The seemingly neutral base of this timeless gray is penetrated with slight warm notes that offer it softness. Resembling the crushed ice texture, this shade does not feel icy but rather seem an updated light variation of gray.

LRV 66

One of the most successfully created shades of gray, Crushed Ice SW 7647 from Sherwin-Williams, is the designers’ secret tool. You have probably not heard about it often. Still, it is a real find for connoisseurs of contemporary design solutions. What can be so fabulous about a shade of gray? Actually, everything! At least, when we speak about this one.

The secretly beloved gray variation replicates a slightly warmed-up gray. You know what? It is not the usual creamy gray or greige. Crushed Ice is gray mostly, yet you cannot help but admire its lovely soft appearance. We are simply impressed by paint colors with names that replicate reality, and this one surely suits this feature. Do you know what is more interesting? SW 7647 is anything but a reflection of crushed ice. What made colorists name it like that? This and other secrets, which are more than you think, will be revealed as follows.

Crushed Ice paint color features

Despite its name, SW 7647 does not seem icy at all. The slight warm notes cannot simply allow it. As we stated, we do not mean creamy by calling it warm. It is just the way this shade looks. When put into practice, it indeed gives the vibe of crushed ice. We do not speak about coolness but rather texture. Such raw and impartial like only crushed ice can be. Although the warm notes are visible, you cannot help but feel the mild refreshing scents that spread all over the space.

Crushed Ice: is it warm or cold?

It is indeed complicated, but one thing is known for sure – there is something slightly warm about this shade. Again, despite its name, it feels welcoming and makes you want to spend as much time as possible in a room painted this way, which can also be said about the exterior painted in SW 7647 that radiates an inviting appearance. 

How does lighting affect Crushed Ice?

Even the most unbeatable shades cannot stand lighting. As with any other color variation, the latter has a lot to tell here. Since Crushed Ice tends to look cooler on the sample, this is the appearance it preserves in north-facing rooms. On the other hand, spaces with southern exposure reveal the most pleasant warm effect, yet balanced and, again, without feeling creamy or penetrated by beige notes. Do you wonder what happens in spaces with east and west-facing windows? It is actually a balance between those extremities, depending on how the lighting penetrates the space. You surely cannot change anything about natural light, but you can play with artificial light undertones for the desired effect.

Crushed Ice LRV

On a scale from 0 to 100, where the latter stands for pure shades of white, Crushed Ice reaches a Light Reflectance Value of 66, which places it in the medium-to-light category. It is still impressive how a seemingly light paint color has a relatively low LRV. Still, it does not stop it from reflecting fabulously the light throughout the space and even making the room feel spacious.

Crushed Ice undertones

The amazing thing about this paint color is that it contains quite many undertones yet does not fully reveal them. Can you believe Crushed Ice has subtle greenish undertones and that it sometimes may read slightly blue or purple? Where does it come from? Frankly speaking, SW 7647 is not very true to its undertones and reveals them only in particular conditions.

Similar colors

To our surprise, Crushed Ice has quite impressive similar shades, some of which perfectly interpret its inner beauty. Well, you would probably agree with us that gray is very popular, and it has an impressive range of variations that finding a few that matches the beauty of SW 7647 is not a problem. We suggest going outside the borders of Sherwin-Williams and discovering what alternatives there are at other manufacturers.

  • Pediment SW 7634 – a canvas white with a light and warm greige base penetrated by blue-violet undertones;
  • Soft Secret PPU25-10 by Behr – identical shade of gray that preserves the same combination of notes; one would not spot the difference if it weren’t for an unnoticeably lower LRV;
  • Thimble Case by Dulux – almost the same gray variation; only a thorough analysis would reveal its slightly lighter appearance;
  • Limed White Half S13B1H by Dulux Australia – a bit less intense shade, which, again, can be proved only by referring to the unnoticeably lighter LRV;
  • Warm Grey 2 by Pantone – not that far from Crushed Ice yet with visibly warmer notes and a slightly lighter base.

Coordinating colors

Ideally, Crushed Ice pairs with crisp white shades or various darker gray paint colors. Still, depending on the palette, you can opt for variations close to the essence of SW 7647 or go with contrasting tones. As usual, we will give you an insight into both approaches. For an exact match, consider the following paint colors:

  • Extra White SW 7006 – crispy shade of white diluted with a few blue-gray particles to perfectly contrast with the slightly warm Crushed Ice;
  • Magnetic Gray SW 7058 – medium gray with bluish notes and a quite impartial base for a harmonious combination of colors;
  • Mountain Road SW 7743 – medium-to-dark gray devoid of undertones with a slightly warm base, not a creamy one – just like at Crushed Ice;
  • Passive SW 7064 – medium shade of gray gravitating toward the light side with a slight blue hint of exceptional softness;
  • Argos SW 7065 – soothing shade of gray diluted with subtle bluish notes covered by a foggy effect;
  • Tin Lizzie SW 9136 – medium-to-dark gray, seeming slightly bluish, with a neutral base featuring deep notes;
  • Software SW 7074 – dark blue-gray that has a relatively neutral base yet feels slightly cool and full of depth;
  • Intuitive SW 6017 – interesting shade featuring a medium combination of gray and purple, resembling a soothing violet base covered in dust;
  • White Truffle SW 6029 – medium shade of a very dusty pink that replicates an exceptionally soothing look.

Use of Crushed Ice in interior

The timeless vibe and impressive versatility this paint color radiates make it a go-to shade for any style. Don’t skip the opportunity to put your boldest design ideas into practice and display them on this background. We back our words with facts, and we would like to show you how Crushed Ice works within the interior through a few specific approaches, also considering the general perspective.

An icy mix of Classic and Modern

It is no secret that gray is the first shade designers refer to when choosing a paint color for the walls within a Neoclassic interior. The range of possibilities is wide, and there is one shade that prevails. This is what experts choose – a timeless shade of gray that feels slightly comforting yet does not cease to impress with its stately look. The wall molding will simply bloom in a new way when paired with this paint color. Go on with modern furniture and functional layout, considering a few pops of bright colors to make the classic embrace the modern.

Living room

You are free to integrate your design solutions and display them on this astonishing background. Still, don’t go too extra with accents. Let the timeless gray paint spread its lovely notes throughout the space since there is more to it than a neutral. Instead, consider sources of texture, such as wood or brick, to enrich the space with comfort. It all depends on what style you opt for, although a slightly functional approach is required to fully embrace the contemporary design rules.


Go with Crushed Ice and stick to these rules: keep it seek, opt for a functional layout, and don’t go extra with accents. Let the main character penetrate the space and set a pleasant environment. A bit of wood texture here or a few bold splashes there, and your interior will look complete. The interesting part is that a contemporary approach to any style works with this shade.

Kitchen and dining room

There is no doubt Crushed Ice is a rather background color. Therefore, it works perfectly for the walls and combines astonishingly with white cabinets. To keep it slightly cool, leave it as it is. On the other hand, add wood and brass to enhance the warmth that SW 7647 tries to radiate. In the dining area, we suggest opting for an accent and considering a black table with black chairs and gray background, letting the contemporary sense prevail over the space.


It seems the bathroom offers a no less wide range of possibilities. Go with a classic approach by considering traditional pieces of furniture enriched with steel and a flamboyant chandelier, all this on a gray background for a silverish effect. On the other hand, a few black vintage pieces on the same background will beautifully embrace the past values. Don’t hesitate to skip the Farmhouse approach, considering the same gray backdrop, which will happily emphasize the comfort-inducing elements of this style.

Use of Crushed Ice for house exterior

What is great about this light neutral is that it does not fade under full natural light exposure. Therefore, you can confidently apply it to the exterior walls and front door. In both cases, a monochromatic palette should be considered to preserve the sleek contemporary appearance that hides behind an appropriate use of this paint color.

The Crushed Ice SW 7647 paint color from Sherwin-Williams is the light gray you have probably never heard about before, but now you know the secret tool for the most successful design solutions that your interior and exterior will thank you for. 

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