Bold paint colors for your front door?
Space Design Miami
September 30, 2013 in Design Dilemma
“Home design: Fresh, bold paint color for front door is quick and easy” is the title of this article on the Denver Post by Elana Ashanti Jefferson.

"Front doors are a great place to go bold with color," said Sherwin-Williams color expert Jackie Jordan. She points to a recent exterior-color trend toward grays and taupes, and directs to select a front- door color that either coordinates with gray or pops against it.

"The color of the front door introduces the world to the people inside," architectural color consultant Amy Wax tells "This Old House." "It can be unexpected and playful."
Exterior paint projects have been highly popular this year, according to a recent study conducted by Sherwin-Williams. Nearly a third of respondents to a survey of the paint company's consumer panel said they'll tackle an exterior accent such as a new door, trim or molding paint.
Is it an affordable project? Yes. Quick? Relatively. Satisfying? Absolutely.
What follows is inspiration and insight for tackling a front-door paint makeover. Your local paint store will have even more expert tips for this low-risk spruce-up.

Color conundrum
So what are you waiting for?
Experts say it's usually color selection that stalls paint projects. Consumers fear going bold and edgy on the front door. After all, if that first impression of your house goes south, it could kill the deal.
Which makes it the best place to go big.

Several designers who weighed in on the recent "House Beautiful" article, "The Best Colors for Your Front Door," favored a door color that makes an impact, particularly because if you hate it, it's comparatively painless to redo. They gave shades of pumpkin (Benjamin Moore Gold Rush), plum (the company's Mountain Ridge) and lemon yellow ( Sunburst) a thumbs-up.
If you, or your house, are more traditional, take cues from the home's architectural style and interior decorating scheme.

Architecturally minded paint collections such as Sherwin-Williams Historic Collection or Valspar's National Trust Historic Colors work on the theory that Victorian homes demand jewel tones, while classic American and Craftsman homes are well-suited to earthy browns and blushing umbers.
Contemporary modern construction tends to rely on neutrals that coordinate easily with natural materials. Midcentury modern homes, on the other hand, take to vivid, artful color.

The red door is a staple of colonial homes, but delicate pastels can also work, lending a touch of elegance and nostalgia.

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I say, YES to bold colored doors! LOVE both of those examples! But the red is my favorite!

Thanks for the great post, Space Design Miami!!

Warm regards,

Michelle C., IIDA
September 30, 2013 at 10:56AM   
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