Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray is a lesser known but one of my favorite paint colors. If you are looking for that elusive blue gray paint, this is one to consider!
What Color is Uncertain Gray?
Uncertain Gray (SW6234) is foggy blue gray medium paint color. Expect this shade to be more of a cool gray with blue undertones, giving it a sophisticated, neutral look – ideal if you want to avoid a baby blue paint.
Why We Love Uncertain Gray
We painted Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray on our shutters and our front door.
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Would you say it’s blue, or does it look gray to you? Are you uncertain? I love a good gray that makes you ask yourself that question. In my mind- that makes Uncertain Gray the ideal shade of blue-gray paint.
But don’t go in with a few gallons of paint fully expecting this shade to make your walls gray, or totally blue, or you will be disappointed! (And out of a lot of cash!)
(Our siding and trim is Sherwin Williams Extra White; the roof shingles are made by Certainteed and the color is silver birch)
We loved this neutral gray blue shade of paint so much we actually repainted our shutters and our front door this color, after previously having them a different shade.
When we first built our home, we asked our builder to paint our shutters Sherwin Williams Sea Salt – a greenish gray shade. Our HOA had an issue with this (not sure why, but does anyone ever understand their HOA?).
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt:
I was fine to oblige to my HOAs demands though. I thought a paint color a touch more neutral might look more sophisticated, so we picked out Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray.
We also painted our wood door Uncertain Gray. (I know, I know, that’s a controversial decision with all kinds of opinions!). Notice how it looks behind a gray chair below:
Blues are known for being a calm and relaxing color, so when gray undertones are added, the result is upscale, more neutral than blue itself, and more appealing to everyone.
What You Need To Know Before You Use Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray
A few things to be aware of before you buy that paint sample (or god forbid – skip the sample and buy a few gallons!).
Where You Live Will Change How Gray Uncertain Gray Appears
Natural sunlight has a cool, bluish cast to it. The farther south you travel, the warmer and more orange the light begins to look. This means that the same shade of cool gray and blue that look amazing in Vermont, could take on a more washed out look in the glaring tropical sunset light of Miami, Florida. I live in NC, and I think we are a nice balance here.
Because Uncertain Gray is mostly on the cool side, it looks best mixed with warm colors brought in so that the room doesn’t feel cold and stark.
The blush tones in my brick, the wood ceiling, and my Hello door mat are all warm.
If you use Uncertain Gray inside your home, I would recommend bringing in some warmer colors. This could be through something like woven baskets, a natural rug (like jute), or the use of brass lighting! Brass looks great with Uncertain Gray.
Here are my 3 recommendations:
Paints on your exterior will cast a different shade in the harsh, bright light of the sun. Inside, the color of the paint will be more saturated.
I used Uncertain Gray outside, and it appears a medium to light shade out here in the bright sun. Even on cloudy days, it never appears dark.
Be warned if your room does not have a lot of light. Uncertain Gray is medium shade of paint but it will definitely look dark in a room without that sunlight! Each room has a different amount of sunlight, more or less warmth changing the appearance of paint. That’s why paint samples are so important.
If your room is north facing, Uncertain Gray will look darker and cooler than the paint chip.
This is not to say you can’t use Uncertain Gray, but you should avoid other grays and the use of much black or dark colors in the room if this is the case. Play up other warm tones, and make sure you have a lot of warm white to bounce light off of, as north facing rooms tend to be darker.
If you are painting a bedroom Uncertain Gray, keep the drapes and bedding a warm white. Don’t add a dark bedspread (unless you are going for that cozy cave look!).
Uncertain Gray is not true blue. It is not really gray, either.
If you are looking for a true blue this isn’t quite it either. I thought my front doors looked fairly blue. People tell me all the time they love my “gray doors”! I would not recommend using this color if you are looking for a true gray, as it has a strong cool blue undertone that will come out even more in certain lights. If you like that elusive is it blue or is it gray look, Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray is one to consider!
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