Color Inspiration: Coastal Hues

Color Inspiration: Coastal Hues

Leah Moss
Jun 25, 2009

There's a reason why beach houses feel so soothing and carefree, and it's not just the blissful fact that the ocean's within earshot. Coastal hues have a way of calming the senses and refreshing a space in a particular way. We painted our dark, dank back room an invigorating beachy aqua, and it has since morphed into the gathering hub of our home despite the fact that the only seating option is a child's size sofa. For creating a casual floor-lounging vibe, coastal color is hard to beat. Check out these inspiring combinations...

Much better than seashell cliches, beachy colors can make a city home feel like a breezy getaway without seeming themey or over-styled.

Layering aquas, turquoises, apple greens, and their muted counterparts against bright whites creates a color scheme that is somehow invigorating and calming at the same time. It's like the color equivalent to a summer breeze.

(Images: 1: via pinkwallpaper, 2: Carl Dahlstedt via House of Turquoise, 3: Homes and Gardens, 4: West Elm, 5: Anthropologie, 6,7: Coastal Living, 8: Diamond Barrata Design)

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