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Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground SW 7568 – The Warm Pastel to Cozy Your Home

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How often is it that you get confused picking the right pastel or an off-white for your home?

Maybe some are too warm, and some might be too cool?

Some don’t go with your oak cabinets, and some might feel overwhelming when used in a south-facing room?

So, what to do?

Well, in that case – here is another color review of a warm pastel that is not extremely light and at the same time – might end up cozying up your space!

However, undertones are something you need to play a bit with.

Most of my clients are confused with those slight pinkish or greenish undertones that reflect at certain times of the day!

And that’s why you have to be very careful about picking the best pastel/off-white for your home.

Don’t worry!

I’ll give you what you need to know here – for Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground!

So, long story short – this neutral paint color aligns with the warmer undertones and has a slight greige undertone.

Unlike the other off-whites, this one feels comparatively darker in rooms with excessive natural light.

But before we get into those details – let’s first talk about the details and specifications!

Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground SW 7568 Details and Specifications

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Now here is a little advice – always read through the color specifications before choosing it for your home!

Because even though the color feels lighter on the screen – it may be actually quite dark on your walls.

(Visiting the nearest Sherwin Williams store wouldn’t be a bad option too)

However, if you want to avoid that mess – just simply go through the basics of a paint color that will help you determine if the color is a must-use or not!

So, first and foremost, let me introduce you to the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRV’s 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 Neutral Ground is 70. 

neutral ground LRV

And that means it is pretty light-toned – well, almost an off-white! (Greater the value, lighter the paint)

Now, if you want to try out Neutral Ground on your walls ahead of time, you can easily with a peel-and-stick square from Samplize. Give them a try now!

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

Red = 226

Green = 218

Blue = 202

HEX Value = #e2daca

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

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?

Do you know the best characteristic?

Well, this color is not as warm and creamy as SW Alabaster and not as cool and crisp as SW Extra White.

It somehow falls on the verge of warmth with a major sense of balance that keeps your space look upright!

So, Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground will absolutely make your space feel calm, welcoming, and attractive at the same time.

Furthermore, due to its lighter tone and slightly creamier appearance, it further tends to make your space seem larger and expanded but at the same time, cozy.

So, for all the northern states and colder regions – this color is a great option for your homes as it tends to add a warmer vibe to make your homes feel cozy at all times.

When using in the interiors, I recommend painting the north-facing and south-facing walls in this particular color – the reason being obvious balance!

You can also use this paint in the east and west-facing rooms since the paint is not too warm to get all uncomfortable!

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Light plays some role here – however, you have to be extremely careful!

Using a lot of warm-yellow and yellow saturation lighting with definitely makes you feel uncomfortable.

So, I recommend incorporating tones of warm whites and some places white to neutralize the overall effect!

And when it comes to natural light – the color is bound to feel extra lighter in such cases. 

On the other hand, with the absence of light, it may still not appear darker – so you’re good to go, both ways!

Want to see what Neutral Ground looks like in your own living space?Pick up a wall sample now from Samplize!

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

SW neutral ground coordinated paint chip

I am sure this is what you are waiting for!

Well – I too am!

So, it is crucial to choose the best complementary colors in order to define a palette that looks ‘in-place’!

You simply can’t pair any color unless you understand the above-mentioned LRV and RGB terminologies. 

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

You could use that depending on the interior design style scheme. 

Hence, in this case, the best colors to go are literally every one of them except the cooler and crisper whites, yellows, lemons, and limes, and cool-toned lighter grays and blues. 

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

  1. SW 7531 Canvas Tan (see my paint guide on this one here!)
  2. SW 7103 Whitetail
  3. SW 7567 Natural Tan

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

  1. SW 7029 Agreeable Gray (see my paint guide on this one here!)
  2. SW 7504 Keystone Gray
  3. SW 2735 Rockweed

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For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – SW Extra White or SW Pure White in itself makes a great option! 

SW Neutral Ground Vs Similar Colors

SW Neutral ground single Color Deck

There are tons of other alternatives to replace Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground!

However, now that you know the secret – they might either differ in undertones or reflectivity.

So, regardless of that – the two colors closely related are SW 6140 Moderate White and SW 7011 Natural Choice. 

Let’s see how they differ.

Neutral Ground Vs Moderate White

neutral ground vs moderate white

Both these colors have quite some significant differences.

SW Neutral Ground tends to have beige and yellow undertones whereas the latter can be seen to have slightly orange undertones.

I wouldn’t recommend this paint with oak cabinets and walnut hardwood floors.

With an LRV of 74, this color is slightly more lighter than the former! 

Order a stick-on sample of Neutral Ground and Moderate White to see what works best in your home.

Neutral Ground Vs Natural Choice

neutral ground vs natural choice

Sharing a lot of similarities with the former, SW Natural Choice is something I would definitely suggest.

It is so pure and pretty that you would want to have more and more of this off-white in your home.

It has an LRV of 73 – thus, makes a great backdrop statement while making your room look larger and airier.

You can check out my complete guide on SW Natural Choice here.

Since screens can be deceiving, I highly suggest you get some samples of these two colors from Samplize. Buy here!

Where to Use Neutral Ground?

To achieve a perfect balanced warm touch, this color is probably one of the best options to be used anywhere and everywhere in homes.

Whether it is the hallways, bathrooms, kids rooms, nursery, living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, exteriors, or even the bedrooms – you can use it everywhere!

Especially for the interior design styles such as Modern Farmhouse, Scandinavian, Modern, Contemporary, Traditional, Transitional, Bohemian, and Shabby Chic, this color would be good to go!

Try avoiding it in Coastal and Caribbean-style interiors since it can offer a very warm appeal.

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

Neutral Ground in Living and Dining Rooms


Why not?

You can either paint all the walls in this color or choose a bold and dark shade like brown and warm gray to create an accent!

Pair it with lighter upholstery and wooden (oak and walnut) toned textures to further complement the palette.

You can also choose to go sleek by picking tons of glass and metals to create an amazing backdrop!

SW neutral ground single paint chip

Also, if you have staircases and railing – try to prefer wooden molding ones here.

Last but not the least, add ample mirror pieces and plants to invite positivity and a wholesome vibe!

Using in Bedrooms


If you like the feel of warmer bedrooms – you should definitely have this color!

Trust me – there is nothing better than calm and serene bedrooms.

Furthermore, add matte black lighting fixtures in the form of table lamps and pendant lights to add an eye-catchy accent.

When it comes to duvets and fabrics, try to choose more subtle hues with cotton and linens to further brighten up your room.

Neutral Ground in Kitchens

Lighter kitchens are the best!

And especially if they have a taste of monochromes.

So, you can pair it with chrome or nickel-finished fixtures, oak or stark white cabinets, and lush hardwood floors.

Furthermore, you can also use white-veined marble or black glossy granite to create a stark contrast!

Using on Exteriors

Whether you have a Spanish style, Modern, or Contemporary, this paint on the exteriors is bound to add an inviting, welcoming, and warm character to the facades.

You can either add browns as an accent or go vice versa for the trims, moldings, and door and window frames. 

And, don’t hold back from using brown or Spanish roof tiles and natural stone wainscotting. 

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

How to Best Sample This Color?

Here’s my favorite tip when it comes to testing out a color like Neutral Ground – go and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

This little company has nailed down the best way to sample colors much more easily. Simply stick on a 12″ x 12″ square instead of having to get a small can of actual wet paint on your walls.

For a few bucks you get a big enough sized sample to evaluate anywhere you want to “try” on a paint color and any possible coordinating hues you like.

It’s temporary, so move it around and test location and lighting options.

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

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

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Thursday 30th of June 2022

I have a lot of trim work in my home. The trim, doors, bookshelves, and plantation shutters are all Neutral Ground. I'm looking to lighten up my walls (currently a medium toned tan) without repainting the trim. What color would you suggest?


Friday 3rd of June 2022

Thank you for sharing your review. How does this color work with furnishings that have reddish color? Cabinets, flooring and leather…

Dana E

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Thank you for your review! I'm getting ready to paint my house neutral ground with SW Pure white for the trim. Do you have color that you think would go well for cabinets? I was going to go white, but I think Pure white would be just too white and not sure about mixing different whites. And do you think Edgecomb gray would go in the bedrooms? There's just not a lot of info on this color and I'm happy to have found your review.


Thursday 21st of October 2021

Thank you for this! What is the Neutral Ground equivalent for a North facing room?

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 8th of April 2022

Hi Rakhi, SW Neutral Ground is a great color for the north-facing rooms.

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 17th of December 2021

Hi Rakhi, What are you exactly looking for? Because SW Neutral Ground works amazingly well in a north facing room.

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