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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.

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Saturday 11th of September 2021

Hi, I would like to paint the exterior of my home sea salt. I painted a small portion and it looks beautiful. Can you please suggest a couple of front door colors that would look good with it? Thank you!


Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Hi Barbara! Sea Salt looks great with a darker green like Retreat or Acacia Haze, can work with a true black door like Tricorn Black, looks good with a gray like Dovetail, or could work with a navy like Naval. Lots of beautiful options!


Saturday 28th of August 2021

I am thinking of using Sea Salt in my bedroom. The furniture is fruit wood, the carpet is off white. I would like to use black as an accent color, do you think that could work with sea salt. My bedding will be primarily off white.


Wednesday 1st of September 2021

Hi Pamela! I think this would work just fine! Sea Salt is a lovely color, and it should go fine with the shades you're mentioning.

D Morris

Saturday 21st of August 2021

We are moving into a new home. It has a large great room right off the kitchen. The kitchen has white cabinets, white backsplash and mostly white counter tops. I want to paint an accent wall Sea salt but haven't come up with the color for the rest of the room. I want something light. My current home is mostly repose gray. While I like it, I want something different.


Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi D! It is so hard to provide suggestions because whites can look so different due to their undertones. To get something that matches you cabinets, backsplash and counters without seeing them is impossible. But, I like Edgecomb Gray for a light shade that will likely work with Sea Salt, and may work with the kitchen's white tones. This is just a guess though. If your white tones are super cool, a color like Gray Owl might be better.


Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Painted living room SW sea salt , not sure what carpet colours to go with it.


Thursday 24th of June 2021

Hi John! Sea Salt will go well with neutral carpet colors - gray, beige, and greige. Since Sea Salt is also technically a neutral, you can't really go wrong with pairing it with more beiges or grays. Hope that helps!


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!