January 27th, 2016

Inspired By Tropical Paint Colors

In the midst of winter, the longing for warm weather brings to mind sandy beaches and blue waters. Interiors inspired by the same desire for a tropical vibe begin with tropical paint colors. You’ll find one perfect for your next space makeover in Glidden’s vast collection of sea, sand, shell and botanical-inspired hues.

After a recent vacation to Fiji, I was inspired to introduce tropical paint colors into my own home in large and small ways. I’ve always been drawn to teal blues or any hues that evoke the waters of beaches in the tropics. Blues can be layered together in ways just as inspiring as the image below, so take a cue from nature and pair sky blues (like Island Shores) with a watery turquoise (like Island Turquoise), and ground them with neutrals in shell and sand tones (like Summer Sandcastle).

tropical beach

Anyone who has walked on a beach knows the sensory satisfaction felt from sand between your toes. A blissful day at the beach can be recreated at home with decor in layered neutrals in sand and shell tones. Look to pale taupes, tans and off-whites like Navajo Sand and Shell White to bring light and warmth to your walls, trim and furniture.

shell rock

The botanicals found in tropical locations are another inspiration for bringing more color into our homes. A bold accent wall makes a statement in any space, but saturated hues can be impactful even when used in smaller doses. Consider fabric or smaller painted pieces of furniture to bring a dose of color into your home in hues like Orchid Blush that are inspired by tropical flowers.

tropical flowers

Tropical sea, sand and botanical-inspired paint colors by Glidden: Marine Blue; Island Turquoise; Island Shores; Summer Sandcastle; Navajo Sand; Shell White; Orchid Blush; Light Coral Sunset; Racy Red.

tropical paint colors

Flower image source: ambias, remaining images are by author Kate Riley.


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.