The Perfect Coastal Colors of St. Pete/Clearwater

Dreaming of colors that make you feel like you're by the shore every day of the year? We've got the perfect palette (and paint colors) for you!

Aerial view of Pier 60 and blue cabanas in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is beloved for its sugar sands and clear green-blue waters.

You don't have to live in a beach cottage to take advantage of the coastal design trend. It's all about harnessing your sunny inner child. Letting go of your everyday cares. Embracing your Floridian alter ego (the one who wears flip-flops and drives a convertible).

So, pour yourself a tall glass of sweet tea, turn the fan on high and start thinking about surrounding yourself with the colors of America's Best Beaches year-round.

a collage of photos of St. Pete/Clearwater that includes people on paddleboards and on the beach, as well as few photos of the sunset.

What could be better than coastal paint colors inspired by the serene hues of sea and sky?

Now, let's ride the wave toward that cozy coastal cottage you've been pining after.


Want a soft, relaxed, seaside vibe? We've got the deets on which paint colors to choose.
a light green box next to the photo of the beach showing the sand

Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams (SW 6204) is one of the most popular coastal paint colors of all time.

Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams

Entire blog posts (scores of them!) have been written about Sherwin-Williams' Sea Salt (SW 6204). Why, you ask? Because its changeling nature (shifting from green, to blue, to gray, depending on the time of day) means your room can take on many moods as the hours pass and the light changes. It's downright fascinating for paint geeks. 

See this color in St. Pete/Clearwater: 

On a perfect day in St. Pete/Clearwater (which is nearly every day), our Gulf waters are crystal-clear and a beautiful, light green. The waters here are wonderful for swimming, snorkeling and searching for seashells.

Paint colors similar to Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt:

If you're looking for something that trends more blue:

Consider Sherwin Williams' 2024 Color of the Year, Upward (SW 6239). It's breezy and light, but brighter and less gray than the perennially popular Sea Salt. The two paint colors' light reflective value (LVR) are almost identical, meaning you can count on Upward to also be light enough to be a whole-house paint color, if you wish.


a cream color block next to a lady on a paddleboard watching the sunset

Benjamin Moore's Pirates Cove Beach brings to mind the golden hour just before sunset.

Pirates Cove Beach by Benjamin Moore

Soft, natural pinks are in for 2023, and this creamy, rosy-toned beige paint by Benjamin Moore, Pirates Cove Beach (OC-80), is as much fun on your walls as its name suggests. (Ben himself describes it as "a luminous orange-peach that conjures the beach at sunset.") Use it as a warm neutral in your living room or bedroom, or create a serene bath retreat, complete with fluffy white towels and shell-shaped soaps.

See this color in St. Pete/Clearwater: 

In that golden hour, about 30 minutes before and after sunset, the skies here are often painted in gorgeous, soft shades of pink, coral and yellow. It's a stunning scene that makes you feel like all the stress in the world has melted away.

Paint colors similar to Benjamin Moore's Pirate's Cove Beach:



Ah, there are so many wonderful ways to say blue! Whether you're seeking an azure or an aquamarine, a cerulean or a cobalt, you'll find that bold pops of color in your home add so much to your decor.
an aquamarine blue rectangle next to an aerial photo of the beach

Valspar's Fiesta Blue makes you think of colorful beach umbrellas swaying in the breeze.

Fiesta Blue by Valspar

With an LRV (light reflective value) of 46, Valspar's Fiesta Blue (5003-10A) has a good amount of color saturation. This is a bold color to brighten up an office, reading room or bedroom. To emphasize its dramatic effect, pair it with a cool, crisp white, such as Behr's Ultra Pure White or Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace.

See this color in St. Pete/Clearwater: 

You might catch a glimpse of this pretty color flying by on a kiteboard near the iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Or walk past the stunning Dalí Museum at night to see this blue IRL.

Paint colors similar to Valspar's Fiesta Blue:


a light blue box next to a couple paddleboarding

Blue Echo by Behr is a must-have for your coastal cottage theme.

Blue Echo by Behr

Not to be confused with Benjamin Moore's Blue Echo (did someone say "echo?"), which is a much darker, more traditional blue-green, Blue Echo by Behr (S460-3) is light and energetic. It's perfect for a bold bathroom (choose brushed gold faucets and fixtures to complement your paint selection). Or use Blue Echo as the ocean background for a child's bedroom. Add fun, sea creature-themed wall decals to help them count fish instead of sheep at bedtime.

See this color in St. Pete/Clearwater: 

Check out this cool color as you bike past bright cottages in tiny, quirky Gulfport. View the waters under your clear kayak on a paddling tour with Get Up and Go to scenic Shell Key. Or gaze into the bright blue eyes of your sweetheart as you dine waterfront.

Paint colors similar to Behr's Blue Echo: