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.


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.

The number one selling paint color for coastal style homes.

It has been 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.

If you’re a first time painter, or looking for some tips and tricks on how to paint a room the easy way, you can find them here.

If you’re looking to hire someone to paint your home, you can be connected with a painting professional in your area by clicking here!

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

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Top Beach House Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

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  1. What color would look good in a kitchen with gray cabinets and gray white and a little black back spash?

    1. Hi Jan! It totally depends on your style and preferences, but I’ll give you a few of my favorites. Of the colors listed on the post, you can never go wrong with Sea Salt. It is nearly perfect with everything, and it will give your kitchen a little pop of color without being overdone. If you like a more monochomatic look (which is really in style right now) Eider White or Alabaster are great shades that would be pretty with gray cabinets.

  2. Do you have a favorite exterior color? If so how about the shutters and door?

    1. Hi Daniel! For exterior colors, I love a bright beach home. A light and bright blue, such as (SW9048) Surfin’, would be really nice with white shutters and a navy door (SW9177 – Salty Dog). For a more muted look, I also love a tan beach home with blue doors and shutters. Here is a pin of a beach home that features a gorgeous color combination (according to my taste, at least!). It has the blue there listed as Benjamin Moore, Wythe Blue. If I was going to get those colors in Sherwin William’s paints, I’d probably check out Natural Tan (SW 7567) and Raindrop (SW 6485). Choosing a color is truly based on your own personal preferences, and nothing says beach home to me like a blue that is reminiscent of the ocean. Hope this helps!

  3. Yes it does thank you very much!

  4. I recently purchased a Beach House in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The walls are all bright white and I wanted to paint neutral but coastal colors throughout. I selected Sea Salt for the large family room and it is beautiful. I have painted others rooms but find that I do not like the colors with the oak trimmed rooms. Any suggestions?

  5. Hi Susan! A great neutral color that would go with both Sea Salt and oak trim would be a greige, such as Sherwin Williams Repose Gray or Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Using a color like that will really update the space! Enjoy your new beach home!!

  6. Just purchased a new home in Florida with an open floor plan. Can it be painted separate colors for the living room to the kitchen? Or should you paint the whole open area the same color and just use accent pieces to change the room flow

    1. Hi Christina! Congrats on the new home! If you really want different colors, you can change the color at a corner. But, I think that the space will feel bigger and the flow will be better if you paint it all one color. It is completely a preference thing though! You do what makes you happy!

  7. I have a question. we have a condo which we have beige/tan siding. looking for door and shutter color to accent it. any suggestions. I think the door should be one color and shutters another but in same pallet? ideas Of course there are 4 unit owners so we all have to agree. thank you

    1. Hi Kelly! You have a ton of options with beige/tan siding! I agree that they should be within the same pallet – maybe similar undertones and all warm or all cool colors. Here is an article on choosing a color scheme with examples of several different color palettes. Also, check out this post on front door colors to get some inspiration. Getting everyone to agree on the color may be tough, but some tried and true pairings are red/burgundy front doors with black shutters, an aqua colored door with black shutters, or a dark sage green door with burgundy shutters. I hope this gives you some ideas!

  8. Getting ready to downsize, we live in Florida. We have dark cabinets in the kitchen. What colors or color would you suggest for our home, foyer, living room, dining room, family room, hall? Thank you.

  9. Hi, we are building a home near the beach and the kitching dining and living room will be an open floor plan. We are looking for a nice light silver color (cabinets will be white and the floor will be like a light greyish laminate). Do you have any silvery colors to recommend? I do have a small bedroom, but thinking we will go with Sea Salt or Meander Blue (need to pick up samples somehow with this COVID-19 shelter in house advisory). Thanks for any suggestions.

    1. Hi Virginia! I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I somehow lost the comment and just saw that I never answered. I hope your beach house is coming along well! For silvery colors, Sherwin Williams has Silver Strand, which is a pretty colors. Benjamin Moore makes Silver Song, which is also nice. Either would go well with Sea Salt or Meander Blue. SW also has Samovar Silver, which is a little more blue than Silver Strand. I hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

  10. Hi, I just painted my living room in Sea Salt. The room has a recessed area which may have been a closet at one time. I plan to use this space as a bar. In an effort to punch up the space, I painted the back wall in Coral Reef. I’m afraid now it’s a little too much and has a 1960’s vibe. What coordinating color would have been a better choice? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi Diana! Coral Reef is a very punchy color – ad perhaps too much in this instance. If you like the the pink and green shades together, maybe look at Oleander. It is similar to Coral Reef, but MUCH lighter. I find that when you’re painting a true color on the wall, instead of a neutral, lighter tends to be better. If you want to accentuate that space but move away from the pink, you could always paint it a darker version of Sea Salt, such as Oyster Bay. Another route would be to paint it a bright white like Westhighland White. Truly, paint colors are a matter of taste. If you like the Coral Reef color, stick with it! Or downplay it by going with a lighter version. You could even try this out by adding some of the Coral Reef to a can of white paint if you have some lying around!

  11. We just painted our living room, dining room, Florida room, and hallways Sea Salt and we love it! Now we’re looking for a color for the adjacent kitchen. Cabinets are white, appliances are white (will switch to stainless steel eventually). I’d call the countertops a tan quartz and the backsplash is also a tan/beige tile. Because of this tan, I don’t think Sea Salt will look that great, otherwise I’d just stick with it. The kitchen doesn’t have a lot of wall space to paint but I want to get the color right! We really don’t want a blue and we do like greens but it’s so easy to pick the wrong green! Any ideas?

  12. Hi there. I just painted a guest bedroom Waterscape, which I LOVE. I have a small table/desk in the room that is currently painted black but I want to try a coral shade for a pop of color….plus a beachy vibe. I don’t want anything orangey, pinky, or peachy (I know, that could be tough) but just a nice shade to coordinate with the lovely walls. Suggestions?

    1. Hi Nancy! I love Waterscape too! Your question made me laugh – a coral that isn’t orangey, pinky or peachy – but I’ll do my best! I love Mellow Coral, Smoky Salmon, and Jovial. See if any of these look good to you!

  13. Hi. I’m remodeling my guest house and we have dark walnut floors in the living room. I’m thinking of Seasalt or Tradewind for an accent wall but want an off white for the rest to give it a very light open feeling (since the floors are dark). Any suggestions? Also, would you suggest painting the baseboards a different color to add a little more color between the dark floors and the light walls?

    1. Hi Jim! Whitetail or Greek Villa would be very good options. You could paint the baseboards for more contrast. Pure White is my favorite color for trim. The off white walls are really going to brighten the space though. Sounds like it’ll look great!

  14. Hello! We recently bought a home on the water and there is quite a bit of knotty pine. I love it! I don’t want to paint it but how do I modernize it and what paint colors best compliments it? Thanks for your help!

  15. Hi Lauren
    I love all of your suggestions. I have a question… We are going to re-decorate a room in our house. The room is actually the Master Bedroom so it’s. large but doesn’t get a lot of natural light. It has vaulted ceiling‘s so it only has two full walls. It is going to be used as a music room for our teenagers but will also be used as a guest room. The kids currently have 4 guitars, a keyboard, cello, microphone, etc… The furniture in the room is an off white. Looking to paint it a tranquil blueish gray that’s not going to look like a nursery color. The hallway outside the room is Revere Pewter. Any suggestions would be so appreciated… Thank you So much

    1. Hi Kim! Thanks for your comment! Olympus White and Gray Screen are nice grays that can take on a bluish look in some homes. They’re both more gray than blue, so they shouldn’t look like a nursery color on your walls. They’re both very light, which is good if you don’t have a lot of natural light. Hope this helps! How fun to have a music room and musical teenagers!

  16. Hi Lauren! I’m so needing help putting together the colors for my living room and kitchen and I love your ideas! I’m going for a light beachy feel with a pop of color, however all the colors I’m picturing in my mind are not “flowing” when I test them in my home. As of now, my kitchen cabinets are two tone with sherwin williams Extra White on top as well as all the trim, and the bottom cabinets are Reflecting Pool. The kitchen has glossy grey arabesque backsplash. What color is best for the living room and kitchen walls and ceiling in my home that flow with these colored cabinets? I keep trying to throw in a small accent wall with coral in the living room but like I said, it doesn’t look right. Your suggestion would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi Pricilla! It can be hard to pair colors with bright colors! Sherwin Williams suggest pairing Reflecting Pool with Glimmer (a gorgeous bright, light blue/green) and Moscow Midnight (a navy). Either could give a beachy vibe, depending on if you’re looking for tropical or nautical. I think that Jovial (a coral) looks nice with it – have you tried that one yet for a pop of coral? You should check out the Samplize squares I reference in the post. They’re a great way to see how a color will look in your home. Good luck!

  17. Hi, I’m new to this website. We( husband
    and I) are doing our main bathroom there’s no natural lighting and want a color that goes with everything. I was thinking of shaker beige but I’m not keen on an orange pinky color undertone. Is there a color that is on the beige idea that’s not looking off white or too gray. The vanity is an oak color and flooring is a gray with hints of brown or vice versa. We plan on putting white wainscoting around the bathroom walls. The shower is an almond color unfortunately. The hallway color is called shamrock blue. It’s a color that changes at different angles sometimes it looks blue other times it looks green. What would be a good color to paint the bathroom. Thank you.

    1. Hi Debbie! I agree with your thoughts on pink undertones. I love Edgecomb Gray. It is beige looking, but has enough gray in it to make it look current, and doesn’t have any pink or orange undertones. It is gorgeous. Accessible Beige is also very popular for a beige (probably the most popular beige). Hope this helps!

  18. Hi Lauren, I’m building a new home after downsizing. My new home will have an open floor plan, so the kitchen, dining room and living room all flow together. I want to go for a beach, cottage feel but also want to paint the whole open floor plan one color so that it feels more spacious. My kitchen cabinets are painted stone. I don’t want to go with the typical neutral colors of white, gray, etc and have been lending more towards colors like Sherwin Williams Mint to Be, Watery, and Rainwashed but I’m not sure if these colors will be to overwhelming. Do you have any suggestions? Thank You!!!

    1. Hi Carol. I personally love all those shades and you definitely have the right idea painting all of the rooms the same color. Cool colors (blues and greens) are very calming and serene, and none of the colors you’re looking at are very bright (though Mint To Be is approaching a brighter color). I’ve used Rainwashed before in my own home and never felt it to be too overwhelming, and that was in a small room. I think you could choose either Watery or Rainwashed and it would be really pretty, or you could go with a “safer” option and paint the whole thing Sea Salt. Sea Salt is a bluish green, along the same vein as what you’re considering, but with more gray in it. This means that it almost acts as a neutral. Depending on how the light is, it can look blue, green or gray (oftentimes it looks all of those colors in one day with the morning, afternoon and evening light). I hope the home build is going well for you!

  19. Hi Lauren, we have a bedroom that is waterscape and trying to decide on a complimentary color for the attached bath. The bath is currently pink….our daughter’s room. She is now married and we want to update to more adult bathroom. I think waterscape is too much to carry from bedroom to the bath. Cabinets are a vanilla bean and have a yellow hue to them. Floor is neutral but with more tan than gray hue. We thought about believable buff but it seems to make the room more yellow. Countertop is off white. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Molly! For the attached bath, greige paint colors are nice options that go nicely with blues and tans (click on the link to see options). Also, white paint colors are super in style right now. Greek Villa is a really popular white paint color. You could also go with a coordinating blue/green like Green Trance, or give the room a bold look with a darker blue/green like Composed. Good luck with your painting!

  20. Hi Lauren, we have been remolding our Lani in our new home in FL. We enclosed our Lani with glass which gave us three full walls of glass. Our inside wall has a sliding door and a French door off our kitchen area. The trim will all be white but I can’t decide on paint color for the inside wall. Our floor is a cream and darker cream pavers. Our cushions on the furniture is a gray and cream stripe with solid gray chair cushions. Our living room and kitchen walls off Lani are SW Amazing gray. Lots of sunlight, just need a little bit of color to make the white trim pop. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jo Ellen! To me, a blue wall color would be really nice. With all those windows (looking out to the sky) I feel like painting the walls blue would really make the space feel even more open and airy. Check out Wythe Blue or Tidewater. They’re gorgeous blues! Have fun with the remodel!

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