One of the things I like most about design is paint...it might also be one of the hardest things to get right. So many factors play into paint since it is all about light. A particular paint color might look beautiful in one room and horrible in the next depending on the direction the room faces, the amount of light the room gets, etc.
Coastal palettes are fun...the trick is for things to feel light and airy and beachy....but not cheesy. Here is an example of a light and airy paint palette with beige and gray and blue tones I put together for a home in Hingham, MA.
This home was recently purchased by a couple just retiring and looking forward to a fun life on Cape Cod. The home is lovely, but was in need of an update. See BEFORE picture below:
Their furniture was older and dark, the tile on the corner fireplace outdated, and the room which faces North was dark and dreary. Soooo...we changed a few things :). See the AFTER pictures below:
Proof that all you ever need to have a beautiful room is four walls :) We moved the fireplace and windows, changed the paint color and added new furnishings and PRESTO! A bright and beautiful new room. Here again is the BEFORE AND AFTER