To soften the look of a porch bound in brick, Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, united the floor and walls with a base coat of gray-tinted exterior stain. Adding wide bands of stain in a contrasting color on the floor adds definition to the space, Carter says. And because the bands cut across the floor's horizontal grout lines, mirroring the lines of the paneled ceiling above, the pattern also makes this small outdoor room seem larger.

Shown: Benjamin Moore's Arborcoat Waterborne Exterior Stain tinted to match Sharkskin 2139-30 (base coat) and Iron Mountain 2134-30.
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    • roller tray
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    Exterior stain, tinted. Get 2 gallons.

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