Sherwin Williams Sea Salt Review: Detailed Breakdown

kitchen cabinets painted with sw sea salt

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams is one of the most popular colors for house interiors.

While grays, whites, and greiges are still king in terms of home design, Sea Salt is one of the few hues that appeals to most people due to its versatility.

Sea Salt is a fairly neutral color, despite popular belief. It’s muted enough that it can be used in almost any room in your house, yet it has enough brightness to add some life to the space.

Gorgeous dining room with sea salt walls
Dining room with Sea Salt on walls. Credit: Brandy & Phil Clark

For a space that you want to paint a color but don’t want the hue to be too strong, SW Sea Salt is an excellent choice.

What color is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt?

Sherwin williams sea salt color chip

Sea salt is a light greenish blue. It has the look of a pale green sea with sunshine refracting through it, but not as intense.

Because the color changes depending on the lighting and what else is around it, Sea Salt is a very unique and interesting colors. Kind of like a chameleon in disguise. When interacting next to a darker blue green paint hue, for example, Sea Salt appears gray.

seal salt matched up with studio blue green
Sea Salt looks grey against dark greens and blues

When compared to a genuine gray, however, sea salt appears greener.

sea salt compared against summit gray
Appears greener with genuine grays.

And when you paint it next to a green paint color, it looks more blue.

Sea salt compared against evergreen fog
It looks more blue next to green

Is SW sea Salt green or blue?

Simply put, Sea Salt is green with green and blue undertones and with a bit of grey.

Sherwin Williams Color Deck Example

When you look at Sea Salt on the Sherwin Williams color strip, the deeper hues appear to be rather green.

The lightest shade on the strip is Sea Salt, with a Light Reflectance Value of 63.

Comfort Gray is a bit darker than the Sea Salt.

Sherwin williams sea salt on color strip

After that, you will find Oyster Bay, Acacia Haze, Retreat, Pewter Green and Ripe Olive. The colors become increasingly dark as the LRV increases, with green being the most prevalent hue of Sea Salt.

Is SW Sea Salt Warm or Cool?

Cozy sitting room with white couch, white trim, beige drape and light green paint on walls
Sitting Room. Credit: Michaela Diane

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is considered a cool color because of the blues and greens in it. Because cool colors are typically calming, this color works in wide variety of settings.

One of our favorite things about Sea Salt is how it makes a space seem larger and more serene. A cool hue implies depth to a space, increasing its apparent size over what it actually is.

Living room with wood floors, marble coffee table, light brown couch and sea salt on walls
Living room with Sea Salt on Walls: Marnie Hansen

What Types of Home Does Sea Salt Work In?

Sea Salt looks great in many different styles of homes. From modern to farmhouse to mid-century and many other, Sea Salt can work almost anywhere.

Bedroom with wood accent wall that is white and rustic and the rest of teh walls in light green
Farmhouse Style Bedrooom. Credit: Alisa

Sea Salt became more well-known after the reality show Fixer Upper aired. Joanna Gaines, the main designer on the show, used the color in a number of the houses she featured. As a result, it has been an ideal choice for many homeowners because it is light, almost neutral, and quite beautiful.

As the name implies, Sea Salt also look great in beach style homes. In fact, Sherwin Williams chose it as one of the best selling color for beach homes.

We have recommend it for entire interior or exterior painting projects on numerous projects and it’s turned out looking absolutely brilliant!

Sherwin Williams sea salt coordinating colors?

Sea Salt goes well with grays, whites, beiges and greiges. It also pairs well with a warm white because the cool blue / green color will enhance the warmth of the white.

Bedroom with sherwin williams sea salt on walls
Sea Salt walls with cream accent and white trim in bedroom

Here are some examples of excellent coordinating colors for Sea Salt:

  • Dorian Grey
  • Extra White
  • Alabaster
  • Summit Grey
  • Comfort Grey
  • Agreeable Gray
  • Steamed Milk
  • Mega Greige
  • Heron Plume
  • Accessible Beige
  • Comfort Gray

There are many other colors that go well with Sea Salt so grab a couple samples that you think would go well with it and test it out.

What whites go with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt?

Mostly any white will coordinate well with Sea Salt. Some of our favorites are Alabaster, Reflective White, Extra White, Pure White, Greek Villa, Shoji White and many others.

Beautiful bathroom that is mostly white walls and a very light green accent looking very similar to sea salt
Beautiful bathroom setting. Credit: Audrey Hood

What color is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt?

Put simply, it’s green.

However; this color tends to change to look like a blue depending on your lighting, colors and other surrounding elements.

This is why it’s very important to sample this color before painting your entire house with it and it turns out looking more blue when you were going for the subtle green you were going for.

What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Sea Salt?

The LRV for Sherwin Williams HGSW3287 Sea Salt is 62.82 so it has a fantastic depth to start with.

If you are looking for a paint color and you don’t know what depth you like, start with a paint LRV somewhere at or between 62 – 65.

That LRV tends to suit the average room and the average person – and then you can adjust it to your personal preferences.

If you need help, you can always schedule a color consult with us here.

Best Rooms to Paint with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt


Beautiful bathroom setting with enclosed shower, marble floors and light green accent on far wall
Gorgeous Bathroom with Sea Salt on Walls Credit: 5th Generation Contracting

A bathroom should be a relaxing, calming environment and Sea Salt helps to accomplish just that. It is a soothing hue that complements any decor style. When in a small area such as a bathroom, Sea Salt tends to look as though it has a bit more color mostly because of the white sinks and tubs.

Master Bedroom (Sea Salt on Walls)

Master bedroom with dog on bed and sea salt on the walls
Master Bedroom With White Ceiling and Trim and Sea Salt Walls. Credit: Kendall

Using a cool color in your master bedroom can set the mood to relax and help relieve stress.

Who doesn’t want that?

Meditation Room

If you have an extra room that you aren’t using, why not turn it into a meditation room? Paint Sea Salt on the walls and ceiling, then accent the trim and doors with a soft white and you will be in meditation heaven.

Kid Rooms

baby room with wood accent wall that is painted with sherwin williams sea salt
Baby room with Sea Salt Accent. Credit: Brittney Ryan

Want your kids to calm down? Painting walls cool colors may be a solution or at least a way to remove some of the high energy kids naturally bring to the table.

Any Bedroom

Sea Salt will really work in any bedroom where you want to feel relaxed and comfortable.

dog laying on bed with head on pillow in master bedroom
Comfortable Master Bedroom with Sea Salt on Walls. Credit. Redwood Lane


Bright and vibrant kitchen with oak cabinets and a beautiful accent of sea salt on far wall
Sea Salt on Kitchen Walls. Credit: Everett Thompson

Sea Salt looks great in kitchens when you can contrast with a black, dark, grey and light white.

Overall, Sea Salt is a great color choice for almost any room in your house – especially if you want to feel relaxed and comfortable or if you have a beach house of course.

Want to pick the perfect paint color for your project?

We have just the solution for you!

To make sure you get exactly what you want in your house, we highly recommend scheduling a color consultation with a color expert.

We offer this service for free and can do that here.

Then once you’ve had the color consultation, make sure you sample each color. We’ve found that the best way to sample is by getting large paint squares (with the real color) that stikc to your wall.

Samplize does this and ships the paint squares to you overnight.

This approach is much more eco-friendly and you don’t need to worry about a section flashing when you paint your selected color.

Place them on your walls near your trim, furniture, or other immovable items and see whether the hues suit your space and match your lighting. Then remove the square from the wall and re-apply it to a new surface if you wish!

Final Thoughts On Sea Salt

Sea Salt, from Sherwin Williams, is a beautiful paint color that can be used in almost any room in the house. It’s one of Sherwin Williams’ top 50 best-selling colors because both designers and homeowners choose it repeatedly.

Have you used Sea Salt before?

Let us know in the comments below!

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