JULY 2024



Summer is the perfect time to highlight an easy, breezy style that revolves around simple but stunning color. Grounded in a modern palette of natural neutrals and warm earth tones, July’s California Love color collection effortlessly creates a beautiful oasis of casual comfort.


This inviting shade of warm white seamlessly blends modern simplicity with traditional style. Heron Plume’s laid-back energy is perfect for the refined yet relaxed sophistication of California coastal style. When paired with the nature-inspired coordinating hues of the California Love palette, this airy shade makes crafting casual style a breeze.

Get the look: Round Silhouettes, Large Floor Plants, Timber Ceiling, White Backdrop


Settle into serenity with the subtle, relaxing influence of simple color. A layered approach to the soft, tonal neutrals of this month’s palette builds to evoke a cozy sense of tranquility in a bedroom retreat. Heron Plume’s warming shade of creamy white paired with Pachyderm’s soft greige tone creates a clean backdrop for other elements of coastal style to stand out. Textured natural materials like jute and wicker mix with layered wood tones to add depth and contrast while highlighting the organic, outdoor feel of the space.

Get the look: Honey Wood Tones, Rattan, Layered Textures, Floor Plants


Whether inside or out, Heron Plume’s warmth radiates an easygoing, welcoming vibe to greet guests. A rich blue-green shade like Mount Etna makes a striking first impression, adding bold contrast that elevates the exterior and sets the tone.

Get the look: Mixed Textures, Earth Tones, Greenery, Layered Elements


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Crank Up Your Curb Appeal

Crank Up Your Curb Appeal

Looking to crank up your home’s curb appeal? Create an attention-grabbing style with our tips and tricks for simple ways to enhance your home’s exterior.




Those architectural details make your home unique – play them up! Does your home have incredible trim? Pick a color to enhance that. Maybe there are two forms of siding on your home — consider using two separate body colors to add some contrast. The unique aspects of your home can be a fun way to make a bold impression.










Design resources are EVERYWHERE! Magazines, nearby homes and websites like Pinterest will help you identify what color schemes you gravitate toward. Once you have some selections in mind, let Sherwin-Williams and the ColorSnap® Visualizer help you finish the job. Upload a photo of your own home or select one of our pre-selected exterior shots to play with color and share your schemes with family and friends to get their opinions too!



















Think in terms of color pairs. For example, coordinating a dark siding color with white trim creates strong contrast, leaving room for accent colors to be used in other areas like shutters or doors. If you have a neutral siding and trim palette, a boldly-colored front door will make a statement. And remember, to create color harmony for your home, keep your exterior palette between four to five colors.




Samples! It’s important to get some color samples once you have narrowed down your choices. Get some color chips online or from your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store and tape them up on your house for a day or two. Look at the colors throughout the day and in different weather if possible, because color can change depending on the conditions. Sherwin-Williams paint experts will also tint a small Color to Go® sample that you can take home and use to test on an area of your house. The recommended size would be about 24” x 36”. Take your time, because this final phase of the color selection process is really critical to success.










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How to Prepare an Old Deck for Painting

Is your deck looking a little worse for wear? Do you wish it was in better shape for entertaining or enjoying with your family? Weather and time can take a heavy toll on your deck, leaving the paint peeling and chipped and overall looking less than stellar. But painting an old deck requires proper preparation.

Removing Old Deck Paint

You can’t just apply a fresh coat of paint on your deck and expect to get great results. Dust, dirt, and chipped paint all create a bumpy surface for application. Before even cracking open that can of paint, here are some steps you can take to ensure your old deck comes out looking good as new:

  1. Wash the deck using deck cleaner and a stiff broom. Cleaning will remove dirt, debris, mold and mildew, and some loose paint. A neutralizer may be required depending on the type of cleaner being used.
  1. Scrape the deck material using a soft bristle brush and paint scraper to remove old paint so the new paint will stick evenly without chipping or bubbling.
  1. Lightly sand any additional loose paint or rough areas to make a smooth surface, which is easier to paint and will seal more effectively to protect the wood.

Now that your deck is prepped and ready for painting, it’s time to pick the best product. An old deck requires a little more TLC than a new one due to natural wear from sun, water, snow, and use. To help give it extra longevity so you can get many more years of use out of it, here’s what to look for in deck paint:

  1. Opacity. This is important because it controls how much wood grain is visible through the paint. The higher the opacity, the less wood grain you’ll see. An older deck with lots of wear and tear might benefit from higher opacity to hide the flaws.
  1. Durability. A paint’s durability is particularly important when choosing it for use on an old deck because weather, foot traffic from pets and people, and daily use can break down paint quickly. A durable paint will protect the deck and help the paint last.
  1. Texture. You don’t want to use smooth paint for the flat surface because it will be too slippery, but you don’t need highly textured paint for the vertical sections. Knowing what texture to use and where to use it will increase the success of your paint job. Non-slip additives are the way to go on vertical areas.


Birthstone-Inspired Paint Palettes

Birthstone-Inspired Paint Palettes

Most of us know our birthstone. But how familiar are you with the unique and wonderful characteristics your gemstone is thought to possess? Join our colorful journey to discover curated Sherwin-Williams paint palettes inspired by each month’s birthstone and its meanings. Plus, find the inspiration, guidance, tools—and even free color chips—to get your DIY project started.











The garnet’s rich, red color symbolizes faith, love and courage — perfect traits for DIYers looking to refresh their home. Ready to create a nursery or guest room filled with rosy warmth? This January birthstone-inspired paint palette is the perfect place to start.











The deep purple of the amethyst represents royalty, passion and hope. Bring that regal spirit to your next painting project (the bedroom walls, perhaps?) with this February birthstone-inspired paint palette fit for a queen or king.











Crisp and fresh, aquamarine symbolizes creativity, hope and self-expression. Tap into its light blue clarity for your next bathroom re-do with help from this March birthstone-inspired paint palette.











Always sparkling with energy, the diamond symbolizes eternal love. The complementary colors in this April birthstone-inspired paint palette might just be ones you’ll adore forever — which makes them perfect for a kids’ room, don’t you think?











Undeniably beautiful, the emerald’s gorgeous green color promotes health, faithfulness and wealth. If your next painting project is a home office, consider the hues from this May birthstone-inspired palette.











It’s easy to see why the pearl is associated with modesty and purity. This paint palette features simple, subdued neutrals that perfectly embody those timeless characteristics. Try these June birthstone-inspired hues in hallways or other common areas.












The ruby’s deep, dramatic red color symbolizes strength and courage — making it perfect for a front door. For beautifully balanced curb appeal, paint trim in one of the complementary warm neutrals from this July birthstone-inspired palette.











The lovely, light green of peridot promotes wealth and wisdom. Consider the colors from this August birthstone-inspired paint palette in family rooms or kitchens, the perfect gathering spots for meaningful conversations with loved ones.











The stunning blue sapphire represents truth and protection. So, never fear — use the hues from this September birthstone-inspired paint palette on a bathroom vanity or ceiling for character as powerful as the gemstone itself.











The opulent opal represents hope and innocence. Mirroring the gemstone’s iridescence, this October birthstone-inspired paint palette features an array of happy hues guaranteed to add sparkle to a nursery or play space.











With its tranquil translucency, topaz symbolizes health and wellness in the mind and body. Have a home gym or workout area in need of a refresh? The colors from this November birthstone-inspired paint palette are an excellent “fit.”











Happiness and good fortune are the hallmarks of turquoise. Perhaps the colors of this December birthstone-inspired paint palette are precisely what your entryway needs to ensure everyone comes and goes on the right foot?











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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.

Photo Courtesy of @jg_propertysolutions
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.












Photo Courtesy of @our_edith_house
 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.













Photo Courtesy of @tracyzlock
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.

Photo Courtesy of @spetrichhome
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.

Photo Courtesy of @hatcliffconstruction
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.

Photo Courtesy of @whilefloriansleeps
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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