The ONLY surface that I did not paint in the house we bought and renovated last Spring was the deck. Now that we’ve worn a couple spots running back and forth between the house and the office (below) I can see that it was formerly forest green. Had it still been that colour, it would definitely have been on the list to re-paint ASAP.
And now I’ve come to the conclusion that when I get it re-painted it doesn’t need to be far from the colour it is now. It’s a pinky/butterscotch colour (P&L 8-20/DE 5264/BM 1140) that actually relates really well to my Rustic Maple floors. So when I look out my windows, there’s a seamless flow to the colour of the floors vs. the deck that’s outside the kitchen and family room.
The other reason why I think it works is because it does have the same colour tone as a stained wood surface. In two weeks everything is coming out, front and back. And since it truly pains me to show my yard on this blog without an ‘after’ picture if you want to see it all it’s untouched glory, check out my flickr images here.
So that’s one way to choose the colour of your deck. Now this works really well for the deck or porch in your backyard because it won’t be visually as important as the front of the house.
If you think this would be a good way to choose the colour of your deck, lay your colour chips on top of the floors and choose the one that is the closest. Then paint a large sample and lay it outside your window on the deck so that you can see if it works.
Since my floors aren’t exactly orange, there’s a range as to what colours would work with it. I just posted these images because it happens to coordinate even in the tone that it currently is painted.
Keep in mind, if this deck had anything to do with the curb appeal at the front of the house, it would most likely not be this colour. But in the back yard, it works.
Here are some more ideas on painted decks:
For years, standard, off-the-shelf porch and floor paint came in this battleship grey (in other words blue undertone) colour. I have seen many, many foundations of homes and concrete front steps painted this colour and it always bothered me until I discovered my system of Understanding Undertones ®. Well, let’s be clear, it still bother me but now I know why.
In this house (above) the steps actually seem to relate to the roof so it seems to be the right choice although if the risers were painted white to match the railings (below) it would have looked more custom.
You can’t go wrong with white or cream paint to coordinate with the trim on your house but we are back to the high maintenance factor of white.
Beautiful white perfection!
Okay, so it’s still the beginning of exterior painting season. My first exterior webinar was full of the same useful, no-nonsense information you have come to expect from my blog.
As I was writing it, and gathering all my thoughts and experience with choosing colour, I had some brand new aha moments that I was so excited to share with everyone!
Here are a few comments from the last webinar:
Thank you. I watched the webinar today and liked it very much. I am actually selecting colors and learned some good concepts. The house is a 1952 built house with an orangish/ red brick and a new roof that is gray that I think you would call heather and has reddish orange, light and dark gray. White vinyl windows a peak and shutters.The owner does not want red orange on the door. I have been struggling but now have some direction. I have listed the colors in the fixed elements so will try again. Thank you. Your team has excellent customer service and are so helpful. Linda B
Maria has amazing talent! And I know how much work it is to put one of these together (pre- and post-) and how many folks must be involved. Thanks to all of you for making it happen. It was really a great webinar. Warmly, Kay
So I’m holding it again Thursday, May 2 at 11:00 am PST time. The cost is $99.00. The webinar will be live and include question and answers via live chat. It will last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of questions.
As I promised before, if you sign up within the next 3 days you’ll receive my special report on how to instantly reduce the thousands of colours available down to a manageable number. It’s a process that took me hundreds of consultations and years to discover.
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And don’t worry, if you can’t be there for the live version, you will get the download to watch later.
And when I show you a house with a colour you need to know, I’ll list it in Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and Farrow and Ball, so if you are overseas but have access to Farrow and Ball colours you can also follow along.
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