Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray SW 7016

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Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray is a light, mid-tone gray paint color that is highly popular and for good reason too. It is an extraordinary neutral gray paint color that doesn’t have any strong undertones showing up.

Let me just start by saying I love this paint color.  You’ll become more aware of this as we move along in this post. But, it’s an all-around awesome gray. I like it because it is not as light as some other grays  I work with. It’s a great option for a light to medium gray paint color. 

Ok, now we can move on.

Gray paint colors work in almost any design situation. Why? Because they are easy to decorate around. You don’t have to worry about a gray wall color clashing with your decor.

That being said not all gray paint colors are created equal. We have warm grays, cool grays, blue-grays, beige grays, and neutral grays. There is a gray for everyone and today I want to zero in on particularly fantastic gray paint color,

Sherwin Williams
Mindful Gray
SW 7016

mindful gray

Mindful Gray is pretty fabulous. First of all,  it is on my absolute favorite color strip from the paint deck. It sits among some of the greats, including Eider Gray, Repose Gray, and Dorian Gray. Any one of the colors on that strip can do no wrong in my eyes.

Secondly, it is pretty dang neutral in terms of gray paint colors. It never shows any crazy undertones, which is what we all want in a gray paint color.

Let’s talk about SW Mindful grays color stats.

  • LRV: 48. 
  • R: 188 G: 183 B: 173
  • Hex Value: #bcb7ad
  • Colorsnap, color ID – Nurturer

What color is Mindful Gray?

Mindful Gray SW 7016

It is in fact gray. With an LRV of 48 is not one of the lightest gray paint colors from Sherwin Williams, however, it’s not the darkest either. If you have to give Mindful a label I’d say it is a light to mid-tone gray.

*For those of you wondering what in the world is LRV and why does it matter. LRV is light reflective value. To sum it up, it’s a measurement that shows the percentage of light reflected from a surface. LRVs scale is from 0-100, with 0 being absolute black and, 100 being pure white.

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What are SW Mindful Grays undertones?

Mindful Gray doesn’t have any stand undertones. It has gray and greige undertones along with some very subtle bluish/green undertones, but don’t let those blue/green tones scare you. They help keep this Sherwin Williams gray from getting too warm. And the greige undertones keep this gray beauty from feeling icy or chilly.

Is Mindful Gray a warm or cool color?

Technically speaking Mindful is a warm paint color. However, it has the perfect balance of cool tones that prevent it from getting too warm. That is the bluish undertone hard at work for ya. If you were to compare it to a cool-toned gray, you would see how warm it is in comparison.

Then you have the greige undertone working hard to keep the color from looking too cool. Everyone here is working hard to create the perfect neutral gray stunner.

Honestly, sometimes it’s hard to tell if it is a warm or a cool paint color. 

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Mindful Gray and lighting

Light plays an important role in the way a color looks and can change the appearance of virtually any color. For this reason, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the lighting situation of the room you are choosing the right paint color for

  • North-facing rooms – Light in North-facing rooms comes off cooler and somewhat bluish. Lighter colors appear more muted, while bolder colors will show up, or appear better.

Mindful Gray in a North facing room will tend to look cooler. Here is where you can see those subtle blueish undertones it has.

  •  South-facing rooms– In South facing rooms, there tends to be a consistently bright light throughout the day. Warm and cool tones work with south-facing light, This light intensifies colors, so darker colors will seem brighter while,  softer colors will almost look like they are glowing.

It’s safe to say Mindful Gary loves a south-facing room. It is here you will see how neutral of a gray it can really look. 

  • East-facing rooms– East facing rooms have the brightest light in the mornings, with a yellow-orange tone.  If a east facing room will be used mostly in  the evenings, going with a warm palette will help balance the lack of natural light.

In an East facing room Mindful Gray will hold its own. The warmth it has in it will help give the room balance in the evenings.

  • West-facing rooms- Early evening is when West-facing rooms have the best light. Warmer tones might seem overwhelming because of the red-orange the light gives off. However, if the main use for the room is in the mornings, the colors won’t appear as intense.

West face rooms really bring out the warmth Mindful Gray does have in it. Since the light is red-orange, it will show more of the warm tones in the color. 

Where can you use SW 7016 Mindful Gray?

So where can you use this fabulous Sherwin Williams Gray? Short answer, anywhere. 

Use Mindful Gray in the kitchen.

Photo by Robert Thomas HomesBrowse kitchen photos

A Mindful Gray kitchen is gorgeous. Picture this,  kitchen cabinets painted in SW Snowbound,  Mindful on the walls, beautiful white countertops with gray marbling and dark hardwood floors.  Dream kitchen or what?

The light mid-tone gray on the walls will contrast the light, bright white cabinets as well as complementing the gray marbling in the counters and the dark hardwood floors.

Mindful Gray on kitchen cabinets.

Cabinets are a great place to show off this fantastic gray paint color.  It’s the perfect color to use when you want your cabinets to stand out without being overbearing.


Whether it’s on custom built-in bookshelves in your living room or on the lower kitchen cabinets, Mindful Gray SW 7016 will look fabulous just about anywhere you use it.

Use Mindful Gray on an exterior.

Photo by Starr HomesBrowse exterior home photos

Painting your home exterior with Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray is another great place to use this light mid-tone gray paint color. 

Since paint colors always look lighter on the exterior of a home, using a mid-tone gray is a great option. It will give the effect of lighter gray paint color, without appearing too light.

In the picture above, The body of the home is SW 7016 Mindful Gray, the shutters are SW 7048 Urbane Bronze and the trim is SW 7042 Shoji White.

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Sherwin Williams Mindful on furniture

If you are not aware, I love to restore and refinish furniture, and that includes painting it as well. I have used Mindful Gray a handful of times on some of the furniture I have painted. The most recent project I used the color on was a dresser. 

I ended up choosing Mindful because it looked absolutely stunning against the stained wood drawers.

dresser painted with Mindful Gray

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Mindful Gray Coordinating Colors

We already know Mindful is a neutral gray, so that means it will coordinate with a number of other paint colors beautifully. I particularly love it paired with darker blue gray colors.

A few of my favorite coordinating colors are:

SW Mindful Gray coordinating colors

I want to note that even though I am singing high praises about this color strip, not all the colors should be used together.

Let me explain.

Repose Gray and Mindful are only a shade apart and the same with Dorian Gray. Being that the colors are so close in shades, if they are used together they will compete with one another. 

It’s best to go for colors at least 2 shades darker or lighter. This way the color will have enough of a contrast between them.

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Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray Color Palette

mindful gray color palette

As I mentioned earlier, Mindful Gray is part of Sherwin Williams Nurturer Color Collection, which is shown in the picture above. This color palette consists of muted, earthy colors that feel warm and inviting. 

This isn’t the only color palette to choose from. You can create your own Mindful Gray color palette using some of the coordinating colors I mentioned before. 

As we now know, this gray is pretty neutral and that makes it easy to find colors to work with it. 

Mindful Gray vs. Repose Gray

Mindful Gray vs. Repose Gray (1)

Let’s compare these two power colors, Mindful Gray and Repose Gray.

  • Repose Gray is a lighter gray that has an LRV of 58 which is slightly higher than Mindfuls LRV of 48. 
  • Both Mindful and Repose are neutral grays.
  • Neither Repose Gray or Mindful Gray have strong, overwhelming undertones that steal the show. 
  • Repose Gray can have very slight purple undertones that come through in certain lighting. I have personally only seen it happen once.
  • Mindful Gray can have bluish/green undertones come out in certain lighting. 
  • Both Mindful and Repose Gray have a great balance between warm and cool undertones, not too warm and not too cool.

To sum up Mindful Gray vs Repose Gray, I think the only glaring difference between the two colors is that Repose is lighter than Mindful. They are both amazing gray paint colors that are suitable for almost any home.

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Color Recap – Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray Review

Here’s what we have learned about Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray.

  • It’s a warm gray paint color, though it doesn’t appear to be too warm.
  • These are the perfect balance of warm and cool undertones in it.
  • In certain lighting, it can show the bluish undertone it has.
  • It has an LRV or 48, not the lightest of grays, yeat not he darkest either. It is sitting pretty in the middle of the scale.
  • It is found on the same color strip as Repose Gray and Dorian Gray.
  • Mindful Gray is a great color to use in the kitchen, on the exterior, on cabinets, on walls, and even on furniture.
  • Wood tones look amazing against Mindful Gray.

Final thoughts on Sherwin William Mindful Gray SW 7016

It’s safe to say I’m a fan of this gray. Not only because it is on the ultimate paint strip, but also it’s so neutral. Grays are tough to choose. Some may pull too blue and others will pull too beige. I feel like with Mindful Gray, there is the perfect balance of tones in it.

This neutral gray is a winner in my book. Can you tell I am a super fan?

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38 thoughts on “Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray SW 7016”

  1. If you were to put Mindful Gray on your cabinets, what color wall color would you use? We have light floors. We are putting in raincloud corian countertops and whitesubway tile backsplash. Stuck trying to decide whether we do Repose walls and Dorian Gray cabinets, or Mindful Gray cabinets and another wall color, maybe Crushed Ice? We would like to have the wall color carry through the entire main floor so ideally we would want to have repose throughout, but as you mentioned, Repose walls and Mindful cabinets will not work together.

  2. I’m really hoping you can help me, your post has so much helpful information. I have 2 really large hallways that are painted a warm orangish color. It was that color before moving in so I don’t know the color. My connected living room, kitchen is painted SW Latte and a small portion SW Indigo Batik. These hallway get hardly any natural light at all. I really want to use gray and something that will brighten the area while still going with my warmer living room and kitchen. I used SW Crushed Ice in 2 kids bedrooms and it is definitely to bright and cool of a color. 🙁

    1. Hey Jillinda,
      So you are looking for a color just for the hallways? And you are keeping SW Latte?
      Check out SW Accessible Beige. It’s warm and has a tiny bit of gray it in. You can Also look at Divine White, It’s not gray but it’s lighter and will brighten up your hallway.

  3. Thank you so much for your reply. I’ll check out Accessible Beige. I was planning on keeping SW Latte but now I’m wondering if the better option is to paint the living room and hallways all the same color. Then I could go with something that would connect the entire space. When we moved in every room in the house was painted a different color and the open floor plan living room, kitchen, hallway was 5 different colors! AGH

    1. I see that so often in homes, every room is a different color. If you are thinking of painting everything the same color you can look at Agreeable Gray. It has more gray in it but still has a warmth too it.
      Good Luck!

      1. Is Agreeable Gray a light, soft color??? I bought samples of 4 different grays..Everyone came out dark on my walls no matter what room I painted…I just want a true light gray but enough color to pop with white trim and maple hardwoods…

  4. Hello, I am considering Mindful Gray as a color for our master bedroom. I wanted a gray that didn’t have a lot of undertones. We have dark hardwood floors, but area carpet in the bedroom. Do you recommend Pearly White or Elder White for the ceiling and trim around the two closet doors, under the windows, and along the base of the floor? Thank you!

  5. Hi Cate. I’m having my family room and adjoining hallway painted soon and need some help. I really want to use Mindful Gray in the family room, but am struggling with a hallway color. The hallway has no natural lighting, so I’m thinking of using a lighter shade there. The Repose Gray paint chip looks dull under the artificial lighting, so my next thought is Eider white but I’m afraid that would be too white. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.

    1. Hi Vicki,
      You can try lightening Repose Gray by 25 or 50 %. It will brighten the color up but still have a hint of gray. You don’t want to use a white because it will make the hallway dull.
      I hope that helps a bit!

      1. Thanks, that was very helpful. Now I am waffling between Repose and Mindful for my family room. I love them both, but wonder if Mindful will make the room too dark. The room is a good size, but not open concept. It has two Western-facing windows. My sofa is oatmeal, most accent colors are blues and teals. Curtains are darkish blue. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks again.

        1. Hi Vicki,
          I don’t think Mindful Gray would be too dark. I actually have Dorian Gray which is a shade darker than Mindful Gray in my Bedroom and it’s not dark at all.
          How is the light in the room?

  6. Hi Cate!
    I’m hoping you can offer some help. I am expecting my first baby and really struggling to find a color for the accent wall that goes with the mindful gray on the other three walls in the room and the bedding set we have chosen. The darker trim in the bedding matches SW software perfectly, but I am worried it will bring out too many blue tones. Do you have any advice? I’ll link our bedding as well. Thank you!


  7. Hey there,
    I’m trying to choose a gray.. torn between Mindful and Lazy For the exterior. I will keep my shutters black. New England raised ranch.. trying to choose a great color for my front door.. a shade of blue or teal that will pop but not be too “out there”.. lots of afternoon sun on the front of the house.. would naval clash with the black shutters, or maybe like a Turkish tile or Adriatic blue. I’m stuck.. please help!
    Thank you!

  8. I’m having issues deciding on a gray color for my kitchen and living room. It’s one big room together!!
    I want a lighter Gray in my kitchen I’m thinking mindful gray my walls and living room walls anew gray. Living room has cathedral ceiling. Big living area! Accent wall in living room hammered zinc. Do these grays go well together? All doors and moldings will be painted white but not sure which white goes well with these colors? I really need help!!!

  9. Hi Cate –

    I’m updating my kitchen and from red oak cabinets to painted. I have chosen Mindful Gray as my cabinet color to compliment a dark taupe/gray leaning backsplash and a quartz countertop that is mostly white/pearl with lightly flecked taupe accents. Prior to all that, I was considering Niebla Azul for the walls. Wondering your opinion on whether it would still be a good option and look nice with the cabinets. Thanks in advance for your help!

  10. I’m looking to use mindful gray on my exterior, as my trim against dark brown/red brick and maybe black fox or gauntlet gray for window sash and a little bit of siding. What I’m questioning is how to use these colors on the back of the house and 1 wall of a deck being built (both hardie board to be painted), the bead board ceiling of deck, and the garage door??? Maybe throw in dovetail as a 3rd color so I’m not using the too dark??

  11. Hi Cate!😀
    Hi love all of your color reviews and pictures – thank you so much for posting them! You have helped me decide on mindful gray as my exterior color for siding & painted brick on our new home under construction. I’m wondering if you can PLEASE help suggest trim color? Our windows, gutters & garage doors will all be dark bronze, and a wooden stained front door. I love the picture that you show of the exterior house with shoji white trim, but I also see that Eider white is one you recommend and that it’s on the same wonderful swatch as mindful gray. I have also seen Mindful Gray paired with pearly white trim on a house and it looks nice. I don’t want a really bright white, and would truly appreciate your guidance!
    Thank you, Julie

    1. Hey Julie,
      Thank you for the kind words!
      Pearly WHite has greige undertones. I think it would definitely work. Alabaster is a good off-, its warmer than Pearly White. I also like the off white, Pure White. This one is probably the whitest of the bunch. Finally, the off white Westhighland White is a great off-white you can check out too.

      I hope this helps!

  12. Hi Cate,
    Wow, what great information you have! Thank you for sharing your expertise. I am so glad to read this advice as I am needing to soon choose exterior colors on a new modern build home. I am very interested in using Mindful grey after reading this. I do need to coordinate with some cedar siding accents in the front and back of the house. I am struggling with this. The builder has chosen other colors that don’t excite me much. (BM Woodcliff Lake and Ashley grey). The metal windows are a dark bronze similar to the Urban Bronze you mention. The home has large sections of both large flat panels and 4″ siding. We receive a lot of clouds here in the PNW and it is a NW facing home so that is playing into my decision. Would you be able to suggest a coordinating color for either the siding or panels? Neighboring homes are dark colored in staying with the builders NW modern theme, but I was hoping to stay in the medium tones if that doable but open for ideas. Thank you so much in advance for your reply!

  13. Hi Cate,
    Love all your information…thanks for posting! Would you please be able to suggest 2 colors to use for the exterior of a new build? I am wondering about using Mindful Gray. This is a northwest facing 2 colored modern home. The colors I need to work with will be a stained cedar front and dark bronze windows and gutters. Would Mindful be a good companion to the cedar and what might be a second color to use on the rest of the home…not trim areas but full cement panels…about half the house? What other options might one choose? Any help is much appreciated! Thank you in advance.

  14. Hi Julie- I’m redoing my bathroom. Cabinets will be with Mindful Gray, what color will go well on the walls?

  15. Hi Cate,
    Thank you SOOOO much for your response to my request for an exterior trim paint color that goes well with mindful gray.🙌🏼😄 I am now considering painting my brick accent areas (which are around my front door and the base of my garage doors) the same off-white trim color to make the brick pop. I’m leaning towards Alabaster for trim & brick and wondering if you think that would be too bright with mindful gray on siding? As a reminder, my windows will all be dark bronze.
    You’re awesome and I really appreciate your help!

    1. Hey Julie!
      I don’t think Alabaster will be too bright with Mindful Gray. Alabaster has a nice warmth to it. Pearly White is also a nice color, it’s more of a greige off-white.
      I’m happy to help!

  16. Hey Cate,
    I just read your blog about Repose Gray! I want to paint our family room and kitchen in our 23 year old farmhouse out in the country in BM Simply White. This would be for the walls and trim/doors, walls in eggshell and trim in semi gloss. I would like to paint our beautiful mantle and built in TV cabinet in Repose Gray so they stand out from all the white. The kitchen is also white, but with lots of wood decor and black and wood elements.

    We have honey oak floors which I’m not crazy about, but stuck with…what do you think about this…Simply White walls and trim and Repose Gray for the 2 built in pieces?? I also like SW Agreeable Gray for the mantle and TV cabinet, but was told the Repose would look better, what are your thoughts???

    Thank you so much…N.

  17. Hi:) we are moving into a house that has antique white trim and molding throughout. We don’t really want the hassle of changing that, so we are trying to determine a wall color or two that would go well with it to paint the majority of the main floor. Would mindful go well bc with antique white? If we were going to choose two colors, and mindful was one of them, what might be a good complementing second color? Thank you!!!

  18. Hi Cate,
    Thanks for all the great posts!! I am putting Storm Cloud on a large accent wall that gets quite a bit of light in my living/dining room. My question is should I pair this with Mindful grey or Dorian grey .. or? I don’t mind undertones but do not like purple/ pink tones at all. If you have a suggestion I would appreciate it. The bannister is painted extra white and the adjoining kitchen I believe I have settled on network grey.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.😎
    Thank you!

  19. What warm gray color would you suggest for a north-facing family room? It’s a large space – 13 x 20 with a 9-foot ceiling. There are no overhead can lights – only 2 lamps and natural light coming in from a 9-foot sliding door. Thank you!

    – Laurie

  20. Hi Cate!
    We are moving into a house soon and are trying to pick paint colours. I would love your advice, as I am having a really difficult time choosing. We know we want very neutral tones (from Sherwin Williams), as we will be doing renovations over the next couple years (bathrooms, kitchen, flooring). So far, what I’m thinking is: mindful gray in the foyer, living room, up the stairs and in the hallway upstairs as they are all pretty open and connected. In the kitchen and dining area (open concept) we are thinking of repose gray. Although you had mentioned that repose and mindful are competing colours, there are white french doors separating the areas. The doors will likely be open 99% of the time though, but since there is still a division, do you think this could still work? We are then thinking sea salt in the 2 guest bedrooms upstairs (no clue yet what we want for the master) and light french gray in the upstairs bathrooms.

    Any advice would be really appreciated. Loved your post on mindful gray, was sooo helpful. 🙂

  21. Hi, painting my bathroom vanity that has a black granite countertop. What gray might go best with a black countertop and what would work for the walls? Thanks so much!!!!!

  22. Great post! Full of very helpful information :o)
    I currently have mindful gray on my walls with white trim. I’d like to paint my interior doors a darker gray or coordinating color. Nothing but too dark and definitely not black. What would your suggestions be?

  23. Hello Catie,
    I am looking for a light grey color to paint my living area, adjoining dining, kitchen, and hallways. I am also wanting to paint the ceiling the same color. The living room ceilings are 15” tray ceiling. Is there a color a little lighter than repose that you can recommend?


    1. Hi Rose,
      There’s a fairly new SW color called Ghosted SW 9545 it’s a very light gray. It’s on the cooler side but it’s stunning.
      You can also lighten Repose Gray by 25% or whatever % your wish. Just make sure you buy a sample before moving forward.

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