There may be no more appealing house than the beach side cottage. The casual grandeur of coastal style makes it a pleasure to choose paint. As with all design, stay true to what you like. Since beach houses tend to reflect the surrounding elements, take notice of your setting as it can be the secret to finding the perfect color palette. The mood of a beach is also a good indicator. Beach houses in the Keys may be brighter than those in Cape Cod.
Sand and Clouds
Designers often advise selecting exterior colors that blend into the beach since, for many of us, that is the focus. Muted shades work particularly well for those who view their house as a retreat. Look for colors that match the sand in front of the house. You might even want to take a small jar of sand to the paint store with you. Photographs work well too. Cloud colors, white and light gray, will complement the sky. White can also be used to contrast bright blues (think Greece). Paint colors usually reflect a specific mood or ambiance, so look for names that convey the beach. BEHR's "Cancun Sand" or "Riviera Sand" are a good example.
Sun and Summer Fun
If your beach house happens to be on a livelier or more colorful beach, it's exciting to go with bright, even shocking, colors. Bright, golden yellow, turquoise, lime green and pink are all popular choices. Instead of blending into the scenery, these houses are the scenery. They are designed to stand out and make a statement. Take a look at "Festival Green" or "Feverish Pink" by Sherwin-Williams to get started.
Sea and Sky
To capture the freeing expanse of sky and sea, head towards shades that echo them. In northern climates, think of deeper blues, grays and browns. Lagoons, on the other hand, inspire aqua and sea foam green. If you do choose to reflect the ocean or sky with your house color, avoid doing anything to bright or loud. Again, the goal is to be suggestive as opposed to one-upping nature, so duskier shades are more pleasing. Benjamin Moore's "Hudson Bay" is a nice, deep blue. The same company's "Soft Sky" delivers, as the name implies, a lighter, airier blue.
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