Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

If you are looking to brighten your home (+ mood), Upward SW 6239 will do the trick!  Named Sherwin- Williams paint color of the year 2024, it definitely lives up to the hype.  Upward is a calming blue – mixed with a subtle pop of energy & happiness all at the same time.  Still not sure?  Check out the color forecast this year which will give you ideas on how to use it with both cool and warm color palettes (& see what I picked too)!  Let’s get to it!  Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast).

  • How to Use The Colors:  At the end of the post. 

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

 


Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024:  Upward

(+ Color Forecast)

For this post we will be focusing on:

  1.   Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024:  Upward
  2.   Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast

 


Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024:  Upward

So before we begin diving into all of the colors, let’s go over some terms.

  • R,G,B = Red, Green, Blue color values (0-255)
  • Hex code:   6-digit code that represents R,G,B value
  • LRV = Light Reflective Value (0-100), 0 = darkest light, 100 = brightest light

And I won’t get too technical on this post, but just wanted to give you a brief summary of how the paint chips are configured and grouped.

Upward SW 6239 Details:

  • LRV: 57
  • RGB: 191 / 201 / 208
  • Hex Value: #BFC9D0
  • Location Number:  224-C1
  • Blue Paint Family

 

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

 

In Summary:

Since SW Upward has a LRV:  57  (out of 100) – this means that it will read medium-to darker and not bounce off too much light.

  • So it does not read as a pastel color.

It is also in the blue paint family, and you can see that it has a higher percentage of blue:  208 (out of 255).

  • This means that it is a cooler color.

My Thoughts: 

I personally feel like it is a beautiful chameleon color which can go with:

Both warm & cool colors – there are not too many colors like that.

  • greens (warm + cool)
  • mauves (cooler tones)
  • yellows (warm + cool)
  • southwest terra cotta + clay + earth tones (red oranges)
  • dusty rose + bronze rose (red browns)
  • beiges  + tans (warmer tones)

 


Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2023:  Upward

Now that we know a little more about the details of Upward SW 6239, let’s go over some ways or places to try it out.

How to use it:

  • Walls/Rooms
  • Kitchen Cabinets/Islands 
  • Interior Doors/Pantry Doors/Barn Doors
  • Accent Wall
  • Bookcase Accent Wall
  • Furniture
  • Decorating Accents (trays, candle sticks, vases, etc.)
  • Picture Frames

Here it is painted on a kitchen island and walls – if you want to go more bold with the color.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: sherwin-williams.com
 

Still a little uncertain?  

No worries.

  • You could also add it in smaller ways, like a bookcase or bathroom vanity.
  • Or as a pop of color, like a closet/bathroom door or even an accent wall.
Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: sherwin-williams.com

 

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: sherwin-williams.com

Now that we’ve covered some of the details of Upward, let’s see what the color experts have chosen to pair it with:   Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast).

 


Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

Yay – it’s finally time to introduce the color forecast!

You can begin to see how it looks with both warm and cool colors here.  

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

 

SW Color Forecast:

So what is this “color forecast” anyway?  LOL!!

These are the colors that the experts at Sherwin-Williams chose to pair with Upward + colors they believe are on trend for the next year:
 

There are 7 colors in the “pairs well with” forecast.

  • SW 7004 Snowbound 
  • SW 9166 Drift of Mist 
  • SW 7605 Gale Force
  • SW 6258 Tricorn Black
  • SW 6428 Honeydew
  • SW 7735 Palm Leaf
  • SW 0045 Antiquarian Brown

 


SW Color Forecast Plugged In:

I decided to plug the colors into Canva according to their hex values in order to see how they look on my computer screen.
  • Pictured Below – Computer View

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

 

And since I’m a visual learner (and possibly a nerd 😉 ), I wanted to see the paint swatches in true light and side-by-side.

  • Pictured Below – In Person View

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

 

My Opinion: 

  • I love that the colors are soft and soothing, but yet add a punch of depth and energy as well.
  • It is a well-rounded color palette that allows you to work with soft neutrals or dark colors – when decorating.
  • Honeydew is out-of-the-box (for me personally), but it keeps the palette fresh & whimsical.
  • I think this forecast is a good mix of cool colors (Upward, Honeydew) and warm (Antiquarian Brown, Palm Leaf) – which is becoming more and more popular with painting + home decorating.

So let’s get to some fun!  How we can actually use some of these colors!

 


Color Forecast

Let’s begin with the most obvious, and the reason you are here – painted, of course!

1)  Painted (dining room):

Here’s a beautiful example of SW Upward used in a dining room.  Did you notice the color palette?

These are similar colors.  

  • Walls – Upward
  • Rug & Artwork- similar to Gale Force
  • Mirror & Chairs – similar to Antiquarian Brown
  • Fireplace – similar to Drift of Mist
  • Flowers – similar to Honeydew (maybe a little Palm Leaf) ….reaching here! Ha!
  • Door Handle – Tricorn Black
Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: sherwin-williams.com

 

Painted (bedroom):

Here is another example of SW Upward painted in this beautiful bedroom.

  • Did you notice the color palette?
  • Can you pick out the colors yourself now?

(Looks like the plant leaves and container could even represent SW Palm Leaf & SW Honeydew)?

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: sherwin-williams.com

 

You can also use this color palette to help you decorate!

These are my picks on how I would use this color palette.

2)  Decorated (cool palette):

Here are similar colors used to decorate this living room by Serena and Lily.  

  • Blue throw pillows, ottomans, & rug – are similar to light blue (Upward), dark blue (Gale Force).
  • Wall color, lamps, end tables, and chairs – are similar to Snowbound.
  • Blanket & oblong pillows – are similar to Drift Of Mist.
  • Couch – similar to Palm Leaf.
  • Mirror, Coffee Table, & Chandelier – similar to Antiquarian Brown.
  • Flowers – similar to Honeydew.

If the window panes were black – they would represent Tricorn Black (LOL – almost all of them)!!

Hopefully, you get the gist.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: serenaandlily.com

 

Decorated (warm palette):

Here is something similar from Pottery Barn. 

  • Did you notice the color palette?
  • Can you pick out the colors yourself now?

(Let’s pretend the yellow flowers are green like SW Honeydew and the trees outside represent SW Palm Leaf) 😉

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)
source: potterybarn.com

 

Well, what do you think of the SW Color of the Year 2024 Upward, and will you use it anywhere?
Let me know!

Have a Very Happy New 2024 Everyone!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2024: Upward (+ Color Forecast)

 

 

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