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Sherwin Williams Foggy Day (Review and Dupes!) SW 6235

    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.

    Foggy Day Paint dollop over a background of foggy blue mountains

    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.

    Foggy Day on a bedroom wall where it looks smoky gray blue, and on a fireplace wall where it looks 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.

    The LRV of Foggy Day marked at 20 on a light to dark 0 to 100 scale from white to black with gray blues in between.

    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.

    Foggy Day Paint Swipe Color card

    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

    Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Clor strips features Misty, Somavar Silver, Uncertain Gray, Cadet, Foggy Day, Grays Harbor, and Dark Night

    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:

    Sherwin Williams Cyberspace paint dot over nursery with cyberspace ceiling. Darker alternative to Foggy Day.

    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.

    Foggy Day color palette on a terrazzo tile background featuring Iron Ore, Oyster White, Simply White, and Sea Salt

    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.

    Dollop of Foggy Day beside a dollop of coordinating color Iron Ore

    I like it because it most often looks like a blue charcoal, which would look great with Foggy Day!

    two tone cream perimeter cabinets in a large open plan kitchen with an iron ore island and warm wood floors
    SW Iron Ore – Photo Credit: @thefinishingroommke

    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.

    Dollop of Foggy Day beside a dollop of coordinating color Oyster White

    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.

    Dollop of Foggy Day beside a dollop of coordinating color Simply White

    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.

    Dollop of Foggy Day beside a dollop of coordinating color Sea Salt

    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.

    Dollop of Foggy Day beside a dollop of complementary color 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:

    Foggy Day dark blue walls with warm dark wood trim around doorways, on baseboards, and a ceiling trim.
    Photo Credit: @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:

    Bright white baseboard trim and 1/4 wall trim with Foggy Day
    Before and after by: @mgspainting

    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:

    SW Foggy Day on the walls of a Victorian home with wood trim and cream ceiling
    Photo Credit: @powell_victorian_revival

    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:

    Bright white baseboard trim and 1/4 wall trim with Foggy Day walls in a living room corner
    Photo Credit: @mgspainting

    These homeowners were pretty brave, because they also used Foggy Day in their dining room!

    Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Dining Room

    Foggy Day on walls in a dining room with creamy white ceiling and bright white trim
    Photo Credit: @mgspainting

    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):

    Foggy Day walls with bright white trim, wainscoting, and ceiling in a dining room with a long wood table.
    Photo Credit: @lmhtgala

    Gala is a Georgia Real Estate Agent, so that should lend some extra credibility to this color!

    Foggy Day dining room walls with bright white wainscoting. A wooden buffet unit stands against the wall with two lamps, a host of photos, and a large gray cat
    Photo Credit: @lmhtgala

    Sherwin Williams Foggy Day Bedroom

    My personal favorite look of Foggy Day, is in this bedroom by @borderingonfinished :

    A brass wall sconce on a foggy day wall with a white bed and a black and white cat resting
    Photo Credit: @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.

    A white ceiling with brass fans and pendant lights in a bedroom with Foggy Day walls.
    Photo Credit: @borderingonfinished

    Isn’t it delicious?

    Foggy Day on a wall with a brass wall sconce in a bedroom.
    Photo Credit: @borderingonfinished

    Foggy Day is looking nice and smoky here:

    Foggy Day on bedroom walls in an unfinished room with two wall sconces
    Photo Credit: @borderingonfinished

    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?

    Side view Foggy Day on upper and lower cabinets in a modern kitchen with white stone countertops
    Photographer: Matthew Anderson Photo Credit: @remodelagain

    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.

    Front view of Foggy Day on upper and lower cabinets in a modern kitchen with white stone countertops
    Photographer: Matthew Anderson Photo Credit: @remodelagain

    Floating shelves allow for the homeowners to display their favorite antiques:

    Foggy Day cabinets with walnut floating shelves, white subway tile, white countertops, and white apron sink.
    Photographer: Matthew Anderson Photo Credit: @remodelagain

    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.

    Sherwin Williams Foggy Day on a stucco exterior
    Photo Credit: @honorpaintco

    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.

    Front Door

    Unfortunately I was not able to find Foggy Day on a front door, but here is a similar color:

    Aegean Teal front door
    Photo credit: @moveover_martha

    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.

    Foggy Day paint swipe vs Aegean Teal paint swipe.

    Here is a picture where Aegean Teal is more accurate:

    Aegean Teal front door
    Photo credit: @parsnipsandpastries

    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.

    Sherwin Williams Morning fog vs Foggy Day on a wall behind black and white pictures

    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:

    Four dupes for Foggy Day over a background of a foggy treed mountain. Colors are Foggy Day, Eclipse, Steep Cliff Gray, Iron Frost, and Ocean Swell

    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 alternative to Foggy Day: Steep Cliff Gray, vs Foggy Day on a wall in a living room behind a charcoal leather couch.

    Benjamin Moore Eclipse (2132-40)

    In my opinion Eclipse is the best color match to SW Foggy Day, by a very slim margin.

    Benjamin Moore alternative to Foggy Day: Eclipse, vs Foggy Day on a wall in a living room behind a gray velvet couch with many jewel toned velvet throw cushions.

    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!

    Valspar Foggy Day dupe Iron Frost vs Foggy Day on a bedroom wall behind wood wainscoting and a wood bed with gray bedding.

    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).

    Behr Version of Foggy Day: Ocean Swell on a wall beside Foggy Day behind white wainscoting and a teal console table.

    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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