Colors have proven to play a strong communication role in a space that speaks to its purpose, value, and personality.
We humans, are likely to get affected by the psychology of color as it no doubt impacts our minds and body.
Yes – that’s true!
So, the choosing a paint color for your interior space is an important step towards contributing to your overall balanced state of mind.
What’s more is colors trigger emotions while defining a style to it.
One such color that does this so brilliantly, and that I absolutely adore, is Snowbound by Sherwin Williams.
(And no, it doesn’t really resemble snow but we’ll get into that below!).
What “Color” is Snowbound?
Snowbound belongs to an off-white series that is highly popular among many homeowners.
The crispness of the color makes it a good option for a neutral palette collection.
This color defines the concept of greige – grey and beige merged.
However, if you have a close-up, you have to wonder if Snowbound is actually a cooler or a warmer shade?
Don’t worry! We all have been there when looking at colors like this.
Although, it might seem a warmer hue at your first glance, the truth is – it really is a cool shade.
The Effects of Light
Used in an updated kitchen, you can see how Snowbound looks crisp. Who says off-white appears muddy?
Snowbound truly has magic to it! The look and feel of it is highly dependent on the amount of light bouncing off the surface it’s painted on.
This color is very sensitive to natural light if you have a lot of windows in your home.
If you start applying Snowbound as your wall color, you will observe how crisply the shade takes over as a cooler tone – again dependent on the light!
In a bright kitchen such as above, you can see it appears much brighter than when looking at the swatch.
One GREAT way to test a paint color before you buy it is to order a sample from Samplize. You can pick one up for Snowbound!
LRV is an important term in color psychology that indicates the percentage of light reflected from a surface.
Ranging from 0 to 100, 100 being the brightest and 0 black – Snowbound proudly enjoys the value of 83.
Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams Snowbound color statistics.
- R=237; G=234; B=229
- HEX Value= #edeae5
Due to a good reflectance value of the color, it plays a strong game in the neutrals collection.
When used opposite bright accents, this shade proves to be a very subtle backdrop!
This illustration will help you identify the exact look of the color.
How to Use Snowbound in Your Space
When choosing a palette for your space, it is highly recommended to consider each and every aspect of your room!
Don’t just look at a paint sample and quickly say – “I like it, maybe I should use this”!
Each element of your room counts. Consider your furniture, flooring, window treatments, rugs, artwork, and all the possible décor items when picking up the paint color.
When it comes to Snowbound as a color for your home, let’s discuss a few places it will work best and which hues best complement the color.
First, a secret:
While designing a space, it is important to consider the aspects of choosing a neutral to avoid attention, an accent which is the highlight and a base that is dominant and dependent on the other two.
Best Colors to Use with Snowbound
Snowbound is neutral which very smartly complements with the accent Autumn Orchid (SW 9157) and base Colonnade Gray (SW 7641).
The color is also well contrasted with darker hues of blacks, blues, and greens.
I recommend using Snowbound with:
- Evergreens (SW 6447)
- Inkwell (SW 6992)
- Tricorn Black (SW 6258)
The darker Tricorn Black would be as an accent color to complete your color scheme.
The results are going to be awe-inspiring!
Where to Paint with Snowbound
Mostly used as a neutral, Snowbound is great for walls, trims and even ceilings in some cases.
Here is a tip!
To select where to choose the Snowbound in your home, use the following special guidelines.
If the palette in your home is inclined towards cooler grey tones with bright white accents on walls and tiles, try choosing Snowbound for the trims, molding, and cabinets.
If your palette is inclined more towards warmer hues with warm greys, and your furnishings are creamier, then consider going for SW 7008 – Alabaster paint color for accents or trims and cabinets.
Exterior facades use Snowbound as the main color. You could often use that with darker shaded colors on moldings, trims and even for window treatments.
I definitely recommend this color for outdoors due to how it plays with natural lighting. Farmhouse Style homes very often use Snowbound for exteriors.
A house in Birmingham, AL showcases Snowbound on the exterior sides and support posts.
Snowbound is a great choice for painting shiplap or wainscoting!
Snowbound is an easy-going color.
It doesn’t restrict itself to be used in a specific corner of your home depending on the functionality, but instead leaves a wide array of options to be implemented in any corner of your homes.
Do you have a minimalistic style? Or maybe modern and transitional?
To go with your clean and crisp styled interiors, Snowbound could be the one.
Snowbound is an ideal white to be used for a timeless look. You may never have to worry about the style of the color fading away an being “out of trend” in the future.
It’s homey but can also works easily to be elegant and sophisticated!
Ranging from your bedrooms to the living room, family room to kitchens – Snowbound has proven itself to be an immaculate color option throughout the house.
Snowbound vs Similar Colors
When you get confused about which colors to pick up as all of them seem ‘so similar’, I recommend putting the swatches together and examine their tones.
It is very common to mistake them with one another. I get it!
Let’s talk about a few color confusions that homeowners are regularly dealing with.
1. Snowbound vs Alabaster
Even though they seem to share similarities, when put together – you can see the difference.
See how placing the colors with each other can solve your problems. These two examples are more about the undertones than the brightness.
Snowbound is comparatively a cooler toned color whereas the Alabaster is warm-toned. It’s slight but you can see and feel the difference!
Check out my full guide on SW Alabaster here.
Order a wall-stick sample of Alabaster here to try this color on for size.
2. SW Snowbound vs BM Pure White
Pure White from Benjamin Moore Collection is often confused with Sherwin Williams Snowbound.
However, they don’t look similar at all!
Pure White has its inclination towards cooler gray tones instead of the more greige Snowbound. Snowbound will always feel to be much warmer.
Order a wall-stick sample of Pure White here to test how it looks in your home vs SW Snowbound.
Additionally, Snowbound shares similarities with a number of other colors:
Snowbound’s Effects in Your Home
Jana Raie from On South Drive uses Snowbound throughout her home. (Unfortunately her site is down but she really pulled it off well!)
Using contrasting tiles with a sleek Snowbound cover will make your cabinet or trim/molding outshine. For example, the kitchen sample above.
Considering the flexible use of the color Snowbound, here are some ways it affects our minds.
First and foremost, Snowbound when used in a bedroom, will give an absolute luxe and cozy feeling to it.
The same of course is true, if you make it part of your living room palette.
If you have a smaller space for any function in your home, try using Snowbound due to its excellent LRV values.
It will make your room look spacious and bright!
Meanwhile, to get-out-of-the-regular-box in the kitchen, you could try playing with pop shades in contrast with subtle Snowbound.
There is no doubt it will not look amazing!
It is a better option to continue the greige theme if you have throughout the house, but when looking for a dark and daring mood for your space, Snowbound wouldn’t really make a great option there.
Using a darker greige tone like SW Mega Greige might help.
Highly recommended for furniture as well as bathrooms, this color will never tend to disappoint you unless you prefer to choose it wisely.
So, it is important to regard the theme of your house when choosing a palette!
Also, before choosing a palette, it is important for you to consider the live swatches and physical samples of the colors as the screen colors can differ sometimes.
An Easy Way to Sample This Color!
Instead of picking up a small can, or worse, an entire gallon can, to “test” out Snowbound, you can order a peel-and-stick sample of it from Samplize.
The company is genius – they provide a 12″ x 12″ stick-on square you can put up anywhere in your home to try out a paint color.
For a few bucks, it’s definitely worth the small investment so you can see what the color will do in YOUR unique space, with your own lights and shadows.
Practical, Timeless and Glam All in One
The lush and smooth feel of a Sherwin-Williams’ Snowbound paint color knows no bounds!
It will not just make your space look clean and bright but will also add the ‘glam’ factor to it.
Grab some paint samples and check out more to see how this timeless color is great for spaces as bright as Scandinavian homes and as free-spirited as Bohemian.