Awash With Color: Modern Coastal Palettes

Coastal Color Palettes
don’t have to be the same ‘ol-same ‘ol


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.

Sherwin-Williams Color Inspiration
A forgotten avian artifact litters the coast but produces wonderful inspiration with Sherwin-Williams Color.

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.

Sherwin-Williams Color Inspiration
Romance doesn’t have to be dated. Spark fresh femininity with clear, bright hues and soft neutrals.

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.

Sherwin-Williams Color Inspiration
Time-tested metal and creeping moss explode with color and texture. This jewel-toned palette is anything but boring!

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.


Color Discovery

Time Management is not always one of my strengths. That having been said, it is late, it is raining, and I have hot chocolate. What else would I want to do other than design or start watching Christmas movies?!? I chose to design…and listed to Christmas music! And I found myself wanting to play with color. Well, I have this cool litte widget from the creative folks over at Sherwin-Williams called “Chip It”! Best designer timewaster/projectstarter/mood-tamer ever. It’s seriously therapeutic.  But, I had some fun and thought I would share it here!

apothecary chipcard

Fresh and grounded simultaneously, this vintage palette gives a range of hues that could easily be used in a traditional setting or modern space.

chip it gilded door

I love this exotic palette drawn from a gilded door in a faraway land. Amazing pairing of cool and warm tones… with the all-basic Tricorn Black!

orange daisy chipcard

The tangerine has a lively burst of flavor– but it doesn’t stop as a culinary delight! This collection could be employed wonderfully in an open-plan kitchen and den area. It could be equally successful on a southern front porch.

tradish chip card


Lastly, this tried and true combination of regal hues gets an update by not giving true-colored hues but neutral-toned cousins of gold, crimson, taupe, grey and black. Although, I’m going to be honest…I really wanted to see the pink in this palette, not the crimson! Another time….another time.



See Ya Next Time!