look too imposing or too neutral, while being able to soften the environment in the most exquisite way.
Due to its relatively neutral base, Creamy serves as the perfect background for bold accents, although integrating it into a monochromatic interior is a no less suitable option. The soft, creamy base offers the right amount of warmth for a modern interior that doesn’t lack comfort or a clean contemporary look.
The popular shade of beige is a medium color but gravitates towards the light side, not devoid of a few gray particles. One can be confused as to which category this paint color belongs to: is it grey-beige or neutral? Experts say it’s more a matter of taste.
Accessible Beige is a warm shade with a balanced base that behaves even-handedly. The thing is, it looks organic in almost any style and space, making it a must-have paint color that you shouldn’t be shy about trying.
Not so far from the inner beauty of the previous shade, this beige variation features more of a brownish base. We can firmly say that Balanced Beige is a rather dark beige shade with a gray-brown touch. Yet he is neutral and behaves as such.
This variation has a soft warm feel, which is not too striking due to the lack of yellowish particles. Additionally, Balanced Beige requires an appropriate amount of light to fully reveal its beauty. Like its neighbor – Accessible Beige, this paint color is perfect for almost any design solution.
According to the designers, this is the perfect shade of creamy white. This variation of soft white almost falls into the off-white category, while remaining true to its nature. Unlike most shades of white which tend to be delicate, alabaster has a clear white base imbued with an irreplaceable soft feel.
This popular white variation is all about simpler days and wellness without any eye-catching shades, relying on new beginnings. This shade would perfectly give a new look indoors and outdoors as a source of renewal.
There are a few perfect white shades developed especially for white lovers, and Greek Villa is exactly what we mean. Although not a true shade of white, this paint color beautifully replicates the beauty of a pure off-white variation.
It should be noted that the Greek villa is a brighter alternative to the beloved alabaster, perfectly resembling the Mediterranean lifestyle from the point of view of a light shade. The delightful appearance of this paint color complements contemporary interiors and exteriors that call for a bit of balanced softness.
Softer tan SW 6141
The medium paint color that gravitates towards the light side with a pleasant combination of brown and gray penetrated by the softer notes is what we call a softer tan tone indeed. This paint color feels slightly warmer when applied to a surface, reproducing a natural feeling of calm.
Due to the yellowish scents that lightly penetrate the surface when the color is applied, Softer Tan can easily be mistaken for a beige hue, making it even more relevant in contemporary interiors and exteriors.
As the name suggests, Repose Gray gives off nothing but a gray paint color that induces an exceptionally relaxed feeling. Grabbing between the true gray and tan gray color groups, this paint color is a light hue with a complex blend of undertones. To be precise, Repose Gray is rather warm than diluted with beige but hides a sophisticated composition despite the relatively neutral base.
Undoubtedly, Repose Gray finds its place in any space and under any conditions, creating the desired soothing effect: the perfect neutral shades for connoisseurs of true neutrals with a little magic – the slight warm notes .
Light French Gray SW 0055
Since it comes right after Repose Grey, it should be noted that Light French Gray is the same variation of gray lacking the subtle beige undertone, making it indeed a true shade of grey. To be fair, LFG is relatively cool, much like a cool summer breeze stuck in a can of paint.
Under special conditions, this paint color can reveal a slight violet note which impressively refreshes this hue. Overall, it’s the perfect neutral for contemporary interiors and exteriors, whether it’s a minimalist layout or an eclectic setting.
Despite its prominent place in current trends, Drift of Mist is already a classic. This touch of timeless neutrality offers a new perspective on beloved pastels. This hue has entered the trends as a creamy gray that trumps calm hues right off the bat.
The dark gray base is diluted with yellowish and greenish particles that provide a complex look and make this hue stand out. Still, the final result depends on the lighting and neighboring colors. Regardless of its intricate composition, Drift of Mist also replicates the charming notes of versatility, and it’s safe to go with any style. Nevertheless, designers suggest paying attention to such approaches as Scandi, Modern, Classic, Traditional, Farmhouse and Shabby Chic.
The fabulous combination of sophistication and depth that Sherwin-Williams colorists have dreamed up is a remarkable accent that takes indoors and outdoors to the next level. Despite its dark base, Peppercorn is almost a true shade of gray. Moreover, we are talking here about chameleon. This paint color can reveal different faces under different conditions.
Pepper can appear lighter depending on the lighting, gravitating towards mid or darker grays, being mistaken for a variation of charcoal. When applied indoors or outdoors, this hue brings either drama or depth, sophistication, elegance, formality or contemporary.
The irreplaceable shade of true black, which has quickly established itself in trends and does not now intend to give up this position, impresses with its pure base devoid of undertones. A classic of the genre, Tricorn Black is the go-to option for an unforgettable accent.
Despite its relevance in modern interiors, this hue can be incorporated just as successfully into traditional settings. It brings a fabulous effect that no other shade could reproduce, all thanks to its impressive impartiality.
Another dramatic shade – Iron Ore, which may look black. Still, it is a dark gray paint color. It can easily be compared to graphite, but with a very soft surface. As strange as it may seem, tranquility is associated with this shade, which makes it a must-have option.
Iron Ore doesn’t seem depressing in any way. The unusual sense of softness it exudes is enough to create a calm environment that is full of individuality. It’s no surprise that a seemingly black shade that covers so many impressive features is a popular choice in contemporary interiors and exteriors.