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Go Blue: How to Add Colorful Contrast to Your Home Exterior

by Kelly McLain Treacy 10/13/2021

The color blue has exploded in popularity among homeowners and exterior designers. Many are choosing to repaint their homes in a wide variety of blue paint colors from pastel to darker dramatic hues. However, there are ways you can join in on the blue paint excitement without repainting your entire house. Here we’ll go over some simple ways to add blue to your home exterior for a fresh and trendy look.

Front Door

Painting your front door is a popular way to refresh your entire home facade. If you’re looking for a simple way to add blue into your exterior design, the front door is a great place to start. Painting your front door is a relatively easy DIY project you can accomplish in a weekend (weather permitting) or you can go for a completely new door in the shade of blue you prefer. If you’re painting your existing door, don’t forget to add a color-protecting primer to prevent the blue from fading.

Garage Door

Depending on the layout of your house, your garage door might make a big first impression. If you want to add blue to your house but are wary of painting the entire thing, you can get a lot of impact from a blue garage door. The best thing about painting or replacing a garage door is the amount of style options available. You will find something to match the architectural style of your home and the perfect blue to compliment it.

Window Shutters

Another simple DIY project to boost your curb appeal and add some color is to add faux window shutters. These shutters you can purchase in kits based on the size and shape of your windows. They attach without need for hinges or latches—they’re just for show. Because decorative window shutters are so easy to work with, they make an excellent option for adding a pop of color to your home’s exterior. Paint the shutters a shade of blue that will add contrast but also compliment the color scheme of the house and you’ll notice an enormous difference in overall look.

Railings & Accents

You can also add color to your front porch if you have railings, pillars or other architectural design elements. If you don’t want to paint the entire house blue but still want the aesthetic appeal, sticking to these features is a good option. Go for blue paint that will harmonize with your home’s color scheme and make especially sure to find the right finish for the material you’re painting. A bold blue railing on your front porch makes a colorful statement without the commitment of repainting the entire house.

Choosing the Best Blue

Every home color scheme is different, so it’s hard to know which blue paint to pick. You don’t have to commit to a new color for the entire house, but you will need to pick a color that has to look good alongside the rest of the house. So how to choose? One of the most important tips is to test paint colors outdoors in a variety of different lighting situations to see how the color will look at every hour of the day. You can also start with neutrals like navy or even a blue-tinted gray for options that work well with other paint colors. When in doubt, you can always ask a professional designer or paint expert for help in making the best choice.

About the Author

Kelly McLain Treacy

Prior to launching a career in real estate, Kelly was a financial professional, starting at KPMG in Miami, where she earned her CPA as a forensic accountant. She excelled in her field working with various equity trading businesses at leading investment banking firms such as Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank, while living in NYC, Zurich, and London. She also spent time working in Tokyo and Sydney. 

With her vast experience, Kelly intimately understands the emotional and financial investment of selling or purchasing a home and will manage every detail of the process. She grew up in a family of real estate agents, general contractors, and property developers and has an appreciation for all aspects of the industry from start to finish. Combined with her determination, high integrity and strong work ethic, along with her professional skills highlighted below, she will go above and beyond your expectations to negotiate the best deal for you.