Sherwin Williams On the Rocks: The Quick and Easy on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
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, its got some of the more subtle undertones, making it versatile for many interior projects.
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.
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’.
What’s the LRV of On the Rocks?
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.
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
If I’m painting my walls On the Rocks, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
With On the Rocks, I definitely recommend Sherwin Williams High Reflective White for your trim.
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.
Read more: 5 Tips to 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, keeping reading!).
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. In find On the Rocks and Big Chill to be 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…
- On the Rocks likes cool gray paint colours that are the same depth or DARKER than it, especially with similar undertones
- It can handle gray colours with blue or blue-green undertones (but doesn’t love committed green undertones as much in some depths)
- On the Rocks DOESN’T like greige, cream or beige
- On the Rocks likes to be partnered with white, blue-gray paint colours and navy blue!
Not sure if On the Rocks is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS BIG CHILL
BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD
SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN AND ONLINE VIRTUAL PAINT COLOUR EXPERT, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLORS DIY DECORATING AND DESIGN ADVICE BLOGGER