Read all about Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay, plus see 26 real homes that use it!
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay is a medium-toned, grayish-green with a hint of blue. The Joanna-Gaines approved color is in the same coastal family as the wildly popular Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, but with a deeper intensity that makes it great for built-ins and cabinets in any room of the house. While it is a darker green shade than many we’ve featured on this blog, it has enough gray mixed in to give it that neutral feel. Some people love using it in bedrooms and bathrooms for that highly coveted, cozy spa vibe.
Oyster Bay paint color reminds me of Nantucket during the summertime. I’ve never actually been there, but I get that vibe from some of the books and movies set there. You know, summertime soirees with women in white sundresses and men with seersucker pants, sipping breezy cocktails. You catch my drift, right?
So, is Oyster Bay paint the right shade for your next project? Read on to find out!
What Color Is Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay?
Part of the Sherwin Williams Living Well – Recharge color collection, SW Oyster Bay is a mix of green, gray, and blue that recalls a moody, cloudy day on the coast. While there’s more green and gray than blue, in some environments, more blue can come out.
It’s an ideal shade when you’re going for that serene spa vibe, but there’s enough depth and intensity to keep it grounded, so it will never lean too bright. There’s enough gray in it to keep it muted in a decidedly soothing way. It is considerably darker than the beloved light neutral-green, SW Sea Salt, so you’ll want to proceed with caution when considering it as a wall color. More on this in a bit.
Is Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay A Warm Or Cool Color?
Oyster Bay (SW 6206) is earthy enough to pair with a number of taupe, tan, and beige shades. However, it is definitely a cool green, due to its gray and blue undertones.
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LRV Of Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay (SW 6206)
To understand my warning against using Oyster Bay as a wall color, let’s first discuss the “numerical details,” or the LRV of SW Oyster Bay paint:
OYSTER BAY LRV = 44
LRV = Light Reflectance Value: Rated 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white. Lighter paint shades REFLECT more light from them and therefore have a HIGHER LRV, and vice versa for darker shades. Below see Oyster Bay (44) side by side with pure white (100):
As a general rule, when considering any paint shade darker than 60 on the LRV scale, you’ll want to really analyze it before taking the plunge. Why? In rooms lacking bright, natural light (typically Northern-facing rooms or rooms without a lot of windows), colors start feeling dark and gloomy pretty fast. That’s not to say you should never use Oyster Bay; you’ll just want to proceed with caution.
How to Make the Color Feel Lighter
As you’ll see in a moment, there are some gorgeous rooms using SW Oyster Bay as a wall color. The trick is, these examples typically have a few things in common. One, the rooms tend to be roomy enough to not feel claustrophobic and have lots of bright, natural light. And two, the wall paint is usually paired with bright white trim or even wainscoting to minimize the percentage of wall using darker paint.
Another trick you can use if you absolutely love the shade is to mix the color at 50% intensity, so that it doesn’t come on too strong when on the walls. Some homeowners or designers even play with mixing two different shades together. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to paint sample swatches in the room you intend to paint. Observe the color carefully as the light changes throughout the day!
Now that I’ve done my part to warn you about darker paints, let’s compare Oyster Bay with a few similar colors to better understand its color profile and undertones.
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Oyster Bay Paint Compared To Other Colors
Oyster Bay paint color is highly complementary to a range of shades, including lighter shades that have pretty much the same undertone makeup. It really helps to compare similar shades when considering a paint color, so let’s dive in!
Oyster Bay vs Sea Salt
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay paint is a deeper, more dramatic color than Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. In fact, I would say that Sea Salt is the same color, just a few shades lighter. Oyster Bay has an LRV of 44 and SW Sea Salt (not to be confused with Ben Moore’s paint of the same name, which is a completely different color) is at 63.
Since SW Sea Salt is so light, it’s often used as a neutral paint color. Oyster Bay has the same composition of undertones (cool gray and blue), but it’s a lot more pigmented. So, although it still plays a somewhat neutral role, it will have a much more dramatic/intense effect.
Want to learn more about this shade? Check out this complete guide to Sea Salt + 46 real homes that use it!
Silver Mist vs Oyster Bay
Benjamin Moore Silver Mist is a beautiful blue-green blend that leans slightly blue but has enough green and gray to keep it in the muted green playing field. Side by side, Oyster Bay looks a lot more gray, whereas Silvermist is a pretty saturated greenish-blue by comparison.
However, Oyster Bay has more sage green characteristics since it lacks some of the obvious blue shades that Silvermist has. In terms of brightness, they are pretty close: Silvermist has an LRV of 47 and Oyster Bay is 44. So when it comes down to these two shades, it’s really about how much blue you’re looking for in a shade.
Comfort Gray vs Oyster Bay
On its own, Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray can certainly look like a gray with green undertones, with maybe a wee bit of blue peeking through. If Oyster Bay is too intense or pigmented for you, Comfort Gray might be a good option. It has enough green to keep it feeling warm and earthy (as opposed to an icy blueish gray), but it’s lighter with an LRV of 54 and considerably less dramatic than Oyster Bay. However, if you like that obvious, deeper green, Oyster Bay has those characteristics cornered.
More Mid-Tone Paint Colors to Consider
Here are some more paint colors to consider…
- Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray – an unassuming warm gray that’s happy to fade into the background
- Sherwin Williams Passive – a crisp, clean gray that reads lightly cool
- Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray – a historic gray that’s a fan-favorite on Pinterest boards everywhere
- Sherwin Williams Rainwash – this moody blue-green shade is reminiscent of the ocean on a stormy day
- Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams– dubbed “the perfect shade of gray” this shade has taken the internet by storm
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige – this creamy, warm shade never comes off icy or stark
- Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige – this warm beige has a slightly orange undertone but reads like a light tan shade
- Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – classified as a gray, this hue is decidedly warm
- Sherwin Williams Light French Gray – a popular shade of gray, this paint has a very slight purple undertone
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26 Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay
Bedrooms with Oyster Bay
As hinted previously, Oyster Bay paint is a fabulous pick for cabinets. You can use it for an instant update to old dressers and chests that look great in farmhouse-inspired spaces with white walls and cool wood accents. How pretty is this accent piece styled with the vintage wood box and greenery?
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The lighting in this lovely bedroom from peaceandpinedesigns makes the Oyster Bay paint color lean slightly blue, while still retaining its beautiful green/gray characteristics. It also looks great paired with the wooden bead chandelier and natural woven basket wall decor.
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3.) Oyster Bay Bedroom | Decorologist
Kristie Barnett is a design & paint color expert and blogger at Decorologist, so it’s obvious she knows a thing or two about paint. In this featured home, she repainted all rooms in the house except the master bedroom, pictured below. Coincidentally, she already loved the paint color, and Oyster Bay paint (Sherwin Williams) worked perfectly with the decor. The only thing she didn’t like was the stripe between the crown molding and lower ceiling.
4.) Oyster Bay Behind the Bed | Red Papaya
Here’s a bedroom that isn’t afraid to play with color. Oyster Bay is a stunning backdrop for the generally neutral color palette without looking too intense. It plays incredibly well with the saturated, papaya accent pillows.
Oyster Bay Bathrooms
5.) Oyster Bay Half Wall with White | Rugh Design
Oyster Bay paint is a perfect candidate for bathrooms (especially guest baths and powder rooms) with white beadboard since you’re not committing to an entire wall in the small, lower traffic space. The bright white accents and dark cherrywood vanity help keep this paint color subdued. It’s such a gorgeous shade here – you get all the green-gray and blue characteristics blending seamlessly together.
6.) SW Oyster Bay Bathroom Cabinets | Habitar
As a cabinet or bathroom vanity color, Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay paint takes on the role of a gray, but adds a little extra interest. In this bathroom, using this color on the long double vanity has a subdued and sophisticated effect, and it reads as a gray with green and blue undertones.
Living Rooms with Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay
Ooof, I may be in love with this sweet sitting room. Oyster Bay paint works great as an accent wall color, especially when broken up by an off-white fireplace. Since the fireplace comes out from the wall quite a bit, the accent wall has an almost recessed effect, allowing Oyster Bay to provide a pop of color without being too prominent in the room.
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8.) Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay Cabinetry | The Creativity Exchange
Take a good moment to inspect this photo from The Creativity Exchange, as it’s an incredibly unique way to treat built-ins. The cabinetry and adjoining molding/baseboards match the wall color exactly, though when the wall bends, it’s paired with bright white trim. Overall, Oyster Bay takes on a gorgeously soft effect and looks more like a pale green than anything else.
9.) Oyster Bay Wainscotting | Favorite Paint Colors Blog
Oyster Bay paint color makes a pretty pairing with off-white trim, off-white decor, and dark, reddish wood flooring. In this room, a little more of the blue undertones peek through, giving it a definite coastal vibe.
10.) Wet Bar in Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams | My House My Home
Oyster Bay paint Sherwin Williams is a terrific bar cabinet color for country-chic and farmhouse decor styles. It pairs wonderfully with white or off-white subway tile and butcher block countertops that have a little bit of yellow coloring in the wood.
11.) Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams Living Room | Juxtapost
The lighting and decor in this quaint and cozy sitting room brings out a little of the blue in Oyster Bay paint, but it’s still clearly green. There’s just a touch of white wainscoting to help break it up even more and keep the color from feeling too saturated or overwhelming.
Mudrooms and Laundry Rooms Painted Oyster Bay
12.) Oyster Bay Mud Room | Home Bunch
Here’s an example of Oyster Bay looking like a cool-toned gray-green in this mudroom when paired with darker greige cabinets and an otherwise muted color palette. There’s a deepness to the wall color, but it doesn’t look too dark or feel claustrophobic.
13.) Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay Laundry Room | Chris Loves Julia
This light-filled laundry room is so gorgeous! Against a soft gray and white palette, Oyster Bay is stunning as a cabinet color, looking rich and noticeably green with blue undertones. It’s a fantastic pairing with brushed gold accents.
14.) Oyster Bay SW Laundry Cabinets | Laura Rugh
This laundry room also has Oyster Bay cabinets, but here, the color looks completely different. The beige walls and softer, golden lighting bring out a hint of yellow undertones in the green paint.
Dining Rooms Featuring Oyster Bay Paint
15.) Dining Room in Oyster Bay | Details and Danielle
The beige and neutral-toned palette with rustic wood accents brings out the sage green characteristics in Oyster Bay, which separates this semi-open dining room from the beige walls in the entryway of this cozy home. Diners are treated to hints of blue and gray in the otherwise green space.
16.) SW Oyster Bay Dining Room | A Home Crafter
Medium-toned, semi-saturated paint shades can be tricky in open-concept spaces, but it works very well here. Heavy, bright white trim and wainscoting help break up the color, and the beige/neutral palette plays nicely with Oyster Bay.
Oyster Bay Kitchens
17.) Coastal Farmhouse | Mobile Bay
Is it possible for a kitchen to feel colorful and neutral at the same time? This one from Mobile Bay sure does. The bright white walls, ceiling, perimeter cabinets and trim allow for a saturated richness in the backsplash, hardwood flooring, and rug. The kitchen island essentially splits the difference between white and bright, with a muted green earthiness that feels cozy yet still looks clean.
18.) Kitchen Walls and Cabinets in Oyster Bay | Decorating Your Home
On the other hand, going all out with Oyster Bay paint on walls with open shelving and the kitchen island can work if you’re playing with just 2-3 colors. Bright white trim, countertops, and perimeter countertops provide a framework for the heavy use of green color, with just subtle accents in wood and bronze.
19.) Accent Wall in Kitchen | De Jong Dream Home
White, neutral and dark tones create balance in this uniquely styled kitchen, allowing Oyster Bay to add a pop of color without too much brightness or drama.
20.) Kitchen Wall in Oyster Bay | Houzz
I love the way Oyster Bay paint is used to create separation in this large kitchen. It works because there isn’t a whole lot of exposed wall space, so the green isn’t too overwhelming. It’s also a creative way to help beige cabinets and white ceiling and trim work together.
21.) Subtly Painted | The Daily Starr
This kitchen got a quick and easy makeover just by painting the wall space in between cabinets. Oyster Bay complements the reddish wood better than the previous red paint.
22.) Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay And Cherry Cabinets | Made by Mood
Here’s another kitchen with natural wood cabinets. The green subway tile backsplash is in the same color family as Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay paint. It creates a cohesive transition between the backsplash and upper wall, which reaches all the way up to the vaulted ceiling.
SW Oyster Bay Exteriors and Doors
23.) 50% Oyster Bay | Sand and Sisal
This interior door uses a mix of 50% Oyster Bay and 50% Retreat – both Sherwin William paint colors. Retreat is a few shades darker on the same color spectrum, so the result adds a little more intensity than Oyster Bay on its own.
By contrast, Oyster Bay as a standalone interior door paint color is soft and serene. I love it paired with the sweet printed wallpaper used in a girl’s bathroom.
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25.) Oyster Bay Front Door | Young House Love
Here’s another lovely example of Oyster Bay paint as an interior door color. Paired with bright white walls and trim paint as well as gold accents, the result is a soft and glowing effect.
Because it works so well as an interior door and accent color, it’s no surprise that it works fabulously as an exterior accent color. Here, it’s a perfect match with the lime-washed brick on this tall house, adding just a hint of subtle color to the shutters.
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What do you think? Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay can transport you to another place and time – one that’s relaxing and cheerful. How would you use it in your home?
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