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Sherwin Williams Outerspace SW 6251 – The Midnight Beauty

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Do you have an inclination towards the classic, steely, and timeless blues?

If yes, you have your eyes on the correct Sherwin Williams blue paint color.

This paint is simply beyond aesthetics. 

Defining the true character and drama, Sherwin Williams Outerspace is a gray-blue paint color that tends to exhibit a sleek, crisp, and cool vibe.

Not exactly a true blue – but this paint has a tinge of gray in it that makes it slightly neutral and trendy!

And of course, I ensure that you’ll never regret using this paint color.

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This blue is undeniably one of my favorites!

The reason is the authenticity, charm, and utmost modern and contemporary touch it possesses.

So, whether you have a modern farmhouse, transitional, coastal, traditional, contemporary, or modern style home – this paint color will truly work for all. 

And it will also drastically transform the vibe and overall appeal. 

However, this paint color comes with a few do’s, don’ts, questions and advantages. 

Don’t worry – I have it all covered!

In this color review, you will find out the best ways and spaces to incorporate this color in your home!

So let’s get started!

Sherwin Williams Outerspace SW 6251 Details and Specifications

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Do you know how to differentiate the characteristics of SW Outerspace with regard to SW North Star, SW Storm Cloud, and SW Upward?

Well, it’s the details and specifications.

Yes, you might have to go through various decisions, comparisons, and discussions to make informed decisions.

After all, not every blue is alike. And there are considerable differences in each color that you observe on a swatch.

If you are new here, let me tell you – there are quite some facts and scientific terms that you would want to acquaint yourself with. (Before choosing a paint color for your home)

It’s important to analyze these values and then determine where, when, and how to use these paints!

So, first and foremost, one of the most important terms that I usually observe getting ignored is Light Reflectance Values (LRV)!

Every color has an associated Light Reflectance Value!

For Sherwin Williams Outerspace, the LRV is 12!

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Which falls on the darker end of the scale – but not too dark like SW Naval!

Remember, the lesser the value, the darker the paint color is!

Because paint colors can change in different environments, I recommend you also just try Outerspace out at home with a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize. Order some samples now!

And vice versa!

Moving ahead, I want to mention the RGB and HEX Values of the color.

  • Red = 88
  • Green = 97
  • Blue = 104
  • HEX Value = #586168

Now that I am concluding, I promise not to bore you with these scientific details anymore.

Let’s talk about the practical aspects of this gray-blue neutral paint color.

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?

Sherwin Williams Outerspace is a crisp blue paint color that can be used in any space of your home – as far as it’s used as an accent!

Yes, you name it and can have it!

This dark and bold blue paint can surprisingly make your walls come closer to create an illusion of a smaller space. 

So, if you’re struggling with a humongous-sized space, this color can help solve your issue!

Moreover, you can also use this paint in spaces that feel cold or have higher ceiling heights.

Furthermore, you can always choose to use this paint in any climatic condition since it doesn’t strictly confine to a particular saturation. 

A pro tip: Try to avoid using this paint color on all the walls of your room!

How Does Light Affect the Color?

Light can truly play a huge role in this blue paint color.

Since most of the incoming natural light is absorbed and only a little is reflected – this paint color tends to make your room feel enclosed and smaller.

Hence, for smaller-sized rooms, you must only use this color as an accent. (Keeping in mind that there are ample windows to penetrate the natural light, all day long)

Furthermore, you can always play with artificial lighting in the form of pendant lights, wall sconces, and recessed or cove lights.

About saturation, prefer choosing warm whites!

I’ll say this again – get some wall samples to try on this color in your own home and confirm if it’ll work or if you need to try something else.

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

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Creating color palettes can be quite a fun task to do. (I absolutely love it)

And this is mostly what I am consulted for!

So, it’s crucial for you to choose the best complementary colors in order to define a palette that looks appealing and well-balanced.

SW Outerspace can be best paired with burnt umber, mustard, clean white, beige, tan, and greiges.

Regarding metallic accents, I like the feel of brushed brass, chrome, or golden!

However, you have to be careful as to what vibe you need in your space for a perfect color combination.

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So, I am going to share the two most popular color schemes here – monochromatic and contrasting. 

So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!

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

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For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – SW Extra White or SW Pure White will help protrude a true hue of SW Outerspace.

SW Outerspace Vs Similar Colors

Although you must know that even though these following colors look similar, they might still differ in the undertones or reflectivity!

So, one of the closely related colors is SW 6236 Grays Harbor and BM 2135-30 Nocturnal Gray!

Let’s see how all of them differ.

Outerspace Vs Grays Harbor

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These two colors share a ton of similarities – but the only difference is a bit of green that’s hidden in the latter paint color – see my review of SW Grays Harbor.

On the other hand, with an LRV of 12 – these colors share exactly the same value.

So, you can absolutely use this paint color in your home, as an alternative!

I would also suggest to pair it with bits of gold, mustard, terracotta, and white.

Order a wall-stick sample of Outerspace here to help you better compare these colors in your own house.

Outerspace Vs Nocturnal Gray

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Another beautiful blue paint color from the collection, BM Nocturnal Gray is a blend of green, blue, and gray to create a perfectly unique shade.

With an LRV of 12.08 – this paint color is equally bold and dark.

Especially in the south and west-facing rooms, this color will majorly incline towards the greens.

Also, don’t forget about buying real-time samples to determine the tonality of the paint in your home’s lighting. Pick samples up from here.

Where to Use SW Outerspace?

SW Outerspace is a paint color that can be used everywhere in your home – from kitchen cabinets to bedroom accent wall, bathroom, home office, and exteriors.

However, you have to be careful how and what you pair it with!

So, let’s have a look!

Outerspace in Living and Dining Rooms

This is a great color recommendation for your living room as well as the dining room (especially on the accent wall).

Furthermore, you can add wooden textures on the built-in cabinetry, furniture frames, and artwork frames.

Don’t hold back from incorporating tinges of burnt orange, mustard, and gray on the throw pillows of your couch. Also, adding patterns is a great way to throw a flair of style.

If you have a fireplace, you can clad it with white-plastered exposed brick.

Using in Bedrooms and Bathrooms

For the headboard or accent wall – SW Outerspace plays a fundamental role.

It can make your bedroom feel more characteristic, welcoming, and cozy. And if you have an admiration for this specific color – it’s a plus point.

Furthermore, ensure to add white bedding with a blend of gray sheets, bed covers, and quilts. For throw cushions, I highly recommend choosing mustard, coral, or terracotta!

Moreover, you can always add patterns like polka dots and checks to make the room feel more interesting.

Lastly, don’t hold back from natural woven materials like rattan and wicker for a refreshing vibe.

Outerspace in Kitchens

You would love the feel and look of this paint color on the kitchen cabinets – both upper and lower or just the lower!

Try pairing this color with clean whites on the backdrop wall, white backsplash tiles, and dark gray granite countertop.

You can even choose brushed brass or glossy gold finish for the knobs and pull handles.

Well, this color is also a great combo for modern farmhouse, transitional, and glam design styles.

Using on Exteriors

Whether you have a traditional style or Craftsman, Ranch, or transitional – Sherwin Williams Outerspace makes a wonderful and bold statement.

You can paint the shiplap walls in this color and choose to paint the trims and moldings in pure white. Furthermore, you can choose gray for the shutters, door and window frames.

Do you want to make your home look even more interesting? Well, add cherry reds or burnt umber on the front door to make it stand out.

I Recommend Sampling Outerspace!

If you’re on the fence and need a bit of convincing, try this color on for size by ordering a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

These are my favorite way to test colors in a space and to see how they work with other coordinating colors.

It doesn’t cost all that much, and you can temporarily place these handy 12″ x 12″ squares that are true to color around your house. I love them!

So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors? 

Now you see, SW Outerspace has much more to offer! And you will never even regret it.

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

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