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Sherwin Williams Upward SW 6239 – A Pure & Clean Blue

sw upward paint color review

A pious, clean, and calming blue – Sherwin Williams Upward is all set to take your home into a different note. 

It is a pure light-toned blue paint color that mimics the feel of a tranquilized haven. 

This paint color is bound to add a ‘chill’ effect in your homes – whether you use a tint or paint all the walls in this specific color. 

So, if you are looking for a blue that is somewhat more bold and characteristic and yet extremely light to make your space feel bright and lively – choosing SW Upward is one of the best ways.

The reason this timeless color differs from the rest of the lighter blues is solely its texture and appearance on the walls. 


It is a pure blue paint color with almost little to no deflections of other paint colors.

However, in some cases, the paint color tends to look lighter or darker as per the natural conditions. 

Another point to note is the colors you want to pair it with.

Let me tell you, this specific blue is not easy, and you have to be careful around using and pairing this paint color. 

Let’s discuss if this is the right paint color for your home or not!

Sherwin Williams Upward SW 6239 Details and Specifications

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I always recommend my clients to study the color before using it in their homes.

Trust me, It is not as easy as it sounds!

You are expected to know the underlying theories and facts related to the paint color.

Whether it is the undertones, brightness or darkness, and the associated values – you must get a hang of it before choosing a paint color.

Don’t worry! I am going to simplify it for you. 

So, first and foremost, turn around your paint swatches and have a look at the Light Reflectance Values or LRVs to understand if the paint color is light or dark.

The LRV of Upward is 57 – thus, neither too dark, nor too light.

upward LRV

Rather when you paint your walls with this paint color – it may appear much lighter than expected!

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

Secondly, other terms that you must know are the RGB and HEX Values. 

Red = 191

Green = 201

Blue = 208

HEX Values = #bfc9d0

Now that we have discussed the scientific data – let’s jump on to the practical aspects and applications of the paint color. 

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?

Above, you can see how this color is used on the ceiling of the Beach style living room in New York.

SW Upward feels extremely motivating, light, airy, and spacious when used in your home. 

You are quite likely to feel colder with this color around (since it is a cool-toned paint color)!

So, just in case if you are looking to have a cozy feeling in your space – you must not use this unless you balance the appearance with some warmer-toned paint colors. 

For warmer regions – I recommend painting this color in the entrance of your house and especially in the common areas to create a calming and tranquilizing effect. 

This paint color also solves the issues of space-saving hacks.

So, if you are residing in a congested space – using this paint color as an accent would be a great way to create an illusion in your homes. 

You can always blend this paint color with lighter-toned paint colors that have an LRV of more than 70. 

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Light and paint colors go hand in hand! If there is light – there is color.

However, the type of light may affect how the paint color might look like. 

In this case, the color appears to be lighter in excessive natural light. Sometimes, due to lack of sun rays, this color may also appear grayish.

Meanwhile, in the absence of lighting conditions, this paint color appears darker – well, something like SW Bracing Blue. 

You are quite likely to find out tinges of purple in this paint color – but only under specific lighting conditions.

Secondly, don’t forget the power of artificial lighting!

The saturation and color of your light bulbs have a lot to do in creating a specific aura in your home. 

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?

upward color pairing ideas

Now that we know how the color appears in your rooms, it is important to understand the color schemes. 

Color theory is far more than what meets the eye!

So, in order to feel the real beauty of this paint color – you must learn what best complements the paint color.

So, if you are planning to use this paint color in your living space – you must color coordinate the accents, bases, and neutrals to create a perfect cohesive look.

You could either choose an engaging and contrasting theme or a minimalistic monochromatic theme – based on your personal preference or interior design style.

So, have a look at the paint colors that you could consider for a monochromatic palette:

  1. SW 6240 Windy Blue
  2. SW 6241 Aleutian
  3. SW 9151 Daphne 
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In this photo of the fan deck, you can see how indoors, in the shadows, how much darker Upward can appear.

On the other hand, for a contrasting palette, you could consider the following paint colors:

  1. SW 9085 Touch of Sand
  2. SW 6224 Mountain Air – See my full guide here!
  3. SW 9087 Smoky Beige

upward coordination

In the case of ceilings, trims, and moldings, choose SW High Reflectance White for a crisper touch. 

Sherwin Williams Upward Vs Similar Colors

There are plenty of blues on the swatch that can play an absolute alternative to Upward.

Depending on how light or dark the color you prefer, or the specific undertones – the following paint colors are the closest related.

So, the two colors you can choose are SW 6534 Icy and SW 6533 Mild Blue. 

SW Upward Vs SW Icy

upward vs icy

Icy is a light-toned blue paint color that has deep purple undertones.

With an LRV of 56, this paint color shares quite some similarities with our spotlight color.

The two paint colors seem to have a major difference when observed in daylight.

The latter is considered to have more purples as compared to the former.

I always suggest placing a white sheet of paper against the color strips to better see the true hue and undertones.

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

SW Upward Vs SW Mild Blue

upward vs mild blue

Another great blue-purple on the swatch – SW Mild Blue has an LRV of 65 making it the lightest paint color of all.

This light-toned paint color is a great alternative with slightly purple undertones that can be observed under specific lighting conditions.

For even accurate results, I would recommend buying real-time swatches and samples to determine the true hue. 

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 Upward in Your Home?


Check out how this DIY’er reveals her kitchen nook and gets a most refreshing look (above).

SW Upward can absolutely be used in homes if you are looking to have a cool and tranquilizing effect at the same time. 

Especially for Coastal, Mediterranean, Modern, Minimalistic, and Contemporary interior design styles – this paint color is pretty good to go!

Let’s discuss how and where to incorporate this paint color in homes. 

Upward in Living Rooms and Hallways


If you want a cool and crisp effect in the living room – it is highly recommended to use this paint color.

Otherwise, if you are looking to create a cozy environment – I would recommend using this paint as an accent and pair it with beige upholstery, some warm-toned throw pillows, and blankets.

You can paint the trims in lighter and creamier colors and let the floor be pure hardwood.

Secondly, for the fireplace, you could choose a natural stone cladding with grey shades or simply for a modern look, you could choose black marble. 

Using in Kitchens

sw upward mozaic tile

If you want a cool-toned kitchen or if you want to make it look larger and spacious, use this paint color either on the cabinets or the backdrop walls.

Make sure to pair it with stark white paints and some chrome-finish fixtures.

Moreover, if you are planning to use chandeliers, make sure to align the accents with those of pull handles. 

Upward in Bedrooms

Pure and bliss, have a look at SW Upward painted on the walls of this traditional bedroom

SW Upward in the bedrooms is an absolute bliss.

So, I would highly recommend this paint color in bedrooms as far as you pair it with whites, off-whites, greys, mauves, and some greiges.

Use sheer curtains in your bedroom to let in ample natural light.

Moreover, on the focal headboard wall, you can use this paint color or in some cases paint all the walls in this color.

To add a touch of character, you can add some darker tones to create a perfect backdrop.

Using in Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms

SW Upward when used in bathrooms and laundry rooms can create a perfect tranquilizing effect. So, if you are looking to create a peaceful haven in the bathroom – paint the walls in this color.

Furthermore, try pairing the paint color with white cabinets and golden or chrome pull handles. Also, don’t forget to add plants!

Upward on Exteriors

sw upward brick house

This is a great fit for exteriors – you could either paint the walls in this paint color or choose to paint the doors in this color and leave the rest for whites and greys. 

I Recommend Sampling Upward!

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, are you excited to have this paint color in homes? Do let me your thoughts in the comments below!

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