Sherwin Williams Krypton Paint Color – Is It A Neutral Or Accent Color?

Next stop on our journey through the world of blue gray paint colors is Sherwin Williams Krypton 6247.

SW Krypton is a beautiful shade of gray blue paint that will transform any room into a tranquil oasis. Krypton can create a fresh, modern look for your home, and might just be the perfect choice for your next painting project.

Blue gray paint colors have this effect, which is why the Sherwin Williams 2024 color of the year is a shade of blue gray, SW Upward.

I've got all the details on this inviting color, from its undertone, to its Light Reflectance Value (LRV), along with examples of this blue gray wall color in real-life homes.

So get comfortable and discover why Sherwin Williams Krypton is a top contender for your wall color.

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What Color Is Krypton Sherwin Williams?

Krypton SW 6247 is a mid-range blue shade with cool gray undertones, giving it a sophisticated and modern look. Despite not being in the white paint, off-white or greige paint categories, SW Krypton is versatile enough to be used as a primary neutral paint color as well as an accent color.

What are Sherwin-Williams Krypton undertones?

While Krypton is primarily a blue color; the presence of crisp gray undertones give it a more complex and nuanced appearance. It's muted enough to be used a base neutral wall color but deep enough to hold its own as a dramatic accent wall.

Lighting plays a significant role in how colors appear in a space. Natural lighting such as sunlight can bring out the undertones of a paint color. In the case of Krypton, northern facing rooms may diminish the blue and bring out the gray undertones, giving the room a cool feel. In rooms facing south, Krypton's blue will be more prominent and vibrant.

What is the Krypton LRV?

Understanding LRV is important. LRV means Light Reflective Value (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.

SW Krypton's LRV is 52, meaning it's a mid-range blue, not glaring or too bright, and is easy enough on the eyes to use for walls.

The light reflection issue is one reason I always recommend Samplize peel and stick paint samples. You can easily test Sherwin Williams Krypton paint on the wall in your own unique lighting conditions and avoid costly paint mistakes.

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Sherwin-Williams Krypton Vs Other Blue Gray Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams North Star vs Krypton

North Star 6246 is in the same SW blue gray paint color collection; both shades have more blue than gray but North Star has less depth than Krypton. North Star is a shade lighter with an LRV of 62 and leans more into its gray element. Its presence in a room is a much more understated than Krypton.

SW Krypton vs Stardew

While Krypton by Sherwin Williams has a more even balance between blue and gray, Sherwin Williams Stardew 9138 sits firmly in the blue paint category, with a cool gray undertone and even the tiniest tint of green. Stardew is darker, but both colors are still considered mid-range between light and dark. When selecting between them, consider your whole house color palette, your lighting, and the atmosphere you wish to create.

SW Krypton vs Jubilee

SW Jubilee 6248 is a near neighbor of Krypton and side by side below, Jubilee's cool green undertone is really noticeable, making it more of a close relative to Sherwin Williams Stardew. Krypton paint color is bluer and one shade lighter, so it may provide a more soothing and calming ambiance.

Sherwin Williams Krypton Coordinating Colors

Here are color combinations that work nicely with Krypton paint.

  1. Neutrals: Pairing Sherwin-Williams Krypton with neutrals like white, gray, or beige creates a clean and fresh look. This combination allows Krypton to be the focal point while maintaining a calm and cohesive feel. Try Krypton paint with Greek Villa SW 7551 or Agreeable Gray SW 7029.
  2. Blues and Greens: Krypton paint color can be complemented with other shades of blue or green to create a harmonious and serene color palette. Lighter blues or aqua shades like SW Quicksilver 6245 can add depth and dimension, while deeper greens can create contrast and richness.
  3. Complementary Colors: Since SW Krypton paint is a cool blue, pairing it with warm, complementary colors like coral or peach can create an interesting and vibrant contrast. A combination such as Tarnished Trumpet SW 9026 with Krypton adds energy and liveliness to a space. (This same shade could be added in a caramel color leather furniture piece too!)
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Photos of Rooms With Sherwin Williams Krypton Color Palette

The real life examples below will give you a general idea of how Krypton will interact with other colors and in various rooms. You'll see from the samples that blue and white is a classic combination that brings a sense of tranquility and calmness; Sherwin Williams Extra White or Pure White are great choices to try for white trim paint with Krypton.

Sherwin Williams Krypton living room areas

The sky high Krypton walls in this open space family room are like a breath of fresh air on the inside.

(Psssst: If you love board and batten walls, there's 22 more board and batten ideas to inspire you right here!)

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It's hard to pick a favorite element about this bright space - the pops of pink, the comfy pillows and the Krypton painted coffered ceiling and walls all combine to create a friendly coastal sitting room.

This master bedroom takes a sitting arrangement to a whole 'nother level in this design by Tobi Fairley. Krypton provides a lovely backdrop to the blue florals and wall art.

Blue gray color paint is a really great neutral, and Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick chose SW Krypton paint to brighten up the walls and ceiling in her mud room transformation (the beadboard is Pure White by Sherwin Williams).

Sherwin Williams Krypton bedroom

A guest room painted with Krypton makes the room feel large and airy, a welcoming place for guests to relax and feel at home (and yes, the trim is - you guessed it - Sherwin Williams Pure White).

Kristina over at Medicine and Manicures also chose Krypton paint for their guest room because she wanted to add a little color into their otherwise neutral Agreeable Gray home color scheme. The wall print gives it a beachy feel and the overall effect is comfortable and inviting.

(Head to this post if you're on the hunt for personalized and unique wall print ideas!)

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Sherwin Williams Krypton kitchen

Chrissy of Chrissy Marie Blog added so much personality to her kitchen simply by repainting the white kitchen island and white pantry door with SW Krypton. The gold metal brass lights look gorgeous against the Krypton blue island, too!

Sherwin Williams Krypton bathroom

Shades of light blue gray paint color that evoke a sense of refreshing water are perfect for a bathroom. Rachel of Maison de Pax completely gutted and redid her master bathroom in white marble and subway tile that contrasts beautifully with Krypton blue wall paint and the chrome hardware.

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Sherwin Williams Krypton built ins

These cabinet built-ins are painted Krypton and the contemporary coastal look is stunning with gold cabinet hardware and the collection of gold framed wall prints. Krypton's grayish blue allows the gold details to shine but has enough personality to stand on its own and not fade into the background.

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Painting furniture is a great and inexpensive way to add character and creativity to a mass-produced item. Krypton paint elevates this big-box store console table from ordinary to amazing.

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.