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Sherwin Williams Olympus White SW 6253 – Is It a Dream Come True?

sw olympus white paint color review

Sherwin Williams Olympus White is a sophisticated and timeless neutral paint color.

Just out of a fairy tale – this subtle gray is bound to take your breath away!

Its slight crispness and purity, when stained on walls, can absolutely do wonders!

Like a light, chirpy and peaceful backdrop – Olympus White could be your next partner. So, if you want to learn more about what makes this color an absolutely favorite of so many – have a look!

O.W. is a smooth neutral paint color with slightly blue undertones – so, falling on the cooler end of the scale.

I absolutely love this color and have used it for multiple projects.

The best part about the color is how it seamlessly creates a perfect backdrop to the surrounding theme without having to be in limelight!

This color is not to be used as an accent but mostly as neutrals and bases.

So, if you are planning to use Sherwin Williams Olympus White in your home, I must say – go ahead with it – but be careful about the colors you pair it with and how it realistically feels like.

Let me tell you one thing before – unlike other colors, Olympus White is totally pure and peaceful – so there aren’t a lot of rules and restrictions associated.

Basically, you’re free to use this ANYWHERE.

Sherwin Williams Olympus White SW 6253 Details and Specifications

olympus white swatch

If you are a newcomer, here is an important point to note –

Color specification is not as easy as it sounds like! You have to be very careful regarding understanding the back theories, analyzing it, and then using the color.

Don’t Worry!

That’s what I am here for – to make it easier for you.

Each color is unique!

They are associated with some values that uniquely describe how the color was actually formed and how it behaves in the light!

So, first and foremost, let’s discuss the Light Reflectance Values (or LRV) that determines how much light is reflected from the painted surface.

The LRV of Olympus White is 68.

sw olympus white lrv

That means the color is light and will reflect away most of the light falling on it.

So, considering this quality, you would be able to use this color in smaller areas.


Most often, it’s best to sample a paint color in your home to confirm it’s going to work how you expect. You can do this easily using Samplize. Grab one now for Olympus White!

Before I spill all the secrets, let’s discuss more about the core theory linked.

RGB and HEX Values are as follows-

Red = 212

Green = 216

Blue = 215

HEX Value = #d4d8d7

It is now time to read more about the practical aspects of the color.

How Does Olympus White Feel in a Space?

olymp white dining room photo

Here’s the color painted on the upper walls as shared from the Design Sponge blog.

Sherwin Williams Olympus White is going to make your room feel much spacious, airier, and brighter!

With a tinge of cool blue, the color is bound to add a feeling of satisfaction and piousness as soon as you enter your home.

So, if you live in southern states – and especially states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas – I highly recommend using this color if you always sweat on your way home and want an immediate cool environment!

Yes, Colors are that dynamic!

They can make you feel energetic, quiet, and motivated. Just have to choose the perfect one!

Also, if you have a smaller space and yet not too small – painting in Olympus White could be your solution!

For extremely small spaces, I recommend colors with LRV above 85.

How Does Light Affect the Color?

stl sw olympus wht

Due to the color’s high reflectivity, most of the natural or artificial lighting that falls is being reflected away. However, if you plan to use warm-yellow artificial lighting – the wall paint is magically going to turn off-white and beige!

Long story short, this color easily absorbs the temperature of surrounding light sources!

So, this can help you determine what kind of mood you want to create in your space.

What are the Coordinating Colors for Sherwin Williams Olympus White?

ow coordinating color deck

Olympus White complements the whites and blacks

Olympus White is another synonym for timelessness!

So, if you are planning to use this color in your home, I have a few recommendations that could be considered when choosing complementary colors.

Olympus White best suits the subtle cool blues, off-whites, and dark grays!

Here I enlist a few of them,

  1. Let it Rain SW 9152
  2. Extra White SW 7006 – see my detailed review here
  3. North Star SW 6246 – see detailed review here

In this case, you can let Olympus White and Extra White play neutrals, let it Rain as a base, and North Star as your accent!

pairing colors sw6253

The other way round of using the color would be in the form of monochromes!

The recommended colors to blend are –

  1. Lazy Gray SW 6254 – see detailed review here
  2. Morning Fog SW 6255 – see detailed review here
  3. Dustblu SW 9161

This would be a classic way to use the color! Remember to paint your trims and moldings either in SW Pure White or High Reflectance White.

Sherwin Williams Olympus White Vs. Similar Colors

There are many other colors that could be used as alternatives for Olympus White. Depending on your personal choice, whether warm or cool, there is no doubt you would be able to find the one next in the line.

Two of the colors closely related to Olympus White are SW 7661 Reflection and SW 7071 Gray Screen.

Olympus White Vs. Reflection

ow vs reflection

With an LRV of 66, Reflection is a perfect neutral with slight undertones in blue and gray!

Although, in daylight – it appears to be more grayish than blue!

To truly experience and compare these colors in real-time be sure to buy some stick-on samples and test them in your home.

Olympus White Vs. Gray Screen

ow vs gray screen

With an LRV of 59, Gray Screen is a more grayish version of the mentioned above two paints.

It is comparatively darker with deep blue undertones.

Although light plays a major role in this color and your space could look cool white if used on the exteriors.

If you paint all these three colors by side, you will see the exact difference. Yes, even though they are similar – they are still very different!

Find out what works best in your home’s environment and lighting by putting up some temporary samples and observe – Get sample squares from Samplize.

Where to Use Olympus White in Your Home?

As I said, Olympus White is a great option for neutrals and bases.

So, you can absolutely use it ANYWHERE as far as the surrounding theme allows!

Do not use of you have a warm-beige theme in your home or have golden oak cabinets and brown furniture laid around.

That is an absolute NO-NO!

However, for Scandinavian styled homes, Modern, Contemporary, and even Minimalistic Homes have a great potential to incorporate Olympus White!

Let’s see how to incorporate this color in your own home.

Olympus White in Living rooms

ol white living room photo

The DIYer’s over at Restyle It Wright gave their Living Room walls a truly stylish makeover

Pair it with glossy black and off-whites!

Paint your moldings and door/window frames in white and use dark grey or black as an accent to observe perfection.

If you have a fireplace as the focal, you could either use marble stone to highlight it and maybe use a bright vermilion color or yellow accents through the artwork.

It can also work great with your brown granite countertops if you need a refresh!

That will more or less reflect an art deco style.

Your furniture in this case could be all neutral as well!

Olympus White in Kitchens

 Olympus White on Kitchen walls adds freshness in addition to the lighter cabinets.

If you want a cool-tinted kitchen – do, try Olympus White there!

However, to complement it – I recommend white cabinets or midnight blue cabinets (you could try SW Waterloo)!

Use a white stone countertop and glossy patterned backsplash tiles to create a dynamic look!

In the end, your flooring could be black tiles too! Want to try that?

Using in Bedrooms

ow childs room photo

A little girl’s makeover looking amazing with OW, from Linen & Ivory

Bedrooms should be soothing, right?

You could paint all your walls in Olympus White and let a bright accent play the drama.

Wooden textures wouldn’t be a bad option, but you can definitely look for alternatives!

Use Industrial or Farmhouse styled chandeliers and maybe some silver or gold tints to highlight an accent!

Regarding rugs, prefer either a patterned one or a sheepskin pure white in the center of the room!

Olympus White on Exteriors

olympus white home exterior photo

Looking clean and inviting against the deep, natural stained wood colors of the front door and coordinating brick.

Olympus White when used on the Exteriors proves to be even lighter than it is!

I Recommend Sampling Olympus White!

If you’re on the fence and need a bit of convincing, try this color on for size by ordering a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

These are my favorite way to test colors in a space and to see how they work with other coordinating colors.

It doesn’t cost all that much, and you can temporarily place these handy 12″ x 12″ squares that are true to color around your house. I love them!

A Pure and Peaceful Gray

Many homeowners across the country prefer to use this color and why not?

It definitely gives a classic and timeless effect.

You can always pair this color with dark greys and pure whites in the form of wainscoting, roof tiles, door, and window frames.

This color is a NO-NO for shades of beige so be careful if there is travertine stone around!

So, how do you want to use this color in your home? Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Olympus White?

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below and we will get back to you!

Ciao for now!

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Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Thinking about painting dining room and living room Olympus White and using Secure Blue beneath chair rail in dining room and above fireplace. Your opinion??


Saturday 26th of March 2022

Did you say Olympus White is good with white cabinets or not good with white cabinets? Would the color Greek Villa be better? Thank you!


Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi! I have Olympus Grey cabinets in my laundry room with a crisp white countertop, and charcoal grey machines. Would it be ok to do North star on the walls or do you think i should do BM Mt. Rainier Gray? I want to keep it light and airy. Thanks in advance for your input!


Monday 28th of February 2022

I painted my living room and kitchen Olympus White and it’s a beautiful color. However, I am having trouble finding window and patio door curtains that don’t clash. I also have an IKEA couch in anthracite gray which is almost a dark slate color I guess. Any suggestions?

Van Bui

Monday 21st of February 2022

Thank you so much for your input. I will have my house paint in Olympic White sherwin william SW6253. My husband like cabinet color dark slate gray taupe on wood at bottom , top cabinet is white like pure white. Can you help any color dark cabinet go well with SW6253. Also my house floor color is light wood color more natural than yellow. Thank you for your help

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