Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay – A Neutral Green Gray Paint Color


There's something about mixing warm green with cool gray paint that inspires a wonderful zen-like tranquility in a space. Green gray paint is surprisingly versatile and can be used as a muted primary shade in your whole house color scheme, making it a timeless color choice for years to come.

So embrace your inner calm with Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay and find out how you can make this neutral green gray paint work in your home.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay?

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay paint is a soft green neutral that leans to the cool side due to a significant dollop of blue gray. That gray balances the layer of green and keeps SW Oyster Bay firmly and safely in neutral territory while still amping up color interest from "just another boring gray".

Oyster Bay is suitable for most decor styles, particularly chic coastal, traditional, Scandinavian and modern farmhouse.

Is Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams blue or green?

SW 6206 Oyster Bay is technically a green color but it can be a bit of a color chameleon, especially if used in exterior applications where adjacent greenery, sky and water can accentuate its hues of blue.

What are the undertones of Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay?

Oyster Bay has slate blue undertones that pull it toward being a cool neutral. In a room without a lot of natural light, that blue gray undertone will be more noticeable and might make the space a bit gloomy. Putting it in a room with windows lets you enjoy how Oyster Bay SW shifts from green/blue/gray throughout the day.

SW Oyster Bay LRV

This color has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 44, putting it on the mid-range of the Light Reflectance scale and making it an ideal shade when you need a color that's not too bright and not too deep.

That said, it's a little darker than the average primary wall color LRV range, which is in the 60-70 neighborhood. If your rooms are windowless or without a ton of complementary light wood/textiles to balance it, Oyster Bay may be a smidge too dark and end up losing that fascinating ability to shift color with the lighting.

That's why, once you've settled on Oyster Bay as a color possibility, you'll definitely want to order these peel and stick paint samples and test SW Oyster Bay on your walls in your unique lighting conditions.

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Oyster Bay Sherwin-Williams Vs Other Green Gray Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay vs Sea Salt

SW Sea Salt 6204 and SW Oyster Bay are very similar in their color composition and belong to the same paint family. Oyster Bay Sherwin-Williams has a much darker, deeper blend of the same colors than Sea Salt does and won't quietly recede into the background as much. Sea Salt is much more popular as a wall color choice; however, these two colors would be amazing paired together in one room for a monochromatic sea glass feel.

Oyster Bay vs Evergreen Fog

Speaking of contrast, SW Evergreen Fog is serious about being green and it feels cozier and warmer than cool Oyster Bay. Evergreen Fog is much more of an interior statement color and might look muddy in low lighting. Subdued Oyster Bay on the other hand has enough airy gray to keep it from overwhelming a room. Both colors have enough personality to work equally well as an exterior shade, either as a trim or a primary neutral.

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay vs Comfort Gray

If Oyster Bay SW leans a bit too green for your taste, you can always opt for a shade with more gray like SW Comfort Gray. Comfort Gray is a grayer and lighter version of the gray green neutral combo, and is soft enough to use as a primary neutral if your room has plenty of natural light. Both Oyster Bay and Comfort Gray have spa-like qualities which make them popular choices for bedrooms, bathrooms and areas of relaxation.

Photos Of Homes With An Oyster Bay Color Palette

Ready to see how a Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay color palette looks on these real life homes? Let's dive in.

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay exterior

SW Oyster Bay on the exterior siding of this home gives it a cool, beachy vibe, especially when paired with a cream or off-white trim like SW Pure White.

Oyster Bay is equally stunning on a front door, where Kim of Sand & Sisal toned down an overly bright foyer by bringing in a muted green-gray custom color that combined Oyster Bay SW 6206 with Retreat SW 6207.

If you’re nervous about blending two paint colors together at home, any paint store will do this mixing for you. Start with an empty can, choose two paint colors from the same line – usually a 50/50 mix – and mix a small amount until you get the color you like. Then take a dry sample to the paint store and let them match it.

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Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams cabinets

Whites and grays will always be classic cabinet colors, but people are gravitating to more color and a mid-toned green gray like Oyster Bay looks amazing on these laundry cabinets. It's a great way to incorporate more color in a neutral sort of way, plus SW Oyster Bay cabinets lends itself well to not only the coastal style, but modern farmhouse.

Wondering what your home decor style is? I’ll get you started on how to find your own home decor style in a way that feels right for you.

Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams bathroom

This modern farmhouse bathroom vanity painted with Oyster Bay SW looks so fresh and soothing, and that window acts as an abundant light source to keep Oyster Bay looking on the bright side.

Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams kitchen

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay blends beautifully into this coastal kitchen makeover which combines subtle variations of three gray green paint colors for a fresh new feel. Kitchen island is painted Oyster Bay; kitchen walls are SW Comfort Gray; family room walls SW Sea Salt.

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Source: Sand & Sisal

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay walls

SW Oyster Bay kitchen walls

SW Oyster Bay on these kitchen walls is subdued enough to provide color yet still gives off a relaxing vibe. Designed by Michael Roberts Construction.

Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams bedroom

Oyster Bay Sherwin-Williams is in its element in the master bedroom where it provides a calming, grounding ambience, especially when paired with soft light furniture, flooring and other decor items.

Designed by Anastasia Design Group.

Here's another bedroom that you can rest your mind in, designed by Shoreline Construction.

This style leans more traditional and introduces darker wood tones for a hint of contrast. Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay on the walls along with plenty of windows brings the outside in and creates a soothing mood and a space that invites comfort.

Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams living room

This gently bright and relaxing living room features SW Oyster Bay walls which makes the atmosphere feel so natural and friendly. Green gray walls create a lovely color balance for all the white elements and adds spaciousness to the room.

Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay dining room

Bringing Oyster Bay walls into this traditional dining room is a perfect way to find middle ground between too much white and too much color. It's a sophisticated neutral that gives the room an elegant feel.

What Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay

When you have a cool toned shade like Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay, it's best to match them up with other tones that lean cool. For whites, think crisp and cool, like Sherwin Williams Extra White or Sherwin Williams Pure White.

For contrast, you can lean into the slate gray undertones by choosing charcoal gray (SW Iron Ore) or navy blue (SW Waterloo 9141).

Oyster Bay also pairs wonderfully with linen textiles, light bamboo, burlap, and rattan, and blonde and natural wood tones.

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.