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Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams (SW 6211) is like breathing in a fresh breath of ocean air! The greenish-blue undertones makes it a perfect versatile choice for a bathroom, bedroom, or even a living room or office.

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed paint swatch

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed gives off a tranquil vibe that reminds you of a trip to the beach.

In this post, I want to explore this incredible paint color and share more of this pure and airy paint color.

What Color is Sherman Williams Rainwashed?

Rainwashed by Sherman Williams is a green paint color, that is not only gorgeous, it’s also a very soothing color. It is a light-toned paint color, both muted and subtle.

Most blue paint colors will lean toward blue-purple or blue-green. Rainwashed is definitely blue green, but not teal. And while it does have some gray in it, that takes a backseat leaving it looking more blue-green on your walls.

bedroom with SW Rainwashed wainscoting and a wooden bed and nightstand.

Although It does have some grey to it (which calms down color) this gives it a very organic look, perfect for a beach or coastal style home.

What is The LRV?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is an indicator of the amount of light that is reflected by a color when it is illuminated by a light source. A higher value (closer to 100) means that a color will reflect more light back at you and a lower value (closer to 0) means that a color will appear darker, or absorb more light. 

Rainwashed has an LRV of 59 meaning it is a light depth paint color, not on the high end of the light range, it has more depth to it.

light and airy bedroom with SW Rainwashed walls, breezy curtains and white bedding.

If you have a super bright room, it will hold it’s color well. However, even in a dark room it is a pretty color and much stronger than gray. If your room receives a lot of natural light, it will look lighter than it is. A room that doesn’t receive any natural light, it may appear darker. 

Is Rainwashed a Warm or Cool Color?

SW Rainwashed is definitely an extremely crisp cool paint color. Like most cool colors, it is soothing and makes a space feel larger than it is.

Spa like bathroom with a soaking tub, bamboo shades and SW Rainwashed on the walls.

What Are The Undertones of SW Rainwashed?

Rainwashed has undertones of blue, green, and gray. Sherwin Williams classifies it as a green paint color on their website.

white clawfoot tub in front of floor to ceiling picture frame moulding painted Sherwin Williams Rainwashed
Bathroom painted in Rainwashed via Tinted a blog By Sherwin Williams

It can lean toward blue-gray or green depending on the lighting and the decor it is paired with. Cooler light and lots of white will make the blue-gray more apparent, while warmer sunlight or incandescent lights will bring the green out.

Real Room Examples

white bathroom with waiscoting and top of the walls painted Rainwashed
Rainwashed in a bathroom from Naptime Decorator

In the above image from Naptime Decorator, you can see how Rain Washed leans more into its blue-gray side, and less into the green.

Whereas in the photo below, the warmer light cast by the chandelier really brings out its green side.

Master bedroom with wooden bed and walls painted Rainwashed
Master bedroom in Rainwashed by Jimmy Nash Homes

If I’m using this paint color on my walls, what white trim color will look best?

For trim, Sherman Williams Pure White is always a safe bet. It’s a bright white with just a smidge of warmth so it never looks cold.

If you want a really bright, crisp white to make this wall color pop, then Sherwin Williams High Reflective White or Extra White would be great choices.

Where to Use Rainwashed in Your Home?

I find these types of soothing green paint colors lend themselves best to bathrooms and bedrooms. But you don’t just have to use it on walls!

How beautiful is it on these bathroom cabinets?

sherman williams Rainwashed on built in bathroom cabinets with capiz shell mirror above it
SW Rainwashed cabinets via Tea Hu

Rainwashed would be best suited in a west or south-facing room. when it mixes with the yellow of the natural light it will look like a pure green.

Sherman Williams Rainwashed works well with any interior design style. You can use it in a traditional, coastal, or even a contemporary style home, the possibilities are endless.

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed Vs. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

SW Sea Salt and Rainwashed are very similar colors. On first glance they both are beautiful colors of blue green, but the amount of blue and green does differ between the two.

comparison of rainwashed versus sea salt

Sea Salt is green with blue undertones, and more grey, which makes it more muted. Rainwashed is blue with green undertones and will look more vibrant and colorful on your wall compared to Sea Salt.

Can You Use Rainwashed On Exteriors of Your Home

Yes! Just keep in mind using Rainwashed on the exterior of a home will make the color look lighter than it is.

It is best suited as a color for a coastal style home, but would also make for a beautiful front door color if you just want a little pop of color.

exterior of a coastal style home painted with Rainwashed
Exterior main body in Rainwashed by JacksonBuilt Custom Homes


Due to its balanced blend of blue and green with a gray undertone, SW Rainwashed pairs well with a variety of colors:

  1. Neutrals: For a calming and cohesive look, pair Rainwashed with soft, warm neutrals like beige, greige, or light gray. Try Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige (SW 7036) or Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) for walls or accent pieces.
  2. Whites: Bright whites or soft whites can complement Rainwashed beautifully, enhancing its airy quality. Consider Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW 7005) for trim, ceilings, or cabinetry for a crisp, clean look.
  3. Darker Blues and Greens: To add depth and contrast, pair Rainwashed with darker shades of blue or green. Sherwin Williams Naval (SW 6244) or Sherwin Williams Evergreens (SW 6447) can work well for accents like furniture, doors, or an accent wall.
  4. Soft Pinks and Corals: For a more playful and vibrant scheme, soft pinks or corals can create a charming complement to Rainwashed. Sherwin Williams Coral Reef (SW 6606) or Sherwin Williams Blushing (SW 6617) can add a touch of warmth and whimsy.
  5. Earthy Tones: To ground the ethereal quality of Rainwashed, consider pairing it with earthy tones like taupe, soft browns, or muted greens. Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige (SW 7037) or Sherwin Williams Sage (SW 2860) can add a natural, grounding effect.

Final Thoughts

Sherman Williams Rainwashed is truly nature’s bliss! We can see why it is one of Sherman Williams most popular paint colors. So soothing, relaxing, and tranquil!

This is the perfect light-toned paint color, that can easily add a pretty coastal, or spa-like vibe to any home.

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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