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Sherwin Williams Tradewind SW 6218: Paint Color Review

Posted on June 28, 2020 by KylieMawdsley
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Sherwin Williams Tradewind: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

When it comes to the BEST blue paint colors, you don’t need to look much farther than Tradewind. With its depth and particular blend of colors, it’s a force to be reckoned with!

My Quick Paint Color Reviews are designed to cover the BASICS of paint colors that aren’t talked about as much in the design world OR that I just don’t have enough images of yet (as I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients). And while this is definitely the case with Tradewind, I still have some WICKED helpful information to get you on your way!

Paint colour review of the best blue paint color, Sherwin Williams Tradewind. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting and advice blog

What type of paint color is Sherwin Williams Tradewind? Is it warm or cool?

Sherwin Williams Tradewind is definitely a COOL blue paint color. If you have north-facing light, Tradewind will look THAT much cooler, but the amount of color in it can help add some personality. If you have south-facing or afternoon western sunshine, Tradewind is a GREAT way to balance out that warm sunshine!

Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Color is the Best?

What’s the LRV of Tradewind?

The LRV of Tradewind is 61, just a smidge off my MAGICAL LRV number of 62. This particular LRV puts Tradewind in the ‘light’ range.

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

What are the undertones of Tradewind? Will it look like a true blue?

While Tradewind is CERTAINLY a blue paint color, it has gray to calm it down and even a weeee tiny wink ‘o green tucked inside (although you’d HARDLY know it) – it’s NOTHING compared to its cousin Rainwashed.

What’s the best way to sample Tradewind?

Like with every paint color, 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 Tradewind, what’s the best white paint color for my trim?

With Tradewind on the walls, my fave options for trims, ceilings and doors are…

Read more…

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Click HERE or on the above image to see available packages and E-Books!

Is Tradewind a good color for the exterior of my home? 

If you don’t have traditional stone or brick on the exterior of your home and want a BLUE home, Tradewind could certainly be a contender. However, I’m usually inclined towards blue paint colors with a bit more depth and body or ones with more gray mixed in. So, I’m not saying NO, I’m just saying you can probably do better (wink wink).

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

Is Tradewind a popular paint color right now?

In the world of blue, there are more POPULAR options right now, most commonly ones with more of a blue-green balance to them like Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and even the CONSIDERABLY greener Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. But that’s NOT to say that Tradewind isn’t the perfect color for you!

Read more: How to Choose the BEST Blue Paint Color

What Benjamin Moore paint colors are the same as or similar to Tradewind?

Every color has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out similar colors like…

Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, best blue paint colour. Guest bedroom. antique furniture. Kylie M Interiors E-decor, design and ONline Colour Consulting services

Shown above Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue

Best blue paint colour. Benjamin Moore Smoke. Kylie M Online Colour Expert, E-design consultant

Shown above Benjamin Moore Smoke

And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint color), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colors look good with Tradewind?

When it comes to creating a color palette with Tradewind, I would look at colors like…

Not sure if Tradewind is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


Sherwin Williams Silver Strand, north east facing light in this bedroom with white trim and tray ceiling, gray wash wood headboard and footboard. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Silver Strand


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

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Rainwashed


Paint colour review of a popular blue green blend paint colour, Sherwi Williams Silvermist. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online and virtual paint color consultant

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Silvermist

Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

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

The best blue paint colors for your room with Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and diy home decor ideas blogger



  1. Hey Kylie,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while and gotta say I love your advice and awesome sense of humor! But can I also admire your hair???? It deserves its own blog. It is GORGEOUS!!! Seriously, you could be a hair model. Keep the great advice and sassy humor coming. I’ll keep reading it all as I sip (read: gulp down) some lovely cocktails and tip my hat to you and all that hair. 😊

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      Now THIS is the type of comment I love to read ;). Thank you! I am very grateful for this great ole mop o’ hair!

  2. Hey Kylie, I’ve been reading all your posts lately as we are building a home on the water in sc. the house is west facing so it will be bright most of the afternoon. I’m in love with the idea of a blue coastal home with pure white trim. Think wrap around porches and a couple oval windows. I’ve been reading a lot about tradewinds. Should I be bold and go for it or just be safe and go with all White House with blue shutters?

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      Oooo, it depends if you have any stone or brick, as well as the color of your roof! Generally, I think Tradewind could be lovely, as long as it suits your home. I also have a client on the coast who just did Pure White with Repose Gray on the trim, for something just a BIT different. I’m waiting for photos but it’s going to look FABULOUS!

  3. Hello, Kylie! We used Tradewind in our guest room, and on an accent wall in the half bath, along with pure white trim, and we love it! I used Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt in my very large kitchen, and I just can’t bring myself to love it! I’m thinking of Tradewind instead. My big question is, we painted our island cabinets Aspen Stone by Magnolia, and our perimeter cabinets are a very light oak. Do you think Tradewind would go well with Aspen stone?

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