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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. 

Beach house coastal design

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.

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Create your own Glamping Experience:
The best way to make beach camping feel luxurious? Glamp it up! Elevate your camp experience with the comforts of home.

Glamoing on the beach at Big Sur California

1. Get off the ground. The best way to make camp feel luxurious? An air mattress will elevate yout sleeping to the next level and keep you comfy all night.

Coastal camping at it's best

2.Use comfort touches from home. Sleep with your own coastal sheets and bedding. Bring along a great cotton throw or pack up your favorite Antibes Ticking Bedding.

3. Treat your feet. An indoor-outdoor throw rug will keep the sand at bay as well as dres up your camping space with coastal style.

4. Coastal Seating. Bring a chair with a back. Wether you load up your favorite beach chair or the most comfrotable slipcover arm chair you have.  You are gonna appreciate good seating that creates awesome coastal chic style.

Glamping Set Up With Lighting

5. Create mood lightingCoastal candle lanterns are a great way to add light and stylish ambiance to your camping experience.

Hammock On The Beach

6. Hang Out.  Tie a hammock to the trees and hang out in coastal style.

Fire Pit

7. Element of Fire. Create a space to gather around the fire with a fire element.

8. Floor Pillows can create extra seating and make the hang out around the campfire coastal comfy.

9. Movie Time. Set up your lap top for an outdoor movie expereince.

10. Bring The Snacks! Load up the chocolate and the marshmellows to create those smores.

Coastal Glamping On The Beach

Glamping on Florida’s West Coast in RV Parks:
There are a few RV parks right on the beach, such as Red Coconut RV Park in North Ft. Myers beach, and Calusa Campground Resort and Marina in the Florida Keys. Or Bluewater Key Resort , 10 miles from Key West where most every spot has it’s own dock. Bring your own RV, or look for a rental!

PHOTO CREDITS:

Glamping at Big Sur California

Coastal Camping

Glamping Set Up With Lighting

Hammock On The Beach

Fire Pit

Glamping on the beach

Coastal beach house kitchen with bras ship cargo lights

1. Brass is in,  nickel gets pushed aside.

Brass is taking over in the design world.  From lighting fixtures to a few small touches like swapping out kitchen cabinet hardware will give your home an on-trend update. This coastal white kitchen with brass cargo ship lights hung over the island is a great example of how to get more likes on Instagram.

Coastal Slipcover Living Room With Weathered Wood Accents

2. Weathered Wood Works.

Reclaimed wood walls and weathered wood furnishings are hot. Infuse your space with reclaimed wood tables, weathered driftwood wall hanging or a great teak coffee table. This coastal living room with slipcover sofa and chairs is complimented beautifully with weathered wood accents and a driftwood coffee table.

3. Rope For Layers Of Interest.

Rope is nautical and rustic, a cool layer of texture that' is a staple in the coastal community. A simple rope accent table or a rope lamp will add the perfect amount of coastal interest to your space.

Coastal Kitchen with chalk backsplash

4. Let's Chalk About It.

Chalkboard paint's popularity has been on the rise for a while and shows no sign of declining. With a paint brush and some chalk paint you can step up your design game in minutes. Painting an interior wall with a few coats of chalkboard paint is an easy, budget-friendly way to turn the everyday into something extraordinary. The backsplash in your coastal kitchen is a fun way to showcase recipes or tonight's dinner menu in style.

Coastal art gallery wall

5. Go For The Gallery Wall.

Put your collections of seashells or coastal art on display with a gallery wall.  Gather up favorite framed pieces  or family memorabilia and decide the placement of the largest items first, then fill in with smaller pieces. It's a fun DIY of sorts that will create a stylish art wall to be envied.

 Navy and White Coastal Stripe Area Rug in Living Room

6. Change To Stripes.

Bold bands stripes are one of those patterns that are classic and work in any style of room for big style impact. You can create this high contrast look with painted stripes on the wall or a great coastal stripe area rug to anchor your space. Another great way is with fabric, bold navy and white stripes on a  slipcover club chair is a crisp clean coastal design that makes a statement. 

7. X Mark's The Spot.

Criss crossed legs of stools, benches and tables can be found all over the chicest design pages.  These coastal X base designs take the design in your space up a notch. Look how great an X base coffee table looks in front of a great coastal sofa.

Coastal Living Room With Vintage Trunk

8. Rock A Collected Look

Trends come and go but antiques are always in style. Pick something you love and showcase it in your space among your modern classic coastal belongings, this will give a collected over time feel and give your design credit due. It's fun to mix grandmas vintage trunk with your comfy brand new slipcover sofa for a great coastal look sure to be shared all over Instgram.

Nautical Beach House Living Room

9. Hats off to Nautical

This beachy-chic look has us dreaming of seaside getaways. Make your space feel like a vacation home by adding a nautical touch. Aqua blue hues mixed with wicker and few nautical touches like anchorsboat oars or seashells will complete your seaside design.

Coastal Lighting

10. Make Your Statement With Lighting.

One of our favorite ways to make a big design impact in a space is with lighting. The perfect coastal chandelier can take a rooms style to designer level, like a cherry on top, it's the finishing touch on any room.

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PHOTO CREDITS:

Coastal Kitchen With Brass Ship Cargo Lights Over Island

Coastal Slipcover Living Room With Weathered Wood Accents

Chalk Backsplash

Coastal Art Gallery Wall

 Navy and White Coastal Stripe Area Rug in Living Room

Coastal Living Room With Vintage Trunk

Nautical Beach House Bedroom

Sea Inspired Coastal Lighting

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-   1 week ago -
I LOVE the BEACH HOUSE TOUR!! We don't have ANYTHING like this in Quebec unfortunatly... Our bedroom is white and blue with many beach accents. I took my ideas from you! We've got it since 20 years and it is still update!
-   1 month ago -
Beachy decor has never caught my eye until I saw this Mint - Julep Water Color, FL Beach House. Not overdone. No avalanch of seashells. Green is my favorite color and the different hues make this rental outstanding.
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