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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 gray paint colours, it’s got 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?

While On the Rocks is not a traditionally WARM paint colour, it sure isn’t a cold gray paint colour either, unless you put it in a north-facing room. On the Rocks is what I consider a ‘soft gray’.

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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.

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 purple undertone, which can sometimes slide slightly purple-blue 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

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

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.

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

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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.

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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, keeping 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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