Why Sea Salt is Becoming the ‘Chameleon’ Color You Can’t Say No To

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Image: Johns Creek Interior Designers & Decorators Janie K. Hirsch, ASID

What I love about Sea Salt (SW 6204), by Sherwin-Williams, is that it is a chameleon of a color. It’s blue, gray, and green, all at the same time. This means, it presents itself differently, depending on the room lighting and surroundings. Here are some examples.

Sea Salt Color in the Kitchen on the Interior CollectiveImage: Apartment Therapy

If you get cool, Northern light, the room will look more blue.

Sea Salt Color in the Nook on the Interior CollectiveImage: Unskinny Boppy

Fluorescent bulbs will definitely bring out the green.

Sea Salt Color in the Bathroom on the Interior CollectiveImage: Rehoboth Beach Home Builders Echelon Custom Homes

And sometimes, the surroundings make it look mostly gray.

White trim is set off nicely by Sea Salt. White furniture makes it that much better.

Sea Salt Color in the Family Room on the Interior CollectiveImage: Southern Hospitality

This is definitely a color to test out a few swatches with before committing, but when it’s right… it is so right.

The color is also versatile in the way that it compliments a lot of different types of spaces. This color is equally as stunning in kitchens and bathrooms as it is in entryways, bedrooms, and living rooms.

It’s a great option for the color-shy, but there’s enough depth that even lovers of bright and bold schemes can find something to love about it.

I’ve been eager to try Sea Salt in my own home for a long time, so I’m giving it a go in my bedroom.

Do you file pretty colors away for ‘someday’ too? And if so, which ones? Tell me I’m not the only one here.


  1. i had my builder use sea salt over the whole house, combined with pure white trim. It’s stunning in every space and we get lots of compliments on it. It looks especially good in my kitchen off setting the “kona” colored cabinets and dark oak flooring. It also looks great with the oatmeal colored carpet in other rooms. Mustards, golds, oranges, rusts, all offset it well for other decor items. We got some copper pendants in the kitchen that look fantastic with sea salt. Great color. I’m in love!

  2. I painted my loft, stairwell and started painting my kitchen “Rainwashed” and once the color came down the stairs I started second guessing it. I went one over on color deck to “sea salt”. I can’t tell you how happy I am about it!! Painted my exterior of the house the same color!! Love!!

  3. Sea Salt was my original pick for our master bedroom and bath, but because of the specific lighting in our house, it washed out badly. We went with Comfort Gray, the next color up on the same strip, in both the kitchen and the master bedroom. You would NEVER KNOW it’s the same color, because, as you pointed out, it’s a complete chameleon. It’s gorgeous in the kitchen, which has periods of natural light and is accented with lots of white trim; it’s cozy in the bedroom, which gets no direct light whatsoever.

    The whole strip is gorgeous! 🙂

  4. catching up from honor roll and was totally taken back by that last picture… the exact layout of my living room (windows, door, even fireplace). Love seeing how others style the same space.

  5. i love it too! i just painted my dining room this color and it makes me smile every time i walk by.

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