Sea-inspired shades have a way of making us feel so calm, cool, and collected, we can’t help but aspire to living the life aquatic. From seafoam to a post-storm gray, the colors of the ocean exude sophistication and inspire a sense of tranquility. How could you not feel more relaxed when your walls remind you of the color of seawater as it pools around your ankles, as in the room shown in an Atlanta house transformed by architect D. Stanley Dixon, which is anchored by a table from MacRae for Holland & Company.

Greenwich-based landscape architects Devore Associates’s work perfectly punctuates the slate gray and seafoam paint colors of a waterfront home. Above, New Orleans artist Alexis Walter‘s beautifully textured painting evokes a day at the beach.

The hues used in the invitation suite for Alex and Braden Eckert in the photograph taken by Charlottesville-based photographer Jen Fariello are reminiscent of the ocean on a cloudy day, while the velvet pillow available from Jackson, Mississippi’s Nancy Price Interiors resembles the point at which a wave meets the shore. With its blue-gray beads and leather strap, the necklace, available from Marissa Collections in Naples, is a stunning sea-inspired accessory.

We love the oceanic palette employed by Austin artist Hallie Eubanks (top). Gift tags adorned with foil artwork in soothing seafoam or crisp white by Savannah’s Emily McCarthy are perfect for couples tying the knot on the coast. A slightly more serious shade of green-tinged gray grounds a light and airy bathroom featuring fluffy white monogrammed towels from Leontine Linens.

Atlanta-based landscape architecture firm Howard Design Studio proves that a cool blue pool and gorgeous landscaping can easily rival the allure of sand and surf. A ruffled mint dress, available from Monkee’s in Wilmington, will have you looking like a tall glass of water. For a more subtle shot of seafoam, accessorize with hoop earring wrapped with turquoise, available from Liz James in Austin, or cuff from Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors in Wilmington.

Can’t get to the beach? Escape to the best of Houston, which you’ll find inside this beautiful blue cover.