SW 2838

Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany

Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany SW 2838 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Polished Mahogany paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 2838. Find out if this gorgeous warm red paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Color code:SW 2838
Color name:Polished Mahogany
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Arts & Crafts (1880s-1910s), Intrinsic, Historic Exterior Color Wall

LRV of Polished Mahogany

Polished Mahogany SW 2838 has an LRV of 2.71% and refers to Dark colors which means that this color almost does not reflect 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 2.71% 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 Polished Mahogany undertones?

Red is Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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:

67, 39, 34

Is Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany SW 2838 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 9° this Red refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 2838 Polished Mahogany HSL code: 9, 33%, 20%

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 Red will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Red 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 Polished Mahogany:

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

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

Polished Mahogany SW 2838 vs Rookwood Dark Red SW 2801

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

Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany SW 2838 vs Sherwin Williams Rookwood Dark Red SW 2801Sherwin Williams Polished Mahogany SW 2838
LRV: 2.71%
Dark color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 3.23%
Dark color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#432722copy color code
RGB Decimal67, 39, 34copy color code
RGB Percent26.27%, 15.29%, 13.33%copy color code
HSVHue: 9° Saturation: 49.25% Value: 26.27%copy color code
HSLhsl(9, 33, 20)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 41.79 Yellow: 49.25 Key: 73.73copy color code
YIQY: 46.802 I: 18.292 Q: 4.367copy color code
XYZX: 3.329 Y: 2.76 Z: 1.87copy color code
CIE LabL:19.056 a:12.489 b:8.838copy color code
CIE LuvL:19.056 u:16.52 v:6.22copy color code
Decimal4400930copy color code
Hunter lab16.614, 6.695, 4.955copy color code
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