12 Nature-Inspired Paint Colors From Southern Landscapes

Bring the natural shades of Southern landscapes to life in your home.

Peach Sachet Behr
Behr's Peach Sachet (M200-1). Photo: Courtesy of Behr

Many of us have reacquainted with the great outdoors in the last few years. From strolls around the neighborhood to hikes on local trails or visits to nearby National Parks, we've reconnected with nature in many ways. It's no wonder that paint colors are trending toward bringing the harmonious, serene shades of nature into our homes. Draw some inspiration for your next DIY project with nature-inspired paint colors that exemplify the pastel shades you'd find streaked through a coastal sunset, the earthy tones of a mountainside, or the hues of the South's summer fruits.

Here, we share our 12 nature-inspired paint picks for bringing Southern landscapes to life in your home.

Peach Sachet by Behr

What's sweeter than the shade of a Georgia peach? It's bright enough for an inviting entryway and soothing enough for a spa-like powder bath. Coat the walls of the main bedroom with Behr's Peach Sachet for a happy, calming escape. Pair it with a complementary neutral like Island Hopping or contrasting pastel like Dew Pointe.

Everglade by Behr

This earth-inspired shade evokes the natural beauty of Florida's Everglades National Park. The color experts at Behr recommend swathing a living room, dining room, or office in this botanical green, as it's known to stimulate thought and conversation. For a monochromatic palette, Behr recommends pairing Everglade with Green Power. For a more toned-down look, pick shades of brown or tan.

Farrow and Ball Green Smoke Paint Color in Living Room
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Green Smoke by Farrow and Ball

Greens are an easy way to bring the outdoors in. The green-blue Green Smoke by Farrow and Ball evokes a mountain landscape. Used on walls, trim, and the ceiling, this calming shade offers a comforting, rustic element.

Live Jazz by Behr

If you're looking for something a little punchier, turn to a bold purple shade that evokes the energy of lively music with Behr's Live Jazz. Use this invigorating color in a space where creative energy is exuded, like an office, living room, playroom, craft area, or bedroom. Behr also recommends this hue for a striking front door.

Ranch Brown by Behr

Leather cowboy boots kicking up dust in sprawling Texas farmland are exemplified by Behr's Ranch Brown. Use this warm, rich shade for a cozy study, den, or living room. Pair it with crisp white trim and cool blue accents throughout the room.

Bedroom painted in Sherwin-Williams Practical Beige

Practical Beige by Sherwin-Williams

Find comfort in the colors of warm sand. Practical Beige by Sherwin-Williams has hints of orange and tan. Pair this neutral with beige or other shades of brown.

Smokey Pink by Behr

Treat this soft, gentle shade like any other neutral. We'd use it in a living room, dining room, bath, or bedroom. Behr color experts chose Smokey Pink for its subtle plum tone, which recalls views of the mist-covered Smoky Mountains on summer mornings.

Gray-Blue Master Bedroom
With the colors of a misty beach day, these gray-blues create a serene setting. The plush fabrics warm up the space that could otherwise feel cold.Get the Look: Marina Gray (1599) and Pebble Beach (1597); benjaminmoore.com. Photo: Laurey W.Glenn

Pebble Beach by Benjamin Moore

Try a calming color in the bedroom, like Pebble Beach by Benjamin Moore. Cool like a misty morning on the beach, but definitely not dreary, this light gray has hints of blue that make it more like a breath of fresh air. A good complementary color is Marina Gray, also by Benjamin Moore.

Salmon Peach by Benjamin Moore

For island inspiration that's not overdone, Salmon Peach by Benjamin Moore adds just the right amount of color. This peachy-coral is neutral enough to pair with brighter colors and bold enough to make a statement.

wall: Canyon Dusk S210-4trim: Smoky White BWC-13

Canyon Dusk by Behr

Surround yourself with the color of the sky just after sunset. Try the muted pink of Canyon Dusk by Behr for your calming spaces and to bring peace to your busiest ones. Color of the year in 2021, it works equally well in a home office, kitchen, or bathroom.

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October Mist by Benjamin Moore

For an earthy green that works well with a variety of colors, try October Mist by Benjamin Moore. This sage green is inspired by colors right outside your door. Pairing well with neutrals and other shades of the forest, the green also works well with muted reds and yellows, like Wild Flower and creamy Pale Moon, also by Benjamin Moore.

Behr Breezeway
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Breezeway by Behr

Brighten a room with the soothing colors of sea glass on the beach. Behr's Breezeway, the color of the year, is a cool, silvery green that pairs well with cheery yellow or a neutral tan. Use it as a neutral in the bedroom, living room, or kitchen cabinets.

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