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Don’t Choose Sherwin Williams Pewter Green Before Reading! (Plus Dupes) SW 6208

    Pewter Green is an amazing medium to dark gray green that actually manages to have a metallic (pewtery) quality. This color will “Sher-ly” impress in your home. (I’ll see myself out.)

    Actually it will impress outside of your home too, as it is becoming a top pick for exterior paint!

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    What Color Is Sherwin Williams Pewter Green (SW 6208)

    Pewter Green by Sherwin Williams is a deep shade of gray-green that can look anywhere from a dark sage or olive to a dark gray.

    It is absolutely a green, so even if the swatch fools you, it will not look like a straight up gray on your walls.

    Technically, it is an olive green, that leans slightly more green than brown.

    Here is a look at Pewter Green using the hex code:

    Pewter Green Undertones

    Pewter Green most often has cool almost metallic undertones, but (and it’s a big but) it can also look warm and olivey.

    So Is Pewter Green Warm or Cool?

    This is a tricky one! Like I said, it most often leans cool, but it does have more warm yellow tones than lots of other gray greens do. For this reason, I would label Pewter Green as a neutral.

    It’s a warm gray green, but it looks cooler than you might think.

    Pewter Green RGB and Hex Code

    From Sherwin Williams:

    • RGB: 94, 98, 89
    • Hex Value: #5e6259

    LRV of Pewter Green by Sherwin Williams

    Pewter Green has an LRV of 12, which means it is a darker color. In my experience truly DARK colors tend to have an LRV of 10 or less, but 12 is right there on the edge.

    What’s an LRV anyways?

    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.

    Pewter Green plotted at 12 on an LRV chart from 0 (black) to 100 (white) over a background of a misty green canyon

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green Color Palettes

    I made a couple of color palettes to inspire you to use this fabulous color! The first one incorporates Pewter Green’s complementary color, and the second is some coordinating colors that I like.

    Complementary Color Palette for Pewter Green

    Complementary colors are those that are directly across the color wheel from Pewter Green, which in this case is the purple family.

    Technically a complementary color would be a bright lilac tone, but I chose a more subtle mauve.

    Graphic for Pewter Green Complementary Colors. 4 Colored dots beside a leafy purple and green plant picture. Colors are Pewter green, snowbound, sea salt, and autumn orchid.

    Sherwin Williams Autumn Orchid (9157)

    Autumn Orchid is a rich mauvey-gray color that complements Pewter Green beautifully. This would be a soothing color scheme in a bedroom.

    Sherwin Williams Snowbound (7004)

    Snowbound is a warm white color that isn’t actually purple, but it’s warm enough to achieve the same complementary goal. Snowbound is an exceptionally popular Sherwin Williams white.

    This would be a great choice as your “whole home” wall color if you want to feature Pewter Green in accents.

    Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (6204)

    Sea Salt is another whole-home color that is a much lighter version of Pewter Green. It’s a super liveable green that acts like a neutral.

    (pssst! Sea Salt is one of 16 Foolproof Neutrals in my color guide!)

    Graphic reads "Nail down your neutral color scheme in 60 minutes or less" with an image of the foolproof neutrals ebook. Button below reads "Show me how!"

    Pewter Green Coordinating Color Palette

    Luckily Pewter Green is a pretty adaptable shade! It coordinates particularly well with warm tones like beige, tan, and terracotta.

    Graphic reads "Sherwin Williams Pewter Green Color Palette" and colored paint dots. Large dot in center top is Pewter green. Other colors from top left to bottom right are BM Chantilly Lace, SW Cavern Clay, BM Carolina Gull, SW Shoji White, SW Ripe Olive, and BM Smokey Taupe.

    If warm colors are not your thing, try Pewter Green with a greige like Agreeable Gray or Accessible Beige.

    Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (OC-65)

    Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is my favorite white at the moment! It is a nice true white, but without the stark “hospital white” vibe.

    Sample dots of Pewter Green and Chantilly Lace over a living room background with charcoal walls, gray couch, and white accents.

    It’s just warm enough to give you a good feeling, but doesn’t read yellow in the least.

    Chantilly Lace is actually in the green color family, which is why it would coordinate great with Pewter Green!

    Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay (7701)

    Another favorite right now, Cavern Clay by Sherwin Williams, just seems to go with every color that is trending.

    It’s a muted orange-red tone, but vibrant enough to make a statement.

    Sample dots of Pewter Green and cavern clay over a background of a studio apartment with a brick wall, lots of plants, and white accents.

    Even though complementary colors for Pewter Green should be in the purple family, I actually think a shade of terracotta would be the best complement.

    (Here are all of my favorite terracotta colors.)

    Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull (2138-40)

    I recently made a whole post about Carolina Gull by Benjamin Moore!

    Sample strips of Pewter Green and Carolina Gull beside a photo of a plant display ladder in front of a wall similar in color to Pewter Green.

    Carolina Gull is a beautiful light to mid toned sage that coordinates well with Pewter Green in a monochromatic moment.

    Sea Salt, from the complementary colors palette, would look amazing with Carolina Gull and Pewter Green, if you were to commit to an all-green color scheme.

    Sherwin Williams Shoji White (7042)

    Shoji White is a white that is the softest shade of tan. It could be described as a farmhouse white.

    It isn’t over the top warm – which I like – it’s more neutral.

    Sample dots of Pewter Green and shoji white over a background of a studio apartment living room with a large tropical plant, a charcoal textured wall, funky lights, and a milk crate coffee table.

    You can read all about Shoji White here.

    Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive (6209)

    We’ll be visiting Ripe Olive in just a moment, but here is a quick preview:

    Sample dots of Pewter Green and ripe olive over a background of a white bed with all white bedding, on a white wood floor, in front of a white wall, with lots of plants.

    Ripe Olive, Sea Salt, and Pewter Green are actually all on the same color strip:

    Pewter Green Color strip runs from Spare White to Ripe Olive and also features Sea Salt, Comfort Gray, Oyster Bay, Acacia Haze, and Retreat

    Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe (983)

    Smokey Taupe by Benjamin Moore is another versatile neutral color. It looks quite beige when it is in a tiny dot on the color palette, but it’s truly an earthy color that is closer to a mushroom.

    Sample dots of Pewter Green and smokey taupe over a background of a living room with Scandinavian furniture, lots of plants, natural wood tones, and white walls.

    Smokey taupe somewhat mimics the color of natural wood, so of course it looks great with Pewter Green!

    Like this one? Check out my post The 3 Faces of Smokey Taupe on Kitchen Cabinets

    Sherwin Williams Krypton (6247)

    Krypton by Sherwin Williams is a light powdery blue color.

    Krypton didn’t make the palette, but I thought I would include it as a coordinating color because it looks quite nice with Pewter Green.

    Sample dots of Pewter Green and krypton over a background of a dining room with Scandinavian furniture, lots of plants, natural wood tones, and white walls.

    If you are looking for a color to go with Pewter Green that isn’t as warm, try Krypton!

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green Inside Your Home

    Let’s take a look at some savvy homeowners and designers who have used Pewter Green inside the home!

    Pewter Green Kitchen Cabinets

    If you’ve been scrolling about here, you know I love me some Green Kitchen Cabinets!

    The team at The Finishing Room (@thefinishingroommke) used Pewter Green for an oak cabinet makeover in this kitchen:

    Pewter Green wall of cabinets with white tile, gray countertops, and light gray walls.
    Photo Credit: @thefinishingroommke

    They opted for black hardware in this kitchen, but gold or brass would look amazing too!

    Close up of Pewter Green cabinets with gray stone countertops and a white backsplash
    Photo Credit: @thefinishingroommke

    If you have a lot of natural wood tones in your house, this is a great color to make those pop. Warm wood is a common thread through all three of the Pewter Green kitchens I have to show you.

    Pewter Green cabinets with honey oak flooring in a kitchen with a white backsplash and gray stone countertops
    Photo Credit: @thefinishingroommke

    They did not share the updated wall color in this kitchen, but if I had to guess, I think it could be Repose Gray. It’s on the same color strip as Sherwin Williams Acier.

    Marjorie (@marjorie_verschueren) also used Pewter Green for the cabinets in her light and airy kitchen.

    Pewter Green Kitchen cabinets and island with honey oak floors in a bright kitchen with creamy walls
    Photo Credit: @marjorie_verschueren

    I’m only just realizing how amazing it is that you can call this kitchen light and airy when it has such deep dark cabinets!

    Marjorie used Pewter Green on all of her cabinets including the island. If you are concerned about the darkness, you could try it on only your island.

    The walls in this kitchen are Sherwin Williams Oyster White and Pure White is on the trim and ceiling.

    Kitchen with all Pewter Green cabinets and island with Oyster White walls and wicker pendant lights.
    Photo Credit: @marjorie_verschueren

    Finally, an all-star around here, Lindsay (@silo.hill) used Pewter Green for the kitchen cabinets in her previous home:

    Pewter Green cabinets with gold hardware and white countertops in a bright open plan kitchen and living room.
    Photo Credit: @silo.hill

    She used plenty of green in her current home too! You can see more from her in my Acacia Haze post.

    Pewter Green in the Bedroom

    I LOVE the home of Kelli from Walnut & Pine Design! She has used all kinds of coordinating dark greens including, of course, Pewter Green:

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on a bedroom wall with a honey oak rustic bed frame and white linens
    Photo Credit: @walnutandpinedesign

    The bedroom is a boho, plant-girl, mid-century modern mashup, and I am here for it!

    It’s worth noting that this bedroom has boatloads of natural light, so it can handle the dark moodiness of Pewter Green. Although if there is one place you are going all in, why not the bedroom?

    Pewter Green walls in a well lit main bedroom with white bedding and eclectic furniture.
    Photo Credit: @walnutandpinedesign

    If you want to see more of Kelli’s place, head on over to my Rock Bottom post, it’s another deep and moody gray green that you are sure to love!

    Work From Home with Pewter Green in Your Office

    Here is more Pewter Green and oak in this office set up:

    Pewter Green on an office wall with honey oak cabinets and window trim
    Photo Credit: @thefinishingroommke

    SW Pewter Green on a Feature/Accent Wall

    More than likely you might be considering Pewter Green as an accent color rather than a wall color for your entire space. Here is an inspired design by Wood Visions (@wood_visions), another series regular around here:

    Pewter Green on a geometric wood feature wall in a white living room with a cream sofa
    Photo Credit: @wood_visions

    Pewter Green in a Bathroom

    I thought that I had Pewter Green in a bathroom, but alas the photo has escaped me. Here is a similar color, Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue:

    Benjamin Moore Pewter Green lookalike Vintage Vogue on Board and Batten wall behind a vintage wood vanity in a bathroom with a white sink and black built-in faucet
    Photo Credit: @jenna.rachelle

    Pewter Green will look just a bit cooler than this.

    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.

    Pewter Green on an Exterior

    Grays and navy blues were ruling the exterior color world for a long time, but green is starting to make a huge impression.

    Pewter Green is such a versatile gray-green color that it works great for an exterior. Painting the outside of your home is always fun because it doesn’t matter how dark you go!

    Louis (@L_Mario) used Pewter Green as an unexpected choice for his brick exterior:

    Adorable Pewter Green Brick Front home with lime green front door and charcoal or black garage door.
    Photo Credit: @l_mario

    The pop of lime on the door adds a quirky touch!

    Louis has white windows, but this color would look just as good with trendy black ones.

    Pewter Green painted brick with white windows and an overflowing planter box
    Photo Credit: @l_mario

    The luscious overflowing planter box is painted in Urbane Bronze. Here is another look:

    Pewter Green painted brick exterior side view of the house with white windows and an Urbane Bronze planter box.
    Photo Credit: @l_mario

    Pewter Green on a Front Door

    Of course you might be interested in dipping your toes into Pewter Green, with a smaller project like your front door! I’ve got you covered.

    Darcey of @charminggreenhouse, used Pewter Green for her front door:

    Pewter Green front door says "welcome" with a wreath above on a lighter sage green exterior.
    Photo Credit: @charminggreenhouse

    I believe the exterior siding was already this color when they got the home, but if you are dying for a dupe, it’s very similar to Sherwin Williams Svelte Sage.

    Shoji White with Svelte Sage on bedroom wall
    Photo credit: @highlohome

    Eventually Darcey added a screen door, also in Pewter Green:

    Pewter Green front door with matching screen door, decorated for halloween on a lighter sage green exterior. A skeleton sits to the right of the door.
    Photo Credit: @charminggreenhouse

    I love how the dark sage of Pewter Green pairs with the light sage, but this color on a door would also look amazing on a white, gray, brown, or even blue house.

    Pewter Green Dupes from Other Brands

    Can’t get to Sherwin Williams? Here are the best dupes for Pewter Green from other popular brands:

    Pewter Green dupes from other brands swatched over a background of Pewter Green. Colors are Enchanted Forest, Vintage Vogue, Backwoods, Painted Turtle and Blackened Pine

    Pewter Green Benjamin Moore Equivalent

    Finding a color match to Pewter Green in Benjamin Moore was quite the challenge! I found a lot of sage greens that were the right tone, but just way too light. In the end, I think Vintage Vogue is probably the best overall match:

    Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue (462)

    Vintage Vogue is one of my favorite dark green paint colors ever. It’s such a warm and complicated hue. Love it!

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a pink chair and some plants. Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue is on the other half.

    Vintage Vogue is a touch darker and mossier than Pewter Green.

    You can read more about this color here: Benjamin Moore Vintage Vogue Review (Plus Dupes!)

    Here are the other Benjamin Moore options that could work in place of Pewter Green:

    Pewter Green vs Benjamin Moore greens including swatches of Vintage Vogue, Backwoods, and Enchanted Forest

    Benjamin Moore Enchanted Forest (700)

    Enchanted Forest by Benjamin Moore is another shade similar to Pewter Green but not quite on.

    I found that a lot of Benjamin Moore colors were just a touch too green, too blue, or too yellow.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a wooden console table. Benjamin Moore Enchanted Forest is on the other half of the wall.

    These colors may not be an exact match, but they have a similar feel.

    Benjamin Moore Backwoods (469)

    Backwoods is seriously trending, and is the closest Benjamin Moore color in terms of LRV to Pewter Green, but it’s still more green.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall with a macrame hanging behind a gray sofa with tan cushions. vs Benjamin Moore Backwoods on the other half.

    Backwoods lacks a certain smokyness that Pewter Green has mastered.

    An honorable mention goes to:

    Benjamin Moore Cushing Green (HC125)

    Cushing Green is a very popular sage color by Benjamin Moore. It’s a great option if you wanted something a little lighter than Pewter Green.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a rattan dining set and pampas grass. A cactus painting hangs on the wall. Benjamin Moore Cushing Green is on the other half of the wall.

    Pewter Green Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)

    If you wanted to get a version of Pewter Green at Home Depot, you’re in luck!

    Of all the color matches to Pewter Green, Behr has the closest with their deep green called “Painted Turtle.”

    Behr Painted Turtle (710F-6)

    Painted Turtle may be the slightest bit darker and more green than Pewter Green, but on a wall I don’t think you would ever know the difference.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a wooden sofa with cream cushions and a white side table. Behr Painted Turtle is on the other half.

    Pewter Green Valspar Equivalent (Lowes)

    The closest color match that Valspar offers for Pewter Green, is their shade Blackened Pine.

    Valspar Blackened Pine (5003-2C)

    Blackened Pine is a pretty good match to Pewter Green! It’s a bit darker, but overall has the same cozy and moody feeling.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a wooden bed and wall built-in with grey bedding and wooden side tables. Valspar Blackened Pine is on the other half.

    Pewter Green vs Other Sherwin Williams Greens

    Pewter Green is often being compared to not only other colors in the same strip, but to several other colors in the Evergreen Fog strip as well.

    Pewter Green color strip from Spare White to Ripe Olive compared to the Evergreen Fog color strip from Ethereal White to Shade Grown.

    The rival color strip is just a tiny bit warmer than the strip Pewter Green is on.

    Sherwin Williams Retreat (6207) vs Pewter Green

    Sherwin Williams Retreat is a lighter version of Pewter Green. It is from the same color strip.

    Retreat is more similar to Benjamin Moore’s Carolina Gull than it is to Pewter Green.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a mid century modern black hall table. Sherwin Williams Retreat is on the other half. In the center of the picture is a circle of Benjamin Moore's Carolina Gull.

    Retreat would be a good choice to use with Pewter Green, or instead, if you wanted something a little lighter.

    Sherwin Williams Rosemary (6187) vs Pewter Green

    Rosemary, as I mentioned, is very similar to Pewter Green, but slightly more olive in color.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on half of a wall behind a grey wooden bed and wall built-in with grey bedding and wooden side tables. Sherwin Williams Rosemary is on the other half.

    Rosemary would be a good choice if you wanted a deep green like Pewter Green, but don’t want the gray.

    Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive and Pewter Green

    Ripe Olive and Pewter Green look great together in a monochromatic way.

    Sherwin Williams Pewter Green on top half of a wall behind a white bed with white bedding on a white wood floor. Bottom half of the wall is white, with a strip of Sherwin Williams Ripe Olive Running between the two colors.
    Graphic reads "color caomparison Sherwin williams Pewter Green & Ripe Olive" above a picture of a leafy sage green plant. Beside the plant to the right is a strip of Sherwin williams Pewter Green, and under the plant is ripe olive, running into each other in the bottom right corner.

    Allow me to illustrate the difference of all these colors over a background of Pewter Green.

    Pewter Green vs Rosemary, Shade Grown, Ripe Olive, Dried Thyme, Retreat, Evergreen Fog, and Acacia Haze

    That’s about it for my Pewter Green deep dive and review. Don’t forget to pin a palette for later!

    Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out some other gorgeous hues:

    Link to warm green post. Graphic of 9 paint dots over a background of a dark green room with a green velvet chair, plants, and a rose gold coffee table. Paint colors from top left to bottom right are: October mist, avocado whip, carolina gull, palace green, oak moss, peale green, ocean tropic, vintage vogue, roycroft bottle green.
    Graphic of 9 green circles reads "Dark Green Paint Colors" From top left to bottom right colors are: vogue green, vine leaf, vintage vogue, tarrytown green, black evergreen, ripe olive, cascades, greenblack, and salamander. Background photo is dark green palm fronds.
    A color chip of SW Thunderous over a picture of a storm.