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5 Iconic Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn

Stylish and classic paint shades from Sherwin Williams

5 Iconic Colors for 2019 from Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn

5 Iconic Paint colors from Sherwin WilliamsAre you looking for some fantastic paint colors that are both on trend and long lasting?  Well you’ve come to right place. Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn have selected their iconic colors of year.  Iconic means that they are dramatic and make a statement, as well as timeless, so they will work for years to come.


Within these paint selections, I review my top 5 picks that make an impact and are to decorate with.  Also, at the end, I include a link to a coupon at Pottery Barn for Sherwin William’s paint.


Please note that this article may contain affiliate links.  You can read my full disclosure at the bottom of the page.


For starters here’s the official video for these fabulous

Video:  Color and design trends from Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn

5 Iconic paint colors from Sherwin Williams

1. Tricorn Black (SW 6258)

Tricorn Black is softer and grayer than a typical black.  It’s dramatic and unexpected and allows you to contrast other items in the room – whether it’s furniture or area rugs.  It’s a neutral color and goes with almost anything (in the same way that black pants just work no matter what you’re wearing on top).

Tricorn Black SW 6258 from Sherwin Williams

It goes especially well with blues, taupes and silver, and contrasts well with wood and leather surfaces.  Tricorn Black an especialy for  for a formal room, a media room, a bedroom (really helps with a good night of sleep) or a man cave.

Master bedroom with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black - Iconic paint colors


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2. Cavern Clay (SW 7701) – Color of the year

This is Sherwin Williams’ Color of the year.  It’s a terra cotta look, and it’s perfect if you’re looking for warm earth tone or a southwest look.  Check out the video below to see the depth and beauty of this color.  It contrasts really well with both black and white trim.  It also works well with other natural and neutral colors and surfaces such as sisal and jute.

Cavern Clay SW 7701 from Sherwin Williams - iconic paint color


Check out Sherwin William’s Cavern Clay in this video.  There are some great decorating ideas.  And, you’ll hear about a wonderful discount offer that Pottern Barn has for you.


Now, I will be honest, this is not my favorite color.  It’s an interesting idea, but in my opinion, it can be a bit much if you paint the whole room in this color.  I personally think it looks better as an accent wall or a partial wall.  Rewatch the video and check out how it really works when they integrate a lot of white in the design and then Cavern Clay is used more for a pop of color.  Tie it in with an area rug, blanket or 1 or 2 other accent colors and you are all set.


Cavern Clay SW 7701 from Sherwin Williams - Kitchen


Many describe Cavern Clay as a dusty baked clay.  This versatile color pairs well with most wood, especially dark, ebonized wood, distressed grays, and rustic woods.

Painting with Cavern Clay

And, if you get tired of the color in a few years, just repaint your accent wall with a new shade, but a few pillows and voila, you have a whole new room on a budget.


3. Distance (SW 6243)

I just love this dusty denim blue.  It works for casual, coastal, rustic as well as modern decor. It just fuses everything together.  This color works great as an accent wall or a stand alone color.

Distance SW 6243 from Sherwin Williams - iconic paint shade


Check out my article on the best blue grays if you’re looking for other options.  I feature a range of lighter and darker dusty blues as well as gray blues.

Distance SW 6243 - blue painted lving room


4. Naval (SW 6244)

In case you haven’t noticed, navy is so hot! (yes, I know it’s a cool color).  And, it’s not just for boy’s rooms.  Naval is the classic and probably most popular navy from Sherwin Williams.  (You may also like this article: 10 Ways to decorate with Navy for a modern look.)

Naval SW 6244 from Sherwin Wlliams - navy paint shade


While navy is a color, nowadays, it’s really seen as a neutral color, and it can work in many rooms in the home.  It’s perfect for bedrooms (and help you fall asleep faster). It also works well as an accent wall – whether it’s a bedroom or a living room wall. It pairs well with white trim and also Sherwin Williams Gray Screen.

Navy bedroom - SW Naval SW 6244 - iconic paint colors


It can even work in a kitchen, especially if you have white cabinets and open shelving.  Naval is such a wonderful contras vs white and looks especially high class when you have crown molding of coiffured ceilings.

Open shelf kitchen - white cabinets and navy on walls - SW Naval

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5. Shiitake (SW 9173)

I am loving Shiitake as it’s beige that doesn’t look boring (yes, I hate the basic builder beige or boring beige).  This color has some real life and depth to it as it has come grays and taupes blended for a more sophisticated look. So if gray isn’t your thing, and if warm grays or greiges are still too gray and cold for you, give Shiitake a shot.


Shiitake SW 9173 from Sherwin Wlliams


It’s an oyster mushroomed colored neutral.  Over time, the grays are warming up (see 9 amazing warm grays and greiges)This take the warmth up a notch.  It’s not a beige as Accessible beige, so it’s an even more up to date color.  It’s a warm neutral that goes with almost everything.


Shitake is one of those rare beiges that goes with almost every color of hardwood floor , rardless of whether it’s light, dark, mid or reddish. The taupe and pale green undertones just allow it to blend into any environment.

best beige - Sherwin Williams Shiitake


One of the other things I love about Shiitake is that it works with a lot of tiles, especially natural stone or porcelain look alikes.  I sometimes find it challenging to find a good paint shade for kitchens and bathrooms that have natural stone floors, walls or backsplashes as most of those tumbled and rustic tones are warm or warm colors blended in.  Shiitake can work with most of those tricky colors.


SW shiitake for master bedroom - stylish beige
Paint Samples

Now, let’s talk about samples…

It’s always best to test the paint colors in you own home and own lighting. The colors do look different pending your lighting and can even look different room to room.


You can definitely go to your local painting store to buy some samples (and a brush…be sure to paint with 2 coats), but I have a MUCH EASIER way for you. Check out SAMPLIZE.


paint sample from sampize


Samplize offers 12” x 12” peel and stick paint samples that are EASIER, AFFORDABLE and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.


Here are a few reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients:

  • Samples come right to YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, pending on location
  • At $5.95, they’re more affordable than the samples/brushes/foam boards than traditional samples…and of course easier and way less messy
  • If you keep the samples on the white paper, you can move them from wall to wall and room to room


They are amazingly accurate as they are made with 2 coats of real paint, so they are color correct.


Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE.


Home Painting Tips and Ideas from Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn

If you’re planning to DIY your paint job, check out this quick video from Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn.  They share useful tips on the best tools to use to make your job come out better and help you do the job faster.

Oh, and here’s where you can find the Pottery Barn discount on Sherwin Williams paint.


Final thoughts on these iconic paint colors

If you’re looking for a dramatic or iconic paint color for one of your rooms (or just an accent wall), one of these 5 may be the perfect selection for your room.  In the comments below, let me know your favorite.  Personally, I love Naval and Distance.  More and more of my painting customers are asking for Navy these days.  But, what do you think?


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