If you’re looking for a clean, beautiful white with no visible hue, Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White 7757 just might be the right paint for your project.
Cabinets and woodwork painted in High Reflective White 7757, low lustre.
What Is the “Undertone” of High Reflective White?
“Undertone” actually refers to is a color’s hue family. Hue family describes a color’s location on a specific segment of the color wheel (i.e., red, yellow, blue, etc.). By measuring a color’s dominant hue angle using color measurement tools, like colorimeters and photospectrometers, we can objectively identify a paint color’s hue family. High Reflective White has a hue angle of 115.03° which puts it in the Green-Yellow hue family.
Why does this matter? This Green-Yellow area happens to be on the same part of the color wheel where many of the colors we perceive as “just plain ol’ white” are located. In most cases, High Reflective White looks virtually colorless but depending on the lighting, you may see it lean a bit yellow or green.
Hue family is not always obvious, especially when it comes to neutrals colors. In our Virtual Color Consultation Reports, we use spectral data, like hue angle and chroma, to give you an objective, scientific read on color. No random, subjective guessing about “undertones!”
How Does Lighting or Exposure Affect High Reflective White?
Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100 being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. High Reflective White has an LRV of 93, making it one of the brightest whites available (Notice I didn’t say “whitest” or “cleanest?” Although it is a pretty darn clean white paint color, there are a few others that are whiter).
Pay attention to what’s outside your window when evaluating the effects of natural lighting (a.k.a. exposure). White paint is extremely reflective. If you’ve got a lot of greenery filtering the sunlight outside your window, you may see a bit more green in your paint. Have a neighbor with a red brick wall? It might cast a bit of a pink tinge to the room.
In our online course, Color By The Numbers™, we teach you how to evaluate lighting so that your interior paint looks its best.
In general, white paint is extremely vulnerable to the effects of your lighting. Compared to some other whites, SW High Reflective White is a very clean, low chroma paint color. This means there’s not a lot of “color” in the paint to counteract whatever color light you’re directing at it. Standard 2700 K soft white light bulbs can make the paint will look more yellow, whereas 5000 K “daylight” bulbs will make it look bluer. When possible, opt for bulbs in the 3000 to 3500 K range and consider how your room’s exposure will affect your choice.
You must sample this color in the space you intend to use it before you start putting it on your walls and trim! (We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)
What Colors Look Good with High Reflective White?
High Reflective White is incredibly flexible and looks good with just about anything you pair it with. There are a few combinations you may want to avoid, though:
- High Reflective White can sometimes feel a bit too sterile in a room with lots of warm earth tones, especially as a wall color.
- Be extra careful pairing High Reflective White with other whites. Without a fairly significant difference in chroma values, you risk making one or both whites look dingy/yellow/dirty/gray by comparison. For example, you could easily pair High Reflective White (C=2.26) with a more colorful, high chroma white, like SW Greek Villa (C=6.20), for example. Avoid pairing it with a similarly low chroma paint color, like SW Extra White (C=3.10). We explain chroma measurements, how to find them, and how to use them in our online course, Color By The Numbers™.
Is High Reflective White a Good Trim and Cabinet color?
Yes! It is super flexible and looks great in lots of spaces. I think it looks especially pretty in homes with cooler color palettes and in spaces that have marble or white quartz counters.
Can I Paint the Walls High Reflective White?
You can! If you’re planning to use High Reflective White as a trim color as well, simply vary the sheen or finish to get a little dimension and definition between surfaces (i.e., satin finish for cabinets and trim, flat or eggshell finish for walls, flat for ceilings).
This pretty living room used High Reflective White on walls and trim in different sheens.
Is This a Good Paint Color For My Exterior?
It could be. Keep in mind, this is an exceptionally bright paint color that will look even brighter outdoors. It may also reflect back some of its surroundings. So, for example, if you’re considering using it on the body of your home and you have a very green leaf canopy overhead, you may see a bit of green reflected back to you in the color.
My Store Doesn’t Have/Recommend High Reflective White. Why?
- First of all, are you in a Sherwin-Williams store? If not, don’t try to order or match this paint color from a different store (see below for alternate color suggestions). It is never, ever a good idea to attempt color-matching between brands. Different brands use different formulas, bases, and proprietary pigments. Ultimately, it will be a different product so don’t expect to get identical results.
- Some paint pros don’t like this color because it doesn’t have great hide. What does that mean? High Reflective White is actually an un-tinted base color. This means there are no added pigments to “hide” or cover your existing surface when you start applying it. Before choosing this color, make sure you’re willing to invest in a better quality paint product, like Emerald or Duration. These higher-end paints inherently have better hide, but be prepared to still use a good primer and two or more coats to get the desired effect.
What Are Similar Colors to SW High Reflective White?
Take a look at Ultra Pure White by Behr, another super clean, very bright white. In fact, Ultra Pure White actually has the lowest chroma of almost any white paint available making it one of the “whitest white paint” options. Benjamin Moore Super White OC-152 (also known as PM-1) is another great option. And we can’t leave out the super popular Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, a gorgeous gentle clean white that plays well with a lot of different colors.
Need Help Choosing a Color?
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One Room Paint Color Report | Virtual
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Exterior Paint Color Report | Virtual
Ready to give your home exterior a fresh new look, but feeling overwhelmed with the decision? Get a little virtual help from the color experts at Three Bears Home Staging! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for your home’s exterior. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Read below to learn how it works…