SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

I have been wanting to paint our dining room white for a couple of years now, and decided to finally take the plunge!  After doing a ton of research and trying out different paint samples – I ended up choosing Sherwin-Williams Pearly White.  So today I wanted to share with you my review of this beautiful white paint color, why I picked it, and some painting tips as well.  Here is SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls).  


SW Pearly White Review

(Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

Let’s start off with what our dining room used to look like.

The back accent wall was painted Sherwin-Williams Naval, and the other three walls were painted Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand.

  • And I do have to say that I have loved this navy accent wall, but I was ready for a softer look.

Before picture.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

So when I decided to put my paint samples up, I made for sure to put them on both (painted) wall colors – just to compare them together.

Paint Samples:

White paint samples on SW Silver Strand wall.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

White paint samples on SW Naval wall.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

The reason I put the samples on both walls was to compare the different white “shades” with the existing colors that were already in the room.

This is a good way to double check that you are choosing samples that:

  1.   work with other colors in your house (warm or cool tones)
  2.   you can see the colors in the exact lighting (this is the room that the new color will go in)
  3.   you can compare them side-by-side (see the other undertones)

Ok, let’s get to it.  SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls).

 


SW Pearly White Review

(Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

#1) What color did I want for our dining room?

I wanted a white paint color that had a slight hint of yellow (or warm-er), but also wanted to make sure to rule out any gray-whites (cooler).

  • Greek Villa, Pearly White, and Westhighland White  – yellow-ish undertones
  • Zurich White, Eider, White, and City Loft – Gray-ish undertones

I also had SW Natural Choice left over from our Exterior Brick Painted White Makeover, so I used it to bring out the other undertones as well (on the navy wall).

And SW Snowbound is our trim color, so it has to be out for sure!

#2) Why did I choose SW Pearly White?

To be completely honest, I wanted Greek Villa.  And boy did I really WANT to like it here in our dining room.  

But it always looked more yellow – always.

And it’s a gorgeous color, but our dining room faces a south-west direction.

That means it gets the warmest light of any rooms in the house – which brings out all of the yellow undertones – ugh!

  •  Greek Villa is 254 – c1, and Pearly White is 254-c2.
  • Pearly White is the next best color, has a little bit more gray in it, and is a “cool white” – that reads yellow – YES Please!!

Ok, more on those 2 colors below.  Let’s keep moving along!

 


SW Pearly White Review

Review:

I don’t want this post to get too “technical” with all of the paint color mumbo-jumbo, but just wanted to share with you some tips and honest review of our new dining room paint color.

R,G,B = Red, Green, Blue (color values)

Hex code:   6-digit code that represents R,G,B value

LRV = Light Reflective Value (0-100), 0 = darkest light, 100 = brightest light

  • I will do another post that goes into these values more extensively.

Sherwin-Williams Pearly White SW 7009

  • 254-c2 on SW color chart
  • cool white paint color
  • SW Top 50 colors of 2021
  • Red:  232
    Green:  227
    Blue:  217
  • Hex Value:  #e8e3d9
  • LRV:  77
  •  

 

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

*** Note:  Every computer screen will show this color swatch differently.  So Always make sure to buy sample paints to use on your own walls. 

Let’s compare the 2 colors next.

Comparing SW Pearly White versus SW Greek Villa

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

SW Greek Villa:

  • R:  240
    G:  236
    B:  226
  • LRV:  84

You can see from the 2 swatches on the piece of white copy paper (above), that SW Greek Villa has a little more yellow in it, and is also brighter.

I think that the:

  • SW Pearly White is a great choice for our south-west facing dining room (will bring out warmer undertones with the afternoon sun), and
  • SW Greek Villa would be perfect for our north-east facing bedroom (will bring out cooler undertones and help neutralize the warmer yellow tones).

Both colors look like a great fit for our SW Snowbound trim – yay!

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Now are you ready to be blown away? 

  • Check out the difference in lighting of the SAME 3 swatches against our SW Silver Strand Wall in the kitchen!

Looks like 3 different colors – right?

Conclusion:  Lighting is SO important!

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Time to see how it all turned out:  Painting Our Dining Room Walls SW Pearly White!

 


Painting Our Dining Room Walls

Painting:  

I primed the navy accent wall first to help cover the darker color. 

Then as it was drying, I went ahead and began painting the other 3 walls with SW Pearly White.

Priming Back Wall.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

First Coat.

I always paint the top of the wall under the trim, and then the bottom of the wall by the trim first. 

These areas are the most time consuming, so I like to get those out of the way.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

It helps to turn your paintbrush sideways when painting the doorways/threshold areas.  

  • This way, you won’t make accidental brush strokes on the adjacent walls (that you aren’t painting). 😉

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Painting the corners with your paintbrush will also help save time.  

Roller brushes are great, but they don’t completely get those tough angles like a paintbrush does.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Just think of it as working from the outside corners – in.

Then you can use the larger roller brush to speed things up.  

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Below, you can see where I am painting with the first coat of SW Pearly White over the primed back wall.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

If you look closely (at this picture below), you can tell how the part to the left is still showing some of the Silver Strand underneath.

So, you guessed it….. time to paint a second coat.

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

So much better – right? 

Always safer to do the second coat 😉

SW Pearly White Review (Painting Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Well, what do you think?

SW Pearly White Review (Our Dining Room Walls)

 

SW Pearly White Review (Our Dining Room Walls)

 

Have a great weekend!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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