Sherwin Williams Cyberspace – A Bold Black Paint With A Hint Of Blue


Many people are surprised to learn that black paint colors aren't just plain old black; they come with a variety of undertones that can change how you perceive the paint in your space.

Common black paint undertones are brown, green and gray, but one of my favorite combos is black with a hint of blue (you may have noticed that I'm a fan of blue and have used it frequently as one of the paint colors in my home).

So today let's chat about Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, an amazing black and blue paint mix that can bring a dose of drama into a room without hogging the whole stage.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Cyberspace?

It depends on who you ask. While Sherwin Williams describes Cyberspace paint color as a charcoal black, some designers say it's navy blue. I view Sherwin Williams Cyberspace as a black shade; it's neither as bright nor as blue as navy blue; it's quieter with much less color and more sophisticated.

Like other deep and saturated colors, SW 7076 Cyberspace brings a powerful presence to a room and finds its niche in limited-use interior applications like cabinets and accent walls, and outside on front doors. Avoid using this paint color in small low-lit rooms unless you are purposefully going for a cave effect (think "media room").

Cyberspace Sherwin Williams undertones

If you fall into the camp that defines Cyberspace as navy blue, then you'll see the undertones as charcoal gray.

If you define Cyberspace as predominately charcoal, then it has blue undertones.

How do you see this color?

Is SW Cyberspace warm or cool?

Thanks to those blue (or gray) undertones, Cyberspace is a cool neutral.

Sherwin-Williams Cyberspace LRV

The Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a scale from 0-100 that measures how we see lightness or darkness of a color and helps determine how we perceive it in a space. An LRV of 0 represents the darkest possible shade on the scale; to the viewer's eye, it would appear as a solid, deep black.

SW Cyberspace has an LRV of 6, meaning that when hit with direct light, it will absorb it rather than bounce it back. If you're going for a dark and moody feel indoors, look for paint with a lower LRV (below 30). Outdoors be sure to consider your climate and how much direct sunlight your home gets; A heat absorbing color like Cyberspace SW may fade more quickly than lighter neutrals and require more frequent repainting.

The easiest way to test Sherwin Williams Cyberspace on your walls is with these simple and no-mess peel and stick paint samples.

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Sherwin Williams Cyberspace Vs Other Black Paint Colors

Narrowing down paint colors to one shade is never easy. Let's compare and contrast some popular Sherwin Williams black paint colors side by side and see how they stack up.

SW Cyberspace vs Iron Ore

Side by side you can really see that SW Iron Ore 7069 has a stronger gray appearance to it than SW Cyberspace. Both share the same LRV so they are pretty equal in terms of depth and dimension. Neither Iron Ore nor Cyberspace paint will ever look totally black; if you prefer a true inky black with no undertones, head to my review on Tricorn Black SW 6258; it might be what you're looking for.

SW Cyberspace vs Peppercorn

SW Peppercorn 7674 seen next to SW 7076 Cyberspace color is significantly lighter and softer with more gray. SW Peppercorn is a great choice if you want to experiment with adding drama into your space but don't want to commit to a shade as dark as Cyberspace. Both these colors are cool neutrals and will look amazing on cabinetry and accent walls.

SW Cyberspace vs Inkwell

Next to Cyberspace, SW Inkwell 6992 looks positively serious about being black. It's about as ultra dark as it gets on the LRV scale and the only thing separating it from another deep black like SW Tricorn is its deep blue gray undertone. Outdoors SW Cyberspace's brighter blue undertone is more likely to show up than SW Inkwell's. Both colors will contrast beautifully with whatever light neutral you want to position it next to, however.

Examples Of Homes With An SW Cyberspace Color Palette

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace exterior

SW 7076 Cyberspace can look really stunning in a variety of exterior applications. Here in full sunlight the gorgeous blue Cyberspace undertones show to full effect on this modern farmhouse.

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Source: Home Bunch

This front door features SW Cyberspace on the panels, and crisp and clean SW Extra White with its pale blue undertones, contrasts beautifully with Cyberspace. In fact, if you're looking to pair Cyberspace SW with white, you can't go wrong with one of the cool white paints in this top Sherwin Williams white paint colors list.

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace cabinets

Cabinets and Cyberspace are a match made in heaven. SW Cyberspace looks equally modern and classy on a bathroom vanity as it does out in the garage on workbench cabinetry.

Josalyn and her husband at Hey There Toots brought drama to a humdrum white kitchen with SW Cyberspace cabinets. Plenty of light bounces off the white marble countertops and white tile and keeps the windowless kitchen from looking small or dark.

Dark island, white kitchen. Sometimes less is more and if painting all the kitchen cabinets dark feels too risky, just one island painted with Cyberspace SW 7076 adds a ton of personality and strikes a gorgeous contrast to the rest of the kitchen. Walls and ceiling are SW Repose Gray.

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace bathroom

The vanity isn't the only thing in the bathroom that's ripe for a coat of Cyberspace paint color. Use it as a counterpoint to bring swaths of bold color to a room of white fixtures. Sometimes just a coat of paint in a tiny bathroom makes a huge difference.

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace walls

The fireplace is another area where an ounce of paint can equal a ton of drama. Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick transformed a plain white fireplace into a tall, dark and handsome feature wall with the rich color of Cyberspace paint and minimal effort.

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I love how all this dining room's modern and elegant design elements come together, like the bold artwork set against rich SW Cyberspace walls. Designed by Kat Lawson.

If you're thinking of incorporating Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams onto all four walls, make sure you have plenty of light and calming white and neutral furnishings and artwork to balance out the dark blue and keep it from overpowering the room or looking dreary.

For the best viewing experience in a home theater, Cyberspace is a great paint color choice on walls and ceiling. It envelopes the room in cozy richness and adds enough to blue to keep the room from feeling shut in.

Tip: use flat paint in a media room so the walls don’t get distracting reflections from the screen.

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace Coordinating Colors

SW Cyberspace is a cool neutral; pair it with contrasting cool whites and grays for a sophisticated and soothing experience in your room. Sherwin Williams recommends Shell White SW 8917, Site White SW 7070, and Network Gray SW 7073.

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.