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Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect dark orange paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay and see if it works for your home!

Terra cotta is growing in popularity. It’s a versatile color that works well as both a background neutral and a contrasting accent color.

Terra cotta paint colors can have undertones of brown, orange, red, or even pink, so it’s important to sample specific paint colors before committing!

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay Paint Color Guide.

Cavern Clay, Sherwin Williams, SW 7701

Cavern Clay is a reddish orange paint color with brown undertones.

It’s ideal for creating a cozy ambiance or if you’re looking for a bold accent color for furniture or a front door.

While Cavern Clay can work with many decor styles, it’s especially popular among those who like Southwestern decor.

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Color Family

Cavern Clay is in the orange family. Note that it’s a more muted orange, not a bright color.

Light Reflectance Value


Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around.

This is on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

With an LRV of 20, Cavern Clay is one of the darkest mid-toned paint colors.

RGB Colors

R: 172 G: 107 B: 83

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color.

This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code


Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay.


Cavern Clay has brown undertones.

Cavern Clay is a warm paint color. Its brown undertones may be more apparent in south-facing rooms.

Cavern Clay may appear cooler and darker in north-facing rooms.

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to make sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

I love using deep colors such as Cavern Clay for:

  • Bedroom
  • Small powder room (consider painting the ceiling, too!)
  • A focal point such as a fireplace
  • Built-ins
  • Accent wall
  • Front door
  • Furniture

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Similar Colors

  • Behr Mojave Sunset
  • Benjamin Moore Audubon Russet
  • Valspar Bear Claw
  • Sherwin Williams Red Cent
  • Sherwin Williams Reynard
  • Sherwin Williams Spiced Cider
  • Sherwin Williams Caribbean Coral

Coordinating Colors

Cavern Clay pairs well with many other colors, including warm whites, muted violets, cool light blues, deep blues, greens, tans, browns, bronzes, golds, and pinks.

Warm whites:

Muted violets:

  • Slate Violet
  • Quest Gray
  • Gris Mirado
  • Beguiling Mauve

Cool light blues:

  • Tradewind
  • Rain
  • Sleepy Blue
  • Languid Blues
  • Billowy Breeze

Trim Colors

As a warm paint color, Cavern Clay pairs well with soft white paint colors for trim:

Soft white trim colors:

Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay color palette

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cavern clay paint color palette

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Cavern Clay FAQS

Here are some common frequently asked questions about Cavern Clay.

What color is SW Cavern Clay?

Cavern Clay is a reddish orange paint color. It’s in the orange color family.

What are the undertones of SW Cavern Clay?

Cavern Clay has brown undertones, which will be more apparent in south-facing rooms.

What color trim goes with SW Cavern Clay?

As a warm paint color, Cavern Clay pairs well well with soft white colors for trim, such as SW Alabaster, BM White Dove, or Behr Cameo White.

Is SW Cavern Clay a neutral or an accent color?

SW Cavern Clay is dark and muted enough that some would consider it a neutral.

It pairs well with other neutral paint colors for a softer look, as well as with other bolder colors for a more colorful look.

SW Cavern Clay can also be used as an accent color, such as on a fireplace, a front door, or a piece of furniture.

What colors go well with SW Cavern Clay?

SW Cavern Clay pairs well with many other colors, including whites (try Creamy or Alabaster), violets (try Slate Violet or Quest Gray), and blues (try Tradewind or Rain).

SW Cavern Clay also coordinates well with greens, tans, browns, bronzes, golds, and pinks.

Can you use SW Cavern Clay if you don’t have a Southwest decor style?

Absolutely! You can use SW Cavern Clay even if you don’t have an overall Southwest decor style.

Cavern Clay works well as a soothing neutral in a room with other neutrals, such as whites or browns. It can be used as an accent color for those who prefer a bolder look.

Before you go…

So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!

Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.

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