The Best Green, Gray & BLUE Blend Paint Color: SW Sea Salt
Other than gray and greige, Sea Salt and other beachy-themed paint colors seem to be the most popular with today’s homeowners.
Why? Well, like a good gray or greige, they can suit MANY spaces and styles – everything from beach-themed bathrooms to cosy cottages!
Before we get started…
Not only have I worked with this color on a daily basis with my E-Design clients, but I also painted a BIG OLE sample and strapped it to my body for the day (the non-kinky form of body paint). Paint sample on one hip, wine bottle on the other – I was locked n’ loaded! I looked at it in north and south-facing rooms – morning, noon and night, so I could get a better idea for how it works and then share that info with you.
And let me tell you, I needed that bottle of wine – in a sippy cup. By the time I was done, my brain was swimming with the many ways Sea Salt changed throughout the day. I mean, every color will change on a room-to-room/wall-to-wall basis, but it must be the mix of undertones in this bad boy that makes it the ULTIMATE color ninja.
So, the photos of these rooms are just examples of what you might be able to expect from a color like Sea Salt in a variety of situations – it ain’t gospel, but it might be as close as we’ll get…just call me Saint Kylie.
What’s the LRV of Sea Salt?
Sea Salt has an LRV of 64, which means it can help a room feel lighter and brighter as it will reflect artificial and natural light back into the space, but it’s not SO light that it will save a dark room or OVERLY wash out in a reasonably well-lit one.
What are the undertones of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt?
Sea Salt is a mix of water and salt. Hehe. Sea Salt is a mix of green and gray. Now, this is very similar to A LOT of today’s popular paint colors, but it’s all in the proportions when it comes to which color is going to POP and which is going to recede. And that’s not ALL Sea Salt has tucked up its watery sleeves…
Sea Salt is INFAMOUS for looking blue – and not by a little bit, by a LOT. That’s right, the world’s favorite green-gray paint color is actually a flasher – and it flashes blue, leaving green in the dust.
- Some of the time, Sea Salt is a beautiful blend of green and gray, but it’s a cool green (green-blue), rather than a warm green (green-yellow).
- Occasionally it will lean CONSIDERABLY into its green side, more often in a south-facing room or a room with warm light bulbs.
- It is also well known for going green-blue or blue with only a nod towards green, more often in north-facing rooms with diffused light. Part of the ‘recipe’ of this paint color is a blueish black – meaning it can subtly influence the foundation of this color in the right lighting situation.
Sea Salt in a well-balanced, well-lit room
In a well-lit room with a few different exposures (common in open concepts), Sea Salt will likely vary itself on a wall-to-wall basis throughout the day. Sometimes flashing slightly more green, other times a bit bluer, all the while having the gray base to calm it down.
The above photo shows Sea Salt about as blue as it gets!
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Sea Salt in a room with direct hits of natural light
In a room with a lot of direct natural light, you can expect Sea Salt to wash out a bit (due to its slightly higher LRV) without losing itself entirely. Once the direct sunlight goes away, the color will come right on back!
Sea Salt in a room with very little or no natural lighting or in the evening
When there is very little natural light and a lot of shadows, you can expect this color to look a bit more muted. It might also be slightly more inclined to lean into its green roots a bit more.
Sea Salt in a south-facing room
The sun’s rays in a south-facing room are yellow and this yellow can play off of the undertones in Sea Salt and cause it to look a bit green vs blue.
Sea Salt in a north-facing room
I just couldn’t get Sea Salt to completely lose the green, no matter how much those shadows wanted to interfere. No matter what exposure/room I was in, if it leaned a bit to the gray side with a cool blue cast, the green was always winking at me behind the scenes (don’t tell its wife) – but it DEFINITELY becomes passive.
And even when this color DOES pick up a blue cast, it doesn’t look as icy as a traditional ‘light blue’ paint color can as the green adds a certain softness.
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Sea Salt with marble
Sea Salt will look beautiful with MOST marble, excluding those with overly purple veining (sometimes the gray veins can look a bit purple).
It’s also a fresh, clean look with white…
Sea Salt: To sum it all up
Obviously, there’s A LOT to consider when choosing a paint color – LRV, exposure, personal tastes and the needs of your home. Trust me, I learn more and more EVERY DAY about how these factors can affect the appearance of a color. Here’s what I’ve learned from this salty color adventure…
- I need to not carry a bottle of wine with me throughout the day – I will then not have any left for the evening.
- Sea Salt prefers to go green than blue, but not all of the time.
- If you have a north-facing room that’s bright and you don’t use many artificial lights, Sea Salt may appear slightly bluer.
- Once you add interior lighting (as long as it’s not those stark harsh white bulbs) the green may come back and balance things out again.
- If you have a south-facing room, the green may be more apparent as the warm sun rays react to the cool tones of Sea Salt.
Phew, we did it! You can probably tell I’m in one of my OCD phases as I left no stone un-turned with that one!
Not sure if Sea Salt is right for YOU and YOUR home?
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2018, UPDATED IN 2021