Greens are making their way back in a very big way!
Ever since the pandemic pushed us all indoors – it has become immensely important to incorporate hues of nature that make the human feel one with the environment.
This color of nature means utmost renewal, regeneration, and positivity in every sense.
Moreover, the trend of greens in the interior, as well as fashion industry is making great headlines.
And believe me, I am not addressing the old-school ‘greens’ here!
Greens are not scary as they may seem to be.
So it is time that you forget the jazzy ones and think about the tones that make you feel calm, quiet, and at peace!
Yes, those are the greens that are limelight, and you must choose for your home.
And don’t forget to thank Sherwin Williams for providing a wide array of choices when it comes to greens!
(Super excited to reveal some of my favorites later in the article)
Furthermore, greens can also be lesser confusing since it is a primary color, so that’s another plus point here, isn’t it?
So, let’s get on this beautiful journey towards greens, observe what it truly offers, and how to choose the best one for your home!
Green – The Color of Renewal, Harmony, and Freshness
Green gives the calm we need in this world full of chaos
Well, that’s true!
We all need a tinge of green – at some point in our lives.
Whether it’s in our home, or otherwise.
And trust me, the right shade of green is bound to do wonders.
So, let’s see what makes up these different versions of greens.
Tints, Tones, and Shades
Before you’re ready to pick that particular green paint from the swatch, let’s discuss that it comes in a variety of tones, tints, and shades.
‘Tones’ are basically the results formed by adding gray to a green paint color!
In this case, if you add more grays to greens, a tone of green will be produced that consists of more depth and substance.
For instance, Sherwin Williams Privilege Green.
‘Tints’ on the other hand are the amalgamation of white with a green paint color.
So, in this case, if you add whites to existing green paint, it will produce lighter-toned greens that are more soothing and subtle to the eyes.
For instance, Sherwin Williams Gratifying Green!
Whereas ‘Shades’ are the results formed by adding black to green paint color.
In this case, if you add blacks to greens, it will produce a darker result that is more shady!
For instance, Sherwin Williams Evergreens!
Well, this is also directly proportionate to…
Light Reflectance Values – The Specifications to Know
We have been discussing this term for a long time now!
Light Reflectance Values (or LRV) helps in determining how light or dark the paint color is.
(And you can easily find this value at the back of the paint chip)
And just in case if I already haven’t advised you to do so – remember to examine different shades of greens in different lighting conditions to determine their true difference.
(This is a secret recipe for knowing the true worth of these paint colors).
It is likely to find a green that has an LRV around 65-75 (lighter) and an LRV around 10-25 (darker).
So, it really is quite diverse and also versatile!
Well, you would also be surprised to know that Sherwin Williams has formulated various paints that seamlessly complement these beautiful greens!
Greens Are Here To Inspire You – Always
With these latest trends, there have been a number of times that I have recommended SW Greens to my E-Design clients.
And since they come in such a wide variety, you have ample options to choose from.
Let’s say you struggling with a small-sized apartment – well, no problem!
Tune in to the cool-toned minty green color to solve your issue (SW Aloe).
Or, on the other hand, if you have an eclectic style and would love to choose the metallic tinted jewels – well, simply choose a bottle green (darker shade) to define luxury in your spaces (SW Pewter Green)!
Want to get a cool vibe in your home? Choose a cool-toned icy green! (SW Bonsai Tint).
Want to feel cozier in the living room – choose warmer greens! (SW Celery).
Now let’s see how to best incorporate these greens and where!
Best Places to Use Sherwin Williams Green Paint Colors?
I specifically love the feel of subtle and soothing greens on the cabinets as well as the wall paneling.
(Would 100 percent recommend)
However, regardless of that – Sherwin Williams Greens are specially crafted to be used anywhere in your home.
However, you must analyze the compass directions and the sizes of your spaces before picking a specific green paint color.
In the case of north and south-facing rooms, the green paints may appear even more crisp and cool whereas on the west and east-facing rooms, it will appear much warm and cozy!
So, try to avoid cool-toned greens in north-facing rooms as it will further add a cool vibe – which could be uncomfortable in the long run!
Adding a dark green accent in the larger-sized rooms would be preferable!
Best Sherwin Williams Green Paint Colors
Now comes one of the most awaited topics to talk about (and one of my favorites)!
Isn’t this what you’re waiting for?
So, here I will be discussing some of the popular green paint colors that are also quite creative to be used in the interior design industry.
5 Most Popular
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt:
One of the most popular grayish-green paint colors, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is a soothing and beautiful green that is bound to spark joy in your spaces.
With an LRV of 63, this hue of rejuvenation falls on the lighter end of the scale – thus, making your space look and feel lighter and larger!
I recommend this paint in Coastal, Caribbean, Contemporary, and Modern homes with medium-sized and smaller spaces.
You can pair it with creamy or crisp whites, wooden textures, and tones of gray and black for a luxurious touch.
Learn more about SW Sea Salt in my big guide here!
It’s also helpful to understand the associated RGB and HEX Values that are as follows:
Red = 205
Green = 210
Blue = 202
HEX Value = #cdd2ca
Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble:
With a slightly warmer touch and deep yellow undertones, Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble is the color to look forward to!
It has an LRV of 60 – thus falling on the medium to the lighter end of the scale.
I recommend this paint in the Caribbean and Floridian-styled homes – due to its timeless appearance and a fun vibe.
You can pair it with crisper whites, lighter lemon yellows, black, gray, and even burnt oranges.
You can look through the color details and specifications to understand it even more:
Red = 209
Green = 204
Blue = 185
HEX Value = #d1ccb9
For the full scoop, read my guide on Ancient Marble here.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay:
Another beautiful piece from the Green paint collection, SW Oyster Bay is a grayish-green paint that feels absolutely soothing to the eyes.
With an LRV of 44 – this paint proves to be deeper and bolder than most of the greens.
You can easily pair it with crisp whites, golden-tinted jewels, and even some intriguing patterns and geometric intricacies.
Interior design styles such as coastal, contemporary, modern, and Scandinavian can incorporate this paint as an accent or a base!
I recommend understanding the associated RGB and HEX Values to understand more about the color specification!
Red = 174
Green = 179
Blue = 169
HEX Value = #aeb3a9
Get the full low-down on SW Oyster Bay here.
Sherwin Williams Contented:
The absolute definition of calm, peace, and tranquility – Sherwin William Contented is a beautiful example of a soothing green.
This green also defines the ongoing trend – and you must incorporate this in your home!
It pairs seamlessly with creamy whites, tones of lemon yellows, and lighter grays, and golden-tints to create a flabbergasting experience.
Furthermore, you can incorporate it in any and every space – regardless of the compass direction.
Here are the important associated RGB and HEX Values that you must know!
Red = 189
Green = 192
Blue = 179
HEX Value = #bdc0b3
See my big review on SW Contented here.
Sherwin Williams Pewter Green:
Here is an example from my E-Design Living and Dining Room Makeover – Before and After with Sherwin Williams Pewter Green!
This beautiful darker green paint color adds depth and substance to your walls – and especially if your room is large and you want to create an illusion!
Since the LRV is only 12 – I recommend you use it in larger spaces – an especially on the accent wall!
You can use it in Modern, Contemporary, Farmhouse, and even Mid-Century homes.
Find the associated RGB and HEX Values as follows to understand more about the beautiful color’s specification:
Red = 94
Green = 98
Blue = 89
HEX Value = #5e6259
5 Next Most Popular
Sherwin Williams Retreat:
Absolutely one of my favorites, Sherwin Williams Retreat is a darker-toned green that adds an authentic touch when used in homes.
So, regardless of any region – this color is a great recommendation.
With an LRV of 21, this color can also help make your space look enclosed, deeper, and comparatively smaller!
Sherwin Williams Koi Pond:
A very warm version of green, this unique shade complements the hues of nature in the brightest ways.
I recommend you choose it either as a base or an accent – and also try avoiding in east and west-facing rooms.
With an LRV of 44 – this color falls on the medium to the darker end of the scale.
Sherwin Williams Liveable Green:
If you are looking for a lighter tone with slightly sage undertones, this is probably one of the best options!
With an LRV of 61, this color proves to be a great base and neutral for Coastal and Caribbean homes.
You should definitely use it in your kitchen cabinets and even laundry rooms.
Sherwin Williams Escape Gray:
A perfect blend of green and gray, SW Escape Gray is a beautiful tone that makes a delightful addition to your home.
With an LRV of 41, this color falls on the medium to the darker end of the scale.
You can definitely pair it with yellows and creamier whites for a seamless experience.
Sherwin Williams Recycled Glass:
A true green paint color, this warm tone is quite overwhelming!
It is bright and fresh – so, you can probably use it as accents here and there!
With an LRV of 51, this paint falls on the medium end of the scale.
Check out my review for SW Recycled Glass to find out more.
My Personal Favorites
Sherwin Williams Rosemary:
This dark green tone looks mesmerizing on the cabinets as well as the walls! You should definitely try this for a crisp and refined appearance.
Sherwin Williams Filmy Green:
Extremely lighter in tone, you can use this paint as a neutral or a base anywhere in your home. It sightly has gray undertones that look beautiful in the east and west-facing rooms.
Sherwin Williams Aloe:
This blue-green paint is simply so refreshing and joyful that you are bound to feel positive and enlightened. However, I recommend using it only in accents or pairs!
Inspiration and Examples
SW Softened Green looks like a softened outdoors scene on the kitchen cabinets.
Don’t you think so?
SW Liveable Green looks refreshing on the walls of this traditional-styled bedroom.
Even though it’s a cool color, it doesn’t give off that vibe at all.
SW Pewter Green pairs beautifully with SW Spare White on the walls of the dining room here!
I love all the ways you can present other contrasting hues with this type of green.
A blend of green and gray, SW Comfort Gray sets a perfect example in this kitchen with white cabinets.
To me, it’s comfortable as the name implies, but also brings a hip and alive quality to this kitchen.
You can always play with SW Retreat to create contrasts and patterns on the walls. It’s all about contrast!
Now that we have discussed the major aspects and types of greens, do you feel confident in incorporating any one of them in your homes?
Well, I would say greens are natural and comforting!
So, whether it is the hallways or the exteriors, bedrooms, or the living room – greens speak for themselves at each and every point! You just have to give them an opportunity!
Also, let me tell you, greens can align to almost any and every neutral color.
So, without a thought – pick up your favorite green now and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!