Whites are endless. Whites are timeless. Whites are versatile. Whites are more than just white.
This is one color category you’ll never get bored of!
Trust me on this, regardless of how advantageous it is to style your spaces with whites, it’s equally challenging and disappointing (if you don’t do things right).
And that’s because there really are such a wide array of whites on these collections.
So, what makes the white we highlight here so unique and different? Well, let’s have a look!
Sherwin Williams Origami White is a pure white paint color that aligns more towards the warmer end of the scale.
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It doesn’t necessarily have any dominant undertones like pink, yellow, or red – thus, offering you a great advantage if you’re craving a similar color.
And since this color is quite distinctive, you can use it to create multiple creative color palettes.
So, are you excited to incorporate a fresh coat of this paint color into your home?
In this color review, I’m going to guide you about the various do’s and don’ts, where, how, and when to use this magical white paint color.
Moreover, there are a couple of inspirations to take inspiration from!
So, sit back and relax. Maybe enjoy that favorite cup of coffee while we get on board this color review.
Sherwin Williams Origami White SW 7636 Details and Specifications
You see – there’s a major difference between cool whites, warm whites, and neutral whites.
And color details and specifications are what will help you differentiate them all!
After all, this is what reveals the true characteristics of that particular paint color.
So, if you are new here, let me tell you – there are quite some facts and scientific terms that you would want to acquaint yourself with. (Before choosing a paint color for your home)
It’s important to analyze these values and then determine where, when, and how to use these paints!
So, first and foremost, one of the most important terms that I often notice gets ignored is Light Reflectance Values (LRV)!
Every color has an associated Light Reflectance Value!
For Sherwin Williams Origami White, the LRV is 76!
Which falls on the lighter end of the scale! Yes, you can use it as a neutral or base!
Remember, the greater the value, the lighter the paint color is!
Now, if you want to try out Origami White on your walls ahead of time, you can easily with a peel-and-stick square from Samplize. Give them a try now!
And vice versa!
A pro tip:
If you’re ever confused about the color saturation – try experimenting with the palette in various lighting conditions and against a true white hue to determine its undertones.
Moving ahead, let’s discuss the RGB and HEX Values of the color.
Red = 229
Green = 226
Blue = 218
HEX Value = #e5e2da
Now that I am concluding, I promise not to bore you with these scientific details anymore.
Let’s talk about the practical aspects of this off-white paint color.
How Does This Color Feel in a Space?
Sherwin Williams Origami White is bound to make your space feel warm but not too warm, cozy but not too cozy, and also extremely lively and happy.
This off-white paint color will also create an illusion of a larger space – hence, if you reside in a city apartment or loft – this color will readily make it look larger.
However, note that this color may not be the best fit for too-small spaces. (In that case, you could choose a lighter or cooler off-white color)
And since it doesn’t align to a particular color temperature dominantly, you are free to use it in any space, any climatic condition, and any interior design style.
How Does Light Affect the Color?
Natural as well as artificial light has a major role to play here!
Of course, the direct natural light will wash away the undertones of this paint color – but at the same time, look lively and fabulous.
However, this neutral off-white paint color may act differently in different compass directions.
For instance, in the north-facing rooms, this color will look neutral and sometimes grayish.
On the other hand, in the south and west-facing rooms, this color will feel creamy and warm.
For even accurate results, try experimenting with the swatches in various lighting conditions to know the true hue.
Lastly, you can always use artificial warm white or white lighting in the form of wall sconces and pendant lights to create a welcoming appeal.
One way to help find out how this color looks in your home is to buy some temporary wall samples and put them up wherever you want to paint. You can get these easily from Samplize.
What are the Best Coordinating Colors?
SW Origami White is quite fun and easy to deal with.
This warm off-white color is versatile and can be used in either very warm palettes or semi-cool palettes.
So, SW Origami White can be best used with browns, taupes, greiges, warm grays, bronze, and beiges. Even grayish-blue and sage green wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Regarding metallic accents, I like the feel of matte black or chrome.
So, I am going to enlist the two most popular color schemes here – monochromatic and contrasting.
So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!
- SW 7638 Jogging Path
- SW 7639 Ethereal Mood
- SW 7640 Fawn Brindle
On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!
- SW 9162 African Gray
- SW 6142 Macadamia – see my full review
- SW 6258 Tricorn Black – see my full review
For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – you can use SW Pure White or SW Extra White itself!
SW Origami White Vs Similar Colors
Although you must know that even though these following colors look similar, they might still differ in the undertones or reflectivity!
So, one of the closely related colors is SW 7009 Pearly White and BM 960 Dove Wing.
Let’s see how all of them differ.
Origami White Vs Pearly White
SW Pearly White is a creamy and soft off-white paint color with deep yellow undertones.
It has an LRV of 77 – thus, almost similar to the former paint color.
One important note is that this color can reflect a deep undertone – hence, be careful around the west and south-facing rooms. Learn more from my guide on Pearly White here.
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.
Origami White Vs Dove Wing
BM Dove Wing is an off-white paint color that feels warmer with a deep tinge of yellow as an undertone.
It has an LRV of 77.52 – thus, the lightest of them all!
In certain lighting conditions, this color can also feel quite silverish and cool (mainly in the north-facing rooms). Learn more from my guide on Dove Wing here.
Order a wall-stick sample of Origami White here to help you compare these colors in your own space.
Where to Use Origami White?
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Sherwin Williams Origami White is a subtle white paint that can be used in any corner of your home.
Especially in the interior design styles like transitional, Shabby Chic, contemporary, bohemian, traditional, and modern farmhouse – this paint color is quite good to go!
So, let’s have a look at how to best incorporate this color into your home!
Origami White in Living and Dining Rooms
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SW Origami White can be used on all the walls of your living room – for a touch of a monochromatic vibe in the space.
Else, you can choose a contrast and add either deep gray or deep blue on the accent wall.
Secondly, around the fireplace, consider exposed bricks or white plaster for a modern and transitional vibe.
I personally love the feel of black on the door and window frames – hence, definitely something to look forward to!
And lastly, for the furniture, don’t hold back from a tan leather couch or even beige linen upholstery!
Using in Bedrooms
In the bedrooms, you can truly consider painting all the walls in this particular paint color.
Furthermore, choose matte black for the furniture frame and nightstands or even choose wooden textures for beams and exposed shelves.
For a sense of visual contrast, add a pop of hue on the throw pillows, rugs, or even curtains.
And lastly, don’t hold back from the use of rattan planters and fresh indoor plants.
Origami White in Kitchens
This color on the cabinets will play a flawless role – especially when paired with satin brass pull handles.
On the backdrop wall, choose a clean white paint color for a crisp and refined look.
You can either choose bronze-finish tiles for the backsplash or even something subtle like off-whites and whites.
Using on Exteriors
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Whether you have a traditional style or Craftsman, Mid-Century Modern, Ranch, or transitional – Sherwin Williams Origami White makes an astounding and timeless statement.
You can paint the shiplap walls in this color and choose to paint the trims and moldings in SW Urbane Bronze or vice versa.
And this color works wonderfully with exposed red brick or natural stone.
Do you want to make your home exteriors look even more interesting? Well, add sage greens, mustard, black, or teal blue on the front door to make it stand out.
Great Paint Sample Tip!
Here’s my favorite tip when it comes to testing out a color like Origami White –go and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.
These guys figured out a great way to sample colors much more easily. Simply stick it up instead of having to get a small can of actual wet paint.
For a few bucks you get a nice sized square to throw up temporarily anywhere you want to “try” on a paint color and any possible coordinating hues you like. Too cool!
So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors?
Now you see, SW Origami White has much more to offer! And you will never even regret it.
Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!
Monday 16th of January 2023
What would be a prettier interior wall color - orgami white or first star? Furniture fabric choices are Vanguard Platinum in the bedroom and Ticket Dove on the sofa. The house will have a black metal horizontal railing and the floor is Shaw LVP Almond Oak.
Thank you kindly and wishing you a blessed day.
Wednesday 4th of January 2023
I painted my open concept in Origami White and I am disappointed with how it looks in my East facing entry way. It looks blue-grey and is very noticable. On my wall in the living room and hallway which faces west but does not get alot of light also looks blue-grey.