A light green that amazes with its refreshing properties and soft effect. All in all, everything is traced to the idea of renewal, stimulation, without skipping relaxation.

LRV 32
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We have noticed lately a constantly increasing popularity of gray-green shades. Is it a simple phenomenon, or do people try to reach a particular level of comfort that only a combination of natural green and calm gray can provide? We will probably stick to the latter. As a result, paint manufacturers could not let this trend go unnoticeable and came with their options for such a pairing. An impressive result can be found at Sherwin Williams, where experts came up with the refreshing shade of green Acacia Haze.

The name itself is inspired by nature, inducing, at the same time, a dreamy feeling. It is worth mentioning that this inspiring shade is known as the color of February in 2018 at Sherwin Williams. It seems that a long time has passed since, but this color has not ceased to impress designers. Let’s discover why this shade is so impressive and why it does not plan on getting out of date any time soon!

Acacia Haze paint color features

Although Acacia Haze is part of the Green category, there is more to be discovered in this beautiful splash of natural calmness. Let’s start with the fact that it is a light green that amazes with its refreshing properties and soft effect. All in all, everything is traced to the idea of renewal, stimulation, without skipping relaxation. One can assume that it can induce at some point a sense of hope while not being draining at all. It is usually one way or another, but not in the case with this fascinating green that comprises at the same time invigorating and calming notes. 

Acacia Haze: is it warm or cold?

This seemingly simple shade of green is quite complex, and it is not that easy to state for sure whether it is cold or warm. Undoubtedly, the grey scent makes it cool, and under the influence of a small amount of light, it may seem cold. Nevertheless, its warm undertones cannot allow placing this color in the category of cold shades. At the end of the day, it is a shade of green, and the latter cannot help itself but prevail over the overall look of this color, enriching it with an inviting effect. 

How does lighting affect Acacia Haze?

Once again, we cannot come up with a fixed statement in this sense. Particular types of lighting, be it natural or artificial, will play the trick and make this color shine in a new way. A medium amount of natural light will offer this shade a cool and refreshing appearance, while a subtle touch of warmer artificial light will make it reveal its softest undertones. Such uncertainty is not a reason to dislike this color but rather to love it more. Its versatility will come in handy when playing with styles and looking for an environment to suit your preferences. 


The LRV light reflectance of Acacia Haze is 32, which places this shade a step behind the medium-light tones. Still able to reflect light, a great amount of the latter doesn’t return once it penetrates this shade. Although the effect is not that noticeable, this color plays a great deal in the darkening process of the space. It seems that Acacia Haze is not that easy to work with, but this is the price we have to pay for perfect results. 

There is no better way of playing successfully in this respect than opting for this color in east-facing rooms or at least considering a substantial amount of lighting sources to reveal the irreplaceable features of this color.

Acacia Haze undertones

The gray undertones of this invigorating shade are some of the key elements that fill this color with cool notes and ensure its effectiveness, which feels like a breath of fresh air. It may appear to some that this is actually a gray shade, and they would probably not be wrong to think this way if considering a wall painted in this color alone. Nevertheless, if looking at the picture as a whole and paying attention to other elements as well, you will notice that this color is not that much about gray but green. 

Similar colors

It seems that paint manufacturers are simply in love with gray-green shades. At least, their rich palettes that include this combination is surely an argument worth taking into account. We can firmly state that Acacia Haze has many “siblings” within the palette of the same Sherwin Williams and even more “cousins” within other paint manufacturers. Let’s find out some of them!

  • Evergreen Fog SW 9130 – mid-tone green with pronounced gray undertones;
  • Earl Grey SW 7660 – a light shade of gray with a slight blue scent;
  • Illusive Green SW 9164 – a light shade of green with extremely pronounced gray notes;
  • Heather Gray 2139-40 by Benjamin Moore – mid-tone gray with slight green scents;
  • Oil Cloth CSP-760 by Benjamin Moore – light gray with a soft creamy cover;
  • Steel Curtain PPG 0994-5 by PPG Paints – cool gray with a slight touch of lavender;
  • Green Tea Leaf PPG 1128-5 by PPG Paints – light green with slightly pronounced notes of gray.

Coordinating colors

Another interesting fact about this fabulous shade: as complex as it is, Acacia Haze is friendly when it comes to playing with other shades. You can start with cool or warm shades of white for a neutral contrast and choose the undertones that benefit your case, be it to warm up the environment or cool it down. If you feel that a little bit of bold will not spoil the effect, go with shades of brown, particularly soft ones, and make another natural statement. There is no need to come up with particular pairings. Sherwin Williams has already prepared an array of impressive combinations. Let’s discover them!

  • Dover White SW 6385 – creamy shade of white with soft notes of beige;
  • Spare White SW 6203 – crispy white with subtle gray undertones;
  • Favorite Tan SW 6157 – light brown penetrated by a splash of gray scents.

The use of Acacia Haze in interior

Acacia Haze is a very popular color to be used within interior design. The complex features that stand at the basis of this shade will not let you get bored, while an amount of light that reaches the appropriate level is all you need for a bright and invigorating environment. From a general perspective, all seems safe and sound when using this color in your interior. Nevertheless, there are aspects to be analyzed from a narrow perspective. Let’s look at the ways you can successfully work with such an inspiring shade of green!

Slick and contemporary

It feels more and more like a contemporary house cannot go without the slightest touch of a gray-green shade, and Acacia Haze is among the first colors to consider. An accent wall with wood panelling painted in this shade or an entire covering of the walls with this color, light wood flooring, a few pieces of furniture, and simple decor, including neutral colors: slick and right on point. Additionally, we would suggest painting a built-in bookcase or a closet in this refreshing shade and making them an accent. For those who fell in love with one of the most popular shades from Sherwin Williams, a great option would be to paint a kitchen entirely with this color, from the walls to the cabinets. Don’t forget about lighting and get ready to become the owner of an ultra-modern kitchen.  

Furthermore, the fact that we now spend more time indoors makes us strive for at least a little a splash of green. This is when Acacia Haze is more than welcome, being both green enough to meet our expectations and gray enough to adapt to any style. 

Modern Farmhouse

Adapt the Farmhouse style to modern standards by complementing it with Acacia Haze. The latter appears to be very inviting, which is one of the peculiarities of a Farmhouse environment. At the same time, the up-to-date shade of green will perfectly embrace tradition while preserving its modern effect. An abundance of wooden elements, a soft combination of warm undertones, and appealing decor units will fill your interior with a cozy vibe. Such an approach hits differently within a kitchen since the combination of traditional cabinets with a stimulating shade of green, accompanied by splashes of brass, is a real find. 


It is no secret that the dreamy green is the interpretation of relaxation itself. Is there any other room that needs calmness the way the bedroom does? Well, it depends on your perception, but Acacia Haze is definitely a color for bedrooms; an all-green covering for the walls or an accent wall in this shade, wooden furniture, soft contrastive colors for combination, and lots of texture. The interesting part is that our versatile shade of green will complete any style like the last piece of a puzzle. It will work as a calming background for Farmhouse, an outstanding backdrop for Boho, or an excellent pairing for Scandinavian. 

Dining room

Is it possible to go with the same color for the kitchen and the dining if these two are separated? Yes, without hesitation! Particularly when we speak about such an interesting color as Acacia Haze. Be it a charming dining with a vintage scent, a rustic setting with lots of texture, or a modern space with a simple design, they all will go hand in hand with a gray-green shade. One should note that wood is particularly welcome in such environments, which combined with our new favorite shade of green will emphasize the natural effect. Furthermore, this texture will make Acacia Haze reveal its warm undertones and fill the space with comfy notes for a perfect dinner spent with your family. 

Kids room

The astonishingly flexible shade of green is so friendly that it will fit a kids’ room without any doubt. Gray keeps it neutral, making it suitable both for a boy’s and girl’s room. It is a perfect background for the colorful belongings of a space like that. Furthermore, the warm green undertones soften the environment and make it inviting and calming. Do you know what the best news is? This color will adapt in the future to any condition of the setting, and you will not have to redecorate the walls when your child grows up.  


It would be a shame to discover such a versatile and fabulous shade of green and not give it a try in the bathroom. Cover the walls entirely in this color, paint the wood panels, or apply this shade to the cabinets. Pay attention to wood integration or a splash of white for contrast. A contemporary bathroom will go perfectly with such an arrangement only. If we speak about elegance, which can be perceived in Vintage or Art Deco, add a few elements of brass, be it the wall lamps or cabinet hardware, and enrich the environment with reflective units, particularly if considering that the reflectance value of Acacia Haze is not that high. 

The use of Acacia Haze for exterior

This shade is one of the leading colors when it comes to the exterior. Suitable for any climate, perfect for any texture, and surprisingly modern looking. Luckily, it can be used both for painting the walls and the front door. If the first case allows you the freedom of choice when it comes to door color, in the second case, white background for a front door painted in the inviting green shade will work best. 

Acacia Haze from Sherwin Williams is one of the best examples of a versatile color since such features as neutrality, stimulation, naturalness, and calmness make this shade adapt to any style and, most of all, to your preferences. Even if you are an expert in the field or not, stay true to your own values while this fabulous shade of green will make your dreams come true!

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