SW 9688

Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender

Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender SW 9688 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Modern Lavender paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 9688. Find out if this gorgeous cold grey paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Color code:SW 9688
Color name:Modern Lavender
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Emerald Designer Edition - Classic + Collected

Modern Lavender for bedroom

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We’ve hand-picked a beautiful collection of photos of this amazing Beige shade used in real bedrooms. Take a look and imagine how this wonderful cool Mid-tone paint color could transform your own bedroom space.

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LRV of Modern Lavender

Modern Lavender SW 9688 has an LRV of 40.47% 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 40.47% 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 Modern Lavender undertones?

Blue is Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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, 170, 179

Is Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender SW 9688 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 229° this Grey refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 9688 Modern Lavender HSL code: 229, 7%, 68%

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.

  • Cool Grey shades make a room feel sleek, fresh and modern
  • Cooler hues have a calm and relaxation effect
  • Cool Blue undertones make small spaces feel more open and expansive
  • Cool paint hue are ideal for bedroom or bathroom. Be careful with deep blues and greens in bathroom, which will reflect on your skin.

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 Modern Lavender:

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

Modern Lavender SW 9688 vs Morning Fog SW 6255

Trying to decide between these two shades? Our comparison highlights the similarities and differences between these two paint colors.

Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender SW 9688 vs Sherwin Williams Morning Fog SW 6255Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender SW 9688
LRV: 40.47%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 41.65%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold

Modern Lavender SW 9688 vs Obi Lilac SW 6556

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 Modern Lavender SW 9688 vs Sherwin Williams Obi Lilac SW 6556Sherwin Williams Modern Lavender SW 9688
LRV: 40.47%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 38.71%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#a8aab3copy color code
RGB Decimal168, 170, 179copy color code
RGB Percent65.88%, 66.67%, 70.20%copy color code
HSVHue: 229° Saturation: 6.15% Value: 70.2%copy color code
HSLhsl(229, 7, 68)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 6.15 Magenta: 5.03 Yellow: 0.0 Key: 29.8copy color code
YIQY: 170.428 I: -4.084 Q: 2.378copy color code
XYZX: 38.658 Y: 40.329 Z: 48.383copy color code
CIE LabL:69.703 a:1.046 b:-4.855copy color code
CIE LuvL:69.703 u:-1.624 v:-7.394copy color code
Decimal11053747copy color code
Hunter lab63.505, -2.474, -0.719copy color code
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