How to Determine What Color to Paint Your Porch


Looking at paint color options for your porch can be as personal as how you embrace technology. Whether you want to evaluate porch colors online or explore more tangible methods – such as viewing sample cards and learning about color families – it’s up to you. The type of paint you choose for your porch should suit the geographic location of your home and the color should fit the architectural style of your house. With all that in mind, mix in some creativity when exploring color combinations.

Digital Programs

  • Technology has bolstered the painting industry with a host of software programs designed to help you select paint colors, even for porches. Access a virtual paint program at a paint-manufacturer’s website or download a program app on your mobile device or computer tablet for previewing color options in-store or at home. Software programs offer full color palettes and tools for showcasing how the paint will look on your porch. Some have stock images of homes for previewing colors and textures, while other sites let you upload a photo of your own home. Compare color choices side by side and view inspiration galleries containing a range of homes and decorating styles.

Color Wheel and Paint Cards

  • When using a color wheel to select a shade for your porch, visualize your home as a whole. You’ll want your porch to complement the colors of nearby window trimmings, exterior walls, and porch floors and ceilings. Decide on a color family that matches the overall shade of your home, then choose a secondary color that suits your porch. A paint store has card samples you can take home and hold up to your porch. Still, a printed card may not offer the most realistic example of how the paint will look on your porch's surface. Perform a sample test by applying a small amount of paint onto the porch for a true representation of how the color translates.

Style Considerations and Color Combinations

  • Know the architectural style of your porch and its attributes when evaluating paint colors. Victorian homes have ornate porches with curvy accents that benefit from bold, rich colors. A Colonial home boasting a Southern-style porch shines with either ivory or classic white shades; and you can further complement the porch's floor and ceiling with warm earth tones. Look at vibrant colors that suit Country-style homes that possess either ground-level or raised porches. If you live in a Cottage-style home, explore creamy beige and pastel colors. Stain the wood floors of a Country porch or select a bold blue for a coastal-inspired home's back porch. Bring in contrasting colors for creating patterns, trimming borders and coloring porch steps.

Location, Lifestyle and Restrictions

  • Before selecting your favorite color, ensure that you choose specific paint for porches and patio floors which offers adequate protection from the elements. If you plan on living in your home a while, use a touch of creativity with color selections; you can change colors in the future. Alternatively, if you plan on moving, explore more neutral colors for your porch that won’t sour potential buyers. If you belong to a Homeowners’ Association, check for any codes or restrictions affecting your home’s appearance, such as rules against painting with certain colors.

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