All About Sea Salt
Other than gray and greige, Sea Salt and other beach-themed paint colours 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 beachy bathrooms to cosy cottages!
Sea Salt: Before we get started
Not only have I worked with this colour on a daily basis with my colour consulting clients, I 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 accurately tell you what it does and why it does it!
And let me tell you, I needed that bottle of wine – in a sippy cup. By the time I was done with this colour (and bottle) my brain was swimming with the many ways Sea Salt changed its appearance throughout the day. I mean every colour 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 chameleon colour!
So, the photos of these rooms are just examples of what you might be able to expect from a colour 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.
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt: Undertones
Sea Salt is a mix of water and salt. Hehe, just joking. Sea Salt is a mix of green and gray. Now, this is very similar to A LOT of today’s popular paint colours, but it’s all in the proportions when it comes to which colour is going to POP and which is going to recede.
- Some of the time, Sea Salt is a beautiful blend of green and gray, but it’s a cool green, rather than a warm (yellow base) green
- Occasionally it will lean MORE to the green side – more often in a south facing room or a room with warm light bulbs
- It is also well known for going greeny/blue or blue-ish – more often in north facing rooms with diffused light. Part of the ‘recipe’ of this paint colour is a blueish black – meaning it can subtly influence the foundation of this colour in the right lighting situation
In a well-balanced, well-lit room
In a well-lit room with a few different exposures, Sea Salt will likely vary itself on a wall-to-wall basis throughout the day. Sometimes flashing slighlty more green, othertimes a bit more blue, all the while having the gray base to calm it down.
The above photo shows Sea Salt about as blue as it gets!
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, without losing itself entirely. Once the direct sunlight goes away, the colour will come right on back!
In a room with very little or no natural lighting / In the evening
When there is very little natural light and a lot of shadows, you can expect this colour to look a bit deeper and rich as it gets a bit more shadowed – keep in mind it’s not just the ‘colour’ that gets deeper, it’s the gray too!
If you have a room with very little natural lighting and you don’t put on many artificial lights, this colour may fall a bit into the blue zone as the black base responds to the shadows. If you were to turn the lights on and they were ‘reasonably warm’ (not icy cold daylight bulbs – hubby’s seem to love those) then you should see the green come back a bit.
In a South Facing Room
The suns rays in a south facing room are yellow and this yellow can play off of the undertones in Sea Salt and causes it to look REALLY green (almost mint feeling!).
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 it’s wife).
Again, even when this colour does pick up a blue cast, it doesn’t look as icy as a traditional ‘light blue’ paint colour can. The gray and green add a certain softness as shown in this beautiful
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt: Depth and LRV
Sea Salt is a light paint colour, but I would consider it a ‘heavy’ light, as it doesn’t have the same washy look that a lot of light colours can have – probably because of the neutral gray base.
The LRV of Sea Salt is 64. This means that it WILL make a room feel lighter and brighter as it will reflect artificial/natural light back into the space, not drastically, but some.
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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…
To Sum it All Up
Obviously, there is A LOT to consider when choosing a paint colour – LRV, exposure, personal tastes and the needs of your home. Trust me, I learn more and more EVERY DAY about how these things can affect the ‘appearance’ of a colour. Here’s what I’ve learned from this salty colour 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 is bright and that you don’t use many artificial lights in, 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!
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