Living on the coast I have the opportunity to design waterfront homes from time to time. Some clients have a strong opinion on what colors they want for their home based on ideas they’ve seen, hotels they’ve stayed in, or their favorite beach-side stores. But other clients are afraid of color selection– thinking that their space will end up looking like a colorful fish-shack or a boring whitewashed wonder. I’ve created some Sherwin-Williams Chip Cards to explore what inspirations can be used for a beautiful coastal home without being coy or boring.
Many times the sand, surf, and sky are plentiful inspiration for a coastal color palette. Reminiscent of a cut of sandstone, the graduation of Sanderling, Copper Mountain, and Tricorn Black soothes and balances while the airy tones Atmospheric and Extra White This palette would be excellent for a main living area; it provides mid tones, highlights, and deeper accents for a sophisticated, casual look.
There’s a softer side of the beach with romance and hint of blush. This vibrant bouquet gives you fresh mineral tones Cucumber and Early Grey reminding you of the water and rocks then scatters and handful of fragrant petals, adding softness and femininity. Zany Pink and Lavish Lavender are no dusty rose, though– these full-toned accents are zippy and bright for ageless girly accents.
Modern interiors vary widely in their use of color. The interior surfaces, especially vertical ones, can be a blank canvas for the placement of fine art, the more subtle shifting of light through the architecture, or an homage to the minimal. Imagine these jewel-toned comrades brightening a fresh and lively kitchen space or powder bath balanced by the softer neutrals Lucent Yellow, Roman Column, and Tricorn Black.