If paint colors could have personality traits, Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze would be quietly confident. This smoky gray-green allows other colors to shine, while also making a statement.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect green, and none of them are quiiite right, get ready to put a ring on it, because Acacia Haze might be the one.
Today we’re going to look at Acacia Haze in real homes, peruse some palettes, peak at trim options, and finally dabble in dupes!
Let’s get started!
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What Color is Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze (SW 9132)
Acacia Haze is a smoky green that is just a little more gray than the average sage. It’s dark enough to work well on exteriors, but light enough to use on more than one wall.
LRV of Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
So what is the LRV of Acacia Haze?
That’s right in the range of mid-toned colors. In my opinion, truly dark paint colors have an LRV of 10 or less. At 32, Acacia Haze absorbs more light than it reflects, but it’s not that much darker than a lot of popular neutrals.
It is probably too dark to use on every wall in your house, but in a bedroom, bathroom, or even in a kitchen with lighter cabinets, it would be fine.
Undertones: Is Acacia Haze Warm or Cool?
Acacia Haze is a gray-green with cool undertones. It is on the warmer side of green, but there is so much gray in it that a cooler green would start to look blueish.
A lot of gray green paint colors are chameleons, and many don’t look anything like their swatch. I find that Acacia Haze is an exception.
I know I stare at paint colors all day, but I really think that in real life, it looks just like you would expect. It doesn’t pull wildly to any other color.
(Check out Sherwin Williams Thunderous to see a real shape-shifting gray green.)
All of this being said, Acacia Haze acts like a neutral, and in my opinion can be used like one.
Acacia Haze Color Strip
Acacia Haze is one of those colors that Sherwin Williams created after the fact, to slide into an existing color strip.
If you were to take a look on their site, you would see from the code SW 9132 that the sequential numbers 9131 and 9133 are NOT lighter and darker versions of the same thing.
Instead Acacia Haze is tacked onto the Sherwin Williams color strip that runs from Spare White to Ripe Olive.
If you’ve been shopping for a color like Acacia Haze, you will probably recognize most of the other colors from the strip. They are:
Spare White (SW 6203)
Spare White is the lightest shade on the color strip. It’s a cool toned off-white that looks just a bit gray.
(It has an LRV of 77, so it’s not actually white.)
Sea Salt (SW 6204)
Read all about Sea Salt: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (Complete Review and Color Matches!)
Comfort Gray (SW 6205)
Comfort Gray is one shade darker than Sea Salt on the same color strip. I find that Comfort Gray often does not look very gray, much like Sea Salt and Oyster Bay.
Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay (SW 6206) and Retreat (SW 6207) vs Acacia Haze
You can see that Acacia Haze has been slotted right in between Oyster Bay and Retreat on this color strip.
The LRV of Oyster Bay is 44, and the LRV of Retreat is 21, so Acacia Haze fills the gap perfectly, with an LRV of 32.
To say it simply, Oyster Bay is the lighter version of Acacia Haze, and Retreat is the darker version.
In real homes, Oyster Bay looks a little cooler (more aqua) than Acacia Haze, and of course is lighter. Retreat, on the other hand, is darker and more green.
I personally think that the swatch for Oyster Bay is pretty deceiving! In real life I would have thought it was a grayish blue-green. Here it is on an island:
Now comparing apples to apples, here is SW Retreat on cabinets:
It looks much more green doesn’t it?
This isn’t the best photo, but it’s a fairly good representation of the color of Acacia Haze:
You can see here how this color is perfect for anyone wanting darker than Oyster Bay and lighter than Retreat.
Pewter Green (SW 6208)
I’ve actually written a whole post about Pewter Green!
Ripe Olive (SW 6209)
Ripe Olive is the last color on the Acacia Haze color strip. I don’t fancy myself a fan of olive, but I love SW Ripe Olive:
Isn’t that a beautiful dark green?
(You can see a bit more of Ripe Olive in my post: Best Dark Green Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and More!)
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Color Palette
Farrow & Ball Sulking Room Pink
In a palette that is otherwise full of neutrals, I wanted to toss in a true color. Originally I was looking at a shade of terracotta, but why not have some fun with it? Here I added Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink: a dusty rose-mauve.
This shade is similar to many historically popular pink colors, so if you are revamping a heritage home with Acacia Haze, Sulking Room Pink might be the friendly accent color you need!
Of course gray-greens do love terracotta, so if that’s more your speed, check out this post: The Best Terracotta Paint Colors
Sherwin Williams White Flour (SW 7102)
White Flour is a popular Sherwin Williams creamy white without any strong yellow undertones. It works beautifully with black and natural tones like green.
Read more about White Flour: Sherwin Williams White Flour (Review, Comparisons, and Dupes!)
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (HC-154)
As you will see in a minute, the “official” complementary color for Acacia Haze is a mid-toned purpley-blue.
Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is a nice compromise that stays away from actually being purple.
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)
We can’t have a palette without a popular neutral! This time I chose Agreeable Gray, which is a greige color by Sherwin Williams that works almost anywhere.
Acacia Haze Complementary Color
Now for that complementary color I touched on!
Officially, “complementary colors” are those that sit across the color wheel from each other.
For Acacia Haze, that is a purpley blue color in a similar LRV range. I like to find an easy-to-use “version” of complementary colors, so this time I went with a super lightened alternative.
Behr Early Crocus (PR-W02)
The Behr shade Early Crocus is a soft grayish blue hue with a hint of a purple undertone. You could also use this as inspiration for decor accents.
What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze?
If you own a home with dark wood trim, good news: Acacia Haze looks great with pretty much any tone of wood (as do most green paint colors).
I have included the dark wood tone that most heritage homes have, but this color will also work with oak trim:
White Paint that Goes with Acacia Haze
I actually think that Acacia Haze is neutral enough to go with just about any white! It’s not as trick as off-whites or beige in that regard.
Sherwin Williams White Flour was in my color palette, so why not show it on trim? It’s a nice alternative to SW Alabaster, which is a super duper popular creamy white. White Flour is just a bit brighter.
For your typical bright white trim, choose Sherwin Williams High Reflective White. That is their brightest option!
(High Reflective White also happens to be the closest Sherwin Williams alternative to my favorite white: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. A clean bright white with just a touch of warmth.)
Finally, Sherwin Williams Snowbound is a nice middle ground for trim. It’s not punch-you-in-the-face white, but it provides more contrast than creamy whites.
In these next Acacia Haze photos, you will also see Acacia Haze used on both the walls and trim, so that’s another option!
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Home Interior
Finally everybody’s favorite part: Real life homes!
Let’s take a look:
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Mud Room
It’s not too often that I get to show off a mud room actually!
Probably because they aren’t typically as photogenic as this one by @minttomodern:
Of course the natural tones of those puppers show off Acacia Haze at its finest!
Did you peep that dark wood door and trim? I think the colors look fabulous together!
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Feature Wall
Moving on from the traditional board and batten, here is Acacia Haze on an elaborate two story accent wall at Katie’s house (@katp.93) :
The geometric design makes a big statement, but could easily be sized down for a living room or dining room.
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Bedroom
Here we see Acacia Haze not so much in a bedroom, as it is in a bedroom closet:
Lindsay and Dustin Aho (@silo.hill) have created a beautiful and stylish farmhouse on their acreage, and their bathroom is also an Acacia Haze dream!
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Bathroom
I love all of the soothing natural colors in here. The gold hardware and lighting tops everything off.
Notice that they actually used Acacia Haze on the window trim as well!
I might become a tub person yet!
More matching Acacia Haze trim! It’s selling me.
One more because I have it and I have to:
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Kitchen Cabinets
Of course the real deal that everybody wants to see: Will Acacia Haze look good on cabinets?
You bet it will!
If you’ve been here before, you know I love a green cabinet!
Wait until you see the before of this kitchen!
This home belongs to Bridget (@bridgetrealestate). It was actually brand new when she decided to redo the cabinets!
Here’s what she had to say about the makeover:
“I told my husband I loved the house and was ready to sign but only if we could agree to get the cabinets redone as soon as possible. Everyone thought it was bonkers that I wanted to paint over my brand new cabinets in my house, but boy am I glad we did.”
What’s really bonkers to me, is how much better that stone looks with the new color scheme! It was totally lost in the dark kitchen.
The wall color, pendant lights, backsplash, and flooring, all stayed the same, but I had to go back and double check, because everything has new life!
The lower cabinets are SW Acacia Haze of course, and the uppers are Sherwin Williams Oyster White.
This is your sign to paint your cabinets!
Can you imagine if Bridget left them dark, just because it was more practical?
She would have missed out on the joy of that kitchen for years.
(I do think it was a bit of a missed opportunity to pair Oyster White with Acacia Haze instead of with Oyster Bay. Just kidding! Kind of…it would have been fun to say.)
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze Exterior
We have hereby established that Acacia Haze is a wonderful indoor color. So how about outdoors?
Speaking of doors, here is Acacia Haze on the front door of @thecottageatwhitebear:
It’s a little harder to see the front door of this house, but Barbara (barbaraanne.art) also used Acacia Haze on the side door:
The siding is painted in Sherwin Williams Peppercorn.
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze on Exterior Siding
I am sad to say that I wasn’t able to find Acacia Haze on an exterior, but I will do my best to show similar!
At least then you have some idea of what it could look like.
This exterior is Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay, which you may remember is just one shade lighter than Acacia Haze on the same color strip:
Oyster Bay does tend to look a little “brighter” than Acacia Haze, and not just lighter. So you can expect a slightly darker product, that has a bit more gray.
If you take a look at the area to the left of the front door, that will give you a taste of Acacia Haze.
Next, this is Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull, which we will compare to Acacia Haze in just a moment:
Carolina Gull is a bit warmer than Acacia Haze, so I purposely chose a photo where it looks cooler. I think this is a pretty good idea of how Acacia Haze could look on your exterior.
Acacia Haze Compared to Other Sherwin Williams Paint Colors
Ah the world of paint! Where would we be if there weren’t several colors that are difficult to tell apart?
Let’s take a look at some other Sherwin Williams shades that you might be considering!
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze vs Evergreen Fog (SW 9130)
Evergreen Fog was Sherwin Williams Color of the Year for 2022, and it’s pretty similar to Acacia Haze:
You can see that Acacia Haze is a little bit cooler than Evergreen Fog, and just a touch lighter.
The LRV of Evergreen Fog is 30.
You can read all about Evergreen Fog here: Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog: 2022 Color of the Year (Plus Dupes!)
Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze vs Dried Thyme (SW 6186)
Dried Thyme is another popular gray green by Sherwin Williams. It is one shade lighter than the even more popular SW Rosemary.
Compared to Acacia Haze, Dried Thyme is much lighter and not nearly as gray. The LRV of Dried Thyme is 21.
These colors are not all that similar, but I wanted to show the comparison anyways, because the Rosemary/Dried Thyme color strip might be in your pile of samples!
Speaking of samples…
The fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to test your paint colors, is by ordering a peel-and-stick sample!
Samplize will ship you a large “sticker” made of actual paint. You can reposition it to check out the color in every area of your home.
The best part? It often ends up being cheaper than buying the test pots and sampling the old fashioned way. (Plus you can order all the colors you want!)
Canadian? Hello Paint does the same thing, without the expensive international shipping.
Acacia Haze Dupes
Now let’s just say that you can’t make it to Sherwin Williams (or prefer not to for some reason). Outside of a direct color match done by the store, what other options do you have?
Well as usual, I have dupes!
Benjamin Moore Acacia Haze Equivalent
I wasn’t able to get quite as close as I would typically like, in terms of finding a perfect Benjamin Moore color match for Acacia Haze.
In the end, I narrowed it down to two: Carolina Gull and Heather Gray.
Benjamin Moore Heather Gray (2139-40)
Heather Gray is the closest Benjamin Moore dupe for Acacia Haze. It has an LRV of 34.77, so it’s just a tiny bit lighter. It is also the slightest bit cooler.
All in all, not perfect, but Heather Gray would get the Acacia Haze job done, if you want a Benjamin Moore color.
Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull (2138-40)
Carolina Gull is another similar color to Acacia Haze, but quite popular in its own right.
Carolina Gull is a bit darker than Acacia Haze, with an LRV of 26.37, and slightly less gray.
Like the look of Carolina Gull? Read more in my post: Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull (The Latest in Sage Greens!)
Valspar Equivalent to Acacia Haze
I usually like to limit dupes to one or two of the closest options from each brand.
This time Valspar gave us a run for our money with Acacia Haze, and I found three close color matches that are all just a smidgeon off, but in different ways.
The best Valspar equivalents for Acacia Haze are: Secret Moss, Gray Expose, and Seafoam Storm.
*One important thing to note about Valspar colors, is that their LRVs don’t seem to jive with those of other brands, so we will just have to use our eyes.
Valspar Secret Moss (5005-2A)
According to Valspar, Secret Moss has an LRV of 31.96, which would make it basically the same as Acacia Haze.
We can see that Secret Moss is actually a little bit lighter.
Looking at the colors side by side, I think that Secret Moss is also just a hair more gray than Acacia Haze, but the difference is negligible.
Valspar Gray Expose (5007-2A)
I really think that Gray Expose and Acacia Haze have the same LRV, despite Valspar’s assessment that Gray Expose has an LRV of 30.55.
Where these colors differ, is that Gray Expose is considerably warmer than Acacia Haze. It is up there with olive tones, and not nearly as green.
Valspar Seafoam Storm (5002-1C)
Seafoam Storm is cooler and a little more gray than Acacia Haze. It is also lighter, but not quite as light as Secret Moss.
According to Valspar, the LRV of Seafoam Storm is 31.204.
Acacia Haze Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)
Color matches were a little easier over at Home Depot thankfully, with just one close option by Behr: Hunter’s Hollow.
Behr Hunter’s Hollow (MQ6-21)
Hunter’s Hollow is the best Behr dupe for Acacia Haze. It has the same LRV: 32.
The only difference is that Hunter’s Hollow is a bit warmer (more yellow) than Acacia Haze.
Don’t Forget Your Supplies!
This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!
Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.
DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)
This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.
Acacia Haze Final Moody Musings
That about wraps things up for my Acacia Haze review!
Shall we recap?
- Acacia Haze is a really pretty, not-too-light and not-too-dark gray green
- Use Acacia Haze on your cabinets for an unexpected pop of color in your kitchen
- Acacia Haze pairs well with just about any white or neutral, so it’s super easy to work with!
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