Have you been searching for the perfect off-white paint color, but can’t seem to get it just right? Our series of Paint Color articles are here to help! And today we are focusing on Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104).

With many options on the market, it can be a total minefield to decide which paint color is right for your space. And with each color there are undertones to watch out for!

Sherwin Williams Cotton White is a bright white color that features a hint of yellow undertone. This gives the color a warm and soft glow that is ideal for creating welcoming environments within the home.

While this paint color has yellow undertones, don’t let this put you off using it! When used in the right instances the color can appear well-balanced and not too creamy. There are still lots of ways you can use this paint color in your home (which we will discuss later on) even if you prefer a cool paint color.

Let’s explore more of Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104) and discuss how you can use this paint color at home, and make it last!

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Why We Love Sherwin Williams Cotton White!

We love Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104) because of the warmth it brings to a space. It can also help to balance out other elements of a space that are on the cooler side. This paint color is also really versatile for using throughout a home, that I go back to time and time again for clients. Particularly if someone asks for a sophisticated yet neutral design, Cotton White will definitely be shown as an option.

We love using Cotton White for creating neutral spaces!


How to Use Cotton White at Home

Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104) can be used almost anywhere in the home! Don’t let the creaminess or warmth of the paint color put you off, as it can be incorporated differently in each space.

Do you have a monochrome bathroom that feels too sterile? Injecting a cream paint color can add a warmth to the space through the wall color or a fresh vanity paint color.

For open plan spaces, Cotton White can help to bring warmth into the expansive area to make it feel cozier and more welcoming. While a similar effect can be achieved in small spaces with this paint color too!

If you have gray colored furniture and everything is feeling “too cool” in your space, using a warm off-white paint color like Cotton White can bring harmony and a sense of balance to the space.

Accent Color Pairings

With the yellow colored undertones of Sherwin Williams Cotton White, you need to be more cautious about what colors you use alongside it. Ideally you should pair Cotton White with paint colors that have cool undertones so you balance out the warm undertones of Cotton White. Alternatively, you can lean into the warmth of the paint color and pair it with other warm paint colors.

Cotton White (bottom right) pairs well with cooler colors like Sherwin Williams Mesmerize (SW 6544), top left. The cool undertones of Mesmerize will balance out the warmer undertones of Cotton White. 

Alternatively, embrace the warm undertones of Cotton White and pair it with Sherwin Williams Coral Clay (SW 9005) and Sherwin Williams Biscuit (SW 6112)! The warm terracotta color of Coral Clay will emphasize the warmth to create an intimate and welcoming space. Use Sherwin Williams Biscuit (SW 6112) with Cotton White to create a color scheme that is built upon different shades of the same base color.

Top Left – Sherwin Williams Mesmerize (SW 6544)

Top Right – Sherwin Williams Coral Clay (SW 9005)

Bottom Left – Sherwin Williams Biscuit (SW 6112)

Bottom Right – Sherwin Williams Cotton White (SW 7104)

What To Watch Out For

There are always considerations to take into account when choosing any paint color for your home, and Sherwin Williams Cotton White is no different! 

Off-white paint colors are notoriously tricky to get right, which is why I always recommend buying samples of the colors you shortlist, in the same finish you intend on using (flat for walls, etc) as this is the only way to be confident in your paint color decision. Use the paint sample to paint two coats in squares, on all four of the walls so you can see how the natural light alters the color throughout the day.

With Sherwin Williams Cotton White specifically, the yellow undertones can easily catch people out. Again – paint samples are absolutely key here! – to ensure the color is right for your space. Yellow undertones can be tricky to work with, but they can balance out a cool feeling room to bring it back to a neutral ground.

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Our Favorite Cotton White Inspired Accessories:

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Shoreline Framed Wall Art

We love this sandy shoreline poster print! Perfect for adding calmness to any space, and bringing soft cream tones into your home.

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Artisan Ceramic Bowls

Adding texture to your interior couldn’t be easier… These handcrafted bowls are great for doing just that and keeping to a soft cream color scheme.

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Woven Botanical Throw Pillow

Another fantastic throw pillow – this soft botanical textured pillow adds texture and warmth to any interior.

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Embroidered Textured Lumbar Pillow

This lumbar pillow features lots of texture that forms a subtle Boho style pattern and is ideal for spaces that need some extra style and warmth.

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Textured Stripes Area Rug

Bring Sherwin Williams Cotton White into your family or living room with this beautiful area rug!

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Handcrafted Cotton Wall Art

This macrame wall hanging brings Cotton White into your space while adding visual interest and texture!

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