Silver Strand is a gray paint color by Sherwin Williams. It is a popular paint color due, in part, to its ability to shift between looking like a green, a blue, or a gray depending on the time of day or the light in the room.
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand is part of the following paint color collections: Honed Vitality, Nurterer, and Living Well – Unwind.
If you’re looking for a soothing, soft paint color that works all over the house, keep reading for all the details on Silver Strand.
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Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Color Characteristics
As I mentioned above, Silver Strand is a gray paint color. But, truly, Silver Strand doesn’t fit neatly into the “gray paint colors” box. This is because it has a lot of green and blue in it as well.
Many call this sort of paint color a chameleon shade due to its ability to change colors. Depending on the lighting in the room and the time of day, sometimes Silver Strand will look green, sometimes it will look blue and sometimes it will look gray.
In fact, Silver Strand can look like all these different colors in your room at the same time. One area may look like a washed out gray, one may look distinctly blue and another like a soft green.
This is part of the beauty of Silver Strand.
Silver Strand Looking Blue
People frequently ask if Silver Strand will look blue.
Since Silver Strand looks different at various times and in different spaces, the answer is not straightforward. But, if someone wants to avoid a paint color that may look blue, they probably shouldn’t choose Silver Strand.
If you do happen to paint your walls Silver Strand, and you find that the shade is just too blue, my first advice is always to change the light bulbs in your room. You may have cool bulbs that are throwing a blue shade onto the walls, highlighting Silver Strand’s blue undertone.
So before you throw your hands into the air, try putting a warmer toned light bulb in. But, all that being said, even cooler northern light can bring out that blue undertone in Silver Strand, so there is no guarantee that this trick will work for this paint color.
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand LRV
Silver Strand has an LRV of 59. The LRV (Light Reflectance Value) scale goes from 0, which is completely black, to 100, which is completely white. As you can see, Silver Strand falls close to the middle of the scale.
Despite this, Silver Strand is considered a light color. It has a bit more body and depth to it than many other light shades though, as reflected as it being on the lower end of the “light” range.
Silver Strand will definitely show up on your walls and stand out against your trim. It is not so light that it just sort of blends in with the woodwork.
Is Silver Strand Warm or Cool?
Since Silver Strand has a lot of blue and green in it, it is a cool paint color.
Cool colors are blue, green and purple. They tend to give a space an expansive feeling that is calming and soothing.
Is Silver Strand a Neutral Color?
Silver Strand is one of those “colorful” shades that can still be considered a neutral. It can be paired with a lot of coordinating shades, and acts as a foundational color for the rest of your design scheme.
Silver Strand is a great neutral option for someone who wants a paint color that appeals to almost everyone, but doesn’t want to go with the usual white, beige or gray.
Coordinating Colors for Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Silver Strand works well with creams, whites, blacks, darker grays, yellows, tans and some pinks.
Sherwin Williams pairs Silver Strand with Illusive Green, a neutral green paint color, Reserved White, a grayish off-white paint color, and Vintage Vessel, a mid-tone green that adds a pop of color.
Altogether, this Silver Strand color scheme demonstrates how Silver Strand can work with muted neutrals or brighter shades.
Trim Paint Colors for Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Two of my favorite white paint colors for trim are High Reflective White and Pure White.
These paint colors are fairly neutral, meaning they aren’t particularly cool or warm. Truth be told, they both just barely lean warm, but look perfectly white and undertone free on your trim.
High Reflective White is a pure, clean white that looks just white, white, white. It doesn’t have any noticeable undertones. This makes it go with any wall paint color.
If you like a white trim paint color, but want something that is a little bit softer, Pure White is a good option. It is bright and white looking, but also has a hint of yellow and gray in it that keep it from being too stark.
Pure White tends to go well with just about any wall color as well, and this makes it my go-to paint color for trim.
If you are someone who likes a more creamy trim paint color, Alabaster also looks nice with Silver Strand.
Silver Strand Benjamin Moore and Behr Equivalent
No two paint manufacturers have paint colors that are exactly the same, but frequently you can find a shade that is similar.
If you like Silver Strand, but you prefer a Benjamin Moore paint color, check out Gray Cashmere. Gray Cashmere is a little bit lighter than Silver Strand, but is a blend of blue, green and gray with similar amounts of each.
If you like Silver Strand, but you prefer a Behr shade, check out Brook Green. Brooke Green has more green and less gray in it than Silver Strand, but it is the closes equivalent that I could find.
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Compared
When I do a full color review, I always compare the paint color I am discussing with other popular paint colors that are either in the same color family or have the same uses.
In some ways, Silver Strand is similar to shades like Sea Salt, Silverpointe and Comfort Gray. All of these paint colors are chameleon shades that shift between blue, green and gray. I would consider these shades to be in a similiar paint color family.
But in other ways, Silver Strand is similar to shades like Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray. These paint colors are neutrals that people use anywhere in the home. They are foundational sort of colors that work in any or all rooms.
So for this post, I will compare Silver Strand to three shades. First, Sea Salt, a paint color that is similar in shade. And then, to Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray, paint colors that are similar in their uses.
Silver Strand vs. Sea Salt
Sea Salt a very popular paint color by Sherwin Williams. It was previously included in Sherwin William’s most popular paint colors, but was taken off in 2021 based on the most recent sales data.
Sea Salt is another green/blue/gray paint color. But, while Silver Strand is more in the gray family, Sea Salt is more comfortably in the green family. Overall, I would say that Sea Salt is a green blue paint color with gray undertones. Silver Strand has much more gray in it.
The effect of these paint colors in a little different as well. Sea Salt looks brighter and more spa-like. Silver Strand takes on a more serious approach to this, looking like a more mature version of Sea Salt.
Learn more about Sea Salt here.
Silver Strand vs. Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray is one of Sherwin William’s most popular paint colors. It is a warm gray paint color, commonly referred to as a greige.
Agreeable Gray and Silver Strand have similar LRVs and depths. Both are great colors for anywhere and everywhere in the house.
But, they evoke very different feelings in a space. Agreeable Gray gives more of a neutral, art gallery type of feeling. Silver Strand gives more of a soothing, spa-like type of feeling.
Between the two, Agreeable Gray may be slightly more versatile, but both can work with a variety of furnishings, decor styles and fixed elements.
Learn more about Agreeable Gray here.
Silver Strand vs. Repose Gray
Repose Gray is another popular greige paint color by Sherwin Williams. With its blue undertones, Repose Gray is a bit cooler than Agreeable Gray. But both are warm grays.
Repose Gray is another shade that can be used anywhere and everywhere in a house.
If you want a paint color that is super versatile, Repose Gray might be the better pick here. Silver Strand is beautiful, but you are a little more boxed in with this shade as it has a lot more color in it than Repose Gray does. Repose Gray looks much more gray than Silver Strand.
Learn more about Repose Gray here.
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Where to Use Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Silver Strand is a great paint color for anywhere in the home.
As I mentioned above, people tend to compare Silver Strand to other great all-over-the-house paint colors. This means that they are considering Silver Strand an all-over-the-house paint color too.
Specifically, Silver Strand is lovely in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, entryways… okay, its lovely anywhere!
It is a calming sort of shade that sort of makes your breathe a sigh of relief.
Final Thoughts on Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand is a gorgeous, soft gray paint color with fairly heavy green and blue undertones. It looks nice anywhere in the home.
Silver Strand is a great option for someone who wants a neutral, but also likes a bit of color in their spaces.
If you like a chameleon sort of paint color, one that shifts throughout the day, Silver Strand should be on your shortlist!
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