New Navy Blue Summer Planters For The Porch

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Can’t find the perfect summer planters for your porch? Get ideas and inspiration for filling summer planters, and how to coordinate them with your door.

You know what they say…third time’s a charm. That’s how many tries it took to get the summer planters for our front porch just right! For some reason, and I’m honestly not sure why, this year’s summer porch decor has been a challenge. Most of the time, when the seasons change and it’s time for a porch refresh, I know exactly the look I want. It’s a simple matter of some time and smart shopping to get it. Not so much this year!

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Navy Blue Summer Planters

It all started a few months when I saw this image on Pinterest. We have had a navy blue front door for years, but it never occurred to me to use navy blue planters. I fell in love with the look, and I knew somehow I was going to make it happen. What I didn’t know was how hard it would be!

summer planters and layered doormat

Sherwin Williams Naval: The Perfect Shade of Navy Blue

I began by shopping for navy blue summer planters. I found a set at Lowe’s and brought them home. Strike one…they were royal blue, not navy blue. I then ordered a set from Amazon, which was strike two. They were more black than navy blue. At this point, I decided that the only way I was going to get the perfect shade of navy blue that matched our door was by painting a set of planters myself. I already had a set of unattractive gray planters, and I already had a quart of Sherwin Williams Naval paint. The paint was purchased last summer to refresh the door…but it was a job that never got accomplished. So I gathered my supplies, and in just a few hours, I had summer planters that are the perfect shade of navy blue.

planter painted navy blue

Navy Blue Paint Tip

Many times, dark colored paints look light in the can, and darken after they are applied and begin to dry. This is the case with SW Naval. When I first opened the can to paint the planters, I saw royal blue paint. For just a minute, I wondered if it had been mixed wrong. No worries…it was the correct color! As soon as it started to dry, the rich navy blue shade appeared and all was well.

Once the planters were figured out, the rest of the door area just fell into place. I added a tiny touch of blue to the wreath I made last month. I cut apart two stems of inexpensive faux blue flowers and simply stuck them in between the hydrangeas.

summer fern wreath on blue door

The Finishing Touches

Believe it or not, I purchased the ferns at Kroger for $12.99 each! The ferns sat too far down into the planters, and needed a riser. Two old pots turned upside down at the bottom of the planters did the trick. I love to use ferns because they are very low maintenance, and they pack a huge punch of curb appeal.

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The finishing touch is the cute coir doormat layered over a buffalo check rug. I purchased the doormat a few months ago, and unfortunately, it’s already sold out. If you love navy blue, I added some other very cute choices to my Amazon Shop.

navy blue layered doormat

The weather here in Ohio has been unpredictable at best. Just a few days ago, it was finally nice enough for me to get out and hose down the entire porch. It was covered in pollen and dust, and definitely needed a good cleaning. It was such a simple task, but so rewarding. A clean porch, and a spruced up door area, gave our tired house a burst of new life. Never under-estimate how much small, easy updates can improve the look and feel of your home.

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Navy Blue Summer Porch Sources

diy summer wreath

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  1. Barb Karas says:

    I notice you don’t have a storm door on your front door. I like that a lot, but we live in Upper Peninsula of Michigan where winter is severe.
    Have you ever decorated your home with a storm door?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Barb…no I haven’t. We have owned 3 homes, and none of them had a storm door. I think the only thing that’s tricky is a wreath on your door. Depending on how much space you have between the door and storm door, the wreath may have to be very thin. Which is possible. Good luck!

  2. I have admired your choice of a blue door so much.,,you inspired me to go blue too. Our brick has similar coloring to yours…maybe it leans a little more rust. So we painted our door a little grayer blue, and it contrasts very well with our brick. We also have two very large planters a little darker that go well, because they are farther from the door, on the first step. So thank you for your inspiration…you always have some great ideas! Enjoy your day! ;)

  3. Tanya Rust says:

    I’d love it if you posted a before and after photo. I’m always afraid to decorate my deck when I know it’s just going to be covered in pollen at this time of year. Love the navy colour as well! I have some resin pots I may have to paint this summer…

  4. 5 stars
    This is gorgeous! When you say your pots are a you mean they are plastic? My pots are just a plastic (I guess…perhaps they are resin, but I don’t know for sure) I wonder if plastic can be painted with exterior paint? Is there a paint for plastic? How many coats did you have to use, Anne? You may have opened up a whole new world for

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Colleen…yes, resin is just a thick plastic. It’s pretty durable. I painted my pots with exterior paint. You can also get spray paint that’s made especially for plastic. I did two coats. Have fun!

  5. Lovely porch. I was wondering. If the outside of your front door is navy then what color is the inside of the door? I want to paint my front door but not sure if paint whole thing or not.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi JoAnn…I just saw this comment come through so though I would answer right away! The inside of my door is the trim color I have throughout the house. It’s a creamy white. I have seen interior front doors painted a contrasting color though and they are beautiful. So depending on your wall & trim color inside, it’s fine to paint the door a color. Good luck with your project!

  6. Would you please consider sharing the link for your doormat? I understand you say it’s out of stock but I’d like to follow the link in case it’s restocked. Thanks!

  7. Shirley Graham says:

    Love the front door wreath! – so pretty

  8. Martha Hansen says:

    It looks just beautiful! You are inspiring me to give my front door a fresh coat of paint and spruce up the entrance. Love the look of the navy planters that match the door. Perfect, as always!

  9. Navy looks great on your front porch! I love blue pots and use them often 💜

  10. Beautiful!! I may do the same ideas with red for our colonial white home/black shutters. Thank you for another great decor idea Ann! 😊

  11. Jeanie Nichols says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  12. 5 stars
    Love, love love this front porch! It’s simply stated and beautiful! You have my favorite blog even though I cannot do some of your outdoor ideas here in Florida, you keep me thinking and wishing!

  13. Love the planters. Your front porch is always so inviting.

  14. Holly Avesian says:

    I also have SW Naval front door but not room for planters on sides. Late March I bought spray paint that was very close in color and used it on my slightly worn teal resin planters which I have by porch steps. It’s warm here in Charleston area so I’m on my porch a lot.

  15. 5 stars
    Love the polished look of such a coordinated entrance.
    What type of grey planters did you have? Is it important to have a certain type of surface for the paint to adhere? And will any exterior paint show nicely or should it be a high gloss?
    Really enjoy all your suggestions even though my double doors don’t allow implementing some.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sheila! The gray planters were some sort of resin and had a very dull finish. They were literally ugly. I used exterior paint in a satin finish, but semi-gloss would work as well.

  16. Love your navy door & planters! What color are the shutters near your navy door

  17. Your porch looks great Ann! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Carol Herrmann says:

    Your porch is so pretty and I love SW Naval! Almost used it for my kitchen island, but decided on a more neutral bluish gray (SW Storm Cloud).

    Always love all of your ideas!

  19. Dottie Willard says:

    5 stars
    Your porch is lovely. Appreciate all your advice to achieve great looks without spending a fortune!

  20. Love your front porch refresh and the navy color you chose. I’ve been contemplating painting my front door, but can’t decide on the color. I may just go with navy! Thank you!

  21. This is beautiful. I’m planning to paint my door soon and can’t wait to use this color.

  22. Love your wreath. You are such an inspiration. I have been using ferns for several years. So lush and little care. Your blue door has been a favorite since you painted it. Hoping to turn our 42 year old door blue too.
    Happy Mothers Day. Earlier this morning, we had sleet, snow, and rain in this part of Ohio.
    Figured that’s what OHIO stands for: Only Happens In Ohio.

  23. Leslie Winthrop says:

    Hi Ann! Your ideas are always inspiring and I, too, have never thought of matching planters to my front door (which is also blue!) Love the look. What were the planters that you painted made of? Can you paint plastic pots?

    1. Lovely, Ann! I’m chomping at the bit to get my porch and deck ready for summer. Unfortunately, the weather here in Western New York has not cooperated. We’ve had a few nice days here and there, but for the most part it’s cold and rainy. Just trying to get the lawn mowed is a challenge, let alone doing any spring cleanup or gardening. Am looking for an outdoor rug to put on the porch, but every time I find one I like it’s “sold out” in the size I need. Next week isn’t looking any better. Ugh! Guess I’m just being …impatient because I usually don’t plant anything until Memorial Day, but this year I just want to get going

    2. Ann Drake says:

      The gray planters are some sort of resin/plastic and they had a very dull finish. The surface is slightly textured as well. Yes…you can paint plastic pots! If you use spray paint, they make a specific kind just for plastic. Good luck!

  24. Barbara Moore says:

    Your summer porch is just lovely, Ann. I’ll bet all your neighbors look forward to seeing your new decorating every year. Love it!

  25. Nancy Sharp says:

    Your front porch looks beautiful! You always make it so inviting. I love the ferns too. I’ve never had a lot of luck with ferns. Florida sun and heat are very hard on them and I am certainly not a patient expert trying to keep them alive even though some people can here.😄
    I love your navy door too. I may copy that idea when we repaint our door.
    You are always an inspiration..

  26. I think this is your best door post ever! Love it!
    Happy Mothers Day!

  27. I always love what you do to your porch seasonally but I think this is my favorite so far! I love navy blue and think I’ll try my hand at painting some old pots to go on my back patio that has a navy stripe outdoor rug. Your wreath coordinates so well with the whole look and those ferns are gorgeous. We have sun that hits our front door so ferns are out for the planters, but yours are beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Ann

  28. Barbara Murray says:

    Absolutely stunning Ann!

  29. Christine says:

    Beautiful! Last year I purchased a tall black planter to use by my front steps (I don’t have a porch.) First I thought I would plant in it, but I always loved Boston ferns and decided on plopping one into the planter. It grew beautifully and that is what is going in the planter this week! Happy Mother’s Day!

  30. Kay Angeli says:

    I love the look on your front porch. I also used your inspiration and now have a naval door with one of your suggested wreaths, but highlighted with bright pink instead. May I suggest you also paint the wreath hanger with your naval paint. You will be very pleased with the results as it will not distract from your beautiful wreath. -Kay