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Tried & True Paint Colors: The Perfect Summery Blues

Incorporate the perfect summery hue to reflect the coastal inspiration of the season—no matter what time of year it is.


“This little ‘she shed’ sits right on the beach in Australia on the Mornington Peninsula coastline and these little beach boxes/sheds are coveted in this area. Having designed this couple’s beach house a few years ago, which sits on the cliff above in all blues and whites, I wanted a space that felt completely different and liveable throughout the year. I wanted to bring freshness to the space, still referencing the beach location however with more of a garden and whimsical feel. I did this through fresh paint colours with the bold bright blue doors and the locally sourced antiques and ethically sourced coral.”
— Amy Spargo, Mainehouse Interiors






“Pale blue painted ceilings are a classic application for exterior porches, we chose to bring the tradition inside this hallway using Sherwin Williams 9136 Lullaby.” 
Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Heather Chadduck Interiors & Textiles







“The color is Bathe Blue by Sherwin Williams. The house is located right on the ocean, and we really wanted those blues of the water to be reflected throughout the home.”
— Stephanie Kraus, Stephanie Kraus Designs






“We wanted to create a crisp clean canvas for the blue island, along with the soft goods and accessories to pop off of. We chose Blue Danube by Benjamin Moore, which is reminiscent of the beautiful sea of Abaco that this unique home sits on. The Bahamian style is known for being full of bold colors, so we wanted to pay tribute to that as well.”
House Dressing Interiors






“We used Curator Paints ‘Strandhill’ on our front door and fell in love with it. It’s the most beautiful shade of light blue. We plan to use it for our kitchen island as well.”
Julia Dzafic, Lemon Stripes






Silvermist by Sherwin Williams is a great color because multiple colors are blended to create it (blue, green, and gray). Doing this adds depth and also changes its appearance throughout the day. I love paint colors that make you ask, ‘What color is this? It was blue an hour ago and now it’s green!’ This project is an oceanfront condo and the color palette of the living room involved various shades of blue and green, so a blend of the two colors was a perfect choice.”
J.P. Horton Interior Design, @jphorton





“This is a wonderful bunk room nestled in the eaves of a beach cottage on the North Carolina coast. Our clients wanted a bright, playful space for their children to gather and create summertime memories with friends and family. 
— Vicky Serany, Southern Studio Interior Design






“The door color of our Fidalgo Island home is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. I love the color because…it’s blue! Navy blue to be more precise. I’m a lover of blue and white and that’s the coastal theme throughout the home.”
Juliet Russell of the Make Mine a Spritzer, @myfidalgoislandhom





“This Riverside Cottage powder room is the view just off of the mudroom and foyer. I wanted to have fun with the small space, and was inspired by the fabric I used for the roman shade. I pulled this saturated blue color, Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore, from the fabric and applied it to the shiplap walls. The depth of blue varies depending on the time of day and the lighting; the fun pop of color is always a welcoming vignette! Plus, the Annie Selke runner that we used in the mudroom was the perfect complement.”
Sarah Hayes Architecture & Design






“I picked this color—Sleepy Hollow by Sherwin Williams—because I loved how it played off the subtle blue tone of this rug. It felt fresh and created a bold impact while also remaining very affordable. I love how they work together to make a happy entrance to our home!”
— Laura Erin, Laura Erin Home






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2 comments

Shara July 3, 2021 at 7:30 am

amzing blog post <3 i love your posts

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Carol. Warren July 17, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Thanks for your ideas. I am really drawn to your style. It is restful to visit your rooms. In some cases there is a bit more added to a room, that I would not do. That could b because I am older and have a lot of items to the degree that I stored a lot and am now. downsizing. Clearing out things to give away or to sell reasonably is what I am doing now. It stirs up memories as I do this and it is joyful to see other people happy with items I am giving away. Thanks for this opportunity to share with you.

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