The 15 Best Beach-Inspired Paint Colors

Beach inspired paint colors

The Spruce

Whether you live close to the coast or in a landlocked state, beach-inspired paint colors can make your home feel like a vacation home. And while coastal colors are generally inspired by the sea (think blues and greens) and the sand (light earthy tones), there are actually a wide variety of shades that draw inspiration from the beach. From sunsets to coral to the deep blues of the ocean, there are endless ways to evoke the feeling of the beach throughout your home.

Even if your next vacation is months away, these 15 beachy paint colors will make you feel like your "out of office" is on all year long.

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    Best Turquoise: Valspar Turquoise Porcelain 5002-5C

    When you think beach, you probably think the turquoises and blues that evoke thoughts of tropical fish and ocean water. While Valspar's Turquoise Porcelain isn't airy, it's a very saturated blue, with a touch of green. This is a great color for an accent wall or a hallway—it provides a bold taste of the sea, without feeling delicate or shy.

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    Best Medium Blue: Benjamin Moore Athens Blue 797

    Benjamin Moore's Athens Blue is a heavily saturated medium blue. It reminds us of the rich blues from the Mediterranean city it's named after, and is a great color to use on a DIY coffee table or chairs. It's a cyan blue that pairs well with cool, bright whites for a contrast that feels incredible nautical.

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    Best Blue-Gray: The Spruce Blue Marlin SPR-16

    The Spruce's Blue Marlin is a soft medium blue with strong gray undertones. It's a less saturated blue than teal or turquoise and feels airy and light. It's a wonderful shade for a kitchen wall, especially when paired with white cabinetry and light wooden accents.

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    Best Light Green: Benjamin Moore Par Four 470

    Can't pick between shades of beachy hues? Benjamin Moore's Par Four is technically a green, but depending on the light it appears almost gray or blue. We can imagine it paired with a crisp, linen white and a large jute rug.

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    Best Gray: Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand SW 7057

    Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand is a light gray, but with hints of green to give it an airy feel that's light but not stark. It's perfect for a tranquil bedroom because it feels wonderfully restful and soothing. Pair with bold blues and greens to add a little more color to your space.

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    Best White: The Spruce First Frost SPR-25

    Though the name feels more ski chalet than beach house, The Spruce's First Frost is a lovely shade of white for a waterfront feel. It's bright but warm, reminiscent of a white sand beach on a clear day. It's perfect for a bathroom or a kitchen space.

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    Best Navy: Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue No, 281

    Few paint colors feel as nautical as a true navy, like Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue. It's a traditional bold navy shade that feels utterly rich and deeply saturated in smaller spaces. It pairs wonderfully with crisp whites or linen shades for a contrast that is eye-catching and interesting.

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    Best Beige: Benjamin Moore Skipping Stone CSP-155

    Using a tan-gray in a beachy room can be stylish and natural—if you choose the tone carefully. Benjamin Moore’s subtle Skipping Stone brings the casual feel of driftwood to your color palette, and its warmth would work well with pale blue furniture, creamy white trim and black accents. It's a great way to add a beachy feel to a neutral home.

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    Best Pink: Benjamin Moore Coral Reef 012

    Add a coat of Benjamin Moore's Coral Reef to a kitchen island or an accent wall for a bright pop of color reminiscent of tropical fish and coral reefs. It's a bold color that isn't shy, but won't overwhelm a space either. Pair with a creamy white or even a lighter pink shade.

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    Best Light Blue: Benjamin Moore Iceberg 2122-50

    Benjamin Moore's Iceberg is the color of the soft shorelines of the beach and the breezy beach air. It's a light, muted blue that's soft enough for a bedroom or an office, but with enough blue to add color and depth.

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    Best Green: Magnolia Magnolia Green

    A great beach-inspired palette should include a gorgeous green paint shade. Magnolia Green is one of the most beautiful shades of green out there. It's both rich and natural—a lively paint color that pairs well with calming, muted blues and aquas. Try a rich green like this as an accent behind a stone fireplace or in a foyer to anchor your beach-inspired color scheme. It's also a great color for an eye-catching front door.

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    Best Sandy: Behr Kombucha T18-06

    Like the soft sand at the beach, Behr's Kombucha shade is lush, inviting and comforting. It's a soft beige with a warm yellow undertone that hugs you when you enter the room, and is a lovely neutral choice for any beachy home. Use it in the living room or a bedroom for a soft shade that pairs with nearly any warm color.

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    Best Peach: Benjamin Moore Peach Parfait 2175-70

    Benjamin Moore's Peach Parfait reminds us of the pinks in a warm beach sunset. This soft, barely-there peach is subtle, but pretty and elegant. It pairs well with soft greens or blues and lends a summery glow to any room.

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    Best Blue: Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog AC-22

    As its name suggests, Benjamin Moore's Nantucket Fog is the color of a foggy New England morning. It's a muted blue shade with neutral undertones that works wonderfully with beiges, grays and light blue hues. Nantucket Fog is a traditional beachy shade that is perfect for nearly any room in your home.

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    Best Deep Blue: Magnolia Weekend

    Weekend from Magnolia is a deep blue with a gray-green undertone. This is a more saturated alternative to using a charcoal gray or dark brown in your color scheme. Like the winter sky at the beach, Weekend has a dark and mysterious vibe, and makes a great pair with gray or green accents in your beach-inspired design.