The 15 Best Beach-Inspired Paint Colors

Beach inspired paint colors

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Whether you live close to the coast or in a landlocked state, beach-inspired paint colors can make your house 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 is 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.

Here are our picks for the best beach-inspired paint colors.

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    Best Turquoise: Valspar Turquoise Porcelain 5002-5C

    Paint swatch of Turquoise Porcelain by Valspar

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    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.

    Valspar Turquoise Porcelain 5002-5C

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    Best Medium Blue: Benjamin Moore Athens Blue 797

    Benjamin Moore Athens Blue swatch

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Athens Blue 797

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

    The Spruce Best Home Paint Blue Marlin swatch

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    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.

    The Spruce Blue Marlin SPR-16

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    Best Light Green: Benjamin Moore Par Four 470

    Benjamin Moore Par Four swatch

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Par Four 470

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    Best Gray: Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand SW 7057

    Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand swatch

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    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.

    Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand SW 7057

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    Best White: The Spruce First Frost SPR-25

    First Frost The Spruce Best Home Paint swatch

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    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.

    The Spruce First Frost SPR-25

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    Best Navy: Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue No, 281

    Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue swatch

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    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.

    Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue No, 281

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    Best Beige: Benjamin Moore Skipping Stone CSP-155

    Benjamin Moore Skipping Stone swatch

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Skipping Stone CSP-155

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  • 09 of 15

    Best Pink: Benjamin Moore Coral Reef 012

    Benjamin Moore Coral Reef swatch

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Coral Reef 012

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    Best Light Blue: Benjamin Moore Iceberg 2122-50

    Benjamin Moore Iceberg swatch

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Iceberg 2122-50

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    Best Green: Magnolia Home Magnolia Green

    Magnolia Home Magnolia Green swatch

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    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.

    Magnolia Home Magnolia Green

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    Best Sandy: Behr Kombucha T18-06

    Behr Kombucha swatch

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    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.

    Behr Kombucha T18-06

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    Best Peach: Benjamin Moore Peach Parfait 2175-70

    Benjamin Moore Peach Parfait

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Peach Parfait 2175-70

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    Best Blue: Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog AC-22

    Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog swatch

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    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.

    Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog AC-22

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    Best Deep Blue: Magnolia Home Weekend

    Magnolia Home Weekend

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    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. 

    Magnolia Home Weekend