On the hunt for a light gray paint color? Sherwin Williams’ Silverpointe might be for you. This cooler gray is pretty, but it’s not right for everyone–find out if it will work well in your space.
What are the undertones in Silverpointe?
Silverpoint has blue and green undertones. You will see varying degrees of either bluish gray or greenish gray depending on if you have more or less light and what your other decor pulls out of the color.
Gray paint will either have green, blue, purple or even green-blue undertones! There is absolutely no paint color that is free of any undertones, so when someone says they are looking for a true gray, know that doesn’t exist!
Is Silverpointe warm or cool?
Any paint color that has blue or green undertones is a cool paint color, so Silverpoint is most definitely a cool color.
What colors go with Sherwin Williams Silverpoint?
That green-blue undertone in Silverpoint make it a bit more flexible when it comes to pairing with decor and other paint colors. Here are a few colors I think go really well with Silverpointe:
Palladian Blue: A beautiful blend of green and blue, Palladian Blue is a great accent choice for Silverpointe.
Waterloo: When you need a dark, moody hue that goes with Sliverpointe, reach for Waterloo. Waterloo has undertones of blue and green so it pairs perfectly with Silverpointe.
Rainwashed: A much, much paler version of Palladian Blue, Rainwashed is simply stunning and works wonderfully when paired with Silverpointe.
Which trim color works best with Silverpointe?
For the best pairing, I really like putting a true white like Oxford White or High Reflective White with Silverpointe.
Silverpointe vs Repose Gray
Silverpointe and Repose Gray are very different colors as you can see below. Repose Gray is a much warmer color overall and actually has undertones of violet, while Silverpointe has those green-blue undertones and is much cooler. You’d choose Repose Gray if your fixed elements had more of a purple undertone than a blue/green undertone.
Silverpoint vs. Agreeable Gray
Silverpointe and Agreeable Gray both share a green undertone, but as you can see below, Agreeable Gray lacks the blue undertone that’s found in Silverpointe, making it a much warmer color. You’d choose Agreeable Gray over Silverpointe if your fixed elements has more of a green gray undertone, rather than a blue gray undertone.
Will Siverpointe work in my home?
Getting Silverpointe to work in your home will come down to two things–one, how light or dark of a color you need and two, whether or not the undertones in your home will work with the color. Let’s unpack both of those!
Make sure the undertones work for your space
The most important step in getting the paint color right is to first take inventory of everything in your home that can’t easily be changed. You can easily change a rug to better suit a paint color, but you can’t inexpensively change countertops or cabinets.
Go around and look at all your major pieces of furniture, flooring, cabinets, countertops, etc and note the undertone.
If you have multiple undertones, look at the biggest items in the room; for most people that would be cabinets, counters, flooring and large pieces of furniture.
You know from reading this post that Silverpointe has a blue and green undertone to it. So if you’re noting a purple undertone from your countertops or a brown undertone in your couch, Silverpointe just isn’t going to work for you.
The undertones in your paint color and your fixed elements need to be harmonious. Now, if you have a blue, charcoal or crisp white or gray that leans blue sofa, you might have your paint color. Likewise, if you have a quartz with blue or charcoal veining, you might have a good match for your cabinet color with Silverpointe.
Make sure the color is light or dark enough for your space
Next you’ll need to evaluate how light or dark you want the color to be. Silverpointe is not the lightest gray, but it’s certainly not the darkest. It sits just over the halfway mark, closer to the lighter side of things.
You may know that you need a gray with a blue undertone, but you might need something darker or even lighter. In the case of wanting something darker, try Coventry Gray or Boothbay Gray. In the case of wanting something lighter, try Moonshine.
Don’t forget to test it out
You must always test out paint colors before you commit. Once you identify undertones and decide on how light or dark the color needs to be, this is the rational next step.
The absolute best way to do this is by getting those peel and stick samples. I like to get several closely related hues when I’m deciding as you can easily see undertones when you compare paint colors with each other.
Don’t remove the backing and place them behind a white cardboard like I’ve done below. This is how you would test out the wall color.
If Silverpointe isn’t for you, try some of other popular grey paint colors I suggest working with.
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