Every time the sun comes out on these short Seattle days I start dreaming up exterior projects – Paint! Garden! Fence! Paint Again! – If you find yourself brainstorming in circles like I am, here’s a bit of exterior paint inspiration from four of my favorites:
A few random thoughts on exterior paint design:
- A flat sheen is usually preferred
- Three colors is a nice balance. Be thoughtful if you add a fourth color, you don’t want to get too fussy.
- If you choose to paint the door a contrasting color, consider carrying that color into the garden with pots, outdoor furniture/cushions or plants. It’s a nice, subtle effect.
- Breaking up/dividing large areas of siding with horizontal trim or different siding materials can allow for a more interesting finished look.
- Think about how your plants will look with the new color.
- Take a close look before you tear off old siding and trim! Some of that material is beautiful – tight grain, large dimensions/profiles, much of it is unavailable these days. If you do decide to demo, your local reclaimed building materials store may LOVE to have it, lead paint and all.
- Spend the money and time for samples of your paint! Mock up your ideas on a wall that receives good light – You’ll be glad you did.
Are you ready to get started?? Here’s a nice overview of the process from one of my favorite local paint stores, Daly’s and a few tips from DIY projects – a list of handy tools, two favorite painting hacks, and stripping and painting old trim.