One of my favorite colors, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, is what we are discussing today and I couldn’t be more excited to talk about it! It is a gorgeous color that can be considered a neutral in some circles. You won’t want to miss out on this one!
One of the most popular colors out there is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. It’s a gorgeous blue-green color that when used in the right room can stand out and be the star of the show, or be a perfect neutral back drop for your amazing furnishings.
Believe it or not but this color can also look gray in some rooms. I am so not lying! It really can! Let’s get into some details on this gorgeous color so you can decide if it’s right for your home.
Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
In my last house, I had my kid’s full bathroom remodeled by Simple Bath. If you live in the Central Ohio area I highly recommend them. This is not a paid plug at all, they had the whole bathroom gutted and redone in 4 days. It was a little pricey but soooo convenient! And they did a great job.
When we did that reno I knew I wanted the walls to be painted Sea Salt. I remember when we sat down to discuss what we wanted in the bathroom and she got to paint colors I just blurted it out, LOL. I think she liked that I knew exactly what I wanted though.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any photos of the bathroom. But I will show you plenty here today that should give you a good idea of how it looks.
What are the Undertones of Sea Salt?
Sea Salt is a color that has blue and green in it. Most of the time it shows more green but in certain situations, the blue tones come through.
What’s really unique about Sea Salt is that it has a touch of gray to it. That gray tones down the green undertones and is what makes it such a great color to be used as a neutral!
What is the LRV of Sea Salt?
The LRV of Sea Salt is 63. Remember, LRV stands for Light Reflective Value and is a scale from 0-100. Sixty-three makes this color a pretty bright color and when used in a room with tons of natural light can be a little washed out.
When there isn’t a lot of natural light, or during dark hours, the color is the most gorgeous muted blue-green.
How to know if a paint color is right for you?
The best way to judge if a color is good for you then you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.
You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.
I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a 12X12 peel and stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.
It’s easy and much less messy!
What room is best for Sea Salt?
Honestly, this color will look good anywhere but my favorite place to use it is in bathrooms and bedrooms. I used it in a bathroom in my previous house and plan to use it again in my master bathroom when I renovate it in the future.
The reason I like this color for these specific rooms is because of its calming nature. Blue-green paint colors really give the feeling of restfulness, kind of like being at the beach. They really have that beachy feel and everyone knows your blood pressure immediately goes down when at the beach.
This is one of my favorite colors to use if you are going for a beach house feel. If you are then you definitely want to check out my post on beach house paint colors to get all the details on how to use this color, and others in your home.
Coordinating Colors to Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
Sea Salt sits at the highest level on a paint chip and the color that is right next to it, one shade darker is Comfort Gray. It is a gorgeous color that goes really well with Sea Salt.
If you are looking for a white to go with Sea Salt then look no further than Spare White. It is a cool white paint color with a slight touch of gray. That gray undertone is why it pairs so well with Sea Salt.
If you want a darker color to contrast with Sea Salt then you should definitely check out Summit Gray. It’s really hard to find a gray paint color that is a true gray but Summit Gray is just about as close as you can get to that. It has neutral undertones so it doesn’t pull blue or gray as most cool-toned colors do. It doesn’t have any yellow or red in it either which makes it warm-toned. It’s completely natural.
Sometimes you are looking for something similar to Sea Salt but slightly different then Pine Frost is another great option worth mentioning.
Sea Salt in Real Homes
This bathroom by Studio McGee reminds me a lot of the bathroom I had renovated in my last home. The paint color definitely shows Sea Salt pulling in more of the green direction.
What I love about this paint color is how well it looks with marble, which is one of my favorite materials to use. It also really pops next to white and that makes using it in a bathroom so perfect, because of all the white fixtures.
I know I mentioned that this color looks amazing in bedrooms and bathrooms but here you can see how well it looks in a kitchen. This image has been computer-generated through Sherwin Williams’ software but it gives you a great idea of how it can look in another room!
Here you can see how the color can pull slightly blue. I love how good it looks with the white-washed ceiling as well as the very dark hardwood floors. The dark furnishings look good with the color as well. This is a great example of Sea Salt being a neutral because it just makes the other furnishings in the room stand out.
Here is a great example of Sea Salt being used on the exterior of a home. You don’t have to live by the beach to have a beachy house color. This would look great in any part of the world. I love how well it goes with whites and blacks. The pretty flowers in the landscaping look really good with it too!
This color is a total win-win!
Final Thoughts on Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
I hope you have some really good knowledge now of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and feel comfortable using it in your home. It’s personally one of my favorites of all time and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it just about anywhere!
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