10 Ways: Picking The Perfect Coastal Paint Colors

10 Tips for choosing paint colors in your coastal home.

Coastal beach house dining room

Picking your paint colors can be so overwhelming.  Take some advice from the pros and make selecting paint colors for your home a little easier.  Have confidence in your choices and choose the right paint for your home as well as your personality. 

LIGHTING It is very important to know the type of lighting in the room you will be painting. Keep this in mind while shopping for colors.  A paint color will look very different in fluorescent lighting vs. natural lighting vs. incandescent lighting.  Make sure you take your paint chip options home with you and look at them in the space you are painting because the lights at the store will be different from the lights you have at home.

Coastal Slipcover relaxed living room

EMOTION Color plays a huge part in our psychology and how we feel in a space.  Remember that the color you select will elicit different emotions.  Think about how you want to feel in that space once it is painted.  Want to feel relaxed and peaceful?  You should go with a cooler or a lighter color.  Or, if you want to feel energized and excited, you can go with a brighter color in a warm tone or a darker color.

CONTINUITY When selecting paint colors, think of the home as a whole.  If you are painting the dining room that is adjoining the kitchen, the color of the kitchen will affect how the color of the dining room appears.  When colors are placed next to each other, they make each look different than when alone.  In the image at right, the blue box in the center is the same color but it looks much brighter and more crisp when placed inside an orange box (its complimentary color) than inside a blue box.  

TRIM What color to paint that pesky trim?  Typically, the best choice is white.  I know it sounds boring but it’s true. 

CEILING  So, you have picked your wall color but now what color do you paint the ceiling?  A good rule to follow is to take the wall color and add 50% white.  You will get a color that is much less dark and will compliment the wall color.  Colors on ceilings always appear darker than the walls. 

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COMBINING COLORS You want to go with more than one color, as many people do, but how do you know what will look good together?  The best thing you can do is consult the color wheel.  Colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel will always complement each other and make the colors appear true to their hue and appear clean and crisp.

SMALL ROOMS Small spaces can be made to look bigger with the use of light colors.  

PAINT vs. FURNISHINGS  Always pick your paint color LAST!  This may sound crazy if you are moving into a new house, BUT, there are a million and one paint colors out there but you may only find one slipcover sofa that you love.  Choose all the furnishings and accessories and then pick your paint color.  It will ensure that everything matches.

QUALIFYING COLORS  When you bring your paint chip home to see how it will look in the space, do not hold it up against the wall you want to paint.  This will only distort the color of the paint chip.  Instead, hold the paint chip against the sofa or cabinetry to get a better feel of how it will look in the space.

OWN IT  The most important tip that I have is to pick the color that you love and then as scary as this sounds, go one shade darker.  The natural tendency is to go lighter but this will look washed out if you go too light.  You are picking out a color and you want it to look like a color on the wall, not just a version of white.  Don’t be afraid!

All the advice you need to pick the perfect coastal paint colors for your seaside home. Coastal paint colors picked the right way.

Paint Color Advice from A Pro- coastalcottageobx.com

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Juanita Mille
1 week ago
This truly does add a unique look to any coastal decor! Never thought of using these! What a great idea...thanks for sharing!
Daniela Lunkenbein
7 months ago
Hi, I really love your DIY wind chime
Daniela Lunkenbein
7 months ago
Hi, I really love your DIY wind chime
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