So, you live in a white house, with black shutters, and a gray roof. In the back of your mind your thinking that the outside of your house needs something. A bit of color to brighten it up, give it some pizzazz, personality, and curb appeal. You think maybe by introducing some color on the front door, that will do the trick. But, What Color, You think?? In this post, I have a solution that I hope will help you with your color selecting dilemma.
I think the easiest way to pick a color for your front door is to take a color cue from the colors that you have already used to interior decorate the inside of your house. I feel you should concentrate on the colors that you used in your Front Hall and Living Room. Those two rooms are the first two main spaces that you see when entering a house.
Front Hall ..If you have a spacious front hall, that has wallpaper, or a patterned rug in it(your inspiration pieces), that is where I think you should first pull your door color from.
The door when opened, will be picking up one of the colors from the wallpaper or carpet in the front hall.
In the collage above, I have put together a number of different patterned oriental rugs, a picture of a painting, and a couple of different samples of fabrics, that would possibly be seen in an entry way. All the elements that make up this collage share the same colors. A russet red, tones of gold, and medium to dark colonial blue. If I were adding a wallpaper sample to the collage, it would be a stripe in one or more of the same colors.
Now slowly look over the different elements that make up the collage. Look at how each of the three colors is, in one way or another, used in most of the samples. Next think for a moment, If you had these elements in your house, which of the three colors attracts you most, and which one would you want on your front door? There is really no wrong choice.
Living Room..Sometimes a house has a very small entrance way, that is really not decorated, or your front door opens directly into your living room. If you have a floor plan like that, I feel you should consider this option..
In the collage above, I have assembled a picture of a painting, a fabric swatch, and pictures of some furniture. The three paint samples, show the colors that are pulled from those decorative elements.
Again, any of the paint color samples would be fine as the front door color. A light color would look fun, modern, and airy. A darker color would be more sophisticated and formal. As always, the choice is your.
Paint Finish for a Front Door ..I feel that whatever color you pick, it will Look its Best in a Gloss Finish. I love Gloss paint on doors! The gloss has a way of making a color look richer. The Sparkle, Shine, and Wet Look of a color in gloss is Jewel Like. If gloss is not your cup of tea, then pick a semi gloss finish.
After picking the color, that you will be painting your front door, you will have to decide if you want to paint both sides, or just the outside one. I personally like the outside of the door a color, and the interior side of the front door to be white, or left a wood tone. That way, when you open the door to greet guests, you will see the pop of color, but when closed, you have the more neutral color to look at most of the time.
Years ago, I helped my neighbors pick a color for the inside side of their front door. The walls of their hall were papered in a medium-large floral pattern, with a red background. I chose the red background color of the paper for the door color. The Red Door, bright and rich as it was, became a Non Busy / Solid Space where the eye could rest in that pattern filled room.
Finally, the ideas I’ve just covered pertain to a house sided in white. White is the perfect neutral, and practically everything goes with it. If you have a house covered in brick, or in a colored or painted siding, I suggest that you first isolate your colors, using your interior decorating colors, then one by one put then up against your house’s covering to see which one works best.
After painting your front door, Why not work that color across the front of your house a bit. Plant flowers in that color, paint flower boxes, urns, a bench or trellis to match. Maybe you can even find a gazing ball to go with the color of your front door. Everything you do will add Color and Personality your Home.
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