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Sherwin Williams Silverplate SW 7649 – Silver or Gray?

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There are many times that the names of these paint colors are actually a bit deceiving!

Such is the case with Sherwin Williams Silverplate – even though it hints upon the brighter silver, it is truly a gray paint color.

But to its credit – this color may indeed appear ‘silver’ in certain environmental conditions! But certainly not all…

And there could be a trick involved which I will elaborate on later.

So, Silverplate is a beautiful cool-toned gray paint color that doesn’t feel too icy or too warm either.

But it definitely falls on the mid-scale – so, if you are looking for a gray paint that plays a medium – this is probably one of the best options to go for!

On the other hand, it has a specific depth to make a mark on your walls and grab the attention of your guests!

Who wouldn’t want that, right?

So, it is time that we get on board towards the Sherwin Williams journey to this specific Gray!

And just in case if you didn’t check – here is my blog about SW Grays for your home!

Trust me, in no time – you will be a Silverplate expert!

So, sit back and relax!

Sherwin Williams Silverplate SW 7649 Details and Specifications

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I would say – this particular gray is also one of the most popular.

It somehow appears like a true gray but there is definitely some feature that differs this particular gray from the others.

And this is what I am going to be discussing today.

First and foremost, before we dive deeper into this color, let’s understand what the color is truly made of and other similar underlying information that you should know.

Commencing with the Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs helps in determining how light or dark the paint is.

In this case, the LRV of Sherwin Williams Silverplate is 53.

silverplate LRV

And that makes the color fall on the medium to the lighter end of the scale!

Now if you are wondering where to find this value, well just look at the back of the paint Swatch. 

What I like to do is sample Silverplate under different lights where I’m going to use it. I use Samplize stick-on samples. Get some samples now!

Secondly, other important associated terminologies are the RGB and HEX Values that further tell us what the color is made of.  

Red = 194

Green = 192

Blue = 186

HEX Value = #c2c0ba

Now that we have talked about the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this popular gray Sherwin Williams paint. 

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?


Sherwin Williams Silverplate feels absolutely balanced, refined, and crisp when used on the walls in your home.

It is also quite likely that you find a touch of modern and contemporary in your home with this paint.

Furthermore, I recommend any and every climate to incorporate this color!

Now if you are wondering about using this paint in the warmer and tropical regions – well, you absolutely can – as far as you use it in the right room!

Keep a note – this same paint will appear different in the north, south, east, and west-facing rooms.

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So, in general – I recommend using this paint in either of the directions! (A plus point)

Even though it has a touch of coolness – you can always pair it with subtle warmer or true hues such as beiges and blues to feel balanced.

Furthermore, you can also incorporate this paint in mid to larger-sized rooms since it has medium reflectivity, comparatively.

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Natural as well as artificial light plays a major role here!

With the warmth of the south and west-facing light – this color is quite likely to appear warm gray with a tinge of shiny yellow!

On the other hand, in the north and east-facing rooms – this color is bound to appear slightly cooler (but not icy)!

In case there isn’t much lighting – you can always add artificial lighting through pendants and chandeliers!

Don’t forget to look at the bulb sizes and the color saturation!

I recommend warm whites or cooler yellows to pair with this paint!

Accent warm yellows couldn’t be a bad option too.

As I mentioned before, you can try out this color with real paint, (but without the mess) using stick-on samples from Samplize.

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

SW Silverplate coordinated Color Deck

Now that we have analyzed what the color offers, its various faces, its light reflectance values, how it truly feels, and the effects of light, let’s first look at what best suits the paint color. 

This step could be challenging in some cases and that is why I recommended truly understanding the paint color.

You can either choose a monochromatic or a contrasting color palette in this case – depending on the interior design style and your preference. 

Since it is a cool neutral color, I believe you can best pair it with off-white, charcoal blues, darker and steely grays, reds and rusts, yellows, and cool and crisp whites. 

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

  1. SW 7064 Passive
  2. SW 7066 Gray Matters (see my full SW Gray Matters guide here)
  3. SW 7067 Cityscape (see my full SW Cityscape guide here)

SW Silverplate single Color Deck

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

  1. SW 6263 Exclusive Plum
  2. SW 6128 Blonde
  3. SW 6992 Inkwell – see my full review

silverplate coordination

For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – I would recommend using SW Pure White to further achieve a creamier look or else if you want a crisp look, choose SW High Reflectance White.

SW Silverplate Vs Similar Colors

SW Silverplate doesn’t deserve alternatives! Since it appears a true gray in some cases – it can really be confusing.

However, if you want to step away from the popular color and think more about other similar exotic paints, here are the two most closely related paint colors.

You can consider SW 0055 Light French Gray and SW 7672 Knitting Needles!

Silverplate Vs Light French Gray

silverplate vs light french gray

Comparatively deeper and bolder in appearance, SW Light French Gray has an LRV of 53 – sharing similarities!

This is contradictory warm gray – hence, you can replace it in case you want to choose a warmer gray tone!

You can pair it with blues and crisper whites to create a balanced look.

Here’s my full review on Light French Gray to find out more.

If you want to test the subtle differences in your house, get some wall samples of each here.

Silverplate Vs Knitting Needles

silverplate vs knitting needles

It is quiet and calm – and the underlying warmth somewhere falls on the medium end of the scale.

A popular warm gray paint color – Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles is something that you may consider.

With an LRV of 53 – this color too falls on the medium end of the scale.

Here’s my full review on Knitting Needles to find out more.

Test these colors side-by-side to see the differences in “real life” INSIDE your home, with some wall-stick samples. Order here!

Where to Use Silverplate?

SW Silverplate can be used anywhere in your homes as well as offices!

This popular gray paint color aligns majorly with the traditional, farmhouse, transitional, country, mid-century modern, and modern interior design styles!

Let’s see where and how to incorporate this beautiful neutral gray paint in your homes. 

Silverplate in Living and Dining Rooms


Absolutely yes!

And especially for Craftsman and Modern Farmhouse interior design styles – this color is great to go!

You can pair it with black metallic lighting fixtures and soft off-white linen upholstery.

Further, you can pair it with teak floors, wooden, metal, or glass furniture, and tones of blues, grays, and white on your curtains, rugs, pillows, and artwork!

SW single silverplate chip

Hardwood floors are a plus point but if you don’t have them, you can also use beige-hued wall-to-wall carpeting or ceramic warmer-toned tiles.

In the case of a fireplace, you can clad it with white exposed bricks or something ultra-luxurious and modern like granite and marble!

Using in Bedrooms


It is time that you let the accent wall speak – in SW Silverplate.

Furthermore, pair it with crisp white trims, moldings, and door and window frames.

I recommend you avoid the tones of gold and brass – and rather choose matte black and chrome.

In case you are remodeling or refurbishing your home, you can choose hardwood engineered floors and even vinyl planks when on a budget!

Silverplate in Kitchens

If you tend to spend most of your time in the kitchens and meanwhile, looking for a cooler and calmer gray touch – then this is probably one of the best paints!

You can paint the cabinetry systems in this color and let the backdrop wall be pure white or vice versa!

In case you want a contrasting palette, choose this paint on the upper cabinets and a darker gray and blue on the lower ones to add a striking character to your kitchens!

Furthermore, pair it with black or chrome pull handles and fixtures!

Using on Exteriors

A great option for Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary, and Mid-Century modern homes, this color is absolutely recommended for exterior walls and shiplaps.

If you are planning to use SW Silverplate on the exterior façade, it will tend to appear much lighter than it already is! 

(of course, due to excessive natural light) 

You can also pair it with black, white, or off-white shaded doors, and windows, trims, and moldings.

Also, you can do the other way round, by using pure whites on the decorative moldings!

How to Best Sample This Color?

I need to share my favorite tip for testing out a color like Silverplate – go over and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

These folks are nifty because they figured out a convenient way for us to sample colors way more easily. Just stick up a temporary square sample and forget the small jar of actual wet paint.

For only a few dollars you’ll receive a perfect sized square you can stick up temporarily anywhere you want to “try” on a paint color and any possible coordinating hues you like. It’s the best!

So, how do you want to use this color in your own home?

If you want to check out other SW Gray colors, please see my list on the best ones.

Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Silverplate? 

Should there be any questions or thoughts, let me know in the comments below as I would love to hear from you!

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