Sherwin Williams Misty 6232 – A Soft Blue Gray Paint Color


"How can I choose the right color in my home" is the number one question I get from my readers, and believe me, I get it. Painting mistakes are costly in terms of time and stress, not to mention money, so you want to get it right the first time.

Lately we've been exploring the blue gray interior paint colors and what the have to offer, from their versatility and adaptability to their calming and elegant qualities. If you're a fan of minimalism, we've looked at Sherwin Williams Reflection; if you love a vibrant feel, Upward (Sherwin Williams 2024 color of the year) could be ideal.

And if you're yearning for a tranquil and serene atmosphere, Sherwin Williams Misty paint color may just be the right paint color for you. Let's take a look at this calm blue gray color and see how it can help you create a home you'll love coming back to.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Misty?

Sherwin Williams Misty is a soft and cool blue gray color that can't decide if it's more blue or more gray. Either way, this elegant color has a calming and soothing effect, making it a great choice for bedrooms, bathrooms, or any space where you want to create a peaceful atmosphere.

Misty works well with both cool and warm-toned decor, making it versatile and easy to pair with many different home decor styles. It's particularly well-suited for coastal and beachy themes.

What are SW Misty undertones?

Technically Misty Sherwin Williams is a barely-there blue with soft gray undertones - but - many people see Misty as a barely-there gray with soft blue undertones. Lighting conditions will make a big difference in how Misty will show up in a space. It will lean gray but not too cool in rooms with little natural light, but appear bluer and more aquatic in a well-lit room.

What is the LRV of SW 6232 Misty?

Understanding LRV is important. LRV means Light Reflective Value (on a scale of 1-100) and it impacts how you see the colors. An LRV 60 and above means the paint will reflect light and pick up the colors around them. An LRV between 40-60 is mid-range, (that's where most blue gray neutrals fall); an LRV below 40 means the shade will absorb color and be dark and moody.

The LRV of Misty is 62, meaning it's in the light color category, slightly above mid-range, and will reflect more light than it will absorb. This gives Misty a quiet and airy feel in a room, making it a great choice for small rooms, plus it's safe to use as a primary neutral on all the walls of your whole house color palette.

Sherwin-Williams Misty Vs Other Blue Gray Paint Colors

SW Misty vs Sea Salt

Both Misty and Sherwin Williams Sea Salt 6204 are soft and understated colors that create a serene and tranquil ambience.

Although both colors belong to the blue gray family, SW Sea Salt is a more complex color with a combination of green and blue undertones, so it can vary in appearance; sometimes appearing more green than blue, depending on lighting conditions. Sea Salt is often described as a spa-like color, while Misty has a peaceful coastal vibe.

SW Misty vs North Star

Sherwin Williams North Star SW 6246 is a cool blue-gray color with a slightly more intense hue of blue compared to Misty. However, these colors are very similar with an identical light reflectance value (LRV) and both offer a peaceful sense of serenity to a space. They work well with a variety of decor styles and the choice between them really comes down to personal preference.

SW Misty vs Upward

Of the three colors compared here, Sherwin Williams Upward 6239 is an excellent option if you want more blue tones. They both create a cool atmosphere but Misty's gray is softer and more subtle, while SW Upward leans more into a true blue that is vibrant and eye-catching. Misty and Upward pair well together and if you use Upward as an accent color, it will draw out Misty's blue side.

Making a paint choice can be hard and it's really easy to get lost in all the choices; I recommend getting a sample of Sherwin Williams Misty to see how it will look with your lighting conditions and decor to take the guesswork out of your decision.

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Photos With Sherwin Williams Misty Color Palette

Misty Sherwin Williams exterior

SW Misty might be too light and look too washed out for exterior use, especially in climates with harsh sun. But it is just right as the primary color in this gorgeous Florida beach house (the trim is Sherwin Williams Oyster White 7637.)

Tip: All paint colors can be lightened to 50% of the base and darkened to 150% of the base. For an exterior application you can consider darkening Misty; there’s not a huge difference but it can be enough to strengthen the hue and keep it from looking too light in the sun.

Misty Sherwin Williams bedroom

This soothing shade will make your guest bedroom a haven for weary travelers. And in your master bedroom, Misty instantly creates a place where you just want to put your feet up and settle in. Wherever you use it, Misty is a color that stands the test of time.

When Julia of Tag & Tibby updated a big boy's bedroom, she chose Misty for the walls. Misty is perfect for a preteen because it's sophisticated enough to wear well into the teen years. Julia loves how Misty subtly shifts from blue to gray and back again, depending on the time of day and season.

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Sherwin Williams Misty living room

In these living rooms, light colored furniture and neutral accessories help warm up Misty's soft coolness and create a comfortable place to relax. The blend of neutral shades also creates a cohesive look in the home as you move throughout the space.

Misty Sherwin Williams bathroom

Misty is the perfect color for bringing light and clean serenity into a bathroom, whether it's on the walls as shown here by Kind Home Solutions or, more unexpectedly, on a cottage-style powder room door.

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Sherwin Williams Misty kitchen

Jessica from Kozy and Co. used a variety of neutral paint colors throughout her home and selected Misty for the kitchen, mudroom and laundry room areas. The versatility of having Misty as a quiet neutral backdrop allows her to mix in accessories like a throw pillow or area rug with bolder pops of color without having to repaint an entire room.

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sherwin williams misty coordinating colors

As a cool blue gray, Misty 6232 Sherwin Williams is happiest when paired with a warmer neutral. Consider a creamy white like Dover White or Extra White as an accent or trim color.

For a monochromatic accent color, choose a full shade or two darker than Misty on the same color strip, such as Samovar Silver SW 6233 or Cadet SW 9143.

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Contrasting colors in the beige and brown ranges also pair well with Misty. Consider Balanced Beige SW 7037 or Virtual Taupe SW 7039.

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.