Paint home exterior and update porch

I bought this home in 2014, and have slowly been making changes to it. We recently had the landscaping done and now we are interested in painting the house a different color that gives it more curb appeal and makes it look brighter. I would also like to update the porch and was thinking maybe I should change the pillars or the railing. Any ideas please!!!!
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  47 answers
  • Pam Lewandowski Pam Lewandowski on Oct 11, 2016
    First of all, absolutely beautiful home!! If it was ours, I'd paint the siding a lighter tan / brown (something to coordinate with the stone). Something along the line of the trim around the eves, windows and columns on porch. Like a reverse of what you currently have. Do the trim in the dark brown. A lighter porch would POP! The columns on the carport in the light color as well. AGAIN, it's absolutely gorgeous.

  • I also thought of the tan - but only IF you want your stone to be less prominent. Not sure if that's what you want to do. If you're trying to get away from the brown family, you could try a rusty red or a sage green for your siding. I agree with Pam; it's a beautiful home.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 11, 2016
    Beautiful home. My opinion I would choose a lighter color as well but not make the stone blend in to much. Maybe choose a coordinating shade from the stone that will blend with every aspect of your home.

  • Pamela Nichols Jenison Pamela Nichols Jenison on Oct 11, 2016
    I'd definitely color the house a brighter color so looking into the depth of the porch is brighter. Most valuable tool is the LRV number for colors: it's a light reflective value number that really tells you how bright a color will effect a darkened area. If you love a color, find it in a lighter shade to bring out the shadows. Tans would be great, just the right light value! I might get rid of the Y trim on the porch, just another obstruction that does not add value to such a beautiful home. Using the color of the roof, find a light tone for the house and either a mid-tone or a fun color contrast for the deck and trim. It will all frame the stone and be a great backdrop to the beautiful yard.

  • Ilona Elliott Ilona Elliott on Oct 12, 2016
    It would be nice in a light sage green--something to tie it to the landscaping. It kind of floats now and is too much brown. If you are bold you could go with a pumpkin color and eggplant accents but bold is tricky if you don't choose the colors perfectly. Your covered porch is a great asset and will be dynamite when the overall color is lightened up. If you can paint the porch ceiling a very light color like cream it will help too. Bringing some greenery onto the porch by hanging ferns or flower baskets in the porch bays would really give it even more curb appeal.

  • Christy Gregory Marshall Christy Gregory Marshall on Oct 12, 2016
    Love love love your house!! I think if it were mine I would go with a gray color on the house. I think tan would be too close a color to the stone. And some shade of white on the porch. Off white or creamy white. Good luck!!

  • Pat Miller Pat Miller on Oct 12, 2016
    I agree with the green,,, I would make it a cool green.. I think warm greens get boring could even go with a shade of blue/gray that blends with your stone..... would love to see photo of your decision. What ever you choose ,,, keep your roof and landscape colors in mind.

  • Lesley Brisco Lesley Brisco on Oct 12, 2016
    Lovely home! I would definitely go with a pale, cool grey with white trim, & paint the entire porch white! It will pop out & shine! Yes, get rid of the Y bars if you can & also, if you can afford it, change the railings for glass & yacht wire! That would look stunning! Good luck!

    • Connie Connie on Oct 12, 2016
      I love that idea, and I want to def change the railing, if I get rid of the Ybars what are options to replace them with

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 12, 2016
    Gorgeous home. Virtual-paint sites at Valspar, Sherrington-Williams, Benjamin Moore and a site called Paint Net. You upload a photo, then paint it for free. For a house that size I'd be tempted to try one of these first. You'll have to pick the perfect gray since your roof is brown and such a dominant feature. But I will admit to being a "tan" person, and can't help but think it would flatter and deemphasize the stonework at the same time. There are Hundreds of tan/beige shades out there. Painting the pillars the same color as the house would work well, and not threaten the structural support for your very long roof overhang.

  • Yvonne Hansen Cabella Yvonne Hansen Cabella on Oct 12, 2016
    One thing I noticed was the different colors and "media" of the porch. The pillars in white, and then it looks like brown wood and is the side stair rail in iron? I think if it were my decision I would unify all the deck/porch into a single color, lighter like the stone to make it really pop as a focal point- it has beautiful lines that are fading back with the dark house color. Great house! good luck!

  • M Tataronis M Tataronis on Oct 12, 2016
    My house was the same color when I bought it. I decided to go with a nice pale moss green for the body of the house. It made the house seem so much larger. Keep the trim tan to play off the stone work. Beautiful home - best of luck!

  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Oct 12, 2016
    I am not very helpful because I love the house just the way it is. I think it is beautiful. When you make changes, please post them. I would love to be proven wrong on this.

  • Clifford alexandrov Clifford alexandrov on Oct 12, 2016
    If the brown paint or stain is good, I would paint the porch and trim white or cream, and have flowers in containers on rail

  • Susan Susan on Oct 12, 2016
    Lovely as is, but a soft, grayish green with cream accents might give you the "pop" you are looing for and will work well with the existing landscaping. I would also change the railings to cream, and make sure that the colors blend well with the stone grouting.

  • B J  Alexis B J Alexis on Oct 12, 2016
    Lovely home, I would paint the porch a lighter color in a cream color palette and replicate the stone on the house by out lining the front garden with large stone, not a lot, but placed strategically to pick up the front and side of stone on the house.

  • Beautiful home, I had bought a dark brown one years ago and we painted it a cream color, made it look even prettier!

  • Nancy Nancy on Oct 12, 2016
    The porch is very dark. Maybe paint the window trim a lighter color that compliments the dark stain.

  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Oct 12, 2016
    Agree the porch is too dark and not welcoming. Paint the posts and rails the same color as the window trim. You could make the windows under the roof more noticeable by framing them with a wider trim board or narrow plank shutters and painting them and your door frame to match the railing (I like white or cream). Then paint your front door a bold color to make it stand out. You could also paint under the porch roof a much lighter color to reflect more light. Nice white porch lights would be a nice touch.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Oct 12, 2016
    Love the stone work and the bow windows. You have red or red brown shingles so I'm not sure about the greens. I'd go with a very pale like celery if at all. I was thinking a very light barely there tan for the house. Porch railings a lighter shade of brown with complete column going white. The window trim would go dark close to color of shingles. Pick up some of those color blocks and pick something to coordinate with the rocks. The carport needs to follow through with the Porch railing color. Ceiling of porch light and bright gloss finish to reflect light.

  • Connie Connie on Oct 12, 2016
    You have a beautiful Ranch home. I like the porch and it goes with the style of house. A lighter trim color like a warm white would look good on the porch and trim, with a warm grey on the house. You have the warm colors in your stone so you should keep the paint in the warm tones. See link below for an idea.

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Oct 12, 2016
    I don't often recommend beige for anything but you could pick a color that complements the stone trim for the body of the house. Front door could be red, dark green, purple or anything that catches your eye. My porches have railings like yours and I want to remove the spindles and install 4x4 hog/livestock wire; provides safety but basically disappears at a distance. Love the landscaping. Wonder if there is an entrance to your house without steps?

    • Connie Connie on Oct 17, 2016
      Thanks! I am googling the spindles now. Yes there is an entrance on the side that leads you into the basement

  • Pick a color to match the stone. Too much brown. Then paint the trim a darker color on the paint swatch.

  • Elizabeth Siegle Elizabeth Siegle on Oct 12, 2016
    I would choose a color for the siding that is between what is there now, and the color of the stone. The porch is so dark, that the lighter color will make it stand out. Keep the dark brown in the trim, though. The porch railings - I would paint them all one color, in the shade you use for the trim.

  • Cjansen Cjansen on Oct 12, 2016
    What a GREAT house!! Love the architucture! In my opinion, I would paint the outside of the house a warm ivory, something to go with your roof. Then, select a color you love for the front door and any other areas you choose to highlight. Maybe your pallet can come from the bushes in your front yard? You have a wonderful canvas to work with! Best of luck!

  • V Valencia V Valencia on Oct 12, 2016
    What a beautiful home! I would choose a color palette based on the colors of the stonework on the front of your home and your roof (unless you plan to change that out too). I would be careful with changing the porch railing and installing pillars. You want keep with the style of your house. The worse thing you can do is add something that does not fit with the style of your home.

  • Connie Connie on Oct 12, 2016
    Thank you all for your prompt responses. I am going back and forth between grey/blue family and the tan family.

    • Laura Kackman Laura Kackman on Oct 12, 2016
      I love the grey/blue idea. I especially love Naomie Moore's idea of the ceiling being blue!

  • Barb Barb on Oct 12, 2016
    Love the house! Definitely go lighter on the house. Love the porch posts but would change the railing to something more interesting. Good luck!

  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Oct 12, 2016
    I think the brick work stands out like a sore thumb while it is balanced e.g. it is on both sides there is nothing to tie it into the rest of the house. The porch looks dark. I would try painting the entire porch, floors, steps, pillars a colour that blends in with the stone work and see if you can get some sky lights in the porch area to allow the sun to shine through.

  • Ese8934807 Ese8934807 on Oct 12, 2016
    Lovely home, I think the railing should be same color of pillars and put red cedar shaving around house an maybe two big hanging vern plants, and a couple of landscape lights where you put red ceder to highlight it at night , oh yes I think the red ceder will help bring out the color, lovely lovely home , do whatever makes you happy, enjoy

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 12, 2016
    You do know that was supposed to be "sherwin williams". The attitude of this iPad re my spelling ability is annoying. Some of the paint sites are annoying, but it's bad enuf to paint a room the wrong color....... Delighted to make life easier

  • Ken Stephens Ken Stephens on Oct 12, 2016
    have you thought about painting them to look like stone i am artist look me up

  • Sewstar Sewstar on Oct 13, 2016
    I would paint your house a lighter yellow and paint the railing and pillars black to tie in with your wrought iron railiing further down. I'd paint your front door black also and go with the blue (maybe aqua) ceiling on the porch for a pop of color. Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be lovely, because the house has wonderful bones. Good luck!

  • Linda Keser Linda Keser on Oct 13, 2016
    I would paint the house, stairs and pillars a light gray, and the porch and stair railings a bright white. This would help your landscaping and stone work stand out.

  • Lois N. Case Lois N. Case on Oct 13, 2016
    Paint the house and porch etc white, the doors and window frames an eye popping lime green.

  • Leisa Yeager Leisa Yeager on Oct 13, 2016
    I love your house just use the cream color of the trim and paint the interior of the porch and use the brown for accents, trim window door etc easy cheap transformation....

  • Carole Carole on Oct 13, 2016
    What a beautiful home! It would be nice to lighten up the front porch area even if not the complete home. I would advise to go to a professional paint store, get some paint swatches & ask for one of their exterior designers to come to your home & give you some ideas about colors that compliment each other. You'll be surprised to see all the different color combinations & I believe you will find one to your liking. Best wishes.

  • Chrislee Chrislee on Oct 14, 2016
    Sewstar has the secret nailed with the blue porch ceiling. Spiders won't build a web there because they think it is sky and you can't hook a web to sky.

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    • Leslie Leslie on Jan 22, 2017
      Yes, it is true. Also no hornets. I bought a house with white porch ceiling and was constantly spraying hornets & knocking down their nests. Painted ceiling light blue, have not had any since. 😊
      The first time I heard this was on the Corpus Christi Historical Homes Tour.

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Oct 14, 2016
    You have a beautiful home. I would rethink the grey/white because the rock you have on the house has a yellow base to it. Unless it is really a grey color and just needs to be pressure washed? Any contrasting. color (diff than house color) on the deck and stairs will make it stand out...when it is all one color like you have now, there is no defination. see my comments next to the pics I have included.

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    • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Oct 17, 2016
      I know. I guess you could always do a few large test spots of gray paint next to it to double check.

  • Danielle Spence Danielle Spence on Oct 14, 2016
    The brown is beautiful. Just continue the tan on the support poles on porch and top rails and stair top rails.

  • Bbc10296812 Bbc10296812 on Oct 15, 2016
    A grey color will always tie in with the stone's mortar color and grey is very popular right now. Brown obviously follows the roof color which can't really be changed, right? What about some combination of grey, brown and the same cream color that is the accent color on the porch? Grey -- even a taupe version -- would lighten it up in and out. It's a beautiful home.

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    • Connie Connie on Oct 17, 2016
      They are the same, I think its the lighting of the picture to that makes it look different

  • Mary Hill Mary Hill on Oct 16, 2016
    What a great house! I would maybe paint the inside of the deck a off white and the door a nice red or orange maybe?

  • Chrislee Chrislee on Oct 16, 2016
    Yes but I can't quote the source at the moment.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 17, 2016
    I think something about the color of a manila folder with the brown trim would be beautiful! Leave the windows white!

  • Cait Cait on Oct 19, 2016
    Paint the railings the same color as the posts. Brighten up the front door

  • Prose Prose on Jan 22, 2021

    Keep the stone window, add stone on the sides. Keep the brown porch, lace under, brown winders, and roof. I think a blue color would look good. If that's your car port put stone half way up the post. Make the porch post and car port the same blue.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 22, 2021

    I would upload this picture into the Sherwin Williams application where you can try colors on to see how they would look cause you have so much brown roof and the wooden porch for a color to enhance....

    Then you can buy the shade of paint you've selected from Sherwin Williams or select a store with a computer matching service to get the right color.