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Sherwin-Williams' 2022 Color Forecast Is Centered Around Warm, Nostalgic Tones

Sherwin-Williams has officially debuted their 2022 Colormix Forecast, a nuanced prediction of the colors that will reign supreme in homes around the world next year. "The 2022 forecast is composed of 40 hues and four palettes—Method, Opus, Dreamland, and Ephemera," the brand shared in a press release. "The palettes tell stories about sustainability, deep and spiritual maximalism, the connection between technology and mindfulness, and nostalgia for the 1960s to the 1980s." The lauded paint company predicts that these hues will begin a transition away from the muted neutrals that have dominated over the past few years. Instead, we will move towards warmer, more dynamic colorways—because after over a year stuck inside, staring at our own four walls, we are ready for change.

According to the brand, 2022 is going to be all about warm (not monochrome!) neutrals, bold metallics, organic greens, and nostalgic reds. Collectively, the forecast is called MODE, and it contains 40 hues and four curated palettes that include Method, Opus, Dreamland, and Ephemera. "We told a story of balance and rhythm through color last year, as we transitioned into a time of stillness. We are holding that balance in one hand and embracing growth and adaptability in the other as we move toward a new vision and discovery of our world," said Sue Wadden, the brand's director of color marketing. "Embracing the idea of MODE in design inspires a new way of being as we explore beyond what has been the familiar." Ahead, we dive into the forecast's four palettes, filled with all kinds of inspired, curated shades you will want to add to your home, stat.

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Credit: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams


A celebration of the outdoors is exactly what we need after a claustrophobic year, which is why this palate, above, alternates between the "organic neutrals and tonal luxury" we often find in nature. You will also see signs of art deco, modern organics, and 1980s postmodernism inside this palette, composed of warm shades. "The soft earthiness of Shoji White SW 7042 juxtaposes with the sensuality of Über Umber SW 9107, culminating in a raw, yet refined harmony," notes Wadden.

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Leave minimalism behind with the Opus palette, which draws on dark hues and bold metallics, notes the brand. "Blackberry SW 7577 stirs up theatrical marvel, while Iron Ore SW 7069 explores the darker, edgier side of creative expression," explains the press release. These hues embody maximalism at their core—and can create bold, dynamic looks in your home.

sherwin williams dreamland palette in office
Credit: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams


If you're looking for a way to embrace "hygge" in 2022, turn to the Dreamland palette. This collection combines soft forms and "modern Scandinavian minimalism" to bring your romantic vision to life. "Influenced by biomimicry and sustainability, Dreamland incorporates berry tones and organic greens, like Rosé SW 6290 and Cucuzza Verde SW 9038, which highlight balance and the vernal sweetness of bud and bloom," adds a brand representative.

sherwin williams ephemera palette in kitchen
Credit: Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams


If you want your indoor spaces to conjure up simpler times, try the Ephemera color story, which evokes "a warm nostalgia and unwavering optimism" by combining the best of what was with the possibility of everything that may yet be. "Unifying retro futurism, meaning, and memory, the Ephemera palette merges colors reminiscent of bygone basics, such as Sierra Redwood SW 7598, Peace Yellow SW 2857 and Basque Green SW 6426," reads the release.


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Popular SW Gray Paint Colors
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the best gray paint colors from Sherwin Williams

With so many Sherwin Williams gray paint colors, how do you decide which one is best for you?

Instead of painstakingly going through each and every single gray paint color check out the 10 best grays from Sherwin Williams.

I have done the work for you and picked out the best of the best so you don’t have to.  These paint colors are ones I often use in a client’s home and they are gray colors that I often or should I say always recommend.

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How do you choose a gray paint color?

I’d have to think gray is the go-to paint color when painting your home. Like many other neutral paint colors, It coordinates with everything and it’s the perfect paint color for any home decor style you have. Now one would say “sure, let’s paint the walls gray”

Ok, hold up Becky! It’s not that simple.

There are so many shades of gray to choose from. Warmer shades tend to have a more brown or yellow base, while cooler shades have more of a blue base.

How do you decide between a warmer gray or a cooler gray?

Look at the fixtures, cabinetry, floors, and trim in the home. A brushed nickel faucet pairs well with a cooler gray, whereas a red brick fireplace, is complemented beautifully by a  warm gray.

A good rule of thumb is you want to have the undertone of your home interior elements match the undertone of the gray paint color you choose.

Knowing your undertone will help you in picking out the perfect gray shade.

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The Best Sherwin Williams Gray Paint Colors

Below, I have compiled a list of the best Sherwin Williams gray paint colors that I love and highly requested by many clients.


Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015

Repose Gray is a warm gray. It has brown-taupe undertones. These undertones can be slightly unpredictable meaning you might see faint brown or purple depending on where you apply this.

This color is perfect because it is light enough to work in almost any space with any decor style. Repose Gray is one of the most popular Sherwin Williams gray paint colors and it’s also a regular on Fixer Upper. If it’s used by Joanna Gaines, you know it is good!

Repose Gray Living Room



Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray 7016

Mindful gray is a warm gray. There are no strong undertones making it the perfect neutral. It is another great light color but a bit darker than Repose Gray. Mindful Gray is also a Sherwin Williams Gray that is often used color on Fixer Upper.


Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray 7017

Dorian Gray is a gray that’s a medium-toned color, with a slightly greige undertone. This paint colors warmth pairs well with medium to dark flooring and bright white trim.
I personally use SW Dorian Gray in my master bedroom. Dorian Gray can look dark in some lighting however in a larger room with a ton of natural lighting, this Sherwin Williams gray stands up well.

Dorian Gray Bedroom


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Sherwin Williams Dovetail 7018

Dovetail is a great charcoal gray with a hint of a blue undertone. It is a dark almost masculine color that makes your whites really pop. I used Dovetail for all the interior doors in my home. This Sherwin Williams gray is certainly darker than some of the other grays I have mentioned.

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray 7019

Gauntlet Gray is a deep gray that has more brown-taupe undertones than black. Gauntlet gray works great as an exterior paint color and also works well for cabinetry, wainscot, and trim. With it being a darker gray, it’s a great color to use on an accent wall in a room with a lot of natural light. If you’re looking for a gray charcoal color Gauntlet gray could be the winner.


Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray 7023

Requisite Gray is a lovely medium tone Sherwin Williams grey paint color. It has a nice mix of warm and cool undertones, not too green and not too purple. This makes Requisite gray a phenomenal choice, working well in almost any home. This is a very sophisticated clean color.




Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray 7029

Agreeable gray has a brown/ slightly taupe undertone. The brown undertone keeps it on the warm side, not allowing it looks too cool. As the perfect greige, this color is an effortless neutral that brightens a space providing warmth and blending seamlessly with almost any color palette. Agreeable Gray is one of the most popular Sherwin Williams grays. It’s a definite go-to neutral for many people and it’s another gray paint color I always suggest to customers.

If Agreeable Gray is a bit too cool for you, consider checking out the warmer Accessible Beige. Don’t be fooled by its name either, Accessible Beige has a little bit of gray in it and can be considered a greige.

Agreeable Gray Hallway

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Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray 7043

Worldly Gray is quite a soft color. It has brown and green undertones that give the paint color a subtle greige feel to it. Worldly Gray can look more like a greige or gray depending on what’s going on in your space, giving a room a soft look to it.

Worldly Gray entryway

Sherwin Williams Useful Gray 7050

Useful Gray is a warm and sophisticated neutral color with beige undertones. This gray brings the perfect amount of warmth if you love gray, but are not fond of the coolness some gray paint colors can have. Pairing Useful Gray with an off white, and deep espresso brown will give you that classic and timeless pallet, working well with several decorating styles.


Sherwin Williams Analytical Gray 7051

Analytical Gray is mildly similar to Useful Gray but with a certain depth to it. Both colors are light and warm with beige standing out to be dominant. Analytical Gray is a fantastic neutral color, beige mixed with just the right amount of gray.

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Here’s your quick list of the absolute best gray paint color from Sherwin Williams.

  • Repose Gray
  • Mindful Gray
  • Dorian Gray
  • Dovetail
  • Gauntlet
  • Requisite Gray
  • Agreeable Gray
  • Worldly Gray
  • Useful Gray
  • Analytical Gray

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Every space is different. My biggest recommendation is to pick 3 Sherwin Williams gray paint colors you are drawn to, get samples, and paint swatches in the rooms you want to paint.

Don’t paint small dinky swatches either.

I’m talking big, large, monster swatches so you can actually see the color. Then live with them for a few days checking the swatches in different lighting. You want to make sure you are covering all bases before choosing your perfect gray.


No matter the gray you choose, finding balance is key. Bringing in texture and warmth with your decor pieces such as, fabric, wood, and fixtures will help make the room not feel cold and bleak. 

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Column: Supply-chain surcharge? Sherwin-Williams is latest company to add a sneaky fee

Hugo Granadino recently stopped by the Sherwin-Williams paint store in Inglewood to pick up some rollers and brushes. He’s repainting the den of his South Los Angeles home.

After the purchase, Granadino, 40, took a look at his receipt and was surprised to see a 4% “supply chain charge.”

There’d been no advance warning that a surcharge was being imposed — it was just quietly tacked on at the checkout counter.

Granadino called the store to ask what’s up with that.

“The guy said that because there’s a shortage of their raw materials, they have to charge more,” Granadino told me.

Some context: Practically everything has gotten more expensive in recent months because of pandemic-related shortages and supply-chain issues.

Consumer prices rose by a larger-than-expected 5.4% last month from a year ago, according to the Labor Department. That’s the sharpest increase in 13 years.

The Inland Empire posted the nation’s highest inflation rate in September, quadrupling to 6.7%.

Food, energy, housing — all more expensive. This puts a financial squeeze on many households as the economy gradually recovers from the worst conditions since the Great Depression.

Although chronic shortages of microchips and medical supplies have received the most attention, many components and raw ingredients used in a wide variety of products also have been harder to find, pushing consumer prices higher.

Count paint among them.

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams, the country’s largest paint company, warned investors last month that its manufacturing costs were rising and that this would result in higher retail prices.

“The persistent and industry-wide raw material availability constraints and pricing inflation we have previously reported have worsened, and we do not expect to see improved supply or lower raw material pricing in our fourth quarter as anticipated,” the company’s chief executive, John Morikis, said in a statement.

But Sherwin-Williams apparently chose not to raise prices in a straightforward fashion. Instead, it slapped a surcharge onto paint sales.

This is an important — and shifty — distinction. It’s also a growing trend in the business world that needs to be stopped.

“Hidden surcharges undermine consumers’ ability to shop around for the best value for their money,” said Jenn Engstrom, state director for the California Public Interest Research Group.

“It’s a sneaky way to hide the true price of the product,” she told me, “but a great way to annoy your customers.”

Granadino’s reaction to finding a surcharge on his paint bill is indicative of consumers’ unease with having to be constantly vigilant for added fees.

“Maybe they think we’re too dumb to understand what they’re really doing,” he said.

In Sherwin-Williams’ case, what they’re really doing is allowing themselves to advertise normal prices but jacking up customers’ cost by 4% at the cash register — after your paint’s been mixed and when most people probably won’t walk away from a purchase.

What they’re also doing, as Engstrom observed, is preventing consumers from effectively comparison shopping. If two brands of paint are advertised at the same price, but one ends up being 4% more expensive at the register, you’ve been misled.

These deceptive ploys aren’t new. Airlines frequently add surcharges to fares when jet fuel grows more expensive, rather than raise advertised prices.

In May I wrote about Frontier Communications making internet customers pay a $6.99 monthly “infrastructure” surcharge to cover the cost of routine network maintenance. That’s on top of a service charge that can run $80 a month.

A couple of years ago, Amoeba Music in Hollywood tacked a 35-cent “wages and benefits” surcharge onto customers’ bills. The company wanted to defray some of its personnel expenses without charging more for CDs and DVDs.

Similarly deceptive fees have been imposed by wireless carriers, cable companies, hotels, restaurants and other businesses.

In almost all cases, the surcharges are intended to address a company’s cost of doing business. And in almost all cases, the companies are trying to pull a fast one on customers by imposing price increases without raising list prices.

I asked Sherwin-Williams to clarify the rationale for its “supply chain charge.”

If the company’s cost of business has gone up, I asked, why not just raise the retail price of its paint? Why break out the price hike as a surcharge? Is this fair to customers?

Julie Young, a Sherwin-Williams spokesperson, answered none of these questions.

Instead, she said this: “Sherwin-Williams announced a 4% surcharge effective mid-September until Dec. 31, 2021, in the Americas Group operating segment.”

And that’s it. “The company,” she said, “has no additional comments to provide.”

The solution is simple: Pass a law requiring that consumer prices be all-encompassing. In other words, require that the shelf price include all costs, including taxes and fees.

That’s how they do it in Europe. The European Union says consumers “have to be clearly informed about thetotal price, including all taxes and additional charges.”

For consumers, such a system means the price you see listed in stores is the price you’ll pay at the cash register. This creates a level playing field, forcing businesses to compete head to head on pricing.

Expect more surcharge shenanigans as we emerge from pandemic mode. Many businesses will be keen to recover higher manufacturing or wholesale costs, or past losses, without looking like they’re doing just that.

Granadino, for one, has had enough of these dishonest tactics.

“If your costs are higher, raise your prices,” he said. “Don’t try to trick us.”

Life is hard enough. Consumers shouldn’t have to be constantly watching out for companies playing fast and loose with pricing.

Oh, and Sherwin-Williams? Color me disappointed.


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It is the first-ever EPA-registered interior latex paint with the power to kill certain bacteria on painted surfaces within two hours of exposure. And it has the appearance and quality you expect from Sherwin-Williams paints.

Paint Shield® microbicidal paint kills 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes on painted surfaces within two hours of exposure, and continues to kill 90% of bacteria for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained.

The Sherwin-Williams Paint Shield® microbicidal paint formula is patented in the U.S. and EPA-registered. It has passed rigorous EPA test protocol conducted by third-party labs. Paint Shield® underwent vigorous scrubbing tests and repeated exposure tests to make sure that when exposed to normal wear and tear, cleaning and scrubbing, it maintains its effectiveness (for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained) and meets the high-quality standards of all Sherwin-Williams products.

Paint Shield® microbicidal paint goes on just like any other interior paint, and can be applied on ceilings, walls, doors and trim throughout the home. Originally developed for health care facilities, athletic facilities, schools and other specialized business settings, Paint Shield® is also ideal for any residence, especially in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Just like any interior paint, two coats are required over a previously primed or painted surface. It can be applied with traditional paint brushes and rollers.

Paint Shield® microbicidal paint is available in 550 colors and in the popular eg-shel sheen.

Paint Shield® microbicidal paint is only available in Sherwin-Williams stores. You can find your neighborhood store at


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American paint and coating company

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A company store in Hillsboro, Oregon


Traded as

IndustryPaint and coating manufacturing
FoundedCleveland, Ohio, U.S. (1866; 155 years ago (1866))

Cleveland, Ohio



Number of locations

4,758 stores[1] (2019)

Area served


Key people

RevenueIncreaseUS$18.36 billion[3] (2020)

Net income

Increase US$2.03 billion[3] (2020)
Total assetsDecrease US$20.40 billion[3] (2020)
Total equityDecrease US$3.61 billion[3] (2020)

Number of employees

Decrease 61,031[3] (2020)
  • The America's Group
  • Consumer Brands Group
  • Performance Coatings Group

Sherwin-Williams Company is a Cleveland, Ohio–based company in the paint and coating manufacturing industry. The company primarily engages in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of paints, coatings, floorcoverings, and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America and Europe. At the end of 2020, Sherwin-Willams had operations in over 120 countries.[4]


Sherwin-Williams dates from 1866, when Cleveland bookkeeper Henry Sherwin invested in Truman Dunham & Co., a paint distributorship.[5] After the partnership dissolved in 1870, he formed Sherwin, Williams, & Co. with Edward Williams and A.T. Osborn.[5][6] For its first factory, in 1873 the company acquired a cooperage in Cleveland from Standard Oil.[5]

Sherwin-Williams incorporated in Ohio on July 16, 1884, two years after Osborn sold his interest in the company while retaining the retail operations.[5] The company grew through acquisitions and expansions in the late 19th and early 20th century.[5] In the early 1920s, the company became the largest coatings manufacturer in the U.S.[5]

Sherwin-Williams experienced a downturn in the 1970s, and Gulf and Western Industries unsuccessfully attempted to take over in that time.[5][7] The company recovered by fending off the raid, and through a series of acquisitions in the 1980s and 1990s as well as divestment of non-coatings businesses.[5][7] One such acquisition on July 5, 2011 was Leighs Paints based in Bolton UK, a manufacturer of intumescent paints and high performance coatings.[8] In 1995, it employed 18,000 people, including 3,200 in Ohio.[5] By 2002, the company operated more than 2,500 stores.[5]

Global headquarters[edit]

In 1930, Sherwin-Williams moved its headquarters to Cleveland's Midland Building, where it would stay for over 75 years.[5]

In September 2019, the company said it would move its headquarters to a larger site,[9] and in February 2020, confirmed it would remain in the Cleveland area.[10] That month, the company also began work on a new R&D center in Brecksville, OH.[11] The new headquarters's location was clarified in March 2020, with the company committing to constructing a new building complex, also in Downtown Cleveland, expected to open in 2023.[12]

Notable innovations[edit]

In 1875, Sherwin-Williams started selling ready-mixed paint.[5] Previously, consumers bought paint ingredients that they themselves would mix together.[5]

In the 1940s, Sherwin-Williams introduced Kem-Tone, a water-based fast-drying interior paint.[5] In 1996, the American Chemical Society named the product a National Historic Chemical Landmark.[13][verification needed]

In 2016, the first paint registered as microbicidal with the United States Environmental Protection Agency was brought to market by Sherwin-Williams.[14][15][16]

Corporate structure[edit]

Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams[17] in Cleveland in 1866, the company operates through three segments: The Americas Group, Consumer Brands Group, and Performance Coatings Group.[18][4]

Americas Group[edit]

Americas Group was the first section of the company to be established, in 1866. These stores market and sell Sherwin-Williams branded architectural paints and coatings, industrial and marine products, floorcovering, and related equipment and supplies. As of the end of 2019, the Americas Group had expanded to 4,758 stores, including more than 135 floorcovering centers.[18][19]

Consumer Brands Group[edit]

The Consumer Brands Group develops, manufactures, and distributes various paints, coatings, and related products, under the brand names of Anthony Angelillo, Bestt Liebco, Cabot, Dupli-Color, Duron, Dutch Boy, Frazee, Geocel, Guangdong Huarun Paints, H&C, HGTV Home, Kool Seal, Krylon, MAB, Martin-Senour, Mautz, Minwax, Pratt & Lambert, Purdy, Ronseal, Thompson's WaterSeal, Uniflex, Valspar, Wattyl, and White Lightning to third party customers in addition to overseeing the operations maintained by The Americas Group.[20][18][21][22][23][24][25]

On August 28, 2007, Sherwin Williams purchased Columbia Paint & Coatings.[26] On July 6, 2011, Sherwin-Williams acquired Leighs Paints, based in Bolton UK, manufacturers of intumescent and high performance industrial coatings.[27] In late 2012, Sherwin Williams began the process of purchasing the Comex Group. Comex was the 4th largest paint manufacturer in North America.[28] After Mexican antitrust regulators voted against the deal twice, Sherwin-Williams bought Comex's US and Canadian divisions for $165 million on September 16, 2013.[29] PPG, US-based paint and coating company, acquired Comex's Mexican division for $2.3 billion. In March 2016, it was announced that Valspar would be acquired for $9.3 billion U.S. dollars. The merger was finalized 1 June 2017.[30]

Performance Coatings Group[edit]

The Performance Coatings Group sells coatings and finishes to industrial, wood furniture manufacturing, marine, packaging, and automotive markets in more than 110 countries.[31] The Group also contains Valspar's automotive refinishes business.[32]


California lead paint lawsuit[edit]

Further information: Lead paint

In January 2014, the Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled that Sherwin-Williams, NL Industries and ConAgra were jointly and severally liable for $1.15 billion, to be paid into a lead paint abatement fund to be used to remove lead paint from older housing.[33][34] The judge ruled that the paint companies manufactured, marketed, and sold lead paint without disclosing the health risks to the consumers in spite of "actual and constructive knowledge that it was harmful."[35][36] In March 2014 Sherwin-Williams was denied a new trial.[37]

As per their 2013 annual report, Sherwin-Williams considers this case without merit and will appeal the decision. The process may take another two years.[38] The disposition of The People v. ConAgra Grocery Products Company et al. in the California 6th Appellate District Court on November 14, 2017 is that

... the judgment is reversed, and the matter is remanded to the trial court with directions to (1) recalculate the amount of the abatement fund to limit it to the amount necessary to cover the cost of remediating pre-1951 homes, and (2) hold an evidentiary hearing regarding the appointment of a suitable receiver. The Plaintiff shall recover its costs on appeal.[39]

In July 2019, a $305 million settlement was reached.[40]

Pennsylvania lead paint lawsuit[edit]

In 2018, multiple counties in Pennsylvania sued Sherwin-Williams over lead paint matters.[41] Sherwin-Williams attempted to counter-sue, but that attempt was denied in October 2019,[42][43] and the denial was upheld in July 2020.[44]

Water-based paint lawsuit[edit]

Starting in 2008, businessman John Tyczki entered into an agreement with Sherwin-Williams on the basis of assurances provided by Sherwin-Williams about its water-based paint products. When the products failed to live up to these assurances, causing ongoing problems for his business, Tyczki sued Sherwin-Williams and was awarded $2.88M.[45]

Attempted diversions and national boycotts[edit]

On April 9, 2018, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and representing attorneys uncovered that Sherwin-Williams tried to "shift the blame to contaminated water in an effort" to avoid having to pay tens of millions of dollars in settlements. Almost 170 children had been affected by the potentially fatal lead poisoning.[46][47]

Advertising dispute[edit]

A billboard near the center-field fence of the Los Angeles Angel Stadium featured a giant paint can. In 2014, the owner of the billboard offered to donate $1 million to the Angels Baseball Foundation if a home run ball landed in the can on the fly, though that condition was not noted on the billboard.[48] On September 19, 2017, a home run ball landed in the can after bouncing. Some commentators were upset that a donation wasn't made "due to a lame technicality", causing a public relations embarrassment.[49][50]

New Jersey pollution lawsuit[edit]

In December 2019, Sherwin-Williams was sued by the State of New Jersey for discharging industrial waste from three sites and failing to disclose the pollution to the state's Department of Environmental Protection.[51]

California underpayment lawsuit[edit]

In May 2020, Sherwin-Williams agreed to pay $3.6M to settle a lawsuit brought by workers in California alleging underpayment of wages and failure to provide obligatory meal or rest breaks.[52][53]

Ohio underpayment lawsuit[edit]

In July 2020, Sherwin-Williams was sued in Ohio for breaching the Fair Labor Standards Act by underpaying staff.[54][55] Though the case was dismissed in December 2020 by Ohio Northern District Court.[56]

Firing of Tony Piloseno[edit]

In November 2020, the company fired employee Tony Piloseno, who'd amassed over 1.4 million viewers on his TikTok paint mixing channel, Tonesterpaints, for alleged misconduct. The company was criticized for their perceived mishandling of the situation with critics believing the company failed to realize the marketing opportunity they'd just lost.[57] Piloseno received multiple offers of employment from Sherwin-Williams' industry rivals and took up a position with Florida Paints where he will have his own art studio and develop his own custom range of paints.[58][59][60] Commentators pointed out the differing reaction the company had after going viral when compared to other companies such as Ocean Spray, who had positively reacted to going viral on the TikTok platform.[61]

Awards and recognition[edit]

On June 20, 2011, Computerworld named The Sherwin-Williams Company the #58 Best Place to Work in IT.[62]

In 2015, Sherwin-Williams was recognized as the most used brand as well as the winner for brand familiarity and quality rating in the Paints category by Builder magazine.[63]

As of 2018, Sherwin-Williams was ranked 190th on the Fortune 500 list of the largest United States corporations by revenue.[64]


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