Retreat into Tradewind
This month, I’m focusing in on a soothing, beachy blue: Tradewind. I’ve actually specified this color several times because I love a serene look in master bedrooms and bathrooms. This color fits the bill perfectly in these spaces. If you love blue or if you are looking for that ideal spa retreat feel in your home, Tradewind just might be the one you have been looking for!
Even though we have completed the Color Wheel, that doesn’t mean I’m gonna stop highlighting colors! There are so many other colors that I haven’t written about that deserve some time in the spotlight. I hope to spotlight at least 1 Sherwin-Williams color each month. So reach out and let me know which color you want to see next! For now keep reading this post for my Tradewind review!
If you would like to view my past posts on the Color Wheel Featured Colors and reviews you can go HERE. But also be sure to check out the Color Wheel complete with my hand-picked color schemes for the entire Sherwin-Williams color deck! There are over 1700 colors and each color has 4 schemes for you to explore using in your space.
Tradewind SW 6218 Review
I categorize Tradewind as a light blue with some slight gray undertones with the very tiniest hint of green. If you look at the darkest color on the paint swatch (Still Water), you can see that it is not a bright dark blue, rather a dark gray-blue/green. Hence, why this is an ideal color to create an oasis in any space that it encompases.
I like that Tradewind isn’t super dark and saturated, while still having more tone than a softer blue off-white. Tradewind is gorgeous next to white trim or white furniture/bedding, creating a sought-after soothing beach feel. It also shines against darker furniture or deep grays to add some contrast and interest. Keep reading for my hand-picked color schemes to coordinate with Tradewind and for some inspiration on my favorite places to use this serene color.
For convenience here are my hand picked color schemes for Tradewind. Be sure to visit the Tradewind color scheme page and leave a question or a comment!
Now that you have a basis for Tradewind and have seen my color schemes, check out my Pinterest gallery for some inspiration. See below and let me know which one you like the most. If you have your own pictures, send them to me and I will post them!
Where to use Tradewind SW 6218
Tradewind is not my top choice for the main walls in a home, particularly because it is a bit brighter than I like to go for an all over color. That being said, it would be perfect in a beach house for a main color!
My favorite places to use Tradewind are areas that a serene feel is desired: bathrooms, bedrooms and/or laundry rooms. Let’s check out a few examples of these.
Tradewind in the Bathroom
Bathrooms are my fav place to use blue. Ask my clients! Isn’t it nice to relax after a long day in a steamy tub or shower in a bathroom that feels like a spa? I should think so! I like how the bathroom below has white tile that lends itself to a fresh and clean feel.
White tile is not the only tile that will work with Tradewind. I have selected a soft blue-gray for several clients that have more of the golden-orange tones in their tile. The blue compliments and actually helps to tone down the warmer selections while also creating a serene feel.
Tradewind in the Bedroom
I love Tradewind in bedrooms! Not only does it work well in master bedrooms or guest bedrooms, but it’s also perfect for a kid’s room. Not many colors can cross over and work for both adult and child spaces. Finding a versatile blue color is no small feat!
The bedroom shown in the inspiration picture is modern with traditional touches. I like the green and blue paired together with a pop of red in the throw. Tradewind can be styled with really any type of furniture and is great with cool and warm accents. My personal favorite way to style Tradewind is with crisp white bedding and darker blue accents.
Tradewind Gray as an Accent
There are other places to use Tradewind other than bathrooms and bedrooms, but I found this inspiration picture of a kitchen island painted in Tradewind and I loved the idea of it as an accent.
If you don’t want blue for the kitchen walls, but would like an accent in blue, using Tradewind as your island color is a great way to accomplish this! Using Tradewind above bright white wainscot trim is another way to use blue as an accent rather than a whole wall.
Tradewind on Exteriors
Not only do I love blue on interior walls, Tradewind is a gorgeous option for front doors too! Since blue is my favorite color, I have often wondered about painting our own front door blue. A softer blue is especially pleasing with a brighter white exterior or even a darker exterior to add some contrast and color.
This exterior has a creamy white main body color, so Tradewind is ideal for the front door. It would also work well as a main body color for a beach cottage or as an accent color for shutters, etc.
To wrap things up, I love using soft blues like Tradewind! I have seen it work beautifully for my client’s bedroom, and I will continue to specify it for spaces that can use a touch of serenity. Again, if you are looking for that spa like feel then Tradewind just might be the color for you!
If you are considering Tradewind, the best way to find out if it is right for your space, is to grab a Peel & Stick Paint Sample and test it out. The paint samples are handed painted with 2 coats of the real Sherwin-Williams color and are perfect for sampling color before you take the dive into gallons of paint.
Our Peel and Stick Paint Samples make it easy to have confidence in your paint color choice and will save you time, effort and money while you test colors in your space. Get started now with Tradewind!
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