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Divine White SW 6105 is one of Sherwin Williams’s top 50 best-selling paint colors. It’s a favorite because it’s a very light almost white neutral paint color. This gorgeous neutral is quite elegant while having a warm, welcoming vibe.

Hey everyone! Welcome to another paint color review.

I absolutely love finding new colors to review. I feel like it is a good way to share some amazing lesser-known paint colors.

Now that’s not quite the case today because this is one of the more popular paint colors. But I felt like I have been seeing this color pop up a lot lately and I needed to talk about it.

I hope you enjoy hearing all about the beautiful…

SHERWIN WILLIAMS DIVINE WHITE SW 6105

paint can swatch of SW divine White

STATS

Let’s talk about Divine White’s stats.

  1. LRV:72
  2. Color Collections: Dreamer, Precious Baby, Living Well, Top 50 Colors, Warm White, Finest Whites, Warm Neutrals
  3. Hue Family: Yellow 
  4. Value 8.73 Chroma 1.13

Let’s start with LRV, What is it and why does it help to know and understand?

LRV or Light Reflectance Value is a measurement commonly used by design professionals that measures the amount of light reflected from and absorbed by a surface. LRVs range from 0 -100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black.

A great article to read to learn more about LRV is Light Reflectance Value: What Do Those Numbers Mean?

To sum it up, Divine White has a high LRV of 72. That’s pretty high on the scale. It’s clearly not the highest but it will for certain reflect a good amount of light.

I think it’s always helpful to know what the hue family of a paint color is. It’s very beneficial because it allows you to understand the paint color a bit better as in what color it may shift to or show in certain qualities of light.

Divine White comes from the yellow hue family, leaning towards the yellow-red hue family.

As for the color collections, this is surely not crucial information. However, it’s always fun to see what other colors are also in the collection.

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SW DIVINE WHITE COLOR STRIP

  • Steamed Milk SW 7554
  • Panda White SW 6147
  • Moderate White SW 6140
  • Divine White SW 6105
  • Kestrel White SW 7516
  • Bauhaus Buff SW 7552
  • Only Natural SW 7596

WHAT COLOR IS SHERWIN WILLIAMS DIVINE WHITE?

You may be thinking this is a ridiculous question, right? I mean it’s named Divine White. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not quite a white paint color.

In balanced lighting, Divine White is best described as a light warm neutral beige/ tan. It’s definitely not white. It has too much color to it to be white, additionally, it’s too dark.

IS DIVINE WHITE A WARM PAINT COLOR?

Yes, Sherwin Williams Divine White is a warm paint color. Quite frankly simply by looking at the color, you can see the warmth the color has.

If you are struggling with whether or not a paint color is warm or cool I suggest comparing the color to another color you are familiar with.

For example, let’s take Divine White and compare it to SW Agreeable Gray. When the two colors are placed side by side, it makes it easier for you to spot which is the cool and which is the warm paint color.

In this case, Agreeable Gray is the cooled-toned paint color.

SW Divine White vs Agreeable Gray

Whenever you are struggling with the tone of a color, compare it to another color. Sometimes all you need is a comparison to help you through.

WHAT UNDERTONES DOES SW DIVINE WHITE HAVE?

Divine White can sometimes look or flash slightly peach, pink-peach, or even a flesh tone. This is something that can occur in unbalanced lighting.

Lighting plays a big part here, if it is not balanced you may see Divine White look more like a peach color.

In more balanced lighting, Divine White will look more like a neutral tan-ish beige.

This undertone question is one that confuses the heck out of everyone. And I totally get it. If you are just trying to choose a paint color and have no clue about undertones, overtones, and so on, It can really seem overwhelming. Don’t get overwhelmed by undertones.

The best and most effective way of seeing a paint color for what it really is is by sampling it in your home. It’s a foolproof way to see how a paint color will perform in your home.

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CARDINAL DIRECTIONS, LIGHTING, & DW

Lighting is one, if not the most, important factor when it comes to what a paint color will look like.

It largely affects how you will perceive a paint color. For this reason, it’s a great idea to be knowledgeable about the lighting condition and the cardinal direction of the room you are choosing the right paint color for.

Below are the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west, with a brief description of how the light looks from each direction.

lighting direction chart

NORTH-FACING ROOMS – Light in North-facing rooms comes off cooler and somewhat bluish. Lighter colors will appear more muted, while bolder colors will show up, or appear sounder.

SOUTH-FACING ROOMS – In South-facing rooms, there tends to be a consistently bright light throughout the day. Warm and cool tones work with south-facing light, This light intensifies colors, so darker colors will seem a bit brighter while softer colors will appear to look like they are gleaming.

EAST-FACING ROOMS – East-facing rooms have the brightest light in the mornings, with a yellow-orange tone. If an east-facing room will be used mainly in the evenings, going with a warm palette will help balance the lack of natural light.

WEST-FACING ROOMS – Early evening is when West-facing rooms have the most favorable light. Warmer tones might seem overwhelming because of the red-orange the light gives off. However, if the main use for the room is in the mornings, the colors won’t appear as strong as they would in the evening.

It’s important to remember to always take lighting into consideration while choosing a paint color. But you cannot forget about the other elements that influence how a paint color may look. This includes fixed elements like cabinetry, flooring, tiles, etc. as well as the decor colors you choose for your home.

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WHAT ARE THE BEST LIGHT BULBS TO USE?

Don’t forget about your light bulbs! The color of the light bulbs in your home is commonly overlooked and it can affect the way a paint color will look.

All lighting affects your paint color regardless of whether it is natural or artificial. But with artificial lighting, it can somewhat be doctored and that’s with the color of the light bulb you use.

The color of the light bulbs you use will influence how a paint color will look in a room. And unfortunately, it’s an important detail that is often overlooked.

With the variety of light bulbs available and it can become overwhelmingly confusing. I mean what really soft white and bright white?

Thankfully, it becomes easier once you know a little bit about light bulbs.

For reference, light color or light appearance is measured on the Kelvin (K)temperature scale. Lower Kelvin numbers mean more yellow light; the higher the Kelvin number the whiter or bluer light.

Remember, lower Kelvin (K) numbers = yellow light, Higher Kelvin (K) numbers = white/blueish light

I always recommend using this type of light bulb.

Be cautious of the light bulb names such as “daylight” or warm light”. I’d advise against picking a light bulb by its name.

Instead, always check the package for actual facts. This allows you to choose the best bulb for you.

Don’t forget, as much as lighting plays a major part in how a paint color will look at times, there are other determinants to be aware of. For instance, decor, furniture, fixtures, cabinetry, and floors. These are all elements that can affect and/or influence the way a paint color will look in your room.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SAMPLE?

I’m an advocate for testing and sampling paint colors. I wholeheartedly believe it’s a sure-fire way to see how a paint color will look in a room. I feel as though many people brush over this step in the painting process and I think it’s wildly insane.

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Do not skip on test sampling your paint colors! It’s one of the biggest painting mistakes you can avoid.

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WHAT’S THE BEST TRIM COLOR FOR DIVINE WHITE?

Divine White is not really a white paint color. It has too much color to it. That being said it works with a few shades of white. The two white paint colors I like for trim are Sherwin Willimas Extra White and Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

The most popular paint color choice for trim is a shade of white. This makes sense because white goes with virtually anything.

Now when you are dealing with a white paint color on the walls like Divine White and you want a white trim paint color that can become a bit challenging and cause a major headache.

Why? Because white paint colors have all different tones and if the tones of two paint colors don’t mesh well, it can look funny.

My suggestion when dealing with white paint colors on the walls and trim is to use the same white on both and even the ceilings.

The way to break everything up is by using multiple sheens or finishes. For example. if you are using Divine White, paint the walls in an eggshell finish, trim a semi-gloss finish, and the ceilings a flat finish. By doing this you create a seamless look that coordinates beautifully.

READ MORE: THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLORS FOR TRIM

WHERE TO USE SHERWIN WILLIAMS DIVINE WHITE?

I honestly believe you can use SW Divine White anywhere, especially dimly lit rooms. If you sample the color in the space you want to use and you love it, go for it. There are no rules telling you that you cannot do it.

I find that people tend to get so caught up in what others think that they sometimes forget what they actually like and what makes them happy. Life is way too short to worry about things like this.

Even though I firmly believe in what I just said, I do have a few options on places for you to consider using Divine White.

KITCHEN CABINETS

Who doesn’t love a light airy kitchen? I think Divine White is an awesome alternative to white. It adds a bit of color yet it is not heavy at all.

If you want a beautiful neutral with warmth for your cabinets, Divine White is a great option.

Keep this in mind though, The way it looks on your cabinets will of course be determined by the light, your countertops, your floors, and the wall color in the room.

Divine White has that slightly fleshy/peachy tone that can show. If you have anything greenish in the room it may highlight the fleshy tone.

If you’re looking for something more neutral, check out Shoji White, Aesthetic White, or Natural Choice.

BEDROOM WALLS

The bedroom walls are a great spot to use Divine White, especially the way Candice used it. She paired it with a beautiful dark accent color. The room looks so elegant yet absolutely inviting.

A dining room is another fantastic place for Divine White to be used. It has an inviting and warm feel but again it is classy enough for a formal dining space.

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IS SW DIVINE WHITE A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?

Is it good for the exterior? Yes of course it is. But you have to evaluate the look you are trying to achieve.

You have to remember light paint colors will always look lighter in direct sunlight. So if you aren’t looking for a super light paint color, I might say skip Divine White. It doesn’t necessarily have enough depth to hold up to the sun.

You can see in the picture, that the house is shaded. Here Divine White looks like a creamy neutral tan-ish beige. It’s definitely very pretty.

My advice, sample the color on your home and observe it in the direct sunlight, shade, on a cloudy day, etc. Doing this will allow you to see how the color will perform.

DIVINE WHITE COORDINATING COLORS

Creating color palettes can be challenging. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to pair paint colors together. That’s what I always like to throw out a few colors that will work with the showcased paint color, which today is Sherwin Williams Divine White.

DIVINE WHITE COLOR PALETTE

paint color palette for Divine White (1)

WHAT’S THE BENJAMIN MOORE EQUIVALENT TO SHERWIN WILLIAMS

There is not a Benjamin Moore paint color that exactly dupes Sherwin Williams Divine White. And a s a matter of fact I haven’t come across any paint color that is a dupe between the two brands.

I get it, not everyone has access to every paint brand and that is why people want to know if there is a dupe for a particular color they love.

Luckily I found one color that is particularly similar according to the spectatorial data.

Benjamin Moore SAIL CLOTH PM-21/ OC-142
LRV: 71.54

It’s clear that they are not exact but chances are if you like the one you may like the other. Can’t hurt to test it out, right?

SW Divine White vs Sail Cloth

I know what the next question is, can’t I just color match with Benjamin Moore’s paint? Sure you can but proceed with caution.

Paint manufacturers use different formulas to create their paint colors, so if you try to color match the colors won’t exactly match. If you are feeling brave enough to try it I HIGHLY suggest getting a small sample cant to start off with.

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COLOR COMPARISONS

Let’s talk comparisons!

I choose a few different colors to compare against Divine White.

DIVINE WHITE VS ALABASTER

SW Divine WHite vs Alabaster (1)
  • Both paint colors come from the yellow hue family
  • Alabaster has an LRV of 82, higher than Divine’s LRV of 72
  • Alabaster is the lighter of the two
  • Divine is more saturated/ it has more color to it

READ MORE: FULL ALABASTER REVIEW

DIVINE WHITE AND KILIM BEIGE

SW Divine White vs Kilim Beige
  • Both paint colors come from the yellow hue family
  • Kilim Beige has an LRV of 57, lower than Divine’s LRV of 72
  • Divine White is lighter than Kilim Beige
  • Kilim Beige has a bit more saturation/colorfulness to it
  • Both colors can sometimes show moments of peachiness in certain lighting

READ MORE: FULL KILIM BEIGE REVIEW

DIVINE WHITE VS DOVER WHITE

SW Divine White vs Dover White
  • Both paint colors come from the yellow hue family
  • Dover White has an LRV of 83, higher than Divine’s LRV of 72
  • Dover White is the lighter paint color of the two
  • Divine White has more saturation/color to it
  • Dover White is more of a creamy white with some subtle yellowness to it

DIVINE WHITE VS SHOJI WHITE

SW Divine White vs Shoji White
  • Both paint colors come from the yellow hue family
  • Shoji White is an LRV of 74, a tad bit higher than Divine’s LRV of 72
  • Shoji White is slightly lighter than DW
  • Divine has more saturation/ color to it
  • Shoji White is a warm neutral almost white that has some gray to it.
  • Divine is the warmer paint color

DIVINE WHITE VS SWISS COFFEE

SW Divine White vs Swiss Coffee
  • Both paint colors come from the yellow hue family
  • Swiss Coffee has an LRV of 83.9, higher than DW’s LRV of 72
  • Divine is warmer in tone
  • Swiss Coffee is the lighter paint color
  • Divine has more saturation/ color to it
  • Swiss Coffee is an off-white that can sometimes flash green

RECAP

Quickly, let me remind you of what we learned about Divine White.

  • LRV:72
  • Color Collections: Dreamer, Precious Baby, Living Well, Top 50 Colors, Warm White, Finest Whites, Warm Neutrals
  • Hue Family: Yellow 
  • not so much a white paint color, more like a tan/beige
  • in unbalanced lighting, it can flash a peach tone
  • looks beautiful on walls and cabinets
  • it will look lighter painted on the exterior of the home
  • looks good paired with many other colors
  • the best way to sample it is with SAMPLIZE Peel & Stick paint samples
  • works well in rooms with low light

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I think Divine White is a great color. Dare I say it’s divine? I’m sorry, I had to. Seriously though, I do like this color. I think with the right lighting, it can look beautiful.

If you aren’t a fan of peach, you may want to avoid this one. Also if you are expecting a white paint color, this one isn’t for you either.

If you think you would like this color and its sounds like it’s right up your alley, I say grab a sample of it. And as always, make sure you sample it beforehand. It’s the easiest and most accurate way to see how the paint color will look in your home.

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andrea rando

Monday 22nd of August 2022

Thank you for this article! I have divine white cabinets and want to keep my space light and airy. Right now my wall color is kilim beige and it is too tan for my liking. What paint color would you suggest me sample to go with divine white cabinetry and trim? Thanks!

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