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Sherwin Williams Really Teal SW 6489 – The True Artistic Blue

sw really teal paint color review

Mimicking nature – teals are one of the most beautiful paint colors. They are creative, artistic, and one of the utmost brightening paint colors. 

One such beauty is Sherwin Williams Really Teal, a majestic paint color that is a perfect blend of blue and green – just like a peacock.

This is a dark-toned paint color that tends to add a dramatic feel to a space. 

So, if you are looking for an eclectic feel in your space – choosing SW Really Teal would be a great option.

really teal stairs photo

These stairs are just ‘Wow’ thanks to Addison from Addison’s Wonderland who used the teal color so creatively.

However, you have to be careful around using this paint color. Keep a note, it can be a tough color to work with!

So, depending on the complementary color scheme, your interior design style, and the color theme, this color has its own where’s, when’s, and how’s about it.

Are you excited to know how creatively you can incorporate this paint color?

Well, let me tell you – it is not just the living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, or hallways that you can use this color in – instead, you can also incorporate it on the cabinets, doors and window frames, furniture pieces, as well as decorative shelving.

So, let’s get started!

Sherwin Williams Really Teal SW 6489 Details and Specifications

really teal info

As I say, before you plan to choose this paint color in your homes – it is important to know the underlying facts and theories linked with this paint color.

And especially regarding such creative paint colors, you have to sneak a peek at all of the details. 

So, first and foremost, remember to consider the light reflectance values or LRV’s of the paint color.

This value helps in determining how light or dark the paint color is which later will help you where to use the paint color.

So, the LRV of Really Teal is 10.

really teal LRV

That means this paint color is pretty dark-toned. And depending on this information, we can later evaluate where to use the paint color. 

Another tip: If you want to easily try out Really Teal to see how it will show, you can with a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize. Pick up your samples here!

Secondly, other associated terms to consider are:

Red = 1

Blue = 99

Green = 103

HEX Value = #016367

Let’s now discuss the practical aspects and applications of this paint color!

How Does this Color Feel in a Space?

This color is bound to bring your walls together to make the space feel cozier, warmer, and smaller. 

Thus, if you are confused about a space being humongous – you could choose this paint color to make your space feel enclosed.

I would highly recommend using this paint color for any climate. Since this paint color is inclined more towards luxury and lesser towards a necessity, it can be used in any area of your homes. 

However, if you want to use this paint color in a smaller space – I wouldn’t recommend it unless you use it as an accent!

How Does Light Affect the Color?

sw really teal pallets

Indoor, nighttime light tends to make this teal look deeper and even more blue.

Natural as well as artificial light has a major role to play here. However, let me tell you – you can really use this paint color in excessive or absence of natural light without having to worry about the paint color acting like a chameleon!

Talking about specific directions, I would recommend this paint color in either the south-facing rooms or the west-facing rooms due to the incoming warm rays neutralizing the effect of the paint color.

Moreover, in the case of artificial lighting – I would recommend the use of warm-yellows and warm-whites to create a dramatic effect in your space. 

I’ll have to say again, the absolutely coolest way to check a color like this out in your home is with a wall sample from Samplize. Buy yours here.

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

sw really teal collection

I know you’re wondering what best would complement this mysterious paint color, right?

Well, just how excited you are to know about the color schemes am I enthralled to tell you about it!

Since this color is pretty saturated – I would recommend blending in some bold paint colors to create an eclectic-glam look. 

You could either choose from a monochromatic or a contrasting color palette here.

For a monochromatic palette, I would recommend the following:

  1. SW 6486 Reflective Pool
  2. SW 6487 Cloudburst
  3. SW 6488 Grand Canal

On the other hand, a contrasting palette would be an interesting one here. You could either choose bold paint colors like gold yellows, blush pinks, and wine purples, or something subtle like greys, lighter teals, whites, and blacks. 

Some of the paints I would recommend are:

  1. SW 6485 Raindrop
  2. SW 6667 Afterglow
  3. SW 7651 Front Porch

really teal coordination

For trims, moldings, and ceilings – you could either choose a creamier paint color like SW Pure White or something artistic like yellows and greens to create a Country-type look. 

Sherwin Williams Really Teal Vs Similar Colors

Are you looking for similar alternatives? Well, even though it is unnecessary – let me tell you – you can find the paint colors most relatable – but not exactly the same.

One of the colors closely related are SW 6481 Green Bay and SW Deep Sea Dive. However, they may still differ in undertones and brightness. 

Really Teal Vs Green Bay

really teal vs green bay

This teal paint color is inclined more towards green rather than the blues. With an LRV of 11, this paint color is claimed to be slightly lighter than Really Teal. 

Green Bay is an extremely dark paint color, so you have to be careful around using this paint in your homes.

Trust me, the color is so pretty that it is definitely going to look beautiful in your homes – and especially for the Hollywood glam or eclectic glam styled homes. 

Order a stick-on sample of Green Bay here to help you compare these colors in your own living spaces.

Really Teal Vs Deep Sea Dive

really teal vs deep sea dive

Even though this paint color shares reflectivity values with Really Teal – the color somehow appears to be very dark when observed closely.

So, it is important to consider the incoming natural light in the room if you are planning to use this paint color. 

Try out the looks of these colors in your own home with a some temporary wall samples. You can find them here!

Where to Use Really Teal in Your Home?

You have to be careful around using this paint color in your homes.

Remember, too much of it can also lead to an uncomfortable environment! Thus, it is important to use this color only as an accent in your homes.

Check out other teal colors from Sherwin Williams if you want a teal that isn’t quite as strong.

For interior design styles like modern, glam, and contemporary – you are highly recommended to consider this paint color. 

Let’s discuss how and where to use this paint color in your homes.

Really Teal in Living Rooms

sw really teal paint chip

Really teal in the living room is a great option as far as you limit the use of it – mainly using it on the accent walls. 

So, if you are looking to use this color in the living room – make sure to either use it on the cabinets or paint a wall in this color and blend it with either off-whites or whites. 

To further create a drama, make sure to add tints of yellows, greens, and purples through decorative accents such as throw pillows, blankets, vases, and curtains. 

Choose lighter upholstery and hardwood floors to further refine the artistic look. 

Using in Kitchens

Teal kitchens are quite a trend. Excited about using it in your kitchens?

Well, definitely go for it. Just remember to blend it with whites and off-whites on the walls, marble countertops, and bright, glossy backsplash. 

Moreover, you can also use gold-tinted pull handles to create a beautiful and stylish look.

Really Teal in Bedrooms


How special this accent wall looks in the bedroom photo above. Love it!

If you are planning to use this teal in your bedroom – make sure to align it with greys, whites, and other pastels.

Remember, your bedroom should be calm and cozy! It should define relaxation and tranquilization at all times.

So, too much of teal might overwhelm unless you balance the looks with lighter and more soothing and subtle shades.

Using On Exteriors and Accessories

sw rt exterior

Sherwin-Williams Really Teal is something great for accessories such as doors, window frames, shelving, and cabinets.

Some prefer to use this color in their home offices and libraries, furniture pieces, and other décor items. 

So, if you are a colorful soul, you can use this tint of hue in throw pillows, curtains, ottomans, furniture, as well as upholstery!

What’s the Best Way to Sample This Color?

So now my favorite tip when it comes to testing out a versatile color like Really Teal – go and order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.

They’ve created an awesome way to sample colors with real paint, but no mess. Simply stick on your paint sample instead of having to get a test can of actual wet paint.

For only a few dollars you get a good sized square to throw up temporarily anywhere you want to “try” on your color, other similar colors, and any possible coordinating hues you like. It’s great!

So, are you excited to have this color in your homes? Let me tell you – it’s not for all! You need to have that specific taste to have this color in your homes. Do share your teal stories with me in the comments below!

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