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Sherwin Williams Greek Villa is a beautiful neutral paint color that is truly versatile.

Hello friends!

Here we go again, another day, another super fabulous paint color.

Can you feel the excitement?

Today we are chatting about a color that I recently got a question about. I went to pull up the post I wrote about it in and to my horror, there was no post in existence.

I was so sure I wrote an article about this paint color already because it’s such an amazing color, but nope, nothing.

Obviously, today we are talking about that color, yes a neutral, but everyone loves a neutral paint color. Am I right?

Let me get to it and formally introduce you to the stunning,

SHERWIN WILLIAMS GREEK VILLA SW 7551

image of the swatch of Sherwin Williams paint color Greek Villa

STATS

  • Hue Family – Yellow, Green-Yellow
  • Color Collections: Free Spirit, Living Well, Top 50 Colors, Timeless White, 2021 Tapestry, Rejuvenation – Spring/Summer 2021
  • LRV: 84

For those of you wondering what LRV or Light Reflectance Value is, it’s a measurement commonly used by design professionals that measures the amount of light reflected from or absorbed into a surface. LRVs range from 0-100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being pure black.

So why is LRV important though?

Knowing the LRV or a paint color comes in handy when you are trying to decide whether a color may or may not be too dark for a space.

Essentially, the higher the LRV of a paint color, the more reflective the color will be. In the case of SW Greek Villa, its LRV is 84, which means it’s going to reflect a fair amount of light.

But let’s not forget that you also need to take into account the other elements of the space you are painting. For example, the amount of light, type of lighting, and the fixed and decor elements. These as well as LRV all play a part in how a paint color will look in your room.

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WHAT UNDERTONES DOES GREEK VILLA HAVE?

SW Greek Villa has mild yellowish-beige undertones. The undertones can come off almost beige-ish at times. But of course, the way the color will look all depends on the particular elements and lighting in a space.

The undertones are quite soft and subtle. They provide the color with a gorgeous delicate warmth.

IS GREEK VILLA SW7551 A WARM OR COOL COLOR?

Greek Villa is considered to be a warm paint color. With the hue family leaning more towards the yellow side, that’s where it gets its warmth from.

paint color swatch of Greek Villa vs Pure White


A great way to identify if a paint color is warm or cool-toned is to compare it to another paint color. For instance, let’s place GV side by side with Sherwin Williams Pure White. You can clearly see how Greek Villa is the warmer of the two paint colors.

IS GREEK VILLA A WARM WHITE?

Yes, Sherwin Williams Greek Villa is deemed a warm white paint color. Is it the warmest white you will find? No, but when you start comparing GV to other whites like SW Extra White, You will be able to recognize it is a warm white.

DOES SHERWIN WILLIAMS GREEK VILLA LOOK TOO YELLOW?

I don’t think it looks too yellow. In certain situations, for example, if you primarily have cool tones throughout a room and then incorporate GV, the cool tones will enhance the warmth of the paint color leading to a possible yellow tinge.

Also with certain lighting, it may possibly look too warm for your particular preference. However, it all depends on what you are looking to get out of the color.

I painted my home office with Sherwin Willams Greek Villa. I find that overall the paint color performs like a soft warm white. For reference, the room receives north-facing sunlight.

IS GREEK VILLA TOO WHITE?

Nope, Greek Villa SW 7551 is certainly not too white. Nor is it really a clean white paint color.

It’s a warmer white color so you can expect it to never look stark or cold.

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GV and Lighting

Light plays an influential role in the way a color looks and can change the appearance of essentially any color. For this reason, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the lighting condition of the room you are choosing the right paint color for

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

 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 more vivid while softer colors will almost look like they are radiating.

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 regularly in the evenings, going with a warm palette will help to offset the lack of natural light.

West-facing rooms- Early evening is when West-facing rooms have the most favorable light. Warmer tones might seem a bit strong because of the red-orange tones the light gives off. However, if the main use of the room is in the mornings, the colors won’t seem as intense.

WHAT IS THE BEST TRIM COLOR FOR GREEK VILLA?

The best trim color for Greek Villa is Greek Villa. I’ll explain.

This is one of the most asked questions in regards to using white paint colors on the walls. What is the best trim color to use?

When it comes to using white paint colors, my motto is to keep it simple.

Say you are using SW Greek Villa on the walls, stick with it for the trim as well. But the trick is to use the color in different sheens of finishes

For the walls, a popular paint finish is eggshell or flat. And for the trim, use a durable finish like a semi-gloss.

Using Greek Villa in different finishes will give you enough of a difference between the walls and the trim without it looking all one flat color.

I find that when you start to introduce multiple white paint colors it becomes tricky and it can throw everything off.

Keep your life simple and stay with one white paint color for walls, trim, baseboards, and ceilings. Break up the look by using different sheens.

READ MORE: THE BEST WHITE PAINT COLORS FOR TRIM

WHERE TO USE GREEK VILLA SW 7551

This is an easy answer. Everywhere.

Greek Villa is perfect for trim, walls, cabinets, shiplap, exterior, etc. Basically, if you can paint it, Greek Villa will work.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS GREEK VILLA ON KITCHEN CABINETS

paint SW Greek Villa Kitchen cabinets with teal island

The kitchen cabinets are an amazing place to use Greek Villa. @holthomestead on Instagram paint her gorgeous cabinets using SW Greek Villa.

The color looks like the perfect white for her cabinets.

And I mean come on, does it not look like a dream kitchen?

READ MORE: HOW TO PAINT KITCHEN CABINETS

@holthomestead also painted her home office using Sherwin Williams Greek Villa. The tones of the flooring paired with the subtle warmth of GV is a match made in heaven.

READ MORE: THE BEST PAINT COLORS FOR A HOME OFFICE

empty office with built in bookcase

GREEK VILLA EXTERIOR

Greek Villa SW 7551 is an excellent exterior paint color choice. The color has enough warmth in it to keep it from looking like a very stark white. Ultimately, it will end up looking like a beautiful soft white on your home’s exterior.

But keep in mind that every color that is used on the exterior lightens up. This means that GV will not have the same warmth as it would if used on an interior wall.

You can use Greek Villa on the body of your home or as the trim color, it works everywhere.

Ashlyn @coconutbunch on Instagram used GV on the exterior body of her home and it looks like a lovely soft white.

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WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SAMPLE?

As you may already know, I am an avid believer that testing a paint sample is the best possible way to see how the paint color Greek Villa, will look in your home. If you don’t sample the paint color, you are essentially guessing how the paint color will look.

READ MORE: HOW TO TEST PAINT SAMPLES

There are a few different methods you can use to test paint samples however there is one I favor over the others.

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Instead of physically going to your nearest paint store to grab your samples, you need to try  Samplize Peel & Stick paint samples.

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THE BEST LIGHT BLUBS TO USE

Yes, light bulbs will influence how a paint color will look in a room. And unfortunately, it’s a detail that is often overlooked.

With the variety of light bulbs available and it can become overwhelmingly confusing. How on earth can you know which bulb will make Greek Villa look the best?

It becomes easy 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

Say it with me, Lower Kelvin (K) numbers = yellow light, Higher Kelvin (K) numbers = white/blueish light

I always recommend using this type of light bulb.

And be wary of the light bulb names like “daylight” or warm light”. advise against picking a light bulb by the name of it. 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 like Greek Villa will look at times, there are other determinants to be aware of. For example, 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 BENJAMIN MOORE EQUIVALENT TO GREEK VILLA?

There is no true equivalent to GV but there are two Benjamin Moore Paint colors that are comparable.

CC-40 CLOUD WHITE Benjamin Moore Designer Classics
CW-10 CAPITOL WHITE Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Color Collection

They are similar but not the same. When it comes to color matching between paint brands, I tend to steer clear. Each brand uses different formulas and the color you are requesting may not be an exact dupe.

Play it safe, and find a color from the actual brand you like.


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COORDINATING COLORS

Even though Greek Villa is a neutral paint color, it can sometimes be confusing to create a coordinating color palette. That’s why I love to share a few colors that will harmonize well with Greek Villa.

  1. Illusive Green SW 9164
  2. In The Navy SW 9178
  3. Rosemary SW 6187
  4. Hopsack SW 6109
  5. Little Blue Box SW 9044
  6. Accessible Beige SW 7036
  7. Sashay Sand SW 6051
  8. Black Fox SW 7020
  9. Dovetail SW 7018
graphic of paint colors that go with Greek villa

COLOR COMPARISONS

Comparing colors is a fantastic way to decipher the undertones and tone of paint colors. It can also help you determine if you like a color or not. So let’s see how a few popular colors compare to GV.

GREEK VILLA VS ALABASTER

side by side swatches of Greek Villa and Alabaster

I often get questions about how GV compares to the very popular Sherwin Williams Alabaster. Here are some of the questions:

Is Greek Villa or Alabaster more white? Alabaster, by a hair
Is Greek Villa whiter than Alabaster? No
Is Greek villa lighter than Alabaster? Yes

  • These 2 colors are similar. They are both warm white paint colors with a hue family of Green/yellow closer to yellow.
  • Alabaster has an LRV of 82 and GV has an LRV of 84
  • Alabaster has some yellow undertones but also a bit of gray as well.
  • GR icomes off a bit more of a creamy white compared to Alabaster

READ MORE: SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALABASTER REVIEW

GREEK VILLA VS PURE WHITE

paint color swatch of Greek Villa vs Pure White
  • Pure White is a hair lighter and has an LRV of 84
  • Pure White is the cleaner or whiter color of the two
  • Both paint colors have some yellow in them but Pure White has some gray/black in it to give it a cleaner look.

A question I hear come up often is:

Does Greek Villa go with Pure White?

There’s not a straightforward yes or no answer. It honesty depends on your home and how the 2 colors will look paired together in the space. I do believe there is potential for them to live harmoniously together, but again, this is something you need to test out in your home.

READ MORE: SHERWIN WILLIAMS PURE WHITE REVIEW

SW GREEK VILLA VS BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE

side by side comparisons of the paint colors Greek Villa vs BM White Dove
  • BM White Dove is the cleaner/more white of the two paint colors
  • White Dove has an LRV of 85.38
  • Greek Villa is the lighter of the two colors
  • GV is more creamy compared to White Dove
  • Both are considered off-whites

READ MORE: BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE REVIEW

GREEK VILLA VS SWISS COFFEE

side by side comparisons of the paint colors Greek Villa vs BM Swiss Coffee
  • GV is in fact, the lighter of the two paint colors. (only by a hair)
  • both are considerd warm paint colors
  • they both come from the same hue family green/yellow closer to yellow
  • Swiss Coffee has an LRV of 83.93, very close to GV’s 84
  • Swiss Coffee is also a part of Benjamin Moore’s Off- White Collection.
  • GV is more white when compared to Swiss Coffee.

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SHERWIN WILLIAMS GREEK VILLA REVIEW

Let me do a quick review of what we learned about this fabulous paint color.

  • Is one of Sherwin Williams best selling paint colors
  • is a part of the Color Collections: Free Spirit, Living Well, Top 50 Colors, Timeless White, 2021 Tapestry, Rejuvenation – Spring/Summer 2021
  • Has an LRV of 84
  • comes from the yellow of Green/yellow closer to yellow hue family
  • has yellow almost beige-ish undertones
  • it’s a warm white paint color
  • looks great just about anywhere

FINAL THOUGHTS

I think Sherwin Williams Greek Vill SW 7551 is a beautiful off-white paint color. There’s no doubt as to why it’s on Sherwin WIlliams’m top 50 best sellers list.

Some may say “it’s just another off-white” but I wholeheartedly disagree. Sure there are similar paint colors out there however with Greek V there is something special. It could be the hint of warmth it has or it could be that it reminds me of the exterior of an actual Greek Villa on the coast of Greece. Regardless, I am a superfan.

Another thing to note is that this neutral warm off-white paint color is the ideal backdrop to highlight any decor style. It grants the decor to stand out as the star of the show, also allowing you to easily shift your decor without limitations.

The versatility of this color is just so appealing. I highly recommend giving this one a swatch.


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