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South Haven Beach House

Captivated by South Haven’s natural charm and waterfront beauty, this storybook shingle beach house is exceptionally true to its lakefront character.

South Haven Beach House Foyer

A coastal home filled with lovely coastal design elements like navy painted cabinets , nautical inspired lighting, cabinet insets and white-washed oak floors.  These complement the home’s coastal flair with nautical décor and warm ocean hues. The foyer's navy cabinets are Benjamin Moore Deep Royal 2061-10, the walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and ceiling is Benjamin Moore White Dove with a  inset of Benjamin Moore Kentucky Haze.

South Haven Beach House Kitchen

An impressive classic coastal kitchen painted in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (walls and cabinets) that overlooks the generous, but clearly defined, living and dining rooms.

South Haven Beach House Kitchen Dining

South Haven Beach House Dining

Beach house slipcover living room

This coastal living room looks stunning with the louvered doors on the cabinetry. The fireplace surround with quartz stone and a seaside paint color, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172. Coastal living at it's best, white slipcover sofas, island accent chairs and a denim blue stripe area rug are just a few of the beautiful beach elements that make this space.

Beach house slipcover living room

Coastal Bedroom

Mini bunk room

In the small nautical styled bunk room you will find space maximizing built in bunk beds with ultra-clever steps that provide storage.

Beach guest house kitchen

The lower level features a extra guest quarters with additional laundry room, full beach bath, and a basement kitchen with navy cabinets and beach-friendly stained concrete floors, the space opens directly to the sands of Lake Michigan.

Guest House Living

Coastal outdoor living

This may be our favorite spot in the house, comfy casual, coastal deck with a view. Coastal outdoor furnishings with blue and white throw pillows.

Beach House

Lakeside coastal home with a beach house design. Take a tour of this beautiful South Haven coastal home with great beach house furnishings.

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South Haven Beach House

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.

Paint Color Advice from A Pro- coastalcottageobx.com

Coastal navy and white beach house bedroom

Coastal navy and white beach house bedroom with hanging bed, striped coastal area rug and sea glass lamps.

Coastal Blue and White Beach House Bedroom

Coastal blue and white beach house bedroom with crisp white bedding and blue accent throws.

Coastal shabby chic beach house bedroom

Coastal shabby chic beach house bedroom with driftwood wall hanging and coastal white bedding.

Island beach house bedroom with an ocean view.

Island beach house bedroom with an ocean view.

Inspiring beachy bedrooms. Coastal beach house bedroom designs that will inspire you.

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Coastal Shabby Chic Beachy Bedroom

Coastal Blue And White Beach House Bedroom

Beach House Bedroom In Navy And White

Island Beach House Bedroom

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-   2 weeks 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.
-   1 month ago -
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