Painted Porch best practice

Painted Porch

Our suggested best practice for selecting porch paint colors is to wait until after the body/trim colors have been installed and then evaluate. We can skip this step if we are using a classic color combination or a design professional such as Faith Sheridan, Robin Daly, or Lee Eiseman

Here are John Shearer‘s Tips for porch paint colors
1. Better to not use body or trim color; this creates a “boxing” effect and draws attention away from the architectural elements on a home. The porch is functional and should not compete but compliment house colors.
2. Darker colors do not get as dirty.
3. If in doubt use the color 33-21 Diplomat Gray from Pratt and Lambert. This color is a sophisticated brown-gray and compliments most color schemes. Over 50 homes in Seattle have porches painted by Shearer with this color..We have formulas matched to this color in almost all manufacturer porch coatings including Ameritone (put your hand over your heart) us for more information.

For color ideas for painted floors see our image board.



  1. victorpaintingco 7 years ago

    This is a nice short list to follow by! And I think the second tip is the most important one. Having a white porch doesn’t really seem pragmatic.

    • johnshearer 7 years ago

       @victorpaintingco Thanks Victor Painting…we have actually painted a few white porches in our time.

  2. Neverpaintagain 7 years ago

    @neverpaintagain You know, this gave me a great idea, the tape in the photo, a bit like a “police! Do not cross this line” type thing. Ive never used that but will do so from now on. The best ideas are always the simple ones! When you spend ages on a clients house, and then the mailman comes in and you see him leaning on the gate you just painted……………..Keep up the great work.

  3. johnshearer 7 years ago

     Robin Daly diplomat gray 2292 the “go to” porch paint color from Pratt and Lambert.

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