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Sherwin Williams Shiitake SW 9173 – Your Best Beige for a Minimalist Vibe

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Do you ever crave a shade of beige that’s not so warm that it overwhelms home?

I’m talking about a beige paint color that doesn’t play generic but at the same time, makes a perfect balance in your home.

Well, I know exactly what you’re looking for.

Sherwin Williams Shiitake is a beautiful shade of beige that brings a perfect balance of cool and warm.

Yes, this paint color symbolizes the feeling of restfulness, serenity, and calmness with its utmost neutral character.


Unlike other beige paint colors, this one isn’t too creamy or too warm as it fills out your walls.

Inspired by the hues of mushroom, this color offers the perfect sense of purpose to your room and while exhibiting an utmost minimalist vibe.

First and foremost, you’re never going to regret using this color in your home! 

Its creaminess, soft, and fragile appearance is a great way to imbibe a sense of hierarchy and symmetry in your home.

And trust me, this is all you need to make your home as simple as possible.

So, are you looking to introduce a touch of this paint color to your home?

Well, in this color review, I am going to guide you on how, when, and where to make the most use of this paint color.

Excited to get started?

Sherwin Williams Shiitake SW 9173 Details and Specifications

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Each color comes with its own theories, specifications, and schemes!

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 usually observe getting ignored is Light Reflectance Values (LRV)!

Every color has an associated Light Reflectance Value!

For Shiitake, the LRV is 51!

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Which falls on the medium end of the scale. Remember, the higher the value, the lighter the paint color is!

And vice versa!

However, it may feel lighter than it actually appears on the color swatch!

Yes, you must consider a slight margin if you have a large enough space.

Want to try this color out without having to paint your wall? Use some nifty peel-and-stick samples: Pick one up now from Samplize!

Moving ahead, let’s discuss the RGB and HEX Values of the color.

Red = 200

Green = 188

Blue = 177

HEX Value = #c8bcab

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 popular soft beige paint color.

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?


Sherwin Williams Shiitake is a beautiful and soft beige paint color that’s bound to invite a minimalist vibe into your home.

And since it feels equally warm and cool – the balance is what you must definitely embrace.

It neither feels too warm like taupes nor too cool like grays. Well, just a perfect blend made in heaven!

Secondly, this color will make your space feel more relaxed, poised, calm, and refined.

It has a subtle touch that can also bring a sense of safety, security, and warmth to your space.

Hence, definitely a color that makes you want to come back home – every now and then!

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Natural light has a tremendous role to play here!

With direct light hitting the walls of your home, this color can further come out bright, blissful, and soft.

So, remember to allow ample light indoors when you have this paint color onboard.

Not only will it make your space look lively but also enhance it and make it look larger.

Furthermore, the compass directions have a lot to say here!

In the north and east-facing rooms, this color is bound to look slightly cooler. Whereas in the south and west-facing rooms, the color will feel warm and creamy.

You can always play with artificial light in the form of pendant lights and wall sconces!

Here, you can also use warm whites to perfectly neutralize the saturation!

To truly see what your home’s environment and lighting will do here, try out a real paint sample. It takes out the guess work!

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

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Creating color palettes can be quite a fun task to do. (And that is one reason I love to color consult and E-Design)

So, it’s crucial for you to choose the best complementary colors in order to define a palette that looks eye-catchy and cohesive.

Beiges, in general, can look flabbergasting with blues, bronze, browns, greens, creamy whites, darker mauves, and crisp whites.

And other than that, you have a wide plethora of color opportunities and options to pair with!

However, 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. 

Monochromes are generally great for modern and contemporary setbacks. 

On the other hand, Eclectic, Mid-Century Modern, and Farmhouse play well with contrasts.

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

  • SW 7506 Loggia
  • SW 7507 Stone Lion
  • SW 7514 Foothills

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

  • SW 6276 Mystical Shade
  • SW 7004 Snowbound
  • SW 7713 Tawny Tan

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For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – SW Extra White or SW Pure White will help protrude a true hue of SW Shiitake.

SW Shiitake Vs Similar Colors

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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 are SW 7511 Bungalow Beige and BM HC-83 Grant Beige!

Let’s see how all of them differ.

Shiitake Vs Bungalow Beige

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Unlike how neutral and balanced form a beige SW Shiitake feels, the latter seems to have a dominant undertone.

Yes, showcasing the pink undertone – SW Bungalow Beige is a warm-toned beige that can offer the true benefits of an authentic beige paint color.

It’s quite warm and cozy!

And with an LRV of 53 – this color feels slightly lighter than the former color.

Order stick-on samples of Shiitake and Grant Beige to see what works best in your home.

Shiitake Vs Grant Beige

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BM Grant Beige is a beige paint color that has a perfect balance of beige and gray in it.

If you observe closely, you’re quite likely to detect a green or yellow undertone in various lighting conditions.

With an LRV of 55.81 – this color feels quite light and airy.

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

Where to Use Shiitake?


This beautiful beige paint color is something that you’ll never regret.

You can either use it on the cabinets, backdrop walls, exterior walls, and entryway doors.

Yes, you can be as creative as you want!

Let’s have a look at where and how to incorporate this paint color in your home. 

Shiitake in Living and Dining Rooms


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You can absolutely use this color on all the walls of your living and dining room.

Yes, it feels quite warm and welcoming – and can definitely complement the Japandi, contemporary, modern, and modern farmhouse living and dining rooms.

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You can best add shades of off-white or white on the furniture upholstery and accent chairs.

To create a sense of visual interest – add blues, greens, or mauves to the throw pillows and accessories.

Regarding metallic accents, choose matte black, brushed brass, or copper.

Using in Bedrooms


In the bedrooms, this color is an absolute bliss!

You can consider painting all the walls to facilitate a calming effect while further decorating with pampas grass indeed.

Generally, playing with wooden textures is what you must look forward to – on the furniture frame, shelves, and window frames.

Choose the timeless artwork pieces that have a monochromatic tone – like the beiges, black, and off-white.

Lastly, throw an off-white shag rug to further create a cozy appeal.

Shiitake in Kitchens


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Painting the kitchen cabinets and walls in SW Shiitake will result in an overall seamless and spacious experience.

I believe the best way to make use of this color is by painting the cabinets in this specific color – and also further adding shades of blue or green on the lower cabinets.

You can let the backdrop wall in true whites and observe how beautifully the color shines.

Furthermore, you can use brass or chrome-finished pull handles with white-veined marble countertop and glossy backsplash tiles.

Using on Exteriors


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Especially for the Craftsman, Ranch-style, Mid-Century Modern, and Mediterranean homes, this paint on the exteriors is bound to add a perfect vibe.

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

Furthermore, if you have porches and columns – either choose greige, gray, or beige paint or natural stone wainscotting.

If you want the entryway door to stand out – you can choose blues, greens, or mauves for an outstanding appeal.

The Best Way to Sample Shiitake

I used to “try” out paint like every other designer: Buying several small cans of various colors, pouring them each into small trays and rolling them onto different sections of a wall.

I haven’t done this in some time now, ever since Samplize came up with their awesome way of sticking up a temporary sample that’s true to the color.

I just order a peel-and-stick sample and let the next phase of the color selection process begin. It’s so easy.

I love these 12″ x 12″ squares because I can move them around and see what happens in different lighting and what dialogue they’ll have with the other colors in a client’s home.

You can order yours now for Shiitake and any others you’re considering – they even have a coupon for first-time buyers!

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 Shiitake?

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

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