Our Picks for the Five Best Navy Paint Shades for Your Home 

Have you seen the Sherwin-Williams 2020 Color of the Year? Yes we know it’s only October, but the folks over at Sherwin-Williams are just ON THE BALL, and they’re kicking off the color forecast for 2020 with a terrific shade of navy called (wait for it)…Naval. 

We love Sherwin-Williams paint and we love navy blue. Especially here in our coastal area, navy is the dark neutral that can make your light and crisp interiors pop. Preppy, traditional, clean, or modern…navy can take on whatever personality you want to give it! 

We’re inspired by the Sherwin-Williams pick to dig into the blues a little bit and give you our current favorites when it comes to navy blue painty. Read on to find the best choice for your space!

Navy walls and furniture in a stylish room
Navy lends classic sophistication to modern and traditional spaces.

Get to Know These 5 Great Navy Blue Paint Colors

Naval – Sherwin-Williams

Rich, deep, warmer than Hague Blue, Drawing Room Blue looks soft and velvety on the walls. This color can look like a charcoal gray in some lights, and it’s perfect for a cozy den or library.

Charcoal Blue – Sherwin-Williams

Charcoal Blue is an intense, dark grayish blue. If you’re worried about your navy paint reading “too blue,” Charcoal Blue could be a good choice for you, as its gray undertones will keep the shade muted. This color looks great with greens, grays, taupes, and other neutrals. 

Hague Blue 30 – Farrow and Ball

Hague Blue is named for the intensely colored woodwork often used by the Dutch. It’s mysterious, evocative, and works in both traditional and modern spaces. It’s got a bit of a greenish gray undertone that makes this color truly unique.

Newburyport Blue – Benjamin Moore

Newburyport Blue is a great shade to use when you want to depth and richness of navy, but you don’t want the color to totally dominate the room. Slightly softer than Naval or the other options on this list, Newburyport Blue makes a great backdrop for artwork or rich curtains in a bedroom or family room.

Downpour Blue – Benjamin Moore 

To be fair, Downpour Blue isn’t a true navy. It’s lighter and a little greener than a classic navy, but it still belongs in the conversation because its just so beautiful. If peacock blue and navy blue had a baby…Downpour Blue might be what you’d get! Terrific in bedrooms, foyers, and even kitchens! 

Navy Paint is a Design Workhorse

Whichever navy shade you choose, you can’t go wrong with this classic style. If your style is nautical and crisp, stick with a true navy. Want something moody and romantic? Go for a darker, grayer shade with undertones of green. Walls always look good in a nice coat of navy, but don’t be afraid of painting trim, doors, and even cabinets in the rich hue.


Wherever you decide to make your mark with navy, make sure you hire a great painter when you decide to go for the blues. An experienced painter knows that dealing with dark, intensively pigmented paint means meticulous attention to detail is even more important. Mistakes and ragged cut lines really stand out with a dark shade like navy. With our curated list of top Panhandle painters, Check Local can match you up with the best painter for your job, saving you time and heartache! Call us today if you’re ready to schedule a free estimate!

Don’t wait too late to call in the pros!

Painting your walls is a relatively quick way to make a big change to your home’s appearance. A drastic color change always produces a big reaction, but even recoating your walls with a fresh coat of the same color can have a big effect. Read on for tips on knowing when its time to repaint! 

Dingy Walls

Sometimes it’s obvious. If your walls are grimy, scuffed, and damaged, a great painter might be your new best friend. If you have pets and/or children, your walls can take a beating. If you have minor scuffs and spots, we recommend cleaning with damp cotton cloth. More stubborn spots often respond to a Magic Eraser or similar sponge. But beware using the Magic Eraser on dark walls—it can leave ghost streaks! Also be wary of using a Magic Eraser on glossy or semi-gloss surfaces, as it can dull the finish and leave spots. If over 10% of your walls are dirty, or if you’ve got dents and dings that need to be spackled, it’s time to call in a painter!

Cleaning crayon off a wall
Kids can be especially hard on walls. When elbow grease won’t cut it, call in the professional painters!

Fading and Yellowing

The sun’s UV rays can cause the pigment in your wall paint to break down over time, causing your colors to fade and take on a yellowish cast. Here in Florida, this is an especially big issue! When you live in a home and see the same walls every day, you may not notice the gradual changes. But if you try to look with fresh eyes (or invite a friend or neighbor over to help), you may see that walls that absorb lots of natural sunlight have changed color. Time to repaint! When you repaint, using high quality paint with more pigment and better binders can help prolong the life of your color.

Chipping, Flaking, and Cracking

Painted trim takes the brunt of abuse in a high traffic home, and it will often start to chip first. Once the chipping starts, it’s hard to stop, so that is often a sign that you should call a painter. Wall surfaces can also start to display unlightly flaking and cracking. Although small spots can usually be sanded and touched up, if these symptoms spread, a professional painter is your best remedy. 

You Need a Change

Changing the color of your interior spaces can have dramatic effects. Maybe you want to brighten your mood with a cheery yellow, or maybe you seek serenity with a calming blue. No matter the reason—if the color isn’t right, it will drive you crazy. Luckily, a quality professional paint job doesn’t have to break the bank! With Check Local Painting’s terrific and affordable painters, you can afford to experiment with color and go for the look you want! Give us a call today to see how we can help freshen up your home’s walls!

That is the question.  At least, it’s one of the debates you might hear when a bunch of professional painters get together to talk shop. (Do they do that? Surely they do that.) Ask a group of expert painters whether they use the sticky stuff, and you’ll probably get a variety of answers!

Is Painter’s Tape More Hassle Than It’s Worth?

If you’ve ever tried to tackle a painting job on your own, you’ve probably painstakingly taped around trim, light fixtures, and floorboards in an attempt to get a clean, professional line. The taping process can be tedious and frustrating, especially in homes where the wall surface isn’t smooth or the trim has layers of older paint built up. And often, even after you invest the time to tape, you still don’t end up with a clean line. What gives? 

Female painter taping trim
Taping takes time, and can be problematic, but for most painters, it’s worth the hassle.

Bleeding and Bridging

Any painter in the “no tape” camp will tell you all the reasons why they don’t use the stuff. Problem number one is usually bleeding. Even when you apply the tape carefully, it’s easy for paint to seep behind the edge. This creates a messy edge and results in more cleanup work. To combat this, some painters use a putty knife to press the tape down and create a tighter seal. While this can help stop bleeding, it doesn’t help with with a phenomenon known as “bridging.” Latex paint forms a skin (or bridge) when it dries. When you pull the tape off, the skin can tear, leaving you with a jagged line. 

Can You Make the Cut?

The alternative to taping involves a high quality paint brush and the steady hands of a surgeon. The professionals call it “cutting in.” Cutting in—painting only the part you want with a crisp clean line— is a painting skill that takes years to master, but it can be invaluable to a professional painter. If you can cut in well, you can paint faster and avoid bleeding and bridging issues. But if you’re not blessed with surgical precision and steady nerves, it’s always best to stick to tape. 

Tape or No-Tape—Either Way Works

Even among the ranks of expert painters with decades of experience, Team Tape and Team No-Tape have ardent defenders. A wise painter picks the method that works best for them. And a wise homeowner picks a great professional painter! At Check Local, we won’t tell you which way is best, but we set you up with the best painters in the Panhandle and beyond. So before you decide, always Check Local!

Investing in an Exterior Paint Job? Invest in the Right Paint Too!

A great exterior paint job is made up of a few great ingredients. A terrific painter (we know a few of those!), meticulous preparation, and high quality paint. The right paint can extend the life of your exterior paint job by years. And when it comes to paint, you get what you pay for. Premium brands and lines of paint really do perform better. 

How long should my paint job last? 

The biggest question most homeowners have is one that isn’t as straightforward as it seems. A quick Google search yields a wide variety of answers. Some experts say 5-7 years, while This Old House says “two coats of top-quality paint over primed wood might last 10 to 15 years.” The reality is that paint life depends on lots of factors, including paint quality, prep work, surface condition, and environment. Here in Florida, you can expect to land closer to the lower end of that range, as all the salt, sand, sun, and moisture take their toll on even the best exterior paint job. Thorough prep work and high quality paint can definitely extend the life, but it’s unlikely to last 15 years. Think 5+ years for siding, and 7+ for stucco surfaces.

Why Does Surface Matter When it Comes to Paint?

Although paint quality and prep work are the biggest drivers for the life of your exterior paint job, the surface being painted also matters. The rough, porous surface of stucco grabs paint and holds on tight, so if your home is made of stucco, you can expect to get a few more years from your paint job. Paint over wood or fiber-cement siding may last 5-7 years here in the Panhandle, while stucco surfaces will hold the paint for 7-10 years. Trim usually fades and peels first–expect to paint the trim every 3-5 years. 

stucco holds paint longer than siding
This beautiful Florida home with a mix of stucco and stone is relatively low-maintenance. The stone will never need painting, and the stucco should hold paint for up to 10 years.

So What Paint is the Best?

We’re Sherwin-Williams fans over here at Check Local Painting, and we love their Emerald Exterior Acrylic for wood and fiber-cement siding and trim. (We recommend bumping the sheen level up a notch for the trimwork to really make it pop.) The Emerald line is also great for brick or stucco, though you’ll want to be sure and specify a flat finish for masonry and stucco. 

Should I Use Masonry Paint or Elastomeric Paint?

You may have heard that some contractors recommend a masonry specific paint or an elastomeric paint for brick and stucco. We think a great flat acrylic paint like Sherwin-Williams Emerald or Duration–Benjamin Moore’s Aura–does the trick and keeps your surface breathing more naturally. But there are some instances where these more specialized paints can be the right choice. 

  • Masonry Paint has additives to make it bond more tightly, so it can extend the life of your paint job. On the flipside, this type of paint can reduce the breathability of your finish, potentially trapping moisture in your brick or stucco. You may also be limited in terms of colors and finishes. 
  • Elastomeric Paint also has additives that make it a thicker, flexible coating. If you’ve got cracks or other faults you want to cover or bridge, this paint may be the right choice for your job. But like masonry paint, elastomeric paint reduces the breathability of the finish. (This effect is more pronounced with elastomeric paint.) And in addition to the more limited options when it comes to color and finish, you are also stuck with elastomeric paint once you start using it. When the time comes to repaint, experts advise that you only cover elastomeric paint with more of the same. Regular acrylic paint will not adhere to the flexible, thick surface of elastomeric paint. 

Exterior Painting is a Huge Job–It’s Worth Doing it Right

An exterior paint job is a huge investment. Even if you’re trying the DIY route, paint and supplies can really add up, and once you factor in the cost of your time and peace of mind, the costs can skyrocket. We always recommend hiring a professional to make sure you get the best finished product. This is your home you’re talking about, after all, and you don’t want your curb appeal marred by an unprofessional job or peeling and faded paint. 

Let Check Local Help

If finding a painter sounds like one more thing on your endless “to-do” list, don’t despair. We’ve already done the work for you, and we’re here to connect you with the best painters in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast communities. We read reviews, check licenses, and interview contractors to make sure we’re matching you up with the best local experts for your job. Remember, before you decide, always Check Local!

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers!

What is Antimicrobial Paint?

 Antimicrobial paint has additives that make the painted surface resistant to microbes such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Mold and mildew fall into this category, as do bacteria such as Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and E. coli (Escherichia coli). The most widely available antimicrobial paint is Sherwin-Williams’ Paint Shield®, which claims to kill 99% of bacteria. 

What are the Benefits to Antimicrobial Paint?

Antimicrobial paint has historically been used in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care settings, but in recent years, people have become interested in residential applications. Its ability to kill germs such as MRSA, Staph, and E. coli makes it appealing for those with vulnerable immune systems. In residential settings, it is also valued for its ability to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. This helps keep walls and trim looking better, longer, and helps eliminate allergy symptoms for many people. Manufacturers of antimicrobial additives also claim that the microbicides help prolong the life of the paint.

For those who are very sensitive to germs, antimicrobial paint can be be a good choice.
If you are extra sensitive to germs, antimicrobial paint might be a good choice for you.

Are There any Cons to Using Antimicrobial Paint?

Right now, Sherwin Williams is the only major paint retailer that offers antimicrobial paint, and although they do offer a wide variety of colors (over 500), you may not be able to get every shade. The paint only comes in eggshell finish, so if you have your heart set on flat walls with semi-gloss trim, this type of paint may not work for you. 

Although the germ-killing action of antimicrobial paint sounds is attractive to many, the reality is that most people don’t encounter germs on their walls. Germs thrive in moist, humid environments, so dry walls aren’t typically hospitable hosts. Nevertheless, for those with compromised immune systems or serious concerns about the spread of germs, antimicrobial paint does offer extra protection. 

Which Rooms Are Best for Antimicrobial Paint?

Bathrooms are great candidates for antimicrobial paint.

Inside your home, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are the obvious candidates for the germ-killing properties of antimicrobial paint. The added moisture in those rooms means that the environment is more hospitable for viruses and bacteria, and surfaces in these rooms are the most likely to become contaminated. 

Let the Experts Help

Check Local can connect you with a great local painter in the Panhandle area who can help you choose the best paint for your project. Our painters are licensed and insured, well-reviewed, and ready to tackle your painting project. Contact us today to get started!

Color Recommendations for Coastal Homes From the Experts

It’s not hard to find curated lists of paint colors on the Internet. We’ve got quite a few right here on this site, plus more on our Pinterest boards. Lots of inspiration and info is always a good thing when you’re making a big decision, and choosing the perfect paint color can send some people into a full-scale anxiety attack. If you’re one of those people, we’re here for you with the best lists from the best sources and the best designers.

When it comes to sources of info for coastal homes, it doesn’t get much better than Coastal Living. I follow these folks all over the Internet, and I still shell out a few bucks for the print magazine when I feel a craving for some old-fashioned glossy paper in my hands. When it comes to interiors and exteriors, they’ve got my favorite beach house vibe dialed in. So when Coastal Living curates a list of decorator-approved paint colors, I’m gonna tell you about it. Like I said, we’re here for you!

The newest 2019 collection of paint colors comes to you in the form of a slideshow. (Sidebar question: do you like an article in slideshow form? I’m not a fan–I hate all that extra clicking. I always accidentally end up clicking on an ad. Hmmm…maybe that’s the point!) Anyway, there are ten colors in this collection, but I’m only going to tell you about six. Because the other four–in my opinion–range from meh to hell no. One is called Churlish Green for Pete’ sake. Churlish? Who wants churlish? I’ll stick to Rapture, Paradise, and Love & Happiness please.

First up is Andrew Howard’s recommendation: Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. Howard is a designer based in Jacksonville who creates swoon-worthy spaces all over the East Coast. I mean that literally. I have actually swooned over some of his designs. Like this one. Please. Give me all the Andrew Howard.

Off White Paint Color for Coastal Homes

Chantilly Lace is a lovely off-white color that serves as a perfect fresh and neutral backdrop for any coastal home. As Howard says, “you can still do no wrong with white shiplap, tongue and groove, or board and batten inside a coastal home.” Even though I love color, I’m 100% here for an off-white palette. It’s just so soothing, and it lets you add pops of color with textiles, rugs, and art. And you simply cannot go wrong with an off-white color like Chantilly Lace. Want more neutral inspo? We’ve got a Pinterest board for that!

Green Blue Paint Color for Coastal Homes

Next up on the parade of great paint colors is Mally Skok’s favorite: Pale Powder by Farrow and Ball. Skok is a South-African born designer who is based out of Massachusetts. She’s pretty far from the Panhandle, but her bright and fun aesthetic translates well to any coastal area. Pale Powder is a pale greenish-blue hue that makes me think of serene off-season mornings at the beach when it’s cool and a little foggy.

Warm Gray Paint Color for Coastal Homes

Skok says “It never intrudes or fights with any other colors in the rest of the scheme and looks stunning against detailed white painted woodwork.” I say it’s a neutral that will fade into the background, but will still impart a sense of serenity and fresh calm. Speaking of neutrals…Benjamin Moore‘s Edgecomb Gray makes it onto the list as Jade Joyner’s choice. Edgecomb Gray is a no-fail option that will keep things calm and collected and work with any style, from modern to traditional.

Ready to move on from the neutrals?

Pale Pink Paint color for coastal homes

Gray not your thing? Joyner also recommends something a little different when it comes to beach house paint. “For something totally unexpected in a beach house, I like Love & Happiness by Benjamin Moore–and not just because of the name. It’s a soft pink that looks amazing with pops of color.”

Warm Peach Paint Color for Coastal Homes

If Love & Happiness isn’t enough color for you, check out designer Meg Braff’s pick. She pops into the mix with a riff on the coral hue that’s perfectly on-trend this year. Paradise Peach by Benjamin Moore is a warm and inviting color that’s a great option for people who are ready to stray from the classic salty blue and white scheme. It’s not for everyone, but I love this one. It just screams HAPPY!

Blue Paint Color for Coastal Homes

And speaking of blue…we can’t have a list of coastal paint colors without at least one true blue hue. (How do you like that rhyme action?) Luckily Cathy Austin comes to the rescue with her pick: Rapture Blue by Sherwin-Williams. This is a pretty intense shade of blue–a little too intense for me if I’m really being honest. But if you’re looking for a saturated color that will stand up well to our relentless Florida sunshine, this could be a great option.

Pick a color that makes you happy!

Color is intimately linked with emotion, so picking the right shade for your home is seriously important stuff. There’s no need to stress about it though. Think about the emotion you want to associate with your home, and go from there. Is it calm and refreshed? Go with a cool neutral. Prefer something vibrant and exciting? Think about bolder and brighter paint colors. If creating a cozy and nurturing environment is your ultimate goal, you should consider a warm and inviting hue.

Hire an expert to get the job done right

Whatever colors you end up choosing, remember that even the most beautiful paint colors will look shoddy if the paint job isn’t done right. When it comes time to hire the best painter for your job, Check Local can help. They’ve got a curated list of the best painters in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast, and they can hook you up with the best one for you job.

Stay tuned for more great painting tips and tricks coming soon y’all!

Charlie Hill loves Perdido, Watercolor, and all the Gulf Coast beaches.

Got paint swatches? If you’ve got a smartphone nearby, you do.

If you’re like me, your phone helps you be better, smarter, and faster on the daily. Google helps me answer a gajillion questions a day from my kids, my boss, my husband, and more. And whether I need a healthy recipe for dinner, a yoga routine to de-stress, or an investment strategy for my 401k, there’s always an app for that. So when it comes to choosing paint colors, it’s no surprise to find several options in the App store. 

LET’S GET VIVID

Today I’m going to tell you about Vivid.

Painting the interior or exterior of your home is one of the easiest ways to update your home’s style and refresh dated spaces. If you’ve got a great painter (ahem…we know where to find one) you just need to pick your colors and you’re off to the races. 

If choosing the colors is a daunting task for you, make your phone work for you with Vivid.

Skip the Trip

Maybe you don’t have time to schlep over to the hardware store for paint chips. Maybe you hate the thought of chopping down all those trees. Or maybe you’re just comfy on your couch and you don’t want to get up. Whoever you are and whatever your issues, Vivid lets you peruse paint colors from Sherwin-Williams, Behr, Benjamin Moore, Valspar, and Glidden right on your phone. You can search by brand, by color, or by name. If you see a color you love, save it to your list of favorites. Want more info? It’s a mere finger tap away. 

Memory Aid

Years ago I did a huge renovation project, turning a small and drab 1960’s rancher into a dream house big enough for my family of four. When it came time to paint the exterior, I obsessed for months, trying to find just the right shade of off-white exterior paint. I read magazines, haunted the hardware store, and almost drowned in paint chips. I even knocked on strangers’ doors to ask about paint when I saw a house color I loved. Finally, I settled on just the right shade, and when the house was done, I absolutely loved it. 

Fast forward ten years, one more kid, two job relocations, and three home renovations later. A dear friend in my new town asked me if I had any suggestions for a great off-white color for the exterior of her home. Of course I did! Except…I couldn’t remember the name—or even the brand—of the color! My brain had purged all the details of that renovation, and a recent fling with Marie Kondo’s aggressive purging techniques meant there was no way I had ten-year old renovation records. 

Enter Vivid. I had a vague memory that the paint color had the word “dove” in it, and I was thought maybe it was a Sherwin-Williams paint. I pulled up the app, typed “dove” into the search bar, and voila! As soon as I saw the colors that came up, I remembered. It was “White Dove” by Benjamin Moore! (“Dover White” by Sherwin-Williams was also a leading contender, but I ultimately decided it had too many yellow tones in it for that project.) Problem solved, friend happy, next question please. The smartphone wins again. 

Don’t Skip the Swatches Completely

Tiny color swatches on your phone probably won’t completely take the place of actual paint chips and sample pots. (Always test your paint on location before you commit!) But Vivid can certainly get you started and help you narrow down a list of your favorites. And if you’re into color, DIY design, and home renovation, it’s just plain fun. Check it out for IOS and Android! And when you’re ready to launch that paint job, don’t forget to Check Local for the best painters in town!

‘Appy Friday y’all! 

Charlie Hill loves Perdido, Watercolor, and all the Gulf Coast beaches.


Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year Makes a Great Paint Color for the Florida Coast

When you’re looking for paint color inspiration, you definitely want to check out all the colorific awesomeness that Pantone has to offer. (If you think Pantone is a fancy Italian sweet bread, think again. That’s panettone…also awesome, but in a carb-y, delicious kind of way.) So what’s Pantone? Pantone, in their words, “provides a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions.” They offer a proprietary color matching system that designers, printers, and architects love. For the homeowner and design enthusiast, their website is a treasure trove of color information and inspiration.

Coral makes a great paint color for the Florida coast.
Pantone’s Living Coral is a warm and inviting hue that will brighten your home’s interior or exterior.

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year has us feeling the coastal vibes and wishing for summer. Living Coral seems tailor-made for the Florida Coast. It’s warm coral hue says, “Welcome to the beach. It’s warm and sunny here–why don’t you stay a while?” Living Coral would be a great interior wall color for a coastal home or a peppy exterior accent color for a beach cottage. And now that Pantone has crowned it the color of the year, you’re sure to see warm coral hues popping all over the design scene.

If you’re loving the coral vibe like we are, check out Check Local’s Pinterest board inspired by Living Coral. Before you know it, you’ll be painting your powder room Ardent Coral (Sherwin-Williams) and setting your front door All-a-Blaze (Benjamin Moore). If coral doesn’t float your boat, seek inspiration from Pantone’s color choices from previous years, or visit our other coastal-inspired color boards. When it comes to choosing paint colors, we’ve got you covered! And if you’re ready to get started with that paint job, we’re here for you with the best painter recommendations. Before you decide, always Check Local!