Paint color for front door?

PollyMay 15, 2014
What color should I paint the front door? Columns and trim around columns will be painted stark white to match rest of house.
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Denver Fox
The house seems to me to be in need of a little more color. I know red doors seem to be the typical answer but I think it would look great red or in a dark burgundy. It will bring eyes to the front
7 Likes    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 6:14PM
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mabelbridges
Or how about yellow?
2 Likes    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 6:57PM
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bgfuqua
red just on the door - keep sidelights white.
4 Likes    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 7:17PM
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Barnhart Gallery
What color will look great inside the house when the door is open?
2 Likes    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 7:19PM
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Sound Painting Solutions
I agree, I would go with yellow or red. A little color is needed.

Good luck:)
    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 11:51PM
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kmkane
anything but rethink keeping columns stark white. House needs some styling.
    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 11:55PM
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Polly
thx what do you mean abt the columns? They are off white now which doesn't go with the house. What color do you suggest?
    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 3:55AM
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nikkiseashores
Gorgeous home. I would go with red, its classic and looks great with black and white homes.
4 Likes    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 3:59AM
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Rebecca Mitchell Interiors & Boutique
Hi Polly - your home is beautiful! Re front door, most people would go for red or yellow but how do you feel about something in blue instead? Get something that has an "aged" look to it like a blue from the Benjamin Moore Historic Colour Palette. Paint the columns the same fresh white a the house. Possibly paint the door and the surrounding frame the blue (or whichever colour you choose) as this will create a larger door space.
15 Likes    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 4:02AM
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Jennifer Carr-Toms
Since your house is white with black accents I think any colour would look great! I would avoid too dark because you want the front door to welcome, not disappear, but if you do want darker make sure it is a gloss and has some some great accents and a nice kickplate at the bottom.

What is your favourite accent colour from inside your house? Use that on your front door so there is a nice transition to the interior decor of your home.

Please post a picture after you decide!
10 Likes    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 5:56AM
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kmkane
re: columns. So much white on the house! Plus, there's an imbalance. After looking again, I see that the shutters are too small. Shutters should look like they actually cover the windows; these don't (except for maybe the small window on the second floor). Also, could you paint the downspouts on the roof black so they don't stand out?

Maybe once the front door, sidelights and trim are painted, the columns won't look so hugely white (I agree, off-white is bleah). Could you post a close up photo of the door, with the sidelights, stairs, porch lights, etc so we can help with the detail?

I absolutely adore the look of Dutch Colonials. And think that front doors are so important in homes. Let's make yours perfect!
2 Likes    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 4:46PM
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Kim Caldwell
Red
    Bookmark   May 16, 2014 at 4:47PM
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jillqberry
Easy question...

And NOT one that someone else can answer for you!

What is your most favorite color in the world??

Use that.

Mine looks like a blueberry! :)
3 Likes    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 4:23PM
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Toni Vaughn
I would take down the railings and the storm door. I would replace the sidelights with windows that
went all the way down to the bottom. I would paint everything with in the inside of the outside trim the same color to make the front door look larger. I don't think the color really matters as much as it's one that you really like. The shutters are too small and you need to add shutter dogs. These changes to your home will make the entrance look larger and simpler, and therefore more welcoming.
2 Likes    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 6:03PM
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kmkane
wow Toni Vaughn, I was wondering if those sidelights had tiny little windows at the top! Odd! Good eye, I needed more photos to help, but you've given some good ideas
1 Like    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 6:21PM
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pickyvicky
I vote for classic red or burgundy if you are adventurous.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 6:21PM
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Toni Vaughn
I would also take down the shutters

on the small window above the porch roof. I think that would make the columns appear smaller.
    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 7:57AM
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Polly
Take down all the shutters or just that one?
    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 10:45AM
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Toni Vaughn
Taking down the shutters just on the window over the door, removing the railings, and painting the interior of the entire front door will make the door much more important. In turn, it will also make the columns appear smaller.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 2:06PM
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Toni Vaughn
After the door is painted you could add a large knocker and kickplate . This will help make the front door the focal point of the front of the house. A larger outside light night also be in order.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 2:43PM
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Julie Yeater, Interior Designer
Red or yellow would be beautiful and timeless. But I like the idea of something unexpected like a blue or green.
    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 6:26PM
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mossergirl
RED !!!!!!!!!
    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 6:28PM
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CassidyZ
Red for sure
    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 6:34PM
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choppersgotteeth
Paint the door and shutters a deep navy
    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 6:35PM
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pedalva
I think you should go with something that will really show off your door. As others have said, think about your favorite color and give it a try. Keep in mind it is a door...and paint. You can always repaint it if you decide you don't like it. I took a leap last year and love it. It makes me smile every time I look at my door. There may not be another soul who likes it, but I don't care. Go for it!
7 Likes    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 6:39PM
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Toni Vaughn
I would paint the downspouts over the roof the same color as the roof. That will make them disappear into the roof color. You might consider barn red, harvest gold or pumpkin as colors for the front door area.
    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 7:15PM
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kmkane
Downspouts already noted! So whatcah gonna do Polly K?
    Bookmark   May 22, 2014 at 11:00PM
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kaywestmaas
Red door
    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 4:03AM
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Jennifer Madsen
Robins egg blue, or a light grass green...
1 Like    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 4:31AM
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brmi
Red!
    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 4:38AM
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Brandi
I like Jennifer Madsens ideas. I have seen so many red doors....
    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 5:24AM
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Giorgi Kitchens & Designs
A bright bold red or blue will always work in this situation. How adventurous are you? How about a statement green! My thoughts Sherwin Williams - a rich Shamrock SW6454 or Isle of Pines SW6461 or a bright Festival Green SW6924 or Gecko SW6719.
    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 8:17AM
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Toni Vaughn
The part of the country you live in and the direction your house faces will have an impact on the color you paint the front door. Colder climate equals warmer colors.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 10:28AM
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addisonlynch
I am painting my door this weekend Sherwin-Williams Antique Red. My house is all white with no shutters. Good luck!
1 Like    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 10:52AM
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Polly
Hi Toni. I'm in westchester and the neighborhood is very traditional. Everyone likes to try and maintain and authenticity of their house so don't want to do anything too crazy!
    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 6:14PM
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kaywestmaas
1. Benjamin Moore - Vermillion Red - 2002 10
2. Red
3. Red
    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 7:45PM
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kaywestmaas
1. Black
2. Blue - Benjamin Moore - Stratton Blue - HC 142
3. White
2 Likes    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 7:48PM
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kaywestmaas
1. Green Door
2. Green Door
3. Color possibilities are endless! Have fun. If it doesn't suit you, just repaint!
1 Like    Bookmark   May 23, 2014 at 7:59PM
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Toni Vaughn
I know what you mean Polly. After submitting picture of my house and a paint sample, it still took a month to get permission to change the color of my front door from the architectural review committee. With this in mind, I think I would go with the red front door. Since you have a roof over the entrance, you can use a brighter red for The front door. I hope this helps.
1 Like    Bookmark   May 25, 2014 at 6:06PM
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renfaire_woman
our door is that green! Everyone says it looks 'fresh'
    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 4:47AM
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Toni Vaughn
I would also paint the two flowerpots black and plant red geraniums in them.
    Bookmark   May 26, 2014 at 6:28AM
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jillqberry
Pedalva - I am that other soul!!!

That's my color!!! :)
1 Like    Bookmark   May 28, 2014 at 12:34AM
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Toni Vaughn
I would love to know what you finally decide to do.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 8:06PM
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Ashley Cassandra
Dark blue, but not navy.
    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 8:41PM
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