Hey there, fellow beach lovers and interior design enthusiasts! Today, I’m spilling the sandy secrets of infusing that blissful coastal vibe into your home using a few coastal color palettes. Consider transforming your space into a modern seaside haven perfect for unwinding after a long day or hosting laid-back gatherings.


Let’s dive in! All the suggested beach house paint colors are by Sherwin-Williams.

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Neutral Nirvana

Let’s start with the classics. Neutral tones form the backbone of any coastal-inspired space. Think soft sands, driftwood, and sun-bleached seashells. Think creamy whites to warm taupes.

Here are some of my go-to paint colors that give you the feeling of white walls:

Walls that read white: 7103 Whitetail or 7551 Greek Villa
Coordinating Trim: 7005 Pure White or go slightly creamier with 7008 Alabaster

Walls that read cream: 7012 Creamy or 9180 Aged White
Coordinating Trim: 7008 Alabaster or 7566 Westhighland White

Walls that read a deeper neutral (but lighter than beige): 6147 Panda White or 6098 Pacer White

Add a surprise: I have neutral walls in my main living space with off-white trim, and I added a surprise by painting my doors a color. I used 7044 Amazing Gray, and in my home, it’s the perfect combo of beige and gray and keeps the look interesting. A lighter version to consider is 0050 Classic Light Buff.

Neutrals with a Whisper of Pale Blue

Let’s introduce neutrals with a pale blue accent for a gentle nod to the sea. This subtle touch evokes the calm of ocean waves on a tranquil day. I’m using a soft white color for a bright, airy look. The accent color is a soft blue-gray to make the home feel calm and ethereal. Using wallpapers in the Powder Room & Laundry will help break up all the white while maintaining a sense of airiness and delicacy.


2 wallpaper swatches, 3 paint swatches, and 1 inspiration photo of a large cream and blue hydrangea
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Blue, Blue, and More Blue!

Now, let’s play with all the blues! Dark blues evoke the ocean’s depths, while light blues mirror the sky on a clear summer day. Pair these with crisp whites and a touch of tan for a fresh, airy feel.

Dark Blues: 6804 Dignity Blue 6510 Loyal Blue 7602 Indigo Batik

Light Blues: 9136 Lullaby 7661 Reflection 6497 Blue Horizon

Tans: 7527 Nantucket Dune 7533 Khaki Shade 9173 Shitake

Whites: 7004 Snowbound 7005 Pure White 7566 Westhighland White

Designer Tip: Many light blues resemble a baby nursery once painted on the wall. To avoid that, make sure your light blue has some gray.

Green-Gray with Pops of Deeper Colors

Want to make a statement? Dive into this palette of green-gray – this unexpected addition adds depth and a touch of nature’s elegance to your coastal retreat. Picture sea grass swaying in the breeze; add some deep blue and a splash of coral. This combination brings the mystery of the deep sea and the vibrancy of coastal life into your space.

2 wallpaper swatches, 4 paint swatches and 1 insiration photo of a bird of paradise flower
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Serene Palette: Tan, Pale Green, and Pale Blue

For a truly serene atmosphere, let’s blend the earthiness of tan with the softness of pale green and pale blue. This palette echoes the tranquility of a coastal landscape at sunset.

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Whether you’re decorating a seaside cottage or a city apartment, these coastal hues will bring a touch of paradise to your doorstep.
To kickstart your journey, head to your nearest Sherwin-Williams store because here’s the secret to working with these palettes. Are you paying attention?

Aha! Designer Tip: Get the paint swatches for your desired palette and use them to find pillows, rugs, art, and accessories that match the color. They will be your secret weapon to keep you on point with your palette.

Ready to Make a Splash?

Need more help selecting the perfect colors for your home? I’ve got you covered! Schedule a color consultation today, and let’s turn your space into a coastal paradise.

Keep Dancing, Darlene