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Sherwin Williams Antique Red SW 7587 – The Most Enriching Red

sw antique red paint color review

Are you looking for a red paint color that is attractive, bright, and at the same time sophisticated?

Well, look no further!

Let me introduce you to a perfect definition of beauty: Sherwin Williams Antique Red.

This dark-toned paint color has deep red undertones making it a true hue. 

This color can be categorized as energetic, bright, and charismatic – and let me tell you, not everyone has a taste for it!

Its beauty is far appreciated when paired with the best opposite colors in a perfect required space.

You simply can’t use this paint color anywhere in your homes unless you purposely want to use it. Otherwise, there might be a few how, when, and where’s about this paint color.

You don’t need to stress about that. Let me take over that from you and help you envision the best for your home. 


SW Antique Red on the front porch door looks…well, amazing.

This blog will help you determine whether or not you should use this paint color in your homes or if yes, then where, when, and how to incorporate it?

I will also make you understand the basic color psychology behind this paint color.

So, are you excited?

Let’s get some hands-on to this majestic beauty!

Sherwin Williams Antique Red SW 7587 Details and Specifications

antique red info

Antique red is a paint color that definitely requires some background research and knowledge.

And why not? I am pretty sure none of you would like to mess up with the walls of your homes, right?

So, long story short – I always advise my clients to understand what the color says – and most importantly, what is hidden behind the color.

Because, trust me, that is what will help you determine if you really want to use the color or not!

Let’s begin with the first most important term – the light reflectance value or LRV’s.

This value is a number ranging somewhere between 0 to 100 that helps you determine the lightness or darkness of the paint color.

The lesser the value – the darker the paint color.

So, the LRV for Sherwin Williams Antique Red is 12.

antique red LRV

Which means it is a pretty dark paint color. (And this is how you determine if you should use it in a small room or a larger room)!

If you’re not quite sure how this color will work in your home, you should definitely try it on for size by ordering a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

Secondly, other important terms are the RGB values and the HEX Values.

Red = 159

Green = 68

Blue = 66

HEX Value = #9f4442

Moving on with this information, it is now time to discuss the realistic and practical aspects of this paint color!

Gear up, friends!

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?

Antique Red living room

Sherwin Williams Antique Red makes you feel energetic, bright, ambitious, determined, powerful, and motivated at all times.

This warm paint color is often used in gyms and aerobics centers to brighten up the souls and let the players feel energetic throughout the activity.

Unless you have a large room to accommodate the most of the reds, I wouldn’t recommend choosing this paint color.

In smaller rooms – this paint color perfectly fits on the accent walls or sometimes, in the decorative accents!

Moreover, I would recommend this color to a home in any climate as far as you are choosing the best opposites and functions for the room.

Since this color is quite saturated, you are expected to feel strong, determined, and focused on all times. In the case of a space you want to feel calm and relaxed – red would be a no-no!

However, excessive red should be avoided as it may lead to increased heart rate and hypertension or anxiety. 

How Does Light Affect the Color?

Light and paint colors go hand-in-hand.

The more the natural light in your room – the lighter the paint color looks, and vice versa.

So, in the case of antique red – yes, light has a major role to play!

I would recommend using this paint color in rooms that have excessive morning or evening light – since your room wouldn’t look too warm. 

Also, due to low reflectivity, this paint color absorbs most of the incoming light, so you need to be careful around using this paint color in artificial lighting.

With little or no light, this paint color will absolutely look dark and something like burgundy!

One way to help find out how this color looks in your home is to buy some temporary wall samples and put them up wherever you want to paint. You can get these easily from Samplize.

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

BM antique red dining room

Now is the time to spill some of my best secrets!

The utmost beauty of this paint color can be felt if it is paired with the best possible colors. 

Yes, you could either choose from a monochromatic or a contrasting color scheme.

Let me help you a little here if you have a minimalist taste – go for monochromatic – but make sure to not overdo it!

In a contrasting theme – you could choose whites, cool grays, light blues, and browns to best make an appealing color scheme.

Some of the paint colors for a monochromatic scheme are as follows:

  1. SW 6599 Begonia
  2. SW 6600 Enticing Red
  3. SW 6601 Tanager

Some of the paint colors for a contrasting scheme are as follows:

  1. SW 7661 Reflection
  2. SW 6028 Cultured Pearl
  3. SW 6219 Rain

antique red coordination

All this while make sure to paint your ceilings, trims, and moldings in SW Pure White. 

Sherwin Williams Antique Red Vs Similar Colors

If you are not completely satisfied with antique red and want to look for similar options – don’t worry!

I am here to help you figure out the best paint color for your home. So, according to me, some of the most similar colors are SW 6594 Poinsettia and SW 7600 Bolero.

Remember, even though they look similar – there are far more differences than the eye can meet!

Antique Red Vs Poinsettia

antique red vs poinsettia

Comparatively a shade darker, this paint color has an LRV of 10.

This color is more intimate and has deep red-pink undertones if observed in excessive daylight.

To see how these look in your home, get some large peel-and-stick samples and try on your walls with different lighting sources.

Antique Red Vs Bolero

antique red vs bolero

This crimson red paint color is a true symbol of human blood. With an LRV of 9, it is comparatively darker than antique red.

Even though this color can only be used in the interiors, I would recommend using it in only little amounts to not make your space overwhelming than required. 

To truly experience and compare these colors in real-time be sure to buy some stick-on samples and test them in your home.

Where to Use Antique Red in Homes?


SW Antique Red looks a perfect mesmerizing red on this front door porch.

You have to be extra careful about using this paint color in your homes. Since this paint color is known to over-excitement and leads long-term effects, I would recommend using it only as an accent.

I would highly recommend painting the doors in this specific color for an artsy look! 

Go even more stark with a true red from Sherwin-Williams called Real Red.

For interior design styles like eclectic-glam, French Country, Traditional, Transitional, and Contemporary – this color is definitely a yes-yes!

However, let’s discuss how you can incorporate this paint color in your homes – and most importantly, where!

Using in Kitchens and Dining Rooms

sw ar dining room

Source: Sherwin-Williams

If you are planning to use antique red in kitchens – I would recommend painting your cabinets in this specific color.

For the rest, leave your walls and backsplash in stark white or sometimes even light grey would do fine.

Use a white or grey veined marble countertop and pair it with either chrome or gold pull handles. 

Red has historically been a favorite “bold” color to use in formal dining rooms. The theory behind the red color where you gather and eat is that it stimulate lively conversation as well as your appetite. Sounds good to me!

Antique Red in Living Room

If you want your living room to feel luxurious, grand, and something very artistic and creative – you can definitely use this paint color.

To add a cherry on the top, I would recommend pairing it against golden-tints to add that further touch of luxe and royalty.

For the fireplace and surroundings, try to use thick burgundy curtains or in smaller living rooms – put some white sheer curtains!

Your furniture fabrics could be lighter – something like greys, and cool whites!

Antique Red in Bedrooms and Baths

SW Antique Red pairs perfectly with whites and ample natural light

Your bedrooms are spaces that ask for tranquility and calmness after a long working day. And since antique red is a bright and warm paint color – it doesn’t solve the issue.

However, if your room is too cold and large – using this paint color can solve the problem.

You can balance the appearances by pairing this warm paint color with blues, whites, and greys, through upholstery, curtains, and decorative accents.

Using in Home Offices

This is something I would recommend – using Antique Red in Home offices.

This will not only energize and motivate you throughout the day but will also add a character to your home offices!

Antique Red on Exteriors


How to Best Sample This Color?

Here’s my favorite tip when it comes to testing out a color like Antique Red – go and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

This little company has nailed down the best way to sample colors much more easily. Simply stick on a 12″ x 12″ square instead of having to get a small can of actual wet paint on your walls.

For a few bucks you get a big enough sized sample to evaluate anywhere you want to “try” on a paint color and any possible coordinating hues you like.

It’s temporary, so move it around and test location and lighting options.

Antique Red plays dramatic on exteriors elements.

Use antique red on the exteriors only if you really want to do it!

It can give a nice sleek and artistic touch to the exteriors of your home. So, if you are ready for it – remember to pair it with pure whites and grey stones to further add character to your home exteriors.

Antique red is a very challenging paint color. So, if you are excited about it – do let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sherwin Williams Antique Red

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