Sherwin Williams North Star Paint – Is It Blue Or Gray?


If you're craving a calm and relaxing atmosphere in your house, blue gray paint colors are here to deliver, and Sherwin Williams North Star Paint might be the way to go.

I'm a big fan of gray blue paint and made it part of my whole house color palette, but there's a ton of different shades and choosing the perfect one can get overwhelming.

To make your choices easier, I've narrowed down the options to some best blue gray paint colors.

Let's start with North Star 6246 by Sherwin Williams.

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What Color Is North Star Sherwin Williams?

North Star SW 6246 has become quite popular in recent years as it's a soft and muted blue paint color that offers a calm and soothing vibe to any space, particularly a bedroom or bathroom. Its versatility allows it to blend seamlessly with a variety of color schemes, and it complements traditional and contemporary decor styles really well.

Sherwin Williams North Star undertones

Undertones are the subtle hues that you might detect beneath the main color. North Star paint has a cool gray undertone, which means it softens the overall blue color. The undertones can make Sherwin Williams North Star shift from looking more blue to a more neutral gray, depending on the lighting conditions and other colors in the decor and furniture surrounding it.

That's why getting a sample of Sherwin Williams North Star and putting it on the actual walls or surfaces is vital - and certainly easier than having to repaint several times!

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SW North Star LRV

LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, is a measurement that tells us how much light a paint color reflects. North Star has an LRV of 62, which makes it a mid-range color. This means it strikes a balance between absorbing and reflecting light, creating a space that feels just right - not too bright and not too dark.

Sherwin-Williams North Star Vs. Other Blue Gray Paint Colors

Blue gray paint colors like those compared below work extremely well when you're after a calm and relaxing feel in spaces like your bathrooms and bedrooms.

Sherwin Williams North Star vs Krypton

SW Krypton 6247 is in the same color collection; both shades have more blue than gray but Krypton has more depth than North Star. It leans more toward a cool gray than warm gray. Krypton is a shade darker with an LRV of 52 and has a more contemporary vibe.

SW North Star vs Misty

With a nearly identical LRV, SW Misty 6232 is similar in tone and brightness to North Star. Sherwin Williams North Star has a bit more blue and leans a bit warmer. Misty is grayer, airier, and leans cooler.

SW North Star vs Upward

Like its cousin Krypton, SW Upward 6239 is darker than North Star, but provides a deeper and more intense blue tone. North Star has softer gray undertones and is lighter and warmer.

Examples Of Rooms With A Sherwin Williams North Star Color Palette

Serene and calm North Star paint color by Sherwin Williams is the perfect choice for bathrooms, bedrooms and relaxing living spaces and is soft enough to act as a neutral backdrop for brighter colors. Let's sample this shade in a few bathrooms first.

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Light blue gray paint colors are a great alternative to typical plain white bathroom walls; they offer enough color to add interest but are still light enough to brighten your room and make a small bathroom appear more spacious.

Suzanne Kryton chose Northstar paint when refreshing her modern traditional guest bathroom; I love the soft tranquility that the balance between light blue and gray evokes.

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Blue and white are a classic color combination in the bathroom. Sherwin Williams North Star blended with white cabinets and trim in this remodel by Revision ensure that this small hall bathroom would be both easy to clean despite heavy use and elegant.

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This next soothing color palette pairs North Star with Sherwin Williams Alabaster White, as featured on Home Bunch.

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North Star paint on a bathroom vanity? Yes, please.

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Sherwin Williams North Star bedrooms

A study by Travelodge found that households with a blue color scheme in the bedroom get the best night's sleep because blue is associated with calmness. Imagine waking up in these serene rooms...

North Star paint on an accent wall quietly brings a tranquil watercolor feel into this white walled bedroom; Tracy Lynn Studio states it's one of their most requested paint colors.

This bedroom by Inspired by Charm pairs the sophisticated elegance of North Star walls with Sherwin Williams Anew Gray on the board and batten walls and trim. North Star is a perfect blend of masculine and feminine which makes it a great choice for those hunting for gender neutral colors.

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Sherwin Williams North Star kitchen

A gray blue paint color in the kitchen and dining area is timeless and sprinkles muted color among the white cabinets, furniture, and lighting elements.

For a light and uncluttered office space, SW North Star brings just enough color to keep things interesting without overwhelming the room. I love how the blue gray paint color cleanly connects the desk, cabinets, shiplap, and ceiling.

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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.