Sherwin Williams Swiss Coffee Cabinets

If you’re a fan of Studio McGee and adore white cabinets, walls, or trim, then you’ve likely come across the popular Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. Shea McGee’s stunning home might have convinced you that Swiss Coffee is the color for you, and it very well could be. But before you rush to paint your walls, let’s have a little chat (insert wine here).

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Not Swiss Coffee. This is Sherwin William’s Alabaster.

First of all, let me say that Swiss Coffee is indeed a beautiful paint color, and I’ve seen it look stunning in many homes. So, if you currently have it and it’s working for you, that’s fantastic (in other words, don’t shoot the messenger).

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However, there’s a “but.” It’s such a significant “but” that it would make the Kardashians jealous of its size. But before we delve into that, let’s talk about the four popular shades in the soft white world: Sherwin Williams Pure White, Sherwin Williams Alabaster, Benjamin Moore White Dove, and Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. All of these colors have their place (although Swiss Coffee isn’t popular in my world, it may be in others).

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Not Swiss Coffee. This is Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Now, here comes the juicy part. Of these colors, which one do you think is slightly more likely to have a green undertone? Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. Yes, green. It’s subtle, but for most people, a soft, warm shade of white with a green undertone may not be what they’re looking for in their walls, cabinets, or trim.

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Swiss Coffee?! Nope. This is Sherwin Williams Pure White.

On the other hand, Benjamin Moore White Dove is much more predictable and doesn’t lean towards green. If I’m looking for a soft, warm white, White Dove would be my choice 99.9% of the time. It’s also a shade whiter and brighter than Swiss Coffee, giving it more versatility. Shea even lightened Swiss Coffee by 25% to brighten it, possibly making it a tad lighter than White Dove. But will this affect the undertones? I’ll have to ask Shea next time we chat (wink wink).

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Benjamin Moore White Dove

One of the few reasons I recommend Swiss Coffee to my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients is when it already exists in their homes and it makes sense to continue with it. That’s also why I don’t have any images of Swiss Coffee to show you. Instead, I’ll share my favorite, more flexible shades of white.

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