Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. If your home exterior needs a facelift—but you don’t want to commit to painting the whole house—then these exterior paint ideas are for you! All of them can be pulled off in a weekend—or less—and are guaranteed to up your home's curb appeal. Ready to get rolling?
Paint your front door
This is the easiest way to give your home a little lift, and it’s an ideal way to introduce some color to your exterior. Cheer up with sunny yellow, go green to match the garden, or try one of our favorite trim colors for a sophisticated alternative to white. Whether you go bold or keep it more subdued, painting your front door is an outdoor paint project that provides welcoming results.
Fix up your outdoor furniture
Have a flea market find that needs a little love? Or an Adirondack chair that could benefit from a refresh? Elevate an overlooked piece of furniture with an easy outdoor paint project by adding—you guessed it—a couple coats of our exterior paint! It only takes an afternoon, and can make the world of a difference to your patio, porch, garden, and beyond. We recommend sanding down the finish of your piece, adding a coat of primer, and painting with two coats for even, cohesive color for the best results.
Spruce up your shutters
Give your facade a facelift with freshly painted shutters. Remove your shutters (or tape them off if they’re stuck in place) before lightly sanding the surface, cleaning, priming, and painting with two coats. Quick tip: Roll out the sides and ends first, then use a smaller brush for the slats. Easy, fast, and a great way to incorporate color and add some polish to your exterior.
Make your plants pop
Punch up your garden by painting a trellis, arbor, or any other structural elements in the space. It’s an ideal way to create contrast and bring definition to your outdoor area. Try a white for a classic look, a black and other dark hues for something dramatic, and greens to recede into the surrounding space for a subtle, sophisticated look. There are endless exterior paint ideas for planters and containers!
Add color to your accents
You don’t have to paint something as large as a front door to make a major difference in the way your home’s exterior looks. This is evidenced by this extremely easy outdoor paint project: Giving all the extra accents a new coat of paint. In some spots, it makes sense to go bold. House numbers are easier to see in a bright color, and a colorful mailbox or pair of planters go a long way towards livening up a front entrance. Try Pop for fun, Golden Hour for warmth, Sriracha for spice, or Current Mood for contrast.
Got your own exterior paint ideas?
If you’re planning your own project—inside or out—don’t forget to take pictures and #shareyourclare. Tag @clarepaint on Instagram and we’ll feature your own exterior paint ideas on our channels.