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Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Review

Looking for the perfect dark teal exterior paint? Learn all about this paint color and get real-world inspiration with this Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy exterior color palette.

I love teal paint colors for exteriors. They are more flexible than you would think. We often recommend these paint colors for homes with warm stone or red brick. They also add warmth to cooler gray stones. It may feel risky to pick this paint color, but our clients took the leap and updated this home with rich colorful paint colors.

Although white and gray exterior paint colors are really popular right now, if chosen properly, a color will always be timeless.

We’ve noticed a lot of homeowners interested in green exteriors and blue exteriors lately, and the home we’re featuring today is a perfect example. As a teal paint color, its a cross between green and blue.

I actually selected this color palette in 2021 during a collaborative in-person color consultation in the Denver area. When I returned in 2024 to consult with the client about a kitchen color palette I rediscovered the project. It looks just as relevant today as it did in 2021.

This homeowner wanted to update their dated paint color, and a Seaworthy exterior palette was the perfect fit! Keep reading to learn more about Seaworthy paint and the full exterior color palette we designed for these clients.

Back of house painted with SW Seaworthy
Photo by M. Marceny, The Color Concierge

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What Color is SW Seaworthy?

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy (sample) is a warm dark teal. By definition, teal is a combination of blue and green. For example, an aqua color is a very light version of teal. You could even say that in this case the color is blue with green undertones, but its just another language to describe the same color.

This dark teal is colorful in the sunshine as shown above, so I wouldn’t use it if you want a dark and moody exterior, unless your home is always in the shadows. It’s a really flexible color and looks great with red brick, warm stone, or cool stone.

SW Seaworthy swatch
SW Seaworthy Paint color

What is the LRV of SW Seaworthy?

Seaworthy has an LRV of 7, which makes it a very dark teal. It still looks pretty dark in the shade, but comes to life in the sunshine. Colors look 4-5 times lighter and more colorful outdoors than they do indoors, especially in bright sunlight. 

While some dark teal colors can appear too bright and colorful when used outdoors, the muted tones of Seaworthy keep it looking dark, yet colorful and rich even outdoors.

What are the SW Seaworthy undertones?

Seaworthy is a cool teal with blue as the dominant color that leans into the green undertones.

This is a perfect exterior paint color, but has more limited uses inside because of its darkness. You can use it inside as an accent wall or cabinet color if your room has lots of light. When you test the paint color in the room, make sure it doesn’t look black in the paint tests. You should still be able to see the color to make it look good.

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Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Paint vs Other Exterior Teal Paint Colors

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy is one of my favorite dark teal exterior paint colors. If you’re looking for other options, here’s how it stacks up to similar hues.

SW Seaworthy vs. SW Still Water

Seaworthy and SW Still Water (sample) are both beautiful dark teal paint colors from Sherwin-Williams. Still Water is a bit lighter, with an LRV of 10, and land is more muted, lighter and warmer than Seaworthy. Seaworthy is also more green than Seaworthy, so its warmer.

SW Seaworthy vs. SW Still Water

SW Seaworthy vs. BM Newburg Green

Benjamin Moore Newburg Green (sample) is the closest Benjamin Moore color to Seaworthy, although its much lighter. It does the same job, and is just as beautiful. They both behave the same in shadow and sunshine, which we will show later in the post. Learn more in the Newburg Green Paint Color Review.

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy vs Benjamin Moore Newburg Green

SW Seaworthy vs. SW Tempe Star

Sherwin-Williams Tempe Star (sample) is lighter than Seaworthy, but otherwise very similar. Tempe Star is perfect if you think that Seaworthy might be too dark. Seaworthy has an LRV of 7, and Tempe Star LRV is 11.

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy vs Sherwin-Williams Tempe Star

SW Seaworthy vs. BM Narragansett Green

Narragansett Green (sample) is much more muted, and darker than Seaworthy. It won’t look as colorful in the sunshine as Seaworthy, but is perfect if you want a dark and moody exterior.

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy vs Benjamin Moore Narragansett Green

Project Spotlight: Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Color Palette

A Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy exterior color scheme turned out to be the perfect palette for this beautiful refresh! This home had stucco in the front and siding in the back of the home. Keep in mind that anytime you paint stucco, the color will be slightly darker because of the microshadows in the texture. This doesn’t make as much of a difference with dark paint color.

One more thing… we always recommend that you use a flat sheen to paint stucco, as well as a good masonry primer or paint formulated for stucco.

This beautiful home had dated pink beige paint, but its original beige body (stucco and siding paint wasn’t doing anything to highlight its complex architectural details or the beautiful stone accents.

The Seaworthy color palette we designed has truly brought this home to life!

Sherwin-williams Seaworthy paint color, After
After Photo by M. Marceny, The Color Concierge
Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Color Palette
Before photo, M. Marceny, The Color Concierge

Our clients were looking for a stunning transformation that would be unique, but still flow nicely with the rest of the neighborhood.

Ultimately, we picked Seaworthy as the siding color and paired it with a soft white trim, and a timeless dark black front door. The palette is simple, but gorgeous.

The Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Color Palette

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Color Palette

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Siding & Stucco

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I love the way this home looks with Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy exterior paint! It pairs beautifully with the stone accents and other surfaces throughout the home. It looks dark in the shade, and rich and colorful in the sunshine.

Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy Exterior Paint

Sherwin-Williams Grecian Ivory Exterior Trim

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Sherwin-Williams Grecian Ivory is the perfect “white” exterior trim color for this palette. We picked this color for several reasons. It provides a softer contrast with the dark teal Seaworthy paint color. Learn more in this Color Concierge post about picking Exterior White Trim Paint Colors (article).

We like to pick warmer and darker colors to pair with warm stone or red brick. At higher altitude in the Denver area, we use darker colors to keep the brighter sunshine from washing out the white colors, which we did her.

We also used Grecian Ivory for the garage door, believe it or not. I took this photo, so I know the effect is real. Grecian Ivory looks like a soft, warm creamy white color in the sunshine.

Photo by M. Marceny

It works really well as a white trim color outdoors, especially when paired with a dark body color like Seaworthy. It adds plenty of contrast without looking too stark in the sunshine.

Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black Front and Back Doors

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There is nothing more timeless and classic than a black front door. The owner opted for Tricorn Black (sample), which is the darkest of pure clean black colors offered by Sherwin-Williams. Read more about front door colors and how to pick them in our 14 Front Door Colors article.

Tricorn Black Front door photo by M. Marceny

We often specify a back door that is the white color of the trim, which is a cultural convention. In this case we added another layer of dimension with a black back door.

Tricorn Black Back Door, photo by M. Marceny

Is Dark Teal a Good Exterior House Color?

We love dark teal paint colors – they are beautiful and flexible! This is a great option if you want a blue paint color, but might feel that they are overdone in your neighborhood. Teals, like blues look great in wooded lots and with warm stone or red brick.

Dark teal paint colors also look fantastic if you are a gardener as a backdrop for color. You can see the gorgeous spring flowers throughout the photos in this post. Check out this photo of a cherry tree with the Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy exterior as a backdrop.

If you want an exterior color palette that stands out but also stands the test of time, then a dark teal paint like Seaworthy is a perfect option.

Don’t forget to consider your home’s location, landscaping, neighbors and hard finishes like stone or brick before choosing an exterior paint color. It’s also important to test your paint colors in the shade as well as in the shadows. This photo shows Seaworthy in both conditions on the hot tub side of the home.

Photo shows Seaworthy in the shadows and the sunshine, Photo by M. Marceny

Be sure to test your paint colors, too, before taking the plunge.

Need help designing your perfect exterior palette? Hire our color consultants to do the hard part for you!

Testing Exterior Paint Colors

One of the most important parts of finding the right exterior paint colors is by testing them – and testing them correctly.

Don’t just paint your swatches onto your exterior. It’s hard to see what the true color looks like when it’s painted in the middle of the existing color because the background color tricks your eye.

Instead, test large swatches painted over primer or tape white paper around them to isolate the color. Test your colors next to any brick, stone and trim that you need to consider, too.

Our favorite way to test paint colors is with SAMPLIZE 9X14” Pre-Painted peel-and-stick paint samples on white poster board. You can move the board around to see the color in different light and easily move it to different parts of your home to compare the color to your hard finishes.

Check out the SAMPLIZE website here.

Key Learning Points

  • Sherwin-Williams Seaworthy is a dark teal paint color that works beautifully as exterior paint.
  • Seaworthy is a great paint color if you are looking for a substitute for blue.
  • This color looks completetly different in the sun and the shade. Make sure you test the color both in the sunshine and shade before you paint.
  • When you want a white paint color to pair with a dark body color, select much darker white (or warm greige) than you would expect. Otherwise the white will look too stark. A warm greige will look more harmonious than a darker cream color, which could shift to yellow.
  • If you want a darker version of this color, consider BM Narragansett Green. For a lighter version, select SW Tempe Star.
  • When choosing exterior paint colors, remember that paint looks 4-5 times lighter and more colorful outdoors than it does inside.

Remember: NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified. 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. See results from paint matching here.

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Our All-In Exterior consults include three tailor-made color palettes, support during the testing process, one round of design edits, and detailed color placement instructions you can hand off to your painter.

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About the Author

Michelle Marceny, principal designer and founder of The Color Concierge, a paint color consulting company in Denver, Colorado.

Hi, I’m Michelle Marceny, founder, owner, and Principal Color Designer at The Color Concierge. I believe a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. The Color Concierge was born out of my drive to help clients fall back in love with their homes. My clients trust me to help them find the perfect paint color for their home – whether it’s a whole-house paint color scheme or ideas for a single room. 

Since The Color Concierge was founded in 2017, we have completed over 3000 color consultations, both online and in-person.  I am a Certified Color Expert with 7 years of experience creating interior and exterior color palettes throughout North America.

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