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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.

Tradewind

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

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.

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Waterscape

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.

Looking to hire a professional to do the job? 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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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?

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?

Lauren

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!

Scott

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.

Lauren

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.

Jana

Sunday 27th of December 2020

Hi Lauren,

Great tips! We are remodeling a small beach condo. Open floor plan in the kitchen living and dining and have chosen Stone Eagle for the cabinets. Light comes from south, north, and east. None of the paint cards once mixed into samples for the wall colors have matched what they should look like. Great examples are Citilite (turned out very light silver) and Marshmallow (turned out pink). Suggestions for walls that will go with the Stone Grey? In the master bath I have chosen Tidewater for the cabinet, ideas on a wall color? No natural light and you can see the cabinet from the master bedroom. In the small guest bath, I chose Tradewind Blue for the cabinet color and no natural light. If you think it's a mistake for me to use those colors on the cabinets it's not too late yet. Thank you!

Lauren

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Hi Jana! I'm not super familiar with Stone Eagle, so I can't give you a good paint idea (It is only sold as an HGTV color, so I don't have a swatch of it - so sorry!). It looks like it may be a gray with a bit of beige in it, so Alabaster might work nicely for a white. I love Tidewater for a cabinet. I would pair it with either a white wall (Westhighland White or Alabaster are both lovely) or a gray (take a look at On the Rocks or Repose Gray. For the small guest bath, Tradewind should be really nice! Both those blues you picked are ones I love! Good luck!! It is so hard to put it all together when you're remodeling a whole house, but you're doing the right thing by getting sample or swatches and trying them.

Krista Sabatino

Monday 14th of December 2020

Renovating a beach house and overwhelmed by paint colors. The main living area/kitchen/halls will be a neutral white. I am looking to add subtle color to the 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. Looking for suggestions. Big Chill, Sea Salt and Top Sail are on the A list for now but looking for new ideas!

Lauren

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Hi Krista! I love Alabaster for a neutral white. Its slightly warm, but that will work better with your other colors than a cool white. Some other beach house favorites are Rainwashed, PPG Willow Blue, or Tidewater. Have fun with your renovation!