What color should we stain a new front door to go with red brick?

jasperjacksonMay 14, 2014
We are getting a new front door - but we don't know what color to stain it!

The two house photos are what we have currently, dark brown stained wooden double doors with oval windows. The door we're getting is a mid-century three-light design with two side lights (Simpson door #1603 - photo from Simpson, side light #1701 not shown). So instead of a double door, it'll be a single door with vertical panels on each side, with the same stain color for both door and side lights. The third image is a sketch showing how it'll all look shape-wise.

Our question is: what color should we stain the new wood door?! It's Douglas Fir. Our goals:
(1) to make the house look more modern than it currently does (house built in 1985 and exterior unchanged)
(2) the door to contrast against the red-brown bricks
(3) the door to look like real wood

Because of #3, we're not really looking at paint, but stain gives us lots of options. We are considering a very dark stain, almost black, but we also think that might be a waste of a new wood door, and so maybe we should go lighter. The challenge then is #2.

What do you think? Please help! (By the way, the roof trim, the garage door, and the dark beige siding above the garage door are also available to be painted, if that makes a difference.)
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loves2read
Are you sure that contemporary style will go with that traditional house front?
Love the look but it screams mid-century modern--which the house is not...
If you can go with the door--go with color--
I would say orange but the brick probably has too much of that already--so contrast on color wheel would be a green--
what about olive green? (and that is just a guess)
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mick50
I agree.. The new door style doesn't seem to match the style of the house. However, if it's a done deal, I'd go with a deep espresso brown that has no red or purple tones.
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decoenthusiaste
Me too! That is the wrong door for your house. Better to refinish the one you have than to jump the 180 to another mistake.
    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 8:23AM
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printesa
That door might be too modern. Maybe something with more glass that is not too modern. Here is an idea from De Carlo http://www.archiexpo.com/prod/de-carlo-infissi/wood-arched-front-doors-50755-297375.html
    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 8:36AM
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DPC Painting & Refinishing
I like the idea of a dark stain, maybe an espresso. It is outdoor so think it might fade a couple shades over the years.
    Bookmark   Thanked by jasperjackson    May 15, 2014 at 9:33AM
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jasperjackson
Thanks, all! Yes, this door is a stretch for the exterior, but so you know, it's a doorway to a cool-kids MCM interior. In any event, we ordered the new door weeks ago. Just need to pick this color (maybe espresso?), and maybe think of other things to do make the exterior work. Thanks again!
    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 8:44PM
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