Color Recommendations for Coastal Homes From the Experts
It’s not hard to find curated lists of paint colors on the Internet. We’ve got quite a few right here on this site, plus more on our Pinterest boards. Lots of inspiration and info is always a good thing when you’re making a big decision, and choosing the perfect paint color can send some people into a full-scale anxiety attack. If you’re one of those people, we’re here for you with the best lists from the best sources and the best designers.
When it comes to sources of info for coastal homes, it doesn’t get much better than Coastal Living. I follow these folks all over the Internet, and I still shell out a few bucks for the print magazine when I feel a craving for some old-fashioned glossy paper in my hands. When it comes to interiors and exteriors, they’ve got my favorite beach house vibe dialed in. So when Coastal Living curates a list of decorator-approved paint colors, I’m gonna tell you about it. Like I said, we’re here for you!
The newest 2019 collection of paint colors comes to you in the form of a slideshow. (Sidebar question: do you like an article in slideshow form? I’m not a fan–I hate all that extra clicking. I always accidentally end up clicking on an ad. Hmmm…maybe that’s the point!) Anyway, there are ten colors in this collection, but I’m only going to tell you about six. Because the other four–in my opinion–range from meh to hell no. One is called Churlish Green for Pete’ sake. Churlish? Who wants churlish? I’ll stick to Rapture, Paradise, and Love & Happiness please.
First up is Andrew Howard’s recommendation: Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. Howard is a designer based in Jacksonville who creates swoon-worthy spaces all over the East Coast. I mean that literally. I have actually swooned over some of his designs. Like this one. Please. Give me all the Andrew Howard.
Chantilly Lace is a lovely off-white color that serves as a perfect fresh and neutral backdrop for any coastal home. As Howard says, “you can still do no wrong with white shiplap, tongue and groove, or board and batten inside a coastal home.” Even though I love color, I’m 100% here for an off-white palette. It’s just so soothing, and it lets you add pops of color with textiles, rugs, and art. And you simply cannot go wrong with an off-white color like Chantilly Lace. Want more neutral inspo? We’ve got a Pinterest board for that!
Next up on the parade of great paint colors is Mally Skok’s favorite: Pale Powder by Farrow and Ball. Skok is a South-African born designer who is based out of Massachusetts. She’s pretty far from the Panhandle, but her bright and fun aesthetic translates well to any coastal area. Pale Powder is a pale greenish-blue hue that makes me think of serene off-season mornings at the beach when it’s cool and a little foggy.
Skok says “It never intrudes or fights with any other colors in the rest of the scheme and looks stunning against detailed white painted woodwork.” I say it’s a neutral that will fade into the background, but will still impart a sense of serenity and fresh calm. Speaking of neutrals…Benjamin Moore‘s Edgecomb Gray makes it onto the list as Jade Joyner’s choice. Edgecomb Gray is a no-fail option that will keep things calm and collected and work with any style, from modern to traditional.
Ready to move on from the neutrals?
Gray not your thing? Joyner also recommends something a little different when it comes to beach house paint. “For something totally unexpected in a beach house, I like Love & Happiness by Benjamin Moore–and not just because of the name. It’s a soft pink that looks amazing with pops of color.”
If Love & Happiness isn’t enough color for you, check out designer Meg Braff’s pick. She pops into the mix with a riff on the coral hue that’s perfectly on-trend this year. Paradise Peach by Benjamin Moore is a warm and inviting color that’s a great option for people who are ready to stray from the classic salty blue and white scheme. It’s not for everyone, but I love this one. It just screams HAPPY!
And speaking of blue…we can’t have a list of coastal paint colors without at least one true blue hue. (How do you like that rhyme action?) Luckily Cathy Austin comes to the rescue with her pick: Rapture Blue by Sherwin-Williams. This is a pretty intense shade of blue–a little too intense for me if I’m really being honest. But if you’re looking for a saturated color that will stand up well to our relentless Florida sunshine, this could be a great option.
Pick a color that makes you happy!
Color is intimately linked with emotion, so picking the right shade for your home is seriously important stuff. There’s no need to stress about it though. Think about the emotion you want to associate with your home, and go from there. Is it calm and refreshed? Go with a cool neutral. Prefer something vibrant and exciting? Think about bolder and brighter paint colors. If creating a cozy and nurturing environment is your ultimate goal, you should consider a warm and inviting hue.
Hire an expert to get the job done right
Whatever colors you end up choosing, remember that even the most beautiful paint colors will look shoddy if the paint job isn’t done right. When it comes time to hire the best painter for your job, Check Local can help. They’ve got a curated list of the best painters in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast, and they can hook you up with the best one for you job.
Stay tuned for more great painting tips and tricks coming soon y’all!