No matter the size or style of your house, the eye first goes to the front door. The entryway and its immediate surroundings say a lot about the overall feeling of a home. It also sets the tone for either a happy, welcoming entryway or a dull, lifeless one. The easiest way to achieve an updated, inviting front door area is to clear any and all clutter, then update the look with a fresh, new paint color.
Don't just repaint the door, stand back and take a good, long look... Think about colors that will make you smile when you walk up to the house. Color represents personality and a strong pop of color can be a pleasant choice that complements the other features of your home. Painting the door is an easy, cost-effective project that can be accomplished in one weekend using a little elbow-grease.
Here are 10 tips to help you select a new color:
- Look at the overall color(s) of the rest of the house
- Note the existing trim color(s), including stonework, brick, railings, etc.
- Inspect the foliage and landscaping for guidance and inspiration
- Be brave and consider a completely different color from 1, 2, & 3 above, BUT make sure that it complements the rest of the house colors - even if it is a strong contrast. Notice how the red door (pictured above) is a complete contrasting color but still makes a great accent. For example, here is the BEFORE picture of the same house, you can see the impact the red door makes on the first impression of this home:
- If you are stumped on picking a new and alternative color, use the color suggestions at the home improvement store displays. They are designed to show you a rainbow of options.
- Respect the style and geographical location of your house... A turquoise door may work well on a seaside cottage but not as well on a mountain cabin.
- Add items to carry the new door color to a few other areas of the house. This will help the new color "make sense" to the eye. See the red accents in the picture (at top of article) using the address plate, wreath, and flag. You could also accentuate the new door color by adding planters, flowers, a garden statue, etc. in the same color.
- If you are still unsure, buy small samples of paint (these can be $3-$4 each but worth the money) and paint a few squares on the door. Note: only choose up to 3 colors otherwise it may get confusing to decide on a final color. Live with the painted samples, be sure to look at them at different times of the day and with nighttime lighting, then decide.
- Definitely ask for a "high gloss finish" for the door paint. It adds luster and is easy to clean.
- Think about using this same color on other entry doors around the house. This makes for continuity of the color and gives a more finished look to the home.
Happy color selecting, don't be afraid of making a drastic change, it is only paint! Think of this DIY project as a fun and creative way to express yourself and improve the curb appeal of your home at the same time.
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