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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Wool Skein SW 6148

Posted on December 28, 2018 by KylieMawdsley

 

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein: One of the Best Tan Paint Colours

I get asked a lot about Wool Skein, especially when I have readers who’re looking for the PERFECT, soft, warm neutral. And this IS…a soft warm neutral, however, there are a few important things you need to know before bustin’ out the paintbrush…

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, the best warm neutral tan or beige paint colour. Paint review. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting expert

What kind of colour is Wool Skein?

Wool Skein is a light neutral beige/tan paint colour with muted undertones. It’s warm without being overly yellow/orange toned like SW Softer Tan, yet it’s not as neutral (slightly grayish) as SW Natural Tan.

What is the LRV of Wool Skein?

Wool Skein comes in at an AWESOME 63 – just a smidge off my best LRV for any room. At 63, it isn’t necessarily going to lighten and brighten a dark space, but it also won’t weigh it down too much as long as you have adequate interior lighting.

Sherwin Williams Wall Street and Wool Skein, coffered ceiling, moldings dining room,entryway. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint colour consulting. Client photo

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, south facing tall ceiling, Cloud White cabinets, open layout. Kylie M interiors Edesign, virtual online color consulting

If you have an OVERLY bright wall/room, it will wash-out, but only when the sun is directly on it (as shown on the upper walls in the above photo and the lower-left wall in the photo below).

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, south facing hallway, stairwell, white railing, dark wood flooring, Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online virtual paint consultant

Want to learn more about LRV? Paint Colours and LRV: The Ultimate Guide You Need to Read

What are the undertones of Wool Skein?

If you’d been planning on painting your walls Wool Skein, THIS is where you might change your mind. Wool Skein is ‘generally speaking’, a tan that leans just slightly into yellow – sounds good, right? Sure, until you realize there’s also a weeee willy wink o’ green in there.

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, beige tan paint colour with undertones. Cloud White Trim, dark wood oak flooring. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting expert

That’s right – green. It’s not a green that’s obvious or even NOTICEABLE – on some walls. However, for those undertone sensitive folks, you might find that sneaky green undertone isn’t what you were looking for in your perfect warm neutral.

Sherwin Williams Woolskein, Westhighland White, RH Seafoam ceiling. Kylie M INteriors E-design. Client photo before

The best tan, beige, neutral paint colors for your room. Benjamin or Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Online paint colour consultant, home decorating and diy ideas blogger.market

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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

What is the best white trim colour with Wool Skein?

Wool Skein is relatively flexible, as long as it’s partnered with a warm soft white, like Benjamin Moore Cloud White (darkened by 25%) shown here…

Sherwin Williams Wool Skein, entryway bench and hooks. Cloud White. KYlie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting, virtual design

So, now that you know ALL ABOUT Wool Skein, are you still excited to use it? If not, I’ve got a few more for you to check out at the end of this blog post!

Not sure which beige is best for you?

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The best beige, tan, neutral paint colors for your room. Online paint colour services. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decorating and ideas blogger.market

Chat soon,

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  1. I actually love this color but you never hear people talking about it….till you in this post! I have this color in my living room. I have Simply White on the trim. I get the morning light (when it just appears to be a warm white) and looks slightly creamy in the afternoon shade. It pairs beautifully with my white linen draperies, jute rug and white sofa. I really like it. Gives some warmth to the room but still very light.

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    2. I happen to have this exact shade in my living room too with the jute rug and white sofa. Its an east facing room and I personally like the way it gives a subtle warmth to my Simply White trim and soft white draperies. It pairs well with many grays and the blue of my chairs. I had never heard of the color Wool Skein before I picked it out myself.

  2. We just used Wool Skein as an exterior body color, trimmed out with BM Copley Grey. We’re pleased with it! Paired it with BM Narragansett Green on front door and SW Copen Blue on porch ceilings.

    1. Hi Susan, we are thinking of painting the exterior of our house in wool skein. Sounds like you like it. We are also thinking of pairing with blues. Can you share photos? Thank you.

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  3. Thx Kylie…I too have wanted to use Wool Skein just earlier this month in our “in process” bathroom update but in my case the green was overly obvious..mainly in part due to being a small room with minimal natural light…and a north facing room. Tub-Shower by Bath Fitters is what they call “pearl” and is most difficult thing to work with…sadly. Anyway, I’m now looking at SW Ibis. Haven’t committed yet because I can’t seem to find much information on that color…but I’m still thinking that will be the color once of course I find the best white to use with it for the trim.. love reading your blog ! You are so helpful with your reviews~

    1. Kylie,
      After pouring over a SW color fan I was depressed until I saw your comments about Wool Skein. Two questions for you:
      I have been considering it as my paint choice in the new house we are building. I use my own tint choice for the trim and was excited by your tinting cloud white for the trim with wool skein. My question is what is a good floor color if I am going with a Pergo engineered wood.? My decor is Traditional with lots of antique mahogany and walnut. I lean toward green.
      Question 2:
      Is Wool Skein a good choice for my kitchen walls if I have stainless still appliances and gray counter top?

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        Hi Judith! It’s hard to say re: the gray countertops. Grays always have undertones, so I’m inclined to say that the undertones of your countertop could clash with the passive beige/green of Wool Skein. When it comes to personal questions, especially where I need to see photos, I do refer to my Online Consulting, this way I can look at the room/countertop/exposure/etc… and come up with some ideas that work, otherwise I’m totally guessing, which won’t do you any good! Off the top of my head, the idea of that combo makes me nervous… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
        ~Kylie

  4. Love your blog! Can’t wait to use your consulting services for my new home! You’ll be hearing from me once I settle in!

  5. How would this look in a kitchen with medium/light cherry cabinets and does it play well with palladium blue in an adjacent room? Thanks!

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      Oooo, I might not do it with Palladian, Palladian might be a bit too colourful/cheery and could clash with those tricky undertones of Wool Skein!

  6. I discovered Wool Skein by pure dumb luck in 2015 when I redecorated my east facing great room in earth tones (fabrics in leafy greens, sandy tans, and bronzy browns, with shiny accessories of cobalt blue glass, and gold tones for the picture frames and light fixtures).
    The room has large windows a view of hardwood trees close by. The sunlight light filters through the leaves all morning in summer, which works well with the slight greenish tinge of the paint.
    I extended the color into the breakfast room and kitchen, which also face east windows as part of an open floor plan, when I took down the dated kitchen wallpaper the following year. Wool Skein turned out to be good neutral to use with honey colored wood cabinetry.

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      Ya done good Eliza! Wool Skein sounds like the PERFECT option for your home, I bet it looks friggin’ gorgeous!
      ~Kylie

  7. I painted my entire house, save the bedrooms, in Wool Skein. It was a fantastic color and lightened up my space (severe lack of natural light) magnificently. I had tan/creamy/slightly pink ceramic tile, and medium to dark cabinets and it paired beautifully. I think it also helped that I had cream furniture that kept it firmly in the cream/beige camp. Surprisingly, though, after reading this post I never noticed the green even with a bright teal media cabinet on my main living room wall for years.

    It’s a fantastic color in the right space, though, and I’m so excited as a first-time peruser of your blog to see you write about it! This is one that I never see mentioned much and it deserves some love.

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      Jackie, THANK you. Reading comments like yours is SO helpful to other readers – and I’m glad you found me!

  8. I do color consults for Sherwin Williams and Wool Skien is one of my favorite “what am I?” colors. Definitely be careful/cognizant of the green undertone but it is a gorgeous color, super cool next to blues or warmer whites.

  9. Love your posts, how would wool skein go with stonington gray ? Trying to pick a color to replace straw hat currently in my livingroom adjacent to stonington, would this work? Never heard of this color before, as I generally stick to the BM colors?
    Would love to know your opinion?

    Thanks, Carole

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      Hi Carole! I don’t think it’s my favourite combo. Stonington is just a touch lighter and a bit more clean looking, they don’t feel too healthy together and I probably wouldn’t 🙂

      1. Love your posts, how would wool skein go with stonington gray ? Trying to pick a color to replace straw hat currently in my livingroom adjacent to stonington, would this work? Never heard of this color before, as I generally stick to the BM colors?
        Would love to know your opinion?

        Thanks, Carole

      2. Thanks Kylie my other choice is ballet white by BM, what do you think of it along side stonington gray? Loving your blogs and LRV videos, great info, you could have a decorating/color mapping TV series, very impressive, and informative!
        Thanks, Carole B

  10. I have wool skein in my living room , family room and hallway. I was going to also use it in the dining room and kitchen (natural cherry cabinetry) but realize it’s too much of the same color. I was thinking SW sea salt for the other rooms, soft green, but is it too pastel ? (I don’t want pastel). What neutral green or maybe blue would you pair wool skein with ? Thank you !

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  11. If I use SW Studio Clay as main exterior and Wool skein as trim on a contemporary house….does that sound off? Would you pair it with a warm grey or not?

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      Hi Vera, it doesn’t sound off, but I’m not sure what your roof/landscaping and any brick/rock look like, so I can’t say for sure 🙂

  12. What color “white” paint cabinets do you think would pair best with Wool Skein? Something in the cream family, such as a Shoji White/Divine White/Cloud White? Or are their shades too close?

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      Hi Nancy, I do like Shoji White, it looks quite beautiful! In one home we partnered it with Cloud White and I loved the warmth it brought.

      1. Thanks so much! We are in the process of painting our cabinets right now and decided on BM white dove. My favorite color choice against them in my north facing living room/kitchen is Wool Skein! We have a ton of greenery in the back yard and with all the natural light it looks really warm and inviting with the white cabinetry and brown granite. Our entire first floor is pretty open so I’m going to be painting the entire downstairs that color. I’m wanting to add in a pop of something else. Maybe in our dining room where we have a tray ceiling. Can you recommend a favorite complimenting color to go with Wool Skein? Love your blog and have been referencing it a ton the past couple months!

  13. My kitchen and dining room are combined and the walls are painted in Wool Skein. My kitchen cabinets are currently just plain 90’s oak cabinets, but I will be painting them gray within the next few weeks. BM Revere Pewter is the color I wanted for the cabinets, but I don’t think it will look good paired with Wool Skein. Do you have a recommendation for a gray that will work well with Wool Skein?

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      Hi Juju! Due to the number of emails I get every day, I have to pick ‘n choose which questions to answer, focusing first on the ones that have mass appeal! I do try to give as much complimentary info as I can on my blog and if that doesn’t help, it might be time for a closer look with my E-design. Otherwise, I’m just guessing as to the lighting in the room, exposure, flooring, countertop and all of the other things that matter when choosing a colour! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      Off the top of my head, I have to say that I’m not a BIG fan of Wool Skein with grays, simply because Wool Skein is a beige with those sneaky green undertones, making it harder to partner it up nicely wiht a gray, especially without knowing the countertop/flooring.
      I hope to hear from you!

      ~Kylie

  14. I’m thinking of using this color on a west-facing sunporch, with buttery yellow and sage green accents. Do you think this would work?

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      Mmmm, it might be a bit too beige/earth-toned. I mean, that’s without seeing the room or the other colours, but my first instinct is no…

  15. Hi Kylie. We are building a home and it’s the first time I’ve really had the opportunity to decorate a space. Your blog and videos have been so helpful. After much research and deliberation we have chosen Wool Skein as our neutral. We have an open floor plan and for the most part I love it! It really is a mushroom chameleon. However, there are a few spots that look undeniably pink at certain times of day (which took me by surprise as I didn’t find that in any of the reviews I read.) While I could probably live with it, the pink makes my husband pretty grumpy. Any recommendation for accent wall or decor colors to deter the pink undertone? TIA!

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      Hmmmm, the only reason why I can think it would go pink would be a reflection as it’s like, the anti-pink colour! Do you have a red couch, red exterior siding out the window or brick? Something that could be reflecting on that wall????

      1. No! Part of why I chose wool skein is because of what I read on line was that it didn’t have any pink undertones. It is so crazy. We don’t have brick, our vinyl is clay with brown shutters. Inside we have brown carpets, dark brown laminate, and ‘barnwood’ cabinets. The carpet hadn’t been installed when the walls were first painted and it has helped diminish the pink. This is a new construction and we haven’t added any furniture. I’m drawn to greens and browns for decor. I was thinking about doing an accent wall or two in a green like, dried thyme. Do you think that would help?

  16. I read your (lovely) blog post and it tipped the scales for me in favor of wool skein for our living room. We do not have good natural light most of the day but I knew I wanted a strong ‘neutral.’

    The big surprise for me – just FYI – is how clearlly GRAY the color is. It barely resembles anything tan/beige at all – though I did see the green you mention sneak through in morning light (which, in truth I liked). I wish I could share a photo of the room. I’m satisfied with the color – but I’ve NEVER painted any room where the finished result was so dramatically different than expected.

    Our neighbor stopped by today and said, “Oh wow, you painted your living room gray!”

    Curious, huh?

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      Yes Anne, I AM curious, I’d love to see some photos – send them along to [email protected] – I’m intrigued! Title it ‘Photos of Wool Skein’ so the hubby doesn’t get confused as to where to file it 😉

  17. We are planning to use Wool Skein in the main areas of our new house. How do green colors such as SW Quietude work up against Wool Skein? Does the green pull out the green tint in Wool Skein?

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      Hi Robyn! Wool Skein and Quietude can be okay together. And yes, Wool Skein might make Quietude look that wink more colourful in comparison!

  18. Hi Kylie, Love your blog and have purchased some e-design. One quick question, what it that gorgeous blue paint they have used with Wool Skein on the dining room walls and ceiling? It pairs wonderfully!

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  19. Thanks so much for all your tips! I’m loving Wool Skein and thinking of using it on the walls in a north facing kitchen. The counter tops are a granite very similar to the above photo (like St. Cecilia). The cabinets will be painted White Dove or Simply White. The PROBLEM is the showstopper tile floor that has a slight brown/PURPLE undertone that cannot be replaced). How will Wool Skein work with the purple undertones in the flooring???

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      Hi Carla! Welllll, without seeing it it makes me a bit nervous – purple undertones with green undertones. So, my gut instinct is to not do Wool Skein…

  20. How would Wool Skein work on siding for a predominantly red brick colonial with black shutters and doors? Also what white trim would you recommend for this sort of a combination on an exterior? TIA!!

  21. Hi Kylie, we are thinking of painting the body of our house in wool skein. How do you think it would do with SW tradewind for shutters and the front door? Thank you.

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      Oooo, that makes me very nervous. Wool Skein can pick up a green undertone and it’s feeling a bit funky with the blue of Tradewind, I’d be very very careful…

  22. Hi Kylie!

    We are doing a major remodel including kitchen, two story family room, and upper hallway. We bought paint samples at our local Sherwin Williams and painted multiple areas with Wool Skein and Softer Tan. We plan to use a Pewter Green or Rosemary to accent the upper family walls (wainscoting extending to open 2nd floor hallway (overlooks family room). Wool skein to be used in kitchen (white cabinets , a grey Carrara mural with white and some garish blue tones) cooktop, white Carrara marble everywhere else, and a predominantly white quartz countertop with h8 ts of brown and gray.

    The samples showed the wool skein as predominantly grey – very neutral, hints of brown. It will be about the pewter green on the upper level. Our trim is extra white (all ready throughout the rest of the house). Softer tan was too yellow.

    So we chose wool skein. Kitchen is now painted – omg. The color was sooooo different than the sample. In some areas of the kitchen, it still was that soft grayer look. In the others, it was more yellowish. – which did not appear in any of the samples. Now I am worried.

    The cabinets will cover most of the walls. They extend to the top of the 9 foot ceilings. But I am worried about the rest of house. Where extra white shadow boxing will be used in the hallways and the dining room. Did I goof? Would you recommend pewter green? I can still change it at this point.

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      Ahhh yes, Wool Skein isn’t very gray! I mean, it’s a muted tan, but it’s definitely a tan with a yellow-green undertone. But, without seeing your home I can’t really say what the best thing to do is, I mean, my instinct would be to warm Pewter Green up and neutralize it, so less colour. Even going down the colour strip to something like Urban Jungle could be the best idea 🙂

  23. Hi Kylie!
    We are about to remodel our kitchen and I’m thinking of using Wool Skein for the walls and I love warm whites. Do you think Dover White is too warm to use for cabinets and trim along with Wool Skein on walls? I am also considering BM White Dove.
    Thank you!

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      YES, I would be nervous about Dover White, unless it’s the white that suits your countertop/backsplash the best (As these matter more than the wall colour). White Dove is MUCH more muted and flexible :).

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