Monday, April 2, 2012

Deciding between Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and Sea Salt

I have narrowed the field down to 2 colors: Sherwin Williams Rainwashed and Sea Salt. Here are some pictures of the colors in different rooms (with widely different results based on lighting).

First up is Rainwashed. You must go visit Helen at A Brit of Happiness  and see the before and after of her family room, as pictured in the two pictures below. Beautiful work!



The next picture is from an amazing house called Blue River Cottage featured at Home Stories A to Z

Looking at these two homes with beautiful, light blue Rainwashed rooms, I would definitely pick this color for my living room. BUT....after I looked at these rooms below painted with the exact same color, a big red flag went up. Remember how Palladian Blue looks in my room?  I started to think that maybe Rainwashed would also look bright seafoam green in there too! Look at the different looks of Rainwashed below and compare them to the two pictures above. Incredible difference! The top pics look so pale and calming and read light blue aqua. The pics below look brighter and greener. I like them, I just don't think Rainwashed is neutral enough for my room.



My Home Ideas
So my next choice was Sea Salt. At first, I thought this would just be too gray in my room. However, I plan to balance it by painting the stairway and upper level (which is really part of the living room) in a much bolder teal. I like how Sea Salt  works as a neutral and looks good against many colors. When turquoise accesories are put next to a Sea Salt wall, the beatiful blue/green comes out to play.
Anything Pretty

Unskinny Boppy


Southern Hospitality

Apartment Therapy

So there you have it. I am on my way to the Sherwin Williams store to buy a quart of Sea Salt. I will be back soon to let you all know how it looks. Wish me luck!

19 comments:

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  2. I am voting for rain washed! I love that soft blue!

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  3. Oh, me to Tiffany! Trouble is the sea salt looks too gray and the rainwashed looks too seafoam! Sooo I just need to choose one and go with it.

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  4. Hey Syndi! Have you made a choice yet? I would through Restoration Hardware Silver Sage into the list of contenders. It's a beautiful grey/green/blue color that I've used in my kitchen / living areas. :) http://unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com/2011/07/from-yellow-to-blue-kitchen.html

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  5. Hi Beth, I tried RH Silver Sage after I loved it in your house...but it looked just plain light gray in mine! Since then I have tried BM Palladian Blue, Ocean Air, Gossamer blue. I love how your office/sunporch looks in SW Sea Salt. That's the next one I'm trying. I will just keep trying until I get it right! LOL

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  6. I used rainwashed in a bedroom. I love it but I definitely, personally, wouldn't find it neutral enough for a family room. I used other ones, darker and lighter, on the same card and I'd say they are all some form of blue, green, blue/green, turquoise.

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  7. Thanks for commenting Nancy. I am leaning toward Sea Salt. The rainwashed can look really aqua is some lights.

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    1. I'm so glad you said rainwashed looks aqua because that is exactly what I'm looking for!!! Got a sample of it today and it is drying as I type this!! I hope it looks enough aqua for me??

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  8. i struggle with finding the perfect blue that won't clash with all of our turquoise accents. so your post was very helpful! new follower!!

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    1. Glad you found it useful. I love turquoise too. I agree its hard to chose a blue that looks good with it. SW Sea Salt is pale and has enough gray to be neutral. Turquoise accents looks great against it!

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  9. Ha ha, we went back and forth endlessly between Sea Salt and Rainwashed! We chose Rainwashed, but it was super bright the first few days. I'm not sure if it was my eyes or the paint fully setting, but it greyed out after about a week.

    I just wrote about our quest for the right color on my blog! http://bonnieprojects.blogspot.com/2012/08/choosing-paint-colors.html

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  10. Rainwashed was too bright in my room, so we are going with Sea Salt because it provides a more neutral background. I am heading over to your blog to check it out!

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  11. You guys should try SW, Comfort Gray, it's on the same card as sea salt, but it's one shade darker. I think sea salt is too light, rainwashed too bright, comfort gray is perfect!

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  12. I finally put up before-and-afters of our Rainwashed choice. It's funny, but all men think it's green and all women think it's blue. Regardless, we're liking it! I think Seasalt would have looked green in the living room.

    I also used Rainwashed in our half bath, and it's much brighter in there, maybe since walls are all you see? Because the lighting is better? IDK.

    http://bonnieprojects.blogspot.com/2012/12/living-room-update-paint.html

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Bonnie. I just looked at your pictures. The Rainwashed looks so pretty!

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  13. Hi All! I fell in love with these two colors but the guy who is going to paint my house gets a great deal with Dunns Edwards... do you guys know of any comparable colors with dunns Edwards that are matches to rainwashed and sea salt?

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  15. my entire loft is done in rainwashed. i love it. it seems to have a green undertone, with gray and i hardly see any blue. i cannot describe it; i just know i love it.

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    1. I'm hoping the rainwashed looks enough aqua?? Doesn't sound like it to you?

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