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Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt Color Review

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt Color Review

Sea Salt is still very popular, and one of Sherwin-Williams’ Top 50 Colors. What makes it popular is that it is so timeless and really easy to use. It is an excellent option when you need a pop of color that is harmonious with so many soft color palettes.

Sea Salt is so versatile that it can be used in Coastal, Farmhouse, or Classic Color Schemes. Below is a decidedly coastal living room.

Coastal living room with Sea Salt walls, Oxford White ceilings and White Dove base molding.
Coastal Living Room with SW Sea Salt Walls, photo by M. Marceny

Butler's pantry with SW Sea Salt wall color and SW extra White cabinets
Photo by M. Camilli

What is the LRV of Sea Salt?

Sea Salt has an LRV of 64, which makes it a light and bright airy color. Since the value is over 50, it means that the color will reflect light. LRV (or Light Reflective Value) measures how light or dark a color will look on the wall. The value is a percentage that ranges between 1(Black) and 100(White).

What are the undertones of Sea Salt?

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt has blue-green undertones with a gray foundation.

Is Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt a gray color?

We consider Sea Salt a gray color. Although it is colorful in the sunshine, we consider it gray because it is so muted. We don’t think of gray as an undertone, but as a very muted color state. In this case, when you see it on the swatch, it hardly looks colorful, but it comes to life in natural light.

Is Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt Green or Blue?

Sea Salt has more green than blue in it. In the warm sunshine, with warm sunshine (South, East/morning, West/afternoon) light, it is green. When the light gets cooler (North, East/afternoon, West/morning), it can flash blue.

Here is an office with a beautiful living room area and Sea-Salt walls. The photo was taken in the afternoon, and the room had a South-West exposure. Even though this home is in Colorado, the homeowner is a passionate surfer.

Living room with Sea Salt walls and South-West exposure.
Sea Salt Office seating area with White Dove trim and Oxford White Walls. photo by M. Marceny

Use Sea Salt when you want a soft and muted splash of color.  I love to use this color in offices, mud rooms, laundry rooms, and calm and peaceful bedrooms.  It looks amazing with muted terra cotta floors as well as with crisp white color.  A little bit goes a long way.  Unless you are absolutely in love with this palette, my preference is to avoid it for large common spaces.

Laundry room with SW Sea Salt walls and terra cotta floors
Photo by M. Camilli

What are the best trim and ceiling colors to pair with SW Sea Salt?

I like to match trim and ceiling colors.  All of the trim and ceiling colors in this post are Extra White (review here) SW 7005, which is a bright white with invisible blue undertones.  Sea Salt also works well with clean whites such as SW High Reflective White and off-whites such as SW Alabaster (review here) and SW Greek Villa (review here).  I would not go creamier unless you have to.

Mud room with SW Sea Salt walls and SW Extra White trim and ceilings
Photo by M. Camilli
Butler's pantry with SW Sea Salt walls and SW Extra White trim and ceiling
Photo by M. Camilli

What colors go best with Sea Salt?

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt looks fabulous with white and blue paint colors. I prefer to pair it with blue because it cools off the green in the color and provides a nice balance. For example, a dark green accent wall in a room with Sea Salt walls would be too much of a good thing. It also looks lovely paired with black as shown in the photo above.

Below is a SW Sea Salt office with a BM Kensington Blue accent wall. Just stunning!

Office with BM Kensington Blue Accent wall and Sea Salt walls.
BM Kensington Blue accent wall and SW Sea Salt walls, photo by M. Marceny

How does Sea Salt look in darker spaces?

Sea Salt can take a bluer tone in darker spaces, or with North facing light.  You still see tons of the green though.

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Can I use SW Sea Salt as an Exterior Paint Color?

It wouldn’t be my first choice because it is so light, it will look like a minty white. Kind of like toothpaste. It could look nice as a front porch ceiling color, or a shady front door.

Sea Salt vs. Comfort Gray

Sherwin-Williams Comfort Gray is substantially darker, bluer, and more muted. Sea Salt will look light and airy, but I might consider Comfort Gray as an island cabinet color.

Sea Salt vs. Fleur de Sel

Sherwin-Williams Fleur de Sel is such an interesting color. It is much grayer than Sea Salt. Even though it looks whiteish or light grayish on a page, it will look more colorful than you expect on the walls. They are both blue-green grays, but Fleur de Sel leans stronger into the gray than Sea Salt.

Sea Salt vs. Pearl Gray

These colors are pretty close, but Sherwin-Williams Pearl Gray is darker. If you are trying to decide between the two, I would definitely test, test, and test.

Sea Salt vs. Quiet Moments

There is no doubt that these are two iconic paint colors. They are both beautiful and would look great in similar spaces. If you like blue better, then pick Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments.

If you like green better, then Sea Salt is for you. As with many Benjamin Moore colors, Quiet Moments is crisper and cleaner when compared with Sea Salt. BUT Sea Salt is beautiful, so who cares. Just pick the one you like best.

Sea Salt vs. Gray Cashmere

What a choice! These are almost identical colors. Maybe Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere is bluer and silkier. Again, they are the same but different. Pick the one that feels best to you.

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt vs. Benjamin Moore Sea Salt

Don’t confuse Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt with Benjamin Moore Sea Salt.  They are not even close!  BM Sea Salt is gray with violet undertones, an elephant gray color.

What is the closest Benjamin Moore Paint Color to SW Sea Salt?

Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere (2128-60), and it’s a pretty good match.  Don’t try to match the color.  Learn more about matching paint colors here.

What is the easiest way to sample SW Sea Salt?

The easiest way to sample SW Sea Salt (and any paint color for that matter) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color. With Samplize you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall.

If you want to sample all of the comparison colors with Samplize, link below:

Always Test Your Paint Colors

No matter what, 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. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

Our favorite way to test paint colors is with SAMPLIZE Peel-and-Stick Samples. They are pre-painted and ready to go. You don’t need to make a mess, and the price is less than buying samples, brushes, and white poster board.

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.

Key Take-Aways

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt is a colorful gray color that rarely disappoints.  Use it in small doses, unless you LOVE a blue-green color throughout.  Pair with crisp whites and off-white for trim and ceiling colors.

  • Sea Salt is a versatile blue-green-gray that looks great in many types of decor styles. You can use it in Sea Salt looks great with clean and crisp white trim and ceiling colors, such as SW Extra White and BM Chantilly Lace.
  • Sea Salt doesn’t look as good with creamy whites or browns.
  • We love blues and whites paired with Sea Salt as accents, such as BM Kensington Gray. Sea Salt looks good with crisp black colors too.

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SW Sea Salt Paint Color Review
Photo by M. Camilli

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21 Responses

  1. I love Sea Salt I have it in my master suite and my guest suite. It’s very calming. We did the ceiling with the Sea Salt but added a little white to lighten it. With our large white crown molding it looks great. We tried the white but it looked like it was missing something and actually the molding just blended in. So using the lightened Sea salt was perfect.

  2. This is my all-time favorite color!! I painted my whole house this color and the reactions I would get were always positive! I was told they felt like they were in a spa. I don’t live in that house anymore but couldn’t resist painting my new bedroom in Sea Salt!

    1. Hi Jayce and Carol

      I saw your comments on Color Concierge and wanted to ask you a question about SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT.
      I have white kitchen cabinets and a black glass kitchen table with black chairs. Would it be okay you think to paint the kitchen in SEA SALT? I’m asking you because it seems most of the photos I see of SEA SALT have it paired with a white color, not black. I just purchased my black glass kitchen table too 🙂

        1. What (placemats, dishes and eso accessories) colors do you use in your kitchen. I have black already but for light fixtures and table.

    1. I’m trying to update my kitchen which currently has golden oak cabinets and I have a darker dark brown flooring luxury vinyl tile along with Santa Cecilia granite and I was wondering if sea salt by Sherwin-Williams would look good on the walls and use Alabaster or Greek Villa by Sherwin-Williams for my cabinet colors or should I just restain my oak cabinets and maybe a darker color

      1. I repaired my honey oak cabinets in Greek Villa, I have sea salt in my open kitchen and carried it onto one wall in my adjoining family room where my fire place is located. The rest of the room is alabaster. I amcarrying alabaster into my foyer, and some of my dining room and adding an accent darker color. Makes the house look new. I love it.

  3. I have SW Sea Salt in living room/kitchen and adjoining foyer. It’s a cedar home in the country. I have a barnwood accent wall and use a lot of copper in the kitchen. Also have a copper roof on house. I chose this color because it reminds me of the patina copper develops over time. Sometimes, however, I start to think the color is too coastal for my home, but i can not find a color more suiting. It’s a small space with slanted walls so it can’t handle a dark color. It has been this color 8 years, still feels soothing. Any suggestions for a different paint color. My kitchen is open to living room with white top cabinets and medium gray lower cabinets. Granite counters white/cream/ taupe/gray.

  4. Just purchased a townhouse near the beach. Not remodeling the entire house at once; therefore, just painting the upstairs bathrooms and cabinets. My master bath has a darker green countertop. I can see some gray tone & very small black specs. Love the calming color of sea salt, but it appears blue next to the counter. Do you think it will look more green when the whole wall is painted?

    1. Hi Pam, it’s hard for us to make specific recommendations for rooms without photos. Please consider a color consultation.

  5. Would like to use sw seasalt in a bathroom but just purchased Roman shades that are tan with white and.burgandy flowers .Will seasalt work,?

  6. Just bought old farmhouse with panel. Loved seasalt, so bought to put on walls in family room and west highland white for whitewashing fireplace and maybe use for trim. Put some seasalt on the wall and it might be to light. But as the day goes on get darker. I’m now nervous the room might be to big and the west highland might be to creamy? What are your thoughts?

  7. I have a small, all white, full bathroom. The vanity top is white with dark gray veins. The vanity is white. Is sea salt a good choice? I also have light brown wood accent pieces. If sea salt is not a good choice. Do you have any suggestions?

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