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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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Layered Lighting

 Create a cohesive layered look with coastal lighting instead of trying to find one lighting fixture to light the entire kitchen. Trying to use one centered kitchen light  is difficult and ends up creating a galring light that no one likes. Instead, layer your lighting with mulitple lights for a softer more natural light.

Blended coastal kitchen lighting

Blended Lighting

Blend your task, ambient, accent and decorative lighting. This will create a warm and inviting space to work, live and entertain in. This coastal kitchen is the perfect example with overhead task lights, under counter mood lighting and nautical metal  marine pendant lights hung over the island. This beautiful coastal kitchen has just the right amount, coastal style and type of lighting it needs.

White coastal kitchen with aqua beaded chandelier

Add A Pop Of Color With Your Coastal Lighting

This coastal white on white kitchen has a classic beach house design. They added a great pop of aqua color to brighten up the kitchen and add some coastal style. This aqua beaded chandelier is a great example of making your coastal lighting work for your space, it serves a dual purpose with style.

Metal ship cargo lights in coastal kitchen

Infuse Your Kitchen With Some Ocean Style Lighting

Don't be afraid to let your coastal ighting make a statement. Most kitchens have a play it safe design to appeal to a vast group for resale purposes. Give your kitchen it's personailty with great sea inspired coastal lighting. There are so many options to choose from, wicker basket lights, fox cargo ship lights or a collection of nautical glass pendant lights. From brass to wicker the choice is yours, make it count in the heart of your home.

Design tips for your coastal kitchen lightingCoastal lighting choices for your beach house kitchen needs.

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Coastal Kitchen With Multiple Coastal Lighting

Coastal Kitchen With Aqua Beaded Chandelier

Metal Ship Cargo Lights In Coastal Kitchen

Beach House Coastal Blue Living Room

This summery aqua beach house living room has been shopped for you by the crew. Let us help you create a version of this coastal room that will give you a stunning coastal design.

SHOPPING GUIDE:

Maui Slipcovered Sofa 

Tidal Salvaged Wood Coffee 

Light House Light Blue and Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Round Jute Ottoman

Blue Island Pillow

Blue Ikat Pillow

West Accent Chair 

Low Waves 

Sag Harbor Iron & Wood Chandelier

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Beach House Living Room by Jenny Keenan Design 

LOVE THESE KITCHENS
-   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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