Are you planning to use Sherwin Williams Morning Fog paint for your home interior walls, cabinets, exterior or furniture painting project?
I have some details you’ll want to check out before committing to this mysterious, yet inviting color.
One thing I know is how confusing it can get to choose the perfect gray(s) for your space.
Cooler or warmer? Light-toned, medium-toned or dark-toned? It gets overwhelming.
Well, I’ll tell you know…
If you’re looking for a medium-toned gray with clean and subtle cool undertones, Morning Fog is it.
It’s hard to pick a color that is not too light, yet not too dark. This is where this gray comes into play.
When used with a perfect set of accent colors, bases or neutrals, this gray can beautifully flaunt-off its magic to stay consistent with itself.
Read on to discover TONS more about Morning Fog – I promise you’ll be an expert on it in no time (and will know if it works for you!)
Timelessness offered by Morning Fog. Try it on a wall and observe how it transforms the space into a subtle haven.
Designers and homeowners across the country highly admire this shade of gray. If you look at model homes or read magazines about décor it’s likely you’ll run into this color.
As it is inclined more towards the cooler side of the wheel, I highly recommend using in spaces that you want to make seem larger and more spacious.
This whimsical color definitely gives you a benefit to be used anywhere and everywhere, interiors or exteriors and any interior design style.
But before discussing the design style and inspiration, let’s talk in detail about the color and its characteristics.
Sherwin Williams Morning Fog Details and Specifications
Being a mid-toned shade, the Light Reflective Value of the color is 42 – not too dark and not too light.
This is important to know as it helps your success in where you’re going to use it, i.e. It will look different in a bright kitchen or bathroom, versus a master bedroom that’s on the north side of the house.
In this case, it’s pretty neutral, so you’re fairly safe unless you plan to really brighten a space or want to to bring it down to create a more cozy, intimate setting (go with a lighter tone with an LRV of 75 or more).
When designing your bedrooms, living rooms and dining areas, I highly recommend considering this value.
Is your room north-faced, south-faced? What time of the day do you use that room?
Yes, that all needs to be considered when applying paint!
Isn’t it interesting how colors have deep stories and theories hidden within them? And we are here to unravel them all.
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Diving deeper into further details, they have associated RGB and HEX values.
For this gray shade, they are: Red = 168, Green = 174, Blue = 177
The assigned HEX Value = #a8aeb1.
Jenna Kate at Home shows off just how beautiful this paint color can look in a bright, airy doorway. Almost convinces you it’s in the blue family, right?
Effects of Light on Morning Fog
Once you start applying Morning Fog to your walls, you will observe both a crispness of the color yet a calming smoothness at times.
When there is ample natural or artificial light falling, it might turn out to be even lighter.
Let’s say like Olympus White (see my review of Olympus White here) or Lazy Gray colors.
Unlike darker hues, you get a benefit of using this shade in mid-sized as well as larger-sized rooms as they will eventually make your space seem brighter.
However, remember to not use in very tiny or very large spaces. Generally, for the smaller spaces, you might want to go for lighter shades that have much higher Light Reflectance Value.
And very large spaces create an illusion of a much bigger space than required, so it’s a big no-no if you want to use this color.
It is still light and bright enough to make your room feel airy.
Softness is highly exhibited when sunlight falls! And that’s why it makes a preferable option to being used in the exteriors. Right?
Now you see light is another important factor when specifying a color!
Morning Fog Vs. Similar Colors
It is quite likely that you might confuse Morning Fog with its similar-looking hues.
One such classic example is Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray (SW 6234) and Colonial Revival Gray (SW 2832).
And I totally understand the confusion!
To make it easier for you, let’s start with SW Uncertain Gray. It is another Medium light-toned shade with LRV very close to the one with Morning Fog – 43.
Yes, it seems quite similar and confusing. But you know what the biggest difference is.
Morning Fog is more inclined towards the cooler side of the scale unlike the Uncertain Gray.
They might look very similar on the screen, but the biggest secret is to order samples of the color and then assess the brightness and tones in the environment you’re painting in. Pick up some Samplize peel-and-stick samples for these colors now!
You could even visit the nearby store to actually have a real-time look.
Trust me, it can get deceiving sometimes!
Moving on to the next is Colonial Revival Gray.
With a Light Reflectance Value of 48, this is a much brighter shade than both Morning Fog and Uncertain Gray.
This color is a smoother and mid-toned shade exhibiting the properties of cooler white when there is excessive natural light falling.
It is quite likely to get confused but remember this shade is more inclined towards mainstream gray without any hassle involved in variant tones.
Morning Fog in excessive light might display blue-grey characteristics
SW Morning Fog Vs. BM Silver Dollar
If you want to know more about how this color aligns its properties with other manufacturers, Benjamin Moore Silver Dollar is the one to be discussed!
Looking very similar to Morning Fog, Silver Dollar is comparatively a little brighter with an LRV of 44.42.
Close enough, right?
There have been questions and doubts arising many times on online forums about the differences in these two shades, and frankly, it’s hard to answer!
They both have similar undertones, the only factor that differentiates both in the light and brightness which Silver Dollar tends to win!
What are the Coordinating Colors for SW Morning Fog?
Morning Fog is a medium-light based tone as shown by Amy over at The Counting Courseys.
Above, you can see it with a darker shade called Gibralter. It would pair nicely with Sherwin-William’s Peppercorn dark gray as well.
Now that you may have decided to choose this timeless color, it is important to understand what colors best go with it right?
Choose a creamy white or deep navy and charcoal!
You could be a monochromatic admirer, but the best shades to complement the color are Extra White ( SW 7006) – could be the trim or molding color, Sedate Gray ( SW 6169) – could be a base or an accent, Ice Cube ( SW 6252) – best for accessories and furnishings
You could also try pairing with:
Sea Serpent ( SW 7615) and Charcoal Blue ( SW 2739) – If you want a bold room!
From the Interior Designer point of view, I highly recommend considering neutrals and off-whites to complement this color.
Say a big no to bright warmer shades.
Where to Use SW Morning Fog
Believe it or not, this color has a magic to it that can be flexibly used in any space of your house.
How amazing does this look with the farmhouse theme with a rich wood floor and weather barn door?
Using on Interiors
I would highly recommend specifying this color for all of the walls in a large room. Try not to accent it but you could use basic pure or extra white shade for trims and moldings.
With a room specifying darker hues like charcoal and midnight blue, you could probably use this shade for trims and intricate moldings.
It definitely will give a dramatic effect in the area you use it.
Laura from Elegant Nest reveals what the SW Morning Fog color did to her bathroom walls. Truly lovely!
Let the light reflect and make your house bright without having to use too much white – if that’s not your thing.
If you have a room with very high ceilings, I recommend using this shade as it will tend to make the ceilings lower. But note, this is only applicable if your walls are brighter than the ceiling.
I love to share these tiny details and tricks to enhance the space!
By the way, you’ll see a lot of builders and homeowners specifying this shade for interior doors, window frames and even classic style paneling in historic or preserved homes.
Morning Fog on in a spare bedroom doesn’t feely foggy, it adds sense of cheer. See more of this house here.
You really start to see how universal this color is, right?
Using in Kitchens
In the end, how can I not mention how glamorous your kitchen will look if you plan to specify this color on the cabinets.
It will make your kitchen seem brighter and stylish.
Perhaps this fits your style? Personally, I like this one a lot! Maybe consider trying?
Using on Exteriors
And looking at an exterior example, you can see how the the color might work in tandem with a slightly darker color.
In this photo, you really see the “blue” tone it takes on in the bright outdoor sunlight.
The Best Way to Sample Morning Fog
I used to “try” out paint like every other designer: Buying several small cans of various colors, pouring them each into small trays and rolling them onto different sections of a wall.
I haven’t done this in some time now, ever since Samplize came up with their awesome way of sticking up a temporary sample that’s true to the color. I just order a peel-and-stick sample and let the next phase of the color selection process begin. It’s so easy.
I love these 12″ x 12″ squares because I can move them around and see what happens in different lighting and what dialogue they’ll have with the other colors in a client’s home.
You can order yours now for Morning Fog and any others you’re considering – they even have a coupon for first-time buyers!
You Can’t Go Wrong…
It is exciting to see the colors changing their characters with time and space.
As an interior designer, I also recommend considering each aspect of your design and the overall theme.
Now that we have discussed the Morning Fog Gray – do you feel is it worth the try? Are you excited to use it in your next room makeover or home update? Do let us know your experiences in the comments below!