Sherwin Williams Proper Gray SW 6003 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Proper Gray paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful SW 6003. 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:Proper Gray SW 6003
Color code:SW 6003
Color name:Proper Gray
Brand:Sherwin Williams
Color collections:Living Well - Center, Cool Neutrals

Proper Gray for bedroom

  • Sw 6003 Bedroom
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  • Sw 6003 Bedroom
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  • Sw 6003 Bedroom
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  • Sw 6003 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 warm Mid-tone paint color could transform your own bedroom space.

Sherwin Williams Proper Gray reviews

  • Sw Proper Gray Door
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  • Bathroom
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  • Proper Gray Dining Room Paint
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  • Kitchen
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  • Proper Gray Dining 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 Proper Gray undertones?

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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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

HEX value:


RGB code:

173, 168, 165

Is Sherwin Williams Proper Gray SW 6003 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 22° this Grey refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

SW 6003 Proper Gray HSL code: 22, 5%, 66%

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 Proper 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

Sherwin Williams SW 6003 Proper Gray

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

Proper Gray SW 6003 vs Flexible Gray SW 6010

Our comparison will assist you in determining which shade will complement your space.

Sherwin Williams Proper Gray SW 6003 vs Sherwin Williams Flexible Gray SW 6010Open Proper Gray SW 6003
LRV: 39.44%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 38.13%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Proper Gray SW 6003 vs Mystical Shade SW 6276

Choosing between these two awesome hues? We'll break down the differences to help you find the perfect shade for your space.

Sherwin Williams Proper Gray SW 6003 vs Sherwin Williams Mystical Shade SW 6276Open Proper Gray SW 6003
LRV: 39.44%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 40.25%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm

LRV of Proper Gray

Proper Gray SW 6003 has an LRV of 39.44% 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 39.44% 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#ada8a5copy color code
RGB Decimal173, 168, 165copy color code
RGB Percent67.84%, 65.88%, 64.71%copy color code
HSVHue: 22° Saturation: 4.62% Value: 67.84%copy color code
HSLhsl(22, 5, 66)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 2.89 Yellow: 4.62 Key: 32.16copy color code
YIQY: 169.153 I: 3.944 Q: 0.124copy color code
XYZX: 38.026 Y: 39.606 Z: 41.229copy color code
CIE LabL:69.188 a:1.237 b:2.185copy color code
CIE LuvL:69.188 u:3.066 v:2.957copy color code
Decimal11380901copy color code
Hunter lab62.934, -2.279, 5.212copy color code
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