Ever since I started color consulting, I’ve been asked about my favorite Sherwin Williams paint color.
So, today, as I write about one – I want to disclose my absolute love and admiration for something really special.
Well, yes! Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray it is.
It so reminds me of Sea Salt from SW. (That color is also one of my faves, but I’ll confess not as much as this one).
Yes – these two colors are quite similar and super popular.
When you think of soothing pastels and muted tones, Comfort Gray is the one that will pop up.
It’s not too light but at the same time, it’s quite bold, charming, relaxing, making you feel stress-free.
And that’s the true beauty of this paint.
You’ve probably heard of the color sage green. We’re pretty darn close to that here!
You won’t believe it – but I can’t even count the number of times I’ve obsessed over this color used it creatively in making over spaces.
Don’t worry – I’ll share everything I know and more on this one.
But before that, it’s important that you know something about this color.
This paint is actually from Sherwin Williams’ Green Gray collection, that is significantly a lighter-toned hue with a tint of true green.
You can basically call this one from the pastels, which are which are quite a trend in the home decor industry these days.
So, let’s see what this color has to offer!
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray SW 6205 Details and Specifications
There is a certain characteristic of this color that makes it stand out from the rest of the greens.
And do you know what that is?
Well, it is the concept of color theories, details, and specifications.
Just when you want to choose a paint color for your home, you must read through the underlying values and theories to truly understand the hue.
So, first and foremost, let me introduce you to the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRV’s that determine how light or dark the paint color is.
You can easily find that value at the back of the Sherwin Williams paint swatch!
Here, in this case, the LRV of Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray is 54.
And that means it falls on the medium end of the scale – not too dark nor too light.
(Lesser the value, darker the paint)
But you must know that even if the color falls on the medium end – it feels totally light and refreshing at all times.
If you want to see how Comfort Gray will look in your unique environment, I highly suggest ordering a peel-and-stick paint sample from Samplize here!
Secondly, other important associated terms are the RGB and the HEX Values.
Red = 190
Green = 195
Blue = 187
HEX Value = #bec3bb
Now that is enough with the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this cool gray Sherwin Williams paint.
How Does This Color Feel in Space?
Undeniably, Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray is all you need if you want a cool, relaxed, refreshing, and calm vibe.
Whether it is a small-sized bedroom or a large living room – this color has the potential to play stunning in all of the spaces.
Yes, I must say that this color has deep roots in Coastal, Caribbean, traditional, Farmhouse, Eclectic, and transitional styles.
You can also very seamlessly use this color as an accent in your rooms! But don’t hold back if you also want to paint all the walls in this specific color.
However, make sure that it aligns with your interior design style!
Furthermore, keep a note that you use this paint in any of those compass directions.
However, the effects may be different in different cases.
For instance, it will appear cooler in north-facing rooms and slightly warmer in the south! But it will never look washed away even if there is ample incoming natural light.
How Does Light Affect the Color?
Light plays a tricky business with this paint color.
Although yes, it can make your space look darker or lighter – but sometimes, the cool incoming light may end up making the paint look more gray than green.
In the west and south-facing rooms, this color will slightly incline towards the warmth end of the saturation.
But note that with cooler-toned surroundings, this color can look slightly grayish.
Nevertheless, you can always play with artificial light in the form of pendant lights and wall sconces!
Here, you can also use warm whites and warmer yellow to perfectly neutralize the saturation!
Like I said, the best way to see this color in action before you paint is to buy some paint samples you can easily stick on your wall. It’ll definitely give you some clarity if you’re unsure!
What are the Best Coordinating Colors?
Creating color palettes can be quite a fun task to do.
So, it’s crucial for you to choose the best complementary colors in order to define a palette that looks ‘in-place’!
Greens are easier to deal with. But at the same time, 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 and Farmhouse play well with contrasts.
You could use any of them depending on the interior design scheme and your personal preference.
So, in this case, the best colors to go are darker sage greens, burnt oranges, crisp whites, tones of lemon yellow, and grays.
So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!
- SW 6204 Sea Salt – check out my guide here
- SW 6206 Oyster Bay – check out my guide here
- SW 6207 Retreat – check out my guide here
On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!
- SW 6341 Red Cent
- SW 7551 Greek Villa – check out my guide here
- SW 6002 Essential Gray
For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – SW Extra White or SW Pure White in itself makes a great option!
SW Comfort Gray Vs Similar Colors
SW Comfort Gray doesn’t deserve alternatives.
It’s so beautiful and timeless that there is no other grayish-green that can provide the exact similar vibe.
However, if we compare – the two colors closely related are SW 6191 Contented and SW 7058 Magnetic Gray.
Let’s see how they differ.
Comfort Gray Vs Contented
Equally calm and tranquilized, Sherwin Williams Contented is truly a green paint color that has very minimal gray undertones.
You can absolutely use this color as well – but note that it can be categorized as a green paint with little pastel-like properties.
It has an LRV of 52, making the two colors share reflectivity values!
Find out more on Contented in my guide here.
Grab stick-on samples of these colors here to see how the color will look in your living spaces.
Comfort Gray Vs Magnetic Gray
On the other hand, Sherwin Williams Magnetic Gray can be totally related to greenish-gray.
With a major difference in undertones, even the light reflectance value is 46 – that makes the color quite bold and darker, comparatively.
This pastel is equally calm and soothing – so, definitely recommended for kitchen cabinets and accent walls.
Get a stick-on sample sheet of Magnetic Gray to test in your home.
Additionally, if you move away from SW, you can check out Benjamin Moore’s Nantucket Gray as comparable color if you want an even more natural gray-green.
Where to Use Comfort Gray?
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray can be used anywhere in your home!
And why not? Since this color has that certain vibe that can be used everywhere!
So, whether it is the kitchen cabinets, the living room accent wall, home office, or the staircase hallway – you can absolutely use this paint!
Especially for the interior design styles such as Scandinavian, Modern, Contemporary, Transitional, Farmhouse, Coastal, and Caribbean, this color would be good to go!
Let’s see where and how to incorporate it in your home.
Comfort Gray in Living and Dining Rooms
You can incorporate this paint on the accent walls or even paint all the walls in this specific color.
Especially if you like the feel of wall moldings and wall panelings – this color is quite good to go!
You can pair it with crisp or creamy whites, and tons of contrasting warm burnt oranges and reds to create an eye-catchy appeal.
Some homeowners are even confused about using wood textures with this color. So, if you are one of them, I must say that you go ahead with wooden frames and brick molds.
Using in Bedrooms and Bathrooms
I would never say no here!
You can definitely choose SW Comfort Gray as an accent to your bed headboards. Furthermore, you can also add rattan and cane furniture in contrast to this beautiful pastel.
In your bathrooms, feel tranquilized and relaxed with this pretty green color on board.
Use white marble countertop and patterned tiles in amalgamation with white vanity!
In the end, don’t forget to place a couple of indoor plants for a refreshing vibe.
Comfort Gray in Kitchens
The best way to use comfort gray in kitchens is by painting your cabinets in it!
Trust me, the look will never go out of style!
You can pair it with wooden floating shelves, white hexagonal tiles, a white countertop, and gold-tinted pull handles for drawers.
A rattan pendant light over the island table is a plus point!
Using on Exteriors
Especially for the Coastal, Caribbean, and ranch-style homes, this paint on the exteriors is bound to add an eye-catchy appeal.
You can play with Spanish interlocking tiles on the roof and crisp white paint for the trims and moldings, door and window frames.
Furthermore, if you have porches and columns – either choose white paint or natural stone wainscotting.
An Easy Way to Sample This Color!
Instead of picking up a small can, or worse, an entire gallon can, to “test” out Comfort Gray, you can order a peel-and-stick sample of it from Samplize.
The company is genius – they provide a 12″ x 12″ stick-on square you can put up anywhere in your home to try out a paint color.
For a few bucks, it’s definitely worth the small investment so you can see what the color will do in YOUR unique space, with your own lights and shadows.
So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors?
Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Comfort Gray?
Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!