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The Almost Nice Navy House

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

Now that I have cleared the air, it's back to the business of calling out bad paint jobs in my neighbourhood.

navy house
This pretty navy blue house almost made it on my nice list.
I have always loved the combo of this dark navy and white. I thought the blue was Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154 but when I checked it against my fan deck it was closer to Benjamin Moore Blue Note 2129-30, which is a little greener and probably why I like it so much (blues with green undertones are at the top of my list for exterior house colours).

navy blue house painting

navy painting

Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy HC-154

Benjamin Moore
Blue Note 2129-30

I also like the white they have used which reads as white but is actually quite creamy. I am not a huge fan of off-whites with rich blues because they often look dirty.

So how did this house end up on my Not So Nice list?

Because they painted the flashing on the roof blue.

One of the only things that bugs me more than sloppy paint jobs is stuff that shouldn't be painted - being painted. This flashing is not part of the wall or the trim. It is part of the roof. It should have been painted in a colour as close to the roof colour as possible or not painted at all.

My guess is that too many paint drips found their way onto the flashing during the painting of the rest of the house and this was the quick fix solution to cover those drops. It doesn't really qualify as a paint mistake but more of a bad paint decision.
You tell me, am I being too picky or is this painting sin bad enough to put this house on the Not So Nice list?

Posted by: Dawn
I am so glad I found our post. It's funny because we were actually deciding between Hale Navy and Blue Note tonight to paint our exterior and decided with Blue Note prior to seeing this. I am happy to see it on a house with the white trim. We like the gray under tones of the Blue Note, felt Hale Navy had more of a deeper blue then we wanted. I agree with you about the flashing too. Should have worked the color with the shingles. You noted the white was an off-white? We are going to do ours a cri


Hi Dawn,

I don't think I would recommend a red door on a navy and white house, exactly because I wouldn't want the flag colour scheme. Try white, black or an almost black. If you want a pop of colour go for a lemon yellow or another bright colour. Be sure to send photos when it is all done.


Posted by: Kirby Hopper
Robin - True re: garage door color but I advise my customers if the garage door is not painted to leave it that way. Because of how flexible those panels are and the frequent movement the paint gets flexed a lot and the garage door is likely to be one of the first places for paint to fail. A white door does indeed stick out like a sore thumb but so does a body color garage door that is peeling. In ten years they might still love me if it's kept unpainted.

Thanks for chiming in Kirby. We like to paint garage doors but tell customers to expect to paint it once between entire house repaints.

Posted by: Victoria @ Edin's House
I totally agree with you about the flashing Heidi... and I agree with both you and Robin about the garage door colour. I've always hated houses where the garage is the primary feature. In your example above, I could totally see the garage painted in a grey similar to the stone facade peeking out on the lower right side of the house. Hope all is well with you! Victoria


Thanks for stopping by Victoria. I think this garage door could probaby have been done in the navy since it faces due East and only gets direct sun in the morning. Its interesting how challenging it is to get homeowners to understand and agree to paint the garage doors the field colour.

Posted by: Robin
ugh!! That is sad. Here's my pet peeve: Garage doors are NOT architectural features at the same level as great trim or lovely front doors. So paint them to blennnnnd into the color scheme, not in the accent/trim color. When you look at this house the first thing your eye lands upon is the large garage door - and it's creamy white, so it jumps out at you. I'd much prefer a way to guide the eye to the front door, and create a sense of welcome with a great door color. (hopping off my soap box now

Haha Robin, I know exactly what you mean. I talked about it in a previous house. The garage door is generally part of the field and many treat it like trim which does exactly what you say - draws the eye to the big garage door. The challenge is that dark garage doors often fade sooner than the rest of the house and it will require repainting sooner. At least this door is white and not a third colour like light blue (which I have seen done as well).

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