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!

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.