Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams (SW 6204) is a soft and beautiful blue-green paint color. It appears more green than blue and while it is a muted color – I would consider it a color and not a neutral. For this reason, Sea Salt looks best when used in smaller spaces. Areas such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, entries, mudrooms, and even bedrooms are great spaces to showcase this iconic color. The neutral tone of Sea Salt will complement these defined areas with walls rather than large open concept spaces. If you adore the color feel free to use it in larger spaces, but a little can go a long way. The light blue-green color has a wonderful calming effect that closely resembles coastal waters!
Let’s take a closer look at Sea Salt.
Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
What color is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams?
If you’re searching to add a subtle pop of color in your home, Sea Salt is the paint color for you. Shades of green and blue combined with gray undertones form a muted color that will make a statement.
Be aware that this shade will take on a different appearance based on the space it is used in. The size of the space, the intensity of lighting in the space, and the added accent colors all influence the outcome. It may appear more green or more blue based on these factors. This is why Sea Salt is often referred to as a chameleon color- greatly influenced by its surroundings.
Is it a warm or cool paint color?
Sea Salt is on the cooler side of green. It becomes visible as more of a gray rather than a warmer yellow tone of green. It is an overall cooler paint color due to its blue and gray undertones. The pale blue, green, and gray shades create the perfect color for a livable space.
The light reflectance value (or LRV for short) for Sea Salt is 63. LRV is a measurement that determines the amount of light a paint color will absorb. LRV is measured on a scale of 0-100. A paint color with a LRV of 0 is black and a paint color with a LRV of 100 is pure white. Sea Salt falls just above the midline, meaning it will illuminate your space.
If highlighted with warmer tones, green will show through. If the room you are looking to paint is filtered with a lot of light, whether it’s natural lighting or just a bright room in general, the color may appear washed out making for a light and subtle shade. Once the lights are switched off or the sun sets, the color will change. Paint is so fun!
Is Sea Salt more green or blue?
This paint color by Sherwin Williams is registered as a green color. Although Sea Salt showcases both green and blue undertones, it tends to show up green under most lighting conditions. Its a great way to use green in the home without it feeling too green.
You are in control when it comes to how green or how blue you want this color to appear in your home. Pairing Sea Salt with neutral colors in a well lit area will bring out the greenness and pairing it with bolder accents or utilizing an unlit area may make it appear more blue.
What are the best trim paint colors for Sea Salt?
Sea Salt pairs perfectly with whites and off-white trim paint colors. If you’re thinking about pairing this color with another color versus a neutral you may be disappointed with the outcome. Sea Salt is a color that should be paired with neutrals in order to keep its effect.
Sherwin Williams paint colors like Pure White (SW 7005) and Alabaster (SW 7008) are a safe bet when deciding on a trim color to pair with Sea Salt. Pure White is a bright white with just a smidge of warmth and Alabaster is a creamy off-white. Both of these light neutrals will allow Sea Salt to remain in charge.
Check out one of my recent posts to learn more about the best white paint colors to use for trim!
Sea Salt in Real Life Spaces
The following pictures are a great example of how Sea Salt may show up more green or more blue depending on the space.
You may be wondering if you can use Sea Salt in a darker room that doesn’t get much natural light. The answer is- You can certainly use Sea Salt in darker spaces, just remember that the color will appear more blue-green because of the lack of natural light hitting the walls.
Coordinating Colors that go with Sea Salt
Sea Salt is a beautiful color that coordinates with a variety of other color families like white, greige, blue-gray, and even a deep terracotta. Here are several colors that I recommend that pair well with Sea Salt
Sample Paint Colors in your Home
I always recommend sampling paint colors in your home before fully committing and buying gallons of paint. Paint colors look a little different in every single room just depending on how much light there is in the space and the time of day. So you want to make sure you like it first!
I like Samplize paint sheets for testing paint colors on walls. They are 9” x 14.75” peel and stick paint samples that you can stick on your wall to see how the paint color actually looks in your space. Pretty genius right?!
You can move them around to other walls if you want and they don’t damage your wall. You just order them online and they arrive on your doorstep in a couple days! No extra trips to the paint store.
I hope this paint color review was helpful in deciding if Sea Salt is the right paint color for you! I have some