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Sherwin-Williams just quietly launched the Emerald Designer Edition Collection of new paint colors, and it is a GAME CHANGER!  I can’t wait to see which colors become iconic favorites.

This gorgeous new Sherwin-Williams paint color palette has 200 new whites and neutrals that are clean and crisp and lovely.  For the record, I am not being compensated by Sherwin-Williams for this review.

Sherwin-Williams Designer Edition Color Collection

via Sherwin-Williams.com

Every paint manufacturer has their pros and cons, and painters have traditionally pushed Sherwin Williams because of the strong company support.  Color designers preferred Benjamin Moore because the whites are clean and the neutrals crisper.  Up until now it was hard to find a green-gray that I really liked.

The new Sherwin-Williams designer paint colors are freaking beautiful and deliver cleaner more usable colors than ever before.

These paint colors are only available in the Emerald Designer Edition Interior Latex Paint, so they are pricier than the rest of their palettes, but worth it.

Emerald Designer Edition Interior Latex Paint

via sherwin-williams.com

These paint colors haven’t been out long enough to try, but they appeared in Sherwin-Willliams stores a few days ago.  I will test one of these colors in my dining room soon.  I can’t wait to see the paint colors live!

Here are the colors that I tested in my Dining Room, starting with the “before” photo. We photoshopped the paint colors into the picture for the after images so that you can see how pretty they are.

Just for reference, here is the before photo.  Although the Benjamin Moore Decatur Buff color is gorgeous, it clashes with the color of the new house next door, which is the prominent view out the window.

Dining Room with Benjamin Moore Decatur Buff paint color

Photo by M. Marceny, Before

Here we go.  These are darker colors than we would normally use, but we use this room as an accent for the total home palette.  Let us know which is your favorite!

Eventide SW 9643 (LRV = 41)

This lovely blue gray ties in well with the art and makes the wood tones come to life.  It has a little bit of green to keep it from being too cold.  It reminds me of Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray.  Please note that this looks blue in the room because we select grays with blue undertones to keep the blues from looking too bright.

Dining room painted with Eventide SW 9643 from Emerald Designer Edition

Photo by M. Marceny, Eventide SW 9643

Fresh Eucalyptus SW 9658 (LRV= 48)

This mid-toned blue-green gray is a really unique color. We will come back to this one over and over.  Again, it looks like a color but the muted gray will keep it from looking too bright.

Dining room painted with Fresh Eucalyptus SW 9658 from Emerald Designer Edition

Photo by M. Marceny, Fresh Eucalyptus SW 9658

Soft Sage SW 9647 (LRV=50)

This soft green-gray reminds me of BM Revere Pewter. I think this one might one my favorite for this room.

Dining Room with Sherwin-Williams Soft Sage SW 9647, an Emerald Designer Edition paint color

Photo by M. Marceny, paint color is Soft Sage SW 9647

Pachyderm SW 9526 (LRV=45)

This gray might have a twinge of violet in it. It’s a warm gray that looks lovely with the neighbors siding.

Dining room painted with Sherwin-Williams Pachyderm SW 9526

Photo by M. Marceny, Pachyderm SW 9526

Morning at Sea SW 9634 (LRV=29)

Last is this darkest and most colorful option, a blue gray.  I love this one too!

Dining room painted with Morning At Sea SW 9634 Emerald Designer Edition

Photo by M. Marceny, Morning at Sea SW 9634

Which one is your favorite?

The Verdict

The Sherwin-Williams new Emerald Designer Edition Collection of paint colors is drop dead gorgeous, We can’t wait to try them!

Whether your paint color is matched or true, don’t forget to test your paint colors.  It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong.  NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one you will use.  Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it.

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