Today’s paint color review is on Eider White by Sherwin Williams. It’s an off-white color that can be very pretty, but it does have some tricky undertones you’ll want to know about first!
I’m continuing my paint series as I review some of the most popular paint colors. You can catch up on past paint color reviews here:
Eider White by Sherwin Williams SW 7014
One thing you will come to learn after reading a few paint color reviews is almost every single paint color has a nuanced or strange undertone and oftentimes surprise homeowners. A paint swatch can look completely different under one light than another!
Eider White is no different.
Is Eider White a Warm or Cool White?
Eider White is an off white with a nod to gray in it but it does fall on the warm side. It definitely has gray undertones, but you’ll often see a cast of purple or pink. I know what you’re thinking, PINK?! This is what makes Eider White so tricky and nuanced that it often steers people away.
The LRV is 73 which means it is a fairly light paint color. It’s on the edge of looking white by itself, but when paired with white paint trim, there is contrast.
In a room with lots of natural light, Eider White will wash out and look all white. But you want to be careful with it in smaller or darker rooms such as basements where it can look flat and muddy. Especially when paired with brown furniture or carpet.
Where Can You Use Eider White?
Eider White is great in bedrooms, living rooms, dining room, and just about any room in the house as long as you test it.
Eider White looks beautiful in this little nook in her dining room. It feels very warm and cozy without looking too heavy or dark. She chose Eider White for her walls to counteract the orangey/yellow light that comes in and it turned out beautifully.
These kitchen cabinets are painted Eider White. They contrast well with the darker wall color. The beauty of using Eider White on the cabinetry is that they look light but not stark or harsh. If the cabinets were painted a bright white the whole kitchen would feel off. Instead, the whole kitchen has a neutral tone on tone feel I love.
Will Eider White Look Purple? Or Pink?
Back to undertones for a quick lesson. Do you want to know a really quick and easy way to tell the undertones in a paint color? Look at the darkest color on the bottom of the swatch stick!
For example, here is the swatch stick where Eider White sits.
The bottom paint color is Black Fox. It is a black, but it has a hint of purple to it. As you move up the swatches, you can see some purple undertones in Gauntlet Gray and Dovetail too. At the way top is Eider White. It looks neutral but there are hidden undertones and we know purple is one of them.
If seeing undertones is tricky, looking at the swatch stick is a good place to start.
I used Eider White in our main bathroom because I wanted a color that wasn’t completely white, but had a subtle grayness that was still soft and light.
Our bathroom has no windows so there isn’t any weird light casting, and we do have a good amount of can lights that light up the space.
Lo and behold, I can see a TINY bit of purple undertone on the far wall! It doesn’t show up on camera and you can see how it can look a bit washed out with the lights on, but it does look slightly darker in person. Even in a small room that is well lit, the purpley-pink hue comes through. Now, it is only on the back wall when standing in the bathroom door that I see subtle purple, not the whole room. It may be because of the tub angles, I’m not entirely sure what causes it. BUT, I don’t hate it. Actually, I think Eider White is beautiful in our bathroom despite the small area that has a slight purple cast. The walls are light and bright but contrast just enough with our trim color (SW Pure White) that it’s a very subtle gray.
I think the color is perfect for the room and I love how it plays nicely with the light blue cabinetry. When picking out a shower curtain it was tough to find one that didn’t look dull against Eider White walls, but I found a warm white curtain and it felt much better. That’s something to keep in mind as well. The room didn’t look right when I had the wrong color shower curtain, but once I switched it the paint and everything came together. Same thing can happen with furniture and anything in your home.
Now I don’t want you to completely rule out Eider White because it still may be the perfect color for you.
I’ve seen many reviews online saying they painted their entire home Eider White and it doesn’t have a single bit of purple or pink. It really comes down to the lighting in your home, your materials such as flooring, furniture, window treatments, and personal preference. You may love the slight purpley hue in Eider White, especially if you are wanting to do away with any orange tones in your home.
Sample Paint Colors
Of course, the best way to test it and decide for sure whether you like it in your home is by painting a sample on your wall. I even like to paint swatches on a few different walls in the room because paint reads differently on each one depending on where the windows are located and where the light hits.
This is the only way to know what undertones will show up in your space!
I hope this review on Eider White is helpful and gives you a better idea on what to expect it to look like in your home.