What To Know About Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud Blue Gray Paint Color


Lately we've been exploring various shades of blue gray paint colors like Sherwin Williams Krypton and North Star so you've probably realized that there's a wide range of hues to choose from... some more blue than gray, and others more gray than blue so it's important to know what feeling you want to create and what to look for in each of these paint colors.

And if you've followed me for any length of time, you've probably noticed that I love me some blue gray in my home's color scheme and use it often. In fact, you can see exactly where in my house I've used it in my favorite neutral paint colors post.

So let's get familiar with another gorgeous shade of blue gray that really digs into its deep rich tones. Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud is a great color to consider for an amazing accent wall or a sophisticated bedroom backdrop because it creates a moody and cozy feel.

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What Color Is Storm Cloud Sherwin Williams 6249?

Storm Cloud by Sherwin Williams is bold without being bright. It is a deep and saturated color that gives it a moody feel and will stand out in any room. Like most blue gray paints, it leans cool.

Storm Cloud is a popular choice for kid bedrooms and playrooms, but don't be fooled, it's not just for kids. It has enough versatility to look sophisticated in any room, particularly when used on an accent wall like board and batten or even on painted furniture.

What are Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud undertones?

Sherwin Williams considers Storm Cloud a blue with deep gray undertones. It's tricky to nail down, though, because it can definitely look more blue, or more gray, depending on the light conditions and other decor elements in your home (flooring, furniture, cabinets, etc.).

We deep dive into all of these considerations when creating a home color palette inside my online decorating course, Color Made Clear.

What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud?

The Light Reflective Value or LRV of Storm Cloud is 23 which puts it in the dark shades category. This means Storm Cloud absorbs light and doesn't reflect it back in a room, unlike a lighter blue gray such as Reflection by Sherwin Williams.

Storm Cloud can feel decidedly dark so be careful how you use it because a little bit has big impact. If you cover all four walls with it, the room can end up feeling small and enclosed. However, Storm Cloud looks stunning when paired with wainscoting in a warm white like Sherwin Williams Snowbound or High Reflective White, or in a room with plenty of windows to tame the darkness.

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Sherwin-Williams Storm Cloud Vs Other Blue Gray Paint Colors

Let's take a look at how Storm Cloud compares to some other popular blue gray paint colors.

SW Storm Cloud vs Krypton

If you love the idea of an accent wall, but want a more laid back version because the room is smaller or has less natural light, take a look at SW Krypton 6247. Krypton's LRV of 52 puts it in the mid range of light reflectance value, which makes it much lighter and brighter on a wall than Storm Cloud. You can also paint entire rooms with Krypton without it being overpowering.

SW Storm Cloud vs Smoky Blue

At the other end of the spectrum, you can go even more dramatic than Storm Cloud and choose Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue 7604. You can see in the comparison below that while both colors are bold and dark, Storm Cloud embraces its sophisticated gray side, while Smoky Blue leans deeper into a velvety blue. If you're looking for a more subtle blue with more gray, choose Storm Cloud.

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SW Storm Cloud vs Jubilee

SW Jubilee 6248 is on the same color strip as Storm Cloud and is one full shade lighter. It's tranquil and easy on the eyes and if the room is well lit, Jubilee can be used for an entire room. Both paints work well on an accent wall, with Storm Cloud providing a more striking splash of color than Jubilee. You can also pair these colors together in the same room for an elegant monochromatic contrast.

Photo Examples: Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud In Real Houses

Let's take a look at some examples of real life homes painted with Storm Cloud.

Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud exterior

Look no further than Storm Cloud for a pronounced and bold exterior paint color. Dark blue gray is definitely trending this year as shown on this lovely home's siding and brick. Trim color: Sherwin Williams Pure White.

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Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud bedroom

Deeply saturated Storm Cloud douses these teen bedrooms in modern vibrant color and provides the perfect backdrop for artwork and displays. And the best part... this color will grow with your kid over time.

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Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud office

Both these photos illustrate the power of SW Storm Cloud when balanced with a warm white. In this homework room by How to Nest for Less, these white built-ins and white board and batten walls pop against Storm Cloud and break up any potential for "too much dark paint".

Likewise, Kera of Haute House Love says she chose a pop of color for their home office very strategically by painting 80% of the room in a quiet neutral, then adding Storm Cloud around the window as a final stroke of bold (cabinet and trim color: SW Pure White).

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Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud accent wall

Say yes to Storm Cloud in these living rooms.

Storm Cloud SW has a starring role in a great room focal feature with its deep blue gray adding a huge color punch against the light stone fireplace surround and neutral living room decor elements.

And in a contemporary living room, SW Storm Cloud works by highlighting architectural details like these divine white window casements.

Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud cabinets

A modern farmhouse kitchen gets a refresh with SW Storm Cloud on the cabinets, buffet and island, with just enough white to provide balance. The overall effect is both modern and classic, and pleasant change from the all white kitchen trend.

Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud bathroom

Storm Cloud looks perfectly at home in a wide range of interior decor styles, from traditional to industrial styles, and everything in between. This traditional bathroom is the perfect sophisticated mix of light and dark tones, creating a soothing retreat for relaxation.

(This post helps you find out your home decor style and makes decorating choices so much easier!)

Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud Complementary Colors

SW 6249 Storm Cloud will look beautiful when paired with lighter shades of gray and creamy neutrals. To really highlight Storm Cloud's dark tones Sherwin Williams recommends Quicksilver 6245 and Origami White 7636.

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.