22 Coastal Color Palettes for Beach Inspired Decor

Coastal-themed bedroom with tan, white and gray color palette

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Calming hues inspired by sunshiny days spent seaside will infuse a space with that beachy feeling — even if the nearest shoreline is many miles from home. To help you capture the spirit of summer in your abode year-round, here are the breeziest color combos for coastal-inspired decorating.

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    Beachy Blue Colors

    Nantucket bedroom example of coastal decor
    Carolyn Thayer Interiors

    Carolyn Thayer Interiors designed this seaside home located in Nantucket, a charming beach town and one of the islands of Massachusetts. In the primary bedroom, watery shades of blue are combined with sun-bleached white. Wood and rope furnishings in natural tones lend contrast. The fern plant in the basket on the floor adds a pop of greenery.

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    Cape Cod Beach House

    cape cod interior with lots of yellow
    Alys Design

    Warm creams, natural wood tones, pale turquoise, and lemon yellow are the colors that give this Cape Cod beach house by Alys Design its distinctive seaside appearance.

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    Sea Glass Blue

    Beach inspired bedroom with rattan swing chair
    Carolyn Thayer Interiors

    The soft frosted look of blue-green sea glass inspired this primary bedroom in a beach house by Carolyn Thayer Interiors. Accents in refreshing shades of teal stand out against the natural wood floors, sky blue walls, and crisp white furniture. The ceiling light fixture embellished with rope and the hanging rattan chair by Serena and Lily boosts the room's summery vibe.

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    Retro Inspired Tropical Beach House

    colorful beach house

    In this Hawaiian home by Havenly, tropical shades transform a coastal cottage into a retro-inspired beach pad. Dazzling yellow, tangy orange, electric pink, and a mix of ocean blues pour on the eclectic charm

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    Navy Blue for Seaworthy Drama

    east coast beach living room
    Carolyn Thayer Interiors

    Soft furniture and wall art in navy blue lends seaworthy drama to this coastal living room by Carolyn Thayer Interiors. The walls were painted two different shades by Benjamin Moore: white sand and designer white. The natural wood floors and unpainted trim offset the navy blue furniture.

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    Add a Splash of Tangy Yellow

    coastal bathroom with crab icon
    Younique Designs

    This summery ​bathroom by Younique Designs blends flickers of yellow with soothing blue-green hues. Painted wood tiles by Mirth Studios make up the colorful backsplash. The white shiplap walls add contrast. The turquoise tiles covering the walls and floor in the shower adds to the room's coastal vibe.

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    Nautical Blue, Kelly Green, and Yellow Pear

    surf club sign in living room
    Noelle Interiors

    Kelly green, nautical blue, and yellow pear brighten up this coastal-inspired den by Noelle Interiors. The neutral walls, which are a shade called shaker beige by Benjamin Moore, set the stage for the vibrant hues. The finishing touch is the electrifying surf club sign.

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    Perk Up a Room With Tropical Colors

    wicker bedroom
    Heidi Walker Interior Design

    Hot pink, sky blue, lime green, and sunshine yellow are the tropical colors that boost the mood in this bedroom by Heidi Walker Interior Design. Anchoring the space is a wicker bed frame and headboard set.

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    Punch Up a Neutral Space With Black Accents

    monochromatic beach house
    Donna Guyler Interior Design

    Coastal inspired decorating does not mean you have to stick with blue-green hues or bright tropical shades. In this beachfront home by Donna Guyler Interior Design black accents punch up the natural tone furnishings.  

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    San Clemente Beach House

    california coastal home

    Navy blue and sandy hues rule in this elegant San Clemente, California beach house by Homepolish. Notice the wave-inspired art over the sofa? It is actually framed wallpaper. 

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    Red, White and Blue

    red and blue coastal bedroom
    Chango and Company

    In the northeast, red, white, and blue are traditional coastal colors that shout summer. In this seaside bedroom by the interior design firm, Chango and Company, the colorful surfboard wallpaper throws focus on the red, white, and blue bedding.

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    Monochromatic Beach House

    beach house in florida
    Alys Design

    Here is a timeless monochromatic interior by Alys Design. The white on white furniture takes the room to the next level. Metallic accents in chrome and gold add enduring elegance.

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    Combine White With Natural Wood Tones

    white and wood tones coastal decor
    Coastal Style

    We believe 100 percent that white kitchens are timeless. The one in this seaside home owned by the blogger behind Coastal Style feels incredibly beachy thanks to natural wood pieces like the vintage surfboard above the windows.

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    Coral and Turquoise

    coral and turquoise bedroom
    Echelon Custom Homes

    Coral and turquoise just may be one of our favorite color combinations for coastal-inspired decorating. In this house built and designed by Echelon Custom Homes, a black and white rug reminiscent of cabana stripes enhances the bedroom's beachy appeal.

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    Seaworthy Blue and White Stripes

    East Hampton Home nautical stripes
    Chango and Company

    Blue and white stripes are synonymous with nautical-inspired style. In this charming East Hampton, New York beach house by Chango and Company seaworthy striped accents perk up the neutral-toned living room.

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    Bright White Indigo Blue

    modern hamptons beach house
    Alyssa Alon

    The brief for decorating this Hamptons beach house was simple: Create a home brimming with beachy style without making things feel too nautical.

    Interior designer Alyssa Alon completed the task with a white and indigo color scheme. A fiddle-leaf fig tree lends a burst of greenery. The frosted glass bottles on the mantel add subtle pops of seaworthy color.

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    Blue and White Color Scheme

    Blue and white living room

    Maite Granda

    Blue and white is a classic color combination. Here, Maite Granda blends pale shades of blue with antique white. The result is a casual space brimming with coastal yet modern style.

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    Crisp White Living Room

    Coastal living room with pops of color

    Maite Granda

    Pristine white walls and a crisp white sofa set the mood in this beach house by Maite Granda. To add some playfulness to the space, the designer added colorful accents, patterned armchairs, and pops of greenery.

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    Seafoam Green

    Sea foam green painted walls

    D Burns Interiors

    Seafoam green is another attractive coastal color. In this oceanfront home by the design team at D Burns Interiors, the walls were painted seafoam green. The soft watery hue pairs beautifully with furniture in natural tones and a patterned rug featuring a leafy print.

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    Tile in Ocean Hues

    Coastal color theme backsplash

    Cathie Hong

    Create a beachy keen space with colorful tile, whether it's a backsplash in the kitchen or the floors in the bathroom. A mermaid-inspired backsplash in various ocean hues gives this white kitchen by interior designer Cathie Hong a nautical feel.

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    Natural Tones and Nautical Blue

    Bedroom with natural stones and nautical blue

    Maite Granda

    Maite Granda gave this casual room a seaside vibe by mixing nautical blue accents with a rattan headboard, porthole-shaped mirrors, and blue and white striped area rug.