Is it Time to Paint Your Porch?
Porch painting isn't only about making it look pretty, though thoughtfully chosen porch paint colors add value and charm to your home.
Your porch is exposed to the elements, foot traffic, furniture, and decor. It suffers more wear and tear than the exterior siding. Paint goes a long way in minimizing the cost of porch repair and maintenance.
ProTEK Painters of Newton has over two decades of experience in interior and exterior painting, to include special home features like porches, sheds, gazebos, pergolas, pavilions, decks, fences, and detached garages. Our customers can also take advantage of a free color consultation and enjoy a two-year workmanship warranty.
How to Choose Porch Paint Colors
There are three key factors that help you achieve the look you want for lasting curb appeal.
Size and Style
Do you have a wraparound, covered rain porch, or screened backyard oasis? Paint color selection can make a small porch seem larger (choose off-whites or light neutrals), or a large, open porch feel cozier (use a darker color palette).
Paint or Stain?
Most porches look amazing in a stain color, no matter the style. Choose a stain color that enhances the timber's natural character. The ProTEK Painters team can strip away old paint and transform the look of your porch with a wood stain and protective finish.
Consider porch paint colors or stains that create an inviting entrance into your home. Do you walk off the porch into a hardwood-floored foyer or a colorful-tiled kitchen?
Architecture of Your Home
Define the architectural style of your home. Is it modern, traditional, or rustic?
Snappy and polished, blacks, whites, and grays dominate the Modern style. A natural wood porch stain also contrasts beautifully with the Modern style home, adding warmth and texture.
The Traditional style house takes its color inspiration from the past. Popular paint combinations include shades of blue and green, yellow and blue, red and green, or classic black and white.
Nature influences the Rustic style home. Blues in coastal areas, browns and greens in wooded landscapes. Or you might paint your porch a neutral white with a nature-themed trim color.
Porch Painting Color Ideas
Choose colors that contrast with the house's exterior body color. Or select two shades darker or lighter than the exterior color. Benjamin Moore suggests some outdoor-friendly colors that blend with a range of landscapes and architectural styles.
Floor: Paint the floor boards and steps a distinct color different from the siding. For instance, a light gray house could look stunning with a navy-blue porch floor.
Ceiling: Choose ceiling color that's the same or similar to the siding, the same as the porch floor, or a shade of white.
Trim: The most popular color for porch trim is white, which looks pleasing with any paint color or stain. However, if your house exterior is white, it's better to choose an accent color.
Railings: When you choose two or three complementary colors, it's best to keep the railings simple. White and black are the most common porch railing colors.
How Lighting Affects Color
Consider which direction natural light hits your porch. A porch facing south does better with lighter shades as darker colors struggle in the shadows. North-facing light brings out cooler tones in porch paint colors.
And remember that paint color hues change based on the time of day and your landscape environment. You'll want to select colors for each feature of the porch.
Over time, wood porches suffer from broken, rotting, or damaged boards. The paint chips, flakes, blisters, or fades and the steps suffer the most. The Newton Painters crew offers light carpentry for minor porch repairs and power washing prior to applying paint or stain.
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