Sherwin Williams Silver Strand – Undertones, LRV and More
Oh, this one has haunted me for a while. Sherwin Williams Silver Strand, the gray that SUGGESTS one thing, yet turns around and does something else. But before we get into what it does and doesn’t do, let’s talk about what it IS.
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Silver Strand is a light, but not ‘washed-out’, gray paint colour – some MIGHT even call it a light green. But things are not always what they seem…
I’ve been watching this colour for a few years now on Pinterest and have been recommending it to my e-design clients here and there. So, when it came time to paint our master bedroom and ensuite bathroom for the sake of resale/mass appeal, it was my number 1 choice (and yes, we are selling – so exciting!).
Our master bedroom is south facing with a touch of eastern influence (tons of belly dancing), so it’s basically a warm and bright room all day.
Here’s what it looked like when we bought the house…heavy, dense and drab.
Here it is in the in-between phase…
The previous chocolate brown choice (shown above) was not Tim’s fave (and was super NOT trendy), but I loved it and that was what mattered because IT’S ALL ABOUT ME. Well, in our bedroom it is, so the brown stayed for a good year or 2 and Tim survived.
And here it is now (thanks to Details Painting, my uber-fave)…
And I’ll admit, that while the Silver Strand is generally speaking ‘not ma jam‘, I do love the soft, casual look of it. I also didn’t want to change our gold drapes, light fixture, accent chair, lamps, etc…so Silver Strand was a great option to integrate those pieces, yet give the room a fresh new face.
Anyway, let’s get back to this colour review.
The Undertones of Silver Strand
You will hear from some experts that colour is NOT subjective. And they are right, the colour itself is NOT subjective, but how it LOOKS is HUGELY subjective based on who’s looking at it! My Mom walked in and said, ‘oooh, what a beautiful gray/green’. I see a bit of blue, but really, I see mostly green.’ I asked Tim what colour HE thought it was (you guys KNOW what a chatter-box he is…), and he said, ‘blue/green’. Thanks for comin’ out Tim. When I walk in, I see a gray with a minor blue backdrop and a wee wink o’ green – so really, the OPPOSITE of my Mom.
You can also expect a big shift depending on your exposure, the time of day, your furnishings AND the interior lighting.
Check out Silver Strand in this photo, the colour has risen up considerably…
And in the master bathroom (which happens to be east facing), look at how grayed-out it looks…
And on a sunny morning, look at the reflection in the mirror – GREEN! Stuff like this excites me to no end (I’m easily excitable though…).
So I’ll say it again and forever and ever amen – paint colours are TOTALLY subjective.
Now when it comes to Silver Strand, it will generally show up to the party as a beautiful grayed-out green, but it can also EASILY flex into the blue range, to the point where one could call it a gray/blue/green blend. Why? A lot of grays do this because of the type of black that is used in their recipe, which can lean slightly to the blue side. So, let’s put some limitations on this colour so that you aren’t disappointed with the results…
- If you don’t like grays that can have a blue undertone, you probably won’t like this colour
- If you don’t like grays that can have a green undertone, you definitely won’t like this colour
- If you LOVE grays that have cool, flexible and versatile undertones – this is an UBER fab choice
- If you love grays that are NOT ‘traditional grays’ and pick up blue/green undertones – you’re going to love it
The LRV of Silver Strand
Silver Strand has an LRV of 59, which makes it a light – but not necessarily light and ‘fresh’ colour choice. My magical LRV number is 62 and Silver Strands falls about 25% shy of that – and I can tell as it has just a wink more contrast with white trim and shows up slightly darker as an overall wall colour, especially when compared to a soft, cool gray like BM Gray Owl or the soft warmth of BM Collingwood.
A Closer Look
Like every colour on earth, Silver Strand changes its tune throughout the day. Our bedroom is south facing, leaning just a wee willy wink to the east. So while the morning light does cut the warmth back a bit, generally speaking, our bedroom is bright and warm looking throughout the day (and super hotsy-totsy at nite – wink wink).
Silver Strand in the mid-morning, sunny day
In the above photo…
- You can see in the middle of the wall how the natural light TOTALLY washes this colour out, which is what happens when light-ish colours are hit with a solid dose of natural, direct sunlight. If this window were bigger, the effect would cover more wall space
- In the upper portion of the photo, you can see how the LRV of 59 makes it a bit darker than you might think a ‘light’ paint colour would go, in fact, it reminds me a bit of BM Stonington Gray in its storminess
- Compared to some of the other photos on this page, it seems pretty darned gray – with very little undertone at all
Read more: The 10 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours
And in the above photo…
- When the sun isn’t shining directly on the wall but is still offering some residual light, you can see how everything evens out a bit more. This is more or less what I see on a daily basis
I also had one of my Online Colour Consulting clients use Silver Strand in her bedroom and it turned out GORGEOUS!
And it’s a great example as where my bedroom was south-facing, hers was north/north-east facing, so you can see how hard it leans into the blue in this exposure!
So there you have it, Silver Strand. Hopefully, these tips helped you figure out if it’s the best gray paint colour for you!
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