Paint Color Review: Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt 6204

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt 6204 is a soft, soothing blend of gray and green that can shift dramatically depending on context and lighting. Learn how to predict how it will look in your space.

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt bedroom ideas are a favorite among homeowners.

What is the LRV of Sea Salt Sherwin-Williams?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100% being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. Sea Salt has an LRV of 63, which makes it just right for many residential interiors. Paint colors in this range tend to brighten a space yet still hold their color reasonably well in hits of direct light.

You must sample this color in the space you intend to use it before you start putting it on your walls and trim! (We mail 8″ x 10″ paint swatches of our recommendations to our Virtual Color Consultation clients.)

What is the “undertone” of SW Sea Salt? Is it blue or green?

Since everyone perceives color differently, let’s look at something a little more objective – the spectral data. We can actually use tools like colorimeters and spectrophotometers to accurately measure a color’s dominant wavelength, or hue angle, and other characteristics. Sea Salt has a hue angle of 138.223°. This means Sea Salt is officially part of the Green-Yellow hue family. Sea Salt also has a pretty low chroma value (5.709), which means that this Green-Yellow hue is muted by a significant amount of gray.

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt is officially part of the Green-Yellow hue family.

So why do so many color blogs claim Sea Salt has a “blue undertone?”

The reason SW Sea Salt sometimes looks blue (or green or yellow or gray) has to do with the context of your room and, more importantly, the quality of your light. Remember, your quality of light changes throughout the day so you must view a large sample of this color on all walls in a variety of artificial and natural light before committing to it.

Rooms with one exposure

In a space that gets bright, direct sunlight on just one side, Sea Salt will lighten considerably due to its elevated LRV but still hold on to some of its color. The direction the sunlight is coming from (a.k.a. exposure) also affects the way Sea Salt will look on your walls. South-facing or western afternoon light is rather yellow, warmer, and more intense. Sea Salt will reflect this, looking a bit greener. In a north-facing room, however, that warmth becomes more passive. Sea Salt may look a bit grayer with a faint hint of blue. 

Rooms with multiple exposures

In a bright open space with big windows on more than one side, SW Sea Salt will shift in color as the sun moves, looking bluer or greener. That heavy dose of gray will help keep it soft and muted, though.

Dark rooms and artificial light

In a dark room or a room that has primarily artificial light, Sea Salt may look a bit grayer or greener. 

Which white trim color goes with Sea Salt?

Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt Bathroom with Sherwin-Williams Pure White 7005 trim.

What other paint colors coordinate with Sea Salt?

Sea Salt coordinates well with other low chroma neutrals, like greiges, grays, and beiges. It looks especially nice with dark greens and blues. Here’s a sample Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt color palette we put together for you:

Sea Salt color combinations

Is Sea Salt a good exterior paint color?

It can be, especially combined with a clean white trim color. Sea Salt’s LRV of 63 means it will reflect a lot of light and can look much lighter in an outdoor environment than you may expect. Again, view paper samples on the exterior wall prior to painting.

The vertical siding at the top of this home is painted in Sea Salt SW6204. 

The color of the shutters is Sherwin William’s Sea Salt SW6204.

What is comparable to Sherwin Williams Sea Salt?

If you like Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt, be sure to only get it at a Sherwin-Williams store. I never, ever recommend color matching between brands. Differences in pigments, chemical composition, and paint viscosity between brands mean they will be different. You cannot color match between brands and expect to get identical results. But if you’re looking for something similar to Sea Salt and need to use another brand, here are a few dupes that are a pretty close match based on their spectral data: 

Sherwin-Williams Rainwashed vs. Sea Salt 

Sherwin-Williams Sea Spray vs. Sea Salt 

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Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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