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.

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Sherwin Williams Sea Salt Paint Color

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  1. If I were using Meander blue, waterscape, sea salt, cottage cream and possibly watery, what color trim/ceiling color to go with each

    1. Hi Amy! I use Pure White for all my trim, because it goes with anything. You could use it on the ceiling too, in a flat sheen, or go with a typical Ceiling White if you prefer. Pure White is a great option for both places though.

  2. Hi, just moved one month ago into a house that is almost entirely painted agreeable grey except for magnetic grey in the master bedroom and silver strand in the master bath. I am wondering what color to paint the little laundry room which is quite small with no natural light. Would sea salt be a good choice? At my last house I had a larger laundry room with a window and I painted it Tradewind and loved that color! Thought about using it again but I am not sure. I liked the spa feel of Tradewind but I want to keep with the theme of my new house. Would silver strand be a good choice as well?

    1. Hi Emily! Sea Salt would be a great choice! I actually have a post that has Agreeable Gray and Sea Salt in a color scheme together – they are a perfect pair. I love Tradewind too, but agree that Sea Salt and Tradewind give the room slightly different feels. Silver Strand would also be good. It has slightly more of a gray undertone than Sea Salt, so it won’t be quite as bright. Sea Salt isn’t bright at all though, it is a pretty perfect bluish green. Hope this helps!

  3. We are painting our beach house in sea salt. Cabinets and trim are bright white. We want the kitchen island a different color, and were thinking a darker blue. What would you recommend for an island color?

    1. Hi Ashley! Charcoal Blue (SW), Naval (SW’s Color of the Year) or Hale Navy (BM) would be nice choices. I love beach houses in Sea Salt!

  4. Lauren,
    I have a small jack and Jill bathroom with no window. One bedroom is painted repose grey and the other agreeable grey. Would the Sea Salt be a good color to brighten up the bathroom? I was thinking of going alabaster until I came upon your post.

    1. Hi Jean! Sea Salt would be perfect! I love Sea Salt – it is bright and interesting, but not too showy. It’d be a great choice and would coordinate well with Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray.

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