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Room Color Schemes from the Shore

No matter what the color trend, we turn to the shore when looking for room color schemes. Here are some ideas and tips!

Blue Gray Coastal Color Scheme

Room color schemes from BHG include blue-gray, seaglass green and warm gray. Blue-Gray reflects an easy going beach vibe. Natural seagrass, darker wood, and classic black and white work beautifully with this palette, designer Nate Berkus says.

Seaglass Green Color Scheme
Seaglass Green, a color scheme consisting of blue-green hues. If you go too bright with this beach color scheme, you’re heading into turquoise or mint, designer Sasha Emerson points out.

Coastal Warm Gray Color Scheme
Warm Gray, a color you see in beach pebbles and driftwood. This beach color palette also reminds me of a quiet overcast day on the beach. Warm gray is neutral and timeless, more complex than cream or white, a soothing backdrop or to set the perfect scene to pop a bright accent color.

color inspiration from beach chairs
This illustrates that coastal color schemes are not limited to nature (sea, sky, sand, shells, etc.), we can also capture the feeling of a favorite spot by drawing inspiration from its beach culture; in this case, the giant wicker chairs on Germany's North Sea. I found the photograph by Rafael Neff in the February issue of House Beautiful.

room color scheme from dog beach
Donna Frasca (see below) illustrates that anything goes. Say, you love Dog Beach and you want to capture the essence of it -include the ball in your room color scheme!

blue room color schemes from the ocean
Donna's pulling the Colors from a Vacation Video.

room color schemes from the shore
Then, Amanda of House Revivals recently purchased a beach house, and is thinking about softening the living room space with a huge area rug in the colors of her surroundings -shells, grasses, sand. A beach room color scheme can be very earthy too!

color inspiration from shells
Alisa shares her color inspiration from shells here.

Color Palette Seashells
And last but not least, a look back to Coastal Living's Idea House 2010 where they included the color palette used -derived from shells and driftwood!

shell colors for decor inspiration

driftwood color palette inspiration

If you turn to the shore for room color schemes, you don't have to figure out which colors work together. Nature's color combinations are perfect! The only challenge that remains is to use the colors in a way that pulls everything together harmoniously.

You might also enjoy the post about Nautical Colors.
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21 comments:

Heidiopia said...

YES!! Nature's color schemes are already perfect. Love this post, Maya-- good stuff!

michelle said...

Beautiful colors! I am missing my beach colors and going back to what I love most!

J Moss said...

I love this! I had never thought about sand being "gray" in a color pallette, but I love it! I would always automatically think tan when I think sand, but wet sand is def more of a gray color. Thanks for posintg!

Renée Finberg said...

maya,
you don't mind do you?
that i tell you this is a BRILLIANT post!!!
xxx reneé

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I <3 Pale Orchard :)

Drawn to The Sea said...

I once was drawn to bright tropicals. Still am, but now as an accent here & there to the natural pales.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful post! I'm going to leave it open today for my hubby to take a look. I have a lot of pale gold and natural tones in my bedroom but I would like a dark slate blue in the master bath! I'm always wondering how I can make it look like it goes together! lol ♥

Be Well Gifts said...

Oh this is beautiful!I'm blog hopping today and I found your wonderful blog. I'm following you now. Wishing you happiness, Katherine

sealaura said...

they are all lovely but those dogs had me at hello! SOLD I think I need a little pop of red in my beachy decor. My second fave is the shell color collections.

Nightfall said...

Thank you, thank you, I've been debating paint colors for weeks and this really helps. The Color of a Memory group is wonderful (esp with crisp white trim).

House Revivals said...

Thank you, Maya, for featuring my color inspiration! All of these color schemes are gorgeous -- I especially enjoyed Dog Beach :)
~Amanda

Scintilla said...

We are currently refurbishing a room on the Mediterranean. This post is wonderful inspiration for me. But with the view we have, I think maybe the last two will be best suited, ie. go understated and let the scenery be brilliant through the windows :)

beth said...

Oh yes!! I love beach color schemes! You can't go wrong with the beautiful combo of white, blue, grey, and sandy brown. Love it!
Hope you have a great day!
Beth.

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Love the grey tones. And the blues.

Lili said...

Great post. I still love turquoise though! ~Lili

Beautiful Details said...

This is great. My livingroom needs repainting in a bad way! Maybe I'll try this with some of my favorite shells and sea life items. Thanks for sharing Maya!

Cottage Coastal Store, Inc. said...

Nice post Maya! All my colors...

simpledaisy said...

Lovely post!!!! The sea always gives us great decorating inspiration:):)

MommaHen said...

gorgeous colors!
(p.s. I would love for you to come over and join in on my giveaway!)

Iniyaal said...

All those blue tones are so refreshing. Love this post! True, nature's colour combinations are perfect. It is the best place to look for colour palettes.

Puna said...

hmmm...interesting. What does the honeysuckle color look like?