If you are into shape-shifting blue grays, you will probably LOVE Sherwin Williams Foggy Day! This color screams sophistication, but predictable, it is not.
Let’s take a look at Foggy Day in all different lighting and rooms, pair it up in a palette, and check out some dupes!
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Foggy Day (SW 6235)
Foggy Day can be a bit of a chameleon. It varies in appearance from a deep smoky blue (almost teal) to a mellow version of sky blue.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Foggy Day
The LRV of Foggy Day is 20.
What does that mean to you?
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
In my opinion, truly dark paint colors have an LRV of 10 or less, so 20 is not dark, but on the darker end of mid-toned colors.
What Are the Undertones of Foggy Day
Foggy Day is a gray-blue, but it is closer to green than it is to purple, so it can have a slight teal undertone.
I would say that it usually looks blue, so I definitely wouldn’t use it if you want teal, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind.
Be particularly mindful if you are using it with any other blue paint colors or decor, it may look teal in comparison.
Is Foggy Day Warm or Cool
Foggy Day is a cool blue gray paint color.
Foggy Day Color Strip
Here are all of the colors on the Sherwin Williams Color Strip that features Foggy Day:
Misty (SW 6232) – LRV 64
Samovar Silver (SW 6233) – LRV 51
Uncertain Gray (SW 6234) – LRV 43
Cadet (SW 9143) – LRV 31
Grays Harbor (SW 6236) – LRV 12
Dark Night (SW 6237) – LRV 4
Lighter Version of Foggy Day
You might have noticed that the color Cadet has an out of sequence color number. This is because Sherwin Williams added it to the color strip after the fact.
Cadet (SW 9143) slots in perfectly as a lighter version of Foggy Day, but not as light as Uncertain Gray.
Darker Version of Foggy Day
Grays Harbor is a nice darker alternative to Foggy Day, because it is darker, but not quite a dark paint color. (Although it can look quite dark in lower lighting.)
If you want an even darker gray blue, and find Dark Night to be too navy, you might like Sherwin Williams Cyberspace:
Cyberspace is a personal favorite of mine!
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Color Palette
For this palette I was inspired by the shades in this terrazzo tile. This version is sans the typical pink, and is mostly blue and neutrals.
Coordinating Colors for Foggy Day
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore with Foggy Day
Iron Ore is a deep charcoal color that generally looks a bit lighter than it does here in the swatch.
I like it because it most often looks like a blue charcoal, which would look great with Foggy Day!
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day and Oyster White
Oyster White is a neutral greigy white. I think it would be a fabulous light neutral to pair with Foggy Day.
Read more about this color in my post: Sherwin Williams Oyster White (Review and Dupes!)
Benjamin Moore Simply White with Foggy Day
Simply White is a bright white, but with a warm creamy undertone. I prefer creamy whites with Foggy Day, because my personal preference would be to emphasize teal tones.
Curious about this white? Read more here: Simply White: A Benjamin Moore Classic (Plus Alternatives!)
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day and Sea Salt
Sea Salt makes Foggy Day look like the perfect coastal gray-blue for any beachy color scheme.
See more Sea Salt by the sea shore in my post: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (Complete Review and Color Matches!)
Foggy Day Complementary Color
The color across the color wheel from Foggy Day (aka its complementary color) is a deep taupey-gray. The closest thing I could find, is Benjamin Moore Gray Mountain.
What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Foggy Day?
Like many blues, Foggy Day looks beautiful with wood trim!
Check it out in this Victorian restoration by @Powell_victorian_revival:
White Paint that Goes with Foggy Day
I mentioned briefly that I prefer Foggy Day with a warmer white for trim, because I quite like the teal undertone, and a warm white will emphasize that. (Yellowy warm that is.)
Simply White is a bright white option with a warm undertone, but for a softer white, you may also like SW Greek Villa.
If you want Foggy Day to look true blue, use a bright clean white:
I’m not sure what white was used here, but Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace is a good clean white choice.
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Home Interior
Let’s take a look at Foggy Day in a few more homes shall we?
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Living Room
First enjoy another shot of the Powell Victorian Revival home:
The soft white ceiling and furniture keep this generous living room looking bright, even with the darkness of Foggy Day walls, stained glass windows, and traditional wood trim.
Don’t Forget Your Supplies!
This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!
Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.
DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)
This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.
Back to the home that MGS Painting transformed from a creamy white to the rich deep blue of Foggy Day:
These homeowners were pretty brave, because they also used Foggy Day in their dining room!
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Dining Room
The lighting isn’t great here, but I guess that’s the beauty of real life photos! Now you know the darkest that Foggy Day will ever look.
Here is another dining room, this time in the home of Gala Harris (@lmhtgala):
Gala is a Georgia Real Estate Agent, so that should lend some extra credibility to this color!
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Bedroom
My personal favorite look of Foggy Day, is in this bedroom by @borderingonfinished :
This is definitely the most teal that Foggy Day ever looks. I’m not sure if it is down to the light, or something else.
Isn’t it delicious?
Foggy Day is looking nice and smoky here:
Foggy Day would be a great choice in a powder room or bathroom as well. I can picture it with a funky wallpaper.
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day on Kitchen Cabinets
Navy blue has had its moment on kitchen cabinets, so why not go with something a little more unexpected, like Foggy Day?
This kitchen by Schloegel Design Remodel (@remodelagain) features a mix of stained wood and Foggy Day cabinets, with lots of light and bright white accents.
Floating shelves allow for the homeowners to display their favorite antiques:
I love these cabinets because I feel like they lend themselves well to any style of decor.
This kitchen is subtle farmhouse chic, but could just as easily be transformed into “city loft.”
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Exterior
I just have one photo of Foggy Day on an exterior, and here it looks most like the living room of the Powell Victorian Revival house.
Casey from Honor Paint Co (@honorpaintco) said that he doesn’t usually like darker colors on exteriors, but both he and his client were loving Foggy Day.
The contrast against the crisp white trim really pops.
I have to say that I am surprised at how dark it looks on this exterior. I think you should expect something more along the lines of how it looked in the cabinet pictures.
Unfortunately I was not able to find Foggy Day on a front door, but here is a similar color:
Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal is a little lighter and more, well, teal than Foggy Day, but this first door doesn’t look that teal anyway.
Foggy Day will just look a bit darker than this.
Here is a picture where Aegean Teal is more accurate:
This door is in the shade, so Foggy Day will look a little less teal, but the darkness of the color is about right.
Foggy Day Compared to Other Sherwin Williams Paint Colors
I usually make a lot of comparisons to any given color based on FAQs, but in this case Foggy Day is not often compared to anything else.
Sherwin Williams Foggy Day vs Morning Fog (SW 6255)
Morning Fog is another blue gray by Sherwin Williams, but it is considerably lighter than Foggy Day. It is also cooler.
In real life, Morning Fog is like a silvery gray.
The LRV of Morning Fog is 42.
Foggy Day Dupes
Time for the fun part! What other colors can you get in place of Sherwin Williams Foggy Day?
I was able to find 4 really good dupes from the other major paint brands:
Benjamin Moore Foggy Day Equivalent
I actually have two solid dupes from Benjamin Moore for Foggy Day. They are: Steep Cliff Gray, and Eclipse.
Benjamin Moore Steep Cliff Gray (2122-20)
Steep Cliff Gray is a tiny bit more green and more saturated than Foggy Day. I also think it’s a hair darker.
Benjamin Moore Eclipse (2132-40)
In my opinion Eclipse is the best color match to SW Foggy Day, by a very slim margin.
Eclipse is more blue than Foggy Day, but it is pretty hard to tell because the colors are so gray.
The reason I chose two dupes, is because Eclipse is more blue than Foggy Day, and Steep Cliff Gray is a bit more green. Depending on your preferred look, you may prefer one over the other.
Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Foggy Day
Heading to Lowe’s for your paint? Valspar also has a great dupe for Foggy Day, in their color Iron Frost.
Valspar Iron Frost (4007-2B)
Valspar Iron Frost is nearly identical to Benjamin Moore Eclipse, so naturally it’s a great dupe for Foggy Day!
Iron Frost is a bit more blue than Foggy Day.
Foggy Day Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)
From Home Depot, I recommend Behr Ocean Swell as a dupe for Foggy Day.
Behr Ocean Swell (PPU25-19)
According to hex codes, Ocean Swell is the tiniest bit more teal than Foggy Day, but we are talking a single digit on the hex scale (which is nothing).
I’m actually not convinced you could ever spot the difference between these two!
Foggy Day Final Moody Musings
That is all I have for Foggy Day on this fine day!
- Foggy Day is a chameleon! It will be really important to test in your space with your lighting conditions.
- You can use creamy whites or true whites for trim with Foggy Day, depending on your desired outcome.
- Don’t choose Foggy Day if you want a predictable gray-blue! This one shifts a lot.
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