Sherwin Williams Rainwashed: LRV, Undertones and a Little More
When it comes to paint ‘colours’ (not neutrals), there is NO blend more popular than blue-green. But, not all blue-greens were created equal as some have more blue, others more green and OTHERS have a ton of gray in them! And it can be hard to find the one that suits your tastes and your home just perfectly – which is where I come in handy (wink wink).
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint colour is Rainwashed? Is it a warm or cool paint colour?
Rainwashed is a paint COLOUR, not a neutral. While it does have some gray in it, the gray takes a step back, leaving more blue and green on your walls, which means it’s definitely a COOL paint colour (figuratively and literally).
The unique blend of undertones in Rainwashed (which we’ll get into shortly) make it great for a north-facing or east-facing room in the afternoon. Because these rooms have a cool or flat exposure, they don’t always do well painted in cold paint colours. However, Rainwashed has enough colour and the right blend to fit in quite nicely without looking ICY cold (and is also great for south or west-facing rooms).
What’s the LRV of Rainwashed?
With an LRV of 59, Rainwashed is a light depth paint colour, but it’s not on the HIGH end of the light range as it has more depth to it. This means that if have a SUPER bright room, it can hold its colour a bit better, whereas a light/off-white colour could washout a lot more. If you have a dark room, it can also look pretty as the COLOUR is stronger than the gray (some grays can fall flat and dingy in a dark room).
BTW, I rely 100% on photos from my E-Design clients, and don’t always have the photos needed, however, the info should still be darned handy!
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Rainwashed? Will it look blue or green?
Because Rainwashed is a COLOUR, it’s undertone is actually gray. However, it is a blue-green blend, leaning MORE into blue than green, especially if you have north-facing light. If you don’t like green undertones, you might still really like this paint colour as the blend really cuts back on the traditional look of green.
If you want LESS colour, you can check out Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (but finish reading this blog post first and you’ll find another link to it near the bottom).
What’s the best way to sample Rainwashed?
Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
If I’m painting my walls Rainwashed, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
Rainwashed is reasonably flexible when it comes to its white partners, but I lean the MOST into Sherwin Williams High Reflective White as it’s a bright, clean look off the cool tone of Rainwashed.
Is Rainwashed a good colour for the exterior of my home?
I won’t say it’s bad, but it’s not a POPULAR choice. Most of my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients want more gray or more depth when it comes to this type of colour. It’s definitely pretty with white trim, but it’s not for every home (or many homes). I can see it looking cute as a button on a cottage!
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
Is Rainwashed a popular paint colour right now?
While Rainwashed might not be a hit on exteriors, it’s a hit on interior walls. Most people wouldn’t paint their whole HOME this colour, but it can look awesome in one or two rooms if a palette is coordinated around it.
Equally as popular, if you’re wanting a wink more depth is Sherwin Williams Quietude SW 6212, which I haven’t reviewed yet, but will soon!
If I painted my walls Rainwashed, what’s the best paint colour for my trim?
If you want to paint your walls Rainwashed, I would suggest…
What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Rainwashed?
You won’t find an exact match for ANY colour between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…
And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colours look good with Rainwashed?
When it comes to Rainwashed, here are a few of the colour families I might explore…
- Some warm and cool gray paint colours and it’s pretty open to a range of gray undertones
- Greige paint colours like Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
- A whole range of off-white paint colours
- Cream paint colours that have a wink more colour to them
- I don’t LOVE Rainwashed with many tan or beige paint colours – maybe only in the off-white range
Not sure if Rainwashed is right for you? I’ve got more!
THE BEST BLUE-GREEN BLEND PAINT COLOURS
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SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN AND ONLINE VIRTUAL PAINT COLOUR EXPERT, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLORS DIY DECORATING AND DESIGN ADVICE BLOGGER