Sherwin Williams Opalescent SW 9686 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Opalescent paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 9686. 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 9686
Color name:Opalescent
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Emerald Designer Edition - Classic + Collected

Opalescent for bedroom

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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent bedroom
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent bedroom
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent 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 Light paint color could transform your own bedroom space.

Opalescent for living room

  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent living room interior
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent victorian house interior
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent cozy living room
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent japandi interior
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent living room
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Check out this stunning Light used in real living rooms. Explore how this Grey color shade can create a unique space

Sherwin Williams SW 9686 for bathroom

  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent bathroom
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent minimalist bathroom
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent minimalist bathroom
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent bathroom
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent minimalist bathroom
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Looking for inspiration for your dream bathroom renovation project? These beautiful handpicked photos will show you this delightfully cool Light real bathrooms.

Sherwin Williams SW 9686 on kitchen cabinets

  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent kitchen cabinets
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent kitchen cabinets
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent small kitchen cabinets
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent kitchen cabinets
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Want a stylish kitchen? View real-life photo examples of this fascinating cool hue is paired with backsplashes, countertops, and hardware.

Sherwin Williams Opalescent reviews

  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent wall
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent kitchen backsplash
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent kidsroom interior, children's room
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent modern interior
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent living room interior
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  • Sherwin Williams Opalescent living room
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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 Opalescent undertones?

Blue is Sherwin Williams Opalescent 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

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HEX value

HEX value:

#DFE0E3

RGB code:

223, 224, 227

Is Sherwin Williams Opalescent SW 9686 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 225° this Grey refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 9686 Opalescent HSL code: 225, 7%, 88%

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 Opalescent:

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

Sherwin Williams SW 9686 Opalescent

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

Opalescent SW 9686 vs Soothing White SW 6539

Are you torn between these two hues? Let's dive in and see which is the best fit for your home.

Sherwin Williams Opalescent SW 9686 vs Sherwin Williams Soothing White SW 6539Open Opalescent SW 9686
LRV: 74.64%
Off-White color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 76.31%
Off-White color
Temperature: cold

Opalescent SW 9686 vs Quicksilver SW 6245

Looking for the perfect paint color for your space? Let's see the differences between these two paint colors to help you make an informed decision.

Sherwin Williams Opalescent SW 9686 vs Sherwin Williams Quicksilver SW 6245Open Opalescent SW 9686
LRV: 74.64%
Off-White color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 75.41%
Off-White color
Temperature: cold

LRV of Opalescent

Opalescent SW 9686 has an LRV of 74.64% and refers to Off-White 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 74.64% 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#dfe0e3copy color code
RGB Decimal223, 224, 227copy color code
RGB Percent87.45%, 87.84%, 89.02%copy color code
HSVHue: 225° Saturation: 1.76% Value: 89.02%copy color code
HSLhsl(225, 7, 88)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 1.76 Magenta: 1.32 Yellow: 0.0 Key: 10.98copy color code
YIQY: 224.043 I: -1.56 Q: 0.722copy color code
XYZX: 70.949 Y: 74.545 Z: 83.303copy color code
CIE LabL:89.18 a:0.204 b:-1.577copy color code
CIE LuvL:89.18 u:-0.728 v:-2.454copy color code
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Hunter lab86.34, -4.414, 3.233copy color code
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