Easy Neutral Paint Choice: Drift of Mist Sherwin Williams


Although today's popular neutral paint colors are evolving from basic white paint and shades of greige into moody greens and serene blue gray paint colors, an airy and peaceful neutral like Drift of Mist Sherwin Williams takes us back to the basics and timeless charm that a classic neutral can give.

If you're looking for a timeless neutral that is easy to work with, Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist just might fill the bill. Read on for color comparisons and ideas for incorporating this neutral paint color into your home.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist?

Some call Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist "greige" or an "off-white" that doesn't look too creamy. However it really is a light gray with a cool, restful feel. As a primary wall color throughout the house, SW Drift of Mist fades quietly into the background which allows your other design choices to shine. It also has the advantage of being highly versatile and works well with pretty much any home decor style.

What are Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist undertones?

Although Drift of Mist paint color is technically a warm gray, it has a subtle cool purple undertone which might unexpectedly show up throughout the day especially in rooms with indirect sun light or low lighting conditions.

If you're worried about that undertone, do yourself a favor and head over to Samplize for their affordable peel-and-stick samples of SW Drift of Mist. Testing paint samples in the space you plan to use it in will save you a big headache later in terms of paint mistakes and repainting expenses.

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What is the SW Drift of Mist LRV?

Understanding Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is important. LRV is measured on a scale of 1-100, and it impacts how you see the colors, both outside and indoors under natural and artificial light. The higher the LRV, the more likely the paint is to reflect light and pick up the colors around them.

Whites are in the highest LRV range of 70-96 (with an LRV of 96, High Reflective White is Sherwin-Williams' brightest white), so whites reflect rather than absorb the most light. In contrast, Tricorn Black SW 6258 has an LRV of just under 3.

The LRV for Drift of Mist SW is approximately 69, meaning it's a relatively light and bright color. If you have a small room that doesn't get a lot of sun, Drift of Mist paint is a great choice for bringing an air of spaciousness to the room.

Drift of Mist Vs Other Neutral Paint Colors

Drift of Mist vs Agreeable Gray

SW Agreeable Gray is one of Sherwin Williams most popular greige colors. A beige undertone makes it cozier than Drift of Mist paint, and it's also darker and more intense and can better handle a room with a lot of light. If you prefer a truer gray with less drama or one that has less depth on the walls, choose Drift of Mist.

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Drift of Mist vs Gossamer Veil

Gossamer Veil SW 9165 is also a tad darker and warmer than Drift of Mist due to the presence of a slight green undertone. Both colors are light and bright enough to be used as a wall color throughout the house. Again it boils down to whether you prefer a cleaner gray (SW Drift of Mist) or one like Gossamer Veil that leans into the greige category.

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Drift of Mist vs Repose Gray

Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams is another beautiful greige neutral that is cooler than Agreeable Gray or Gossamer Veil, but still warmer than Drift of Mist. Repose Gray paint is noticeably darker and if you're concerned about the wall color looking washed out in bright light, Repose would be the better choice.

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Rooms With Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist Color Palette

Drift of Mist by Sherwin Williams has a gorgeous misty vibe which makes it appear inviting and serene throughout the house rather than looking sterile and institutional. Feast your eyes these inspiring interior and exterior Drift of Mist paint examples in real homes.

Drift of Mist living rooms

Walls painted with Drift of Mist don't look at all dreary in these relaxed contemporary living room examples. In the room below, multiple shades of subdued gray work together to create a light and airy feel while remaining warm and inviting.

Barely there Drift of Mist walls are a perfect backdrop for a stunning stone fireplace in a modern farmhouse designed by A la Maison Home and Lifestyle.

Drift of Mist built ins with a white oak countertop allow the shelf decor to shine. The soft neutral background doesn't appear too bright or stark.

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Drift of Mist kitchens

Drift of Mist on kitchen cabinets is an incredibly versatile choice which gives you room to play with the other design elements and make the space your own. I love the different textures and how the design choices tie together (notice the subway tile, plank flooring, and shiplap light box all reflect the same long lines). By Kadilak Homes.

Have I said that Drift of Mist is easy to work with? Here it steps aside for the beautiful natural wood elements in this kitchen. It also provides balance and keeps the deeper wood tones from overwhelming the room.

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Drift of Mist walls

This next gallery of photos illustrates how SW 9166 Drift of Mist can look bright and gorgeous pretty much anywhere you want to put it... foyer, hallways, bedroom, bathrooms. The possibilities are limitless, too, in terms of what other colors you can pair it with. It's absolutely a timeless and classic backdrop choice.

Drift of Mist Sherwin Williams exterior

A light tranquil gray like Drift of Mist is always smart exterior choice because it looks fresh and simple next to other architectural elements like shutters, trim, and roof.

Drift of Mist Coordinating Colors

Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist looks amazing on not just walls, but carried through to the ceiling and the baseboards/trim as well. However if you prefer to use white trim, Drift of Mist has just enough color to provide a subtle contrast, so go ahead and pair it with Sherwin Williams Snowbound or Pure White paint. Eider White with its gray undertone is also a good choice.

For more contrast, Drift of Mist partners well with deep shades that have blue/purple/violet undertones such as Polished Concrete SW 9167 and Perle Noir SW 9154.

Other Things to Consider When Choosing Colors For Your Home

A lot of factors go into selecting colors for your home, and it goes way beyond paint color.

Things like your home color palette, existing colors in your home (that you may not be able to change), and the color of the natural light, or lack of natural light can change the way a color shows up in your home.

In my self-paced online color course, Color Made Clear, I walk you through all the steps to choosing and using color in your home to create a pulled together and cohesive look, even if you have things like cabinet color or floors you can't change.