Does it sound crazy to paint your porch a different color than the exterior of your home? I’m here to show you it may be the best idea you’ve ever had!
Ah summer, I’m truly porch daydreaming these days! A cool cocktail in the evening, as the sun sets, and the fan whirling overhead. Heaven.
You probably can’t tell from my photos, but the screened porch I feature is a different color than the exterior of my home. The downstairs is open concept and that poses some decorating challenges.! I’ve written about some tricks to help you here Decorating Dilemma: Solutions for Open Concept Floor Plans
The open concept includes seeing from the foyer straight through to the screened porch. In addition, the kitchen has double doors open to the porch, which makes it A GREAT entertainment space! The color of the porch became very important to complete the look of my home decor.
Break the Exterior Paint Color Rules
Are you a rule follower? I confess I am in most of my life and walk a straight line, but in decorating I believe in breaking the rules. Personalizing your space means you should break the rules from time to time. That’s what creates an eclectic and a unique-to-you home. I’m a big fan of that!
Normally, homeowners keep the screened porch or patio the same color as their home – like I did. Why, because we have to? I’m here to tell you to break that rule unless you have an exterior color that works with the interior of your home, but usually that’s not the case. What if you have a red siding house, but your interior colors are in shades of green and white? You don’t want to be celebrating Christmas all year!
That brings me to my home and why I sought out something different. I love the exterior color, which is a dark grayed blue with black shutters and white trim. It’s the perfect mix for my double porch Charleston styled home.
However, nothing about the downstairs interior of my home is dark. It’s all soft pale colors and seeing that dark blue through my kitchen was driving me CRAZY! Throughout my downstairs I have a very coastal feel with colors of sand, sea and sky. “Iron Frost” wasn’t the the color scheme inside of my home for sure! It just sounds cold and dark 🙂
Trying to brighten up the porch I added furniture, a rug, mirror, drapes and plants…I still wasn’t happy. Judge for yourself – it is dark and dreary despite my efforts. When you looked through to my screened porch, the light stopped in the space and closed it in. Never did I or my guests enjoy this space. It just wasn’t inviting.
How to Break the Color Rules
Are you dealing with a similar situation? Let’s break the rules together and paint our porches a color other than the exterior of our homes! I searched the Internet looking for validation on making this decision and no one else talked about doing this, so maybe I just didn’t find it or I am now a trailblazer 🙂
To keep that light and airy feel of my downstairs I choose a nice neutral (think sand) that worked with the cushions of the furniture at the time. I knew it would be timeless regardless of the changes that I made to the decor because I ALWAYS do!
Plus it was a beautiful complement to the colors in my kitchen and family room. A gray and sand color scheme started to form and it was the start of the look I have today. Think about what color may complement your interior? If you have a hard time choosing a paint color, I have simple guide CLICK HERE for where to start.
WOW what a difference! The screened porch now felt like an extension of my indoor living space and changed everything! I went from never sitting out there to ALWAYS sitting on my screened porch especially for my morning coffee 🙂
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Color Changes Everything, but Comfort is King
This amazing change was accomplished by choosing a new COLOR! Go figure? It opened up a whole new entertainment space. My friends and family loved siting on the porch. Just a simple color shift made the porch more inviting. More and more I was entertaining on the porch.
Next, I added a TV to make it an even better space! I’m a big Clemson Tiger football fan (National Champs 2016!) and wanted to be “outside” while I watched the games. Now I stream my son’s college football games, when I can’t be there in person. Perfection!
Even with the paint color change and adding a TV it wasn’t the lounge space I wanted it to be. The table bench seating wasn’t comfortable and you couldn’t put up your feet, which is really what you want to do when you relax! Plus not everyone could see the TV from the table and it created a lot of uncomfortable “leaning” positions for my guests to see what was on the screen. NOT RELAXING.
Then when my parents come to visit, usually the girls and boys want to watch different shows. Same in your house? Making the porch into a secondary TV watching location started becoming more important. Adding a large sofa and two chairs became my obsession, so it would now be a “lounge” space.
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Save Money and make changes over time
For the next year, I saved up to buy new furniture. What I think is important to convey is how LONG it took me to create this space. I saved and updated every spring over 6 years! This was NOT a “One Room Challenge™ room that happened in six weeks. It was cultivated and adjusted over time.
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A Color Started a Porch Renovation
The screened porch is now my most favorite room in the house! It started with a color change and flowed from there. I love it because not only is it a beautiful room, but it complements the interior of my home and is USEFUL! You can walk into my home and it is a seamless transition all the way to the screened porch itself. Lighter, brighter, and more beautiful.
The many reasons why I love the porch:
- The color palette – Gray and Sand is so soothing.
- It’s now an overflow entertainment space.
- TV watching is possible “outside” making football games even better.
- The comfy furniture is great for lounging and napping.
- Morning coffee is now a treat in this comfortable space.
Let’s Be Color Trailblazers and Rule Breakers!
So join me in trailblazing and breaking those decorating “rules”. Take a chance and paint your porch a different color than the exterior of your house! I hope you create a room you love from a simple color change.
Until next time…