Beachy Exterior Paint Color Schemes and Painting Ideas?

by Lisa Hanna
(Panama City, FL)

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 is a pretty aqua 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 blue 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.


Lisa, you already have a beachy color scheme going on (blues, greens and a neutral sand color on the walls).

But in order to separate your building from the neighbors', we'll have to exaggerate the tropical beach palette and crank up the paint color.

First, let's take a look at the four colors you have in mind (white, blue, green, apricot orange), 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 exterior color

White walls usually look great with turquoise/aqua accents. But in this case, white looks too clean compared to the brick and brown metal, and seems too stark and out of place.

It also clashes with the neighboring buildings - it stands out, but not in a good way. If you soften the white and make it more cream to work better with the surrounding elements, it will blend in too much with the other stores.

Plus, white is not very practical, and can be a pretty high maintenance.

Turquoise exterior color

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

Green exterior color

The green of the plant pot competes with the other green accents and doesn't look beachy.

Orange exterior color

An apricot orange color can work but won't look as beachy/tropical as a deeper, more saturated coral shade I'm showing above.

Blue and orange are natural complements - they enhance and intensify each other, so your building is guaranteed to get noticed!

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

Yellow exterior color

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

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

So in summary, my recommendation is to use a shade of orange or a yellow for painting your store's exterior.

Both orange and yellow will coordinate nicely with your current color scheme, make your building stand out from the others, and grab attention (very important for a commercial building).

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 specific orange/coral color. I do like the yellow. Seems more pleasant. The coral seems a bit harsh. I agree that it does need to be much brighter than apricot 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 persimmon orange shade 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 shade you emailed me will work as well, but it will look less beachy than coral. You may find it too harsh also because it's a huge change from the neutral color you have now. Our personal preferences, associations and intensity tolerance levels all affect how we see even the same color, that's why I leave it to you to decide on the final shade.

I didn't give you any specific color names, because my goal here was to help you narrow down your choices to just one general color. Now you need 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, because exterior paint colors are affected by the geographical direction the building is facing, the amount of direct sunlight it gets during the day, and other factors. Only real life testing will reveal which shade is the keeper.

In the email you also asked about painting the middle section of your building (where the planter is) 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 two.

Finally, 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: Lisa

I live in Panama City, Florida and yes we have a Sherwin Williams store. I know they sell sample size paint jars that I can use to test the colors.

Thanks for all your help and advice!


Good work
by: Mary M.

I am very impressed with the painting ideas and hope my paint color question will be selected next ;)

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