Ways To Update Your Porch For The Spring

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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space With Paint

Give your porch or patio a simple and affordable makeover this summer.

2.7KCOURTESY OF BENJAMIN MOORE1.Offer a warm welcome with a colorful front door. One of the fastest ways to up your home's curb appeal is by painting your front door a bright and welcoming color. It's also a great way to try out a bold color without the risk (or labor) involved in painting your entire exterior in a more daring tone. Keep in mind that bold doesn't always mean bright, either—graying downthe hue can make it more livable and help it blend in better with the surrounding plants and greenery. When painting your front door, always use an exterior paint and stay away from glossy finishes if you want to hide an older door's imperfections. COURTESY OF BENJAMIN MOORE2. Make outdoor furniture pop.

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In one weekend, you can give tired exterior furniture a fresh, updated look with just a coat of paint. In the photo above, a picnic table painted with Benjamin Moore's 2015 Color of the Year, Guilford Green, creates a calming, layered effect when paired with green-striped chairs and neutral background colors. Or, you can create a more vibrant look by painting accent chairs in color families such as berry, blush and blue. New to painting furniture? Here's how to paint a piece of furniture without making any major mistakes.

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3. Paint your porch ceiling blue.

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Superstitious Southerners often painted their porch ceilings "haint" blue, a soft blue-green, to ward off evil spirits called haints. Still, even if you're not afraid of ghosts, a fresh coat of blue paint is a great way to add visual interest. For a classic soft blue hue, try Benjamin Moore's Clear Skies or Sherwin-Williams' Sea Salt. Or, go bolder: "I prefer a rich navy like Benjamin Moore's Deep Royal—a striking contrast to light siding or brick," says Portland, OR designer Caitlin Wilson. For even more impact, pair your selected blue hue with a creamy white exterior paint (like Benjamin Moore's Cloud White) that will draw your eyes up the ceiling.

4. Use color to highlight your yard's natural beauty.

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Taking your color cues from your location is a great way to get inspired. Think about the colors right outside your window—look to the color of the sky, or take note of the colors that accent your surroundings, like a bold pop of red geraniums or lush green foliage. Incorporating those hues into your home's exterior—by painting your window trim bright red or your shutters a vibrant green— will help to create a harmonious color scheme for your outdoor spaces.

5. Don't forget to look down.

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Paint can add color and protect your porch floor from the outdoor elements. For bare wood, use a primer. If it's already been painted, lightly sand the surface to improve adhesion, making sure to scrape and spot-prime peeling areas. Apply one to two coats of paint made for high-traffic areas (the porch floor of the lake cottage pictured above is painted in Benjamin Moore's Narragansett Green), or simply choose a deck stain to let the wood's natural beauty show through. Check out these helpful tips for staining your deck.

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