Evergreen Fog: today’s GO-TO green paint color
I’m always excited #nervous #scared to see what the popular paint brands choose as their ‘Color of the Year.’ And while I’ll always have MAD love for last year’s color from Sherwin Williams – Urbane Bronze, HOLY FREAKIN’ CANNOLI, am I ever happy to see Evergreen Fog, and I can’t WAIT to share it with you. Why? Let’s find out…
BEFORE WE GET STARTED…
In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality or the RIGHT photos, but I definitely have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
And as it relates to Evergreen Fog, I will DEFINITELY have some photos to show you in the very near future, as I’ve chosen it as one of the colors in our upcoming lake build! I also anticipate it being a BIG hit with my clients.
What type of paint color is Evergreen Fog? Is it warm or cool?
Evergreen Fog is a green paint color (I’m not just good looks, you know). HOWEVER, not every green is created equal…
- WARM GREEN – green with a yellow undertone
- COOL GREEN – green with a cool undertone
Evergreen Fog is definitely a COOL green, which we’ll get into shortly.
ACTUALLY, I do have one ‘in progress’ photo that our builder snapped for me. As you can see, it needs one more coat, but it’s going to look DARN gorgeous when it’s done!
One of the great things about Evergreen Fog is that whether your room is north-facing, south-facing, east, or west, it holds its hue very well. This means that even in northern light (shown above) or eastern light, it doesn’t lean into blue. As for southern or afternoon western light, you can expect it to warm up without leaning hard into green-yellow.
And here you go, the AFTER photo in all of its coastal glory…
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What’s the LRV of Evergreen Fog?
Evergreen Fog has an LRV of 30. Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
With an LRV of 30, Evergreen Fog can hold its color QUITE well in an overly bright room. On the other hand, while it will look that bit darker in a room without adequate light, it has enough chroma/color to rise up and show its true colors (whereas colors with more gray in them could fall flat)
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What are the undertones of Evergreen Fog? Will it look gray or blue?
As you learned earlier, Evergreen Fog is a COOL shade of green, meaning it’s a green with a blue undertone. But don’t worry; the blue is so subtle it DOESN’T show up to the party (unlike me, who shows up whether I’m invited or not – wink wink).
As for the gray undertone, one of the reasons why Evergreen Fog is a popular shade is because of the AMOUNT of gray in it. While some green hues can come across as a little too strong, the gray in Evergreen Fog helps calm it down while leaving a glorious green on your walls – even Kermit would approve.
What’s the best way to sample a paint color?
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 DAY, depending on the 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
GET YOUR EVERGREEN FOG PEEL & STICK SAMPLE HERE
What’s the best white paint color for trims or cabinets with Evergreen Fog?
GREAT question! So many people don’t consider their trim or cabinets when choosing a color like Evergreen Fog. And while it’s QUITE flexible, there are a few things to consider…
- The warmer your white is, the more yellow it can look ‘in comparison’ to Evergreen Fog. This means that your previously muted-looking white could look surprisingly colorful when partnered with a green hue like this.
- Evergreen Fog suits MANY warm whites, but for the above reason, leans into those with a more muted approach, such as Sherwin Williams Pure White, Alabaster, and Benjamin Moore White Dove.
- While Evergreen Fog can handle some cool whites (i.e., Extra White), it prefers a WHITER white like Sherwin Williams High Reflective White or Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (fave).
Is Evergreen Fog a good paint color for the exterior of a home?
Green can be tricky as it doesn’t always jibe with brick, stonework, and roof colors. This doesn’t mean it won’t work with YOURS, but make sure that green is a NATURAL choice for your home in that it already exists (i.e., in the roof) or contrast/complements any features (i.e., brick or stone).
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Is Evergreen Fog a good paint color for cabinets?
I LOOOOOVE the idea of Evergreen Fog on kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity. Is it going to happen? While current trends lean into darker shades of green and more obvious green-blue blends, I can totally see Evergreen Fog making its mark on the cabinet world.
Evergreen Fog has enough COLOR (chroma) to step out of the neutral range, but not so much that it’s overwhelming or SHOCKINGLY green. The depth of it (LRV) is also a nice look for those not as inspired by the darker end of things.
Which green paint colors are similar to Evergreen Fog or JUST as pretty?
Where do I even START?!
Magnolia Silverado Sage is gorgeous, as shown on this feature wall. And believe it or not, it’s also on the snippet of the door on the far right; it’s just in an area with MORE NATURAL LIGHT…
Farrow & Ball Green Smoke is a STUNNER if you want a bit more depth and green to show up to the party…
Jeez, Louise, are my clients ever TALENTED – I LOVE YOU GUYS!
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Really, Evergreen Fog is pretty unique, and few colors are up to par with it. If you’re looking for a green that’s a touch grayer, greener, lighter, or darker, I’ve got a few more for you to compare with Evergreen Fog.
- Sherwin Williams Rare Gray
- Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze
- Benjamin Moore October Mist
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (i.e., getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
What paint colors go with Evergreen Fog?
One of the MANY things I love about Evergreen Fog is its openness to coordinating colors. Whereas some other greens are too COLORFUL to be flexible and others have too much gray in them to really be GREEN, Evergreen Fog is the perfect blend, allowing for a wide range of partners – just like me. JUST JOKING!!!!!
- Some subtle greiges, such as Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, can work, but I would avoid a color with any MORE violet undertone.
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and Aesthetic White are GLORIOUS with this particular green.
- Muted off-white paint colors like Sherwin Williams White Duck help slow the energy down in a room and let Evergreen Fog be the star of the show.
- Soft, warm whites and bright whites look great with Evergreen Fog.
- If you’re looking for a bit more COLOR in your palette, be careful, as you don’t want to COMPETE with Evergreen Fog. Look for different hues (i.e., blue/violet) with similar or slightly lower GRAY levels (Sherwin Williams Network Gray & Online are pretty).
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How does SW Pewter Green compare to Evergreen Fog?
Oooo, you’ll see a GOOD difference between the two. Evergreen Fog is lighter with its LRV of 30, whereas Pewter Green comes in lower at 12, so it’s a substantial shift. Pewter Green is also a TOUCH cooler without flashing blue (EG doesn’t flash blue either though) :).
Excellent article. Evergreen Fog is absolutely gorgeous! If I had another house, I too would definitely use it!
Thank you, Madison! I’m SUPER EXCITED to use it in our lake home as it doesn’t suit our current house at all :).
Great article, thank you, it’s a fabulous colour. We had considered adding this colour to rooms (west, northwest and a dark kitchen that gets filtered south light from under a porch) that already have warm whites to creme tones and a bit of griege ( BM HC 27, BM HC 83 , BM CSP 245) Are these tones too warm to partner well? Alternately we were considering BM CC 602 which is very olive grey. Thanks for all your great articles.
Hi Tracie!~ While I miiiiight put HC 27, HC 83 in adjoining rooms in a palette, if I HAD to, I’m not totally loving them together. CSP 245 is better as it’s a bit more muted than HC 27. I would AVOID 602 as it has too much green in it, making it look like competition to Evergreen Fog – it’s not nearly neutral enough. Overall, I would stick with more MUTED warm tones and a greige-green that’s DEFINITELY more greige (leaning into gray) and considerably less green.
Do you think evergreen fog would work on kitchen walls in a kitchen with honey oak cabinets? Thanks.
Oh, it could be STUNNING, as long as you love the idea of the oak cabinets looking that bit stronger 🙂
This article was so helpful! I looooove this color. Which white are you pairing it with in your lake house? We decided to use Evergreen Fog in our west facing bathroom which doesn’t get much natural light (on shiplap behind the vanity). I’m not great with color theory and having a difficult time figuring out which white to use in the rest of the space!
The shower subway tile and vanity are both white, with no undertones that we can tell (at least no warm undertones!). Baseboards and doors are planned to be SW Pure White.
Hi Amber! I’ve chosen White Dove, but this will likely be too warm for your tile and vanity. You MIGHT even bump up to SW High Reflective White or BM Chantilly Lace, see which one blends the best with your vanity/tile 🙂
Hi Kylie, is Repose Gray 75% a no go with Evergreen Fog in a super bright great room? Not sure if Repose has too much of a violet undertone. Hubby and I LOVE Evergreen Fog but maybe Gibraltar Cliffs works better? Trim is SW Pure White and floors light cooler tones white oak. Thanks!
Hi Laura! It’s hard to say without seeing this lightened version of RP, but my FIRST thought is that it feels okay. This being said, I LOOOOVE the idea of Gibraltar with REpose Gray without even thinking about it!
Would this make violet under tones in a tile floor pop or tone down?
It could make them pop a bit more as opposites do attract and can make each other stronger!
What do you think of gossamer veil for a wall color with evergreen fog as an island color – cabinet color is extra white. 🙂 I love evergreen fog – such a beautiful color.
Sounds lovely! You might darken Evergreen Fog by 25% though (maybe even 50%), just to give it a bit more depth/body.
This sounds like my color palette! Gossamer Veil is my all-purpose wall color, Extra White for trim and cabinets, and then I use Evergreen Fog and Outerspace as accents.
Thank you for all the amazing information! I wanted to add a pop of green to my area. I’ve painted the walls Asthetic white and the trim is High reflective white. I wanted to paint the doors in my house this colour. Would you recommend painting the trim around the door high reflective white or evergreen fog?
Thank you again 🙏
Oooo, awesome! And I woudl be inclined to leave the trim white myself 🙂
I am loving this colour!! Would Evergreen Fog work as an accent wall with the remaining walls being BM Elmira White?
Hi Kylie! Thank you for the amazing and useful information!
I have all my house painted in SW Creamy (trim: SW Pure white) and I want to add 2 accent walls, one in a southwest dining room and the other in a North facing room (open floor plan). All my hardware is satin gold brass with black accents. Do you think SW Evergreen Fog will be a good option for the accent walls? Thank you so much.
From the sounds of it, Evergreen Fog could be GORGEOUS!
Thank you so much !!
We are painting our front room. I feel good about Evergreen Fog with the furniture and lighting, but want to know if it works with the neighboring rooms. Revere Pewter is in the foyer and SW Essential Gray is in the family room. All have SW Pure White trim. The foyer and family room are connected to the front room by French doors SW Tricorn Black. Not sure if the neighbor rooms “winks” of violet or green would look bad with E Fog. Thank you!
Thank you so very much for your great insight on paint colors. What do you think of the following color combinations:
SW Evergreen Fog in limited amount of wall space in the Kitchen (with maple Buckskin stained cabinets)
SW Evergreen Fog in Dining Room (which is open to kitchen) and along north facing and east facing walls Living Room (which is open to dining room)
SW Loggia in he rest of the Living Room (west facing wall and east facing Foyer walls) *west facing wall leads to downstairs family room painted in Cupola by Magnolia
SW Shoji White for all trim.
Again, thank you for your awesome reviews and help.
Hi! Our entire home is painted SW modern gray with current white duck trim- we’re transitioning all the trim to SW pure white. I’m looking at painting the interior doors either SW evergreen fog or SW still water – which would you recommend?
Of those 2, I do like Evergreen Fog, as long as you’re good with being committed to green on a large scale 🙂
Hello! I LOVE all your insight into color. What do you think about the combination of Evergreen Fog on cabinets and Requisite Gray on the walls? Thank you so much in advance!
I feel like the green in Evergreen and the violet in Requisite could be a WINK too reactive with each other. Evergreen could make Requisite look that bit MORE violet, just in comparison.
Love your posts! I’ve learned so much.
We’re painting our kitchen next week and I’m waffling with my color choices!
We live in the north half of a duplex, and the kitchen is on the west side. The afternoon sun comes in the slider door and there’s a north window above the sink. In the morning it’s quite dim.
I wanted to use evergreen fog for lower cabinets and a new pantry area, but I think it will absorb light I want to reflect into the kitchen and hopefully cast into the darker middle of the house. It’s all open concept.
So I’ve veered course, and I’m thinking SW neutral ground on the walls, SW alabaster for cabinets and Evergreen Fog on the small island.
(We have Baltic brown granite and a new light brown backsplash)
Hopefully the new plan is reasonable! I was so excited for evergreen fog, but I don’t want to dim the light we get any further. The darker backsplash already sucked out some light!
My laundry room cabinets are 25% less evergreen fog. I currently have simply white bead board and trim in the room but think it needs a warmer white. Would Greek Villa be a good choice? I have cle sandcastle thin brick tile on the floor.
THANKS!!! From one redhead to another, I’m a huge fan of yours!
I think this could look quite lovely!
I just painted the beadboard greek villa and I think it’s too green/yellow. I could stick with the simply white walls, trim and beadboard with evergreen fog cabinets or keep the walls simply white and do alabaster or white dove trim and headboard. Why is choosing colors so hard!! I think the simply white may be too crisp for evergreen fog…
Great post, very helpful. My husband and I are thinking about going with SW Evergreen Fog in our mud room. We’ve got SW Pure White trim and thinking about going two tone with Evergreen Fog being on the bottom half and I’m not sure what color for the top, would you have any suggestions?
Hmmmm. It really could depend on the flooring and the look of the room it flows into. Might you consider simplifying the palette by doing board and batten or wainscoting on the bottom walls – in Pure White to match the trim and then Evergreen Fog on the upper walls? :).