We've taken the guesswork out of inspired seaside decorating. Try one of these winning palettes to bring breezy style into your home-no matter where you live.

By Elizabeth Raines Beeler
June 06, 2006
Color It Ocean
Dave Harp

On the clearest days, emerald green and aqua paint thesurface of the sea. Accompanied by a crisp blue sky, these hueshave inspired endless Caribbean fantasies. Bring this vibrantcombination inside and you'll feel like you're on vacation all yearlong. Benjamin Moore Paints; benjaminmoore.com

St. John's Bay : This fresh, sea-green huewill create eye-popping exterior details.

Neon : Pair this striking accentcolor with white in tantalizing stripes to add instant zing.

Blue Lapis : Used on trim and windowmuntins, a deep shade provides bold contrast against whitewalls.

Serenity : Bright yet calming blue canfreshen furniture or cover a vivid accent wall.

Lido Green : A sea-foam hue adds subtlecolor to painted floorboards, baseboards, or window shutters.

One glance at rolling dunes or dramatic driftwood branches andyou realize that texture brings browns and beiges to life. Tofinish off your beach-inspired room, add weathered patinas andnubby fabrics for a classic look that will stand the test of time. Olympic Paints Colors of Inspiration ; ppg.com/ppgaf/olympic/index.htm

Silver Feather : Gentle pink undertones addairiness to small, intimate spaces.

Timeless Taupe : A hint of dusty mauve makesthis an ideal background for bold accessories and fabrics.

Adobe White : Try using a creamy neutralon walls or trim to complement and unify colors throughout thehome.

Pony Tail : Reminiscent of sand that hassoaked in an afternoon shower, this caramel hue lends warmth to anyroom.

Oyster Shell : The color of driftwood leftbehind by a fierce storm, this deep tone will lend richness to aliving or dining area.

The sun's fiery descent adds drama to every evening on thecoast. Bring the brilliance of this glorious display into yourhome―it's sure to get a round of applause. Sherwin-Williams ; sherwin-williams.com

Mandarin : Use shocking orange sparingly and daringly toemphasize architectural features.

Gusto Gold : This golden hue makes acheerful statement, especially when combined with Mandarin.

Wondrous Blue : Just between lavender andblue, a translucent cloud hue cools a hot palette.

Decisive Yellow : Try this bright shade toperk up any flea-market find. Go glossy for extra punch.

Organza : A delicate salmon provides asoothing background for brighter colors.