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Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge SW 7517 – A Light and Mild Beige Paint

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Initially referred to as Sherwin Williams China Doll, this paint color is all mild, cozy, and soft!

Not very popular at the moment, but this potential color has a probability to gain tons of attention in the near coming future – only because of the ultimate timeless appeal.

I have observed that not a lot of homeowners have admiration for such warmer colors, but when it’s the time for SW Rivers Edge, one can simply not pause and admire.

So, what makes this paint color admirable and worthy to have an eye on?

Well, Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge is a beige paint color with a tinge of pink or orange undertones. 

Yes, it’s not a true beige paint color.

So, if your interior finishes are such that have warmer undertones like cherry wood, you can definitely consider this paint color. 

Even though the paint comes with its how bouts and whereabouts, you must be very careful what you intend to use it with.

Don’t worry – I have got your back. 

In this color review, I am going to reveal all the secrets associated with SW China Doll that might be helpful for your next home renovation project. 

So, let’s get started!

Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge SW 7517 Details and Specifications

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There are a ton of available beige paint colors to choose from. However, what is it that truly makes a difference?

Well, it’s the undertones for sure.

Especially with beige paint colors, the undertones can vary from mild and subtle to true and bold.

Some beige paint colors have red, orange, and pink undertones whereas some undertones are driven toward yellow, tan, and brown. 

In this case, SW Rivers Edge or SW China Doll is a beige paint color with deep orange or pink undertone. 

Just when you want to choose a paint color for your home, you must read through the underlying values and theories to truly understand the hue. 

So, first and foremost, let me introduce you to the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs that determine how light or dark the paint color is.

You can easily find that value at the back of the Sherwin Williams paint swatch!

Here, in this case, the LRV of Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge is 63.

paint rivers edge LRV

And that means it falls on the medium to the lighter end of the scale!

(The lesser the value, the darker the paint)

But you must know that even if the color falls on the medium end – it feels totally refreshing and revitalizing if there’s ample incoming natural light.

Secondly, other important associated terms are the RGB and the HEX Values. 

Red = 219

Green = 206

Blue = 189

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HEX Value = #dbcebd

Now that is enough with the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this beige Sherwin Williams paint. 

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?

Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge is a paint color that will exhibit a subtle, calm, and warm vibe in your home.

The pink undertone has the potential to get washed away in a room with ample incoming natural light. So, always check and recheck where you intend to use the paint color.

Secondly, this color has immense depth and character.

You can definitely use it on all the walls of a room but definitely not the common hallways and main walls of your home.

That will make your space look quite monotonous, flat, and dull.

But all in all, this paint color will always make your home look warmer, welcoming, traditional, and EARTHY!

Using this paint color in a room with little light and a smaller size may end up suffocating the space. 

How Does Light Affect the Color?


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Light – whether natural or artificial – will always play a tremendous role in a paint color.

Light tends to give the color its true sense and presence.

So, in the case of natural lighting in a room, always remember to determine the undertone and how the color may appear in different compass directions.

In the north-facing rooms, expect the color to offer a true beige balance (without sneaking any undertone).

Whereas in the south-facing rooms, the color may look quite WARM sneaking a slightly pink/orange undertone.

In a room with ample natural lighting, expect the undertones to get washed away!

Secondly, in the case of artificial lighting, you can expect the bulbs of warm white saturation to add immense moodiness in the space. 

As I already mentioned, do yourself a favor and get some wall samples to test out this color and any others. The stick-on kind are a no-brainer from Samplize, and will give you some answers ahead of time. Get yours now!

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

Choosing color palettes has always been a fun task for me!

Whether it’s in the form of choosing adjacent paint color palettes or simply creating palettes with materials and fabrics – this is a great way to further enhance the space.

So, right when you finalize a paint color for your home – you must ensure to carefully pick the best alternatives!

Let me tell you, beiges are easier to deal with. 

But at the same time, you have to be careful as to what vibe you need in your space for a perfect color combination.

So, I am going to enlist the two most popular color schemes here – monochromatic and contrasting. 

You could use any of them depending on the interior design scheme and your personal preference. 

So, here, the best colors to go are darker sage greens, midnight blues, creamy whites, bronze, and darker taupes.

So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!

SW paint monochrome color multi rivers edge chips

  • SW 7512 Pavillion Beige
  • SW 7501 Threshold Taupe
  • SW 7509 Tiki Hut

On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!

SW paint contrasting color multi rivers edge chips

  • SW 7008 Alabaster
  • SW 9143 Cadet
  • SW 9117 Urban Jungle

For the ceiling, trims, and moldings – I highly recommend that you choose SW Pure White for a warmer look.

SW Rivers Edge Vs Similar Colors

There are other available beige paint colors that share similarities with this milder one!

Two colors that are closely related are SW 7531 Canvas Tan and BM 1017 Dusty Road.

Let’s see how they differ.

Rivers Edge Vs Canvas Tan

rivers edge vs canvas tan

Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge and Canvas Tan share tremendous differences in the undertones.

The latter paint color has a deep neutral yellow/beige undertone unlike the former with a notable pink/red undertone.

SW Canvas Tan has an LRV of 64, which is almost similar to the former paint color. 

Buy some wall samples of each of these colors to easily compare them right in your home.

Rivers Edge Vs Dusty Road

rivers edge vs dusty road

Benjamin Moore Dusty Red is a beige-red paint color that falls on the warmer end of the scale.

With an LRV of 64.79 – this color has the potential to reflect most incoming light while at the same time, hold immense depth.

This color looks quite pink and red in most north-facing rooms. 

See how these colors compare real time with stick-on wall samples from Samplize.

Where to Use Rivers Edge?

Sherwin Williams Rivers Edge can make a phenomenal statement on the walls of your rooms, kitchen and mudroom cabinets, and also the exteriors of your home.

This color doesn’t play a great role as an ACCENT but rather should be used on all the walls of a space.

Especially for design styles like traditional, transitional, modern farmhouse, and country – this color is quite good to go.

Let’s see where and how to incorporate it in your home. 

Rivers Edge in Living and Dining Rooms

You just consider painting all the walls of your living and dining in this paint color.

Choose a cleaner white for the trims and ceiling and ample wooden textures to go on the floating shelves, built-in cabinets, furniture, and exposed beams.

Try using contrasts with midnight blue-grays and green-grays and avoid too many warmer hues in your materials and fabrics.

For the metallic accents, you can choose from oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and antique brass.

Using in Bedrooms

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It’s a calm and serene paint color to be used in a bedroom – so it’s highly recommended!

In the north-facing bedrooms, this color is quite good to go. However, avoid this paint in a room with south-facing windows.

Trust me, it can get unwantedly warm and cozy – which may not be a good option, especially during the summers.

Paint all the walls in this color and further pair with matte black or oil-rubbed bronze lighting fixtures.

Rivers Edge in Kitchens

SW single rivers edge chip

In the kitchens, this color can either be used on the cabinets or the backdrop wall.

If you plan to use the color on the cabinets, ensure to add a subtle neutral white color on the backdrop wall, trims, ceiling, and moldings.

For the pull handles and hardware, you can choose from matte black, bronze, nickel, satin brass, or copper. Definitely avoid the chrome finish!

Using on Exteriors

Especially for the traditional and ranch-style homes, this paint on the exteriors is bound to add a timeless appeal. Beige is one of the most popular color considerations for the exteriors of a home!

You can play with Spanish interlocking tiles on the roof and crisp white paint for the trims and moldings, door and window frames.

Plus, if you have porches and columns – either choose beige, taupe, tan, or warm gray paint and natural stone wainscotting.

You Should Order Samples of Rivers Edge

Let’s face it, good paint isn’t cheap. While painting is a relatively inexpensive, good bang-for-your-buck project, picking colors can be hard. You don’t want to buy a whole can of something until you know for sure.

So together with the info here, you can literally “”see”” what this color will look like in your home before you commit.

Getting a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize is the best thing since paint rollers!

If you don’t know yet, you can order a 12″” x 12″” square sample with the real paint color on it. Stick it on your wall multiple times and in multiple places to find out exactly if the color is for you.

So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors? 

Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Rivers Edge? 

Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!

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