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New Sherwin-Williams Emerald Designer Edition Paint Colors: Review

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

Every paint manufacturer has 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

These paint colors haven’t been out long enough to try, but they appeared in Sherwin-Williams 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!

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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 be one of my favorites 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 Bottom Line

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 matches or is 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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11 Responses

    1. Hi David,

      That is a really great question! We are color designers and The Color Concierge is a color consulting company. We specify paint colors from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore for our customers every day, both online and in-person (before virus). Our goal is to express our opinions, and to share with our readers. We are constantly sorting through color decks to recommend the perfect paint color to our clients. We are excited about this launch because it gives us many more options than we had before. Many of our customers specify Sherwin-Williams because the brand is so popular with painters. We pride ourselves on being impartial and brand-agnostic. We just pick the best color for our customer’s project. I would invite you to go through our blog posts to see our work.


      1. I just tried the Emerald Designer paint from the modern palette. I love the colors, but the paint is not worth the price! Not impressed! Cheaper paints work way better than this!

  1. I love the “verdict” especially the part about painters and what they try to talk their customers into! REAL experience talking there 😉
    I can’t wait to see the Emerald designer product and the colors that go in it.

    1. Hi Holly,
      Great question! These colors are only available with Emerald paint. The reason is that they use a different base than non-Emerald paints, so they don’t have the formulas.

    2. Hi Holly,
      That is a great question! These colors are only available with Emerald Designer Edition Paint. The reason is that it uses a different base for the colors than other Sherwin-Williams paints. It is what makes them so crisp and clean and lovely. The colors couldn’t be created with the old base.

  2. I understand that the Emerald Designer Collection only comes in three sheens: Gloss, Satin, Flat.
    I usually have semi-gloss painted in kitchen and bathrooms, but I am lead to believe the 1/2 step up of the “gloss” would be too shiny. What is your expeience?

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