Beachy Exterior Paint Color Schemes and Painting Ideas?

by Lisa Hanna

I need a new exterior paint color

I need a new exterior paint color

I am wanting to paint the building a new color. You can see the awning is a teal color. More green in it than blue and my bead sign has a pretty aqua green with brown sea horse and letters.

I am thinking about a few colors I like but not sure if they will work: an apricot orange, the green on the sign, a yellow green like the plant pot or just white.

I want it beachy. I have buildings on each side of me and they are close to my color. I want to separate me from them.

Hope the pics are good enough. Thank you.

Yelena's Response:

Hi Lisa,

I am not sure if it's my monitor or maybe we just see colors differently, but to me your awnings look turquoise, and the sign appears aqua blue - without a hint of green in it!

You already have a beachy color scheme going on (blues, greens and neutral/sand color on the walls). So in order to separate your building from the neighbors', we'll have to exaggerate the beachy palette and crank up the paint color.

First, let's take a look at the four colors you have in mind (white, green, blue, apricot), and then I will give you a new suggestion.

(NOTE: the colors are not exact - but they will give you direction and a good idea of what result you can expect)

White walls usually work great with turquoise/aqua accents. But in this case, white
looks too clean compared to the other colors - it does not relate to anything, and seems too stark and out of place.

Plus, it is not very practical, and high maintenance.

The blue color of the sign looks great with the brown trim, but clashes with the awnings and takes away from the sign.

The green of the plant pot still looks wrong with the awnings, and competes with the other green accents.

An apricot orange shade will look good, but deeper/more saturated shades of orange will look even better (for example, terra-cotta or the coral above).

Blue and orange are natural complements - they enhance/intensify, and bring out the best in each other.

This color combination can look artisan and ocean bottom inspired at the same time - depending on how you look at it.

Finally, here's a new paint color idea for you - yellow.

Yellow will work with all your existing colors, and will make the accents "pop". This color will create a sunny, cheerful and exaggerated beachy palette.

So in summary, my recommendation is to use a shade of orange or a shade of yellow for painting your store's exterior. Both orange and yellow shades are eye-catching, they will coordinate nicely with your current color scheme, make your building stand out, and grab attention (very important for a commercial building).

The shade you choose will depend on how much color and change you can handle!

I hope this was helpful - let me know!

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Beachy Exterior
by: Lisa

Wow am I impressed. Thanks so much for taking the time to show me the colors. It really helps to see the colors on the building.

I am not sure I like that orange/coral color. I do like the yellow. Seems more pleasant. The coral seems a bit harsh. It does need to be much brighter though because when the sun hits the building it gets washed out.

I could use help on what paint brand to use and maybe even a color name. I am sending you a picture of a color orange I was looking at online. Maybe you could show me that color on the building.

Thanks so much for your help. Would love to hear what others have to say:)


Follow up
by: Yelena


the persimmon orange color you emailed me will work as well - like I said, all oranges look great with blue/turquoise, they complement each other.

I didn't give you any color names, because there are just too many variables here - your personal preferences, expectations and color tolerance levels, the geographical direction the building is facing, how much direct sunlight it gets during the day, your location, etc.

My goal was to help you narrow down your choices to one color. Now you have to select a few shades of orange or yellow that you like, and test them using large sample boards. There is no other way to predict how a color will "read" on the walls. Only real life testing will reveal which shade is the keeper.

As far as the coral color looking too harsh to you, keep in mind that the persimmon orange will seem too harsh as well - because it's a huge change from the neutral shade you have now. That's why only you can decide on the final shade.

In the email you also asked about painting the middle area with the planter a different color. I wouldn't recommend a different color - you have enough colors in the scheme already, and don't need a new one. A new color might even cause confusion by visually separating the building into 2.

Instead, it's better to highlight the planter by using a lighter shade of the body color for painting the niche (1 or 2 shades lighter than the color you choose for the body).

Finally, I don't know where in the country you are located, but if you have a Sherwin Williams paint store in your area, I can recommend their Duration paint. MAB paint stores also have a great exterior product called Seashore.

Beachy Exterior
by: Anonymous

I live in Panama City, Florida and yes we have a Sherman Williams store!
Thanks for your advice. I will be sure to post a pic when I paint it.

Good Work

I am very impressed with the painting ideas and hope to share my experiences as well.

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