Sherwin Williams Rosemary – A Sophisticated Dark Green Paint Color


Color trends are very much moving from cool grays to warmer blue gray paint colors and green gray paint colors. Although there will always be a place for gray, I'm loving the new warmer and richer shades that a sophisticated deep green paint color can bring.

One of the loveliest paint colors in the green gray family is Sherwin Williams Rosemary, a rich and saturated tone that is gaining popularity. If you're feeling bold and confident enough to try a change in your environment, let's explore what SW Rosemary 6187 has to offer and whether it's right for your home.

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What Color Is Sherwin Williams Rosemary?

If you're considering painting with Sherwin Williams Rosemary, I have four words for you: accent walls and cabinets.

That's because SW Rosemary's warm organic green hue has a depth and moodiness perfect for making a dramatic statement on shiplap walls, board & batten accent walls and wood cabinetry.

Many people who shy away from going all in with a black paint color turn to a deep shade like Rosemary green to achieve similar maximum visual impact. Its muted foresty ambience brings the outdoors inside and works just as well for a traditional home decor style as for modern and farmhouse styles.

Rosemary Sherwin Williams undertones explained

Rosemary color paint is fairly straightforward as paint colors go, without a lot of undertone surprises. It has a heavy dose of gray undertones which cools and softens the deep green. Rosemary color adds drama to any room, and although it's dark, it doesn't read black on the walls like SW Greenblack.

SW Rosemary LRV

Don't look for Rosemary by Sherwin Williams to reflect much light. Its Light Reflective Value is a low 14, meaning as a medium dark paint it will absorb light rather than reflect it. (For reference, Sherwin Williams' darkest black, SW Tricorn Black, has an LRV of 3).

Your home's lighting conditions, both natural and artificial, affect how any paint color looks on the walls. I highly recommend you get peel-and-stick paint samples of Sherwin Williams Rosemary to test on your walls before making a decision. Trust me, you'll save yourself a ton of paint grief, time and expense.

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Examples Of A Sherwin Williams Rosemary Color Palette

Let's take a look at this beautiful warm color in action and see how Rosemary paint could transform your home.

Sherwin Williams Rosemary Accent Wall

For an instant room makeover, just choose Rosemary Sherwin Williams for a green accent wall. Jackie of Finding Lovely lightened SW 6187 Rosemary by 50% for her big boy room transformation.

You can lighten or darken any paint color by 25% or 50% simply by asking the paint store to do it when they mix your paint. This instantly brightens or darkens your paint but keeps it in the same color family.

Vintage Revivals also chose Sherwin Williams Rosemary for their new board and batten accent wall in a reception room makeover that gives an amazing first impression to all who enter. (That rich brown leather against the deep green looks oh so modern!)

SW Rosemary cabinets

Rosemary's moody green on shelving amps up the color palette for a neutral yet interesting backdrop for books, plants, and decor items.

(Pssst - Get more shelving inspiration with this no-fail 3 step formula for for styling shelves.)

Nicole from Basic Blue House created a stunning focal point by incorporating a vibrant Rosemary green kitchen island into a basic white kitchen. The green island pops against the white cabinets and looks both trendy and timeless.

SW Rosemary walls

If you choose a deep green paint like SW Rosemary on the walls, you can balance the look with lighter and white room elements and furnishings. This keeps the green from being overpowering and adds a rich and layered feel. The contrasting shades in these laundry rooms and bathroom look clean and fresh and anything but boring.

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SW Rosemary VS Other Green Gray Neutral Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams Rosemary vs Evergreen Fog

Compared to SW 9130 Evergreen Fog, Rosemary color is easily seen as more committed to deep green. If your room is small and dark, Evergreen Fog is light enough to provide a bit of brightening. If you're going for a monochromatic color palette, these two would coordinate together quite well.

Sherwin Williams Rosemary vs Ripe Olive

With an LRV of 6, SW Ripe Olive 6209 is every bit as dark as some of the black paint colors like SW Iron Ore (6) and SW Peppercorn (10). In comparison Rosemary SW 6187 is less bold, looks greener, and has more gray undertones to calm it down. Rosemary will never look black but Ripe Olive might, depending on your lighting conditions.

Sherwin Williams Rosemary vs Pewter Green

SW Pewter Green leans much stronger into the gray side (think "metal") than SW Rosemary, so if you want less green, it's a viable alternative. It's equally as deep and dark as Rosemary, and that heavy dose of gray makes it more of a cool neutral. Neither of these colors is one you would want to use on all the walls throughout, but for focal points and accent walls here and there it can look stunning.

Sherwin Williams Rosemary Coordinating Colors

If your home is already full of white and greige neutral paint colors but you've grown a little bored with them, Sherwin Williams Rosemary is an amazing choice for layering in trendy touches of warmth and deeper color without having to repaint the entire interior.

Coordinating colors that pair happily with Rosemary are:

  • Whites and Neutrals - SW Snowbound, SW Alabaster, SW Neutral Ground, SW Conservative Gray
  • Contrasting Colors - SW Deep Forest Brown, SW Status Bronze

SW Rosemary also looks rich and lush against natural wood tones in the trim, builtins, cabinetry, and ceiling beams and brown leather furniture.

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.