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Coastal Grandmother Paint Colors

If you’re diving into the Coastal Grandmother trend, and are looking for paint colors to get this gorgeous look, you’re in the right place.

The Coastal Grandmother trend is the hottest new trend that actually isn’t new at all. Coastal Grandmother is actually a very classic style that has elements of traditional and coastal styles.

If you’re looking for all the details on the Coastal Grandmother trend, I have a whole post with everything you need to know.

But, if you’re just looking for Coastal Grandmother paint colors, keep reading!

A Quick Note About Coastal Grandmother’s Meaning

Coastal Grandmother aesthetic paint colors

The Coastal Grandmother aesthetic is very light and airy. It is a soft look that is reminiscent of the sky, sea, sand, and coast.

Before we move on, I should take a moment to define what I mean by “reminiscent of the sky, sand, and coast.”

The Coastal Grandmother look isn’t the kitschy coastal look of a beach home with pastel colored walls and lots of beach decor. Instead, it is more that the color palette takes your mind to the sea without being forced there.

The Coastal Grandmother aesthetic is a subtle nod towards the coast, as opposed to a bunch of surfboards on the wall. See the difference?

Coastal Grandmother Paint Colors

Coastal Grandmother Paint Colors

Okay, now that we’re all on the same page about what sort of look the Coastal Grandmother aesthetic has, let’s talk about specific paint colors.

The best paint colors to choose if you’re going for the Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic are going to be whites, off-whites, or blues.

For a truly Coastal Grandmother look, the color palette in the home is going to be made up of layered whites, creams, beiges, and pale blues.

Coastal Grandmother White Paint Colors

Coastal Grandmother white paint colors
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White paint colors are the most common choices for a Coastal Grandmother aesthetic. But, if you’re ever looking into picking a white paint color, you know that there are a million options.

Here are a few picks for white paint colors that are pretty sure bets.

Distant Gray

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Distant Gray

Distant Gray is a cool white paint color with blue undertones. This Benjamin Moore white shade has a hint of gray, but will mostly look just white on your walls.

Distant Gray is a great option for someone who wants a very clean white wall paint color. It may read a little cool in northern-facing rooms, but the warmth of a southern-facing room will make it look very white.

This is the lightest white shade on the list, and works for someone who wants a Coastal Grandmother look that leans a little cooler.

Pure White

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Pure White

Pure White is a very popular Sherwin Williams paint color. It is named Pure White, but it isn’t exactly a pure white shade. Instead, it has soft gray and yellow undertones.

The gray in Pure White keeps it from being too stark, and the yellow makes the paint shade lean a little warm. Truly, you won’t see either gray or yellow in Pure White, but these undertones make it a slightly soft white paint color.

Pure White is a great choice for a Coastal Grandmillenial style home. It will give the classic all-white wall look, but won’t be too cold or sterile. Pure White is a very classic paint shade. It can work in a room that is layered with other white and cream shades, or works well with blues.

Check out all the details on Sherwin Willliam Pure White.


Alabaster Paint, Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams Alabaster is a warm white paint color. It is a gorgeous white shade that almost leans creamy, but without looking too yellow.

Alabaster is a great option for a Coastal Grandmother aesthetic. It will work well with creams, beiges, tans, and blues.

Alabaster is a very soft white. If it is the lightest white shade in the room, it can pass for a true white. But, if there are other brighter whites, you’ll really see how muted Alabaster is.

Alabaster doesn’t have so much color in it that it looks like an off-white though. If you want a really warm white shade that doesn’t look yellow, Alabaster is a top choice.

Check out all the details on Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

Sea Pearl

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Seapearl

Benjamin Moore Sea Pearl is a warm white paint color that has more gray in it than Alabaster.

Instead of getting its warmth from a yellow undertone, Sea Pearl gets its warmth from a purple undertone. The purple isn’t too pronounced though, so don’t let this trip you up.

Sea Pearl is a slightly more colorful white, and most commonly looks grayish. It won’t look like a true white on your walls, and will show the slightest bit of variation from a crisp white trim.

Sea Pearl will go nicely with other warm whites and blues without looking creamy. It has a softness to it, without being too beige as well. Sea Pearl is a great option for a Coastal Grandmother look.

Coastal Grandmother Beige and Off-White Paint Colors

Coastal Grandmother off white paint colors

If you love the Coastal Grandmother look, but don’t want white walls, these off-white and beige shades may be more your style.

Classic Gray

Classic Gray Benjamin Moore Paint Drop

Classic Gray is a popular Benjamin Moore paint color. The name is a bit of a misnomer though, because Classic Gray also has beige in it.

In a bright, sunny room, Classic Gray may even look a bit more like a creamy beige on your walls than a gray. But, in evening light, you’ll see more of the gray in Classic Gray.

Classic Gray is a great warm off-white paint color if you want a shade that is neutral without being too beige or too gray, Classic Gray really straddles that line.

Classic Gray is a perfect for a Coastal Grandmother aesthetic.

Check out all the details on Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.

Shoji White

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Shoji White

Shoji White is a Sherwin Williams paint color that is soft and creamy. It definitely isn’t a true white, but instead gives a warm glow to a room.

Shoji White looks great when paired with other whites. With crisp white trim, light linen curtains and a white slipcovered sofa, Shoji White will lend that layered white look that is so quintessential for a Coastal Grandmother look.

Check out all the details on Sherwin Williams Shoji White.

Natural Linen

If you want to paint color with a little bit more beige in it, Natural Linen, by Benjamin Moore, is a good choice.

Natural linen is a beige that doesn’t having that pinkish or orangeish undertone that was so popular in days gone by.

Instead, Natural Linen is the perfect modern beige. It has just a hint of gray to make it mature and refined.

Natural Linen isn’t the most Coastal Grandmother shade, as the white paint shades really corner that market, but it is a good option for someone who wants a little color on their walls. It will still pair perfectly with all the other furnishings and accessories that are Coastal Grandmother.

Balboa Mist

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Balboa Mist

Like Natural Linen, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist has a little bit more color as well.

Balboa Mist is a gray-beige blend with purple undertones. This means that it’s warm but not yellow.

Balboa Mist still works with rattan furniture, warm white shades, and soft blues. It is a great option for someone who does not want a truly white wall but doesn’t want too much color.

Click here for more details on Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist.

Coastal Grandmother Blue Paint Colors

Coastal Grandmother blue paint colors

Blue paint colors are not quite as common in a Coastal Grandmother home, but they can definitely work. They are perfect for someone who needs a little bit of color, or who doesn’t want their whole home to be a white shade.

The trick with picking a good blue paint color for walls is selecting one that has a little bit of gray in it. This keeps the paint from looking too childish, and gives it a sophisticated look.

Wickham Gray

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Wickham Gray

Wickham Gray, by Benjamin Moore, is a gray paint color with blue and green undertones.

Wickham Gray is different from most of the other shades we discussed, because it is a cool paint color.

It can still work with creams, whites and blues, but it will also give you a very a little bit more of a chilly look to the room.

Check out all the details on Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray.

Silver Strand

Silver Strand Sherwin Williams Paint Drop

Silver Strand is a great paint color for someone who wants a cool shade with a bit more color.

In some spaces it will look more green and in another it is more blue. Silver Strand also has a good bit of gray in it that gives it a mature look.

Silver Strand looks amazing with creamy linen curtains, crisp white trim, and white or beige upholstery. It is also a good choice for dark wood, or light colored wood.

Check out all the details on Sherwin Williams Silver Strand.


Tradewind Sherwin Williams Paint Drop

Tradewind is a beautiful blue paint color. While other blues on this list I have hints of green in them, Tradewind is really just blue.

It’ll look great with other blue shades with similar tones, and creams and white. While not white, Tradewind a very Coastal Grandmother shade.

I especially love a soft blue like this in a bathroom or bedroom.

Click here for more information on Sherwin Williams Tradewind.

Buxton Blue

Coastal Grandmother paint colors - Buxton Blue

Buxton Blue is a Benjamin Moore paint color that depth to it. It is the darkest shade on the list, and perfect for someone who wants an accent wall in their Coastal Grandmother style home.

You could use it for a whole room, but it won’t give that light and airy look that is more common for the look. But, if you need a bit of color in your life, Buxton Blue is a good choice.

It is a true blue, but has a little bit of gray in it that makes it mature and sophisticated.

Wondering How To Pick the Perfect Paint Color?

I have the best solution for you!

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These no-mess, peel and stick sheets are made from real paint, so they will show you exactly what the paint color will look like.

Simply place them on your walls next to your trim, furnishings or fixed elements, and easily see which paint color works best in your space and with your lighting.

Then, peel the sheet off your wall and reapply it somewhere else if you like. You can try several different paint colors with no mess, no fuss and no cleaning paint brushes.

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They are the easiest (and fastest!) way to try a paint color in your home, with no hassle.

Final Thoughts on Coastal Grandmother Paint Colors

Coastal Grandmother paint colors have long lasting appeal. Truly, they are classic shades that work in many different style homes.

This is one of the things I love about the Coastal Grandmother aesthetic.

It blends easily with other design styles, and has bits of traditional, boho, transitional, and even maybe a hint of farmhouse here and there.

While I don’t think Coastal Grandmother is going out of style anytime soon (because it’s really always been in style but was just given a title), these paint colors will out last any trend.

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Coastal Grandmother Aesthetic Paint Colors

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Sunday 18th of February 2024

Thank you for your help in discovering more about these paint choices. We’re building a new house and I am looking for a “clean looking” white paint choice for our trim throughout the house, something that will not be creamy looking in the least. Our walls will be painted in a neutral shade. Which SW or BM whites would you suggest?


Friday 1st of March 2024

Hey Lynne! Check out the best whites with no yellow undertones. The yellow undertones are what give white paint colors a creamy look. For a true, pure white, Pure White is a good bet for walls. It is clean and bright, but a little bit soft without looking creamy. Plus, it will go with other neutral walls. Good luck!