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Top Beach House Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

Calm coastal paint colors can turn your home into a relaxing retreat from the pressures of every day life.

During a recent trip to the beach, I visited the local Sherwin Williams to talk to the experts about their top selling paint colors.

The answer was unanimous. Most beach home owners choose shades that are light blue or light green hues.

The colors that are chosen for the interior of your beach home are meant to reflect the same colors you see when you are soaking up the sun.

They are classically beachy feeling, and impart a sense of peacefulness.

Coastal paint colors for the home are always in style. They play on the hues of the ocean, the sky, the sun and the sand.

Paired with coastal decor, they give your home a perfectly casual and nautical feeling.

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Here are my picks for the top five coastal paint colors from Sherwin Williams.


Coastal paint color

Tradewind is a designer favorite, and it is easy to see why.

Named by Coast Living Magazine as one of the best paint colors for a beach house bedroom, it has notes of blue and gray in it, with a touch of green.

This color tends toward the cool side, and is light enough to paint in any room.

As with all colors, it will look like a darker color in a small, windowless room, or may look almost like a neutral in a larger, well lit room.

It is a serene, beautiful shade that is reminiscent of the blue expanse of the ocean or of the clear sky.

Popular with both the average beach home owner and with designers, Tradewind is the number one choice to anchor your coastal design.

Cottage Cream

Paint shades for beach homes

Cottage Cream is a great addition to a coastal color scheme. What would a beach house be without a soft yellow?

This warm color is reminiscent of sunsets over the ocean and the sand beneath your feet.

This calming paint shade is subdued enough to be considered a beige, but has enough yellow in it to look like a color when it is on the wall.

Cottage Cream brings a bit of sunny brightness to this beach house color scheme without being too prominent.

Meander Blue

coastal color scheme for home

Meander Blue is a slightly brighter blue-green paint color that feels almost tropical.

While this cool beachy teal compliments the other shades in this coastal color scheme from Sherwin Williams, it would be best used in a stand alone room such as a small bathroom, or a sunny guest room.

It begs for some crisp white beadboard or white wicker furniture to accent it on the walls.

Meander Blue will give your home a sea glass inspired feel.


Passive is a great choice for a coastal paint scheme.

Passive is a classic gray. It could be placed next to any color in this beach paint scheme, and blend in the home seamlessly.

It is another top pick for beach home owners, according to the local Sherwin Williams experts, because it can go with any style, and in any room. It is the color of the sky on a stormy day at the beach.

Click on this post for more information on Sherwin Williams Passive.


Waterscape is a great addition to a beach style home.

When I think of Waterscape, I think of tranquility.

As the name implies, Waterscape will remind you of the water. It is a similar depth to Tradewind, but where Tradewind leans towards blue, Waterscape leans towards green.

Waterscape is another great choice for the main living areas of your home, for the bedrooms, or for any room where you want to hear the call of the ocean.

But Sherwin Williams’ most popular calm coastal paint color…

…is Sea Salt.

Sea Salt is a soft blue green paint color that has a lot of gray in it.

While Sea Salt is a blue green paint color, it is frequently referred to as a neutral. It has some color in it, but doesn’t look bright.

The gray in it calms it down, making it a bit understated.

The number one selling paint color for coastal style homes.

For a long time, it was the number one color on the coast, in the plains and anywhere in the nation for years.

I use it in my whole house color scheme, perfect for any home.

Learn everything you need to know about Sea Salt here.

This beach house color scheme will make your home feel like it is steps from the ocean, even if it isn’t.

All of the colors are calming, relaxing, and beautiful shades that Sherwin Williams heralds as their most popular coastal colors.

Remember that the paint sheen you choose will make a different in how the color is perceived.

If you need some guidance on this, check out this post on paint finishes.

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Let me know what your favorite coastal paint colors from Sherwin Williams are!

Oh, and finally, complete the look by picking up some great beach decor finds!

Top Beach House Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

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Linda Moxley

Friday 7th of May 2021

Just love the coastal colors, what colors would you paint a tray ceiling and decorative ceiling colors as an accent color to:

Seasalt, Passive and waterscape?


Sunday 16th of May 2021

Hi Linda! I would either paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, accented with a bright white such as Pure White, or I would paint the ceiling Pure White, and the vertical sections the same color as the walls. I fear that going with a whole other color would accent the ceiling in a juvenile way. One other alternative, if you really want the tray ceiling to have a different shade would be to pick a color that is a darker version of the wall shade, like Sea Salt and Comfort Gray or Passive and CityScape. Best!


Sunday 2nd of May 2021

We are considering purchasing a lake home with dark green window trim. The house needs painting. What exterior colors would you suggest? It currently has a faded green cedar shake siding Thank you! Mary


Sunday 16th of May 2021

Hi Mary! You could go with a lighter green that coordinates. I can't give a great recommendation because I can't see the green window shade, but something like Privilege Green or Green Onyx might be nice. Or, you could paint the cedar shake a brown such as Homestead Brown or Cobble Brown. Either would be very classic looking. Hope you enjoy life at the lake!

Annette pusateri

Monday 26th of April 2021

We have a small 2 story beach house that had beige siding on too half with a brown wood decking across the front. The bottom half of the house is currently painted yellow and is in need of painting. Our neighbors house is a baby blue and is much larger than our home so I dont want anything to clash. I am thinking about a blue green color but would like more green than blue. Do you have any suggestions?


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Annette! I love Contented and Waterscape. See if either of those looks nice to you!

Maura Kiugh

Saturday 17th of April 2021

Hi. I am also trying to pick an exterior paint for my Charleston style home. I’ve used Rainwash in my great room (as you enter), so love the blue green grey colors. What are your recommendations? I’ve been looking at Sea Salt, Quietude and Copenhagen Blue. Can these be used as exterior colors? I’d appreciate your feedback and/or other choice?


Thursday 29th of April 2021

Hi Maura! I love the blue greens as well. Quietude is a gorgeous soft color for an exterior. It shouldn't be too bright at all, but should still look interesting. Sea Salt looks a little too washed out to me on an exterior. Wythe Blue may be another one to consider!


Monday 18th of January 2021

Hello, most of these paint colors mentioned are for interiors. Do you have a list of the top exterior Sherwin Williams paint colors for SC beach homes? I like the blue, gray and green tones and have a salt box style home. One example is Mount Saint Anne by Benjamin Moore. Thank you!

Connie Fail

Friday 19th of March 2021

@Scott, we painted our house Carolina Gull with a whisker white trim. It is the perfect combination of gray,blue and green. Our house overlooks the water and we were looking for a calming coastal color.


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Hi Scott! I actually do not have a list of exterior beach house colors, but some that I love are Nautilus, Vintage Vessel and Dorian Gray.