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Fall in Love with Cascades by Sherwin Williams (Plus Photos of Real Homes!) SW 7623

    I feel like you can almost smell Sherwin Williams Cascades. (In a good way!) If you could, it would smell like the fresh mist from a waterfall, deep in the forest.

    Cascades is a truly original paint color. There are not a lot of other shades like it, and I definitely think that adds to the appeal!

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Cascades beside a waterfall surrounded by dark blue green rocks

    Here we will put Cascades in a color palette, try and place it on a color strip, wander through some real homes, and finally, take a look at some alternatives from other brands.

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    Let’s hop to it!

    What Color is Sherwin Williams Cascades (SW 7623)

    Cascades by Sherwin Williams, is a very deep green that verges on a teal or turquoise color. It’s pretty saturated, so even though it’s technically as dark as some black paint colors, it doesn’t ever look black.

    A sunburst mirror with Cascades written in the middle, and Cascades on the wall behind it
    Background photo credit: @mldesignskc

    When we get to real homes, I will be sure to point out to you where it looks it’s absolute darkest.

    LRV of Sherwin Williams Cascades

    As I mentioned, Cascades is technically as dark as some black paint colors.

    What does that even mean if it doesn’t look black??

    Well, I’ll tell you!

    The LRV of Cascades is 4.

    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.

    Paint brush swipe of Cascades

    Basically, at 4, Cascades is nearly as “dark” (or non-reflective) as paint colors get. The reason it doesn’t look quite that dark, is because it’s a pretty bright color.

    (Bright, not light!)

    It has a lot of color in it, verses completely grayed out and desaturated black paint colors.

    Undertones: Is Cascades Warm or Cool

    SW Cascades has cool blue-green undertones. In real life, it is definitely more blue than it appears on the color chip. It is not warm at all.

    (Although you may feel warm and cozy when you’re looking at it!)

    Open can of Cascades paint on a canvas drop cloth with the lid beside it, and a paintbrush covered in the same dark blue-green
    Photo Credit: @bronzecottage

    A lot of people think that cool colors are stark and uninviting. This is not the case! Cool tones are just an area on the color wheel, and nothing more. (Although with whites you do have to be more careful!)

    Cool toned colors are actually preferred colors for bedrooms and spas, because they are relaxing.

    Cascades Color Strip

    I seem to always be caught out with colors lately that don’t have a traditional color strip!

    Once again, Cascades is one of those Sherwin Williams colors that are part of a collection, and NOT on a typical light-to-dark color strip.

    Oh joy.

    Here are the colors from the actual Sherwin Williams color strip for Cascades:

    Cascades Sherwin Williams Color Strip including Gale Force, Santorini Blue, Deep Sea Dive, Saeworthy, Cascades, Mount Etna, and Marea Baha

    You can see that it doesn’t really follow a trend. All very pretty oceanic colors though! (But all pretty dark.)

    Official Sherwin Williams Cascades Color Strip:

    Gale Force (SW 7605)

    LRV 6

    Santorini Blue (SW 7607)

    LRV 14

    Deep Sea Dive (SW 7618)

    LRV 10

    Seaworthy (SW 7620)

    LRV 7

    Cascades (SW 7623)

    LRV 4

    Mount Etna (SW 7625)

    LRV 6

    Marea Baja (SW 9185)

    LRV 8

    Lighter Version of Cascades

    I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so here are a couple of lighter and darker alternatives to Cascades:

    Suggested Lighter and Darker versions of SW Cascades, including Lagoon, Deep Sea Dive, and Greenblack

    Lagoon (SW 6480)

    Lagoon is a fair bit lighter than Cascades, with an LRV of 20, but it’s still a darker mid-toned color.

    Deep Sea Dive (SW 7618)

    Deep Sea Dive is from the official SW color strip. It seems like a pretty good lighter option, but it is still fairly dark.

    Darker Version of Cascades

    Greenblack (SW 6994)

    If you want a color “darker” than Cascades (meaning more black) Greenblack would be the perfect blue-green-black alternative.

    You can see more from Greenblack in my Dark Green Paint Colors post.

    Another dark alternative would be Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green.

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Color Palette

    Cascades coordinating color palette featuring Palladian Blue, Coral Clay, Nuance, Agreeable Gray and Cascades over a background of colorful succulents

    Cascades Complementary & Coordinating Colors

    Sherwin Williams Coral Clay

    Coral Clay comes pretty close to a lightened version of the “official” complementary color (the shade directly across the color wheel) for Cascades.

    Paint drop of Sherwin Williams Cascades beside a drop of Sherwin Williams Coral Clay

    Technically the complementary color is a very dark purple-burgundy, but it’s hard to put ultra dark colors together like that.

    Sherwin Williams suggests a bright rusty orange called “Hearty Orange.”

    Hearty Orange SW 6622

    For a compromise in this region, choose your perfect color from this post: The Best Terracotta Colors to Paint Your Walls

    Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

    Palladian Blue had a HUGE cult following about 7 or 8 years ago, and now you don’t see it quite as often.

    It was popular because it’s a gorgeous shade, and that hasn’t changed! Palladian is beautiful with Cascades.

    Paint drop of Sherwin Williams Cascades beside a drop of Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

    For a similar option, you might like Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.

    Sherwin Williams Nuance

    Full disclosure, I had not seen Nuance before I started writing this post!

    It looks like a great neutral that fits nicely between white, and popular whole-home shades like Agreeable Gray or Accessible Beige.

    Paint drop of Sherwin Williams Cascades beside a drop of Sherwin Williams Nuance

    If you like the look of Nuance, you would probably also like Sherwin Williams Shoji White.

    Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

    Paint drop of Sherwin Williams Cascades beside a drop of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

    If you aren’t familiar with Agreeable Gray, I would bet that you only just started shopping for paint colors!

    Hop over here if you want to read more about this classic Sherwin Williams color: Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray (How to Choose!)

    In short, Agreeable Gray is a versatile and comforting greige that looks great with Cascades (and almost anything else).

    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.

    What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Cascades?

    Let’s take a look at how different trim colors will look with Cascades!

    White Paint that Goes with Cascades

    High Reflective White is the whitest white that Sherwin Williams offers. This would be a high-contrast option.

    Snowbound is a trim color I really like because it sits between bright white and overly creamy shades.

    Alabaster is every gal’s favorite white. (Not mine! That would be Chantilly Lace, because I’m stubborn.) It’s a creamier “farmhouse white.”

    Sherwin Williams Cascades with a variety of trim colors and choices

    Wood Trim

    Take a quick peak at that mock-up and decide what you think before I continue.

    This is the first time I am ever saying this about a green: I don’t know that I’m a fan of Cascades with wood trim.

    Typically I always think that green loves wood tones, but I am getting serious 90’s vibes from this combo, and not in a good way.

    This is just my opinion. If you are even a little younger than me, you won’t remember the teal/forest green and burgundy craze. Blessings, young friends.

    A color scheme like this was usually accompanied by a collection of ceramic chickens or pigs.

    Is a dark moody green like Cascades also a historic color that could be used with wood trim? Probably yes.

    For me: It’s a no.

    Cascades paint swipe over a background of a waterfall

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Home Interior

    Kick off your shoes and bra, because the wait is over!

    Here is Cascades in real life homes:

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Living Room

    First I would like to take you to Lindsey’s house (@houseon172), for a clinic on shiplap feature walls:

    Living Room Feature wall in Sherwin Williams Cascades
    Photo Credit: @houseon172

    That’s it. That’s the clinic.

    Just do whatever Lindsey does!

    Living Room Feature wall in Sherwin Williams Cascades
    Photo Credit: @houseon172

    Speaking of what Lindsey does: How much do we love her curated collection of inspiring wall art?

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Green shiplap feature wall
    Photo Credit: @houseon172
    SW Cascades on built in
    Photo Credit: @houseon172

    I’m actually pretty sure she made those herself, but I will get back to you on that!

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Dining Room

    Cascades is often used on an accent wall, because it is such a bold color.

    At the @bronzecottage, Cascade green walls are tempered with a good amount of creamy white to keep the dining room from getting too dark.

    Sherwin Williams Cascades on the top part of a wall with a window. The rest of the wall is cream.
    Photo Credit: @bronzecottage

    Despite the natural light and white accents (or possibly because of them) this is about the darkest that Cascades ever looks.

    The color scheme is complemented with lots of natural toned accesories:

    SW Alabaster built ins in front of a dark green SW Cascades wall
    Photo Credit: @bronzecottage
    SW Alabaster built ins in front of a dark green SW Cascades wall
    Photo Credit: @bronzecottage

    Such a soothing room!

    (To be honest, now that I have spent some time staring at it, I think this might actually be an office, but I’m leaving it in the dining room category because the chandelier and wood table fooled me. You still get the picture!)

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Bedroom

    Cascades isn’t in a lot of bedrooms, which is a bit of a surprise, because generally that’s a good place to experiment with color!

    Here it is in the main bedroom of Hannah’s house (@thenewlywedwards):

    Photo Credit: @thenewlywedwards

    I do like Cascades with this light natural wood, despite my anti-wood trim rant earlier. It’s a bit fresher!

    Cascades on Walls and Ceiling

    Often with bold colors we are faced with a choice: To paint the ceiling, or to not paint the ceiling.

    I find that a dark ceiling with light walls tends to raise the ceiling. Here’s an example, using Sherwin Williams Cyberspace:

    Another angle of man bedroom with Cyberspace shiplap ceiling and natural wood beams
    Photo Credit: @in_vest_homes

    In my opinion, dark ceilings with dark walls tend to bring down the ceiling for a cozier feel.

    Here we can see that featuring SW Cascades:

    Sherwin Williams Cascades in a dark green mudroom.
    Photo Credit: @thenewlywedwards

    This is the entryway at Hannah’s house. She used Cascades on the wood ceiling as well as the walls, but kept the trim and doors a crisp white.

    I love how jewel-y this room looks!

    Cascades entry in the background with brandywine plant wall in foreground
    Photo Credit: @thenewlywedwards

    Hannah used a terracotta shade as a coordinating color, just like we talked about when we were looking at color palettes! She chose Sherwin Williams Brandywine.

    This next room is the brain child of the team at ML Designs (@mldesignskc):

    Cascades on walls, ceilings, and trim in a reading room office library
    Photo Credit: @mldesignskc

    “This gorgeous reading room was just what this client asked for. She wanted a beautiful space to display and read her books. I love the bold color Marci and Keely chose to wrap the walls and ceiling with. It gives the space a cozy and inviting feel.” – ML Designs

    This time Cascades is not only on the walls and ceiling, but on the doors and trim too!

    Cascades on walls, ceilings, and trim in a reading room office library
    Photo Credit: @mldesignskc

    The reason that I say “in my opinion” the ceilings feel lower and cozier, is because we all have eyes and different perceptions. ML Designs shared this office/study on their Instagram, and at least one person commented that the ceilings look higher.

    Because ML Designs themselves said that they were going for a cozy feel, I tend to think more people perceive it this way, but it was worth mentioning.

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Laundry Room

    This photo is taken in artifical light, so it looks warmer and darker than I’m sure it looks in real life, but I still wanted to share Lindey’s laundry room:

    Cascades on laundry room feature wall with a sign that reads house one seventy two
    Photo Credit: @houseon172

    So fun!

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Kitchen Cabinets

    You knew I wouldn’t leave you without pictures of Cascades on cabinets!

    Here are Cascades double islands in a roomy two toned kitchen also by ML Designs:

    Cascades double island cabinets in a bold teal color with white perimeter cabinets and warm wood floors
    Photo Credit: @mldesignskc

    Not to be outdone, our friend Lindsey has also used Cascades in her kitchen:

    Cascades on an island in a Dover WHite kitchen
    Photo Credit: @houseon172

    She paired her island with Sherwin Williams Dover White wall cabinets.

    Love that white choice!

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Exterior

    We really lucked out today, and I get to show you Cascades in allll kind of exterior lights and angles. Typically with bold colors we are lucky to find one or two photos.

    This first exterior belongs to Liz (@elizbatman), but Amy (@amy_krane_color) was the mastermind behind the color choices: Cascades and SW Antique White.

    Cascades exterior on a greek revival farmhouse with antique white shutter and trim
    Photo Credit: @elizbatman

    Pretty, right?

    closeup of back of Cascades exterior on a greek revival farmhouse with antique white shutters and trim
    Photo credit: @elizbatman

    I think Amy was right to choose a soft white for the trim and shutters. It suits this older farmhouse style so well!

    Back of Cascades exterior on a greek revival farmhouse with antique white shutters and trim
    Photo Credit: @elizbatman

    Funny enough, the new color scheme is close to a reversal of the original color scheme:

    House exterior before Cascades, butter yellow farmhouse with dark green shutters
    Photo Credit: @elizbatman


    After photo of Cascades exterior on a greek revival farmhouse with antique white shutters and trim
    Photo Credit: @elizbatman

    Garage before:

    Garage exterior before Cascades, butter yellow barn style with dark green garage doors and trim
    Photo Credit: @lizbatman

    After – Cascades and Antique White:

    Cascades barn style garage exterior with antique white trim and doors
    Photo Credit: @elizbatman

    I love the solid creamy white of the garage doors against the deep green of Cascades.

    Here is the other Cascades exterior, this time at Claudia’s house (@laurelwoodhome).

    Sherwin Williams Cascades and SW Wool skein creamy white trim farmhouse exterior
    Photo Credit: @laurelwoodhome

    Claudia also chose a creamy color for her trim, this time it’s Sherwin Williams Wool Skein. It looks almost like an off-white when it’s outdoors and next to a dark color like Cascades, but it’s actually closer to beige.

    Front of Sherwin Williams Cascades and SW Wool skein creamy white trim farmhouse exterior
    Photo Credit: @laurelwoodhome
    Back of Sherwin Williams Cascades and SW Wool skein creamy white trim farmhouse exterior
    Photo Credit: @laurelwoodhome

    And an evening shot for drama, because why not?

    Sherwin Williams Cascades Exterior with Wool Skein trim, at night with patio lights
    Photo Credit: @laurelwoodhome

    Cascades on a Front Door

    The paint color photo fairy ran out of good deeds by the time I got to looking for a Cascades front door, but I do have something similar.

    Sherwin Williams Greenblack was the darker option I showed you on a color strip earlier, and I do have that on a front door:

    Sherwin Williams Greenblack on a front door of a white house with pumpkins on the step.
    Photo Credit: @thenottinghome

    Greenblack is less gray than Cascades, so essentially Cascades would look brighter or more “colorful” than this door does, but the general tone is the same.

    You can see more of this exterior in my post: Sherwin Williams White Flour (Review, Comparisons, and Dupes!)

    Cascades Dupes

    I have one really good dupe for you from Benjamin Moore, and the rest are not as close as I would typically like to be.

    Let’s take a look:

    Benjamin Moore Cascades Equivalent

    The closest dupe for Cascades from any brand, is Benjamin Moore Salamander.

    Benjamin Moore Salamander (2050-10)

    Benjamin Moore Salamander is almost the exact same color as Sherwin Williams Cascades, the difference is that it is a little more gray.

    Salamander vs Cascades on a wall behind a mint green couch

    The LRV of Salamander is 5.72.

    Here it is in real life:

    Salamander on a shiplap wall behind a coral couch
    Photo Credit: @shawn.n

    On the wall these two would be difficult to tell apart!

    Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Cascades

    I have a couple of Valspar Cascades alternatives to show you, but unfortunately “dupe” might be a bit of a stretch.

    The closest that I could get to Cascades are Royal Pine and Deep River Green.

    Valspar Royal Pine (5011-5)

    Royal Pine is lighter and brighter than than Cascades, but not too bad in the “spirit” of the color.

    SW Cascades beside Valspar alternative Royal Pine on a wall

    Valspar Deep River Green (5010-3)

    Deep River Green is deeper and darker than Royal Pine, so it is closer to Cascades in that sense, but you can see that it is quite a lot grayer.

    SW Cascades beside Valspar alternative Deep River Green on a wall

    Cascades Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)

    We didn’t fare a whole lot better in Behr colors. The closest color match that Behr carries (outside of getting an actual color match) is their shade Abysse.

    Behr Abysse (PPU12-01) 

    Abysse has an LRV of 9, and you can see that it is a good bit lighter than Cascades:

    SW Cascades beside behr alternative Abysse on a wall

    In terms of where it is on the color wheel, it’s pretty close to right.

    I actually think the lack of perfect matches could be one of the reasons that Cascades is so popular! It’s surprising to me that there can be sooo many paint colors, and yet original shades are still out there.

    Kudos to Sherwin Williams!

    Cascades Final Moody Musings

    Shall we take a quick walk through Cascades to recap?

    • Cascades is a deep moody green with hints of blue and aqua. Cascades is not a muted or grayed out color like so many popular dark shades
    • Use Cascades with terracotta for a bold complementary color scheme, or with neutrals for a classic look
    • Definitely consider Cascades for a poppin’ exterior statement

    I have been around the block a time or two with green paint colors! Feast your eyes on some of these alternatives:

    Black Forest Green color strip including Benjamin Moore colors Chalk white, woodlawn blue, mystic lake, porch swing, mideterranean teal, and black forest green
    Aegean Teal Color Strip Benjamin Moore 2136
    Sherwin Williams Homburg Gray color strip featuring extra white, Tinsmith, earl gray, and finally: Homburg Gray

    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.