In the paint color world, white is not just White—there are neutral whites, cool whites, and warm whites. If you are painting a north-facing room that welcomes a cold northern light, you will want a shade of white that brings some warmth into the room. So, which shade of white should you use?
I will answer this question with another question: have you tried Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk?
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is my go-to color when I want to combine brightness and warmth in my room. The warm white paint boasts a subtle yellow shade that makes my rooms feel sunny and warm without looking too creamy. Steamed Milk SW 7554 does not carry any gray pigments—this unique feature makes it an impressive option that keeps my rooms fresh and clean.
If you are new to this paint color, you may want to know how to incorporate it into your spaces flawlessly. Read on; this guide will answer your questions about creating a masterpiece-like interior with Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk.
What Color is Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk?
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Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is white paint color. However, the paint color undertones can be quite deceiving—it has a peach shade that moves it away from what you would traditionally consider a white paint color. Interestingly, however, the peach shade is a blessing that creates a gentle and sweet air of geniality in Steamed Milk.
RGB of Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk
RGB is a scale that lets interior designers analyze the amount of red, green, and blue in a specific paint color. The scale runs from 0 to 255. Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk combines red: 236, green: 225, and blue: 209.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk
The LRV scale starts at 0 and tops out at 100. In an ideal situation, you will have the darkest color (pure black) sitting at zero because it reflects 0% light. However, currently, there is no pure black, and the darkest color has an LRV of 3.
On the other hand, you would have pure white sitting at 100, reflecting 100% light. However, currently, we do not have pure white, and the most reflective color has an LRV of 93.
For this reason, the LRV scale runs from 3 to 93 in the paint world. Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk sits in the off-white range, reflecting 76% of light.
Is Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk a Warm or Cool Color?
Sherwin William Steamed Milk is a warm paint color. It is not a true white, meaning it carries some undertones that give it warmth.
Sherwin William Steamed Milk Undertones
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk boasts two prominent undertones—it has a little bit of yellow and much more of a peach undertone. These undertones play a massive role in making Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk a warm paint color. Without these two undertones, Steamed Milk is a neutral white paint color with no warmth.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk Color Strip: Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk Color Comparisons
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk vs. Alabaster (SW 7008)
Like Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk, Alabaster is a soft, off-white paint color. However, unlike Steamed Milk which boasts peach and yellow undertones, Alabaster carries neutral beige undertones. While the neutral beige undertones add a creaminess to Alabaster, it is less creamy when you compare it to Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk.
While Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk leans on the warm side of the color spectrum, Alabaster is more balanced. Sherwin Williams Alabaster is neither too warm nor too cool.
While the balanced feel does make Alabaster a popular paint color among homeowners and designers, the paint color is not warm enough for use in cool rooms. On the other hand, Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk makes a significant difference in cold rooms.
Sherwin Williams Alabaster is more reflective than Steamed Milk. Boasting an LRV of 82, Alabaster reflects 6% more light than Steamed Milk. The two colors, however, sit in the off-white range.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk vs. Creamy (SW 7012)
Sherwin Williams Creamy looks creamier that Steamed Milk. The two colors, however, sit in the off-white category—neither is light enough to be considered White. Creamy, however, is more reflective than Steamed Milk, boasting an LRV of 81.
Sherwin Williams Creamy seems slightly less warm than Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk. While Sherwin Williams Creamy does carry a yellow undertone, it has a neutral undertone that calms it down, keeping it from feeling too hot.
These two colors display similar behavior when placed in northern and southern light. For example, the two colors will show their full warmth in a warm, southern-facing light—the warm light enhances their warm undertones, putting their glorious warmth on display. The colors will become slightly soft in the north-facing rooms, with the cool northern light bringing out a gentle, subtle warmth.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk vs. Benjamin Moore Frappe (AF-85)
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk and Benjamin Moore Frappe share one thing—they have the same peach undertones. These undertones make the two colors quite similar, especially in the warmth department.
Benjamin Moore Frappe and Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk differ in their abilities to reflect light. While Steamed Milk sits in the off-white range with its LRV of 76, Frappe AF-85 does not enter the off-white field. Frappe is less reflective, featuring an LRV of 69.46.
While these two colors may hold their ground in bright light, Frappe AF-85 does a much better job than Steamed Milk. In extreme light, Steamed Milk may get washed out.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk vs. Kelly Moore Frost (14)
If you are into the Kelly Moore brand, you may want to know whether light treats Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk like Kelly Moore Frost. Kelly Moore Frost and Steamed Milk by Sherwin Williams are two different paint colors. However, they do share some similarities.
Both Steamed Milk and Kelly Moore Frost share the same undertone. The two colors have a peach undertone that gives them warmth.
On the LRV scale, the two colors are incredibly close. While Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk reflects 76% of the light that falls on it, Kelly Moore Frost reflects slightly more with its LRV of 77.37. For this reason, light treats Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk like Kelly Moore Frost—the two colors may become washed out in extremely bright light.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk vs. Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17)
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk and Benjamin Moore White Dove are timeless and classic paint colors that exude elegance. However, this does not mean that the two colors are similar. Comparing Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk with Benjamin Moore White Dove highlights their differences.
Benjamin Moore White Dove is a more reflective paint color with an LRV of 85.38. The paint color sits slightly outside the off-white range, while Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk sits inside the off-white field with its LRV of 76.
While Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is a warm white paint color, Benjamin Moore White Dove is more of a neutral paint color. Therefore, you shouldn’t expect this paint color to bring warmth to your space—at least not as much warmth as Steamed Milk.
While Steamed Milk has a creamy appearance, Benjamin Moore’s White Dove only looks slightly creamy. Steamed Milk has a peach and yellow undertone that brings out its creaminess. On the other hand, White Dove has a tiny bit of yellow that is softened by a touch of gray.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk vs. Panda White (SW 6147)
Steamed Milk and Sherwin Williams Panda White are pretty close on the Sherwin Williams Color Strip. However, they do have some distinct features that separate them.
Regarding their similarities, these two colors boast the same undertones—peach and yellow. However, the undertones are slightly lighter in Panda White. On the LRV scale, Panda White can reflect 77% light, while Steamed Milk reflects 1% less with an LRV of 76.
The two colors are warm. However, since Steamed Milk is more saturated in the warm undertones, it is slightly warmer than Panda White. The two colors, however, do have the potential to balance cold paint colors, keeping them from making a room seem icy.
Sherwin Williams Steamed White vs. Moderate White (SW 6140)
Sherwin Williams Steamed White and Moderate White are off-white paint colors. Sherwin Williams Moderate White reflects 74% of light, while Steamed White reflects 2% more with its LRV of 76.
The two colors do differ in their undertones. While Steamed Milk focuses on the peach undertone, Sherwin Williams Moderate White focuses on the orange undertone. Irrespective of their undertones, the two paint colors are warm and can balance a cold room.
It is worth noting that these two colors look different at first look. However, on the second look, you can identify the differences in their appearance.
Steamed Milk Sherwin Williams Palette
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk Coordinating Colors
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is what you would call a free spirit in the world of paint colors. This has to do with the paint color’s ability to work with various shades and produce impressive looks. Below, I will show you some of my favorite paint colors when working with Steamed Milk.
Sherwin Williams Marshmallow (SW 7001)
Sherwin Williams Marshmallow is an attractive paint color that boasts red undertones that give it a creamy and warm texture. Sophisticated and pure, Sherwin Williams Marshmallow is a versatile pastel that works for almost any room.
Marshmallow is so peaceful and pure that it brings a sense of calm when paired with Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk in a room. The paint color is more reflective—it looks different from Steamed Milk in the same amount of light. Sherwin Williams Marshmallow boasts an LRV of 82. While it is in the off-white range, like Steamed Milk, it reflects 6% more light.
Marshmallow brings a sense of airiness and silences the noise in any room. It works exceptionally well, compounding the gentle and sweet air of geniality created by Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk.
Sherwin Williams Cocoa Whip (SW 9084)
Sherwin Williams Cocoa Whip (SW 9084) is an exciting paint color in the orange family. The paint color brings warmth to the room. Combining Steamed White and Cocoa Whip creates a perfect option for homeowners who want to chase out cold in a north-facing room.
If you are worried that Cocoa Whip will add too much warmth to your room, you shouldn’t be concerned. The paint color has a gray undertone that calms down the warmth from the orange undertone. The paint color creates a more balanced feel in your north-facing room instead of creating overwhelming heat.
Cocoa Whip is a balancing paint color when using Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk in a bright room. Cocoa Whip reflects 28% of light, absorbing 72%. For this reason, Cocoa Whip will absorb the excess light that often washes out Steamed Milk.
Sherwin Williams Blithe Blue (SW 9052)
Sherwin Williams Blithe Blue (SW 9052) might be a good pairing color for contrasting your room. This paint color sits in the blue family, with a gray undertone that calms down the blue, keeping it from becoming overwhelming.
As you would expect with any blue paint color, Sherwin Williams Blithe Blue is cool. For this reason, it brings some balance to any hot room. If you plan to use Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk in a south-facing room, you may want to pair it with a Blithe Blue to ensure the heat in the room does not reach an overwhelming point.
In addition to balancing warmth in a south-facing room, Blithe Blue is a perfect option for balancing extreme light to keep it from washing out Steamed Milk. Blithe Blue has an LRV of 46. It absorbs 54% of light, meaning it can absorb the excess light that tends to wash out Steamed Milk.
Sherwin Williams Liveable Green (SW 6176)
If you are wondering whether you can pair Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk with green, the answer is a big yes. However, you have to ensure the green you use is not so stark that it takes all the attention from Steamed Milk.
When using Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk with green, Sherwin Williams Liveable Green is an impressive option. Liveable Green is a light-toned green paint color that has slight sage undertones.
The paint color has an LRV of 61, falling 15% behind Steamed Milk which has an LRV of 76. Liveable Green creates the Caribbean and Coastal Vibe without adding blue to your space. The paint color is also quite cool—so it ensures Steamed Milk’s warmth is not overwhelming your south-facing room.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk Complementary Color
If your idea is to create a contrasting appearance in your home, you may want to go after the complementary color for Steamed Milk. Steamed Milk’s complementary color sits on the opposite side of the color wheel. When you paint the two colors side by side, they display the most significant difference in appearance.
The complementary color for Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk has a hex value of #131E2E. The shade carrying the hex value #131E2E does not have an official name. However, the paint color closest to #131E2E is Dark Knight.
Sherwin Williams Dark Knight is a rich dark Teal blue color. It gives the impression of navy blue at first look, but it is impossible to ignore the green undertones that make it richer than navy blue.
What Colors Go with Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk on Trims?
As an off-white that also gives off a creamy appearance, Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk works well with contrasting options like barn red, mustard yellow, muted green, and gray-blue. Below, I will show you my favorite trim colors for Steamed Milk:
Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds (SW 7658)
Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds is one of the first options I will go for when I need a trimming color for Steamed Milk. Gray Clouds is a nature-inspired mist gray paint color that settles on the trims with a gentle grace.
The paint color has a cool cyan undertone, making it a welcoming and calm hue that works for any space. Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk against Grey Clouds creates an impressive contrasting look that ensures your trims stand out in all lighting conditions. Moreover, since Gray Clouds is a cool paint color, it balances the warmth in Steamed Milk.
Gray Clouds sits in the middle of the light reflectivity scale, with an LRV of 47. This distinctive quality ensures the trims do not blend in and get lost in the cloud of Steamed Milk.
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (SW 6204)
Earlier, I noted that muted greens are perfect for trims when you have Steamed Milk on your walls. If you are wondering which Muted Green to use, consider Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
At heart, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is a green paint color. However, it has a gray tone that mutes its green, keeping it from shouting. With Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, you have a beautiful, soothing green that adds joy to your rooms.
With an LRV of 63, Sea Salt is approaching the lighter side of green colors. For this reason, it will ensure your trims are visible. Moreover, this paint color creates a Caribbean and coastal look.
Sherwin Williams Red Barn (SW 7591)
Sherwin Williams Red Barn (SW 7591) is not the conventional red paint color—it is a paint color that reinvents the most common perceptions of reds. Its rustic, rich, restrained, and soft look stands out.
Red Barn boasts an earthy appearance with a slight orange veil that can grow under natural lighting, making your trims more visible. The paint color lends your trims a bold confidence and adds warmth to the room. Therefore, if you use Red Barn on your trims, you can be sure of chasing out the cold common in north-facing rooms.
What Is Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk in Benjamin Moore?
Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore do have matching paint colors. Although the colors aren’t always exact in appearance and qualities, they are usually close.
In the case of Sherwin Williams Steamed White, the Benjamin Moore paint color that matches it is the French Macaroon. The Benjamin Moore French Macaroon boasts red; 234, green: 225, and blue: 208 on the RGB scale. This is close to Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk which combines red: 236, green: 225, and blue: 209.
On the LRV scale, Benjamin Moore French Macaroon boasts 73.91. This value is close to Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk’s LRV of 76.
How Does Light Affect Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk?
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is a warm off-white paint color. The southern light brings out its warmth, making the paint color lean more on its warm undertones. The paint color may seem slightly neutral in a cool north-facing room, but its warmth will still be visible.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk does boast a high reflective ability. For this reason, if you put it in a room with extreme light, the paint color may lose its character, becoming washed out. In balanced light, however, Steamed Milk does display its full personality.
Best Rooms to Paint Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (SW 7554)
Steamed Milk Sherwin Williams Bathroom
The above bathroom pairs Sherwin Williams Steamed Wilk with whites, creating an impressively attractive heat. The bathroom, however, seems to welcome a lot of warm light. For this reason, Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk appears to be leaning more into its warm tones, making it look creamier.
Sherwin Williams Steamed White is perfectly paired in the above bathroom with white trims. The room seems to be receiving balanced light that is not too hot or too cold. This allows Steamed Milk to display a more balanced feel. The paint color does not look as creamy as in the first bathroom picture.
This picture offers a clear view of what the bathroom would look like when Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is paired in a room with balanced daytime light. While the color does look creamy in the above bathroom, it is not excessively creamy. Moreover, pairing the paint color with white and off-white creates an impressively balanced appearance.
Steamed Milk Sherwin Williams Bedroom
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk does perform exceptionally well in the bedroom. The above bedroom is a great example. To create the above look, the designer has paired Steamed White with more reflective whites to create a monochromatic look where all the shades blend nicely.
The above bedroom showcases another impressive monochromatic look created with off-whites. Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk sits on the walls. The trims and the ceilings are more reflective off-whites. The balanced light coming in through the window keeps the entire space balanced.
Maybe you have been looking forward to seeing what Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk looks like after dark. The above bedroom is an excellent depiction of this. Sherwin Williams Steamed White is reflective enough to maintain its character in rooms with a low LRV. In this room, the paint color has been paired nicely with gray and other off-whites to create a monochromatic design.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk Kitchen
These Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk cabinets (note: I am talking about the bottom cabinets) clearly show how impressive Steamed Milk makes cabinets look. A closer look at the Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk kitchen cabinets shows some creaminess. However, the creaminess is more balanced and not so much over the top.
The kitchen above boasts a more balanced light. Therefore, viewing the creaminess in Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is not that hard. Moreover, the paint color has paired nicely with more reflective off-whites that direct more light onto it. A combination of Steamed White and the other off-whites creates an impressive look in the above kitchen.
The above kitchen shows the view you get after dark in a kitchen with Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk. As long as the light is not too cold, you can view the creaminess in Steamed Milk. Moreover, pairing the paint color with more reflective whites creates the contrast you need for your kitchen to stand out.
Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk is an off-white paint color that boasts warmth. The paint color has peach and yellow undertones, making it warmer than the typical off-whites. Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk could be a good option if you have a north-facing room that you would like to warm and brighten up.
When working with Steamed Milk, you do not have to worry about running out of trimming or coordinating colors. Steamed Milk is a flexible color that lets you create a look that impresses your eyes. I have, however, shared some options that work for most people in interior design.
I hope this guide has answered your questions about Sherwin Williams Steamed White. Do not hesitate to let me know if I missed something—leave a comment below.