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Sherwin Williams Tidewater: A Complete Color Review

Looking for the perfect mid-toned blue paint color for your home? Let’s see if Sherwin Williams Tidewater is the one for you!

Blues are super popular right now. Mid-toned blues with a touch of green bring a cozy, welcoming vibe that’s perfect for nearly any decor style.

So we’ve chosen one of these coastal blues, Tidewater, to do a thorough review. This shade is all about bringing the tranquility of the ocean into your home, making every day feel like a vacation.

Keep reading to learn how to fully utilize this lovely blue shade.

Sherwin Williams Tidewater Paint Color Guide

Tidewater, Sherwin Williams, SW 6477

Tidewater is a light, breezy blue with warm green undertones. It’s perfect for coastal, beachy, farmhouse, or bold styles.

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Color Family

Tidewater is in the blue family.

Light Reflectance Value (LRV)


The Light Reflective Value is the measure of how much light a color reflects, on a scale of 0 (pure black) to 100 (pure white).

With an LRV of 65, Tidewater is just about in the middle – not too light, not too dark.

RGB Colors

R: 195 G: 215 B: 211

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color on a scale of 0 to 255. This basically gives the color mix to make the color yourself!

Hex Code


SW Tidewater
SW Tidewater


Tidewater’s got some warm green undertones that add a unique touch.

In south-facing rooms, where natural light floods in, Tidewater shines warmer and greener. The sunlight makes those green undertones pop.

In north-facing rooms, where light is more subdued, Tidewater takes on a cooler, bluer hue. It’s like having two colors in one!

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to make sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best Uses

Tidewater works great in many spaces, including:

  • Living rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Home exterior
  • Interior doors
  • Cabinets
  • Furniture

Tidewater is also neutral enough to work as a whole house paint color.

Similar Colors

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Coordinating Colors

Tidewater pairs well with various shades of blue and green, and warm neutrals like creamy whites, beiges, tans, greiges, or browns.

Tidewater also works well with navy or black for a bolder look.

Dark blues:

  • Endless Sea
  • Inky Blue
  • Regatta
  • Bosporus
  • Adriatic Sea

Pastel blues:

  • Glimmer
  • Topsail
  • Snowdrop
  • Sky High
  • Rainsong

Warm whites:

Trim Colors

I think Tidewater is best paired with creamy whites with warm tones. Just be careful about bright whites – I think they produce too much contrast.

My favorites picks include:

Soft white trim colors:

Sherwin Williams Tidewater Paint Color Palette

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Sherwin Williams Tidewater Color Palette

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Here are some common questions about Tidewater:

What’s the difference between SW Tidewater and Sea Salt?

Tidewater is a blue with warm green undertones, while Sea Salt is a green with blue/gray vibes. Think of Tidewater as leaning more blue and Sea Salt leaning more green.

Tidewater gives you a vibrant pop of color, while Sea Salt offers a more muted, neutral feel.

Sea Salt is slightly darker than Tidewater, with an LRV of 63 versus 65.

Always swatch colors in your space before you decide. Trust me, it makes all the difference!

Is Sherwin Williams Tidewater blue or green?

Tidewater is a blue with warm green undertones.

In bright, sun-filled rooms, it can look greener. In dimmer, north-facing rooms, it shows off more blue. It’s like getting two colors in one!

What’s the difference between SW Tidewater and Tradewind?

Both are blues with green undertones, but Tradewind has a touch of gray too. So, Tidewater looks more like turquoise, while Tradewind is a muted blue-gray.

Tradewind is darker, with an LRV of 61 compared to Tidewater’s 65.

Swatch them in your space to see which one speaks to you.

Does SW Tidewater work for kitchen cabinets?

Absolutely! Tidewater is fantastic for kitchen cabinets if you want that beachy, mid-toned blue vibe.

In bright kitchens, it might look a bit greener. In darker kitchens, it will appear bluer and cooler.

Swatch it first to see how it plays with your lighting.

What’s the difference between SW Tidewater and Watery?

Tidewater and Watery are like paint siblings—they’re super similar and even on the same paint strip.

Both are blues with warm green undertones, but Watery is a bit darker, with an LRV of 57 compared to Tidewater’s 65.

Always swatch before you commit. It’s a game-changer!

What’s the difference between SW Tidewater and Waterscape?

Tidewater and Waterscape are both mid-toned blues with warm green undertones. Waterscape leans more green, while Tidewater leans more blue.

Waterscape is slightly darker with an LRV of 62 compared to Tidewater’s 65.

Swatching colors in your space is always the best way to see how they’ll really look.

Before you go…

So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!

Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.

Still not sure what paint color to choose?

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My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.

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