Get all the details about one of my favorite warm and cozy paint colors, Sherwin Williams Zurich White. It’s a little creamy, a touch greige, and it might just be the perfect soft neutral color for your home!

Learn all about how to use Zurich White, what colors to pair it with, and how it feels in a space. Find photo examples of this color used in a variety of interior and exterior spaces, too!

A living room painted in Sherwin Williams Zurich White
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We first used Sherwin Williams Zurich White in our previous home throughout the entire second level on recommendation of a friend and painter.

We loved it so much that we decided to use it again in our current home throughout some of the main level including the entryway, living room, family room, and dining room.

It’s a color that I love sharing with people, because it’s such a great mix of all those tones so many of us are looking for… it’s a little creamy, a little antique, and so very soft. In fact, it’s beautiful in a variety of lighting situations!

Don’t miss my favorite Warm Whites, the best Cream Paint Colors, and Greige Paint Colors!

bookshelves painted in zurich white with decorative accents

Why You’ll Love Sherwin Williams Zurich White

This color is perfect for those who love grey, but would like something a touch warmer or a slightly greige tone or if you’re transitioning from a grey room.

  • Soft White
  • Warm + Cozy
  • Creamy but Not Too Yellow
  • The Perfect Neutral
living room with stacked art and raw wood table

Sherwin Williams Zurich White Details

Best For

  • East / West facing rooms are most ideal
  • South rooms

Makes a Room Feel

  • light
  • slightly more modern
  • not too cool, not too warm
A living room painted in Sherwin Williams Zurich White


  • gray to greige
  • touch of yellow

Styles it Fits

  • traditional
  • country
  • modern
  • transitional


  • Get a sample, or even 5-6 samples if that’s what it takes. Learn more about Paint Samples here!
  • Try the warm white color on two walls in the room, or exterior that face different directions.
  • Look at the paint at various times during the day to see how it reads in various lighting situations.
  • Test it with your trim color.
  • Shades of white will have a high light reflectance value, picking up the reflection of the colors around them.
A linen sofa with baskets for an end table in a room painted in Zurich White


The LRV of Zurich White is 76, making this a soft, creamy neutral color that isn’t nearly as bright as many whites on the market.

LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value – click through to read all about it. It’s the measure of how much light a color reflects… or in other words, how bright a color is. On a scale of 0-100, 0 is the deepest black and 100 is pure white.

In rooms that don’t feature much natural light, consider choosing a color with an LRV of above 60 – check out my round-up of beautiful Warm Whites

Below, you can see how much warmer it feels with direct sunlight in my South-facing office.

a home office with cream walls painted in SW Zurich White, with a dog hiding under the desk

Trim Colors to Pair with Zurich White

In the living room we opted to not only paint the walls with it, but all the trim including bookcases, crown molding, and baseboards as well, just one sheen higher. Learn more about Painting Walls and Trim the Same Color!

Throughout the rest of our home we paired it with an un-tinted white paint for trim.

A living room painted in Sherwin Williams Zurich White

Colors to Pair With SW Zurich White

One of the best things about this color is just how versatile it is! This is looks beautiful with a variety of elements that surround it. I think that’s because it’s not too yellow or too gray in its undertones, so it can feel either warm or cool depending on lighting and accents.

Here are some of my favorite color combinations for you to consider:

  • Deep Grays – Choose a striking charcoal or even a beautiful black (as seen in the windows below) for a beautiful contrast. This will make Agreeable Gray read as more of a creamy beige.
  • Navy Blues – One of my favorites is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. It is a beautiful, deep navy that looks good with so many colors.
  • Greens – Fresh shades of green, ranging from soft mossy tones to deep evergreen, will look beautiful when paired with Agreeable Gray.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sherwin Williams Zurich white warm or cool?

I love this color because it’s actually a hint of both. With undertones of both yellow and gray, it’s not too warm and not too cool.

Is Zurich White a greige color?

While it does have some greige undertones, it also has some cream to it. So while it might read as greige in some homes, in other rooms it will pick up the yellow a little more.

Sherwin Williams Zurich White paint swatch

Where to Use this Color

  • Walls – It’s especially wonderful in rooms with natural light. Don’t skip my complete guide to paint sheens so you know how to make this decision!
  • Trim & Doors – Use Zurich White on your trim and doors, and combine it with a deeper wall color for contrast. Or, go the opposite and choose a more true white for the walls, like Chantilly Lace.
  • Cabinetry – I love the inspiration photo included here of this color on kitchen cabinetry!
  • Furniture – much like we painted our nightstands in our primary bedroom, this color would be beautiful on a variety of furniture pieces. Read more about my favorite furniture paint.
  • Exterior – With its perfect blend of warm and cool undertones, this color is a wonderful choice for home exteriors. Keep in mind that colors will always appear much lighter on an exterior than an interior surface, as you can see in the follow photo. Check out my tips and tricks on how to select exterior paint colors here.

Below, this house is trimmed in Zurich White and the body is painted in SW Dovetail.

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    1. In the living room it’s tone on tone with trim in semi-gloss. In other rooms it’s untinted in semi-gloss. Hope that helps!

    1. In the living room the same color with a higher sheen, in other rooms untintinted white for contrast. Enjoy!

    2. Hi! We are having the hardest time deciding what color to put in our newly finished basement. Very little natural light but a lot of LED lights. I had narrowed it down to Zurich White. Should I be aware of any weird pink undertones? I’m going back and forth between Zurich White and BM Dove Wing. They have very similar LRV and are light enough yet have a good contrast to the white ceilings trims and doors. I have about 10 samples on my walls right now and cannot make a decision! Would love any insight you have about Zurich White in North facing rooms or in little natural light.

      1. I don’t see any pink undertones ever in Zurich. Both are lovely colors. Test 2 coats morning, afternoon and evening to help you decide.

      2. It was recommended that we paint the ceiling the same color as the walls in the lower level. It helps trick the eye from seeing the ceiling separate from the walls, and helps to create a cocoon effect.