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Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist SW 9166 – The Pure and Calm Hue

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Off-whites and neutrals truly are limitless.

And after all, why shouldn’t they be?

Since they are mostly used in our homes – they are the ones we often look forward to!

One such beautiful example is Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist which is purely warm-toned and widely considered in off-white and pastel categories.

And let me tell you – I recommend this paint color quite often to my clients.

This color definitely has some magic to it – it has the ability to act timeless and complementary to most of the other cool-toned and warm-toned hues on the swatch.

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Unlike other off-whites like SW Greek Villa and SW Snowbound – this color plays slightly differently based on the undertones and actual appearances.

So, are you looking at what this color has to offer?

Well, I am going to be revealing all the goods on this one here – do’s, don’ts, similar hues, complementary color palettes, and what the paint color truly feels like.

Don’t worry! In no time – you will feel confident if you want to use this particular color in your home or not.

Ok, let’s go!

Click to see 30+ color palettes you can use with Drift of Mist!


Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist SW 9166 Details and Specifications

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Before you finalize a paint swatch for your home – it’s crucial that you study the underlying theories and facts.

A color may appear different on walls than perceived on the screens – and that is why you must experiment with real-time swatches.

Because even though the color feels lighter on the screen – it may be actually quite dark on your walls.

However, if you want to avoid that mess – just simply go through the basics of a paint color that will help you determine if the color is a must-use or not!

So, first and foremost, let me introduce you to the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs that determine how light or dark the paint color is.

You can easily find that value at the back of the Sherwin Williams paint swatch!

Here, in this case, the LRV of Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist is 69. 

drift of mist LRV

And that means it is pretty light-toned – well, almost an off-white! 

(Greater the value, lighter the paint)

Most often, it’s best to sample a paint color in your home to confirm it’s going to work how you expect. You can do this easily using Samplize. Grab one now for Drift of Mist!

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

Red = 220

Green = 216

Blue = 208

HEX Value = #dcd8d0

Now that is enough with the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this off-white and pastel Sherwin Williams paint. 

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?

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  1. Sheepskin Pillow Cover and Insert
  2. Handmade Natural Fiber Svana Jute Rug
  3. Solid Wood Frame Coffee Table
  4. Modern Farmhouse Cordless Bamboo Shade

SW Drift of Mist is bound to feel cozier, warmer, airier, lighter, and absolutely delightful when used in the home.

And let me tell you – it also plays the best of both worlds.

It is purely a warmer-toned paint but definitely doesn’t feel too creamy like SW Greek Villa or SW Alabaster!

I would say it is rather a very calmer off-white paint – that also feels balanced.

Furthermore, due to its lighter tone and slightly creamier appearance, it further tends to make your space seem larger and expanded but at the same time, cozy.

So, for all the northern states and colder regions – this color is a great option for your home as it tends to add a warmer vibe to make your home feel cozy at all times.

When using in the interiors, I recommend painting the north-facing and south-facing walls in this particular color – the reason being obvious balance!

You can also use this paint in the east and west-facing rooms since the paint is not too warm to get all uncomfortable!

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Light has tons and tons of roles to play here!

Obviously, due to the lighter tone, this color is bound to feel further light!

Plus, in the case of smaller-sized rooms – this color is good to go – since it will further enhance and enlarge.

Nevertheless, you can always play with artificial light in the form of pendant lights and wall sconces to further create a desired aura.

You can use warm whites and cooler saturated yellow here!

Again, I really recommend you try out some wall samples because colors will look different in every location.

What are the Best Drift of Mist Coordinating Colors?

SW drift of mist coordinated Color Deck

Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist is one of the BIGGEST chameleon paint colors that I know!

It tends to appear warmer (which it truly is), however, in certain lighting conditions, it may come out as a cool gray paint color.

So, you see – it requires tons of attention and experimentation at all times. 

When paired with other complementary hues, the task becomes even more challenging!

But don’t worry because I have got your back here.

Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist can be best paired with true white, medium to darker beige, greige, gray, midnight blues, navy blues, and taupes.

In terms of metallic accents, choose matte black, antique copper, or oil-rubbed bronze to go!

Here are the following two color palette suggestions – monochromatic and coordinating!

Monochromatic Color Palette

SW paint color multi drift of mist chips

The complementary colors for the monochromatic palette are as follows – 

  • SW 9167 Polished Concrete
  • SW 9168 Elephant Ear
  • SW 9169 Chatura Gray

This monochromatic palette is calm, serene, and extremely warm – so, you must ensure to use it in cold weather spaces.

Try styling with pampas grass to further bring a sense of nature and beauty to the room.

Contrasting Color Palette (Cool)

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The complementary colors for the contrasting palette are as follows –

  • SW 9171 Felted Wool
  • SW 7605 Gale Force
  • SW 9173 Shiitake

This cool-toned palette isn’t too cool to give you chills! Yes, you can merge the shades of beige to create a sense of balance and harmony in the room.

The bold blue color must be used as an accent to add that touch of depth and character to the room.

Add metallic tints of matte black or rattan to further complete the look of your room.

Contrasting Color Palette (Warm)

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The complementary colors for the contrasting palette are as follows (warm) –

  • SW 7543 Avenue Tan
  • SW 9147 Favorite Jeans
  • SW 9132 Acacia Haze

This warm-toned palette allows various contrasts to play an accent in the room.

Styling with matte black, oil-rubbed bronze, or satin brass is ideal! You must also introduce various fresh elements to make your room feel rejuvenated.

On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!

  1. SW 9167 Polished Concrete
  2. SW 7663 Monorail Silver
  3. SW 6990 Caviar (see my full guide here)

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For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – SW Extra White or SW Pure White in itself makes a great option! 


More Color Palettes!

For a ton more color pairing options, check out my gallery of hand-picked color palettes Drift of Mist works amazingly well with:

SW Drift of Mist Vs Similar Colors

Not exactly the same – SW Drift of Mist has quite a few similar-looking options.

However, now that you know the secret – they might either differ in undertones or reflectivity.

So, regardless of that – the two colors closely related are SW 7646 First Star and SW 7628 Windfresh White. 

Let’s see how they differ.

Drift of Mist Vs First Star

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Primarily differing in the undertones, the latter has deep cool undertones which makes it a crisper tone. Find out more on this one here!

With an LRV of 69, this color feels absolutely light and airy!

Additionally, you can always blend in black, white, and tones of other blues and pinks with this paint.

Find out what works best in your home’s environment and lighting by putting up some temporary samples and observe – Get samples from Samplize.

Drift of Mist Vs Windfresh White

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SW Windfresh White is a warmer-toned pastel that feels absolutely cozy!

With a similar LRV of 69, this color feels quite airy and cozy at the same time.

However note that it pairs the best with browns, organic greens, and even darker grays.

Order a wall-stick sample of Drift of Mist here to help you compare these colors in your own space.

Oh, and for you Behr Paint fans, check out Behr Silver Drop – it’s practically the same color as Drift!

Coordinating Decor

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Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist is versatile and can easily complement various metallic tints, materials, fabrics, and textures.

Now that we have discussed the complementary paint colors, it’s time to discuss the materials and fabrics that coordinate super well.

To name a few, this color can be used in various design styles. For Japandi and modern farmhouse styles, try to introduce rattan, wicker, cane, ample woods and matte black.

On the other hand, for design styles like coastal, modern, and contemporary, you can also play with glass, fine metals, and mirrored surfaces.

Here are the links to the furniture that work great with SW Drift of Mist –

sw drift of mist coordinating furniture

Here are the links to the flooring that works well with SW Drift Of Mist –

sw drift of mist coordinating flooring

Here are the links to the decorative accents that work well with SW Drift of Mist –

sw drift of mist coordinating decorative accents

Where to Use Drift of Mist?


SW Drift of Mist is a paint color that must be used in each and every corner!

And freely, with any color.

Whether it is the hallways, bathrooms, kids rooms, nursery, living room, dining room, family room, kitchen, exteriors, or even the bedrooms – you can use it everywhere!

Especially for interior design styles such as Modern Farmhouse, Scandinavian, Modern, Contemporary, Traditional, Transitional, Bohemian, and Shabby Chic, this color would be good to go!

I will say I’m particularly fond of using a paint color like this in farmhouse styled homes.

Let’s see where and how to incorporate it in your home. 

Drift of Mist in Dining Rooms


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Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist is a great recommendation for the dining room if you’re looking for a calm, soothing, and versatile look.

It pairs beautifully with wooden paneling or plastered wainscotting – when used in the dining rooms of any and every style.

You must use matte black for the lighting fixtures, artwork frames, and furniture frames.

Lastly, don’t forget to style with fresh indoor plants to go!

Drift of Mist in Living Rooms

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You can either paint all the walls in this color or choose a bold and dark shade like brown and warm gray to create an accent!

You can also pair it with lighter upholstery and wooden (oak and walnut) toned textures to further complement the desired palette.

You can also choose to go sleek by picking tons of glass and metals to create an amazing backdrop!

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Also, if you have staircases and railings – try to prefer wooden molding ones here.

Last but not least, add ample mirror pieces and plants to invite positivity and a wholesome vibe!

Using in Bedrooms


If you like the feel of quieter and warmer bedrooms – you should definitely have this color incorporated!

Trust me – there is nothing better than calm and cozy bedrooms, and especially if you reside in colder climates.

Furthermore, add matte black lighting fixtures in the form of table lamps and pendant lights to add an eye-catchy accent.

When it comes to duvets and fabrics, try to choose more subtle hues with cotton and linens to further brighten up your room.

Drift of Mist in Kitchens


Lighter kitchens are quite a trend.

And especially if they have a taste of monochromes.

You can pair it with beiges and browns to the utmost.

Furthermore, you can also pair it with chrome or nickel-finished fixtures, oak or stark white cabinets, and lush hardwood floors.

Furthermore, you can also use white-veined marble or black glossy granite to create a stark contrast!

Using in Bathrooms


Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist is a beautiful recommendation for bathroom walls as well as cabinets.

You must pair it with matte black pull handles and fixtures to achieve a cohesive look.

Also, you must use true warm white paint on the back wall to further make this color look appealing and welcoming! 

Also, note that it can be used for smaller spaces! 

Using on Exteriors

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Whether you have a Mid-century modern, Spanish style, Modern, or Contemporary, this paint on the exteriors is bound to add an inviting, welcoming, and warm character to the facades.

You can either add organic browns as an accent or vice versa for the trims, moldings, and door and window frames. 

And, don’t hold back from using brown or Spanish roof tiles and natural stone wainscotting. 

My Favorite Way to Sample Colors

I can’t say enough about how easy it is to use a peel-and-stick paint sample to give a color like Drift of Mist a try. The absolute best way is to order a sample from Samplize.

You can check it out right on your wall and move it around. Also, try it along with another couple of colors to test pairing possibilities. 

This is WAY easier than having to open up little cans of paint and rolling/brushing on. Forget the mess and use these helpful temporary sample squares to test location, lighting options, etc.

Now that you have all this “education” – are you ready to begin painting your home in Drift of Mist? 

Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!

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Ski Girl

Sunday 31st of July 2022

I'm a designer who tested Drift of Mist for very bright ski mountain interiors. Even without the snow on the ground yet, this paint color tested on the walls came thru as pale cool-ish silvery grey. And at night with a warm LED bulb it was even more silvery grey toned. It's a beautiful color on the chip and in the can but it truly can vary depending on the environment. Definitely needs to be tested before deciding upon. I wish this change could be more obvious. I found it so challenging to find a warm, light warm beige that would come across as Drift Of Mist within this environment.


Sunday 3rd of July 2022

Hi there!! I’ve struggled with making a change but truly think there’s a better all-over color out there for our open concept home. Right now, we have SWColonnade gray. I used to love it but seems so have become so dull most of the day hours. I would love to change to a warm and lighter color and I’m considering drift of mist.

I have a neutral palate, dark wood vinyl plank floors (more rustic than I would choose), ivory, dark gray furniture and mango wood table, buffet and shelves. Black accents, cabinet hardware and lighting. And sw pure white kitchen cabinets, baseboards and ceilings. And considering bringing in some gold accents as well.

Would sw drift of mist be a good consideration!!?? I stay at home and would absolutely love a change!!

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 21st of October 2022

Would sw drift of mist be a good consideration!!?? I stay at home and would absolutely love a change!!

Yes, why not? You must use this color to refresh your home if you’re looking for a makeover. This color is versatile and can pair with most design styles and material palettes.

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 21st of October 2022

I have a neutral palate, dark wood vinyl plank floors (more rustic than I would choose), ivory, dark gray furniture and mango wood table, buffet and shelves. Black accents, cabinet hardware and lighting. And sw pure white kitchen cabinets, baseboards and ceilings. And considering bringing in some gold accents as well.

Sounds good to me! All the best!

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 21st of October 2022

Yes! Absolutely you can use this paint color as far as you’re okay with accepting that the color might appear slightly cool in the north-facing direction. What’s the compass direction of your space?


Monday 6th of June 2022

Thinking of this color for my exterior. We have natural stone on the lower half of our exterior and I’d want to paint the garage a contrasting/ coordinating color. Which is your favorite?

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 21st of October 2022

You can absolutely use this color on the facade walls! As a contrast on the garage door or entryway door, you must choose either SW Anchors Aweigh or SW Peppercorn!

Roo Geen

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Ok. Hi. I am painting my "Den" with SW Drift- of- Mist! It has a 1950's built in walnut entertainment center that pretty much covers a whole wall. Leaving it as is. An Adjacent wall is old paneling that has two shutter style bi-fold doors (a closet and bathroom) that both the wall and doors have been painted the same color as window trim. Also there is another wall, opposite of entertainment center, that has wainscoting on lower half. It is also painted trim color.

Now, my question: What trim color/colors would go well with Drift-of Mist? My room lighting windows face North/North-east.

Nishtha Sadana LEED, WELL AP

Friday 17th of December 2021

Hi Roo, the trim paint colors that best complement SW Drift of Mist are SW Extra White or SW Pure White. You are free to pick either :)

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