Read all about Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, plus see over 20 real homes that use it!
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed (#SW 6211) is a gorgeous light blueish green color and that is as serene a paint shade as they come. Just looking at it makes me feel like taking a deep breath of cool, fresh morning air.
What Color is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed (shade #SW 6211)?
On the Sherwin Williams website, Rainwashed is classified as a green paint color, but there’s a noticeable amount of blue in it. It makes me think of the ocean or the sky at sea. It has gray undertones which make it slightly moody, like a rainy day.
SW Rainwashed has spa vibes that make it an ideal shade for bathrooms and can create a tranquil environment that’s perfect for bedrooms. Since it’s so soft, it’s a great candidate for nurseries, too. Honestly, the only limit is your imagination.
Let’s take a closer look at Sherwin Williams Rainwashed paint and see if it’s the right color for your next home project!
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Other Important Rainwashed color questions:
Is Sherwin Williams Rainwashed blue or green?
Well, it’s a combination of both, but leans more toward the green end than the blue (and don’t forget that hint of gray, too).
What colors are in Sherwin Williams Rainwashed?
We’ve kind of answered this one already, but just for the sake of completeness, Rainwashed is a blend of green and blue mixed with a bit of gray (which if you’ll recall from your pre-school finger-painting days is really just a combo of black and white).
Is SW Rainwashed warm or cool?
Since the base of Rainwashed is comprised of cool base colors (blue and green), the final blended product is also cool.
What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Rainwashed?
First, here’s the “numerical” details, or the LRV:
RAINWASHED LRV = 59
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 Rainwashed (59) side by side with pure white (100):
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Sherwin Williams Rainwashed Paint Compared to Other Colors
This soft blue-green with gray undertones can almost take on a neutral role, but it has enough character to add just the right amount of interest and mystery.
Let’s take a look at a few similar colors and see how Sherwin Williams Rainwashed stacks up.
Rainwashed vs. Sea Salt
Those considering a pale blueish-green paint by Sherwin Williams often compare Rainwashed with Sea Salt. They’re very similar in terms of their blue to green ratios.
However, with an LRV of 63, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is paler and has more gray in it. Also a part of the SW green paint color family, Sea Salt is more neutral a shade than Rainwashed.
Palladian Blue vs Rainwashed
Another popular ocean-themed paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue.
This gorgeous shade is very similar to Sherwin Williams Rainwashed, and just a tad lighter on the LRV scale 61.17. In my opinion, Palladian Blue is more of a blueish-green than a greenish-blue, despite its name and description on the Benjamin Moore website.
However, it is slightly more vibrant than Rainwashed in that it has less gray and more blue and green tones.
Sherwin Williams Quietude vs Rainwashed
Sherwin Williams Quietude absolutely has more blue to it. It’s darker, with an LRV of 48, and has more depth. For these reasons, it will have a more dramatic effect than Rainwashed, which can often play a more neutral role.
While Sherwin Williams still considers Quietude a green paint color, an argument can be made that it leans more greenish-blue. However, it is right in the middle of blue and green enough for the debate to sway either way. It all depends on the light in the room!
More Color Options from the Paint Exploration Series:
If you still aren’t sold on this color, or just want a few more options – here are other colors to explore.
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Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Rainwashed
Alright, time to dig into the good part: all that eye candy! But first, a warning. Do NOT fall in love with one of these rooms, run out and buy 4 cans and start painting your space! Remember the cardinal rule of painting: sample before you swipe that paintbrush!!!
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Laundry Rooms with Rainwashed
A quick note here: don’t forget to consider picking the right paint finish…it’s not only about getting the color right! We have an in-depth explanation of choosing sheens here.
1. Vintage-Vibe Laundry Room
Paired with white and black mosaic hexagonal floor tile, Jett Set Farmhouse uses Rainwashed paint on the cabinets gives this space adorable retro vibes without being over the top. I can imagine walking into this room and feeling instantly relaxed.
2. Clean & Coastal
Rainwashed is such a great shade in this utility room from Sand and Sisal, and a perfect pick for the beachy motif. It definitely helps take the anxiety out of doing laundry!
Exteriors with Rainwashed
3. Haint Blue-Green Porch Ceiling
Coastal-themed front porch? Yes, please! As seen on Home Bunch, the designer of this covered patio smartly used Rainwashed paint underneath the awning, contrasting the white beams. Paired with an all-white ceiling fan and beach-worthy throw pillows, this outdoor seating area beckons guests to sit and relax for hours.
4. Southern Charmer Exterior Paint Color
If you live in a coastal state, why not use Rainwashed as an exterior paint shade? Alongside bright white trim and a greige lower level, this house from Jackson Built Custom Homes looks calm and welcoming.
Bathrooms Using Rainwashed
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
5. Serene Shade
Rainwashed makes for a serene bathroom wall shade. This space featured by Houzz keeps it simple, pairing the pale blue-green color with white cabinets and marble countertops. Limiting colors and patterns creates a relaxing effect.
6. Shade Shifter in Artificial Lighting
The lighting in this bathroom makes SW Rainwashed look paler and less saturated. This makes it a perfect neutral backdrop for the coastal-themed decor.
A dark room with less natural light can make this shade do funny things…note how the artificial light in this space helps give this paint the look of a beautiful green paint color, and even tending toward a gray in the shadows.
7. Paint for an Instant Bathroom Upgrade
White tile and coral accents help to bring out the vibrance in the blue-green shade in this bathroom featured by Woodshop Diaries. Shara had recently moved into this home, and wasn’t ready to do the major bathroom renovation she wanted in this space. But just doing a mini-makeover with a can of Rainwashed did a lot to update the space, and give it a pretty, fresh look.
8. Great for a Glam Bathroom Look
Huge windows let in plenty of light in this stunner of a bathroom by Kaelyn Schmidt Design, highlighting the blue and green undertones in the paint shade. However, Rainwashed is still soft enough to allow this statement piece of a bathtub stand out in the space.
9. Rainwashed Trim, Walls, and Cabinets
What an absolutely beautiful bathroom! Thoughtfully designed, Rainwashed paint is used to highlight the unique architectural details of this space. Paired with bright white tile and countertops as well as a honey-colored wood floor, the designer managed to use the same shade on the interior walls, cabinets, and trim without creating overwhelm.
10. Darling Interior Door Color
I love the way Rainwashed is used as an accent color on the door of this bathroom. Dark walls and white tile help the shade to pop.
Bedrooms Using Rainwashed
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
11. Lighter in a Bright Room
The bright light in this kid’s room gives Rainwashed paint a pale effect, perfect for the overall soft decor vibe.
12. What a Difference a Gallon of Paint Makes
This before and after post from @withinthegrove really gives you an idea of how transformative paint can be for a space. Looking at the before photo, the yellow and red walls give me anxiety. Rainwashed paint makes this guest room infinitely more tranquil.
13. Great Contrast with White Wainscoting
Paired with white wainscoting, Rainwashed looks light and bright in this room! The side table painted in the same shade pulls the look together while bold purple pops out as an accent color. The white shabby chic dresser makes the space feel ambiguously coastal.
14. Match Made in Heaven
The designer managed to find a quilt that matches the Rainwashed walls perfectly. The paisley duvet color and alarm clock are essentially a darker version that shade, accenting the decor in a subtle way.
15. Rainwashed Shiplap
Rainwashed paint on shiplap? Why not? These light blue-green walls give this otherwise country chic bedroom a slight coastal feel. Source: From My Front Porch To Yours.
Check out more shiplap ideas here.
Dining Rooms Using Rainwashed
16. French Country Dining Room Color
Rainwashed walls give this stately dining room just the right amount of depth and interest. It adds cool contrast to the wood and beige furniture.
17. A Serene Sunroom Ceiling
What a creative way to draw attention upward in this uniquely shaped dining room! Using Rainwashed paint only on the slanted ceiling makes this space feel even taller.
Kitchens Using Rainwashed
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
18. French Country Kitchen Cabinet Color
Rainwashed looks pale and lovely as a cabinet color in this French country kitchen. It helps draw attention to the detailing of the hood range but is soft enough as to not overwhelm when paired with the brick texture of the backsplash.
Living Spaces Using Rainwashed
19. Lovely Living Room
This sitting room from Fave Thing looks fit for tea with The Dowager Countess of Grantham (Downton Abbey fans, anyone?). Rainwashed walls keep this room full of antique furniture feeling fresh, airy, and serene.
20. Coastal Blue-Gray in Shadows
Okay, now here’s a space found at Homesmsp that is all-out, unabashedly coastal, and I’m here for it. Rainwashed walls look vibrant in this space, and the cobalt vases accentuate that boldness. This smartly balances the neutral brown and wood furniture. Notice how dramatically the tone changes from one side of the room to the other because of the differences in lighting.
21. Looks Right in a Reading Room
Rainwash brings quiet tranquility to this cozy reading nook by Abby Lawson. While it adds dimension against the white ceiling and trim, it still looks pale and soft in this light.
22. Looks Cooler When Paired with Cool Colors
Here you can see some extra depth of color with darker versions of the same shade introduced in the same space. Sliding barn door panels pull double duty by framing the television and hiding it when not in use. The W decor piece adds a third layer of depth in an even darker shade.
Keeping the rest of the decor white ensures the space doesn’t go overboard with the monochrome effect. There are lots of cool tones here in the decor and fixture, which causes the paint color to lean cooler.
23. Cute in a Kids’ Space
A winning formula every time: Rainwashed paint on the walls, bright white on the trim, simple black and white wall art. This kid’s TV space is so soft and sweet.
24. Beautiful with Navy Blue
A simple, yet sophisticated combination: Rainwashed walls, all-white wall art, and a navy velvet couch. These shades seem to contrast each other while being complimentary at the same time.
There you have it: 20+ lovely examples of this beautiful paint color, Sherwin Williams SW6211 Rainwashed, being used in real homes. Isn’t it the most calming, tranquil tint? It can be a great choice for lots of different spaces. Which room in your house can you imagine being transformed by Rainwashed paint?
And if this is a color you’re seriously considering, remember paint-sampling is better than ending up paint-sorry! I highly recommend these peel and stick samples because they are inexpensive, re-usable and re-positionable…
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