Coastal Grandmother Hues

Coastal style kitchen with a blue island. The color featured on the wall is a "greige" color called Gratifying Gray.
walls- Gratifying Gray, island-Ocean Swell

As we wait out the last hot days of summer, we long for interiors that create the feeling of a coastal getaway. Even if you live hundreds of miles from the beach, paint schemes are an easy and attainable way to bring the popular TikTok Coastal Grandmother trend to life. A simple and restorative palette using cool breezy hues mixed with off-white and sandy tones creates a calm coastal ambiance. Natural lighting, rattan furniture, cozy throws and handwoven baskets provide a perfectly relaxed and lived-in seaside feel.

A casual coastal living room with a wall-to-ceiling design painted with a light blue color called Half Sea Fog.
walls-Cotton Knit, wall design-Half Sea Fog

Achieve a contemporary coastal look in a home office using a pearly white on the walls. Add depth by painting the bookshelves with a soothing gray. Create a focal point with a simple desk painted in a blue-gray color such as Half Sea Fog. To complete the look, add a textured area rug and light window coverings.

A contemporary home office with painted built-in bookshelves and a painted a desk on the center on the room.
walls-Beach House, bookshelves-Gratifying Gray, desk-Half Sea Fog

A living room painted in a quiet yet cool and refreshing hue feels grounded and relaxed, a look for an all-year-round summery feel.

A living room painted in cool and refreshing hue.
wall-Misty Coast

For more ideas on how to use these colors inspired by the ocean reflecting the blue sky and the coastal mists, visit

Colorfully yours,


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  • Caroline says...

    I’ve been looking for the perfect kitchen cabinet colors to go with a wall color that I made from mixing 2 different colors, one being a turquoise blue and one that was more of a baby blue and mixed them into what I think was only about of 3 gallons of bright white one day a few years ago and we couldn’t leave the area where we live due to the flooding and I was bored and decided to mix the paint and paint the walls of a 16×20′ dinning room and I really loved the color once it completely dried, turned out to absolutely make me feel happy, well I want to sand and paint my ugly boring oak cabinets and I think ocean swell and half sea fog are perfect to finish the look, this time I think I will purchase my paint before Fall rains. LOL

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