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What are the color names in mid-century Sherwin Williams paint palette?

The mid-century Sherwin Williams paint palette includes a variety of different light and dark neutrals, bold color options.

There are several interior and exterior, neutral and bold colors from Sherwin Williams paint palette that will help you to capture a mid-century modern design style.

The mid-century modern design style has been a popular style throughout the years and features some well-known designers and designs prevalent in both historic and modern media, architecture, furniture and more.

It can be difficult to establish exactly what mid-century modern means when it comes to design, but pieces in this style are often very minimalistic and functional, with an interesting mix of materials and colors.

Color is a fantastic way to accentuate and elevate a mid-century modern inspired design for any home, and Sherwin Williams has a paint palette in their vast library that harken back to this era and will help you to design a true mid-century inspired home.

The history of mid-century design

The mid-century style of design has risen and fallen in popularity over the years, but many mid-century designs are staples within homes, televisions, stores and magazines.

Mid-century modern design is a sort-of umbrella term used to describe notable architecture, furniture, and graphic design elements that were prevalent in the middle of the twentieth century (between the mid-1940s and the late 1960s).

This design style erupted shortly after World War II, when many foreigners entered America and brought their own design styles with them.

With the rise of mass-production, this style became truly widespread, as pieces could be manufactured and distributed quickly to a large number of people.

Well-known designers who worked in this style include: Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller, George Nelson, Arne Jacobsen, Isamu Noguchi, Cara Greenberg, and Eero Saarinen.

This style remained popular throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s and the sleek, minimalist designs work well within modern design aesthetics to this day.

The characteristics of mid-century modern design

Mid-century modern design styles have remained popular throughout the years and many elements influenced by this design style can be spotted in modern architecture, interior designs, color choices and even in the media.

In order to truly appreciate and accentuate this style within your own home, it is important to recognize some of the characteristics of this style, so that you will be able to notice them in your everyday life.

One of the most defining characteristics of mid-century modern style is the minimalism of the pieces.

Houses and furniture designed in the mid-century style are often guided by functionality, and this gives a very sleek and paired-back look. Mid-century furniture, especially, is usually simple forms helped up by pin legs.

All the shapes within mid-century design are fairly organic or geometric. These clear shapes make space within the design for the different mixes of natural materials such as wood, leather and metals and bold patterns.

This aligns with the idea that mid-century designs try to fuse elements from the outdoors with elements that are indoors. In this case mixing different synthetic materials like vinyl and plastic, with natural elements like wood and leather into one piece.

This is also part of what makes mid-century pieces so popular. This mix of materials and functional design means that mid-century styles can be combined with other styles like vintage and industrial themes quite easily, without looking out of place.

Color is a critical part of any mid-century modern design style. In order to create high-contrast designs, mid-century modern styles use neutral colors, like black, white and deep wood tones as the base of the design.

Then, bright pops of color are added to this design in striking ways. This high-contrast style works because of the minimalist style and shape of other mid-century pieces, and the uncluttered appearance of the design style.

What are the color names in mid-century Sherwin Williams paint palette?

Exterior Sherwin Williams mid-century modern color names

Whether your home is built in a mid-century modern architectural style, or you simply just admire the style enough to want to recreate the look on any home, there is a Sherwin Williams paint palette that is especially suited towards creating this look.

As mentioned above, a key piece of mid-century modern color palettes is that there is a neutral base paired with bright pops of color.

Although there are many different neutral shades in the Sherwin Williams paint catalog, there are a few fan-favorite colors that work especially well with natural sunlight and a mid-century design.

Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) is one of these colors and it is a warmer, light gray color that helps to ground the design.

Alabaster (SW 7008) is a very light and warm off-white shade that has enough pigment to it, to still look great in natural sunlight outside.

Urbane Bronze (SW 7048) is on the other end of the spectrum and is a darker accent color that works great around entryways and other details.

For the pop of color, Naval (6244) is an intense navy shade that stands on its own next to the more neutral shades in this color palette.

This color palette can be summarized as follows:

Shade Brand Color swatch
Alabaster (SW 7008) Sherwin Williams
Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) Sherwin Williams
Urbane Bronze (SW 7048) Sherwin Williams
Naval (SW 6244) Sherwin Williams
Peppercorn (SW 7674) Sherwin Williams

Neutral colors for interior mid-century color schemes

The neutral colors for a mid-century modern color palette set the tone for the rest of the design. These colors are far more than just background elements.

The dark neutrals help to anchor and ground your design and can be used to make certain architectural elements stand out.

The lighter neutrals help to bring some brightness into the room. Lighter neutral colors also help to reflect light throughout your room, which can make the bright pops of color appear more saturated and bright.

The light and dark neutrals can also be used to create contrast between them, and this can lead to a really retro look and feel, which is accented by the brighter pops of color throughout the room.

Some of the most popular Sherwin Williams shades to use as these neutral colors in a mid-century modern color scheme include:

Shade name Brand name Color swatch
Pure White (SW 7005) Sherwin Williams
Moderne White (SW 6168) Sherwin Williams
High Reflective White (SW 7757) Sherwin Williams
Ceiling Bright White (SW 7007) Sherwin Williams
Tony Taupe (SW 7038) Sherwin Williams
Grayish (SW 6001) Sherwin Williams
Classic French Gray (SW 0077) Sherwin Williams
Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) Sherwin Williams

 It is important to remember that although mid-century designs tend to be uncomplicated and minimalistic, it is still important to create a balance within your interior design color scheme to ensure that the room feels complete.

This means that there should be a good visual balance between the light, dark and bright colors in the room to ensure that the design does not feel too busy or boring.

Bold colors for interior mid-century color schemes

Even though the neutral colors are the backbone of a good mid-century modern design, the bold pops of color are usually the most fun colors to pick out.

Picking a bright, vivid color can really help to liven up your entire room’s design, and this can also be the determining factor for other colors in your color palette, such as the furniture, accessories and art.

These vivid colors are also a good way to ensure that your mid-century interior design has some personality and pizazz to your design.

There are many different bold colors to choose from, but keeping with the mixing of outdoor and indoor elements, mid-century designs usually take inspiration from colors in nature.

Sherwin Williams offers a myriad of bright and bold color options, but some of the favorite options among designers for mid-century designs include:

Shade Brand Color swatch
Carnival (SW 6892) Sherwin Williams
Heartthrob (SW 6866) Sherwin Williams
Relentless Olive (SW 6425) Sherwin Williams
Spiced Cider (SW 7702) Sherwin Williams
Copper Pot (SW 7709) Sherwin Williams
Sea Serpent (SW 7615) Sherwin Williams
Cheerful (SW 6903) Sherwin Williams
Swimming (SW 6764) Sherwin Williams
Flamingo Pink (SW 0080) Sherwin Williams
Holiday Turquoise (SW 0075) Sherwin Williams

Final thoughts

Some design styles stand the test of time. Mid-century modern design is one such style that has remained popular throughout the years and that many people still want to capture in their homes, today.

There are several notable characteristics to this style, including highly functional pieces and geometric shapes and patterns, which are accented by a unique mix of different synthetic and natural materials, to create a truly stylish design in the end.

One of the best ways to capture this mid-century look within a modern home is through the use of color.

Sherwin Williams has many mid-century modern style paints that can help you to achieve this look within your own home, in a slightly updated way.

There are several mid-century modern appropriate colors for the exterior of your house.

However, there are a variety of different light and dark neutrals, as well as bold color options if you want to take this mid-century color palette all the way to the inside of your home.