Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog – A Popular Green Gray Paint Color


What happens when you take two popular paint colors - green and gray - and combine them into one? You get an amazing and versatile shade of muted green gray paint that can be a great way to add color to your space in a really sophisticated way.

Depending on the mix, green gray paint can run the gamut from a cool, softer neutral - like Sherwin Williams Sea Salt - to a dramatic warm green gray like Sherwin Williams Rosemary.

Falling somewhere in between is Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog (SW 9130), a contemporary shade of muted green. In 2022 it was named Sherwin William's color of the year and continues to be a popular choice for good reason. Let's take a look at this gorgeous color's qualities and find out how you can use it in your home.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog?

Evergreen Fog Sherwin Williams is a serene, green gray neutral. The green brings in nature and a sense of outdoor living, while the gray grounds the color and keeps it from being overwhelming.

If a green gray is light enough, it can be used on all four walls. Evergreen Fog paint color isn't pale but it can quietly recede into the background in an entire room if paired with the right colors and furnishings. However, SW Evergreen Fog is more likely to be found on wainscoting, accent walls, cabinetry, stairways, shelves, interior doors, and even painted furniture. It looks great with most home decor styles, especially modern farmhouse and industrial styles.

Is SW Evergreen Fog warm or cool?

Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog is a warm green cooled by gray undertones, making it a balanced neutral.

SW Evergreen Fog undertones explained

Undertones can be tricky and can't be ignored. Every color paint - even white paint colors - have undertones and it affects how your paint looks on the walls once it's dried.

If trying to figure out undertones makes your head spin, head over to The Trick to Choosing the Right Paint Color and learn the no-fail way to identify undertones in neutral paint.

Evergreen Fog paint is green with gray undertones - but it has a tiny hint of blue thrown in to make things interesting. For that reason, Sherwin Williams calls Evergreen Fog a chameleon, meaning it can change colors depending on the lighting condition, time of day, the direction the room faces, and even the other decor elements in the room.

You'll definitely want to test Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog on your walls before picking up that paint brush.

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What is the Evergreen Fog Sherwin Williams LRV?

If you recall my other green gray paint reviews, you'll remember that LRV affects how you see the colors, both outside and indoors under natural and artificial light. The higher the LRV, the more likely the paint is to reflect light and pick up the colors around them.

Evergreen Fog is a medium range paint with an LRV of 30, meaning it tends to absorb a bit more light than it reflects.

When a green gray like SW Evergreen Fog is in northern facing rooms or small, darker rooms it will pull more toward the gray side. When there is more sunlight in the room, Evergreen Fog will warm up and look greener.

Sherwin-Williams Evergreen Fog Vs Other Green Gray Paint Colors

Evergreen Fog vs Acacia Haze

The primary difference in these two medium green gray colors are the undertones. SW Acacia Haze 9132 has a cool blue undertone that's more visible while SW Evergreen Fog reads greener with only a whisper of blue. Both these shades will tend to darken a space so they are used primarily as accent colors. You would really need to test paint samples side by side on the wall and consider your own unique lighting and existing home decor when deciding between the two.

Evergreen Fog vs Retreat

SW Retreat 6207 is on the same color strip as SW Acacia Haze so they share the same blue gray undertones, with Retreat being the darker version of Acacia Haze. Compared to Retreat, Evergreen Fog SW 9130 is noticeably lighter, a touch warmer, and more green. Evergreen Fog SW will feel much less bold and quieter on walls in the background, while Retreat SW is meant for more eye-catching drama.

Evergreen Fog vs October Mist

Soothing green gray paint is definitely having a moment, because Benjamin Moore also named a similar shade, October Mist, as Color of the Year in 2022. BM October Mist falls on the lighter end of the scale and is a great choice if you want to add a little, but not too much, green on the walls. Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams has much more gray in the undertone and less of a spa feel than Benjamin Moore's October Mist.

Photos Of Homes With An Evergreen Fog Color Palette

Evergreen Fog bedrooms

Evergreen Fog gives off a calming meditative vibe, making it the perfect choice for bedrooms. Evergreen Fog adds color and personality onto these shiplap walls, while still maintaining a tranquil neutrality.

This Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog bedroom is beautifully balanced with the liberal use of creamy white in the furnishings, decor, ceiling, flooring and door. The result is a sophisticated room brimming with texture and interest where you can chill out and unwind in after a stressful day.

Evergreen Fog cabinets

SW Evergreen Fog on cabinets is a timeless choice because it's a true neutral that will never be "in your face" green. Evergreen Fog proves its chameleon qualities in these three photos. In the bathroom, more green peeks through; in the kitchen we see that hint of blue; and in the laundry room the gray comes out to play. In all cases Evergreen Fog warms up a space with its soothing blend of green and gray.

Evergreen Fog exterior

An Evergreen Fog Sherwin Williams exterior particularly lends itself to farmhouse, craftsman, Pacific Northwest and mountain styles, as demonstrated by this farmhouse model home by Liberty Homes.

Evergreen Fog accent wall

A garage isn't your typical spot for an accent wall, and this garage beadboard wall and potting bench combo is to die for. Created by Julie Blanner, she says Evergreen Fog is the perfect accent color for her windowed garage.

Florals plus Evergreen Fog board and batten accent walls combine for a dreamy nature-inspired bathroom for a little girl. Designed by Shalmei Interiors.

Evergreen Fog walls

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Caitlin Higgins transformed a long dark hallway by creating a gallery wall and using Evergreen Fog SW as the perfect backdrop to showcase it all.

....and painted furniture

I love a good furniture makeover and this one by Thistlewood Farms hits it out of the park. The bedroom dresser was a rescued thrift store find brought back to life with SW Evergreen Fog and spray painted gold handles.

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Evergreen Fog Coordinating Colors

If you're happy with your gray home color palette but want to stick your toe into the trend toward more color, experimenting with a green gray like Evergreen Fog for an accent color can be the perfect solution.

  • Monochromatic color palette - Shoji White SW 7042, Accessible Beige SW 7036, Urbane Bronze SW 7048
  • Contrasting color palette - Earthy tones like Uber Umber SW 9107, Woven Wicker SW 9104, Blakelite Gold SW 6368
  • Decor Elements - wood grains, natural stone, and rough tiles; gold, silver and black matte metals; and tweedy and grainy monochromatic textiles

Other Things to Consider When Choosing Colors For Your Home

A lot of factors go into selecting colors for your home, and it goes way beyond paint color.

Things like your home color palette, existing colors in your home (that you may not be able to change), and the color of the natural light, or lack of natural light can change the way a color shows up in your home.

In my self-paced online color course, Color Made Clear, I walk you through all the steps to choosing and using color in your home to create a pulled together and cohesive look, even if you have things like cabinet color or floors you can't change.