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Sherwin Williams Rock Candy SW 6231 – A Versatile and Elegant Blue-toned Gray

sw rock candy paint color review

At the heart of this color, Sherwin Williams Rock Candy is an icy light gray with slight blue and purple undertones.

This cool white-grey shade is bound to enhance your home interiors, no doubt!

After all, it has the perfect elegant touch to it.

Many homeowners across the country prefer to use this color in just about any home type – especially minimalist, Scandinavian, contemporary, and modern style homes.

So, if you are planning to paint your walls in Rock Candy – I would say, it is definitely a yes-yes if you like what you’ll learn below.

This color is absolutely beautiful, sophisticated, and will always promise to brighten the interiors of your home.

With a perfect set of contrasting hues and shades – this color will even bring out the best in your space.

Above, you can see how monochromatic shades of Rock Candy perfectly blends with earthy browns.

However, it is important to choose the perfect colors to go with it! Yes, that is where this color can get a little bit tricky.

But from my personal experience, I can assure you that you will never regret using this color – if used appropriately and correctly.

I understand if you have questions like – what will best complement Rock Candy? Which rooms will work best? Or if it is an ideal solution for smaller spaces?

Well, I have answers to all these questions.

And I can promise, in a couple of minutes – you too will be an expert (‘Rock Candy’ expert)!

Sherwin Williams Rock Candy SW 6231 Color Details and Specifications

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Every color has an associated mysterious hidden theory!

Don’t believe it?

Yes, factors such as reflectivity and RGB values are worth consideration.

So, if you are wondering how to determine how light the color is – here is an answer!

Light Reflectance Value – the LRV!

The LRV of color determines how light or dark the color is, and here, the LRV of Rock Candy is 75.

Which means the color is light (remember, the more the value – the lighter the color)!

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So, with this information – you know you can definitely use the color to make your space look bigger.

Now, if you want to try out Rock Candy on your walls ahead of time, you can easily with a peel-and-stick square from Samplize. Order some samples now!

Moving ahead, other associations are the RGB and HEX Values!

Red = 222, Green = 225, Blue = 223

HEX Value = #dee1df

You see – there are tons and tons of theories linked with colors. Similar are the tones, tints, and shades.

Depending on how much whites and blacks are added to the color – a perfect color family is formed.

Ok so, if you decided to use this color – let’s discuss what the color feels like – in a space!

How Does Rock Candy Feel in a Space?

Rock Candy exhibits subtleness in a space yet promises a bright, light, and airy look!

So, all the city apartment dwellers – your ultimate solution is right here!

Crammed up in a small space? Have a small bedroom and kitchen?

Rock Candy will enhance the look and make your space feel lighter and apparently bigger.

Rather than using it as an accent – I highly recommend painting this color on all the walls!

Since this is not a bold, accent-type shade! Rather is a subtle and sober one.

This is a soft color that tends to have a restful, tranquilizing, calming, and refreshing look.

So you can use it in your bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens or I should say – ANYWHERE!

Even the home exteriors.

You will see the results – I promise.

How Does Light Affect the Color?

Rock Candy feels even lighter in Natural Light…

I must say – a lot!

Light has a major effect on this color – interiors as well as exteriors!

Due to the high reflectivity of the color, it is bound to look even lighter (just like pure whites).

Also, I must say, this color has a timeless touch to it. It is highly flexible – so, if you plan on using colored lighting or warm-yellows and warm-whites – go ahead with it!

This color won’t disappoint you.

You see the mood created by melting ice and glaciers – that is what the color looks like!

Highly recommended for rooms that don’t receive natural lighting or those apartments with dull and dingy appearances – Rock Candy will transform your space into a cool and nice moody vibe.

Want to see what RC looks like in your own living space? Pick up a wall sample now from Samplize!

What are the Coordinating Colors for Sherwin Williams Rock Candy?

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Sherwin Williams Rock Candy is a cool-toned gray with soft blue undertones.

With an icy feel to it, this color definitely does magic in the smaller rooms with little incoming natural light.

So, now that we know the ultimate cool tone of the gray paint color, it can be easier to complement the coordinating colors, materials, and fabrics.

Generally, SW Rock Candy can best complement with shades of dark gray, black, crisp and clean whites, rust, midnight blue, sage green, and mauves.

In terms of metallic accents, you must choose matte black for a clean and sleek look or satin brass for luxe and elegant look.

Here are the following two color palette suggestions – monochromatic and coordinating (cool and warm)!

Monochromatic Color Palette

SW paint color multi rock candy chips

The complementary colors for the monochromatic palette are as follows – 

  • SW 6232 Misty
  • SW 6233 Samovar Silver
  • SW 6234 Uncertain Gray

This monochromatic palette is ideal for interior design styles such as modern, contemporary, Scandinavian, and Minimalist.

You must add tinges of matte black in the form of lighting fixtures and artwork frames to further complete the look.

Furthermore, don’t forget to add a few wooden textures to break the monotony of monochrome.

Contrasting Cool Color Palette

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The complementary colors for the contrasting palette are as follows (cool) – 

  • SW 7006 Extra White
  • SW 2739 Charcoal Blue
  • SW 6242 Bracing Blue

This cool, calm, and composed palette is all set to bring a serene and chilly vibe indoors. 

With the deep and bold blues, the sense of contrast is embraced to make the space feel further eye-catchy and cohesive.

I highly recommend that you pair the chilly gray paint with matte black or satin brass lighting fixtures and artwork frames.

Contrasting Warm Color Palette

SW paint color multi rock candy chips warm

The complementary colors for the contrasting palette are as follows (warm) – 

  • SW 7005 Pure White
  • SW 7690 Townhall Tan
  • SW 7621 Silvermist

Not so warm and yet comforting, this SW palette will eventually create a cozy appeal.

With the help of textures such as shag and fur, you can make this palette look further serene and inviting.

In terms of metallic accents, you must choose matte black or even rattan and wicker.

So, if you prefer, select the following colors to pair up Rock Candy with-

  1. Uncertain Gray SW 6234
  2. Grays Harbor SW 6236 – Find out more here!
  3. Still Water SW 6223
  4. Dark Night SW 6237 – Find out more here!

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Or if you want a contrasting theme, with fun-loving interiors or pops of hues highlighting, select from any of these-

  1. Dustblu SW 9161
  2. In the Navy SW 9178
  3. Pure White SW 7005 – see my full rundown on this color here

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Other than these blues, you could choose from subtle sage greens, charcoals, black, greiges and whites.

Using a subtle shade like terracotta too is great! Use that as an accent, maybe?

Sherwin Williams SW 6231 Rock Candy Vs. Similar Colors

Don’t worry if you are confused about the color. In this present era, we are surrounded by plenty of options – everywhere.

So, there are ample other cool-grey options to choose from. Some of them are SW Rhinestone and SW Clean Slate.

Rock Candy Vs. Rhinestone

rc vs rhinestone

Sherwin Williams is a light grey with a white and pastel-like soft touch to it.

Sharing similar LRV’s, this color absolutely has a cool charm to it. More of a neutral than Rock Candy, this color is absolutely timeless, and you can use it anywhere.

However, in both cases, remember to pair them against pure white for trims and moldings.

You should definitely order a stick-on sample of Rhinestone and RC to see what works best in your home.

Rock Candy Vs. Clean Slate

rc vs clean slate

Preferable only for the interiors, this color is slightly lighter with inclinations towards grey and whites.This color is also not associated with any undertones – whether you use a warm or cool color – there shouldn’t be an issue.Order a sample of Clean Slate and RC here to see what works best in your home.

Coordinating Decor

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Sherwin Williams Rock Candy can well coordinate with the darker shades of wood, the red-base laminate textures, and ample natural contrasts.

You can either choose lush green contrasts like your fig-tree or even pampas grass!

Yes, the choice is truly yours.

It’s generally not very difficult to create material and fabric palettes for this color – but I am still going to recommend a few.

From furniture to decorative accessories and materials – I am going to pick the best ones for you that will perfectly vibe with SW Rock Candy.

sw rock candy coordinating flooring

Here are the links to the flooring that works well with SW Rock Candy –

sw rock candy coordinating decorative accents

Here are the links to the decorative accents that works well with SW Rock Candy –

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Here are the links to the furniture that works well with SW Rock Candy –

Where to Use Rock Candy in Your Home?

SW single rock candy chip

I don’t want to sound bias, but I absolutely love this color.

Because of the refreshing vibes exhibited by this color – you can absolutely use them anywhere – even the bathrooms!

If you are looking for tricks to make your room feel bigger, or if you are residing in an area with the heat on your head most of the time – use this color to tranquilize the interiors.

So, let’s hop on to some of the tips and tricks to use this color in your home.

Rock Candy in Living Rooms

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Amy and Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane show off one of their favorite colors using eclectic decor

Want a clean and soft-touch in the living room? Don’t forget Rock Candy.

Pair it up with white trims and door/window frames, and some contrasting accent chairs and loveseats to further add coziness to your room.

Have a fireplace? Use glossy black slate tiles around it.

If your living room is already bigger in size, try placing staggered furniture to fill up the space as this color will make the room look even bigger.

Maybe try bold window treatments and rugs to fill up!

Rock Candy in Bedrooms

rock c bedroom photo

Blogger Joni from Lay Baby Lay shares one of her favorite projects of decorating a little boy’s room in Rock Candy

If your preferences allow, don’t shy away from Rock Candy!

You get the benefit of using a white or black-hued finished headboard and end tables.

If your room is congested – pair this color with white decorative and sheer curtains!

For a bright, pop touch – you could add contrasting colors in the form of upholstery and loveseat fabric.

Rock Candy in Bathrooms

r candy bathroom photo

Bathrooms are usually smaller, so use this color to overcome the congestion.

Bathrooms are meant to be quiet and relaxed. And what better solution?

Rock Candy.

Place a 6-feet tall fig tree in the corner and use a grey backsplash in the wet zone to beautify your bathroom.

Using in Kitchens

rock cndy kitchen photo

Rock Candy in kitchens is definitely not a bad idea.

Whether you want a farmhouse touch or a rustic look with an exposed floating shelf – Rock Candy will make a good option for sure.

SW Rock Candy on Cabinets


SW Rock Candy will appear lighter and crisper – when used on the kitchen, foyer, or mudroom cabinets.

It will definitely reflect a tinge of hidden blue that will become even more dominating in the north-facing rooms.

You must add polished or satin chrome pull handles and drawers to complement the color on the cabinets.

Rock Candy on Exteriors

Like I always say, light makes a color look even lighter and brighter.

In the exteriors, this color will appear to be even more white.

Try pairing it up with wooden textured frames and grey slates on the roof for a perfect cottage-type look.

How to Best Sample This Color?

I have to share one of my favorite tips when testing out colors like Rock Candy – go and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

This little company has an amazing way to sample colors super conveniently with real paint.

Simply stick up a temporary square sample of it and avoid the whole paint and roller mess (at least until you’re ready!).

For a small amount of money you get a giant “sticker” you can place up in the space you’re painting.

You can also try out coordinating colors as well. It’s great!


What Undertones Does Rock Candy Have?

SW Rock Candy has deep soft blue undertones, thus – falling on the cooler and lighter end of the scale.

Is SW Rock Candy Cool or Warm?

SW Rock Candy is undeniably a cool-toned paint color with deep hidden blue undertones.

It’s ideal for warmer regions where you intend to choose a cooler paint. 

What Is the Best Trim Color for Rock Candy?

I would highly recommend picking Sherwin Williams Extra White for the trims with this paint color.

Simple, Cool and Elegance in One

So, did Rock Candy make it through to your heart? This color is absolutely beautiful and timeless.

If you plan on using it, do let us know in the comments below!

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