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Sherwin Williams Greek Villa

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Sherwin Williams Greek Villa is a gorgeous off-white paint color that is sure to add much personality to your home.

Off-white paint colors don’t get enough love in my opinion. They aren’t white but they aren’t any other color either. They can look very different in each home so it’s important to really know everything you can about the color before you choose it.

We will go into all the details and at the end of the post, I am sharing some real home pictures of Greek Villa.

A swatch of paint called Greek Villa with text overlay.

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What are the undertones of Greek Villa?

Greek Villa is a white that has beige undertones. If it were a gray we would call it a greige but we don’t have any fancy word for white and beige.

There are also yellow undertones but they are kept in check by the beige. You won’t feel like your walls are yellow if you use this color, the beige keeps that from happening.

I s Greek Villa warm or cool?

Greek Villa is a warm white paint color. The yellow and beige undertones make it that way.

Really this color is like a warm hug. It’s so creamy and dreamy!

What is its LRV?

What is LRV you ask? Well if you read many of my other paint posts I always share the LRV. It stands for Light Reflective Value and is a scale from 0-100. Zero is the blackest black and 100 is the brightest white.

Greek Villa is a very bright color with an LRV of 84. That’s pretty high. If you are looking to brighten up your home this one will do the trick.

Is Greek Villa a warm white?

Yes, Greek Villa is a warm white paint color that is very creamy. It will brighten your home white also making it feel cozy and warm.

Does Greek Villa look too yellow?

No Greek Villa will not look too yellow. Thankfully it has these amazing beige undertones too that keep the color from going too far yellow.

Now light bulbs can make a huge difference when choosing a paint color. If you have very warm light bulbs which cast a yellow hue that will change the look of Greek Villa in your home. Frankly, it will change any color you choose.

How to know if a paint color is right for you?

The best way to judge if a color is good for you then you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.

You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush to put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor-quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.

I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a 12X12 peel-and-stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.

It’s easy and much less messy!

How does lighting affect Greek Villa?

The type of light bulbs you use can affect the look of Greek Villa but also the amount of natural light and what way the room faces.

In north-facing rooms the light tends to be cooler and lighter colors will feel a little bit washed out. Darker colors look best in this type of light.

In south-facing rooms the light is bright and warmer. This is a great room to bring out warm tones in a color.

East-facing rooms obviously get strong light in the morning and none in the evening. Warm colors are great in these types of situations.

West-facing rooms are the opposite of the east and are similar in color. I suggest warm tones for these rooms in morning use.

What is the best trim color to pair with Greek Villa?

Usually, I have a list of great white colors to go with a paint color but today I encourage you to use Greek Villa not only on your walls but also on your trim.

Why on earth would you want to do this? Well, it’s such a light color that using it in both places would look amazing and also would make your room seem larger and taller.

When using the same color on the walls and the trim the trick is to use a different sheen for each. For example, on the walls go with a flat or satin then on the trim use a semi-gloss.

Now if you really want to go with a different color on the trim I think a good choice would be Pure White. It’s a warm white, although not as warm as Greek Villa.

What are some good coordinating colors?

Dark, bold colors look amazing with Greek Villa. Sherwin Williams suggests using it with Illusive Green and In The Navy.

Swatches of paint side by side of Greek Villa, Illusive Green and In The Navy.

Other amazing colors that it would look good with are:

What are some similar colors?

Greek Villa vs Alabaster

Both of these colors have beige undertones but Alabaster also has a bit of gray. Also Alabaster has an LRV of 82 while Greek Villa sits at 84, so Greek villa is a tad brighter.

A side by side of Greek Villa and Alabaster.

Greek Villa vs Pure White

You can tell by this side by side that they are both warm white colors. Pure White has a touch of gray to it which keeps it from being as warm as Greek Villa is. They both have the same LRV so either one will work if you are looking for a color to brighten your space.

Greek Villa vs Swiss Coffee

These colors are very similar as you can see below. They differ in LRV by .07, Swiss Coffee is just a smidge darker….and I mean a smidge. They are both warm white colors with yellow and beige undertones.

A side by side of Greek Villa and Swiss Coffee.

Greek Villa vs Benjamin Moore White Dove

White Dove is one of Benjamin Moore most popular white paint colors. It’s a touch brighter with an LRV of 85.38. As you can see from the comparison below Greek Villa has more beige in it, while White Dove tends to lean towards the yellow/green undertones.

A side by side of Greek Villa and White Dove.

Sherwin Williams Greek Villa Whole Home Color Palette

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Sherwin Williams Greek Villa in Real Homes

A dining room and family room in all neutral colors with Greek Villa on the walls.
Source: Lantern Lane Designs

This gorgeous home is done in all neutrals which makes it such a calming home. I love how Greek Villa looks here. It’s white without being stark white and blends really well with the other neutrals.

A bedroom with neutral linens and Greek Villa on the walls.
Source: Landmark Homes of Tennessee

Greek Villa is the perfect backdrop to the linens in this room. The addition to some other warm colors makes it cozy. A great place to get a good night’s sleep.

A kitchen with Greek Villa on the cabinets, gold hardware and black countertops.
Source: Paper Moon Painting

This kitchen is so gorgeous, almost so nice it’s hard to mess it up with cooking. I love how Greek Villa on the cabinets look with gold hardware. And with the white subway tile backsplash.

The exterior of a home in Greek Villa in a tudor style.
Source: Houzz

The exterior of this tudor style home is painted with Greek Villa. I love how it looks with the taupe door and wood accents. And doesn’t it look amazing with that beautiful sky?!

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Friday 15th of March 2024

Hi Wendy,

I enjoyed reading about color on your site and all that comes in to play when choosing a white. I’m trying to decide on which white for a new build with a small open living room kitchen.

I’ve been going back and forth between Pure White and Greek Villa and thought I’d finally decided on Pure White for everything, walls, cabinets and trim with black countertops, wood shelves and table.

But I’m now wondering if Pure White will come off too cool in this space. I’m looking for warmth without getting too creamy.

This room gets plenty of light from north and east windows and a sliding glass door on the west that’s covered by a porch so no direct west light.

I’ve tested both with large samples but still can’t decide. Any suggestions? Who knew whites could be such a challenge?

Thanks so much Pamela

Wendy Duffy

Monday 18th of March 2024

Hi Pamela. I love what you said, who knew whites could be such a challenge. That is so true! Okay so Pure White is definitely less creamy than Greek Villa. In the space with north facing windows it will look cooler but in the space with east it will warm up, in the morning. I put Pure White in my daughters bedroom which gets no light in the summer (because of the leaves on trees) and is south facing but gets a good amount of light in the winter. Honestly, it is a beautiful white that I feel doesn't lean either way. But if you have more north facing rooms that might feel a bit cooler. Greek Villa might look good in the space because even though it's creamy the north facing light will make it feel a touch cooler. So in the end maybe more neutral. It's hard for me to say because I don't see the space and colors in person. In the end I think the colors will change throughout the day and look different in each space. Either color will be a good choice, they are both gorgeous. I think either one will look good. Good luck!

Jessi Tracy

Tuesday 30th of January 2024

Reading this post about Greek Villa. I’m wondering how extra white in flat for ceilings would look with a Greek Villa? I really don’t wanna have to paint the ceilings also but will, if it would look silly. Ceilings are currently extra white flat

Wendy Duffy

Wednesday 14th of February 2024

Hi Jessi, I think those colors would look great together. But every room is different. My suggestion would be to paint the walls Greek Villa then look at the colors next to each other over the course of a couple of days. If you don't like the way it looks then give Pure White a try for the ceiling. But Extra White is a very clean white and should look amazing with Greek Villa. Good luck!

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