Whether you visit in the summer or live there year-round, Cape Cod is all about fun, relaxation, and taking in the surrounding natural beauty. The colors and style of Cape Cod cottage living reflect the salty air, rumbling ocean, and sandy shore that make up coastal life on this meandering slice of the New England coast. If you can't live there full time, why not borrow the colors of this beloved summer vacation spot and its inspired landscape and bring a bit of the region's coastal cottage living into your home?
- Color Family: Neutrals and many warm tones
- Complementary Colors: Varies, depending on undertones
- Pairs Well With: Varies, but includes white and off-white trim and cabinetry, grays, and blues
- Mood: Coastal, breezy, and relaxed
- Where to Use: Walls, accent walls, floors, porches, front doors
Here are our nine picks for the best Cape Cod-inspired paint colors.
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Behr's Misty Isle (MQ3-19) is an endearing aqua paint color because its soothing yet crisp color evokes vintage beach signs. Sometimes you'll even spot cottages with aqua exterior shutters against gray weathered shingles. Misty Isle is one of the prettiest interior choices for a Cape Cod-style kitchen, bedroom, or even a porch ceiling.
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Cape Cod is rich with red front doors and lush climbing roses that add spots of color to naturally weathered landscapes. Sherwin-Williams Show Stopper (SW 7588) is a versatile red with just enough warmth to keep it from looking heavy. A front door is a natural choice for Show Stopper, but consider it for a dining room, accent wall, or even a powder room.
Cape Cod cottage architecture is known for its understated, yet classic landscape of weathered and grayed wood shingled siding. As for interior colors in a cottage, anything goes, so rich red walls would be welcome.
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Sherwin-Williams Tradewind (SW 6218) is a soft blue with just a hint of gray, just what the morning sky looks like over the ocean off the Cape. The muted quality of Tradewind gives it maximum versatility for a living room, dining room, or home exterior.
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If you look hard you can spot a few midcentury modern cottages on the Cape from the 1950s and 1960s with vintage mint-green doors and shutters. Though bright colors like mint are still conservatively used, a fresh color like Spring Mint (2040-70) by Benjamin Moore mixes hints of Cape Cod architecture and pure summer beach life. Light minty colors like this work well with white, pink, chocolate brown, or beige.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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There's a distinct shade of forest green that's globally reminiscent of summer camp and vintage cabins in the woods. Pittsburgh Paints Globe Artichoke (1121-7) captures that vintage vibe with this spirited green. With just a hint of a yellow undertone, Globe Artichoke feels modern but can also remind you of the Cape's native pitch pine tree forests of the same color.
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Kilim Beige (SW 6106) is a popular neutral color reminiscent of breezy beach grass and wet sand underfoot. Kilim Beige is easy to use and match because there is no dominating undertone. The warmth of Kilim Beige makes it an excellent choice for wall color, especially with pops of ocean-inspired blue and aqua in the room.
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Wherever you are on Cape Cod, it's always a treat to head out to an ice cream parlor on a sultry summer evening. Hathaway Peach (HC-53) by Benjamin Moore brings back all those memories of summer's simple pleasures. Its lush, juicy color would look beautiful in a kitchen with white cabinets.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Glossy black doors with brass hardware remain an iconic look for Cape Cod cottage homes. Pittsburgh Paints Onyx (1011-7 )is a complex black, with depth, and style. Black paint can also be used for painted furniture, railings, and shutters for an elegant and classic accent.
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