Read all about Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray, plus see 16 real homes that use it!
Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray (SW 6254) is a light to medium gray paint color that sports some beautiful blue undertones to create a peaceful and tranquil ambiance.
I’ve said it before (so I’ll probably say it again!), but gray paint colors are anything but simple! In fact, they’re pretty nuanced, which is just one reason why the phrase “50 shades of gray” is commonly used.
And with so many options that have minute differences, picking just one color to adorn your walls can be, um, challenging.
That’s why I began publishing my popular paint series. I’ve gone through the process of paint color picking – multiple times! And I know how hard it can be. The last thing I want is for you to sweat over choosing just the right color, only to slap it all over your walls and hate it.
And since all the many shades of gray can have subtle differences that make a BIG impact, I have covered many of them in my series. But there are still many more to review in depth!
Next up on the list: Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray. If you’re looking for the perfect neutral backdrop to your decor palette, look no further than this cool, serene gray.
What color is Lazy Gray?
Lazy Gray is a bit of a contradiction because the name implies it isn’t putting forth much effort when the truth is that as a gray with blue undertones, it’s working double-time!
Maybe it’s called Lazy Gray because it makes you feel so tranquil and content that you want to have a “lazy day!”
This shade is a light to medium gray that expertly balances the line between baby blue and medium gray. Its cool vibes immediately make any room feel calming and restful.
If you want to give your space a spa-life vibe, keep reading about this shade!
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FAQs about Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray
Finding good color matches between brands isn’t as easy as it may seem because paint colors can have subtle differences that create impactful shifts in depth, temperature, and undertones.
If you want a Benjamin Moore equivalent to Lazy Gray, I think the closest color match would be Benjamin Moore Eternity.
Is Sherwin Williams’s Lazy Gray warm or cool?
Thanks to its not-so-subtle blue undertones, Lazy Gray is definitely a cool-leaning gray. It won’t make a room feel cold, but it can work wonders to cool down an overly warm space.
Is Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray a true gray?
Where should I use Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray?
Feel free to use this serene shade anywhere! It’s especially ideal for warm climates because it will help give the illusion of a cool room. Consider it for your:
Kitchen and vanity cabinets
Lazy Gray is a beautiful neutral shade that is made for modern homes. It will also look stunning in transitional, modern, rustic, traditional, Scandinavian, industrial, contemporary, and modern farmhouse homes.
Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray Undertones
Lazy Gray has strong blue undertones. Because of those undertones, it’s really a blue-gray rather than traditional gray.
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How Different Types of Lighting Affect Sherwin Williams’s Lazy Gray
Natural light temperature and exposure shift throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky.
The huge impact of lighting is why I strongly caution against expecting ANY paint color to appear the same in two different areas or at varying times of the day.
Here’s how you can expect Lazy Gray to look on your walls based on different natural lighting types.
- North-facing light – cool, blue-tinted northern light will allow those blue undertones to peek through, so you’ll likely see Lazy Gray read soft muted blue-gray. This lighting will give you the darkest version of Lazy Gray.
- South-facing light – warm yellow southern light will make this shade appear lighter and more gray as the blue undertones take a step back. Occasionally you might notice the slightest wink of green since blue and yellow mix to make green.
- East-facing light – eastern light is warm and yellow in the morning and cool and blue-tinted in the afternoon. This shifting light exposure and temperature will allow some shifting with the blue undertones. They’ll be less noticeable in the morning and more noticeable later in the day.
- West-facing light – expect cooler light in the morning and very warm light later in the day. Lazy Gray will bounce between showing off its blue side and appearing more “true gray.”
Great Coordinating Colors for Lazy Gray
First and foremost, Lazy Gray LOVES pairing up with blue. From pale blue to deep blue, Lazy Gray loves them all.
But it also looks stunning with crisp whites and other neutrals.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray (SW 6254)
LRV is an abbreviation for “light reflective value.” Why does anyone care about LRV numbers? Well, this number gives an objective way of measuring how much light a shade reflects. In other words, it’ll give you a reliable way of guessing how light or dark a shade will appear in your home.
The LRV scale ranges from 0 (being pure black) to 100 (being pure white).
The LRV of Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray = 53
This LRV value places SW Lazy Gray in the light end of the medium part of the spectrum. It will look incredible nearly everywhere except in the darkest of rooms.
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Lazy Gray Compared to Other Colors
Let’s explore this hue a little deeper by comparing it to some close paint shades so we can highlight the unique qualities of each.
This section can be helpful if you’re waffling between two similar shades.
Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray vs. Gray Screen
The first color we will compare Lazy Gray against is Sherwin Williams Gray Screen (SW 7071).
With an LRV of 59, the first thing you’ll notice is that Gray Screen is lighter than Lazy Gray. A very cool, moody color, Gray Screen has both green and blue undertones, but it favors the blue.
I would recommend Gray Screen if you want a “stormier” look or plan to use it in a dark hallway or room. Otherwise, I would lean towards using Lazy Gray.
Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray vs. Morning Fog
Sherwin Williams Morning Fog (SW 6255) has an LRV of 42, making it quite a bit darker than Lazy Gray.
The next thing you may notice is that Morning Fog is a gray that has both blue and purple undertones and projects a “stormy” vibe. Lazy Gray feels warmer and is more versatile.
Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray vs. Repose Gray
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015) has an LRV of 58, which means it sits nearly at my ideal LRV of 60, making it lighter than Lazy Gray.
Repose Gray is one of Sherwin Williams’s most popular grays and lacks obvious undertones. Since it reads warmer and lighter than Lazy Gray does, I would say that Repose Gray is the more versatile of the two.
More Colors to Consider
Picking paint colors takes time – sometimes more time than you really want to commit! If you just aren’t ready to give Lazy Gray the “go ahead” at this point, check out these other lovely light to medium neutral shades.
- Alabaster (Benjamin Moore) – a soft, creamy off-white.
- Worldly Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a popular mid-toned greige.
- Drift Of Mist (Sherwin Williams) – a medium to light greige.
- Shoreline (Benjamin Moore) – a light gray-leaning greige.
- Pale Oak (Benjamin Moore) – a light, neutral greige with shifting undertones.
- Alpaca (Sherwin Williams) – a cool, taupe-leaning greige.
- Dorian Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm, neutral medium gray.
- Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore) – a dark (perhaps overused) greige.
- Anew Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a soft, light to medium warm greige.
- Chelsea Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a velvety rich medium to dark gray.
- Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm greige with taupe undertones.
- Olympus White (Sherwin Williams) – a light, cool-toned gray with subtle blue undertones.
- Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a gorgeous (true) gray, steeped in tradition.
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Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray
Ok, it’s time to move from the information tutorial and head to the fun part of this paint review!
The background information helps you make an informed choice, but once you have that, it’s time to SEE a color in real examples to see how it really appears.
Here are more than 10 real-life homes and spaces using Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray to show you all the ins and outs of this beautiful shade!
Sherwin Williams’ Lazy Gray Kitchens
Sheen note: Picking the right color is only winning the battle, not the war. Remember to pick the right paint finish, or sheen, also! Read up on what you need to know about picking the perfect paint sheen.
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
1. Bright and Balanced
M House Development has bright natural light in this kitchen, so Lazy Gray looks nice, chill, and balanced. No hint of those blue undertones – just pure gorgeousness!
2. Bluer in the Shadows
By contrast, this kitchen from The Browsing Butterfly has significantly less natural light, so Lazy Gray appears muted gray-blue.
The color is equally as beautiful as it appears in the image above, but it’s a slightly different vibe.
Dining Spaces Painted Lazy Gray
3. Creamy, Warm Kitchen Nook
It’s a little hard to recognize Lazy Gray in this nook from Yeah That Courtney due to the way the light from the chandelier is hitting the walls.
However, you can see that the blue undertones take a step back in the warm artificial lighting.
And doesn’t this shade look incredible on the walls of the kitchen on the right side of the photo?
4. Definitely Cool against Wood Accents
Cool and blue is what this shade is giving off in this room from @susie018. It provides great balance with the rich, warm wood tones.
Lazy Gray Living Spaces
5. Cozy Modern Combination
When you want a chic update to a minimalist space, you need a paint color that’s multi-dimensional, so the space doesn’t look drab or boring.
The blue undertones in Lazy Gray make this room from @the.paint.color.consultant come to life!
6. Is That Baby Blue?
Remember how I mentioned that Lazy Gray strikes a balance between baby blue and gray? Well, this example from Maria Colorado Interiors via Houzz highlights exactly what I meant!
Bedrooms using Lazy Gray Paint
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
7. Balanced Gray Boy’s Room
I love gray colors that have some flex to them, which is probably why I love Lazy Gray so much. This bedroom from @bradleypaintcoavl shows both how dark and how light this shade can read.
8. Beautiful Mix of Tones
As a self-professed lover of blue, Lazy Gray is the ideal blend of the two colors!
I love the rich saturation combined with the tranquil vibe and soothing feeling it lends to this bedroom from The Sarcastic Blonde.
9. Casual Elegance
“Casual” and “elegant” may sound like contradictory terms, but seeing this bedroom from Jenkins Baer Associates via Houzz makes them seem like an obvious word pairing.
Lazy Gray definitely doesn’t look like a muted baby blue on your computer screen, but it does in this real life bedroom.
SW Lazy Gray Bathrooms
10. Solid Contrast with Wainscotting
This shade is a great choice for the main wall color, but my favorite way to use it is in contrast with trim or other stylistic features like 12 Oaks Blog did in this bathroom.
11. A Clean and Refreshing Color
Collins Builders designed a bright bathroom, which demands a color with decent saturation. Lazy Gray is a genius choice and isn’t too dark at all.
12. Cool Gray Pairing with Black Vanity
Many warm colors don’t pair as well with black as this cool-leaning blue-gray does. This bathroom from Crafty Texas Girls is simple and stunning!
Other Homes using Lazy Gray by Sherwin Williams
13. Brightens Up Butler’s Pantry
The warm lighting in this pantry from The 702 Park Project lightens this shade up, so it doesn’t feel dark in a small space.
14. Classic Gray in Low Lit Space
This gorgeous laundry room from Sustainable Nine Design + Build via Houzz is dramatic without being too bold. Since I don’t enjoy doing laundry, I want a beautiful space to do it. This room qualifies!
15. Makes for a Light and Airy Basement
Lazy Gray has the ability to visually stretch a space in the right lighting so that it feels even larger and airier. This basement from Gretch Runs is bright and chic.
The warm brown tones in the room balance out the walls so that the space feels neutral instead of chilly.
16. Super Saturated Look in this Arch Mural
If you don’t want to use Lazy Gray as a main color, why not use it as, or as a part of a fun accent wall?
Oleander and Palm created a fun, eye-catching design that makes great use of those blue undertones.
Ok, now that you’ve read about Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray SW 6254 and have seen it in action, are you ready to start chillaxin’? Lazy Gray may be the perfect shade to transform your home into a restful getaway from the world you crave.
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