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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams On the Rocks SW 7671

Posted on February 5, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Sherwin Williams On the Rocks: Everything you need to know

If you’ve been researching the TOP gray paint colours, it’s no surprise that you stumbled across Sherwin Williams On the Rocks. Not only is it one of the most POPULAR shades of gray, but it also has some of the more subtle undertones, making it versatile for many interior projects.

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What type of paint colour is On the Rocks? 

On the Rocks is a gray paint colour with MUTED undertones, especially compared to some of the other popular gray paint colours. When it comes to a gray that looks like a true gray, this is certainly one that gets CLOSE, but remember – EVERY GRAY HAS UNDERTONES.

Cute coastal beach style guest bedroom with teal and gray and white. Sherwin Williams On the Rocks paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting and blog


Is On the Rocks a warm or cool paint colour?

On the Rocks is what I fondly call a ‘stormy’ gray paint colour, or if you prefer, a SOFT one. Some gray paint colours are quite ICY cold, whereas others are obviously warm. While On the Rocks has a tiny wink of warm softness to it, it’s fractional at best, leaving it not warm, nor cold, but RIGHT in the middle!

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White painted vanity, marble look quartz countertop, board and batten, arched mirrors, On the Rocks Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Sherwin Williams Pure White vanity

This also means that it will flex A LOT depending on your room’s exposure. For example, if you have a north-facing room, On the Rocks can lean more into its gray base, looking much colder WITHOUT looking icy. On the other hand, if your room has south-facing light or afternoon western sunshine, you can definitely expect On the Rocks to look WARMER – without looking like a traditional warm gray paint colour.

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What’s the LRV of On the Rocks?

On the Rocks has an LRV of 62, making it BANG-ON my magical paint number for the ‘average room‘. This LRV puts On the Rocks in the light range (learn more HERE).

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

In this next photo, even though the room is reasonably bright, On the Rocks holds its violet hue quite well. To be honest, this is BY FAR as violet as you can expect On the Rocks to EVER EVER look…

Sherwin Williams On the Rocks, HIgh Reflective White bathroom, corner bathtub, white vanity, marble look quartz counterto, wainscoting, Kylie M Interiors, Jenna Christian

On the Rocks with Pure White trim

Now, look at how much the LOOK of On the Rocks changes in this photo…

Sherwin Williams On the Rocks, light gray paint color in bathroom, Extra White wainscoting, tile floor. Corner tub, Kylie M INteriors Edesign

This photo is a SLIGHTLY better representation of On the Rocks, although it’s a bit muted

What do the above two photos teach us?

  1. Paint colours can shift how they look based on the time of day and the WEATHER of the day
  2. You can also expect a shift depending on who’s taking the photo and with what camera
  3. The degree of editing that’s done

And all of this tells us to NEVER choose a paint colour based on what we see in a photo – do your own research in your OWN home. This leads us to…

What’s the best way to sample On the Rocks?

Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

What are the undertones of On the Rocks? Will it look like a TRUE GRAY?

While there aren’t any true grays, On the Rocks certainly THINKS about it, with its passive undertones, especially if you have a north-facing room, which will encourage it that wink cooler. However, On the Rocks has a weeee preferences for a violet undertone, which can sometimes slide slightly violet-blue in northern light but warms up with south-facing light.

Sherwin Williams On the Rocks gray paint color, grey sectional with carpet. Coastal and beach style or theme room decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting blog

Which white trim paint colour looks good with On the Rocks?

With On the Rocks, I definitely recommend Sherwin Williams High Reflective White for your trim, however, Sherwin Williams Pure White is just as pretty and a touch softer for those so inclined.

Sherwin Williams On the Rocks gray paint color. Benjamin Moore Simply White, Black laminate countertop. Red and purple accents. Kylie M Interiors Edesign (2)

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colours from Sherwin Williams

Is On the Rocks a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

On the Rocks can work on the exterior as long as you and your home’s finishes are okay with that purple undertone which can show up a WINK more on some exteriors. Also, keep in mind that this DEPTH/LRV of paint colour can wash out quite a bit if you have strong south-facing exposure.

5 Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is On the Rocks a popular paint colour right now?

It sure is! However, I have a few other paint colours my clients end up choosing when they’re looking for this type of gray (links below, keep reading!).

Sherwin Williams On the Rocks, best cool gray paint colour. In dark stairwell hallway with Pure White trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Carpet on stairs

What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to On the Rocks?

Every colour has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. On the Rocks and Big Chill are two of my favourite grays that don’t really have GREAT or even close alternatives in the Benjamin Moore line, but you can check out…

And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colours look good with On the Rocks?

I love On the Rocks but DO find it a bit finicky when it comes to the colours it likes to be partnered up with, such as…

Not sure if On the Rocks is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!

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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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  1. Hi! I wonder if I could just ask a question?! I just need a place to start. My whole house throughout the interior is wherein Williams macadamia. We bought the house a few years ago (house built 2011). The brownish granite, cabinets, tile, wood flooring etc (popular in early 2000). The macadamia looks fine throughout other than the small bedrooms. By the way same color on the ceilings. These little rooms are like little cardboard boxes to me. Not a whole lot of light (one window). I am wanting to brighten these little rooms up without painting the rest of the house right now. I will some day!! I wanted something that would kind of flow with this color ( bedrooms right off of hallway). I would like much lighter though. Not white but maybe a cream type color. I am on first name basis with the staff at Sherwin Williams. I’ve ordered from sampling too! I’m still overwhelmed! We’re not grey people and are glad beiges are coming back! Any suggestions at all?! Any advise would be appreciated! I would love to hear from you!
    Amy Travis

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      Hi Amy! It’s SO hard to say without seeing your home, but you could take a look at colour that kind of blend the cream and beige/tan worlds, colours like SW Eaglet Beige and Chopsticks could be a place to start!

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