Breezy, Blissful: Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year Upward

Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year Upward
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Why Is Sherwin-Williams Upward a Trendy Color for 2024?

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The resurgence of Scandinavian slow living principles and coastal chic design also seems to be a significant influence behind Upward’s selection. Upwards is poised to provide an alternative to the long-standing farmhouse aesthetic that’s been dominant for so long. It’s the perfect color to infuse that relaxed, beachy atmosphere into your home.

What Are the Undertones for Sherwin Williams Upward? What Color is Upward?

Color perception can be so subjective. Lighting, context, and a person’s own color acuity all influence how a color looks. That’s why we always like to take a look at objective, measurable data (like hue angle, chroma, and LRV) when reviewing a paint color. This information can help us better predict how a color will look in real life under various conditions.

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  • Like all colors, Upward SW6239 lives in a specific location on the color wheel based on its dominant hue angle. Upward has a hue angle of 249.799° which means it’s in the Blue family. You may see it lean a bit violet in certain qualities of light. This can make it a little tricky to work with since many home interiors tend to favor the greener side of blue (not the violet). See what works best in your own space.
  • Chroma, another bit of spectral data, is a measure of how colorful, saturated, or vivid a hue is. Upward has a fairly low chroma value (4.989). This means the blue has been toned down with a healthy dose of gray.
  • Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100% being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. Upward has an LRV of 57, which makes it just right for many residential interiors. In a room with northern or eastern afternoon light, Upward looks quite cool and crisp. Upward can add a little visual harmony and balance to sunny rooms filled with warm southern or western afternoon light. Always, always make sure you’re using the right color light bulbs (3000K to 3500K) to evaluate your interior paint colors.

Want to learn more about how to read hue, chroma, LRV, and what it all means? We teach you how to use this info to choose the best interior colors for your home in our online course, Color By the Numbers™!

How to Use the Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year Upwards in Your Home

Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year Upwards coordinating paint colors

Always sample paint color in the intended space before you start putting it on your walls. (We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)

The subtle presence of gray within Upward’s gentle blue makes it great for spaces where you want a touch of freshness without overwhelming saturation. Think of places like a laundry room or bathroom where this balance is ideal. If you’re feeling more adventurous, consider using it on an accent wall or even on the ceiling. Upward can even serve as a focal point in your space. Use it to invigorate kitchen cabinetry, add a touch of radiance to a bathroom vanity, serve as a focal point for your front door, or breathe new life into a vintage piece of furniture.

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Upward also pairs beautifully with warm brown pieces, wood-toned furniture, and marble in the home. For a coastal vibe, consider combining Upward with a white shade, like Alabaster or Snowbound, along with light to medium-toned stained wood elements.

To ignite your imagination and inspire you to create serene spaces using Upward, we’ve curated a selection of complementary art, accessories, and home décor items from Amazon.

11 Pretty Home Decor Accents to Bring Sherwin-Williams Upward Into Your Space

What do you think of Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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