This delightful color provides a very light base for a great mix of cream and gray tones that can dominate depending on the lighting.

LRV 74
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It may seem that we know everything about neutral colors. Still, designers never cease to amaze us, offering all new and sometimes wholly non-trivial solutions, even when it comes to the basic palette. So, today a group of so-called off-white (or almost white) shades that can be seen in hundreds of modern design projects has confidently come to the fore.

A feature of such colors is the presence of gray and cream tones or their mesmerizing balance, thanks to which they look light, but at the same time rather ambiguous and complex, which creates a very special, cozy, and at the same time refined atmosphere in the rooms. If whites seem too straightforward to you, welcome to the world of off-white shades! We invite you to start your acquaintance with the SW 7010 White Duck from Sherwin-Williams. And we are more than sure that this acquaintance will be pleasant.

White Duck paint color features

We hardly exaggerate if we say that the vast majority of designers are really crazy about White Duck from Sherwin-Williams. This delightful color provides a very light base for a great mix of cream and gray tones that can dominate depending on the lighting. At the same time, gray tones fascinate with amazing lightness and remind of morning fog and mountain haze, and cream ones conquer with warmth, but at the same time are devoid of excessive yellowness and are more reminiscent of whipped cream and mouth-watering desserts.

At the same time, one cannot say that White Duck is more related to cream paint. The present gray cool has enough of a calming effect so that this shade does not seem frankly yellowish but rather resembles beige from a certain angle of view.

White Duck: is it warm or cold?

It’s safe to say that this wonderful light shade belongs to warm tones because both light grays and fairly confident cream tones have an amazing warming effect. In a space where White Duck is basic, you will never feel uncomfortable – this is the most important advantage of warm, almost white tones, which delights everyone without exception.

How does lighting affect White Duck?

Depending on how light it is in the room where White Duck is present, gray or cream tones can take over in it, and this directly suggests that this shade is extremely influenced by light and this must be taken into account when you choose SW 7010 by Sherwin-Williams.

In rooms with windows facing north or east, or where lighting is insufficient due to some architectural features of your home, you can see that the gray tones of White Duck become more pronounced without losing, however, a noticeable cream base. If the windows in the room face south, and, during the day, it is often bathed in sunshine, you will see a very light cream SW 7010, balancing between pale beige and cream.

In the case of White Duck, artificial lighting works in much the same way. Cool whites and warm yellows, when given enough intensity, help it show a cozy, creamy warmth, but if you dim the lamps, you will see the grays take on strength.

White Duck LRV

The near-white White Duck boasts a fairly high LRV of 74 for this color. This delightful shade does indeed reflect the light in a room, making it brighter and more spacious – but only if there is enough of this color. In a cloudy, poorly lit room, the SW 7010 will appear slightly blurry and as if a little aged, but in bright light, it risks going almost completely white.

Also, notice that White Duck has a lighter appearance when painted over a large area. This feature is typical for all colors with a high LRV, so it should be taken into account when choosing the paint.

White Duck undertones

As we said earlier, cream and gray tones dominate in White Duck with varying degrees of success. They are responsible for the welcoming feature and, at the same time, for the extreme neutrality of this wonderful off-white from Sherwin-Williams. It is devoid of pink, green, blue, yellow and orange undertones that could somehow affect its neutrality, which means that it is one of the basic shades, appropriate almost everywhere and in any lighting, including bright artificial light, and during cloudy daytime.

Similar colors

The tremendous popularity of off-white tones has inspired designers to create more and more new gradations, and thanks to this, White Duck has many related tones in the palettes of major paint manufacturers. The list of such shades is quite long, but we are ready to present you the most similar and well-known of them:

  • Drift of Mist SW 9166 – airy and dreamy light shade with smoky and creamy notes;
  • Natural Linen SW 9109 – a creamier and darker shade, although reflecting enough light;
  • Natural Choice SW 7011 – very light and unobtrusive off-white color, slightly cooler compared to White Duck;
  • Greek Villa SW 7551  – very light tone, but with the same ratio and impeccable balance of cream and gray;
  • Cotton Knit PPU7-11 by Behr – nice and soft off-white color with the same LRV as White Duck, albeit with slightly more pronounced creamy tones;
  • Off White 73 by Behr – a classic light beige shade, surprisingly warm and neutral at the same time;
  • Featherstone 1002 by Benjamin Moore – a slightly darker neutral shade that has the same cream-gray ratio as White Duck;
  • Silver Coin 20-0083 by Pantone – a light off-white shade dominated by light silvery gray undertone;
  • Seed Pearl by Dulux – a slightly more creamy light tone without excessive yellowness.

Coordinating colors

Designers regard White Duck as one of the friendliest light neutrals that work equally well with warm and cool tones and are ready to pair with bright and rich accents as well. At the same time, you can start with the color combinations from the Sherwin-Williams catalog suggested by experts:

  • Status Bronze SW 7034 – dark and soft brown with sophisticated green undertones;
  • Warm Stone SW 7032 – a lovely taupe color, not too dark and wonderfully balanced;
  • Resort Tan SW 7550 – a warm golden brown that can act as an accent color;
  • Portico SW 7548 – a calm brown-beige shade that looks especially organic in classic interiors;
  • Moody Blue SW 6221 – muted gray-blue tone reminiscent of morning fog over the sea;
  • Tradewind SW 6218 – airy light blue, which is both light and cool;
  • Intellectual Gray SW 7045 – discreet, soft, and noble gray with noticeable beige undertones.

Use of White Duck in interiors and exteriors

Like other off-white tones, White Duck has a very wide range of uses. It will be appropriate in any home space and will create a pleasant impression of your home when used in outdoor decoration. Let’s dwell on some of the solutions in more detail.

Living room

Scandi and Minimalism, Modern and Neoclassical, Retro and Hygge, Coastal and Eco – the list of styles that welcome the neutral and pleasant White Duck is quite extensive. The key advantage of this shade is that it gets boring much less often than more straightforward white or classic cream tones.

You can combine the Sherwin-Williams painted walls with furniture in the exact same shade or order curtains matching curtains – your living room will not look at all too extra. However, this does not mean that you should go without accents. Depending on the style you choose, you can complement the room with rattan chairs and wicker baskets, light wood furnishings, navy or dusty blue rugs and banquets, and even gold or coral tones.


A White Duck relaxing space can be simple and cozy and, at the same time, very elegant and even flirty. In the first case, you will go down the path of minimalism by adding a bed with a wooden headboard, natural cotton curtains, wooden sideboards, and a sisal rug. The second option is no less interesting: against such a background, French Country and Shabby Chic are particularly suitable with their abundance of floral prints, soft blankets and pillows, graceful forged lamps and accessories, and a lot of knick-knacks.

However, these are just examples. In fact, White Duck is equally organic in any bedroom style, be it Neoclassical, Retro, Japanese, or even Loft.


If you really want your home to look welcoming from the entrance, White Duck will live up to your expectations. Painted in a light tone, the walls will perfectly complement light, dark, and wooden furniture, while mirrors in chrome frames and the shine of fashionable lamps will add extra sparkle.

Kitchen and dining room

For this type of space, White Duck is the epitome of serenity. As usual, you can choose paint in this shade for kitchen cabinets or interior decoration in general.

Painted in a very light beige and gray tone, furniture invariably takes on an extremely noble look in a balance between classic and modern. You can choose one of these sides with the help of fittings – laconic with chrome elements or exquisite with brass units. Don’t forget about shiny light backsplash tiles with a deliberately uneven texture and as many wooden elements as possible.

Once you’ve painted an entire kitchen or dining room in White Duck, you are free to choose almost any style, texture, and shade – however, it better be something very warm and welcoming.

Kids’ room

Light shade SW 7010 from Sherwin-Williams is almost a must-have for a child’s room, regardless of age. In such an environment, children feel comfortable and safe. You can dilute the calm and light monochrome with pale gray, light brown, pale lilac, dusty pink, and olive tones that are trendy today.

Home office

Often, an office becomes a kind of abode in which we work, solve important matters, and also use it as an escape to reflect on something without outside interference. The White Duck background can work as a motivating and meditative backdrop, which can be complemented by almost any furniture – from austere and classic to a casual Scandi style, as well as any accessories – from a luxurious painting on the wall to a spacious glass jug with dry branches on a console or rack.

Use of White Duck for house exterior

There is no need to wonder whether it is worth using White Duck in your home decoration – you just need to go for it. According to designers, this wonderful off-white is equally good with brick, wood, and siding. Under sufficient sunlight, walls painted in this color will acquire a soft and warm white tone, while, in cloudy weather, they will seem calm and dim, but by no means cold.

Another advantage of using White Duck as a base in the exterior of a building is the ability to complement it with architectural elements of any color and texture. The SW 7010 can create an excellent combination with frames and decorative beams made of unpainted wood, show itself discreetly elegant under a dark matte roof, and delightfully warm in combination with red front doors. With such a background, you can safely try any solutions: success is guaranteed in most cases.

Sherwin-Williams’ SW 7010 White Duck not only gives you the opportunity to learn more about the off-white colors but is also a smart compromise for those who cannot choose between cream and very light gray. Do not miss the opportunity to try it in the interior or exterior decoration of the house, since such solutions rarely disappoint.

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