Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray Paint Color Review

Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray isn't one of the better known blue gray paint colors, but it still made their list of the top 50 interior paint colors.

These are the classic paint colors that stand the test of time, so when it comes to choosing a primary interior color for your whole house color palette, Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray is a strong contender.

Read on to see whether SW Lazy Gray paint is the right neutral paint color for your home.


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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray?

Is it gray? Is it blue?

The answer to both questions is yes. Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray 6254 is a medium toned cool neutral, with a balanced mix between blue and gray.

SW Lazy Gray paint works well with a variety of home decor styles, color combinations, and lighting scenarios. Like most cool gray blue paint colors, Lazy Gray is especially well suited for injecting tranquility into bedrooms and bathrooms.

If you're looking for a warmer neutral you'll want to look at a mix of gray and brown, and head over to this incredible roundup of the top Sherwin Williams greige paint colors. If you prefer a true gray, check out this informative Repose Gray paint review.

What are the undertones of Sherwin-Williams Lazy Gray?

SW Lazy Gray undertones are a straightforward cool blue. There's nothing complicated about this shade; it's simply a muted gray with enough blue mixed in to keep things interesting.

Lazy Gray SW is an amazing choice for many rooms regardless of size because it's light and bright enough to make even small rooms look more spacious. You do want to be careful about natural light exposure, because Lazy Gray can read more blue in bright light (western or southern exposure), and more gray in subdued light (northern exposure).

Since you never know when your own unique lighting situation or other design elements is going to trick your eyes into seeing strange undertones or reflections, the key to making a successful paint choice is samples. You'll want to be smart by testing Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray on your own walls before making a paint decision. Because trust me, repainting a room is expensive.

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Lazy Grey SW LRV

Lazy Grey falls into the mid-range category with an LRV of 53. Colors above 50 LRV will be more likely to reflect light and pick up the colors around them.

Quick LRV tutorial: LRV means Light Reflectance Value (on a scale of 1-100) and it impacts how you see the colors, both outside and indoors under natural and artificial light. 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.

Lazy Gray Sherwin-Williams Vs Other Blue Gray Paint Colors

SW Lazy Gray vs Misty

Sherwin Williams Misty is another soft and cool blue gray color that can't decide if it's more blue or more gray. Compared to SW 6254 Lazy Gray, SW Misty is lighter, less saturated, and has a bit more blue than gray. Either of these colors will lend a quiet and airy feel in a room, making them a great choice for small rooms, plus they're safe to use as a primary neutral on all walls.

SW Lazy Gray vs North Star

Sherwin Williams North Star SW 6246 is a pretty blue-gray color with a more intense hue of blue compared to Lazy Gray. Lazy Gray SW 6254 is darker and more silvery, so more gray tones are going to show up than with North Star. Whether more blue or more gray is a pro or a con depends on your goals for the room.

SW Lazy Gray vs Reflection

SW Reflection leans quite strongly into its gray side and with an LRV of 66, is considerably lighter than SW Lazy Gray. Reflection could look washed out as an exterior color in a lot of direct sunlight; Lazy Gray is strong enough to hold its own outdoors. Inside both paint colors are light, flexible and give a modern and elegant touch to any room. Choose Lazy Grey Sherwin Williams over Reflection if you love those blue tones to show.

Examples of Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray Color Palette

Lazy Gray Sherwin Williams exterior

This home was a tired beige until SW Lazy Gray siding partnered with SW Snowbound trim to give it a crisp and modern refresh. A white and gray color combo is always in style and that pop of color on the doors adds the perfect touch. By @dzinglyspace.

Lazy Gray Sherwin Williams bedroom

Here's another classic white and gray combo, this time in the bedroom. Lazy Gray Sherwin Williams combined with white furnishings makes this bedroom feel very Zen and soothing.

Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray bathroom

Cool Lazy Gray Sherwin-Williams sets the mood on the walls in this traditional bathroom and gives it a calming spa-like feel, a place you can go for relaxation after a long day.

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Source: Fiorella Design

Lazy Gray Sherwin Williams interior

Because Lazy Gray paint color is a subdued neutral, you can pair it with pretty much any color you want to give it your own individual style. You can stay with classic gray and white, like the previous examples, or layer in some contrasting color and textures like this entry way.

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Source: Sherwin Williams

Lazy Gray Coordinating Colors

When you're coordinating colors with a cool gray neutral like Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray, you'll want to pay attention to the undertones and choose a palette where the undertones are consistently cool.

When it comes to colors that offset Lazy Gray, a black paint like SW Peppercorn or SW Iron Ore is a no-fail win for adding dimension and creating a polished, modern look.

Layering SW Lazy Gray with different shades of cool grays and whites will give your room a very relaxing vibe that promotes comfort and peace. Cool whites that work well here are Sherwin Williams Extra White and Sherwin Williams Pure White. High on the list of deeper cool grays are Morning Fog SW 6255 and Serious Gray SW 6256.

If you prefer a stronger contrast of colors, Lazy Gray paint color makes a perfect muted backdrop to soft blues, cool greens and purples.

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.