Sherwin Williams Rainwashed: LRV, Undertones & a Little More
When it comes to paint ‘colors’ (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 are greener, 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 Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need, but have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint color is Rainwashed? Is it a warm or cool paint color?
Rainwashed is a paint COLOR, not a neutral one. 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 a COOL paint color (figuratively and literally).
The unique blend of undertones in Rainwashed (which we’ll get into shortly) makes 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 colors. However, Rainwashed has enough color 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 color, but it’s not on the HIGH end of the light range as it has more depth. This means that if have a SUPER bright room, it can hold its color a bit better, whereas a light/off-white color could wash out a lot more. If you have a dark room, it can also look pretty as the COLOR is stronger than the gray (some grays can fall flat and dingy in a dark room).
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 COLOR, its undertone is 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 like this paint color, as the blend cuts back on the traditional look of green.
If you want LESS color, you can check out Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (but finish reading this blog post first, and you’ll find another link near the bottom).
What’s the best way to sample any paint color?
What’s the best way to sample the paint colors below?
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If I’m painting my walls Rainwashed, what’s the best white paint color for my trim?
Rainwashed is reasonably flexible regarding its white partners…
Is it a good color for the exterior of my home?
I won’t say it isn’t good, but it’s not a POPULAR choice. Most of my Online Paint Color Consulting clients want more gray or depth regarding this type of color. It’s 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!
Is Rainwashed a popular paint color right now?
While Rainwashed might not be a hit on exteriors, it’s a hit on interior walls. Most people won’t paint their whole HOME this color, but it can look awesome in one or two rooms if a palette is coordinated around it.
What Benjamin Moore paint colors are the same as or similar to Rainwashed?
You won’t find an exact match for Rainwashed – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions but different approaches…
What type of paint colors look good with Rainwashed?
When it comes to Rainwashed, here are a few of the color families I might explore…
- Some warm and cool gray paint colors, and it’s pretty open to a range of gray undertones
- Greige paint colors like Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
- A whole range of off-white paint colors
- Cream paint colors that have a wink more color to them
- I don’t LOVE Rainwashed with many tan or beige paint colors – maybe only in the off-white range
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2020, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2022!