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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 the color to appear too intense.

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 brighter blue green paint color, Sea Salt looks gray.

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

And when you place Sea Salt with a green paint color, 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 blue, with a gray undertone.

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 and Comfort Gray Color Strip

Sea Salt is the lightest color on the strip, with a Light Reflectance Value of 63.

It is followed by a slightly darker shade called 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 shade of Sea Salt.

Is SW Sea Salt Warm or Cool?

Sea Salt is a cool color because of the blue and green in it. 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 paint color

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

Sherwin Williams pairs Sea Salt with Fleur de Sel, a white paint color, Spare White, a grayish off-white paint color, and Summit Gray, a light gray paint color.

Colors that go with Sea Salt

Trim Colors for Sea Salt

Sea Salt tends to go well with a lot of white paint colors. It can work with white paints with both cool and warm undertones.

Two of my favorite trim colors for Sea Salt are High Reflective White and Pure White. High Reflective White is a very bright white paint color that will give your trim a bright, crisp look. Pure White has warmer and softer undertones, with a hint of yellow and gray.

Trim paint colors for Sea Salt

Sea Salt also goes with Alabaster, a warm white paint color with yellow undertones. Alabaster is a creamy sort of white that won’t give you a stark white trim look, but instead gives a soft, muted trim shade.

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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Samplize square on wall

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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.

Sea Salt vs Rainwashed

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 your own, check out this post on painting a room.

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Sunday 20th of February 2022

Hi! Sea salt looks like such a calming color. I am redoing my childhood home for an Airbnb. Thinking of painting the kitchen cabinets sea salt. The walls are Kilimanjaro beige and thinking of doing the trim in reflective white. Also have lower cabinet and bookshelf painted cityscape gray. Do you think these colors would go well together?


Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Melinda! I'm not familiar with Kilimanjaro Beige, but High Reflective White would definitely work for the trim. Also, Sea Salt and Cityscape will go together. Good luck!


Wednesday 5th of January 2022

What color exterior lights look best with a sea salt exterior, white trim, accessible beige doors?


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Hi Karen! I would go with black light fixtures :)

Melissa Smith

Sunday 12th of December 2021

I’m converting a small bedroom into my craft room. The room gets full morning sun. I’m torn between Cottage Cream and a beach type blue such as Balmy, Meander or Tradewind. The furniture is an off white. I also would like to redo my bedroom paint from Sage to a coastal blue. The bedroom is 14’x20’ with off white furniture. Suggestions? I also am partial to Sleepy Hollow.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Hi Melissa! I love blues, so any of those sound lovely to me! Cottage Cream may wash out a bit with the morning sun, but will still look nice I think. I love all those blues, and they'll definitely make the furniture pop more than the Cottage Cream will. I don't know which one to tell you to go with, because they're all gorgeous!


Friday 5th of November 2021

I researched SW Sea Mist/Salt quite a bit before I used it on my north facing living room. I was surprised and disappointed came out like robins egg blue! I googled it again, THEN found sites saying it can have hint of blue. This is definitely blue. 😔Paid to have it painted so stuck with it for awhile. Had to get slipcover for sofa changed other things. I loved the paint swatch!


Sunday 7th of November 2021

Hi Rebecca! I'm so sorry you're disappointed in your paint color! That is the worst :(. I always recommend changing your light bulb - a warmer bulb may help a bit. But, I'm sure that northern light is not doing you any favors though. It will encourage Sea Salt towards its blue undertone. I hope you can figure out a way to make this color work for you!


Saturday 30th of October 2021

We're thinking about Sea Salt for our exterior, with white trim. Would like a front door that really pops. Do you think a deep turquoise or teal (not too dark teal) would go with the Sea Salt? What would you recommend?


Sunday 7th of November 2021

Hi Bette! Yes, I think you can use a deep turquoise with Sea Salt, but I think it needs to have a bit of gray to it. It can't be too bright. For example, Jasper Stone or Underseas would probably work.