This is a gray paint that will never disappoint you.
Crisp and clean, calm, and composed – Sherwin Williams Gray Screen is a true gray paint color with deep blue undertones.
This neutral has a cool feel and look to it, and especially when used in rooms with constricted sizes and little natural light.
The paint has notable depth and character to it – hence, quite appropriate if you want your space to stand out and define an identity.
However, don’t be disappointed if this color reflects a tinge of blue in it.
Yes, it’s quite dominant! And you must accept it!
The light bluish-gray paint color is also quite a popular option amongst grays – only because of how well it complements the hardwood floors and crisp white paint.
The timeless and versatile characteristics of this paint are why many builders, interior designers, and homeowners love it.
However, it’s only a great option in warmer states where the temperatures are too high!
This cool paint color will totally calm you, soothe you, and make you feel relaxed and comfortable.
So, excited to know what else the gray paint has for you?
Well, this color review will exactly help you how, where, and when you must use the paint! Have a look!
Sherwin Williams Gray Screen SW 7071 Details and Specifications
What separates the gray with blue undertones against gray with green undertones or purple undertones?
Well, it’s the details and specifications.
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 Gray Screen, the LRV is 59!
Which falls on the medium end of the scale – and somehow aligning on the lighter end!
Remember, the higher the value, the lighter the paint color is!
And vice versa!
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 Gray Screen!
Moving ahead, let’s discuss the RGB and HEX Values of the color.
Red = 198
Green = 202
Blue = 202
HEX Value = #c6caca
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 popular gray paint color.
How Does This Color Feel in Space?
Sherwin Williams Gray Screen is bound to feel cool, crisp, chilly, and quite refined.
This gray paint color is sophisticated and elegant – and trust me, you will never get bored of it.
The only smart way to incorporate this color is in the warmer regions! That way, you will love the beauty of this paint and at the same time, play with your mind.
Moreover, due to high reflectivity and deep cool undertones – the paint color helps to create an illusion of a larger space.
It will push away the walls and further create a beautiful and enhanced look.
How Does Light Affect the Color?
Light and paint colors go hand in hand.
First and foremost, the more natural light in a room, the lighter and brighter it feels.
On the other hand, the little light in a room will result in a shady and dingy feel. (That’s why natural light is so important at all times)
Moreover, you can consider using the paint in west, south, or east-facing rooms. Unlike the north-facing rooms that feel utmost cool and unwelcoming.
Lastly, you can always play with artificial light in the form of pendant lights and wall sconces to create a desired ambiance in the room.
Again, I really recommend you try out some wall samples because colors will look different in every location.
What are the Best Coordinating Colors?
Creating color palettes can be quite a fun task to do. (I absolutely love it)
So, it’s crucial for you to choose the best complementary colors in order to define a palette that looks eye-catchy and cohesive.
Grays, in general, can best complement whites (cooler bases), darker grays, darker sage greens, and warmer and deep beiges.
And other than that, you have a wide plethora of color opportunities and options to pair with! (You can be as creative as you want)
However, you have to be careful as to what vibe you need in your space for a perfect color combination.
So, I am going to enlist the two most popular color schemes here – monochromatic and contrasting.
Monochromes are generally great for modern and contemporary setbacks.
On the other hand, Eclectic, Mid-Century Modern, and Farmhouse play well with contrasts.
So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!
- SW 7072 Online
- SW 7073 Network Gray
- SW 7074 Software
On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!
- SW 6194 Basil
- SW 6119 Antique White
- SW 7004 Snowbound – see my full guide on this one here!
For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – SW Extra White or SW Pure White will help protrude a true hue of SW Gray Screen.
SW Gray Screen 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 are SW 7662 Evening Shadow and BM 1604 Silvery Moon!
Let’s see how all of them differ.
Gray Screen Vs Evening Shadow
The two popular Sherwin Williams paint colors share tremendous similarities.
With deep blue undertones, the two colors seem to have a cool and crisp effect, when used on the walls of your home.
It has an LRV of 60 – which makes it slightly lighter than the former paint color.
Lastly, you can best pair it with creamy beiges and darker grays per se. (A monochromatic palette is timeless)
Find out what works best in your home’s environment and lighting by putting up some temporary samples and observe – Get sample squares from Samplize.
Gray Screen Vs Silvery Moon
This paint can be classified as blue – as compared to grays. It has an icy touch to it that can feel smooth and soft.
With an LRV of 64.15 – this paint almost feels very light as compared to the former paint colors.
And with ample flourishing natural light, it can almost feel minty blue and minty green at certain times of the day.
Order a wall-stick sample of Gray Screen here to help you compare these colors in your own space.
Where to Use Gray Screen?
Sherwin Williams Gray Screen can make a great soothing and subtle statement in the home.
It is not necessarily an accent – rather plays a great neutral or base (and can be used on all the walls of your rooms).
Especially with coastal, Caribbean, modern, transitional, and Victorian interior design styles – this paint absolutely plays flawless.
Let’s have a look at where and how to incorporate this paint color in your home.
Gray Screen in Living and Dining Rooms
You can consider incorporating this paint on all the walls of your living room.
Yes! And it’s even better if you spark a sense of contrast with the help of an accent wall (bold grays would play phenomenal).
Try adding warmth with the help of shag rugs, faux and fur on the pillows, and blankets.
Generally, patterned curtains would go with the theme, but you can also pick sheer white curtains or gray linen ones.
Mustard can be added in tinges on your artwork as well as the pillows to add a playful effect in the room.
Lastly, you must know that this paint perfectly complements the dark hardwood floors.
Using in Bedrooms
Something to look forward to – bedrooms in SW Gray Screen!
You will easily find a couple of inspirations online since it’s such a popular duo.
If you want your bedroom to make you feel calm, cool, and composed – this is a perfect gray paint to have.
Although, you must not forget the deep blue embedded undertones.
Furthermore, choose crisp whites on the trims and molding, and ample macrame, faux, and fur to create harmony as well as contrast.
Gray Screen in Kitchens
SW Gray Screen kitchens are so much in trend.
Firstly, even years later – it will never feel boring and outdated. And secondly, it can easily complement any interior design style of your home.
Hence, when in confusion – try picking a gray like SW Gray Screen.
You can also create an eye-catchy effect with the help of bold blue paint color on the lower cabinets.
Yes! It will pay you back in every possible way.
Using on Exteriors
Especially for the Craftsman, Ranch-style, Mid-Century Modern, and transitional homes, this paint on the exteriors adds a timeless vibe.
You can add black or dark gray-colored tiles – along with crisp white for the moldings and trims. (Or any other structural or architectural feature)
Furthermore, if you have porches and columns – pick from bold blues or dark sage greens to add character to your home. These accents can be used on shutters, window frames, and doors.
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 Gray Screen 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 a 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.
So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors?
Now you see, SW Gray Screen has much more to offer! And you will never even regret it.
And be sure to check out other blueish gray paints from Sherwin-Williams here.
Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!