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Dive Into Grays Harbor by Sherwin Williams (See it in Real Homes!)

    Looking for a darker color that strikes the perfect balance between gray and blue? Look no further than Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor!

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor on a wall of windows in a large main bedroom with greek villa on the other walls. A wood bed is front and center with crisp white linens.

    Don’t take my word for it though, let’s see Grays Harbor in real homes, get to know it in a color palette, and look at alternatives from other brands.

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    What Color is Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor (SW 6236)

    Grays Harbor is a deep blue gray. Reminiscent of a stormy sea, this color tends to stay very much a blue gray, but it can have the slightest green undertone.

    Sherwin WIlliams Grays Harbor swatched over a background of a sail boat in a harbor at sunset

    LRV and RBG of Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor

    The LRV of Grays Harbor is 12.

    What does that mean?

    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.

    the LRV of Grays Harbor plotted at 12 on a scale of 0 (true blacck) to 100 (Pure white) over a background of a greeny blue harbor with a sailboat and gray skies

    At 12, Grays Harbor is right at the dark end of mid-toned colors. I consider colors with LRV’s around 10 or lower to be truly dark.

    The RBG of Grays Harbor is Red 89, Green 99, Blue 104.

    Sherwin Williams provides the hex code for Grays Harbor as: #596368

    What Are the Undertones of Grays Harbor

    In general, I would say that you can take Grays Harbor almost at face value. It can on occasion have the slightest green undertone. It really does remind me of the ocean. It’s usually a calm deep blue, but can have that slight aquatic murky-ness to it.

    Paint swatch of Grays Harbor over a background of the sea, with the hex chart below

    You don’t need to worry about Grays Harbor looking purple like some blue grays do. It is definitely on the green side of blue.

    Is Grays Harbor Warm or Cool

    Grays Harbor is a cool paint color. If you were to place it side by side with more royally blue tones, it will look a little warmer, but it’s pretty squarely in the blue color family. (Cool tones all the way, baby!)

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    Grays Harbor Color Strip

    Lucky for us, this one actually has a light to dark color strip, so we don’t need to guess:

    Grays Harbor color strip features Misty, Samovar Silver, Uncertain Gray, Cadet, foggy day, Grays Harbor, and Dark Night over a background of a calm gray day at sea and a sailboat

    The other shades from this Sherwin Williams color strip are:

    • Misty (SW 6232)
    • Samovar Silver (SW 6233)
    • Uncertain Gray (SW 6234)
    • Cadet (SW 9143)
    • Foggy Day (SW 6235)
    • Dark Night (SW 6237)

    Lighter Version of Grays Harbor

    One shade lighter than Gray’s Harbor on the same color strip, is the color Foggy Day.

    I do actually have a post for that color, and you can read it here: Sherwin Williams Foggy Day (Review and Dupes!)

    A brass wall sconce on a foggy day wall with a white bed and a black and white cat resting
    Foggy Day – Photo Credit: @borderingonfinished

    Darker Version of Grays Harbor

    Dark Night is one shade darker than Grays Harbor on the same color strip. It’s a bit difficult to truly get a darker version of this color because any color that’s darker will start to read navy or black.

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor Color Palette

    Let’s take a look at some colors that you can use with the deep blue of Grays Harbor:

    Grays Harbor color palette features grays harbor, retreat, Greek Villa, Shiitake, Dolphin Fin, and Redend Point, all on paint can lids over a background of off white herringbone tile floor

    Coordinating Colors to Use with Grays Harbor

    Sherwin Williams Retreat

    To be honest, I feel like Retreat goes with almost anything, but sage greens always looks so good with deep blues.

    Swatch of Grays Harbor beside coordinating color Sherwin Williams Retreat

    See my post about this color here: Take a Vacation With Sherwin Williams Retreat (Complete Review & Dupes!)

    Sherwin Williams Greek Villa

    Greek Villa is a nice warm-but-neutral white from Sherwin Williams. This would be a great trim choice to bring out the blue of Grays Harbor.

    Swatch of Grays Harbor beside coordinating color Sherwin Williams Greek Villa

    We will see these two together in real life in just a few minutes!

    Sherwin Williams Redend Point

    Redend Point was the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year for 2023.

    This muted clay color looks amazing with all kinds of greens, as well as blues like Grays Harbor.

    Swatch of Grays Harbor beside coordinating color Sherwin Williams Redend Point

    Behr Dolphin Fin

    On paper, Behr Dolphin Fin looks greigey, but in real life it is a chameleon that stretches from soft greige to a blue-ish gray. Whichever look it serves, Dolphin Fin would be a great choice for a whole home neutral with Grays Harbor.

    Swatch of Grays Harbor beside coordinating color Behr Dolphin Fin

    Complementary Color for Grays Harbor

    The “official” complementary color for Grays Harbor is a deep gray brown. Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze is a great option:

    Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze with Grays Harbor

    Swatch of Grays Harbor beside complementary color Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

    This combo would be really nice on an exterior!

    What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor?

    White Paint that Goes with Grays Harbor

    I already mentioned that Sherwin Williams Greek Villa would be a really nice trim color with Grays Harbor, but what about other whites?

    Chantilly Lace is actually a Benjamin Moore color, but I just had to slide it in here because it’s my favorite true white. This one is pretty crisp and undertone-less for pairing with Grays Harbor.

    Grays Harbor with a variety of trim choices including Greek Villa, Chantilly Lace, Alabaster, and Pure White

    Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a darker creamier white without actually being an off-white. This is one of Sherwin Williams most popular choices for trim (or even white in general!).

    Sherwin Williams Pure White is a totally safe and neutral white choice for trim. It’s a soft white, so not super crisp or bright, but it isn’t as creamy as something like Alabaster.

    Don’t Forget Your Supplies!

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    This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.

    Can You Use Grays Harbor with Oak Trim?

    Grays Harbor looks beautiful with oak trim, but it will definitely look more blue:

    Oak floors and trim with Grays Harbor walls. A large white canvas hangs on the wall.
    Photo Credit: @walnutandpinedsign

    This is because the orange in the oak emphasizes the blue tones which are opposite on the color wheel.

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor for Your Home’s Interior

    Now for the moment of truth: Time to see what Grays Harbor really looks like!

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor on Kitchen Cabinets

    Let’s get straight to the good stuff, shall we? Let’s take a look at Grays Harbor on kitchen cabinets!

    Lucky for us, I have the perfect example kitchen to show you. Thanks to the team at Revive Home Furnishings (@revivehome_kc) for these lovely photos:

    Grays Harbor cabinets with built-in stove on the countertop
    Photo Credit: @revivehome_kc

    Grays Harbor is the perfect moody blue for cabinets. It’s such an unexpected color, without being too “out there.”

    Here it looks its deepest, darkest, best:

    Grays Harbor on kitchen cabinets
    Photo Credit: @revivehome_kc

    It was smart to keep the backsplash and countertops light in here, particularly when they went with Grays Harbor on all of the cabinets and island.

    The crisp white is nice breathing room for your eyes.

    Grays Harbor on kitchen cabinets and an oven on the right side
    Photo Credit: @revivehome_kc

    If you have a lot of cabinets and are worried that Grays Harbor will make your kitchen too dark, you could always do a two-toned look.

    I’ve got lots of examples in this post: 27+ Fresh Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinet Ideas for 2022 (With Pictures!)

    Grays Harbor cabinets with geometric backsplash tiles
    Photo Credit: @revivehome_kc

    Grays Harbor with Existing Oak Cabinets

    You might be here because you want to know how Grays Harbor will look if you already have oak cabinets.

    Here is an example I put together so that you can get an idea of how the colors work together:

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor on a kitchen wall behind oak cabinets with a white backsplash.

    I personally like the combination. I think the super warm orangey tones of the oak are complementary of the blue in Grays Harbor. For that same reason, you should expect this color to look its most blue in this scenario.

    Here is a real life example from Walnut and Pine Design (@walnutandpinedesign) with oak built ins:

    Oak built in cabinets with Grays Harbor walls and a desk in between
    Photo Credit: @walnutandpinedesign

    You can see that the blue looks a bit more vivid with the oak around it. (Just like we talked about with trim.)

    Grays Harbor in the Living Room

    Here is another photo by Walnut and Pine Design, this time with Grays Harbor in a living room.

    Grays Harbor on living room walls with oak trim and floors and a white ceiling. A large black dog is front and center.
    Photo Credit: @walnutandpinedesign

    It looks perfect with this black and oak doggo!

    Grays Harbor on living room walls with oak trim and floors and a white ceiling.
    Photo Credit: @walnutandpinedesign

    Grays Harbor on an Accent Wall

    If you are curious about using Grays Harbor for an accent wall, here we can see exactly that, with a board and batten fireplace feature wall by Heiler Painting (@heilerpainting):

    Fireplace wall in Grays Harbor over board and batten that reaches from the fireplace up to the high vaulted ceiling. The other walls are an off white
    Photo Credit: @heilerpainting

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor in a Bedroom

    This next room is a lovely example of Grays Harbor. It was also used as an accent in this space, framing out the wall of windows.

    Grays Harbor on an accent wall in a large bedroom with  greek villa walls and big windows and white linens on the bed
    Photo Credit: @interiorscoutco

    This main bedroom by Interior Scout Co (@interiorscoutco) is a very large space, but Grays Harbor helps it look cozy and comfortable.

    Grays Harbor on an accent wall in a large bedroom with creamy white greek villa walls and big windows and white linens on the bed
    Photo Credit: @interiorscoutco

    The creamy white on the rest of the walls, is Sherwin Williams Greek Villa.

    Grays Harbor on an accent wall in a large bedroom with greek villa walls and big windows and white linens on the bed
    Photo Credit: @interiorscoutco

    One more for good measure:

    Grays Harbor wall behind two chairs in a large bedroom with Greek Villa on the other wall.
    Photo Credit: @interiorscoutco

    What a beautiful space! In Europe they would toss a mini fridge in there and call it a studio apartment.

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor in a Bathroom

    I wasn’t able to find Grays Harbor on bathroom walls, but here it is on a vanity:

    Grays Harbor on bathroom vanity with black hardware. On the wall behind is soft gray shiplap. The rest of the walls are white.
    Photo Credit: @borderingonfinished

    I am getting major coastal vibes from this bath.

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor on an Exterior

    Now that we have seen Grays Harbor all over inside the home, let’s move outside and see it on an exterior!

    This home was repainted by Headwaters Painting (@headwaters_painting_llc):

    Grays Harbor on an exterior in a green grassy yard
    Photo Credit: @headwaters_painting_llc

    In this first picture it looks more blue, and in the next one it looks a little more blue-green-gray:

    Grays Harbor on an exterior in a green grassy yard
    Photo Credit: @headwaters_painting_llc

    Grays Harbor would also look great with white trim, or even a dark trim, like Urbane Bronze.

    Grays Harbor Compared to Other Blue Gray Paint Colors

    There is really only one commonly compared blue gray from Sherwin Williams, and that is Waterloo.

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor vs Waterloo

    Waterloo and Grays Harbor are actually more similar than you might think from this picture:

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor on half of a wall and the color Waterloo on the other half, behind a counter full of little plants in white pots

    Gray Harbor is just a lot more gray, but both are in pretty much the exact same area on the color wheel.

    If you were considering Waterloo but it’s just a bit too bright, Grays Harbor would be perfect.

    Dupes for Grays Harbor

    Want to use a different brand of paint? Here are some dupes for Grays Harbor from Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Valspar.

    Grays Harbor dupes Powell Gray, City Rain, and Iron Frost, swatched with Grays Harbor over a photo of a rough sea at sunset

    Benjamin Moore Grays Harbor Equivalent

    The best dupe from Benjamin Moore for Grays Harbor is the color Powell Gray:

    Benjamin Moore Powell Gray (CW-665)

    Powell Gray is a little bit lighter and more saturated (less gray) than Grays Harbor. It is also the tiniest bit warmer (more green).

    Grays Harbor and Benjamin Moore equivalent Powell Gray, each on half of a wall behind a dark gray sofa

    Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Grays Harbor

    From Lowe’s, the best color match for Grays Harbor, is the color Iron Frost.

    Valspar Iron Frost (4007-2B)

    I actually just realized that Iron Frost was my Valspar dupe for Foggy Day as well. You can see why, because it is a good bit lighter than Grays Harbor.

    Sherwin Williams Grays Harbor on half of a wall and Valspar version Iron Frost on the other half behind a teal and white console table. White wainscoting is on the lower 1/4 of the wall

    It is still the best tone match, so that’s why I went with this one.

    Grays Harbor Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)

    From Home Depot, the best match that I could find for Grays Harbor, is the Behr color City Rain.

    Behr City Rain (PPU25-21)

    City Rain is just a little darker and more saturated (less gray) than Grays Harbor.

    Behr Grays Harbor equivalent City Rain on half of a wall with Grays Harbor on the other half behind a modern gray sofa in a living room.

    This looks like a really beautiful color!

    Here’s a quick recap of all the dupes. You can see that Powell Gray is definitely the closest:

    Grays Harbor background with swatches of dupes Powell Gray, Iron Frost, and City Rain over top, and a small graphic of white waves.

    Grays Harbor Pros & Cons

    Let’s wrap this up and put a bow on it, shall we?

    Grays Harbor is a perfect deep moody blue, that isn’t super dark. It’s ideal for cabinets, exteriors, or feature walls.

    I would not suggest using Grays Harbor on all of the walls in a room unless you have adequate lighting or you’re okay with a very cozy space.

    Sherwin Williams Foggy Day paint dot over a photo of foggy London
    Paint drop of Homburg Gray over a living room with a mount on one wall and simple victorian Inspired furniture
    Swatch of Hale Navy over a background of a Hale Navy wall with a wood mantled fireplace