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Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams | Color Review

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Last Updated on September 5, 2023 by lindseymahoney

If you’re looking for a paint color that exudes elegance and timelessness, Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams may be just what you need.

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This soft, muted shade of green is versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to create a classic and sophisticated look in your home.

Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams | Color Review

Learn more about this popular paint color and get tips on how to incorporate it into your decor.

What color is Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams?

Oyster Bay (SW 6202) is a striking gray-green color with slate blue undertones. It is included in the Recharge color palette of Sherwin William’s Living Well Collection.

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Sherwin Williams describes the colors included in the Recharge collection as filling the soul with calm and optimism. This timeless color brings to mind restful retreats, peaceful pools, and total relaxation.

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It makes perfect sense that this neutral sage green is a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms.

I am always drawn to slightly desaturated, muddy colors like Oyster Bay. it adds warmth and richness to a space without overpowering it.

Oyster Bay Light Reflective Value (LRV)

The LRV for Sherwin-Williams Oyster Bay is 44.

What is LRV anyway? It tells us how much light a color absorbs on a scale from 0 to 100. The lower the number, the less light the color will reflect and will therefore feel darker.

The higher the LRV number, the more reflective the color, making a space feel lighter and brighter.

It is helpful to know the LRV because it can give you an idea of how dark or light the color will look in each specific room.

For example, if you want to brighten up a room that doesn’t have a lot of natural sunlight (northern and western-facing rooms), Oyster Bay may be darker than you want.

You can also ask the paint store to lighten the color – usually by increments of 25%.

Whenever you choose a paint color it is important to add a few samples on the wall. I believe it is even more important to look at wall samples of paint colors that have an LRV lower than 50 to see how it looks with the light in that room.

What are the undertones of Oyster Bay?

A paint undertone is a color you don’t see that can cause the main color (tone) to feel warm or cool.

Warm paint colors have yellow, beige, or pink undertones. Cool paint colors have green, purple or blue undertones.

Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams has slate-blue undertones.

Is Oyster Bay considered a warm or cool color?

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In general, green is considered a cooler color. The blue and gray undertones keep Oyster Bay in the cool color category.

Although it is technically considered a cool color, it definitely does not feel cold and stark!

The desaturation gives this green an earthy feel that makes a room feel warm and cozy.

What paint colors are similar to Oyster Bay?

If you like Oyster Gray by Sherwin Williams but prefer to use a different paint brand, the colors below are very similar:

What colors pair well with Oyster Bay?

Oyster Bay pairs well with crisp white trim and can be accented with pops of color in accessories like throw pillows or curtains.

Another way to use Oyster Bay is by painting kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities for a fresh and updated look.

Earth tones like warm wood accents and pops of black and warm gold are beautiful against Oyster Bay as the backdrop.

The possibilities are endless with this classic and sophisticated shade.

What are some complimentary colors to pair with Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams?

Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams is a versatile color that pairs well with a variety of complementary shades.

For a classic and sophisticated look, pair it with crisp white trim and accents in shades of navy blue or charcoal gray.

For a more playful and colorful look, pair it with bright pops of coral or yellow.

To create a calming and serene atmosphere, pair it with soft shades of lavender or pale blue.

The key is to choose complementary colors that enhance the beauty and elegance of Oyster Bay without overwhelming it.

Where can I use Oyster Bay in my home?

Oyster Bay is incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into most design styles. It is a very popular color for bedrooms and bathrooms, but it looks great in every room of your home.

Let’s check out a few examples of Oyster Bay throughout the home!

Design Style

Oyster Bay pairs beautifully with traditional styles, such as classic coastal or farmhouse, as well as more modern styles, such as Scandinavian or minimalist.


The Decorologist used Oyster Bay in her bedroom and it really does create a serene retreat.


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The first time I saw this color was in my brother’s half bathroom in his 1920s colonial-style home.

Oyster Bay gave so much character to this tiny little bathroom! The ornate gold frame around the mirror pairs really well with the earthy green wall color.

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We completely renovated the second bathroom at our Toledo flip house and after choosing white tiles and a white vanity, I knew Oyster Bay was the perfect choice for the walls.

It definitely brought some life into the neutral new bathroom design.


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Source | Living Letter Home

Carmen from Living Letter Home painted her laundry room cabinets using Oyster Bay and it looks dreamy with the black accents and scalloped backsplash!


Whether you prefer a bold and colorful look or a more understated and elegant style, Oyster Bay Sherwin Williams is a timeless and sophisticated choice for any home.

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