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Picking Colors for Your SLO County Coastal Homes

San Luis Obispo County, fondly nicknamed "SLO CAL," boasts a diverse coastline with charming towns, dramatic cliffs, and rolling ranchlands. The color scheme for your coastal haven should reflect this unique environment. Here are some key aspects to consider:

Light and Climate:
SLO CAL enjoys abundant sunshine with cool ocean breezes. Opt for light and airy colors that enhance the natural light and create a sense of spaciousness.

Natural Surroundings: The dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and rolling hills offer a beautiful palette inspiration. Earthy tones, blues, greens, and whites can echo the natural beauty.

Architectural Style: From Spanish Colonial to Cape Cod cottages, the architectural styles in SLO CAL are varied. Choose colors that complement the existing design elements.

Popular Color Palettes

1. Tranquil Blues and Greens:
This palette evokes the calming ocean and lush coastal vegetation. It creates a serene and inviting atmosphere, perfect for relaxation.

Sherwin-Williams (SW):
Sea Salt (SW 6204) - A soft, calming blue-green
• Rainwashed (SW 6210) - A light, airy blue-gray
• Krypton (SW 6244) - A deeper, more dramatic blue

Benjamin Moore (BM):
Hale Navy (HC-150) - A classic, versatile navy
• Palladian Blue (HC-149) - A serene, light blue
• Sea Glass (2136-60) - A cool, spa-like green

2. Warm Neutrals and Accents:
This palette celebrates the golden California sun and creates a warm, inviting ambiance. Earthy tones like beige and terracotta work well with pops of color to add personality.

Sherwin-Williams (SW):
Creamy (SW 7561) - A light and creamy beige
• Agreeable Gray (SW 7036) - A warm, versatile gray
• Crushed Cayenne (SW 9006) - A vibrant terracotta accent

Benjamin Moore (BM):
Classic Gray (OC-21) - A timeless, warm gray
• White Dove (OC-17) - A crisp, clean white
• Golden Gate Bridge (2138-10) - A rich, terracotta accen

3. Beachy Whites and Pastels:
This palette brings the feel of the sandy beach and crashing waves indoors. Light and airy colors create a sense of spaciousness and evoke a carefree coastal vibe.

Sherwin-Williams (SW):
Pure White (SW 7005) - A crisp, clean white
• Seapearl (SW 6234) - A soft, calming pale blue
• Joyful (SW 6463) - A cheerful, light yellow

Benjamin Moore (BM):
Chantilly Lace (OC-65) - A warm, inviting white
• Palladian Blue (HC-149) - (See Tranquil Blues and Greens)
• Pale Apricot (1001) - A soft, peachy accent

Beyond Color Codes: Matching Your Vision

Remember, these are just starting points! Consider factors like the amount of natural light in your space, the architectural style of your home, and your personal preferences.

Here are some additional tips:

Sample Colors: Order paint swatches or small samples to see how the colors look in your specific lighting.
Consider Finishes: Flat finishes can create a more casual feel, while eggshell or satin provide a bit more sheen and durability.
Think Accents: Don't be afraid to add pops of color with throw pillows, artwork, or furniture.
Seek Professional Help: Interior designers can help you create a cohesive color scheme and guide you through the selection process

.By understanding the natural beauty of SLO CAL and using these tips, you can create a coastal haven that reflects your unique style and captures the essence of this special place.
-- Regards,Seth Peek Owner/Sales Manager

By The Peek Brothers

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