December 4, 2023

2024 Sherwin Williams Color of the Year: Upward

Imagine a space adorned with sleek millwork, exquisite cabinetry, and seamless built-ins, all bathed in the serene glow of Sherwin Williams’ Color of the Year— Upward. Whether you're drawn to contemporary minimalism or embrace the warmth of traditional spaces, Upward promises to elevate your interiors with its understated sophistication and undeniable charm.

Join The Cabinet Chic as we explore how this bluish-gray hue can breathe new life into your home, creating an atmosphere that is modern and inviting. Let’s get inspired!

Upward: Color Profile

2024 marks the year of tranquility in home design as Sherwin Williams unveils Upward as its Color of the Year.

This delicate pale blue with subtle gray undertones
fosters a sense of harmony and serenity.

With a light-reflective value (LRV) of 57, this shade effortlessly brightens any space, making it an ideal choice for millwork, cabinetry, and built-ins.  

In interior design, the color blue is known to be a soothing color. Upward is no exception. This lovely hue has the unique ability to evoke feelings of calmness and balance while infusing a touch of contemporary sophistication into home design.  

Now, let’s see how to use this color in your space!  

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How To Incorporate Upward Into Your Interior Design

From transforming kitchen cabinetry into artful focal points to infusing warmth into millwork, this pale blue hue offers a new perspective on how colors can elevate home ambiance.  


This soft and subtle blue hue brings a sense of tranquility and peace, making it the perfect choice for creating a calming atmosphere in one of the most frequented areas of your home—the kitchen.

By using this color on walls, cabinets, or even as an accent wall in the kitchen, you can create a soothing oasis where family members and guests feel at ease while spending time in the heart of your home.  


This soft blue-gray shade can transform your bathroom into a tranquil oasis. Whether used on the walls, cabinets, or vanity, Upward will bring a touch of sophistication and elegance to your space.

This versatile color pairs beautifully with both light and dark wood finishes, as well as metallic accents, making it easy to customize your space to fit your style.  

The Cabinet Chic Tip: Consider pairing this shade with crisp white accents and natural elements such as plants or bamboo accessories for a spa-like ambiance that soothes the senses.

Living Room

By incorporating Upward into your living room built-ins, you can add depth and character while maintaining a clean and contemporary look.

In addition to built-in entertainment centers, this hue as an accent wall color can instantly elevate the overall aesthetic of your living room. Whether paired with neutral tones or complementary shades such as crisp white or warm grey, this versatile color can liven up the space without overpowering it.  

The subtle yet impactful nature of this color allows for easy coordination with various decor styles, making it a timeless choice for anyone looking to infuse their living room with understated elegance.


Whether it's wainscoting, crown molding, or other intricate woodwork, the soft and serene blue of Upward can add a touch of modernity to traditional architectural details.  

This color choice offers a refreshing departure from standard white or beige millwork, creating an unexpected focal point that draws the eye and adds depth to the room.

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What Colors Pair Well With Upward?

When it comes to pairing Upward with other colors the options are endless. We recommend pairing it with other shades of blue, subtle greens, and crisp white.  

  • For a serene and cohesive look, consider complementing Upward with colors like SW 6204 Sea Salt or SW 6215 Rocky River. These soft and soothing hues create a calming atmosphere perfect for bedrooms or bathrooms.  

  • If you prefer a bolder contrast, try combining this tone with SW 6244 Naval or SW 6228 Refuge. These deep and rich tones of blue will add depth and drama to any space.

  • In terms of neutrals, pairing this breezy blue with classic SW 6258 Tricorn Black can result in a striking and modern combination. The crisp contrast between the lightness of Upward and the darkness of Tricorn Black creates a dynamic visual impact that is both timeless and sophisticated.  

  • If you're looking for a more delicate approach, consider pairing this pale blue with delicate white such as SW 7008 Alabaster. This creates an airy and elegant feel that evokes a sense of tranquility and refinement in any room.

Whether you want a tranquil retreat or a bold statement, you can create numerous harmonious combinations that bring out the best in each color!  

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Infuse Your Home with Tranquility

This beautiful blue tone offers a refreshing and tranquil ambiance to any living space. When paired with The Cabinet Chic's exquisite cabinetry and bespoke furniture, it creates a harmonious and calming atmosphere that transforms your home into a sanctuary.  

Don’t wait! Elevate your home with the soothing beauty of Upward and the timeless craftsmanship of The Cabinet Chic by scheduling a design consultation today!

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