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Watery, by Sherwin Williams

Watery is a beautiful blue green paint color by Sherwin Williams. Watery paint color can be calming and soothing, fun and whimsical, or elegant and sophisticated.

Sherwin Williams Watery is part of the following color collections: 2015 Voyage, Coastal Calm, Precious Baby, Teen Space, and Living Well.

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Sherwin Williams Watery Paint Color

Watery Sherwin Williams Paint Drop

While Sherwin Williams classifies Watery as a blue paint color, Watery is probably better classified as a blue green paint color. Some may see it as a green paint color with a lot of blue, while others see it as a blue paint color with a lot of green.

Truly, the color will shift between looking more blue and more green depending on the lighting in the room. That’s why it is best described as blue green paint color, rather than just a blue. You can’t really identify it as a green, or a blue, without seeing the other shade in it.

Watery is a softer, pastel type paint color that has a little bit of brightness to it, but not too much. It sort of straddles the line between being bright and soft all at the same time.

In a room with a lot of northern facing light, Watery will look a little more washed out, where as a room with more southern sunlight will bring out that blue green color even more.

Sherwin Williams Watery LRV

Watery has an LRV of 57. While this is still considered to be in the light range, it does have some color to it.

The LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, scale goes from 0, which is completely black, to 100, which is completely white. So, as you can see, an LRV of 57 is pretty close to the middle of the range.

Despite this, Watery will still reflect an adequate amount of light back into the room. Overall, an LRV of 57 has some body to it, but is not a super saturated shade.

Is Sherwin Williams Watery Warm or Cool?

Because it is blue/green, Watery is a cool paint color. Cool paint colors are blue, green and purple. Warm paint colors are red, orange and yellow.

Cool paint colors evoke feelings of relaxation and calm. Accordingly, Watery is very soothing and spa-like.

Where Can I Use Sherwin Williams Watery?

Watery by Sherwin Williams

Watery is a great paint color to use in bedrooms and bathrooms, where cool colors are commonly used. But, it can also be great in dining rooms and living rooms, to give the space a beachy or even sophisticated look.

Watery is an interesting paint color because it can bring about a different feeling in the room depending on what it is paired with.

In a nursery or playroom, Watery can look fun and whimsical when paired with other bright colors. In a living room or dining room, Watery can look elegant when paired with bright, crisp white woodwork. In a bathroom or bedroom, Watery can look spa-like, evoking a feeling of calm.

Watery is also a nice color for a home exterior. In particular, Watery works well on a beach home. It will look a little more washed out in the sunlight, but will still bring a bit of brightness to a home’s exterior. Alternatively, Watery can be used on a front door for a nice pop of color.

Watery is a perfect beach house paint color. It can also work in farmhouse, contemporary or traditional style home.

Sherwin Williams Watery Coordinating Colors

Watery works well with neutrals such as whites, creams, blacks, and grays. It can also work with yellows, lighter or darker blue green colors, and navys.

Here is an example paint color palette for Watery. Sherwin Williams pairs Watery with Glimmer, a soft, blue green paint color, Aged White, a cream toned off-white paint color, and Shell White, a grayish white paint color.

Watery Sherwin Williams Coordinating Colors

Sherwin Williams Watery Trim Colors

Watery can go well with a lot of different white paint colors. For some specific suggestions, you can pair Watery with High Reflective White and Pure White.

Watery Sherwin Williams Trim Colors

High Reflective White is a bright white paint color that is clean and crisp. It is almost undertone free, making it just very white looking.

Pure White is a softer white paint color. It still looks bright on your trim, but not as white as High Reflective White. This is because Pure White has a bit of gray and yellow in it. It leans warm, but goes well as a trim color with almost every shade of paint.

Sherwin Williams Watery Paint Color Comparison

When I do a full paint color comparison, I always like to compare the paint color to other similar paint colors. When people are searching for the right shade for their home, they’re frequently looking at several paint colors and choosing between them

This sort of color comparison can be helpful in determining which paint color is the right one for your home. It can also help to identify other popular paint colors that maybe you should consider as well.

Watery vs. Tidewater

Sherwin Williams Watery vs. Tidewater

Tidewater is a Sherwin Williams paint color that shares a color strip with Watery. Some people would tell you that this means that they are the same paint color, just a lighter or darker version of each other.

Tidewater and Watery Paint Strip

While this is true for some of Benjamin Moore’s collections, this is not true of Sherwin Williams paint color strips. Instead, Sherwin Williams paint color strips are organized by general color families.

Truly, these paint colors are fairly similar in their undertones though. One may technically have a bit more blue or green than the other, but they look like just lighter and darker versions of each other.

Tidewater is one color block up from Watery, and is a lighter paint color. Tidewater has an LRV of 65, so it has a bit more white in it.

If you like Watery, but don’t want so much color on your walls, Tidewater might be the better choice. Alternatively, if your room gets a ton of light and you’re afraid that Tidewater may look a bit washed out, Watery may be the better choice.

If you’re interested, I write all about Tidewater here.

Watery vs. Rainwashed

Sherwin Williams Watery vs. Rainwashed

Rainwashed is a popular blue green paint color by Sherwin Williams as well. Rainwashed has more green and gray in it than Watery does though. The gray tones Rainwashed down considerably, making it look not nearly as bright as Watery.

Rainwashed and Watery have similar LRVs though, and will have about the same amount of weight on your walls.

Choosing between Rainwashed and Watery will come down to whether you want a paint color that is more muted, and also greener, or brighter and more blue.

If you’re interested, I write all about Rainwashed here.

Watery vs. Sea Salt

Sherwin Williams Watery vs. Sea Salt

Sea Salt is a classic sort of paint color by Sherwin Williams. It has been popular for years, due to its ability to almost act as a neutral.

Sea Salt is a blue green paint color that also has a lot of gray in it. The gray becomes even more evident in it when you compare it to Watery. Additionally, you see that Sea Salt has more green in it than Watery, making Watery look more like a blue and Sea Salt look more like a green.

Sea Salt and Watery are similar in that they are both soothing, cool paint colors. But, Sea Salt is more versatile, mostly because it just has less color in it. Whenever a shade as more gray in it, it tends to be a bit more functional than others that just have “color” in them.

If you want a color that can also play the part of a neutral, Sea Salt may be a better bet. But, if you want a paint color that looks like a true color, Watery is the go-to pick here.

If you’re interested, I write all about Sea Salt here.

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Final Thoughts on Sherwin Williams Watery

Watery is a beautiful blue green paint color that is soothing and relaxing on your walls. It is a welcoming sort of paint color, that is cheerful and fun, or sophisticated and elegant depending on what it is paired with.

Watery has a bit of brightness to it, but is still a fairly light paint color.

If you are looking for a beautiful blue green paint color that is beachy or spa-like, Watery may be a great choice for you!

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Watery Sherwin Williams Paint Color

Thanks for sharing!


Monday 4th of March 2024

Hi Lauren, thank you so much for this great information! I’m going crazy trying to choose a paint color for my kitchen cabinets. I’m going for a cozy beach cottage look and was considering a blue green color like watery. What do you think?


Tuesday 12th of March 2024

Watery is really gorgeous and is great for a beachy cottage. If you want something similar but a little less colorful, Rainwashed is another good option in the same color family. Good luck!


Monday 22nd of August 2022

I love your website and all the helpful information. My house doesn’t get much natural light downstairs and the master bedroom and bath are particularly dark. I have Sherwin Williams Watery in the master which I want to keep but I am putting in a new tub and shower and need a coordinating wall color for the bath area and the sinks. The sinks are open to the bedroom. I have used Sea Salt throughout most of the rest of the house.


Sunday 4th of September 2022

Hi Stephanie! Watery is a gorgeous color! If you want a shade to coordinate with it that is light and bright, Pure White, Alabaster, Creamy or Edgecomb Gray would all work. Those are listed in order from light to dark. Since you already have a blue shade in the bedroom, I probably wouldn't go with another blue in the bathroom unless you wanted to carry Watery into that space too. Good luck!

Sara Catoe

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

Thank you for the useful information you provided on paint colors, Watery in particular. We purchased a home with the exterior Watery painted SW Watery and Resort Tan for the front door. Can you recommend a gray or other that would work? I am not a fan of Resort Tan. I would like a deeper color front door. This house is not a beach house. Just can’t repaint the whole house now.

Thank you! Sara


Thursday 28th of April 2022

Hi Sara! Check out Dorian Gray, Intellectual Gray or Dovetail! Watery is a shade that goes really well with greige paint colors.