SW 6002

Sherwin Williams Essential Gray

Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW 6002 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Essential Gray paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 6002. Find out if this gorgeous warm grey paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Essential Gray SW 6002
Color code:SW 6002
Color name:Essential Gray
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Living Well, Pottery Barn Teen, Minimalist

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LRV of Essential Gray

Essential Gray SW 6002 has an LRV of 48.39% and refers to Light Medium colors that reflect half of the incident 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).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 48.39% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

What are Sherwin Williams Essential Gray undertones?

Red is Sherwin Williams Essential Gray 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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

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RGB code:

188, 184, 182

Is Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW 6002 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 20° this Grey refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 6002 Essential Gray HSL code: 20, 4%, 73%

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.

  • Warm Grey will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Grey undertones tend to make you feel happy, energized and playful
  • Warm paint colors are ideal for kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms
  • Warmer hues make larger spaces feel more inviting

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 Essential Gray:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Darker shades

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Essential Gray SW 6002 vs March Wind SW 7668

Can't choose between these two beautiful shades? We'll compare these two colors to help you make the right decision.

Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW 6002 vs Sherwin Williams March Wind SW 7668Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW 6002
LRV: 48.39%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 48.65%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm

Essential Gray SW 6002 vs Gray Clouds SW 7658

We'll help you determine which of these shades will work best in your space.

Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW 6002 vs Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds SW 7658Sherwin Williams Essential Gray SW 6002
LRV: 48.39%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 47.26%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#bcb8b6copy color code
RGB Decimal188, 184, 182copy color code
RGB Percent73.73%, 72.16%, 71.37%copy color code
HSVHue: 20° Saturation: 3.19% Value: 73.73%copy color code
HSLhsl(20, 4, 73)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 2.13 Yellow: 3.19 Key: 26.27copy color code
YIQY: 184.968 I: 3.026 Q: 0.224copy color code
XYZX: 46.321 Y: 48.35 Z: 51.136copy color code
CIE LabL:75.045 a:1.039 b:1.515copy color code
CIE LuvL:75.045 u:2.412 v:2.056copy color code
Decimal12368054copy color code
Hunter lab69.534, -2.774, 5.072copy color code
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