We’re bringing spring vibes to you with this timely exterior paint review of Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams. This beautiful green, which was named Sherwin William’s 2022 Color of the Year, is sure to freshen up the exterior of your home. Find out why we named Evergreen Fog as one of the best Sherwin William’s paint colors of 2023, learn what a chameleon this color is, and get inspired with our application recommendations below.
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Sherwin Williams’ Evergreen Fog: The Specs
Evergreen Fog has an LRV of 30, which is in the mid-range. It will look true to color in most environments and great in shade or sun. However, keep reading to learn about its undertones in different lighting conditions. (Curious about LRV? Learn more here, including why LRV is so important to keep in mind when choosing the perfect paint color for your home.)
As we hinted at above, Evergreen Fog is considered a ‘chameleon color.’ Instead of simply appearing too dark or too light depending on available light, the changing light throughout the day actually changes how the hue reads. For example, it looks quite gray when it’s shaded. There are also very subtle blue undertones, but the gray is more noticeable.
Recommended Applications for Evergreen Fog
Evergreen Fog’s applications make it a solid choice for homeowners wanting something a little nontraditional. As an accent (think shutters and doors), it’s the perfect subtle pop of color to complement a central color, including white. As a field color, it’s grounding, connecting us with nature. Though beautiful with many different styles, we love to use Evergreen Fog on Craftsman and more traditional homes.
Evergreen Fog Color Pairings
In the designs above and below, our designers used Evergreen Fog on the doors only. On the cottage above, the brown and gray stone along with Seapearl by Benjamin Moore on the siding is a lovely base color palette for mixing in Evergreen Fog — the stone plays on all of this paint color’s undertones. The door on the right is almost like an extension of the garden bed, bringing out the sage green in the landscaping. With the copper light fixtures and calming green, this home feels like a high-end countryside retreat. We’re picturing ourselves porch-sitting with some sweet tea and listening to the birds.
Next, we move on to a very different design: A daring black color palette with walnut-stained wood paneling and Evergreen Fog on the entry door. Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams was applied to the siding of the home and Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams to the brick. Grays and blacks are great color pairings for Evergreen Fog, again because of its gray undertones. Even though Evergreen Fog isn’t a warm green, it’s a cool green, its use does warm up this façade. The walnut accents also help; we love including wood elements to balance cool-toned designs.
Oh how we love this home! The gray stone and cedar shake siding, the warmth from the copper gutters and wood fence and door. If we had to choose a favorite color palette using Evergreen Fog, this may be it. It feels breezy and cozy at the same time. The same palette would be equally beautiful on a beach house! Seapearl by Benjamin Moore is one of our favorite whites to pair with Evergreen Fog. It’s a lovely creamy white, not too stark, and really brings out the muted tones of Evergreen Fog.
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Pros and Cons of Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams
- Gorgeous as main color or accent hue
- Can be used on many home styles
- Color pairings allow for warmer hues, like browns and tans, but cooler hues, like grays, as well
- Its chameleon quality may not be what some homeowners are looking for
- Its gray undertones may be limiting
Alternatives to Evergreen Fog
As we get into greens, you’ll find undertones play a large role; gray, brown, and blue undertones tend to be most common. These undertones can drastically or minimally change a hue. Below are two examples that are very similar to Evergreen Fog, but stand all on their own as contenders for a green exterior paint color.
Sherwin Williams’ Dried Thyme
Dried Thyme by Sherwin Williams is a slightly darker green with similar color pairings and applications as Evergreen Fog. It’s more green with less gray. The rendering above shows how well Dried Thyme pairs with rich browns and even natural brick. The black accents are great for a darker palette, but Dried Thyme with a crisp white is also *chef’s kiss*. Our love for Dried Thyme runs deep; we named it one of our favorite green exterior house colors and one of the best exterior house colors of 2022.
Sherwin Williams’ Anonymous
One of our favorite green exterior paint colors, Anonymous by Sherwin Williams is a great alternative to Evergreen Fog. The LRV of Anonymous is 20, so it’s a bit darker than Evergreen Fog, but still a gorgeous and statement-making hue. Color pairings bring out its undertones, which means there are a lot of options for homeowners to play with different palettes that appeal to their preference. Similar to Evergreen Fog, this neutral green-gray looks amazing with blacks, browns, whites, and grays.
The Bottom Line on Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams
Evergreen Fog by Sherwin Williams is a wonderful choice for a lighter-yet-earthy exterior paint color. As a central color, it creates an organic and serene feel for the home, while as an accent color on shutters or doors, it can complement tans, whites, and grays. There’s a reason we predicted earth-tone paint colors as a top exterior home 2023 trend. Trend or not, we’re on board with this one.
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