Now that we have moved on from a dominating pandemic into the new world, there has been an astonishing rise in the demand for green-gray paint colors.
Believe it or not, the green grays have made it to the TOP of the interior design world.
No wonder sage green decor has been making headlines over and over again.
In the present era, if you mention the paint color ‘green’ in the interior design industry, it immediately results in ‘green grays’.
And Sherwin Williams is proud to announce the best green-gray paint colors in the industry.
Don’t worry – I am going to reveal all the best paints but before that, let’s jump directly into what this color category has to offer.
The gray-green paint colors are simply the ‘pastel’ version of generic green paint colors.
When you mix the portions of gray, black, and white to the green paint colors – these gray-green colors can be obtained.
They feel more soothing, subtle, and organic since they’re EARTHY in nature.
Taking inspiration from nature, the green-gray category is what proves to be tremendously timeless, sophisticated, playful, and also closer to nature.
Let’s further discuss what the green grays have to offer!
Green Gray – The Muted and Subdued Greens
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Do you know what makes the green-gray paint colors so admirable and enchanting?
Well, it’s the muted and subdued features of this paint color category that makes the walls of your home so pure, earthy, and soothing.
It’s not a bold and loud green – rather, the gray that mixes with the green paint tends to subdue the color and make it feel more muddy and dusty!
Which, my friend, is quite a trend!
Plus, depending upon the overall LRV and depth of the paint color, it can further be used in the smaller or larger spaces of your kitchen, living room, dining room, exteriors, or mudrooms.
When you choose the best green-gray paint color for your home, remember that some of them can either incline to grays or greens.
You just have to examine the swatch in various lighting conditions to determine if the green in the color is dominant or gray.
There are some other sneaky undertones in the green-gray paint colors that you can come across – brown, yellow, and blue.
The brown and yellow in the sage green color makes it more warm, earthy, and organic.
It can also feel dirty at times so, be careful!
Secondly, blue in the green-gray paint color can make the paint feel cooler and calmer. A notable example is SW Tradewind.
Now, let’s have a talk about the various tints, tones, and shades of green-gray paint colors that equally play a great role in the color psychology.
Tints, Tones, and Shades of Green Gray
Have you ever heard about these color terminologies before?
Especially in the field of interior design, home decor, and construction – these terms play a major role.
‘Tones’ are basically the results formed by adding gray to a green-gray paint color!
In this case, if you add more grays to green-gray, the result will be a subtle and paler tone of gray paint color with a minimal hidden green undertone.
On the other hand, ‘Tints’ are the amalgamation of white with a green-gray paint color.
This will simply make the green gray color look further light and refreshing.
And lastly, ‘Shades’ are the results formed by adding black to a green-gray paint color.
This will make the color slightly darker – like darker sage green or pine green. A notable example is SW Pewter Green!
Light Reflectance Values – The Specifications to Know
Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs are basically the values that determine how light or dark the paint color is.
(You can easily find this value at the back of the paint chip)
Let me tell you a secret here – it’s always important to analyze this value before you pick the best green-gray paint color.
Of course, depending on where you intend to use this paint, the LRV has to be determined.
With this green-gray color category, you can always expect the LRVs to range somewhere between about 8 to 80! Yes, you can find one and all there!
You might not want to get caught up with the wrong paint color and that’s why it’s of utmost importance to analyze how light or dark the color is.
And, the total amount of light entering the space, whether natural or artificial, has a major role to play in the existing LRV.
Yes, it can totally alter the appearance.
So, believe me..
Lighting always matters when talking about paint color.
With little or no light, paint color can apparently appear darker, flat, or dingy!
Whereas if you give ample light to paint color, it can brighten the space up.
In the north-facing rooms, the green grays can appear quite cool with a major inclination on the grays.
You might want to use a brighter sage green paint which is truly not very crispy cool!
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On the other hand, in the south-facing rooms, it’s ideal to use green grays since they appear more refreshed and enhanced.
In the east or west-facing rooms, the green-gray paint colors might look flat early in the morning or later in the afternoon!
So, you must always prioritize the function of these spaces and use the paint color effectively.
Similarly, artificial lighting plays a major role on the paint colors (especially when there isn’t natural light).
With wall sconces, pendant lights, and chandeliers, you might want to choose warm white or yellow lighting with green grays.
In the task spaces such as utility, laundry, and kitchen – some artificial lights could even be white!
Green Gray in Interior and Exterior Design Styles
As we discussed, the green-gray paint colors have achieved headlines in the interior design industry.
Especially for bohemian, transitional, coastal, contemporary, and traditional – this paint color category has the potential to do wonders.
You can style with this color on the interior walls, cabinets, and ceiling as well as the exterior trims and walls.
And another beautiful way to style with the paint color is on the entryway door and shutters.
Excited about how you want to make the most use of green-gray paint colors?
Best Places to Use Sherwin Williams Green Gray Paint Colors
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Well, this section depends a lot upon your personal choice, interior design style, and preference.
So, if you have an admiration for green-gray paint colors, you can definitely use them on the entryway door, shutters, living room focal walls, bedroom walls, kitchen cabinets, zen bathrooms, mudroom and foyer cabinets.
Don’t hold back from styling with this color on the ceilings and trims as well!
Best Sherwin Williams Green Gray Paint Colors
Here comes the most awaited topics to talk about!
After all – isn’t this something you’re waiting for?
So, here I will be discussing a couple of popular as well as my personal favorite Green gray paint colors.
Let’s get started!
5 Most Popular
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is a calm and serene green-gray paint color that falls on the cooler end of the scale.
It’s subtle, poise, and tranquilized – so, a tinge of this color is proven to make you feel rejuvenated and joyful.
With an LRV of 63, this paint color can be categorized under medium to light paint colors.
I highly recommend that you use this paint color on the walls of your bedroom, kids’ rooms, and also the entryway door.
Additionally, pair this color with a neutral white on the ceiling and trims such as SW Pure White for a cohesive look.
For coastal interior design, this paint color is a total bliss!
Here are some other color specifications you must get acquainted with!
Red = 205
Green = 210
Blue = 202
HEX Value = #cdd2ca
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed
Next in the line is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed that’s a green-gray paint color with slightly more green and blue to it.
This paint color has an LRV of 59 which can add a beautiful statement on all the walls, cabinets, and trim or ceiling!
Since it falls on the cooler end of the scale – I recommend pairing the color with SW High Reflectance White or SW Extra White on the ceiling.
When compared with SW Sea Salt, this paint color definitely has more color to it and is not very muted like the former color.
You can use this paint on the entryway door, shutters, and exterior walls as well.
As usual, it is important to understand the associated RGB and HEX Values that are as follows:
Red = 194
Green = 205
Blue = 197
HEX Value = #c2cdc5
Sherwin Williams Retreat
Sherwin Williams Retreat is a medium to darker-toned green-gray paint color that plays a wonderful ACCENT, wherever used.
I personally love the feel and look of this paint color on the accent wall and even cabinets.
Just like lighter green-gray paint colors, this will equally exhibit a calmer and more serene look in the space, however, a bolder and more dramatic look.
SW Retreat has an LRV of only 21, so, be careful when and where you intend to use the paint color.
With ample natural light entering the space – you must definitely use the paint color.
And, ensure that you pair this against a cleaner white like SW Pure White on the ceiling and trims.
It is now time to look through the color details and specifications to know more about it!
Red = 122
Green = 128
Blue = 118
HEX Value = #7a8076
Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog
The color of the year 2022, Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog is a medium-toned bold gray-green paint color with a touch of serenity and nature to it!
With the growing trends, this specific green-gray paint color is definitely doing wonders.
More and more homeowners are admiring the look of SW Evergreen Fog on the cabinets, built-in shelves, walls, and wall paneling.
With an LRV of 30, this paint color is slightly less dark as compared to SW Retreat.
So, you must use it in a room with considerable natural light entering!
Pair this color with tons and tons of wooden textures and natural materials such as rattan, wicker, and cane.
Here enlisted are the important associated RGB and HEX Values that you must know!
Red = 149
Green = 151
Blue = 138
HEX Value = #95978a
Sherwin Williams Pewter Green
Sherwin Williams Pewter Green is a bold and dark, beautiful sage green paint color that has a tinge of gray to it.
This color has an LRV of only 12, so, quite cool, dramatic, and daring – so, remember to only use this color as an accent.
Else, allow ample natural light to enter the room if you intend to paint this color on all the walls.
This color pairs beautifully with SW Pure White on the ceiling, trims, and moldings.
I recommend understanding the associated RGB and HEX Values to know more about the color specification!
Red = 94
Green = 98
Blue = 89
HEX Value = #5e6259
5 Next Popular
Sherwin Williams Liveable Green
Just like the name suggests, Sherwin Williams Liveable Green is a pale sage green paint color with a very little tinge of gray to it.
It has more green to it – and I am talking about the minty greens here! As compared to other gray greens, you will quite likely observe a touch of warmth in this paint color.
This paint has an LRV of 61 which makes a great statement in smaller rooms and spaces with lesser natural light.
Sherwin Williams Filmy Green
Sherwin Williams Filmy Green is a paler version of SW Liveable Green. It tends to have more gray to it and can play really cool and calm, especially in the north-facing rooms.
This paint has an LRV of 64 which makes a great example for the south or west-facing rooms.
This color pairs beautifully with SW Pure White – especially on the ceiling, trims, and moldings.
Sherwin Williams Rosemary
There’s an ultimate beauty of the darker sage green paint colors that even the lighter ones don’t have!
Yes, I am talking about the utmost depth and drama this color brings to a room.
With an LRV of 14, this color can absorb most of the incoming natural light – be careful and use it only where there’s ample entering natural light.
Otherwise, this color might look dingy and flat!
Lastly, pair this color with creamy off-whites, shades of tans and beiges, and lighter grays for a cohesive appeal.
See my SW Rosemary review here!
Sherwin Williams Clary Sage
This muted sage green color is on the top list of my absolute favorites! SW Clary Sage is slightly warmer with a tinge of green, gray, and yellow in the undertones.
This paint color has an LRV of 41, proving that it can add immense depth and character to a space.
You must definitely pair this color with shades of yellow, tan, creams, and whites to achieve a wholesome look.
Sherwin Williams Escape Gray
Sherwin Williams Escape Gray is a big-time chameleon in my books. It has a perfect tinge of green and gray which can be confusing based on where you intend to use the paint color.
For instance, in the north-facing rooms, it can be a total gray paint color. Huh! You might want to try the samples before using this paint color in any space.
This paint has an LRV of 41. Which means not too dark and not too light!
5 Hand Picked Favorites
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray is a tone darker than SW Sea Salt.
It’s not too light and airy like the other color, which makes it a great option if looking to add depth to any space.
This muted green-gray paint color has an LRV of 54, which means that it holds considerable color and wouldn’t look faded under any circumstance.
This is so far, one of my absolute favorite green-gray paint colors.
Sherwin Williams Silvermist
Sherwin Williams Silvermist has a perfect blend of gray, green, and blue to offer a serene, calm, and tranquilized feel in any room.
However, due to the little color in the undertones, this color may look completely flat in a room with little light.
With an LRV of 47, this color falls on the medium to the dark end of the scale.
Sherwin Williams Dried Thyme
Sherwin Williams Dried Thyme is a green-gray color that you can never get your eyes from! It’s bold and dramatic yet calm and tranquilizing.
It’s cool, so ensure to add a couple of warmer natural textures like woods, rattan, and wicker to balance the palette.
This trending sage green color has an LRV of only 21!
Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green
Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green is slightly different from other mentioned green-gray paint colors.
This color has a major inclination towards the blue as well – which makes it a true blue-green-gray paint color.
It’s cool-toned and will always make your room calm down from the heat.
This paint has an LRV of only 39.
Sherwin Williams Quietude
Sherwin Williams Quietude is a blue, green, and gray paint color that has tremendously achieved the eye of the designers and homeowners over a period of years.
This pastel-like muted color has the potential to exhibit serenity and calmness in any space and function.
This color has an LRV of 48, which can add considerable depth to the walls as well as the cabinets.
Inspiration and Examples
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Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is my absolute favorite for the bathroom walls,.
Especially since this is quite a personal space where we often want to feel good as we experience a recharge with a dash of serenity.
I like how Sherwin Williams Clary Sage looks a sumptuous color on the entryway doors.
This works so well, especially if paired with creamy whites on the walls.
SW Comfort Gray on all the walls of a room is highly recommended!
If you have a reading nook in the room, do consider this paint color.
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Sherwin Williams Contented looks wonderful when used in the kitchen.
I find this especially true when coordinated with creamy whites on the upper cabinets.
Finding that perfect darker green-gray can be challenging!
And here’s the ultimate inspiration for you to take inspiration from. Yes, this color is SW Rosemary.
Sherwin Williams has formulated quite a few green-gray paint colors for us to choose the best one from.
Now that you see – green-gray colors aren’t very easy to deal with! You need to consider a wide array of undertones, LRVs, and textures.
Thus, it’s important that you analyze the color features, palettes, and overall appearance to know how they will truly appear in a space.
So, did any of the above-mentioned green-gray paint colors intrigue you? Well, do let me know your thoughts in the comments below!