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When we bought our 1990’s rambler, the colors were all wrong. We are literally blocks from the beach, living on an island. But, walking into the house you would think it was Tuscany with all the yellow, orange, tan and red.
Slowly but surely we have been fixing up our home, renovating it little by little into a modern coastal abode. And, one of the things that has made the biggest difference is changing the colors. Coming up with a whole house color palette, being mindful of that palette with decisions we make along the way have turned our home into a peaceful coastal retreat.
Modern Coastal Whole House Palette
The house palette started out with my all time favorite greige, which I have professed my love for in our living room reveal, Storm’s Coming by PPG. Fun fact for those who don’t know, I am also a real estate broker, and for part of my career, I sat a plat at a beautiful ocean side community. The aesthetic for the community is actually an inspiration for a lot of my design choices. The designer used Storm’s Coming on many of the homes and it was the perfect bright and light neutral backdrop for the modern coastal homes.
So, when it became time to paint my own home walls, I knew I wanted Storm’s Coming. It’s a beautiful greige that made our dark and dated 1990’s rambler feel so modern and bright. That was the first paint chosen for our coastal whole house palette.
The rest of the colors came naturally from playing around with a PPG paint color wheel. Next we chose a white to create our DIY shiplap valances. We fell in love with Snowbank by PPG, which is a beautiful, cool, bright, white that really pops. We used it again, when we made the shiplap accent wall above the fireplace.
Symphony of Blue
Next we re-did our laundry room, which I have not shared on here yet. My husband made some beautiful wood shelves in an ashy wood color for the space and we wanted a fun splashy blue that would coordinate with our home, but not overwhelm it. Symphony of Blue by PPG was that color! It’s a gorgeous blue that has a little aqua in it, but isn’t too aqua, and screams coastal design. We have used it as an accent in other places in our home as well. Stay tuned for all those reveals.
I originally wanted to paint our house black, but the handsome hunk was very against that, so after years of convincing, we finally decided to stain the fence black. And, wow, you guys, it is amazing. If you’re at all thinking about staining your fence black, just go ahead and do it! Our only non-PPG paint color is the black fence which is Slate by Behr.
At this point, we had done a lot of work in our home, and because we had an idea what we wanted as a whole, it all coordinated, but at this point I decided that I wanted to finish our whole house color palette, before finishing more projects.
So, that is when Shark by PPG came in. Our next big project is going to be painting the house. First, it’s just time. The house needs it. There is some paint beginning to chip in places. And, secondly, I hate the color of our house. I don’t hate yellow houses. But, I do hate yellow on this house. Especially since we installed a black roof and stained the fence black, the yellow just clashes. Our plans are to paint it Shark by PPG which is a very light warm gray that will pop with Snowbank trim, and go so well with the black accents in the roof and fence.
And, then I wanted one more fun color for our house palette, which lead me to Sky Diving by PPG. It’s almost gray, almost aqua, almost baby blue. It will look beautiful in our bathrooms, and I’m playing with it as a front door color.
So, there you have it! Our modern coastal whole house color palette!
Lilla Linklater says
Hi Jane. I live in Australia on the coast and love your colours. Unfortunately we do not have the same brands. Do you have any idea how I can buy the equivalents here? I am dying to add a ship lap wall and a panelled wall!! Thank you. Lilla.