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Sherwin Williams Sea Salt Paint Color

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is one of the best selling colors for home interiors right now. While grays, whites and greiges are still king when it comes to home design, Sea Salt is one of the few actual colors that is loved by most.

Many would consider Sea Salt a neutral, even though it is a true color. It is muted enough that you can use it in almost any room in your home, but still has enough color to give the room a little pop.

SW Sea Salt is great for a room that you want to paint a color, but you don’t want to appear too intensely colored.

What Color is SW Sea Salt?

Sea Salt is a beautiful greenish blue. It is reminiscent of a pale green sea with the sun shimmering through it, though not as bright.

Sea Salt is a really interesting color, because how it looks depends on lighting and what is around it. You could say that it is a chameleon of sorts. For example, when paired next to a blue, sea salt looks gray.

When Sea Salt is compared to a true gray, it looks green.

And when you place Sea Salt with green, it almost takes on a pale blueish hue.

Sea Salt Undertones

As you can tell from the color comparisons, Sea Salt paint has undertones of mostly green and gray, with a hint of blue.

Sea Salt

When you look at Sea Salt on the Sherwin Williams color strip, you can see that the darker shades on the color strip are pretty green. Sea Salt is the lightest color on the strip, with a Light Reflectance Value of 63. It is followed by a slightly darker shade, Comfort Gray. After, you will find Oyster Bay, Acacia Haze, Retreat, Pewter Green and, finally, Ripe Olive. While the colors get increasingly dark in color and LRV, it is clear that green is the primary undertone of Sea Salt.

Is SW Sea Salt Warm or Cool?

Sea Salt is a cool color that just barely hints warm. Since cool colors are typically calming, this enables it to go well in many different rooms in a home.

One of the things that I love about Sea Salt is the spacious, relaxing feel that that it lends to a room. Being a cool color means it tends to give depth to a room, making it feel larger than it is.

What Type of Home Does Sea Salt Work In?

Sea Salt is a great choice for many different styles of homes.

While Sea Salt has been a popular color for a long time, it rose to even greater fame with the show Fixer Upper. Joanna Gaines, the designer on the show, used light greens like Sea Salt in a lot of the homes she featured. As a result, Sea Salt was a natural pick for many homeowners, as it is light, almost neutral, and really pretty.

In addition, Sea Salt is a very popular color for homes with a coastal look. In fact, experts at Sherwin Williams chose it as one of the best selling colors for beach homes.

I have used it in my own whole house color scheme, featuring Agreeable Gray, for several years. This color scheme works well in any style home, including traditional, farmhouse, coastal, or transitional.

Coordinating Colors for Sea Salt

Sea Salt goes well with grays, whites, beiges and greiges. Some examples of good coordinating colors for Sea Salt are:

  • Agreeable Gray
  • Steamed Milk
  • Mega Greige
  • Heron Plume
  • Accessible Beige
  • Comfort Gray

Best Rooms to Paint Sea Salt

Sea Salt is a perfect color for a bathroom. It is tranquil, calming and clean looking. It tends to look as though it has a bit more color in a bathroom, as there is typically a lot of white in a bathroom from the toilet and sink.

As you can see from the picture, Sea Salt looks more blue than green in this picture, due to the lighting. This is why Sea Salt is called a chameleon color – it changes based on lighting, time of day, and what colors are around it.

Sea Salt in Bathroom

Sea Salt also works well in a bedroom, as bedrooms are relaxing retreats from the hustle of daily life.

Last, I have seen Sea Salt be used in kitchens as a beautiful accent to gleaming white backsplashes and marble countertops.

Truly, Sea Salt can go in any room of your home. Because its gray undertones can make it look neutral in certain rooms, it can be used throughout the home for an understated elegant look.

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Sea Salt vs. Rainwashed

If you like Sea Salt, but want a color that leans more toward blue, check out Rainwashed. Rainwashed and Sea Salt are very similar, except that Rainwashed leans blue with a hint of green and Sea Salt leans green with a hint of blue.


Both are great colors, and would provide the same calming effect in a room without being overpowering.

For more information, check out this post on Rainwashed. For other amazing blues from Sherwin Williams, click here.

Final Thoughts on Sea Salt

Sea Salt, by Sherwin Williams, is a beautiful color that can go well in any room of the house. It is listed as one of Sherwin Williams’ top 50 best selling colors, because it is selected time and again by both designers and homeowners.

If you want to paint your home on you own, check out this post on painting a room.

Looking to hire a professional to do the job? You can be connected with a painting professional in your area by clicking here!

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Friday 23rd of April 2021

We have a very small kitchen that's connected to the dining area and a small den. We are getting new kitchen cabinets from a local cabinet maker and just painted the walls sea salt. One of the recommended colors on the back of the Seal Salt swatch is Summit Gray so we are considering that for our cabinets. Our hardwood floors are red oak with Early American stain. We are considering Hawthorne quartz countertops (white with minimal gray pattern). Do you think Summit Gray is a good choice for the cabinets or would you recommend a different color?


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Jerri! I think Summit Gray would be very nice. It would mirror the gray in the quartz, and will go great with Sea Salt. Good choice!

Laura Diaz

Thursday 15th of April 2021

Not sure I’m in right comment. My house is white stucco. What is a coastal trim color?


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Laura! You can do most anything for a trim color. You could go traditional with a shade like Iron Ore, Urbane Bronze or Peppercorn, or, if you're thinking about shutter colors, you could go fun with something like Interesting Aqua or Grandview.


Thursday 18th of February 2021

I have an open floor plan with 12 foot ceilings. I’m wanting to use see salt throughout the main living area. It is North & East facing. I have two concerns. I’m trying to decide between a charcoal or charcoal navy on shiplap fireplace. The other thing that I’m wanting to do is Halcyon green on my kitchen cabinets and possibly a pale oak on the island. What do you think?


Thursday 25th of February 2021

@Teresa, I have 9' ceilings and a open floor plan. I have had Sea salt for a little over a year & I do not like it! It truly is a changing color. Sometimes I think I like it & then it turns light power blue on me and I don't like it again. I tried to let the color grow on me & it hasn't. It changes from light Mint Green to light Powder Blue.?


Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hi Teresa! It is totally up to you, because either a charcoal or a charcoal navy could work. Navy is very in style right now, but charcoal is classic and always in style. I like all your color choices. I will say that Pale Oak (which is gorgeous) can look a little pink at times, so get a sample of it in your home first to make sure you like how it looks. For a charcoal, check out Peppercorn. For a navy charcoal, maybe take a look at Charcoal Blue. Good luck!

Sherri Stewart

Saturday 30th of January 2021

I need help choosing a wall color please. I have the 1990's honey oak cabinets.. AND a dark green countertop ? We were getting ready to start calling for new countertop quotes, when the pandemic hit.. My kitchen is currently a dirty lemon color, and I want to get rid of the yellow now.. (it's not a cheery yellow) So until I can get workers in to replace the countertops, what color will tone down the green, but not make the space dark? It only gets morning sun. I was thinking a grayish green, but I'm so undecided.. and I have to get the color right the 1st time, since my husband & I are not physically able to paint it more than once. Countertop is between a hunter green & a dark olive green, and the cabinets are a medium oak, with very little to no orange undertones. Ive been living with this nasty yellow color for 2 years now, and I've looked at so many different colors, that I am overwhelmed and I'm constantly 2nd guessing any color I pick.. Please help me, I've been stricken with "Wall Color Paralysis"! I would VERY much appreciate any suggestions you might have. Sincerely, Sherri


Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Hi Sherri! This is so hard without seeing the actually color of the countertop, but I'm thinking that a greige or a light green may work really nicely with the countertop and cabinet colors. Check out Agreeable Gray (has green undertones, but very slight), Sea Salt (blue green with gray undertones) and Livable Green and see if any of those look good. Also, consider a beige like Accessible Beige. Get either a swatch or a Samplize square to check the colors against your countertop and cabinets. Good luck!!


Monday 2nd of November 2020

I have painted Sea Salt in my living room. The bottom half of the walls are a white board and batten. The sea salt looks very blue during the day, but it has a BEAUTIFUL green tone that’s comes out at night. Is there a color you can suggest that would look more green or hep me to achieve this look during the day?


Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Hi Brandy! Filmy Green is a lot like Sea Salt, but with more green in it. It may give you the look you want. Or, I really love Healing Aloe by Benjamin Moore. This one can go blue though, so be sure to check it out in your space before committing yourself by painting the whole room! Hope this helps!