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Front and Center Color: When to Paint Your Door Black

Love the idea of a black front door? Here are 8 exterior palettes to make it work Full Story
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katgovas1
Love this, well done. It's all about black used properly. Black truly can take a bland entrance in any architectural style, and take it to another level. Of course, there are some eras, where it's a must! We purchased a 1939 International style home 12 years ago. The house was dark tan with grey windows, brown doors and trim. Today, the brick and stucco on the house are a soft, natural (we're in the Chicago area) white, stainless steel trim with a black door (original to the house) front entrance.
September 12, 2012 at 9:05AM     
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House of Doors
It is so true that black doors are stricking and elegant, but care should be taken before rushing to paint your front door black. Many door manufacturers void their warranty if the door is painted black. Black should never be used on a door that has direct sunlight. The sun will fade the black and may blister, peel or warp your door. Covered doors and those facing north are your best bets.
September 12, 2012 at 11:28AM     
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strictlysimplestyle
We love the look of our black door against the dark brick of our home.
September 16, 2012 at 5:58AM     
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christofu
I just bought this house a couple of years ago and the Hobbit door swayed me. Still need to figure out how to landscape this front yard. Any suggestions would be great!
September 16, 2012 at 7:48AM     
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decoratingmom
I adore black. Think I am bordering on an obsession! Here is my door. I had it sprayed at an automotive repair shop. Pricey but I love it!
October 23, 2012 at 2:43PM     
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How to Choose the Right Exterior Color

Explore each color in our guide to pick a hue for your home's face that you'll be happy with for years to come Full Story
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The Color People
The essence of making the exterior of a house beautiful is to make sure first of all the all of the elements bled together- even if you want some to stand apart. A house is a WHOLE, never forget that. The place to start is with the given colors, those colors you cannot change, the masonry, the roof and the like. In the yellow house for instance, choose a house a yellow that works with the gray metal. Now you have the stucco part and the metal part, it is not a whole. Next you want to choose colors that will fit with the neighbor hood. Being radically different will not make your house of the whole neighborhood look better. It will simply bring down the property value of everyone's home, yours included. Look at the black house. Can you tell me anyone wants to live next to a black house?

Andrew Jackson Downing, taste maker for the 19th Century's words still hold true, " A house should fit its locale and blend into the nature around it." He hated white, " it harsh, glaring effect looks uncomfortable in any situation." I would have to amend that to neighborhoods of colonial revival homes most likely need to be white or very light colors. But look at the white house above. It looks like a giant marshmallow have absolutely zero relationship to its surrounding vegetation. It just pops off the ground and looks alien to the land.

The other absolutely essential rule is that your colors and how you use them should always explain the architecture. You will find studying the architecture of the house that the element s of the house have a hierarchy. What is the the main statement? What element do you see first? What is second? What features repeat and tie the whole together. Use color values to modulate what is noticed first, second, third etc as well as the hues you choose. In the duplex above with the chartreuse entry you the whole thing just jumps of the house because the door trim is really part and parcel of the trim package that includes the windows- they are really the same. Painting only the doors in color would retain the overall elegance of the home while retaining the focus and punch that was intended for the doors. One other thing here to make the doors the focus is to always paint doors in a high gloss finish. This adds elegance and a wonderful tactile sense.
February 3, 2013 at 8:41AM     
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workbob
Sure like the blue.Victorion. How would it work with a big red barn in the background ? Would it be possible to get the color palate used ? We are repainting this summer. Any suggestions ?
February 3, 2013 at 9:27AM     
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brendec7
Here is a pic of my house taken AFTER it was painted. You can see the before (Mint Green) pic above in this thread. :)
June 25, 2014 at 6:18AM     
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kathleen MK
My favorite is called the Redneck security system. I hope I can repeat all the subtle details.
Start with four large metal dog bowls. Beat them with a hammer for a worn look and place them on the porch with a couple of large pairs of men's work boots and a few copies of Guns and Ammo.
Then tape this note on the door:
Hey Bubba,
Me and Cooter just left to get some more beer and ammo. Wait right here and don't go in the house. I had to put the dogs inside cuz them got the mailman again and tore him up real bad. No sure if your hound Blue was involved but they all were a bloody mess so I put them all in different room. Back soon.
Billy Ray
I read this as a big joke, but have heard single women should leave a man's hat or shoes out to make it look like they are not alone if a stranger comes to the door.
July 29, 2014 at 10:09PM     
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biciclettarosa
Duhh - - don't any of you who think dogs are the best security system ever TAKE your dogs anywhere, like to the dog park, or on trips with you or while you're running errands? I sure hope so, otherwise you shouldn't own a dog, if you're just going to leave it home all day to be your watch dog. IMHO every home should have a good alarm system, including motion sensors (which can't be set off by your pets) and the ability to turn the alarm off and on remotely with your laptop or smartphone. I'd also add several security cameras if you can afford it. Also note that having a good alarm system will qualify you for a discount on your homeowners insurance. Having a dog (or a baseball bat) will not. Enough said.
July 30, 2014 at 1:32AM     
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Lorraine Skoglund
I have an alarm system with cameras and motion sensors. Works really well. And I have two dogs too. They work real well too
July 30, 2014 at 4:17AM     
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Al Fortunato Furnituremaker
I had an alarm system installed in my house when I built it. Looking back, I don't think I'd do it again. The few times that it went off (false alarm), it took the police forever to get there. The only time they got there quick it was the Sheriff himself, he was on his way to work and just happened to be close. The police have become complacent because of all the false alarms, and really don't care about your alarm. They've got other more important things to do.

I have a dog, she is great at letting me know when something isn't right. Strangers think twice when they come to the door. She goes with me everyplace. She is with me in my shop as a companion and door bell (guard dog). They have a sense when someone or something isn't good and she does a fine job.

People in the neighborhood of my shop, bring her biscuits, wave at her as they drive by, toot their horns, and generally like she is around. She is good with all the neighbors and friends, and not so much with strangers that she thinks are questionable. She is part lab and part basset hound, I call her a Bassador (ambassador). Looks like a lab but short, and very strong with a loud bark.

No alarm, just the right dog, (along with a few well placed baseball bats and other objects).
July 30, 2014 at 5:59AM     
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kathrynecheng
We have a monitored alarm system, plus motion-activated cameras, plus a 90-pound German Shepherd Dog, plus signs advising "visitors" of all of the above. Plus, we leave our property lit up like an airport at night. Works. For us, so far!
September 4, 2014 at 7:20PM     
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Thos. Baker
We can't forget "Tara" from Gone With the Wind!

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August 2, 2014 at 12:16AM     
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weatherwife
Niles' apartment. Love!
August 3, 2014 at 12:18PM     
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weatherwife
The "Home Alone" house. Especially at Christmas. :)
August 3, 2014 at 6:20PM     
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rcwmmm
so glad someone else mentioned Practical Magic, the kitchen was pure house porn as I remember it.... but it's been a long time since I've seen it.
August 3, 2014 at 6:56PM     
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monika2024
Bill Compton's house in True Blood.. the double porch, molding details and high ceilings make me drool!
September 6, 2014 at 6:57PM     
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Duck Egg Blue, the Friendliest Color Around

This appealing hue transcends trends, spans styles and gets along with many other colors. Could it be right for one of your rooms? Full Story
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Studio 511
Also nice in tile and accents.....
July 30, 2014 at 7:40AM     
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Studio 511
And with sky and water....
July 30, 2014 at 7:42AM     
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Laurie
I did my doors in Water Surface by Behr.
July 30, 2014 at 1:58PM     
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mccordlm
I was afraid of a strong blue until this Farrow & Ball one came along.
July 30, 2014 at 7:42PM     
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joangonzales
I have always loved blue and used it for the first time in my living room and kitchen . I live a block from the pacific ocean and my little house looks so cozy now with white trim , ceiling and grey carpet . I use accents of bright yellow in pillows !
July 31, 2014 at 10:11PM     
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Houzz Tour: Styles and Eras Mix in a Former Stable Block

Modern touches balance bountiful antiques in a beautifully eclectic home that housed horses in the 1700s Full Story
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carolbrandywine
This is one of the most talent filled homes I have ever seen. The designer is a true artist who clearly understand composition. Each wall seems like a perfectly composed photograph. Hats off to you. My only curiosity is why someone with this much money would spend it on such disposable furniture as an Ikea sofa. I also don't know how the writer can tempt us with a tid bit about crayon coloring Ralph Lauren wallpaper and then no show us a picture of it. I want to see a close up!
July 27, 2014 at 5:09PM     
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Ciocco
Colors, patterns, textures, antiques, and a bold injection of personality. How fantastically fearless!
July 27, 2014 at 5:36PM     
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@carolbrandywine thanks for the comments here is a picture of the birds ;-)
July 28, 2014 at 12:14AM     
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