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!
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.
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.
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!
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 be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.
I love using deep colors such as Cavern Clay for:
- Small powder room (consider painting the ceiling, too!)
- A focal point such as a fireplace
- Accent wall
- Front door
- 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
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.
- Slate Violet
- Quest Gray
- Gris Mirado
- Beguiling Mauve
Cool light blues:
- Sleepy Blue
- Languid Blues
- Billowy Breeze
As a warm paint color, Cavern Clay pairs well with soft white paint colors for trim:
Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay color palette
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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?
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.
Still not sure what paint color to choose?
My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.
The best way to sample paint? Samplize!
Thanks for reading!
Meg Hemmelgarn is a freelance writer and home decor + DIY blogger who loves to talk about paint colors. She and her husband are currently renovating their third fixer upper. You can see their projects on her blog, Green With Decor.