Essential Playlists for Painting Projects

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With the launch of The Spruce Best Home Paint line, we were inspired to create complementary playlists for all your painting projects. Each one is inspired by a group of our colors, and reminiscent of a certain place, feeling, season, or event. You can listen to them while you head out on a road trip or begin a sleepy Sunday at home, or they can just as easily be played while you tackle painting your bathroom or start a new DIY project.

The playlists reach across a wide variety of genres, artists, and songs, but we want to hear from you, too! We’ll be making new playlists each month and adding songs to our most popular playlists. Send us an email and let us know what tunes you’d like to hear, and what songs our paint colors remind you of. Follow us on Spotify or simply click on the links below to listen along with us over here at The Spruce.

Just Beachy: The Ultimate Beach Day Playlist

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There aren’t many things better than a beach trip. Whether you’re caravaning down a misty coast, or trying to get sunkissed in the tropics, this playlist has you covered. Even if you’re at home in the middle of winter, these songs will transport you to a beautiful beach while you paint. It’s a mix of surfer riffs, tropical bops, and quiet acoustic tunes to fit any kind of beach trip—planned or imagined.

Our picks for this playlist were sparked by a few of our dreamiest colors: Sundream, Sandbar, Breezy Beach, and Lilac Sand. These are some of our favorite paints for bedrooms, master bathrooms, and nurseries.

Featured songs:

  1. Let’s Go Surfing - The Drums
  2. Man On Fire - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  3. Seaweed - Hockey Dad
  4. Methyl Ethel - Twilight Driving
  5. Sound of Sunshine - Michael Franti and Spearhead
  6. Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley and The Wailers
  7. Radiate - Jack Johnson
  8. Lazy Afternoon - Rebelution
  9. Island in the Sun - Weezer
  10. Dive - Coast Modern

Day Indoors: The Perfect Sleepy Weekend Playlist

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Rainy days, sleepy weekends, and intimate dinner parties are all perfect reasons for spending a day lounging inside. This quiet playlist has all the right tunes for cozying up with a cup of tea, sharing a meal, or painting your space a calming new color. You’ll get carried away by soothing acoustic guitars, melancholic crooning, and warm, fuzzy stanzas.

These songs were selected after seeing a few of our favorite quieter hues grouped together. The featured colors—Cold Brew, Winter Wreath, Stormy Skies, and Warm Linen—are all perfect tones for a bedroom, dining room, or living room.

Featured songs:

  1. Promise - Ben Howard
  2. Barcelona - George Ezra
  3. Georgia - Vance Joy
  4. Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
  5. Sleep On the Floor - The Lumineers
  6. Kiss the Grass - Paper Kites
  7. Coastline - Hollow Coves
  8. Coming Home - Leon Bridges
  9. Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
  10. La Vie En Rose - Daniela Andrade

Retro Road Trip: Essential Car Ride Playlist

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We’re throwing it way back with this playlist. All of your favorites from the ’60s through the ’80s have a place here, so you’ll now have the perfect soundtrack for any long drive. Bleating harmonies, searing rock tunes, and catchy lyrics are all in the mix.

Our inspiration for this playlist comes from The Spruce colors Persimmon Orange, Electric Kumquat, Retro Vibes, and Wax Pepper. These bright but slightly dusty shades remind us of all-things retro; they may be from the past, but they still have a burst of exciting energy surrounding them. Use these paints on accent walls, guest bedrooms, or home gyms.

Featured songs:

  1. Hotel California - Eagles
  2. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
  3. California Dreamin’ - The Mamas and the Papas
  4. Take It Easy - Eagles
  5. Take the Money and Run - Steve Miller Band
  6. Ramblin’ Man - The Allman Brothers Band
  7. Open All Night - Bruce Springsteen
  8. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  9. Jack & Diane - John Mellencamp
  10. Growin’ Up - Bruce Springsteen
  11. Shooting Star - Bad Company
  12. Piece of My Heart - Big Brother & The Holding Company
  13. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
  14. Wildwood Flower - Joan Baez
  15. Love Shack - The B-52’s

Summer Daze: The Perfect Summer Playlist

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This playlist is for celebrating when the sun is finally out and here to stay. The vibes and feelings of melty ice cream, state fair ferris wheels, sunbaked sidewalks, and dips in the pool are all wrapped up in these songs. It’s a mix of beachy bops, saccharine poolside tunes, and upbeat choruses to get you excited for one of our favorite seasons.

The colors that inspired this playlist are Matcha, Coral Lava, Lemon Cream, and Deep Pool. We love to use these hues on DIY projects like adirondack chairs, picture frames, and screen door trim. They’re also perfect if you’re looking for a burst of color in places like powder rooms, kids’ bedrooms, or bonus rooms.

Featured songs:

  1. T-Shirt Weather - Circa Waves
  2. Flashed Junk Mind - Milky Chance
  3. Pinch Me - Barenaked Ladies
  4. Wire - HAIM
  5. Summertime Magic - Childish Gambino
  6. Steal My Sunshine - Len
  7. Do It Like You Do - KAWALA
  8. Free - Donovan Frankenreiter
  9. Lost in My Mind - The Head and the Heart
  10. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer