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!

Experts Agree That Fresh Neutral Paint Can Up Your Sales Price

If you’ve ever sold a home before, you already know how important it is to clear out unnecessary junk and keep the place sparkling. Your home should present a fresh and clean face to potential buyers–you want them to be able too see themselves in the space. If your decor has too much personality (or too much clutter), they may not be able to visualize how their own style will work in the space.

If you’re drawn to assertive and eclectic color palettes and your walls reflect your penchant for bright and bold, you’ve probably been advised to paint by a realtor or a nosy neighbor. But even if your interiors are already relatively neutral, painting can be a great pre-listing move. Chipped trim and dingy walls full of nail holes just don’t inspire the love. And when you’re looking to move real estate fast, you want every buyer to fall in love with your home.

Yellow Painted House
This house may seem charming and appealing, but according to Zillow, you should think twice before choosing yellow paint.

Zillow Paint Analysis Shows Clear Trends

In 2018, Zillow published their Paint Color Analysis with insights from over 135,000 sold home photos. Perhaps unsurprisingly, their sales price analysis showed a sales price premium for homes with cool, neutral paint colors. When it comes to bathrooms, pale grayish blue reigns supreme, while living spaces seem to demand a warm-toned neutrals. A red kitchen is a no-no, as is a brown dining room and a yellow exterior (yellow homes sold for roughly $3,400 less, on average). Perhaps the most surprising paint color insight from Zillow’s study? A black or charcoal gray door can add over $6,000 to the average sales price of a home!

Red painted walls are an intense choice in the kitchen.
Intense red walls in the kitchen may be off-putting to come home buyers.

Get Inspired and Get Sold!

If you’re thinking of sticking that For Sale sign in your yard, think about painting first. Selling your home can be a process full of headaches and hassles–let Check Local Painting take something off your to-do list! Our curated list of the best painters in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast communities is a terrific resource when you need to get things done pronto. And if you need inspiration, check out our collection of great neutral paint colors over on Pinterest!

Check Local Painting Neutral Paint Pinterest Board
We’ve got lots of great ideas for painting inspiration on our Pinterest page.

Remember, before you decide, always Check Local!

Designer Input On Colors That Will Make Your Bedroom a Haven for Rest and Relaxation

3 Colors You Should Never Paint Your Bedroom.” That’s the name of a recent article from Domino, the interiors mag that’s beloved by stylists, designers, and DIYers everywhere. I have to admit, whenever I see headlines like that, I’m itching to click. “Never” is such a strong word…what colors could offend so much as to render themselves totally unacceptable for use in the bedroom? Are we talking black? Avocado green? Glow-in-the-dark ’80s neon?

A quick click tells me that the three paint colors in the Domino bedroom penalty box are white, yellow, and red. Red, I get. Bedrooms should be serene and soothing, not fiery and exciting. The primary activity that happens in a bedroom is sleep, right?

Red paint colors should be avoided in bedrooms.
This red bedroom might have you standing on the ceiling with excitement, but it doesn’t feel calm and serene for sleeping.

So what about yellow? I see beautiful yellow tones popping up all over design magazines and blogs these days. The sunshine-y hue evokes feelings of happiness and warmth. What’s so bad about that?

It’s all about energy, say designers. And although yellow isn’t quite as intense as red, it does have a high energy vibe that doesn’t feel conducive to sleeping.

Yellow Paint in bedroom
If you want to incorporate yellow in your bedroom, consider accents like pillows.

So if red and yellow are too energetic, what’s the issue with white? I love a neutral, and white is a such a fresh, clean palette. Why is Domino giving white a bad rap?

Turns out, it’s not all white shades the Domino designers have a problem with. Just stark, bright whites that can make a room feel overly bright and illuminated.

“One thing we would suggest is, if you are going to have white bedroom walls, it can be better to choose a white with some depth and complexity. Stark white can potentially over-brighten a room and keep you up at night,” advises Jamie Davis of Portola Paints.

Kocharian, A. (2018, May 7). 3 Colors You Should Never Paint Your Bedroom. Retrieved from https://www.domino.com/content/worst-bedroom-wall-colors/

Which Paint Colors Are Good For Bedrooms?

If red, yellow, and bright white are off the list, what colors make the list for bedroom paint colors? For a good answer, I’ll turn to another great design resource, Elle Decor. They’ve got a list of recommended bedroom colors, and it’s chock-full of serene blues and grays. Amazing Gray and Mindful Gray by Sherwin-Williams. The horribly-named (imo) Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball. And the perfectly named Calm by Benjamin Moore. All of these colors can go a long way toward turning your bedroom into a peaceful oasis for sleep.

Whatever colors you choose, it’s important to use a painter that pays attention to detail and delivers a flawless finish. You don’t want to be distracted by drips, splatters, and sloppy trim work as you’re trying to drift off to dreamland. Check Local can help you find the best painters in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast, so before you decide, always Check Local!

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

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.

Keep your home’s exterior looking fresh and functioning properly with spring maintenance

Spring has sprung! The warming coastal breeze here in the Panhandle has us all dreaming of the lazy beach days that will be here soon. But before let summer’s heat and humidity arrive in full force, you should take some time to check your home’s exterior for any needed maintenance and painting. Get it done now so you can kick back and relax when beach season is in full swing!

Peeling paint is a bad sign for your home's exterior.
Blistering and small cracks in your paint job can quickly lead to peeling.

Regular Maintenance is a Homeowner’s Best Friend!

Here on Florida’s coast, our homes take a beating. Salt, sun, sand, and moisture all take a serious toll on our siding and trim, and it’s important that we’re extra vigilant with maintenance. Now is a great time to inspect your exterior paint job. Are there any areas of fading or bubbling? Any places where sand and salt have worn away the paint and left exposed siding or trim work? You’ll want to take care of those spots right away to prevent long-term problems such as rotting wood and mold growth.

Mold and mildew grow quickly in Florida’s humid climate. Keep them at bay with regular maintenance and a fresh paint job.

A great painter can help you size up your home’s exterior and determine any necessary maintenance steps. You may only need minor repairs, such as caulking and paint touch-ups. But if a complete paint job is in order, we’re here for you with great inspiration boards on Pinterest. Check out our Coastal Exteriors board for beachy-chic ideas, or our Exterior Colors board for a wide variety of inspiring photos and links. And when you’re ready to get started, don’t forget to Check Local for the best painters in town!

Check out our favorite shades of green paint for the Emerald Coast (and the rest of the Florida Panhandle!)

Have you ever wondered how the Emerald Coast got its name? If you’re lucky enough to live or vacation here, you know how beautiful our beaches are, and you’ve probably noticed the greenish hue to the water. But you may not know what causes the beautiful coloration. This stretch of the Florida shoreline isn’t muddied by sediment flowing from the Mississippi River, so the water itself is crystal clear. The green comes from the algae that lives in the water here. When the sun reflects off the algae, the water looks green. Don’t worry–the algae is perfectly natural and perfectly harmless! It just gives our beaches their unique and beautiful good looks!

The green water of the Emerald Coast is a prefect paint color inspiration.
Looking for a great paint color? Draw inspiration from the emerald shades of our beautiful coast!

Go Green

Here at Check Local, we love to draw inspiration from a home’s organic surroundings when choosing paint colors. Emerald hues are always on trend, lending a home vibrance and connecting it to natural world. In fact, Pantone has chosen shades of green as their Color of the Year twice in the last six years! If you’re thinking of going green, it pays to do a little research before you start your painting project. Do you want a deep, rich emerald or a light springy green? Do cool hues with blue undertones work well in your home, or should you look for a warmer shade with hints of yellow?

Check Out Check Local’s Paint Picks!

Over the years, we’ve come up with some favorite green shades that work well in homes across the Emerald Coast and beyond. Check them out, and visit our Pinterest board for even more inspiration for living in green! And when you’re ready to paint, be sure to CHECK LOCAL before you decide on a painter!

Check Local Painting Green Paint Suggestions for the Emerald Coast
These rich green paint colors look lovely in our coastal Florida environment.

Let Check Local Painting help you find the right professional painters for your commercial job

Finding the right commercial painting contractor is no easy feat. Commercial painting jobs can be large and costly—if you’re going to invest your time and resources into the project, you want it done right. Your business is your baby, and you want to make sure the painters you hire care for it as much as you do! 

Go with experience and a good reputation

In many ways, hiring a commercial painter is very similar to hiring a painter for your home. You want a contractor who is responsible, experienced, and professional. Here in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast, you also want to make sure that painters who will be tackling exterior projects have the experience to help you choose paint and materials that can stand up to our coastal climate

Talk with your painters about choosing the right paint for your interior jobs as well. VOCs can lead to odors that can seriously impact the breathing quality of your indoor air. If you plan to have clients or tenants in your space during the paint job or shortly after, consider using low-VOC paint.

Commercial paint jobs can have unique challenges

Commercial jobs can also bring unique challenges that require specific skills and knowledge. These jobs are typically larger and more costly—a start-up 2-man crew will probably not fit your needs. Cavernous industrial spaces with towering ceilings may require large scaffolding and/or extension ladders. Exposed pipes can be tricky to paint, and may require specialized paint for a durable finish. Make sure the painting contractor you choose has all the right equipment and experience for the job. If your painters will be interacting with clients or tenants in any way, you’ll want to think about that issue when you choose your contractor. Their professionalism will reflect on your own. 

Commercial jobs can also bring unique challenges that require specific skills and knowledge. These jobs are typically larger and more costly—a start-up 2-man crew will probably not fit your needs. Cavernous industrial spaces with towering ceilings may require large scaffolding and/or extension ladders. Exposed pipes can be tricky to paint, and may require specialized paint for a durable finish. Make sure the painting contractor you choose has all the right equipment and experience for the job. If your painters will be interacting with clients or tenants in any way, you’ll want to think about that issue when you choose your contractor. Their professionalism will reflect on your own. 

A commercial painter should have experience warehouse and industrial spaces.
Commercial and industrial jobs can require painting pipes and other metal surfaces.

Safety first!

No matter how experienced and professional your contractor is, accidents can happen. Look for a contractor that puts a heavy emphasis on safety and who is familiar with OSHA standards. Do they know how to safely handle very high or otherwise dangerous spaces? Are they prepared to deal with possible lead paint issues? Painters who are sloppy with safety standards could cause liability issues for you. Be sure your painting contractor has all the appropriate licenses, bonds, and insurance required in your area. 

Good commercial painters deal with high spaces and other tricky situations safely.
Commercial painters should be prepared to deal with high spaces safely.

Check Local Painting can help you address all fo these concerns and more when it comes to hiring a commercial painting contractor. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by vetting our recommendations and compiling reviews. If you’ve got a big commercial project looming, we can save you time and money. Contact us today…and remember, before you decide, always Check Local!

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!