Sherwin Williams Shiitake is a favorite greige color of mine. A creamy mushroom paint, I’ve selected this color for our primary bathroom cabinets, as well as our stairway banisters. If you’re on the lookout for a beautiful warm neutral paint that’s neither grey nor beige, then look no further! I’m sharing all the details on this soft dreamy color.
Mushroom Colored Cabinets
It was love at first sight when I laid eyes upon my mushroom colored cabinets! Shiitake Sherwin Williams is a neutral color that has longevity. Neither grey nor beige, it’s a perfect combination of the two. Just like a rope is strengthened by the blending of many cords, so is this paint. Its beauty is amplified by taking the best of two neutral colors: beige and grey. Together they make a match made in heaven! A creamy mushroom paint that makes an understated impact.
It was sheer luck, and many years of trial and error that I came upon this color. Tired of my grey walls which had once been a popular trend in many homes, I wanted a neutral color which was warm, soft and airy. My favorite interior designer Sarah Richardson once did a bathroom where she combined grey and beige tiles. The result was stunning and the concept of combining two neutrals together has always stuck with me. I’ve blended beige and grey in my living room decor and I love the results!
Sherwin Williams Shiitake: A Creamy Mushroom Paint
Knowing our primary bathroom remodel would most likely have to last us a lifetime, I wanted to play it safe and decided upon a neutral color scheme. Therefore, I decided a creamy color palette would keep things light and breezy and would make it easy to throw in a pop of color if I wanted.
Naturally, I had to make a few mistakes along the way. Thinking I wanted a creamy white bathroom, I initially had our painter do our vanity cabinets in Sherwin Williams Greek Villa. It’s a beautiful white, but against the white quartz countertops, white painted walls, and white subway tile, it looked washed out. I realized the vanity needed to have a bit of contrast. I decided to take a page out of the Sarah Richardson playbook and go with a blend of neutrals: a creamy mushroom paint.
Shiitake Sherwin Williams
After a very long trip to my local Sherwin Williams, where I agonized just over which samples to take home, I settled on four similar creamy mushroom paint choices. The winner was Sherwin Williams Shiitake. One reason I love this color is that the grey has a tint of green. It provided a bit of coolness to the grey without being too harsh. The beige leans more towards red.
Sherwin Williams Shiitake On The Stairway Banister
Because I loved Sherwin Williams Shiitake so much in our primary bathroom, I decided to bring it into our entryway. The banisters definitely needed a little tlc. Although we haven’t been able to rip up the carpet, I figured a mini makeover using paint might do the trick until we can get around to it.
I’m always amazed by the power of paint! Just by painting the banister and hallway, I lightened and freshened up our entryway on a budget. A few family photos in matching frames on the walls, and it became an entryway I could be proud of!
Sherwin Williams Shiitake blends nicely with a creamy white! Our stairway bannister is painted with Sherwin Williams Shiitake, and the walls are another favorite of mine, Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois.
What Color Is Sherwin Williams Shiitake?
- Sherwin Williams Shiitake is a neutral greige color. A mixture of both grey and beige, it creates a soft creamy mushroom color. The grey contains an undertone of green and the beige has an undertone of red making it a great warm neutral option for cabinets, bannisters, furniture, and exteriors!
What Is The LRV of Sherwin Williams Shiitake?
- The LRV (light reflective value) of Sherwin Williams Shiitake is 52.45%
Please note: A LRV of 50% or higher means the color will reflect more light than it will absorb. Because Sherwin Williams Shiitake has a LRV of 52.45, it would be a good choice for rooms that receive some natural light.
Why You Will Love Sherwin Williams Shiitake
- Adds a soft contrast with white
- Has red and green undertones
- Beautiful warm neutral paint choice
- Looks great with many colors
Colors That Compliment Sherwin Williams Shiitake
Works Well For
- Book shelves
- Accent pieces
Style It Fits
Pairs Well With
- Sherwin Williams Pearly White
- Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois
- Benjamin Moore Navajo White
- Sherwin Williams Westhighland White
In conclusion, Sherwin Williams Shiitake makes an excellent greige/neutral paint choice. I couldn’t be happier with this creamy mushroom paint. If you’re looking for a soft and airy color for your bathroom vanity, kitchen cabinets, or any type of furniture, this is definitely a winner!
I might even be so bold to suggest that mushroom colored cabinets are almost as timeless as classic white! It will certainly add a touch of creamy dreaminess to your home. If you’re looking for a neutral color you know you’re going to love for years, give Sherwin Williams Shiitake a try. It is only paint after all, so there’s nothing to loose!
So beautiful Kristen! You are right, it’s amazing what a bit of paint won’t do to the look and energy of a room. Gorgeous and soothing to the mind. A timeless and elegant look. Love it!
Up in Hidden Springs, oodles of homes were painted with a interior trim that is like Sherwin Williams’ Accessible Beige. I’m trying to *keep* that trim since it matches the vinyl windows perfectly. Do you think this Shiitake would be a good wall color to go with that trim? I’m looking for a yellowish white (the walls are currently like Sherwin-Williams’ Pussy Willow 7643–and I think it was a huge mistake by the former owners because it’s a north-facing home and is so dark; I’m definitely looking for a higher LRV. Would Shiitake work, do you think?
Hi Tonya! I don’t think Shiitake would work with Accessible Beige because the two colors are very similar. I think it might look like you are going for a monochromatic look, but the trim and walls will look a little mismatched. If you’re looking for a yellowish white I suggest Benjamin Moore Navajo white, Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois, or Sherwin Williams Pearly White. Those are all lovely creamy whites. Good luck!
Thanks so much Wendy! Yes, the power of paint and color! It’s amazing, isn’t it?
I’m looking to paint a current salmon colored spanish style stucco home. I was considering shiitake with a white trim. I don’t want it to have any pink undertones. Do you have any suggestions. I would like it to be a a neutral color. Don’t like salmon at all!
Hi Cheryl! So Shiitake does have a touch of pink undertones, but it also has green undertones. However, the pink and green undertones together are what create that mushroom-greige color, and it doesn’t read like a salmon color at all. That being said, if you don’t want any pink undertones at all my suggestion would be to stick with cool neutrals as they will have green and blue undertones. Some suggestions would be: Sherwin Williams Pearl Gray, Sherwin Williams On The Rocks, Sherwin Williams Silverpointe, and Sherwin Williams Silver Strand. Hope this helps!
Do you like Shiitake for painted brick on exteriors?
hello , thanks for this article , i just want to ask you , is it ok to share this article on my facebook page ?
Thanks for thinking of me! I’m so glad you enjoyed the article. You’re welcome to use an image and link to my site from social media.
Thoughts on shiitake walls with matte black tile flooring in master bath? Greek villa is trim.
I think that would look great! It will definitely give more of a cozy vibe since there’s darker colors in that room.
Hi – I am getting new countertops and painting our oak cabinets and walls. Do you think cabinets with Taupe of the Morning would go with Shitake on the walls?
These two colors are similar in tone with Shiitake being a bit darker. If you’re going for a monochromatic look, these two could be a nice match. But definitely do some swatches on the wall to see if you like them together.
Hi! We are getting ready to paint several large areas (great room, kitchen, foyer and hallways), using shiitake. I want to do a darker contrast trim throughout (high baseboards, pillars, doors, floor to ceiling window frames, and decorative trim). Can you recommend a nice darker complimenting paint color for the contrast trim? I’m having trouble finding one that I love.
Hi Pam! I personally have only paired Shiitake up with lighter shades. However, if you go to the website, you’ll see Sherwin Williams lists complimentary shades for any particular color. Looking at that, they have Shiitake paired up with Foothills SW 7514, and Tavern Taupe SW 7508. Try a few samples next to Shiitake and see if you like them. Good luck!
We’re building a new home and wanting to paint the living room and kitchen Shiitake, what is some colors that the cabinets in the kitchen that would work? Thanks
I love pairing Shiitake with creams. Both SW Pearly White and SW Westhighland White are pretty options.If you want more of a pure white, SW Greek Villa is also a great choice. Definitely test these out in the room first, as the lighting you have will impact the colors. Good luck!
I have a red brick ranch, and consider the brick similar to sw cavern clay. I’m considering painting the garage door with sw shitake, hoping it will blend and prevent the door from being the focal point. Home faces West. I need a trim color, but don’t love whites. I also have some siding on the back, L shaped ranch…What I see from my back area, is the north facing side of the siding, and the brick on the back of house. I plan to paint the trim and siding in one color. Colors like sw white duck, and similar, look fine on the north facing siding, and trim in the back…but when I look at them on the west facing trim, next to shitake, they seem to light. Am now looking at sw accessible beige, lightened to 75 or 50%, as an option for trim and siding. So far, 75% seems a bit dark on the north facing siding…what do you think, about a good trim color, that will work with the brick, shitake garage door…west facing(lots of sun during summer), but not too dark on north facing siding in the back?
I’m going into week 3 of looking at paint…and feel a bit crazy at this point…
I personally have only paired Shiitake in our house with creams and whites. But, what do you think about doing a blue or gray trim with it? Something like SW Storm Clouds, Sea Serpent, or Grays Harbor? Of course, you’ll want to test these out first, but I hope this gives you some ideas.
I’m in the middle of a kitchen remodel. My walls are bm winds breath. Do you think shiitake would be a good cabinet color and go well with that? Another option would be to do winds breath in a different sheen on the cabinets. Can you please give me any other color suggestions for the cabinets? I’m overwhelmed and need to make a decision. Thank you!
I’m leaning towards shitake as a color choice for my living and dining room. Ceiling color, what white do you think would pair with it?