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Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot (SW 6639) Color Review

In this paint color review, Learn about the Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot (SW 6639) and how to use it.

AVid Apricot paint color review

About The Color Concierge

Avid Apricot is a beautiful, warm, peach paint color and one of my favorites! It evokes joyful, warm summer afternoons, the kind you see in paintings by French Impressionists like Claude Monet.

Coquelicots by Claude Monet features a color palette much like Apricot.
Coquelicots (Poppies)” by Claude Monet, d’Orsay Museum, photo by M. Marceny, The Color Concierge

The first time I saw this color was in my web designer’s office during a Zoom video call. I was so fixated on the paint color I could hardly think! If you are looking for an amazing web designer, check out Karima Creative! Karima Neghmouche has an incredible sense of color and design.

This is a warm and friendly color to use in a bedroom, office, or other accent room for an interior. Although I consider it a relatively “fresh” color, It’s muted enough to look sophisticated and has enough saturation for the color to look rich. It’s the kind of room color that makes a house a home.

It is crisp, clean, and lovely and can work throughout many different spaces in a home.

SW Avid Apricot
Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot (SW 6639)

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What is the Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot LRV?

Avid Apricot (sample) has an LRV of 62, making it a beautiful saturated peach paint color. LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value, which measures how light (LRV=100) or dark (LRV=0) a color is. 

With an LRV of 62, it is light-reflecting, so it looks nice and bright, even though it is fairly muted. I love balancing it with whites as the ceiling, trim, and door colors so that it doesn’t look too overwhelming with its saturation.

What are the SW Avid Apricot undertones?

SW Avid Apricot is a peach paint color with orange undertones muted with grays and lightened with white. This keeps the color warm but still versatile.

Is SW Apricot warm or cool?

Avid Apricot is decidedly warm. This doesn’t mean you should exclusively pair it with other warm colors. We like to balance cool and warm colors. It’s nice to pair with cool blues and grays, warm greens and warm blues.

When should I use SW Avid Apricot?

Is Avid Apricot good for North-facing rooms?

Vivid Apricot is a perfect color to brighten a shady room or a North-Facing room. But one of the best things about Avid Apricot is that it can also work well in just about any kind of light.

It looks great in North—and South-facing rooms and has enough saturation to flex in rooms with constantly changing light, such as those with East and West exposures.

This color is fairly fresh, so I would avoid using it in rooms with muted finishes such as travertine, granite, and other earthy finishes.

Elevate your walls with a splash of color

Is SW Avid Apricot a good office color?

Avid Apricot is a stunning office color and an attractive video conference background color. It coordinates with a variety of complementary colors, furniture, and decor.

Note how the color is cut two-thirds up the wall and balanced with white. It is pretty when contrasted with warm wood, a rich leather sofa, and a neutral carpet (such as Karima’s office below).

Office with Avid Apricot paint color.
Office, by Karima Neghmouche

Is SW Avid Apricot a good bedroom or nursery color?

This color is a beautiful bedroom color for adults, or children’s playrooms and bedrooms. We use it as an accent wall behind a crib in the nursery below.

Nursery with Avid Apricot accent wal
Nursery with SW Avid Apricot accent wall, by Karima Neghmouche

Is SW Avid Apricot a good whole house color?

Avid Apricot is NOT a good option for a foundational whole-house paint color. It simply has too much saturation, and would be limiting as you pick decor. Although it’s welcoming, warm, and cozy for a single room, I think that it would give me a headache as a single color in a whole house.

Can I use SW Avid Apricot as exterior paint? 

The best exterior application for SW Avid Apricot is as an exterior front door. It would look fantastic with houses that have white, dark blue, or green siding. Make sure that you test carefully! Below is a photo of an exterior front door painted with another (much darker, pinker) peach paint color, SW Quite Coral.

A home is painted with SW Charcoal Blue siding and a Quite Coral peachy front door.
SW Quite Coral Front Door with Charcoal Blue siding and warm stone, Photo by M. Marceny

What Are the Best Benjamin Moore Avid Apricot Coordinating Colors?

Avid Apricot looks fantastic with muted blues, warm mid-toned greens, and crisp whites to balance the saturation of the color. Mid-toned teals are very pretty complements to Avid Apricot.

You can use Avid Apricot as an accent wall with rooms painted in whites and light neutrals, such as SW Mortar (article), SW City Loft (sample), SW Pearly White (article), or SW Origami White (sample). LIght neutrals should have a much higher LRV than Avid Apricot.

Office painted with Avid Apricot
Office & photo by Karima Neghmouche

We often see this color in carpeted rooms and prefer carpets with similar colors to SW Skyline Steel, SW Repose Gray, and SW Wool Skein. These are basically warm grays and beiges with green undertones.

What are the Best Trim and Ceiling Colors For SW Avid Apricot Interiors?

Because this color is colorful and fresh, it works best with crisp and off-white colors such as SW Extra White (review), SW Pure White (review), and SW Greek Villa (review). Alabaster might be a touch too creamy, but test to be sure.

I would not use SW Avid Apricot is too crisp and fresh to use with a very creamy trim. I would avoid any creamy white trim color darker than Alabaster because of the low contrast and competing yellow tones in the creamy color.

What is the easiest way to sample SW Avid Apricot?

You should always sample and test your paint colors, but it’s especially important with a paint like Avid Apricot that can look different from room to room depending on the natural light.

The easiest way to sample Avid Apricot (and any paint color for that matter) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color.

There is no mess, and the cost is less expensive than purchasing a sample and a white poster board. Since you don’t need to dispose of the paint, it’s also environmentally friendly!

With Samplize, you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE. Order today and get samples tomorrow. 

Other Paint Colors Like Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot

Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot vs. Benjamin Moore Apricot Chiffon

Avid Apricot and Apricot Chiffon (sample) are almost identical colors, although Apricot Chiffon is slightly lighter.

SW Avid Apricot vs. Apricot Chiffon

SW Tangerine vs. Avid Apricot

If Avid Apricot isn’t dark enough, then pick Tangerine (sample), which has a significantly darker LRV.

SW Tangerine vs. Avid Apricot

Sherwin-Williams Persimmon vs. Sherwin-Williams Avid Apricot

SW Persimmon (sample) was the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2024 Color of the Year. It’s a great choice if you need a peach paint color that will pair with earthier finishes, where Avid Apricot is a better choice for crisper, cleaner colors.

SW Persimmon vs. Avid Apricot

Key Learning Points

SW Avid Apricot is a light, saturated peach paint color that works well as an accent wall or accent room in a home.

  • Avid apricot is a peach paint color with orange undertones and a joyful, saturated tone.
  • Pair Avid Apricot with crisp white or off-white trim and muted blues, greens, and very light greige colors.
  • If you use Avid Apricot as an accent wall, make sure that you pair with whites or greige colors that have much higher LRVs so that you can have a higher contrast. Consider light muted neutral colors such as SW City Loft, SW Mortar, or SW Pearly White.
  • Apricot Chiffon is the closest Benjamin Moore color to Avid Apricot. It does the same job!

Remember: NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified. Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

No matter what, always test your paint colors. It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

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About the Author

Michelle Marceny, principal designer and founder of The Color Concierge, a paint color consulting company in Denver, Colorado.

Hi, I’m Michelle Marceny, founder, owner, and Principal Color Designer at The Color Concierge. I believe a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. The Color Concierge was born out of my drive to help clients fall back in love with their homes. My clients trust me to help them find the perfect paint color for their home – whether it’s a whole-house paint color scheme or ideas for a single room. 

Since The Color Concierge was founded in 2017, we have completed over 3000 color consultations, both online and in-person.  I am a Certified Color Expert with 7 years of experience creating interior and exterior color palettes throughout North America.

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