May 19

Update Your Porch With a Fresh Coat of Paint

If you want to update your home’s exterior, one of the easiest things you can do is paint your front porch. Your front porch is an extension of your living space, whether it’s a place to sit and relax after a long day at work or a place to socialize with neighbors. Updating or changing the color can make it a more inviting space for family and friends and improve your home’s curb appeal.

Color Ideas

Your front porch sets the tone for how you and any visitors view the rest of your home. Choosing the right color can be challenging. When selecting a paint color, consider your home’s landscaping, the body of your home, and the amount of natural light your porch receives during the day. 

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The first color many think of is white for front porches. White is a classic color choice. It creates a light, airy feeling and never goes out of style. White paint helps brighten up a south-facing porch that doesn’t receive much sunlight. Pops of color on the front door and shutters will stand out more against a white background.


Grays continue to be popular in home design, and that trend appears to be here to stay. Whether you opt for a warmer or cooler gray, you will not be disappointed in the neutral but elegant look gray can bring to your front porch.


Greens are trending, and a green front porch can complement your home’s landscaping. You can paint accents, like the door and shutters, green, or go bold and paint your entire porch green.

Paint the Front Door

Sometimes small porches, especially enclosed ones, can be dark and uninviting. A great way to remedy this is to paint your front door a bright color. Red is a popular choice. In early American history, a red front door meant travelers were welcome to rest and have a meal. Bright blues, greens, and yellows are other options to consider. 

Repaint the Trim

Repainting the trim around your windows and front door is an easy way to refresh your home’s facade. You can choose a color that matches the existing color or change the color to bring new life to the look of your home. You may want to repaint your porch railings as well.

Paint the Floor and Ceiling

Both concrete and wood porch floors can be painted with the proper preparation and paint products. Paint the floor a hue that complements your home’s colors, or paint it a checkerboard or striped pattern. Painting the ceiling is another great way to personalize your porch. Sky blue is a popular color choice for porch ceilings.

A Few Things to Remember

If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association or in a historic district, you must make sure there are no restrictions on exterior colors before beginning any painting project. 

Proper preparation is the key to any successful painting project. Exterior painting requires more preparation than interior painting, and it’s essential to follow safety guidelines when working on ladders or scaffolding.

A front porch always looks more inviting with comfortable seating and a few accessories. A couple of chairs or a porch swing work on just about any size porch: add cushions, a side table, and a rug to complete the space.  

Even a home with no front porch can have an inviting entryway. Think window boxes, hanging plants, and a bright pop of color on the front door. New door hardware and house numbers are easy ways to freshen up an entryway. A fresh doormat and a colorful wreath are inexpensive ways to add interest and create a more welcoming front entry.

You only have one chance to make a good first impression. By giving your front porch some extra attention, you’ll create a welcoming space that is attractive to visitors and potential buyers. Painting exterior surfaces requires careful preparation and attention to detail. If you’d rather leave it up to the pros, give the experts at Image Painting a call.  

Experienced Painters for Historic Properties 

Image Painting is a full-service residential and commercial painting contractor based in Falls Church, Virginia. We have served the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 2003. We are proud to be A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau and are committed to completing every job with integrity and excellent customer service. 

We offer custom color matching, a two-year guarantee with a written warranty, and free estimates. Our employees are licensed, insured, and background checked for your protection. Call us at 703-256-2271 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.


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