SW 0012

Sherwin Williams Empire Gold

Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Empire Gold paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 0012. Find out if this gorgeous warm yellow paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Color code:SW 0012
Color name:Empire Gold
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Historic Interior Color Wall, Purely Refined, Victorian (1830s-1910s)

LRV of Empire Gold

Empire Gold SW 0012 has an LRV of 37.17% and refers to Medium colors that reflect a lot of light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

What are Sherwin Williams Empire Gold undertones?

Red is Sherwin Williams Empire Gold undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

HEX value:


RGB code:

193, 159, 110

Is Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 35° this Yellow refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 0012 Empire Gold HSL code: 35, 40%, 59%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Sherwin Williams Empire Gold:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

A monochromatic color scheme is a color palette that consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. This means using variations of one hue, such as different shades of blue, green, or red, to create a harmonious and cohesive look.

Lighter shades

Darker shades

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

A complementary color scheme is a color combination that uses two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Empire Gold SW 0012 vs Sassy Green SW 6416

Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012 and Sherwin Williams Sassy Green SW 6416 are two of the most popular white paint colors on the market. But which one is right for your project? Consider the differences to help you decide.

Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012 vs Sherwin Williams Sassy Green SW 6416Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012
LRV: 37.17%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 39.55%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Empire Gold SW 0012 vs Antiquity SW 6402

Trying to decide between Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012 and Sherwin Williams Antiquity SW 6402? Let's help you make the best decision for your design goals.

Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012 vs Sherwin Williams Antiquity SW 6402Sherwin Williams Empire Gold SW 0012
LRV: 37.17%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 38.84%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

HEX#c19f6ecopy color code
RGB Decimal193, 159, 110copy color code
RGB Percent75.69%, 62.35%, 43.14%copy color code
HSVHue: 35° Saturation: 43.01% Value: 75.69%copy color code
HSLhsl(35, 40, 59)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 17.62 Yellow: 43.01 Key: 24.31copy color code
YIQY: 163.58 I: 36.006 Q: -8.057copy color code
XYZX: 37.206 Y: 37.261 Z: 19.98copy color code
CIE LabL:67.473 a:5.962 b:30.267copy color code
Decimal12689262copy color code