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Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW 6211: Paint Color Review

Posted on May 3, 2022 by KylieMawdsley
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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).

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, popular blue green gray blend paint colour review. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consult and diy decorating ideas

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).

Difference between blue green gray paint colours, Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, Smoky Green, Comfort Gray against soft white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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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).

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed is a blue green gray blended paint colours. Shown in bedroom. Color consulting by Kylie M Interiors

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?

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out soon to grab paint samples – stop there! Please 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

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Learn all about Samplize HERE

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…

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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!

5 Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

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…

Not sure if Rainwashed is right for you? I’ve got more!

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Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!

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  1. I am looking for a color for my entire home… wondering under what circumstances you would choose rainwashed? We have a very open floor plan with high ceilings.
    Love all of your articles!!!!

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      Hi Patti, I LOVE Rainwashed, but I’d hesitate to do a WHOLE HOME. I would ABSOLUTELY do a living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom – even two of those…but I wouldn’t do a whole home. Colour can be a bit overwhelming on the large scale, but that’s for ME, if you love colour and want to live IN it, that’s cool! However, my MAIN concern is that Rainwashed will limit you with future choices of furniture/decor/hard finishes/etc… only because it’s a colour and colours aren’t as versatile as neutrals.
      Cool beans?

  2. I absolutely love your work, videos, articles, etc. I have learned sooooo much from you! I am considering Rainwashed for exterior. I know you said it’s not for most people for exterior and it would look cute on a cottage. I wonder what you would think of doing this on a stucco home in Florida. We want that coastal home feel that many homes that have color on the exteriors have, but don’t want it to come out too bright and overwhelming. I’m really hoping the gray in this would calm it down enough to work. I’ve tried less colorful colors like Sea Salt but it goes so much more washed out in the Florida sun. Sea Salt almost looks beige in the light and is only a hint of blue-green (green-blue?) in the shade. If not Rainwashed, I would love to know what blue-green you would recommend for exterior to achieve coastal without going too bright or Easter egg.

  3. Really enjoy your insight. We have just painted our kitchen in Rainwashed and love it. Now we want to paint our finished basement and have steps to it off the kitchen. Thinking an off white or cream color with a brighter white trim. The carpet is similar to PPG Cress Green. It’s in great condition so we don’t want to change the carpet. Thoughts? We want it to coordinate with the kitchen but there is a door. Thanks in advance!

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  4. Hi Kylie! Thanks so much for your insight. I am trying to find the right color to match my honey oak cabinets and black countertops. I am debating between SW Sea Salt and Rainwashed, what do you think? (Natural linen is going to be my whole home color)

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  5. I’m thinking of doing my north facing half bathroom this color. I have natural hickory cabinets with bronze, starfish pulls. I’m unsure what a good color would be for the ceiling though. Any suggestions?

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