Neutrals and grays might be a staple color choice in most households, but if we’re being honest, some folks desire a little more liveliness.
So if you’d still want to stick to soft, muted colors that pop, then Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay might be the color of your dreams.
Using SW Oyster Bay is like introducing a little slice of nature into your home with its lovely, soft green and muted undertones.
In this article, you’ll get to see all the wonderful qualities that make this color special and some insights on the best places to use it.
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay (SW 6206)?
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay is a cool green shade paint color. This hue is actually a neutral grayish-green color for the homeowner who enjoys having some muted colors in their living space.
The beautiful paint color easily translates well into any home regardless of aesthetics. It can be used in homes with more modern decors or even a more traditional aesthetic.
What makes this Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay so special is its undertones and how beautiful its complementary colors pair with it to bring out its best.
Go for SW Oyster Bay if you want a truly timeless and stunning paint color.
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RGB of Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay (SW 6206)
According to Encycolorpedia, the RGB percentages for Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay is as follows:
Red: 174 (68.24%)
Green: 179 (70.2%)
Blue: 169 (66.27%).
It’s described as a medium light shade of green with a hexadecimal color code #aeb3a9.
The paint color has a 6% saturation and 68% lightness.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay has an LRV of 44. This indicates that the paint color sits around the medium-dark range.
The LRV of a paint color refers to its Light Reflectance Value. Understanding LRV is important because it helps you select the best paint color for spaces in your home.
As long as your home is going to get some form of light, you need to know how the LRV of a paint color works in order to know how best it will play off on your walls or spaces, depending on the time of day.
Basically, LRV indicates how well a paint color will reflect any kind of light, whether natural or artificial.
A paint color’s LRV is crucial because it tells painters and homeowners how well the paint color will brighten up or darken a space or room. That way, there will be no surprises after you’ve already committed to said paint color.
This vital paint color property runs on a scale of 0 – 100, with 0 being true white and 100 being true dark.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bays’ LRV indicates that it won’t reflect as much light as lighter colors or colors with higher Light Reflective Values instead, it leans towards a dark neutral hue.
Meaning if your room doesn’t get as much light, the color might appear darker compared to when it does get sufficient light.
Is It a Warm or Cool Color?
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay is a cool, muted shade of green. Its undertones contribute to its coolness. When used in a well-lit space, it brightens up the space without being overwhelming or taking away from other colors present in the room.
Even though the paint color has an LRV that indicates it’s generally a medium to dark neutral color, its cool understated slate greens can greatly brighten up rooms when used correctly.
What Are The Undertones?
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay has blue undertones. Some people consider this undertone to be more of a slate bluish color due to how muted Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay appears.
Regardless, it has blue undertones that make it a cool-toned paint color. The reason is that blue generally falls on the cool side of the spectrum. Such a color will influence the overall temperature of paint colors that have them.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay more or less leans towards being a neutral paint color. It’s very versatile and can be used in many living spaces regardless of aesthetics.
Even though Oyster Bay is considered a cool paint color, it pairs well with other colors that read warm.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay Color Strip
A color strip displays colors that share a similar formula or composition while having slight differences.
While they might look almost identical in composition, members of the same color strip have entirely different variations.
This means that while you might mistake one for the other at first glance, their LRV and saturation will usually differ.
Knowing what color belongs to what strip is essential to interior design. That’s because members of the same color strip can pair up nicely for a monochromatic palette.
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (SW 6204)
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is an iconic blue-green paint color. Mimicking the tranquility of the sea, this color feels like a cold shower on a blazing hot summer day; refreshing, calming, and soothing.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that even after so many years, Sea Salt is still a bestseller from Sherwin Williams. It can be used for any living space if you want to add a soft pop of color, just like SW Oyster Bay.
This color has some lovely muted blue undertones, and it can make every day feel like a day at the beach. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt has an LRV of 63, which is significantly higher than Oyster Bay which has an LRV of 44.
The paint color has an RGB value of R: 205, G: 210, and B: 202, a saturation of 8%, and a lightness of 81%.
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray (SW 6205)
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray is a green paint color. It’s muted enough that it adds some brightness to the living space without overwhelming the rest of your home’s decor.
It looks just like Oyster Bay but with a much higher Light Reflectance Value. This color (and other members of the color strip) feels light, beautiful, refreshing, and timeless.
Experts say that bronze paint colors or colors belonging to the bronze family pair well with Comfort Gray, as well as coral colors or watermelon pinks.
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray has an LRV of 54, which puts it in the brighter range of the scale.
Comfort Gray also has an RGB value of R: 190, G: 95, and G: 187, a saturation of 6%, and a lightness of 75%.
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze (SW 9132)
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze is a medium to dark green with strong slate blue undertones. This muted cool color provides a lazy, effortless, yet breathtakingly sophisticated look to your home.
Just like other colors on the color strip, it also has blue undertones that make it feel very cool and relaxing. Asides from its slate blue undertones, Acacia Haze also has some strong green-gray that pops out when paired with either light or dark wood.
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze falls in the darker part of the scale with an LRV of 32. It has an RGB value of R: 150, G: 156, and B: 146, a saturation of 5%, and a lightness of 59%.
Sherwin Williams Retreat (SW 6207)
Sherwin Williams Retreat is a dark shade of green that reads warm most of the time, depending on the lighting. Even though it’s described as a “warm green,” it actually appears as a cool sage-like paint color. This means that it tends to shift between green and gray quite frequently.
Having SW Retreat as a paint color is like bringing in a bit of the outside inside with muted greens that resemble a forest on a rainy day. Fill your space with this uplifting shade of green and fill your lungs with the fresh mountain air that this color brings.
SW Retreat is more of a dark paint color with an LRV of 21. it has an RGB value of R: 122, G: 128, and B: 118, a saturation of 4%, and a lightness of 48%.
Sherwin Williams Pewter Green (SW 6208)
Sherwin Williams Pewter Green is a muted down green leaning towards the darker end of the LRV scale.
Although it is a bit dark, not so much that it might seem too dark or overwhelming when paired with other colors. In fact, when used right, it can make for a sophisticated and moody paint color.
Pewter Green has a calming effect and makes an ideal color for your study, living room, and even bedroom.
This lovely hue has an LRV of 12. It has an RGB value of R: 94, G: 98, and B: 89, a saturation of 5%, and a lightness of 37%.
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive (SW 6209)
Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive is a deep green paint color and the perfect color to use for a bold statement. With its blue-gray undertones, this color manages to look warm, although it’s actually a cool-toned paint color.
As a neutral, it has a lot to offer in terms of colors it pairs with, what it can bring to your space, and the intensity of its hue.
With an LRV of 6, Ripe Olive is the darkest color on this color strip. It has an RGB value of R: 68, G: 72, and B: 61, a saturation of 8%, and a lightness of 26%.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay color palette
Coordinating Colors for Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay
When it comes to painting your house, it’s always good to be as cohesive as possible. Painting your home with colors that aren’t suited for it will make it look off-putting. Coordinating colors help provide a certain type of uniformity within your home without painting your entire house one color.
A coordinating color goes really well with your color of choice and should be added for extra elegance. Here are some coordinating colors for Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay.
Sherwin Williams Spare White (SW 6203)
Sherwin Williams Spare White is a bright white paint color that somehow managed to sneak in green color as its undertone.
The subtle green is so understated and yet responsible for the softness and coolness of the paint.
Spare White adds an air of playfulness and tranquility to any space. It has an LRV of 77 and an RGB value of 228 / 228 / 221.
Sherwin Williams Greek Villa (SW 7551)
Sherwin Williams Greek Villa is a white paint color with a creamy appearance that gives it a bright breathtaking effect under the right lighting.
You can use it to add some light to your space or use it as a trim color to make its coordinating color pop.
When paired with a color like SW Oyster Bay you get to see this beautiful green color shine.
Sherwin Williams Greek Villa has an LRV of 84 and an RGB value of 240 / 236 / 226.
Sherwin Williams Prairie Grass (SW 7546)
Sherwin Williams Prairie Grass is described as a light shade of brown. This cool brown paint color pairs nicely with SW Oyster Bay, making for a nice beachy vibe.
SW Prairie Grass is an absolutely timeless paint color that makes for a great accent color or a color for your cabinets.
The paint color can add an edge and a little mystery to SW Oyster Bay’s bright and cool color.
Sherwin Williams Prairie Grass has an LRV of 38 and an RGB value of 177 / 163 / 142.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay Complementary Color
Unlike the colors on a color strip that have similar compositions, complementary colors are quite the opposite. They fall on the opposite side of your chosen color on the color wheel, so you can say they are total opposites.
When paired together, these colors look really good with each other or better put, they “complement” one another.
These are some paint colors that compliment Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay.
Sherwin Williams Link Gray
With an LRV of 21, Sherwin Williams Link Gray looks significantly darker enough to make a contrasting palette. While you will not normally use this deep green in dark spaces alone, pairing it with the lighter color makes it viable.
Sherwin Williams Link Gray has an RGB value of 127 / 126 / 114.
Sherwin Williams Cloak Gray
Sherwin Williams Cloak Gray has an LRV of just 11 and belongs to the Purple Paint Color Family. Its purple/violet undertones make it read cool and complement SW Oyster Bay.
Both paint colors also form look good enough for a contrasting palette. It has an RGB value of 96 / 94 / 99.
What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay?
Trim colors are to home design what parmesan cheese is to pasta, you can live without it, but boy does it add an extra kick. These colors are a great way to frame your walls and get a lovely finish for your home or space.
If you choose Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay, you need the perfect trim that will not only bring out its undertones but also complement your paint color of choice and play a part in beautifying the overall finish.
Colors like SW Oyster Bay pair well with some creamy whites, taupes, or warm earthy colors. Here are a few suggestions you can try:
Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW 7005)
SW Pure White isn’t actually a completely white paint color. It has an interesting mix of yellow undertones that keeps it from appearing too stark white and mellows down the color whilst still providing warmth and depth. Using this bright color as a trim for Oyster Bay will give a creamy finish.
It is perfect as a trim color, has an LRV of 84, and has an RGB value of 237 / 236 / 230.
Sherwin Williams Creamy (SW 7012)
Sherwin Williams Creamy is a warm white with some yellow undertones. This paint color will look almost white when paired with darker colors. However, pure white colors do tend to bring out its yellow undertones more.
Sherwin Williams Creamy has an LRV of 81 and an RGB value of R:239 G:232 B:219.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay Color Comparisons
In this section, we will compare Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay with some similar-looking hues.
Sea Salt vs Oyster Bay
Sherwin Williams Sea salt is a blue-green paint color. Similar to Oyster Bay. This best seller from Sherwin Williams is a nice soft pop to add to any living space.
This color has some lovely muted blue undertones similar to Oyster Bays’ slate blue undertones. However, it has a tendency to flash it blue, so much so that some people call it a blue color with green undertones.
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Magnetic Gray vs Oyster Bay
Sherwin Williams Magnetic Gray is a muted blue green paint color. And although it might be a little dark, you’ll absolutely fall in love with it in a room that gets just enough light.
Like Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay, SW Magnetic Gray is a cool-toned paint color with lovely cyan and green undertones that create a very relaxing vibe. However, the paint color looks a little lighter.
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Cascade Green Vs Oyster Bay
Sherwin Williams Cascade Green is a light, pure, teal aqua-green with a jewel undertone. It’s the perfect paint color for when you want to add some nature-themed elegance to your room.
SW Cascade Green looks almost similar to SW Oyster Bay with a slight difference in LRV, RGB value, and undertones.
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Oyster Bay Benjamin Moore Version
There is no color known as Oyster Bay from Benjamin Moore (however, they do have various paint colors called Oyster; Oystershell, etc). That being said, what they do have is a paint color almost similar to Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay and it’s easy to mistake one for the other. This paint color is known as Fieldstone.
Benjamin Moore Fieldstone is described as an organic neutral paint color with a green undertone similar to Oyster Bay. This paint color has some cool undertones that make it appear bright under the right lighting, although it will look darker with more dim lighting.
BM Fieldstone has an LRV of 42.73, which is slightly lower than Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay which has an LRV of 44.
How Does Light Affect the Color?
Something that should be common knowledge by now is that light has a huge role to play in how your paint color may appear.
In the case of Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay, Depending on the lighting, whether artificial warm yellows, warm whites or cool whites – the color changes its appearance to be even brighter.
This is because of its almost neutral LRV of 44 which means it can look darker or brighter depending on the lighting.
Best Rooms to Paint Oyster Bay
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Modernist, farmhouse, or eclectic, Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay gives you the gift of versatility. With so many other colors that go with it, you can never run out of options, decor styles, etc, that you can pair it with.
You can choose to have Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay as your main paint color or use it as an accent color on your frames and trims, with white as your main paint color.
Try Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay today for an unforgettable painting experience.