January 2024



Ease into the ethereal atmosphere of a soft blue that evokes the perfect peace of a morning walk on the beach. Upward’s easygoing attitude inspires simple yet total contentment.














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Embrace the simple comfort of a shade that captures the limitless wonder of a bright summer sky. Upward’s breezy, pale hue gently washes living spaces with its buoyant, uplifting energy, effortlessly crafting an airy yet inviting atmosphere. Its serene character, reminiscent of the tranquil beauty of the seaside, is perfect for a coastal-inspired interior. The deep marine-blue of Gale Force – the anchor of this month’s palette – grounds the mostly neutral space, providing balance and a note of cozy moodiness.


















The classic and timeless appeal of this color is right at home in a relaxed modern coastal dining space. As a calming backdrop, Upward offers versatility and a clean touch to a look that relies on a simple palette of light neutrals. Paired with natural elements, woven textures and natural wood tones, this humble hue inspires a sense of casual, understated sophistication to balance the minimalist side of this aesthetic.


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3 Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are knocking at the door with guests not far behind. It’s a joyful but busy season of hosting and gathering. We’ve pulled together three simple DIYs to help you freshen up your home yet leave you ready to relax and enjoy all the moments that matter most.

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Featured Color: Iron Ore SW 7069 

Work Some Magic in the Dining Room

During the holidays, the dining room can become a cramped and crowded hub for hosting. For a more spacious feel, create the illusion of depth with color. A dark hue like Iron Ore can achieve this while also bringing an elevated look to the space. Paint just an accent wall or cover walls and trim with the same color to soften angles and evoke the impression of expansiveness.












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 Featured Color: Mount Etna SW 7625

A Little Love for the Trim

Refreshing trim is a simple and often-overlooked way to make an impact with little input of time or cost. To heighten the drama, go for a monochrome look using a moody shade like Mount Etna. Blending the trim, walls, and ceiling brings harmony and creates the impression of open space. Or, to keep things more simple, you could choose a darker contrasting color and paint just the trim to define borders with sharp, bold lines. Make the project even easier and simply touch up the existing color for a fresh, clean look.













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Featured Color: Pewter Green SW 6208


Freshen Up the Fireplace

Gather round and nestle in to the cozy vibes with a quick and easy fireplace refresh. This festive focal point provides the perfect backdrop for your holiday gatherings. With a bold neutral like Pewter Green, this DIY can make a big impression year-round. It’s an easy, statement-making update that will grab the notice of family and friends.














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5 Ceiling Paint Colors We Love

Who says color should be limited to walls? Elevate your space by selecting just the right hue for your ceiling!

From calming greens to bold blues and plenty of shades in between, the ceiling color you choose can make a room feel brighter, cover surface imperfections, create a cozy space or even make a dramatic style statement. Keep reading to see which “fifth wall” colors we look up to the most.

Photo Courtesy of @laurenashleyelder and @lesliebrownphotography
Featured Colors: Billiard Green SW 0016 (Ceiling), Jazz Age Coral SW 0058 (Doors)
























A strong, historic color such as Billiard Green on your ceiling is an impressive way to introduce classic contrast and intrigue to brighter, airier spaces like sunrooms. The rich shade of green works particularly well if your space has warm textures like wood and leather or earth-colored elements such as terra cotta floor tiling. Accenting the bold green with subtle hints of a softer color like Jazz Age Coral adds playful charm to a room grounded in historic style.

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Featured Colors: Extra White SW 7006 (Ceiling), Homburg Gray SW 7622 (Accent Wall)


It’s the classic standard for a reason. Opting for a white ceiling hue like Extra White means that almost any wall color you choose will pair harmoniously. Another plus: white ceilings reflect a lot of light, which can make your space feel brighter and more open.

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Featured Colors: Quietude SW 6212 (Ceiling), Dover White SW 6385 (Walls)


Take a deep breath in and out while you allow the cool, light green hue of Quietude to bring a sense of rejuvenation to your space. Try this green color on the ceiling in places where you can unwind — think sipping coffee on a welcoming, walled-in porch or taking a luxurious soak in a bright bathroom. For the wall color, Quietude pairs well with the warm, sun-splashed charm found in Dover White.

Photo Courtesy of @highland.haven
Featured Colors: Tricorn Black SW 6258 (Ceiling), Dorian Gray SW 7017 (Walls), Eider White SW 7014 (Trim)


Tricorn Black brings a tall ceiling back down to the ground. While white ceilings tend to make a room feel larger, choosing this never-boring black makes a strong, purposeful connection between floor, walls and ceiling — perfect for a comfy bedroom or an intimate living room. As an added bonus, since Tricorn Black is a true black, it will perfectly pair with any undertone for your walls and trim.

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Featured Colors: Offbeat Green SW 6706 (Ceiling), Starboard SW 6755 (Walls)


Prefer to march to the beat of your own drum? A surprising shade like Offbeat Green can make anyone look twice. Going bold still needs some ground rules, so try to complement a daring ceiling color like Offbeat Green with a deeper, more saturated hue that sits next to it on the color wheel such as a blue green like Starboard. Embrace your inner maximalist by pairing this stunning color with plenty of eclectic artwork, varying textures and mixed materials.

from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams

Dining Room Colors Inspired by Holiday Treats

Dining Room Colors Inspired by Holiday Treats

Whether they’re chocolate-covered or sugar-sprinkled, these holiday treats are baked with color inspiration that dining rooms are eyeing. Sit back with a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite holiday treat as you find a dining room color palette that gets your mouth watering.


Nothing says ‘tis the season like peppermint bark. Featuring a trio of red, white, and brown, this mint chocolate treat is layered with cozy color options. If you’re looking for a sprinkling of color in your dining room, try accenting corners with warmer shades of red or brown to draw attention to that space.


Like the freshly fallen snow, Russian tea cakes capture the simplicity and sophistication of a classic neutral. A timeless hue like Alabaster is simple, sleek, and known for its ability to stand the test of time. No matter the season, this neutral shade sets the stage for an elegant room that’s always in style.


Gingerbread cookies are as rich in color as they are spiced with fragrance. A toasty brown like Tatami Tan brings warmth to your dining space, while a creamy neutral like Interactive Cream adds an extra layer of comfort that puts guests at ease.


On the outside, this golden pastry seems simple, but there’s more than meets the eye. Take a bite and you’ll reveal a pocketful of bold color. If you’re looking to make an impact, a deep shade like Burgundy brings an element of surprise to your dining room while working wonders to stir your appetite.


Why choose one color when you can choose three? Layered with rainbow-inspired hues of pink, green and yellow, this chocolate-covered cake is stacked with triple the options to give dining rooms a playful look that embraces a variety of bright shades.

We made a list and we’re checking it twice. There are dozens of treats being baked, mixed, and molded during the holiday season, why stop at five? If you didn’t see your favorite dessert, getting color inspiration is a step away. Use our ColorSnap® Visualizer app to create a holiday-inspired palette in seconds.

from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams

Color Blind-Friendly Home Paint Guide

Color Blind-Friendly Home Paint Guide

An estimated 300 million people experience some form of color vision deficiency, otherwise known as color blindness. For those who are not color blind, it can feel nearly impossible to comprehend how those who fall on the color blind spectrum perceive color. Understanding the different forms of color vision deficiencies is the first step to confidently determine what colors will best work in a color blind home.

This color spectrum chart shows how three different types of color blindness impact color perception


The biggest misconception about people who are color blind is that they see all colors in black and white. The truth is that over 99% of color blind people can see colors, they just interpret colors differently. True black and white color blindness, scientifically referred to as monochromacy or achromatopsia, is incredibly rare and impacts less than 1% of the color blind community. Let’s look at three specific forms of color blindness and their impact on color perception.

Left: How Billiard Green appears to someone with normal color vision
Right: How Billiard Green appears to someone with deuteranomaly


Deuteranomaly is the most common form of color blindness and is often referred to as “red-green color blind.” Deuteranomaly accounts for 62.5% of all color blindness. Individuals who experience this form of color blindness have reduced sensitivity to green light, meaning that while shades of green can still be seen, they are interpreted differently. Those impacted by deuteranomaly typically have a tough time differentiating the following colors:

  • Greens from reds
  • Light greens from yellows
  • Pinks from light grays

Left: How Fireweed appears to someone with normal color vision
Right: How Fireweed appears to someone with protanomaly


Protanomaly is a rarer form of red-green color blindness, with those experiencing it making up 12.5% of the color blind community. Individuals with protanomaly have reduced sensitivity to red light. Those impacted by protanomaly typically have a tough time differentiating the following colors:

  • Mid-reds from mid-greens
  • Dark oranges and dark red
  • Orange from mid-green
  • Purples from blue

Left: How Naval appears to someone with normal color vision
Right: How Naval appears to someone with tritanomaly


Tritanomaly is commonly referred to as “blue-yellow” color blind, but it is anything but common, making up only around 1% of the color blind community. Those with tritanomaly have reduced sensitivity to blue light and may struggle interpreting all shades of blue and nearby colors on the color spectrum, including yellow, green and purple. Those impacted by tritanomaly typically find it nearly impossible to perceive any colors aside from red.


Now that we have identified the potential problem colors for these three types of color blindness, let’s take a look at some curated colors that can be enjoyed in a color blind home.


This color collection is a great for households that include someone who experiences deuteranomaly. Neutral colors like Extra White and Tricorn Black are great foundational colors that can be used either as the primary color or an accent, without any risk that they could be misinterpreted. For those who want to introduce some warm undertones, Alabaster and Navajo White can bring a cozy feel by leaning more yellow. Drift of Mist and Homburg Gray are cooler neutrals that stay away from any green undertones.

Yellow and blue tones are also great options for those with deuteranomaly, as long as you stay away from colors with green tints and undertones. Georgian Bay, Aleutian and Sleepy Blue provide a full scope of relaxing and calming blues. If you desire a warm and energetic space, Bakelite Gold, Dakota Wheat and Napery offer an abundance of cheerful charm.


For the protanomaly color collection, these colors lean a tad cooler to stay away from warmer tones with reddish undertones. Cool whites and neutrals like Snowbound, Morning Fog and Iron Ore offer a variety of popular color options that work as a primary color or as an accent. If these colors feel too cool, Greek Villa has warm undertones and pairs beautifully with the other colors in the collection but is subtle enough that it won’t be confused with another color.

Naval, Calypso and Silvermist are excellent blue options that feature green undertones. The green undertones in these shades help stay far away from the red colors and shades that protanomaly struggle with. Green is also a great color, as long as you stay away from light and bright greens that may get confused with yellow. Dark greens and neutral greens such as Billiard Green and Evergreen Fog make for great options. Alexandrite is a vibrant shade of the green that pairs nicely with the blues featured in this collection and Greek Villa.


For those with Tritanomaly, most colors are impacted due to the reduced sensitivity to seeing blue. This can drastically impact how a person perceives the blue and yellow undertones featured in many white and neutrals paints. Because of the absence of any undertones, Extra White and Tricorn Black make great options.

The color that is least impacted by tritanomaly is red. Consider one of Sherwin-Williams many vibrant reds, including Positive Red – the perfect color that falls right in the middle of the color spectrum. While red orange colors tend to lose their vibrancy, pink typically retains its color accuracy. This makes the dark, rich Blackberry and the vibrant Cheery good options.


An important step in any color journey is to try colors in your home before you commit to a complete makeover. Colors can appear differently throughout the day due to ever-changing light conditions. For a color blind individual, this might not just cause a slight shift in tone, but a completely different interpretation of color. Make sure the entire household has honest conversations on what colors look like to them and what colors they like. Someone with deuteranomaly might love a shade of green even though they can’t fully interpret the color. Don’t forget, this is YOUR color journey, and the hue you choose is the one that’s perfect for you.

from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams


Just like the surf that inspired it, Silvermist’s cool tone can look both blue and green. You’ll be ready to embrace both as you drift away on the coastal vibes of this gentle hue that’s so serene, you’ll be dreaming of breezy ocean air.



The August palette brings the ocean home with just the right balance of delicate hues for creating a relaxed modern coastal space. At the center, you’ll find Silvermist. Its soft, misty blend of blue-green and slate gray undertones gives this hue an effortless versatility that makes it the perfect base color for evoking the casual, calming atmosphere of this look.

Get the Look: Nautical Details, Wicker Furnishings, Greenery



Kick back and soak up the easy vibe of a seaside style that’s meant to feel relaxed, refreshing and full of endless possibility – just like the California coast. The beachy feel of this palette really starts to roll in as you begin to play with the lighter coordinate hues that echo Silvermist’s delicate undertones. Layer the soft gray of Drift of Mist with an iconic surf spray-inspired color like Sea Salt for a light and airy feel as breezy and bright as a summer day at the beach.

Get the Look: Ocean Photography, Simplicity, Clean Lines



Pay homage to classic coastal Nantucket navy with Big Dipper, a captivating coordinate color that’s just as much at home in Florida as it is in Maine. This alluring hue’s dark blue inkiness makes the perfect moody backdrop reminiscent of the depths of the sea. Embrace the enveloping, cozy feel it creates by pairing with warm wood tones and natural materials, and, to bring a note of harmony, carry Silvermist’s calming tone into the space through accents.

Get the Look: Driftwood, Weathered Wood, Striped Pattern

from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams


Walk on the wild side with a dose of jungle-inspired color.

Kale Green’s lush tone feels like it was picked straight from the tropics and placed into a maximalist oasis where no rules are the rules.


Make room for more of what you love with a style and color that brings the fun in an eclectic but elevated way. Kale Green’s lush shade adds just the right amount of drama for a maximalist look that rides on tropical boho vibes. Whether you use a lot or a little of this hue, it makes a vibrant statement that sets the mood for your space. In a style that invites you to go for it, be sure to bring it with color!

Get the Look: Global Patterns, Rattan Furnishings, Tropical Greenery


Bold color transforms spaces. A dark neutral like Black Magic has the power to transport. Anchor your maximalist-influenced bathroom in this hue’s dark tone and watch as the brighter shades in the palette combine to create the carefree feel of a tropical escape. Alabaster provides a clean backdrop to heighten the pleasing sense of contrast and acts as a blank canvas. Just a bit of Kale Green amplifies the botanical tone of the foliage and artwork, while a tiny dose of Peppery’s fiery shade pops as an accent. Bringing these tropical pairings together brings an elevated but attainable feel.

Get the Look: Tropical Foliage, Bold Color, Gold Accents



When you’re working with such a gorgeous green, why not use it to greet your guests? Kale Green’s dialed-up energy sets the stage for your maximalist story to unfold inside and brings your front porch space alive with a little inspiration from the wild outdoors. Along with just a touch of Peppery, these bolder colors pop against the bright surrounding shade of Alabaster, and create a seamless and harmonious flow to what awaits.

Get the Look: Rattan Furnishings, Global Patterns, Greenery

from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams

Best Bedroom Blues

Best Bedroom Blues

Our bedrooms should be a space for sanctuary. Neutral and versatile, blue paint can act as a bold accent, or provide the perfect backdrop to give you a sleepy, sweet sanctuary. We’re highlighting three blue bedrooms from you that give us all the inspiration.


Naval may be a dark paint color, but pair it with bright decor and accents to create a balancing contrast. Create a focal point for your bed by using Naval on a geometric accent wall. The dimensional lines will naturally draw the eye toward the center of your bed.


Say goodbye to boring bedroom walls with a splash of bold color. Try combining bright hues like Lagoon with natural textures and white accent colors to give your space an uplifting look that feels carefree and coastal.


Try a nautical-inspired hue to bring the calming vibes of the beach to your space. Deep Sea Dive is a jewel tone that can be balanced with warm-colored accents. A backdrop this bold is the perfect way to highlight your most beloved belongings.

Blue bedroom bookcase with gold bed.

from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams

3 Ways to Create a Picture-Perfect Porch

There’s nothing more welcoming than a front porch. Whether you’re seated outside with a morning cup of coffee or taking a “porchtrait” with your family, this outdoor haven gets a lot of attention. Give your porch a colorful update with these three ideas.


Creating a warm and welcoming look starts with giving your front door a fresh coat of paint or stain. Whether you go bold with color or keep it neutral, this simple DIY takes less than a day to complete and gives your porch an instant facelift.


Adding a pop of color to your porch’s ceiling is an easy way to add a little bit of personality. Pull color inspiration from your shutters to create a seamless look or stick with light and airy hues to create a space that feels open and inviting.


Ready to add the final touches? It’s all in the details. Creating a lived-in look is the secret to DIYing a picture-perfect front porch. Whether it’s rattan seating or a potted fiddle leaf tree, accessorizing allows you to create a space you’ll enjoy using day after day.

Feeling inspired to freshen up your front porch? Let’s make your inspiration a reality.


from TINTED – A Blog by Sherwin-Williams

My Best Painters Are Creative

Here is a recent Podcast of Hands On Painters owner, Jonathan Zawacki talking with Ryan and Nate about living life on your own terms.