Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray SW 7045 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Intellectual Gray paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 7045. Find out if this gorgeous warm beige paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Intellectual Gray SW 7045
Color code:SW 7045
Color name:Intellectual Gray
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Naturalist

Sherwin Williams SW 7045 on kitchen cabinets

  • Intellectual Gray Kitchen Cabinets
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  • Intellectual Gray Kitchen Cabinets
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  • Intellectual Gray Kitchen Cabinets
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  • Intellectual Gray Kitchen Cabinets
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Want a stylish kitchen? View real-life photo examples of this fascinating warm hue is paired with backsplashes, countertops, and hardware.

Intellectual Gray for exterior

  • Sw 7045 Exterior
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  • Sw 7045 Exterior
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  • Sw 7045 Exterior
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  • Sw 7045 Exterior
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Looking for a fresh new look for your house exterior or starting from skretch? We’ve collected pictures of real-life homes that have been painted with this warm hue. Find inspiration for your house’s exterior, front doors, gates, shutters, frames or windows.

Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray reviews

  • Intellectual Gray Bathroom
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  • Sw Intellectual Gray Living Room
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  • Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray Living Room
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  • Sw Intellectual Gray Panelling
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  • Panelling
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View the photos of real spaces painted with this that were not included in specific categories.Close-ups, painted furniture, storages and dressers, hallways, stairs and ceilings.

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What are Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray undertones?

Red is Sherwin Williams Intellectual 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:

168, 160, 147

Is Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray SW 7045 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 37° this Beige refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 7045 Intellectual Gray HSL code: 37, 11%, 62%

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 Beige 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 Intellectual 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.

Lighter shades

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

Intellectual Gray SW 7045 vs Smooth Stone SW 9568

Unsure what shade is the better choice for your design? We've highlighted the differences of these two colors to help you determine which one will best suit your space.

Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray SW 7045 vs Sherwin Williams Smooth Stone SW 9568Open Intellectual Gray SW 7045
LRV: 35.74%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 36.6%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Intellectual Gray SW 7045 vs Palisade SW 7635

Choosing the best shade for your space? We've compared the two colors to help you make an informed decision for your project.

Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray SW 7045 vs Sherwin Williams Palisade SW 7635Open Intellectual Gray SW 7045
LRV: 35.74%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 35.16%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

LRV of Intellectual Gray

Intellectual Gray SW 7045 has an LRV of 35.74% 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).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 35.74% 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.

Color codes

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HEX#a8a093copy color code
RGB Decimal168, 160, 147copy color code
RGB Percent65.88%, 62.75%, 57.65%copy color code
HSVHue: 37° Saturation: 12.5% Value: 65.88%copy color code
HSLhsl(37, 11, 62)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 4.76 Yellow: 12.5 Key: 34.12copy color code
YIQY: 160.91 I: 8.945 Q: -2.353copy color code
XYZX: 33.985 Y: 35.573 Z: 32.672copy color code
CIE LabL:66.193 a:0.604 b:7.815copy color code
CIE LuvL:66.193 u:5.503 v:10.905copy color code
Decimal11051155copy color code
Hunter lab59.644, -2.667, 9.272copy color code
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