Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Today in my colour review vlog, I’m diving into the calming hue that is, Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, SW 6204.

Be sure not to confuse this Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, with the Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore. Yes, both colours have the exact same name!

However, they are entirely different.  I’ll show you that in my comparisons of both colours a little later on in the post.

Here’s what we’ll be looking at in Episode #1.

  • Undertone/s
  • Colour Comparisons
  • Best White Paint Colours  For Ceilings, Doors and Trim
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations
  • Favourite Applications In Interior Design

By the way, if you are new to me and my blog, here’s something you should know.

I appreciate that you lead a busy life.  You don’t have time to waste.

You want factual and useful advice about interior design and paint colours. Well, at least that’s why I am guessing you’re here.

There is a reason why I use the phrase ‘THE NAKED TRUTH’ in some of my publications.

I want to strip down (yes, that pun was TOTALLY intentional) to the root of your Interior Design dilemmas and give you the information you NEED to know. I appreciate that decorating your home and selecting paint colours can be confusing and stressful. My goal is to make it as simple as possible and to have FUN in the process!

Yup, that’s me having fun. Life’s too short to be stressing over designing and decorating your home. It’s all good. I’ve got you covered.

But know this: I am not scientific about colour.

I do not concern myself with the LRV of a paint colour. Since starting my Interior Decorating business in 2011 and doing many colour consultations,  it’s never come back to bite me in the you know what.

I never make suggestions on lightening or darkening a paint colour by a certain percentage to make it more suitable for an application. I can always find the best paint colours for my clients.

All of my large boards have been painted in a matt finish and if you are interested in knowing where to get these boards, I’ll share a link to them at the end of the post.


If you’ve used a paint colour that I review or want to ask a question and even if you have a different point of view to mine, please do share with us here. Please know though, that I can’t always give colour advice based on simply reading about a ‘scenario’.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

Okay, onwards and upwards.

Are you ready? Let’s do this! Watch the video here or by clicking the play button on  the thumbnail below.

Colour Review of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, SW 6204


Blue/Green. In my office it appeared to be more green, but there is also a blue undertone. This is where your lighting and other elements paired within your own space, can alter the look of a hue like this.


Colour Comparisons:

Comparing colour is so important. When you do colour comparisons, it helps you to get a better read of your focus colour. I also like to put my large colour boards up against a white background. This way, I can see the colour more clearly.

See below where I show you Kittery Point Green by Benjamin Moore (BM) on the left and Palladian Blue by BM on the right. It’s interesting how much of a light ‘gray’ the Sea Salt takes on now, when you compare it with colours that are more saturated in tone.

Best White Paint Colours

There are always going to be more than one option for a best white to use for ceilings, doors and trims.  Pictured below is one of my favourite which is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

Sea Salt by SW shown here with White Dove by BM.

However, other great white paints that would work are Cloud White, Simply White and Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore as well.

From left to right: Simply White by BM; Sea Salt; White Dove

If you want to pair it with another Sherwin Williams colour, you could use Greek Villa SW 7551 or Westhighland White 7566. The latter is more on the creamy side, so be careful if other white elements in your home like counters are more crisp.


Fabulous Colour Combinations 


Shown here with HC – 164 Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore.


Shown here in very similar tone, Silver Strand by Sherwin Willimas


Pairs perfectly with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC 154


Paired with Sea Haze by Benjamin Moore


Left to Right: Wedgewood Gray & Sea Haze by BM; Silver Strand by SW; Hale Navy & White Dove by BM; Sea Salt.

Fabulous Colour Palettes – Perfect for Pinning!


Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams paired with Benjamin Moore's: Lucerne; Newport Green & Agave
Sea Salt by SW paired with BM’s: Lucerne; Newport Green & Agave


Sherwin Williams Sea Salt with Benjamin Moore's Pink Blossom; Caribbean Blue Water & Pink Ruffle
SW Sea Salt with BM’s Pink Blossom; Caribbean Blue Water & Pink Ruffle


Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paired in a monochromatic colour palette with Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy; Early Morning & Montepellier
SW Sea Salt paired in a monochromatic colour palette with BM’s Hale Navy; Early Morning & Montepellier

These colour palettes can also be seen on my Instagram page, but formatted slightly different to fit in a square. Follow me on IG here to see more of those for inspiration.

Interesting Colour Fact

As already mentioned in the beginning of the post, there are two colours of Sea Salt. One is from Sherwin Williams and the other is from Benjamin Moore.

To ensure you avoid any mistakes of either picking up the wrong colour for yourself or for your client, (if you are an interior design professional or colour consultant) is to always write down the name AND the code once you select a paint colour.

As you can see in the photo below, these two colours are very different. The Sea Salt by Benjamin Moore is a ‘Greige’ colour and the other Sea Salt…well, you know all about it now because we’ve just reviewed it!

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My recommendation for one of the best rooms to use Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, is for a tranquil and calming bathroom.

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams is the perfect, tranquil colour for a 'spa like' bathroom. Design by Carolyn and Co.
Design by Carolyn and Co.

This paint colour provides a ‘spa like’ feel and I especially love the detailed mill work of the high wainscoting shown above in this bathroom by Carolyn and Co.

Do you notice the rug to the left side, where you can see hints of a similar colour to Sea Salt?  This type of soft treatment provides an opportunity to bring in other decorative accessories such as towels, candles and flowers to tie it all together beautifully with your preferred colour palette.


Walls painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Room decor by Lori Bailey Designs
Walls painted Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Room decor by Lori Bailey Designs

Another room in the house where I love to specify this colour is in a bedroom. Lori Bailey Design kindly shared this bedroom design (above) with me which is one of their designs. How peaceful would it be to cozy up and read a book here before settling in for a good nights’ sleep?

On a side note, the colours in the bedding appear to be similar to tones of the rug in the bathroom above, but they are not in the same home.

This is a great example however, to show how you could connect and flow rooms such as a master bedroom to an ensuite bathroom through thoughtful accessorizing.

While the master bedroom should be our sanctuary, our escape from the business of day to day life, for many it is often the one room left to last when it comes to decorating our homes.

Similar Paint Colours to Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore is also a blue-green. Here we used it in a clients custom living room design.

Professional photos by Stephani Buchman Photography.

Wickham Gray HC 171 by BM shown here in our clients living room design. Photograph by Stephani Buchman.
Wickham Gray HC 171 by BM shown here in our clients living room design.


Our clients custom drapery looks fabulous with the backdrop of Wickham Gray.
Our clients custom drapery looks fabulous with the backdrop of Wickham Gray.

See a video of how I put together this Interior Decorating Project.
Watch a video here to see how I put together this space for our clients.

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore is also a colour with a blue-green undertone. We used it here in a dental office.

Wall colour is Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
Wall colour is Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

Now it’s your turn! Would you use Sea Salt by SW for a room in your home or have you already used this colour for a project? Do tell!

Until then, see my Pinterest board here for more ideas of how and where you can use blue-green paint colours in your home or next client project.

Are you in need of more personalized help for choosing colour in your home?  Contact me here and let’s create something beautiful today!


(43) Comments
  • Darla Powell
    | 2 September 2018

    Love this color! Thank you for your in-depth review and observations. ?

  • CK
    | 2 September 2018

    It’s such a pretty color, and I love your palettes with the pretty images showing all the complimentary colors. It really works in so many settings!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 2 September 2018

      Agree! It’s so calming and soothing, works well with many colours. I could’ve easily created 100 more palettes! Thanks Christine.

  • Rebecca
    | 2 September 2018

    Sea salt is one of my favorite. Just used it in a master bedroom project.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 2 September 2018

      Oh, sounds lovely Rebecca! Please feel free to private message me a photo if you would like it to be featured in another upcoming video I will be publishing on Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, to show this colour in finished spaces. Thanks!

    • Mary
      | 17 February 2019

      I am also painting my master bedroom sea salt. What color did you paint the master bath?

      • Claire Jefford
        | 25 February 2019

        Hi Rebecca. I’m not sure what master bath you are referring to here. The one on the post that I featured is from another designer and it was painted Sea Salt.

  • Julie Lampe
    | 2 September 2018

    I adore Sea Salt!! It’s one of my favorite “go to” colors for a coastal palette! I also love BMs Newport Green! I found some great barrel chairs in the garbage and had one of my favorite painters spray them in Newport Green! Great post!

  • Janet Lorusso
    | 2 September 2018

    Such a great calm color – perfect for so many applications! I love all the pairings you did – it really does ‘play well with others’!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 3 September 2018

      Thanks Janet, it really is a beautiful colour tone. 🙂

  • Susan Okray
    | 6 December 2018

    I’m painting my bathroom Sea Salt and high on the walls it looks very blue but down low on the walls it look like what is’s supposed to, Sea Salt. I’m going nuts because I don’t want the blue!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 18 December 2018

      That is extremely odd. Have you looked at it at different times of the day? It may just be the lighting or some sort of reflection? I’ve never heard of anything like this. Please let me an update when you can. Thanks.

    • Sue Pitts
      | 11 July 2019

      I have had the exact same experience with sea salt in my kitchen and breakfast room. It’s robin egg blue on upper wall and gray on the lower. I am so upset because I planned my entire color scheme around sea salt. I had painted white board and everything! What happened? Different light doesn’t change it! I have east facing window in that room.

      • Claire Jefford
        | 16 July 2019

        Hi Sue. I actually experienced something similar recently with Cloud White. A pantry of my clients is painted this colour, but the crown molding of the unit looks different. We believe it’s because of the angle of the crown vs the flat cabinetry below and may also be affected by the natural light that comes in from her large back patio doors. However, it’s never happened before so I don’t have any definite answers for you I’m afraid.

  • Angela Rose
    | 12 January 2019

    How would sea salt work in an East facing kitchen/breakfast nook with dark stained cabinets? I want warm but not so much that it feels cave like later in the day when there is no direct sun!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 19 March 2019

      Hi Angela. If you are worried about the colour being dark in your space with the cabinetry, test a large sample piece first and move it around this area at different times of the day to see how it plays off the light.

  • Cynthia
    | 2 March 2019

    I love sea salt painted my living room and kitchen this color. I painted the path krypton and two guest bedrooms a crisp blue the hallway in sea salt looked dirty. Everything is open so I was looking for a color for entry hall and dining room that will work but let the sea salt stand out. Wanting a calm beachy look. I tried knitting needles too dark and tried front porch but it seemed to take on an odd green next to sea salt. I loved your boards still not sure what will work for my dilema

    • Claire Jefford
      | 2 March 2019

      Hi Cynthia. There is too much to consider here in terms of other decorative and fixed elements in the space to simply give you the answer you are looking for without knowing more details or seeing the space. In this post I provide quite a few ideas for colour combinations, did you look at any of those colours? If you are interested in an online colour consultation, please message me at Thanks Cynthia.

  • Lisa
    | 17 April 2019

    Hi Claire. I have painted my office/guest room and spare bathroom Sea Salt and love it! I have a question regarding ceiling color. The previous owner’s painted the ceiling and crown molding the same color, so the crown molding just blends into the ceiling. They are painted Sherwin Williams Swiss Coffee. Would you be able to recommend a ceiling color? Should I use 20% Sea Salt / 80% White?

  • Pat Curcio
    | 20 May 2019

    Reading your extremely helpful information and tips on Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams helped me to select the PERFECT color for our new sunroom. We love it and it is the best paint color we could have imagined for this relaxing and peaceful room.

    I have never heard my husband rave about a paint color as he has Sea Salt once our room was painted this this soothing color.

    With gratitude! Pat

    • Claire Jefford
      | 20 May 2019

      This is FABULOUS to hear! Thanks for sharing Pat!

      • Boyd Landas
        | 2 November 2019

        Would you recommend Sea Salt on a kitchen island? We have white cabinets. The kitchen, dining and living room all are painted Olympus White SW. It’s an open floor plan overlooking a bay. So it’s waterfront and coastal.

        • Claire Jefford
          | 2 November 2019

          Absolutely you could do Sea Salt on an island. That sounds especially pretty in a coastal styled home. Exciting!

  • Jennifer C Clark
    | 16 June 2019

    So if I want crisp colors to pair with sea salt, which white would you say is best? And you can pair this with gray hues with tile?

    • Claire Jefford
      | 19 June 2019

      Hi Jennifer. For a more crisp white to pair with Sea Salt you could use either Chantilly Lace from BM or Extra White from SW. When selecting paint colour for tiles, be sure you can see them together, holding the paint sample vertically as it will be applied on the wall and the tile horizontally. When you position them in the context they will be applied, then it helps give you a more accurate reading.

  • Susan
    | 25 October 2019

    I love SW sea salt. I’ve used it in multiple properties: 1. In a villa where the entire interior was sea salt. Even the top cabinets were painted sea salt and bottom cabinets were a gray. 2. My current home, guest bath. 3. My new home master suit including en suite. (Currently renovating) I love the look with 52 white trim – it’s so fresh and bright 4. Beach condo is sea salt and repose gray.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 26 October 2019

      You really do love this colour Susan! Thanks for sharing all the places you’ve used it.

  • Carolyn
    | 27 October 2019

    I am in the process of repainting the main living area. Having my dark kitchen cabinets painted white and trying to decide wall color for kitchen, dining, hall and laundry room. Sea salt or BM quiet moments. Open to living room so need a not too stark white. Has double tray ceiling that we will paint the contrasting color of the kitchen to tie it all in. Thinking white dove or similar. Any advice?

  • Carolyn
    | 27 October 2019

    I am in the process of repainting the main living area. Having my dark kitchen cabinets painted white and trying to decide wall color for kitchen, dining, hall and laundry room. Sea salt or BM quiet moments. Also painting living room so need a not too stark white. Has double tray ceiling that we will paint the contrasting color of the kitchen to tie it all in. Thinking white dove or similar. Any advice?

    • Claire Jefford
      | 31 October 2019

      Hi Carolyn. This is hard to say without seeing the space. Do you have my Free guide with 5 steps to choosing the right paint colour? If you follow those steps, then it should help you to narrow down your choices. Always look to your fixed elements in the space as well. I have a lot of other colour reviews on my YouTube channel and my new Essential Colour guides on my shop page. Link to my free guide is here –>

  • Rachelle
    | 4 November 2019

    My whole house trim is off the shelf BM White. Would this be too stark for Sea Salt? Thanks.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 12 November 2019

      I am not sure what BM off the shelf white looks like, so I’m afraid I can’t provide an answer on this. Check with the paint swatches in the store and bring them home to see if they would work well together. I always recommend painting a large sample board to see best results. Thanks.

  • Kim
    | 3 March 2020

    I have Sea Salt in my kitchen/eating area, my pantry and master bath. It shows up differently in each area and we love it! Now, my college age girls want it in their bedrooms. One faces south and one west. They both want yellow on the accent wall. My question is what shade of yellow goes well with Sea Salt? There is a small dresser pictured above with one drawer painted yellow. I think it looks good but no mention of color name. Any suggestions before I head to store this weekend?

    • Claire Jefford
      | 9 March 2020

      Hi Kim, you may have already been to the paint store by now, which is what I would recommend anyway. Take any finishes in the girls rooms that have yellow, such as a pillow or drapery fabric and see which yellow works best with both the fabric/finish and Sea Salt.

  • Fran
    | 12 March 2020

    I’m trying to test with BM MATTE BATH SPA. I wonder what it will be like Sea salt 50 percent lighter? More blue or green? I wish I have formula for BM.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 14 March 2020

      I never alter a paint colour, there are so many options that you can always find just the right one for what you need.

  • llnjrdn
    | 14 March 2020

    I am planning on using sea salt on one wall of my living room where there is a wall unit. I would like to use a soft neutral color on the adjacent walls and really like cre’me SW7556. Would that color combination go well? Otherwise I was thinking of Greek Villa sw7551. Which would you recommend? Thank you!

  • Beth Weber
    | 17 March 2020

    Loved this post! We bought a tiny 100 year old disaster of a house in July (because it’s on half an acre, 2 blocks from the beach – impossible to find in this area) and tomorrow is demo day on the interior and then we are putting on an addition. The house is going from a 2 bed, 1 bath to a 5 bed, 4 bath and I was planning to use SW sea salt in one guest bathroom with calacatta marble floors and matte black fixtures, white marble countertop. I’m trying to decide if I want to paint the vanity or leave it white. Any thoughts? I also plan to have all painted cabinets in the kitchen (the kitchen is going to be 12 x 20 so large enough to go with something bold). I’m torn between a few blues – I love F and B Stone Blue but afraid it might be a little dark. Decisions, decisions! I loved your color combos though, thanks so much for posting.

    • Claire Jefford
      | 23 March 2020

      Hi Beth. It’s hard to say without seeing everything together. What I will say though is that it sounds as though white would be a lovely option for the vanity. Sounds like you will have a lot to keep you busy with your new (but old) home. Cheers for reading the blog!

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