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Popular Exterior Paint Colors for the Pacific Northwest

by | Jun 24, 2020 | Exterior Painting

Vibes from the Pacific NW

The Pacific NW is known for our lush green environment, coffee, rugged coastline and rich, malty beers. We take our color notes from these same inspirations. We “normally” are not drawn to too bright or pure colors. You’ll find our whites are warm and rich, our grays have gone warmer as well. You will still find strong deep colors from dark charcoals to black but what is newer are the deep blues and navys. The 2020 color of the year from Sherwin Williams is Naval 6244 it’s a rich, deep navy that is stunning.


Popular Exterior Paint Colors Pacific Northwest

With all of the beauty and nature the PNW has to offer, choosing the right exterior paint colors to fit in with your environment is a must! Our paint palettes are rooted in nature with earthy greens, mushrooms and grays. When we do go to the more saturated charcoals, navys and black you’ll still find a nod to nature with some wood accents.

Some of my favorite combinations are Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC-154 or Kendall Charcoal HC-166 with a Simply White OC-117 contrasting trim and Dijon 193 for the door to bring warmth. The look can be achieved with Sherwin Williams using Granite Peak 6250 and trim in 7568 Neutral Ground.

Gone are the beige, tans and in are the more complex colors like Sherwin Williams Functional Gray 7024 and Gauntlet Gray 7019. These deep mushroom tones are affected by light more than others. Some people find this ever-changing dynamic intriguing and others off-putting. For exterior painting, it is always a good idea to look at any prospective color on all sides of your home including areas with lots of light and those in the shade.

A fresh new look is inspired by HGTV’s Fixer Upper, with a more farmhouse styling it is the NEW black & white. Some colors to create this look include Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist 9166 paired with Forged Steel 9565.

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Important Considerations for the Pacific Northwest

What makes this area so lush and green is the 43” of rain we average a year, then in summer we get the heat and sun. Taking into consideration the weather it is recommended to use a Low Lustre or Satin finish vs. Flat paint. This sheds the rain better as well as reflecting the heat and sun for better color retention.

With so much rain we also have a hard time keeping white gutters clean, If you really want white gutters and trim we recommend painting them in a satin finish. Putting just a touch of sheen will allow for easier cleaning and maintenance. Another idea is painting the trim a darker color than the body of your home, this accentuates the architecture of your home and makes quite a statement.

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At Absolute Painting, we have a professional color consultant who loves helping clients find the perfect color, type of paint, and style for their projects. Absolute Painting has been providing the highest quality painting and construction services in and around  Portland, Oregon since 1995. We specialize in interior and exterior residential and commercial painting and offer some construction services as well along with free color consultations to our customers.

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