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Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas with Silver Strand

Few paint colors have more personality that Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.  But is that a good thing?  In this post, I explain the positives and negatives of this dynamic paint color while sharing my Sherwin Williams Silver Strand bedroom reveal.

SW Silver Strand is a light gray paint color but it is not washed out like some grays tend to be. Some refer to it as a moody gray because depending on the lighting it can shift between a gray-green and silver-blue almost effortlessly.  This can make a bedroom exciting and vibrant OR really frustrating if one of these shifts are not in your color scheme.  

Fortunately, there are easy ways to decorate around these shifts in color so you can embrace these nuances instead of cringing every time you walk into the room.

This is a great post for you if you:

  • Want to get an idea of how SW Silver Strand would look in your room
  • Need tips on decorating a room painted in this color
  • Want to know how to decorate a master bedroom on a budget

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Sherwin Williams Silver Strand: Fixer Upper Debut

Silver strand is a color that has gained a lot of popularity from the show Fixxer Upper as it was first launched into stardom in season 1 of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.  Here Joanna Gaines shares a little about her favorite colors from that season: Season 1 Q&ABut this color is not just a passing fad as it has remained one of the most popular paint colors because you can very easily achieve “light and airy” with this color.

The Best Light and Airy Gray Paint Color: SW Silver Strand

In fact, SW Silver Strand is a great color to use to achieve the airy look when you have very little or no natural light coming in.  Its difficult to find colors that look light in dark or artificially lighted spaces but this color is a pro at brightening up dark and dreary rooms.

Our master bathroom has lots of windows on two adjacent walls with light coming in from the east and south throughout the day, but especially in the morning and early afternoon.

Here is what the bedroom looked like when we first bought the house.  That taupe wall color also has a touch of mauve in it.  Yikes!  And those heavy curtains don’t do anything to accentuate the light that streams in.

master bedroom before

Here’s how the color looks now in the room with Sherwin Williams Silver Strand and the trim painted in Behr’s Pure White.

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What a difference to the whole feel of the room!  Bedrooms are such critical rooms when it comes to picking the right color.  After all, this is where you sleep and relax so pick a paint color that lends to a tranquil, spa-like atmosphere – not one that makes you want to gauge your eyes out.

Here’s a video of our master bedroom so you can get the full effect!

So What Color is Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Paint?

This color is so interesting because you often see what you want to see.  I personally LOVE the blue undertones so my eye is drawn to that.  However, someone who loves sage green will be more likely to notice those accents.  The color shifts between those two extremes depending on the lighting, time of day, and the room’s accents.

Basically, Sherwin Williams Silver Strand paint is a light gray with blue/green undertones that vary greatly depending on the natural light coming in as well as the interior lighting.  

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Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Undertones

So how did Sherwin Williams accomplish these chameleon-like tendencies in one gorgeous color?  These changes have a lot to do with the type of black paint they use to mix Silver Strand paint.  If you look at the color mix of most cans of light blue paint, you will notice that one component is almost always black and then usually a little green and maybe some gold.  That’s because the black gives it the blue undertones.  Then, add in a little green and you have interesting shifts between the two in Silver Strand.

Master bedrooms are perfect spaces for cooler colors with blue-green undertones for a soothing, spa-like feel. The bedroom is the one room in your home you relax after your long day and choosing to paint your room in a shade that can bring down your anxiety level is always a great choice. Silver Strand is the perfect color for just that!

What Colors go with Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Paint?

Personally, I think that this color is very flexible based on how you decorate your room.  In looking at other rooms in this color, it seems to have less to do with where the natural light is coming in from but more to do with what accessories are used in the room.

If you want your paint color to pull more blue undertones, add soft blue accents to the room as I do here with my throw pillows.  That way your eye will naturally pull more of the blue undertones to your attention.  In the same way, if you like green, add some sage green accessories or house plants.

This color is also a perfect backdrop for rich wood furnishings, crisp artwork, and gold accents.

You’ll notice my bedroom has blue and green accents because I like how the walls shift in color throughout the day and the blue and green decor accentuates those shifts.

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What to Know Before Painting Your Room with Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Paint

If you want a true gray for your room that won’t surprise you, this is not the color for you!  But if you love blue or green undertones that are subtle, this will be a great choice for your room while still keeping it light and airy!

But you want to have a plan of attack before painting your walls in this color.  By that I mean, you need to know how you are going to decorate as you are a little more limited in your decor’s color pallette than you would if your room was a true neutral gray. 

Below is a step by step process that will help you decorate your room on a budget while keeping your paint color in mind.

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Bedroom Makeover: How to Create a Dream Bedroom on a Budget

Being on an episode of Fixer Upper or having décor from Pottery Barn does not a dream bedroom make.  What creates a dream home is the personal touches that make you feel like you never want to leave.   Your home’s decor should remind you of the joy that life brings without breaking your pocketbook.

“Your décor need not be expensive or trendy, but should be personal, unfolding the truth about where you have been and where you are headed.”

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Step 1: Create a Color Scheme that Works with Your Paint Color

Don’t be hesitant to get samples and paint large blocks of paint on your wall (at least 4’x4’).  This will ensure that you not only like the color but also see how the light affects it throughout the day.  Be sure to compare those colors at different times of the day as your light shifts.

Like I said above, pick colors that coordinate with your paint’s undertones.  If you want certain undertones to be more prominent, use those colors to accent with.  For example, if I want to accentuate the blue undertones of Sherwin Williams Silver Strand paint, I will accent with a light blue throw pillow or artwork.

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Step 2:  Pick Your Bedding

The focal point of any bedroom is the bed and headboard because they set the tone for the “rest” of the space (see what I did there).  Therefore, be sure to get a duvet or comforter you absolutely love.  (Jake loves it too!)

I saw this duvet on Pinterest and then realized it was discontinued at Pottery Barn.  I tried to talk myself into something else but, honestly, I couldn’t get my mind off of it – discontinued or not!  So, I found it new on eBay for only $60.

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I recommend that your headboard is in a neutral color to give you more flexibility later on when you change your room’s paint color and decor.  The low price of the headboard made me a little hesitant to buy it.  Because let’s be honest, I can’t make a headboard for less than $150.  But I took a risk and this upholstered headboard with nailhead trim looks absolutely stunning.  You can get your own here:  Grayson Linen Headboard (see the current price here)

Step 3: Curtain Hardware

In my post on how to make professional-looking DIY Custom Curtain Rods, I explain how I used electrical conduit to make my own curtain hardware.  The curtain rods for all three windows in our master bedroom cost less than $10!   I promise no one can tell the difference between mine and something you’d buy at Restoration Hardware.

Another cost-saving secret involves those curtain rings you see there…  Those may or may not be binder rings that have been spray-painted!  They actually attach to paperclips which attach to pleat hooks that give the look of pinch-pleated curtains without the permanency or hassle of sewing!  You can see how to make your own here: How to Cheat at Pinch Pleat Curtains

Step 4: Hang Your Hardware and Curtains.

I picked these white curtains(see the current price here) because I wanted the room to feel light and airy since I already have a lot of blues and grays in the room.  White acts like a pallet cleanser for any room, giving contrast and a fresh, clean look.

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After you paint, you want to hang your rods and curtains.  Be sure to hang them the correct way as showing in my post DIY Curtain Rods on a Budget which shows exactly what height and width from your windows to hang your curtains.

This method allows you to maximize your window size and allow as much light in as possible.  You can’t see this in the picture but my curtains just barely cover the edge of the window making them appear so much bigger.  If you go this route, you might want to pick thicker curtains, so it’s not obvious when the sun shines through.

Hanging your rod a few inches higher gives the illusion of taller ceilings.  I actually got the longer length that the curtains came in and then hemmed them to the correct size.

Step 5: Add Accessories That Play Nicely With Your SW Silver Strand Paint Color

Don’t hang your artwork until after you hang your curtains.  If you hang your art first and then your curtains with the above method, your wall space could look cramped.  Hanging your curtains first allows you to plan for the right placement of artwork or mirrors.

Choose a rug large enough that the entire bed can fit on it and at least the two side legs of your end tables (Ballard Designs has a great Rug Design Guide to help you with this).  I’m so crazy about this Hudson Shag Rug!  It’s durable but also the softest rug I’ve ever walked on – perfect for a bedroom where you need every incentive possible to get out of bed.

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I made this throw pillow with some old fabric I had and my friend Jennifer at And Sew On monogrammed it for me.  A southern girl can’t have too many monograms!

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Choose some neutral accessories, making sure that any color in the room has at least one ‘color friend’.  Notice how the headboard and lampshades are the same color.  Also, the chair and rug coordinate.  The lamp bases and picture frames match.  You get the idea…

Some designers say that every room should have a black piece of furniture.  What they are emphasizing is the need for contrast to create interest.  A room with all light colors or all dark colors is boring.  Here my end tables serve as my “something black” although they are technically espresso (Avington Side Table in Dark Tobacco).

We built a barn door going into the Master Bath that I posted about in my Light and Airy Master Bathroom Makeover.  Here is the hardware we used for the barn door.  This process was a lot easier than we thought we realized we didn’t have to figure out our own sliding mechanism: Barn Door Hardware (see the current price here)

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Of course, my favorite piece of furniture in the room is the vanity that has tremendous sentimental value to me as it was once my grandparents’.  See the full process in my post A Beginner’s Guide to Painting Furniture. 

vintage vanity makeover

This is Jeremy’s late grandmother’s side tabletop.  I used some vinyl to make it into wall art.  I love the way the light reflects onto the glass!

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My mom had a whole set of these parfait glasses and this is her last one.  I have fun memories of jello parfaits she would make in them!

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I love that our room has some of these personal touches – my husband’s late grandmother’s old side table top that doubles as a picture frame, some framed botanical prints that remind me of my grandmother’s garden, a parfait glass of my mother’s that doubles as a candle holder and the list goes on and on.

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RENOVATE YOUR FAITH:  Beauty from Ashes

“What are your dreams?” 

My answer to that question from 10 years ago is completely different from my answer today.

Ironically, I’m so thankful that some of those dreams didn’t come true.

Life gives twists and turns that we never see coming. But fortunately, God can take the most broken of circumstances and makes them into something lovely.  That especially through life’s difficulties and our own shortcomings, God shows up.  Then, He graces us with what we never could have imagined. 

At 17 months our only child Morgan was diagnosed with an extremely rare autoimmune disease called Autoimmune Neutropenia.  For over two years, she couldn’t be out in public much, had daily shots and weekly blood work.  To say that our lives were affected by this rare blood disorder was an understatement.

However, after all we have been through…after all the doctor visits, sickness, injections, and lab visits, I wouldn’t change a thing.  I realized that out of the most horrible of circumstances, God instilled a beauty and kindness into Morgan’s personality I never knew was possible.  She has an empathy and concern for others that she would not have had if not for her illness.

I’ve yet to do a DIY project where there wasn’t at least a small bump in the road.  As much as those hiccups can intimidate me, I’m thankful for them.  As I look back, those are the moments I learned the most.

So often art imitates life and it’s the same with DIY and home décor.  There are several sentimental accents in this room that not only served to keep us on budget after years of medical bills.  But they are reminders of what matters most, where God has brought me, and how He has given me the strength to overcome.

Just like with any home project, life gives you challenges but in the midst of those hardships, you learn something – you gain a greater appreciation for the depths of his blessings and the heights from which you have fallen.

Life is not always pretty but God’s intervention in the midst of our brokenness is.  Maybe things don’t always happen as planned but when our misconstrued dreams collide with God’s best, His greatest blessings ultimately result.

For more spiritual encouragement, click here for the rest of my Renovate Your Faith Posts.

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Bedroom Reveal: FAQ’s

What About Other Rooms with Sherwin Williams Silver Strand?

Silver strand is gorgeous in other rooms than just master bedrooms.  Its versatility adds a cool and calming tranquility to other rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and even areas that tend to be dark like stairwells.  Here are some ideas to help you decide if Sherwin Williams Silver Strand is right for your room:

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Kitchen Ideas

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Bathroom Ideas

Using Silver Strand to Lighten Dark Rooms

More Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Bedroom Ideas

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Equivalents to Sherwin Williams Silver Strand

What is the Behr Equivalent to Silver Strand Paint?

No Behr color is an identical match but Home Depot has the same formula for SWSS that they match exactly.  Just ask them to look up Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.  Always, check the paint color they mix against your sample to ensure you are getting the right color.  Also, they have sample sizes if you are still deciding!

What is the Benjamin Moore Equivalent to Silver Strand?

Benjamin Moore doesn’t have a color that is an exact match but again, but they do have SWSS in their system.  If you go with Benjamin Moore, they have a waterborne enamel alkyd that works well called Benjamin Moore Advance.  However, I tested furniture paints (see the post here) and my all-time favorite was Sherwin Williams ProClassic which is also a waterborne alkyd, meaning it has all of the positives of an oil-based paint including a smooth durable finish.  But it has a shorter dry time without the fumes like a water-based paint.

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Final Thoughts: Sherwin Williams Silver Strand Review

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand paint is a gorgeous color but there are some things to be aware of before you go out and buy paint cans!  Be sure to have a gameplan in mind in how you want to decorate with this color as the undertones won’t give you quite the flexibility as a typical neutral gray.  However, if you keep some of these tips in mind, you can enjoy this light and airy paint color and embrace its vibrant undertones.  Hopefully, you can also use the checklist above to help you decorate your master bedroom retreat.  And remember that a home is not special because of how much you spend decorating it.  The personal touches you add are what remind you that the most beautiful things in life are not just things.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Great, great post,Karin. I learn so much from your posts. As you know, I also have a special needs child who has taught me the important things in life. He is such a kind, well mannered young man who loves Jesus. He is so gentle and happy. I thank God for him everyday.

  2. Love your bedroom make over! I love blues, aquas, teals. Thanks for the reminder of how God sustains through great adversity.
    I’m going to look at silver strand for my tray ceiling in the bedroom. I have SW accessible beige on my walls. A paisley pattern blue/green/gray beige PB duvet. I just painted my pine bed an off white as per your vanity instruction too. I have some indigo and gold and rubbed bronze hardware/ accents, so although the paint has silver in the name I’m wondering if it will still work for the ceiling? Also I saw you had a cube with the vanity. Did you recover it? I have one to recover. Do you have instructions how you did it? I have a sewing machine but am a beginner! Thanks so much Karin!

    1. Hey Lesley! How are you?!? I think the best bet is to put your wall color on a piece of posterboard or cardstock and the Silver strand on another piece and see how they look together. That will definitely give you idea. The cube is an old Target cube with a hole in the pleather. I justmade a slipcover for it. I don’t have a tutorial but I’ll definitely add that to my list of upcoming posts. Thanks so much Lesley!

  3. I would like to paint my kitchen and would like to know what color would go best with honey oak cabinets. Right now i have green and would like to go more nutral

    1. I think any neutral would work well. I don’t know if I would do silver strand since it is pretty cool but I really like SW Agreeable Greige. We have it in most of our house and it “plays well” with cool and warm tones. I hope this helps! Thanks Mimi!

  4. Thank you for so much great info about Silver Strand paint color. I’m interested in what paint colors you would suggest for the main part of the house if I want a light and bright blue green gray? Would you use Silver Strand throughout? Or a lighter in living area? Not sure about the Agreeable greige you mention. Don’t want too grey or browns.. How about BM Wickham Gray? Would it work? Also, I Was hoping to use BM heavenly blue in bonus room – are those too different? Thank you so much!

    1. Hey Chris,
      I am a firm believer in Agreeable Greige. Sometimes I feel like it might be a little light but I’d rather it be too light than too dark. It is a really nice balance between gray and beige and “plays well” with every accent color. I will be doing a post on this color very soon so stay posted. Thank you Chris! – Karin

  5. Love your post, I have learned so much! My question is, where did you get the three mirrors hanging above the bed? I think I will try Silver Strand!

  6. I found your site so informative. I learned things I never thought about before. It helped me make some decisions I had been waffling on (I hope). At least it gave me motivation to start. I have honey oak cabinets in kitchen also, I’m going to try Agreeable Greige for walls as you suggested to someone. Thanks

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