We’ve discussed SW grays in the past, but it’s time to throw light upon a beautiful and soothing gray-green paint color.
This color is bound to enrich your homes with utmost sophistication and balance – so, here it is, Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.
This cool-toned neutral has deep green undertones with a touch of gray – making it more subtle and soothing.
So, if you are looking for a paint color that is mesmerizing, pretty, and green and yet not-so-green, then this is probably one of the best options!
Symbolic of peace and nature’s own hues, this color can also be incorporated in homes that crave a natural feel – or a feel within the woods!
Well, this is why I recommend this color to most of my clients residing in cities and busy towns.
As it particularly creates a vision of nature, there is no doubt this paint adds serene vibes to your homes while exhibiting a perfect tranquilizing effect.
However, regardless of the beauty – I must tell you that this color could be hard to handle!
Its undertones could be confusing enough to play with the incoming light and complementary colors – and that is why I recommend reading the rest of the article very carefully!
I am spilling tons of beans here – so, sit back and relax!
Time for some fun.
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand SW 7057 Details and Specifications
Before choosing a paint color, it is crucial to understand what the color is truly made of – and majorly what story it has to offer.
Remember, every color is different – even though they appear ‘similar’!
So, first and foremost, look at the back of your paint swatches to determine the Light Reflectance Values or the LRV’s of the paint color.
This value helps in determining how light or dark the paint is – remember, the greater the value – the lighter the paint.
So, the LRV of Sherwin Williams Silver Strand is 59. And that means it is a mid to light-toned paint color.
Secondly, other important associated terminologies are the RGB and HEX Values that further tell us what the color is made of.
Red = 200
Green = 203
Blue = 196
HEX Value = #c8cbc4
Now that we have discussed enough about the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this gray-green Sherwin Williams paint.
How Does this Color Feel in a Space?
Undoubtedly, this paint feels airy, light, comfortable, serene, pure, and laid-back when used in homes!
Especially for the warm and tropical states – this color is absolutely good to go! Rather it will help create a cool and tranquilizing effect that will make you feel calmer after a long hard-working day!
Moreover, you can also incorporate this paint in smaller to mid-sized areas to create an illusion of a larger space.
However, use this only if you specifically like it – else, there are plenty of other pastels and off-whites that you could use.
It is also proved that this particular type of paint tends to release stress from your minds. Well, who wouldn’t like it, right?
How Does Light Affect the Color?
Like I said, this color is pretty difficult to handle in some situations.
And those situations mainly involve the incoming natural light in a room. So, it is time to look around and observe – is there sufficient incoming light in your space? Or is it too little?
Well, I am asking this because the light tends to play a major role in this particular hue.
Since it has a blend of both green and gray, the outcome can really be confusing under specific lighting conditions.
I recommend using this paint in east and west-facing walls since the incoming warmer rays will neutralize the existing cooler vibe of the paint.
What are the Best Coordinating Colors?
Choosing the best complementary colors is just as important as choosing your main paint color.
Remember, if you mess up with these palettes and schemes it can throw off everything in your home. So, I will recommend a few options that you could consider pairing up with this green-gray paint.
First and foremost, you could either choose from a contrasting or a monochromatic color palette – depending upon your interior design style.
In the case of contrasts, you could choose to pair with emerald greens, off-white, lighter and darker greys, and in some cases, a tinge of brown.
Well, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!
- SW 7059 Unusual Gray
- SW 9164 Illusive Green
- SW 7060 Attitude Gray
On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!
- SW 7004 Snowbound – see my guide on Snowbound here
- SW 6080 Utterly Beige
- SW 6003 Proper Gray
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 Silver Strand Vs Similar Colors
Sherwin Williams offers tons of other gray-green paints – however, there may still be some variants that set all of them apart from each other.
To name a few, the two most similar-looking color options are SW 6197 Aloof Gray and SW 7651 Front Porch.
Silver Strand Vs Aloof Gray
With an LRV of 58, this cool-toned green paint color shares similar reflectivity values but differs majorly in undertones and depths.
This color reflects more green and that is why it is not as confusing as SW Silver Strand! So, you can simply pair it with neutrals and off-whites to create a perfect contrasting palette.
You can also use this as an accent!
Silver Strand Vs Front Porch
One of my favorites, SW Front Porch is another gray-green paint that you might want to consider in your home.
It has an LRV of 60 – making it the lightest tone of them all – and simply, one worthy to be used in subtle and relaxing homes and spaces.
For even accurate results, I recommend buying real-time swatches and paint samples to determine the true hue or you can also place it against a white sheet of paper!
Where to Use Silver Strand Your Home?
You can use this paint anywhere in home – even the private spaces such as bedrooms and common spaces such as balconies and living rooms.
Another magic played by the paint would be in Coastal, Cape Cod, Scandinavian, Modern Farmhouse, and Contemporary-styled homes.
Let’s see where and how to incorporate this beautiful gray-green color in your homes.
Silver Strand in Living and Dining Room
If you want a serene environment in your common spaces – this color is highly recommended!
You can either use it as an accent and paint your entire walls in this paint or else use molding and paneling to highlight this paint on a specific section of your wall.
I would highly recommend using this paint with creamy whites and off-whites. Furthermore, you can add glossy granite or marble around your fireplace and mantel and leave the base and neutrals in warmer whites.
In terms of furniture, you can either add traditional style wooden dining tables and sofas or something extremely sleek – like a glass coffee table with clean edges.
Using in Bedroom and Bathrooms
Bedrooms are spaces where this paint definitely leaves a great impression.
You can either choose to paint all the walls in this or simply choose the focal wall or the headboard wall in this color. Pair with white and gray upholstery and place a few mirror pieces to further add charm.
Moreover, to create a cohesive touch, you can also continue this hue in the bathrooms and pair some nice stainless steel light fixtures to go!
Also for the material of your bed frames – you can choose beige or gray velvet and suede to add a touch of glam.
Silver Strand in the Kitchen
Who loves soothing kitchens? Or should I say kitchens embellished in green?
Well, let me introduce you to this beautiful hue on your kitchen cabinetry! It is subtle, smooth, and extremely cheerful when used in kitchens.
You can always add white, darker greens, and grays along with brushed nickel for your kitchen equipment and fixtures.
This paint is also good to go for hardwood floors, as well as the ceramic tiles.
Using on Exteriors
Especially for Contemporary and Cape Cod exteriors, this color is a great option for your exterior walls.
You can either pair it with white or grey accents through trims, moldings, and door and window frames.
If you are planning to use Silver Strand on the exterior façade, it will tend to appear much lighter than it already is! (of course, due to excessive natural light)
Want to Sample This Color Easily?
Grab a sample of Silver Strand at Samplize to quickly and easily try it out in your living environment.
So, how do you want to use this color in your home? Interiors or Exteriors? This one is a winner regardless.
Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Silver Strand? Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!