Read all about Sherwin Williams Krypton, plus see 17 real homes that use it!
People love using neutral paint shades in their homes for a variety of reasons. Although neutrals are extremely popular, there are some beautiful non-neutral colors that are worth considering when you want to add a pop of color to your home.
I’ve received a lot of comments and questions from readers regarding choosing paint colors. Knowing how challenging it can be to choose the perfect color for your home, I was inspired to share in-depth color reviews of many popular paint shades. My hope is that these paint guides will give all the details that you need to help you choose your perfect color scheme!
I’ve already covered many neutrals in the white, off-white, beige, and greige categories, and now I’m branching out into some popular colors. If you want a room to feel more alive, add some color to your home. That’s what I do, anyways!
When I want to add some color, I typically lean toward blues because they are soothing and centering – the perfect shade after a tough day. (Have you seen my blue bedroom?) But a color that I love even more than a lovely blue is a tranquil blue-gray. Sherwin Williams Krypton (SW 6247) is a cool, calming blue shade of paint with gray undertones that help it act as a neutral.
If you’re searching for a light, neutral-leaning blue, check out all the info about Sherwin Williams Krypton that I’m sharing below.
FAQs about Krypton
Sherwin Williams Krypton Undertones
Undertones are an inescapable part of paint colors because they help create the colors we see. It doesn’t do any good to bury your head in the sand and ignore them—and trust me, I’ve tried! Instead, learn about them so you can use them in a favorable way (or at least choose a different color if you don’t want certain undertones).
Please (please, please, pleeeeease!) use paint swatches for every color you seriously consider. You’ll get the most benefit from them if you move them around the room and look at them at different points throughout the day. Checking them in different lighting will give you the answers you need about how the color will look in YOUR home.
Let’s chat about SW Krypton’s undertones. Krypton is considered a blue paint, but it has strong gray undertones which soften and make it more neutral, creating a lovely shade that’s both soothing and airy.
How Different Types of Lighting Affect SW Krypton
Lighting affects the appearance of any and all paint colors. Here’s a general idea of how lighting will impact Krypton’s appearance.
- North-facing light – cool northern light brings out the coolness in any color. Krypton will look less blue as its gray undertones come forward.
- South-facing light – bright and warm southern lighting will neutralize the coolness of this hue.
- East-facing light – yellow morning light will tone down the color’s coolness in the morning, but then it will make a comeback in the afternoon when the light is to the west.
- West-facing light – this ultra-warm afternoon light will neutralize Krypton’s cool tones.
Great Coordinating Colors for Krypton
Thanks to the heavy infusion of gray, Krypton tends to play well with other colors. It looks great with white, neutrals, black, and even warm brass and wood tones.
NOTE: Paint colors almost never look the same in different settings. And don’t be surprised when a shade looks completely different on your computer screen from the way it looks in your home! Use your paint samples – trust me.
As far as sampling goes, I highly recommend these mess-free, re-usable, re-positionable peel and stick paint samples ⤵
LRV of Sherwin Williams Krypton (SW 7010)
Just looking at paint is too subjective for a good evaluation, so we need to look at some basic information to add an objective means of evaluation.
Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a number between 0 and 100 that’s assigned to each paint shade based on the amount of light that hue reflects. A lower number means the color reflects less light anda higher number means it reflects more light.
The LRV of SW Krypton = 52
Krypton sits in the medium range. It has plenty of saturation to contrast well with white trim but is also light enough that very bright light will wash it out.
Krypton Compared to Other Colors
Comparing similar shades side-by-side is a great way to get more information on how colors read. This can be especially helpful when looking for a color’s undertones. Here’s how SW Krypton looks against three other similar shades.
Sherwin Williams Krypton vs. SW North Star
With an LRV value of 64, North Star looks quite a bit brighter than Krypton does. Despite that difference, the colors look similar, although North Star has a little less gray.
Sherwin Williams Krypton vs. Upward
Sherwin Williams Upward has an LRV of 57, which makes it a little lighter than Krypton. When compared with Krypton, Upward reads more blue for a light, airy, soft color that doesn’t disappoint.
Sherwin Williams Krypton vs. Jubilee
These two colors look very similar to each other, and the main difference is in the saturation level. With an LRV of 45, SW Jubilee is noticeably darker than Krypton, but they have similar levels of gray undertones.
13 Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Krypton
Let’s move on from the technical info and get to the fun stuff! Sherwin Williams Krypton is a popular shade for a reason. Keep reading to find out how it looks in some real homes.
A quick note here: don’t forget to consider picking the right paint finish…it’s not only about getting the color right! We have an in-depth explanation of choosing sheens here.
Bedrooms Painted in SW Krypton
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.
1. Calming Blue Gray Paint
I mentioned that Krypton is the perfect coastal blue, right? The soothing blue-gray combination instantly transports me to the beach and makes me think of ocean waves. I love that tranquil vibe in bedrooms like this space from Medicine and Manicures!
2. A Shabby Chic Feel
The bright cool light in this room by August Fields makes the paint read more gray than blue. You can see the transition of the color saturation as you move away from the window.
3. Beachy Blue Undertone
In contrast to the first bedroom I listed, the walls in Heather Krout‘s daughter’s bedroom give you an idea of how gray you’ll ever see Krypton. There’s definitely still blue, but it’s muted compared to the bedroom above.
4. Calm Bedroom Retreat in Blue
Blue color palettes are very popular for bedrooms, and it’s no wonder why. A good blue paint color can have a very calming, peaceful effect when used correctly on interior walls.
This lovely bedroom uses several shades of blue, like the navy on the bedside table, and the blue-green in the linens to compliment the wall color and create a color scheme that mirrors lots of pretty colors found in nature.
Sherwin Williams Krypton Living Rooms
5. An Inviting Color for the Home
A color like this one works in many different styles of homes since it has neutral qualities. It keeps the space airy and inviting – just like this living room from Niblock Homes.
Krypton looks right at home in styles ranging from coastal to traditional and transitional (and more!)
6. Great for an Eclectic Look
SW Krypton works with many styles of decor. The one tip I would share is that if you have a room where the sun shines directly into it (such as east or west-facing), double-check those paint swatches to make sure the color will read the way you envision it.
7. Coastal Vibes with this Blue Gray Paint Color
If you love that nautical style, Krypton is a must-have color! It keeps this space from Houzz feeling light and airy while contrasting like a champ against white and adding a pop of color and sophistication.
Kitchens Painted in SW Krypton
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).
8. Bright and Light
One of the current trends in kitchens is to paint the island and the pantry door a color separate from the rest of the kitchen. Isn’t Krypton a fun color for this purpose? Note: Chrissy Marie Blog pantry door is about the lightest you’ll see this hue read.
9. Works with Dark Colors
Krypton has enough saturation to hold its own in bright lighting, but it’s also light enough that it doesn’t feel too dark in dim lighting situations. Notice just how blue (almost purple) it reads in this room from Niblock Homes.
10. Krypton Cabinets
Love blue? Then consider it as your next kitchen cabinet color, as seen in this amazing space.
11. MORE Krypton Cabinets + Blue Beadboard
And why stop at the kitchen cabinets? Krypton would be great for dining room, or office cabinetry, as seen below in this incredible room. And while you’ve got your paintbrush in hand, slap Krypton on your beadboard or shiplap while you’re at it. If it turns out anything like this room, you’re definitely #winning…
12. Krypton Kitchen Island
Here, Krypton has the look of a more steely blue gray color than a true blue, but regardless, the look is beautiful.
Krypton Paint in Bathrooms
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
13. Serene Color for Small Spaces
If you have a small space such as a bathroom or laundry room, consider using Krypton in it to make the room feel as big and airy as possible. This bathroom from The Creativity Exchange is a great example.
14. Perfectly Blue Powder Room
Lighting can drastically change the way paint looks. Here in Green with Decor‘s bathroom, you get all the blue and just a touch of gray.
Other Homes Using Krypton by Sherwin Williams
15. Contrasts Well with White Beadboard
This small space by Thrifty Decor Chick stays airy and lovely by using Krypton to add a pop of color. Notice how the color shifts from where the light directly hits to the shadows near the ceiling.
16. Vibrant with Dark Wood Surroundings
Warm tones such as off-white trim and wood tones work to neutralize the natural coolness of Krypton. This color can add the perfect touch of elegance, making it a great choice for formal dining rooms like pictured here.
17. Welcoming Front Door in SW Krypton
A paint color for your front door can make a great impression, or a poor one. So choose wisely. Krypton shows itself to be a welcoming, happy hue.
18. A Perfect Exterior Color
Doesn’t SW Krypton shine as an exterior color on his home featured in HGTV Magazine? It fits in anywhere and adds a soft quality that naturally draws the eyes in and holds them.
Final thoughts? I hope you’ll consider painting with Sherwin Williams Krypton. This cool-leaning blue-gray projects serenity and tranquility anywhere you use it!
And if this is a color you’re seriously considering, remember paint-sampling is better than ending up paint-sorry! I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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