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Need some fun, simple, and affordable ideas on how to make your porch more inviting for the summer months? All you need is some exterior house paint.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Paint Your Front Door a Fun Color
Try a daring color on your front door. That could mean a sky blue turquoise, bold candy apple red, energetic orange, or a sophisticated indigo. Get some paint samples and experiment with different colors until you find the perfect one that makes you happy and works with your home’s existing exterior palette.

Look Up, Up, and Away

A fresh coat of blue paint on your porch ceiling is a great way to add contrast and an unexpected and soothing touch. Try a classic soft sky blue like Benjamin Moore’s Morning Glory or Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt. Or for a bolder look, choose a rich navy like Benjamin Moore’s Deep Royal.

Show Your Porch Floors Some Love

Protect, maintain, and add a decorative flair to your porch floors with paint specially formulated for high-traffic areas. A cool or platinum gray is a classic color, but options are limitless. Once your surface is clean, prepped and primed, apply one to two coats of paint.

Freshen Up Window Trims and Shutters

For an instant pop of color, paint shutters, railings, and window trims a bright color. Get inspired by nature with colors like the bright sage green found in an herb garden or the royal purple of hydrangeas. If you prefer a more sophisticated look, how about a stately dark gray or even a shiny black?

Reinvigorate Patio Furniture

Give ragtag wicker furniture or a tired side table a fresh and modern look with a high-gloss spray paint in a summery hue such as sky blue or a grassy green. Or be brave and try the boldest red you can find. For how-to tips, check out Benjamin Moore’s article, Easy Color Makeovers for Your Outdoor Furniture. (

Paint Some Accessories

Use leftover paint samples to paint a bar cart, planters, a wooden tray, or flower pots in cheerful summer colors. Now add some bright cushions, a hammock, an outdoor rug, a colorful table cloth, and a good book. You’re all ready to enjoy your cozy, relaxing, and bright porch!

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