Help with Orange Front Door

dms1973December 29, 2013

My wife wants an orange front door on our brick house. I'm on board with that, but the problem is that we have shutters on the 3 front windows on the lower level of the house. There are no shutters on the second floor as there is a gambrel roof which means the windows are surrounded by shingles and there are no shutters on the sides of the house.

My concern is that I'm not sure what color the shutters should be painted to compliment the door. I think orange is out of the question. I have attached a photo that will hopefully show up when I post this. Do any of the color enthusiasts on this forum have suggestions. I'd like to avoid black for the shutters as it feels a little too Halloween-ish to me. Thanks!

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nini804

Your house is so pretty!! When you say orange, do you mean a really "orange" orange? I am having a hard time picturing that with your warm-toned brick. But, if you are determined, I would probably paint the shutters a taupey-grey-beige.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 7:46PM
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Creek-side

I agree with the taupe. It will look great with the orange, and will also look good with whatever color you paint the door after you get tired of the orange.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 7:55PM
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kellienoelle

Cute house! I like the color on the trim of this door and think it would look great for shutters (although this is more of an orange-red than a Halloween orange). I also think charcoal gray would be pretty. Is that the color of the roof, it's hard to tell through the trees.

Traditional Entry by Cedarburg Landscape Architects & Designers Ginkgo Leaf Studio

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 8:00PM
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dms1973

Thanks for the compliments on the house. We love it and just want to do something to make the entrance pop a little more.

We were not thinking "orange" orange, but more of a softer orange. I'm not good with colors but maybe something with a bit more brown in it? For lack of a better description sort of like the filling of a pumpkin pie.

The roof are slate shingles so I wouldn't say the roof is black, but more of a deep slate gray. I was thinking it might be a good idea to try to coordinate the shutters with the roof.

I like the taupey-gray-beige suggestion and will look into that. It seems like the orange door is kind of tough to pull off on an unpainted brick house when you have shutters that need to be considered.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 9:37PM
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teacats

Check out this one -- and see the color combinations that they recommend .....

Here is a link that might be useful: BM -- Tandoori -- front door

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 10:06PM
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theclose

My sister's door is BM Pumpkin Spice. Here is a link from BM: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/pumpkinspice

Her house is a light to medium gray with black shutters. It looks nice and she loves it. I will try and find a picture for you. I thought about the Halloween thing with the black shutters when she was doing it but it really doesn't present itself that way.

Your house is beautiful, by the way!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 10:14PM
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joaniepoanie

On my monitor the current door/shutters appear to be a deep blue or blue/green...yes? They might look ok with the orange door....I'd paint the door first and see how it looks before going to the trouble of painting the shutters.

For the orange I would select something from your brick...maybe a darkish terra cotta. Pretty house!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 10:19PM
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deeinohio

I'm of the opinion that a front door should not match the shutters, but be the one standout color on the front facade. I like kellie's pic above with the burnt sienna.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 10:36PM
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theclose

Ohhh, building on Joanie's post, orange door with midnight navy shutters. Pretty! Just a thought.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 11:00PM
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dms1973

Love the tandoori and pumpkin spice suggestions. Thanks!!

@joanie you are correct that the current color is a dark blue/green. My wife thinks that it will go fine with the orange door, but I'm not so sure.

@dee I agree that the door should be its own color. Definitely don't want to paint the shutters orange, just not sure what color to use for them.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 11:05PM
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busybee3

very nice! i would go with a medium dark or dark charcoal!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:18AM
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theclose

Found a pic of my sister's Pumpkin Spice door. House is light gray- couldn't remember. Hope you find a color you love!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:22AM
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aktillery9

mamorella, that is a fabulous door and house! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:51AM
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dms1973

yes, thanks for sharing the pumpkin spice. We actually picked that color up at the paint store this morning. Thanks for posting that photo!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:59AM
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joaniepoanie

I think a dark terra cotta/pumpkin/burnt sienna door will look fine with your blue/green shutters...an interesting and unexpected combination, but not crazy or out there...paint the door and post another picture so we can see!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:59AM
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clt3

We've used a terracota orange before. Looked really nice with brown cedar and red brick.

Here is a link that might be useful: BM onondaga clay

This post was edited by clt3 on Mon, Dec 30, 13 at 11:24

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 11:23AM
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theclose

Thanks, aktillery and dms! I will pass on the compliments to my sister.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 11:29AM
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lynninnewmexico

Beautiful, beautiful home! Although, I love the door and shutters the shade they are, I do think the color Kellienoelle posted would look pretty. Whatever you end up with, would you please post some "After" pics of the results for us? Did I mention how much I love your house(LOL)?
Lynn

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 11:51AM
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lovestowalk

Our front door is orange:

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 2:07PM
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dms1973

So it was actually pumpkin cream that we picked up at the paint store today. I put several coats on the interior door (haven't done the storm door yet) and have attached a photo. the sun was not out when I took the photo so the shutters almost look black. The yard is a bit of a mess too as we're in the midst of a landscape redesign and just took some trees down today.

My wife doesn't like it. I think its not bad, but I'm not sure yet. Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 5:09PM
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CaroleOH

I'm not loving it eitherâ¦What happened to your big tree! :-)

I'd go with the darker orange/red that Kellienoelle posted. but then again, I'm a bit more conservative. I think the orange you've chosen is not enough of a contrast tone wise with your trim so it doesn't pop.

I like the dark shutters.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 5:55PM
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dms1973

I'm not loving the color either the more I look at it. I think we are going to try something a bit more red or brown like Kellienoelle posted.

The big tree had to go unfortunately. It blocked the entire house and after having sewage backups in 4 houses that were caused by trees growing through the roots I didn't want to take any chances. The front yard is officially a mess, but hope to get it turned around soon.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 5:59PM
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joaniepoanie

This is a little too bright I think. Yes, more like Kellies...terra cotta...bring home chips and match up with the oranges/rusts in your brick...it needs to be darker.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:06PM
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cawaps

Look at BM Tomato Red or Vermillion. Both are orangey reds. I think more red definitely plays better with the brick.

If your wife is willing to give up on orange, I think a turquoise or teal would look fabulous.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:39PM
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melsouth

I kind of like it.
It's unexpected.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 9:59PM
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zep516

"I think more red definitely plays better with the brick."

Agreed.

Use the bricks as guide.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:04PM
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awm03

What do you think of this orange?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:16PM
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awm03

Or how about this?

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:17PM
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awm03

Actually, your orange is growing on me. Maybe if it were toned down just a tad:

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:20PM
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joaniepoanie

For me too yellow and bright....more rust colored.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:21PM
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zep516

Can you paint it red, just kidding :)

The first photo of orange is nice and much improvement! over the original orange color you first had.... the second photo here is a bit to light an not as appealing as I see it.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:24PM
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kellienoelle

I like it, but don't love it. Like others have said, try for something a bit more on the red side. But I do think that the pop of color looks better than the original door.

Sorry about your tree, don't you just hate to have to take them down

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:50PM
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mic111

I really like awm03's pic. It pops but also harmonizes very well with your shutters and trim paint.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:52PM
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love_the_yard

I really don't care for any of the orange shades. I would plant the front door black or cream (exact same shade as the existing black and cream paint) and put two planters of orange flowers (marigolds) for you pop of orange color. It would add a lot more elegance to a beautiful home than an orange front door. Just my two cents, of course.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 10:55PM
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dakota01

I don't care for it.
With your brick, roof and trim colors orange seems to clash rather than pop.

I think I'd rather see a popping turquoise than orange. Not that turquoise is my suggestion, but it would complement better than orange, at least in my opinion.
As another poster suggested, you can always add color with flowers and color pots also a pretty door mat could help.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 11:35PM
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beverlyfla

You might have needed a punch of color at the front, but your setting was almost perfect. I'm not a fan of the orange.

Oh my goodness, what happened to your lovely home & that majestic Live Oak in the front yard?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:10AM
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awm03

One more. I took the orange color from a picture of a clay pot, thinking it would work with the rusty reds & browns of your brick. Don't give up on orange yet! Lots of oranges to try. Looks like your beautiful slate roof has a bluish cast, as do your shutters, so an orange of some shade ought to work with all your elements. I've added "grass" to get a better idea. (Orange goes with greens too, along with rusty reds, browns, & bluish items).

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:10AM
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awm03

One last picture! This is cued off of the brick color:

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:28AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I played some....PPG red gumball

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:40AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

PPG royal hyacinth

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:41AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Then I tried PPG rum punch

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:43AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Just for fun, PPG Romantic Isle

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:46AM
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andee_gw

The one posted by awm03:
Posted by awm03 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 31, 13 at 9:28

One last picture! This is cued off of the brick color:

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:09AM
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kellienoelle

I agree, that one is my favorite of the orange tones. However, I do like the pop of the Romatic Isle as well. Without the greenery of the Oak tree and those smaller side bushes I feel like it could benefit from that more vibrant color as a contrast to the red brick.

Of course this means that we are completely veering off course for dms's wife's vision for the house! What is the long term landscaping plan? I know it will take some time to grow in, obviously, but once you add back in some softness you could always repaint the door.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:44AM
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Linelle

The only orange I've seen so far that I like is kellienoelle's pic from 12/29 20:00. It's more of a rust. I don't care for any of the lighter shades with your brick. The turquoise is just meh with your shutters. The door needs to throb a bit with rich warmth.

It's a bummer when a tree needs to come down. When the houses were built on my street, the city put in flowering pears in every small front yard. They got huge and if they didn't come down in the wind, the roots started cracking driveways (in my case). Beautiful trees, wrong locations. Now I have a Japanese maple and flowering cherry, better sized for my yard.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:05AM
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busybee3

my fav is the 12/31 9:28 post. i also think the 12/30 22:20 looks pretty good for orange. the 'rum punch' is ok, tho it needs to be sl darker and richer...

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:24AM
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joaniepoanie

Yes, awm's last picture.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:25AM
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awm03

Once you put the greenery back in, the orange works better. I think it's nice: dignified enough to befit the house, yet whimsical.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:32AM
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geokid

Maybe with a brass doorknocker?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 11:44AM
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theclose

geokid, I love that color orange! Do you know what it is? And that knocker is utterly fab.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 1:27PM
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geokid

Maria Killam says it's Beauti-Tone: Earthenware 3E1-8

I'm not sure it's the right orange for this house, but I think orange doors look gorgeous with brass accents.

ETA: I read further on the page and she says it is SW 6342 Spicy Hue. That color looks very pretty on the swatch.

Here is a link that might be useful: Front door colors

This post was edited by geokid on Tue, Dec 31, 13 at 16:02

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 3:57PM
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dms1973

Wow, I've been away from my computer all day and I came back tonight to find so many great ideas!!! On the advice of many of you here we went for something a little less orange and a little more rusty, redish, brownish. The color we actually picked is Benjamin Moore's "Rust". I've attached a photo below of the finished product.

@awm03, thanks for all the samples. It really looks great with the greenery. We are hoping to sod in a few weeks. Unfortunately we are going to have to wait for the spring to be able to plant any shrubbery, but we cannot wait to get something on the left side to cover up the swingset and sheds. Thanks again for everyone's input and please let me know what you think of the color we chose. Thanks!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 4:20PM
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oldbat2be

Love it!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 5:30PM
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awm03

I like it too!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 7:24PM
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theclose

It looks wonderful!! I hope you and your wife like it. I love the punch it adds. So vibrant!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 8:43PM
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nosoccermom

Wow, I'm sad to see that your oak is gone. It's too late now, but in case you have other trees, I'd try to preserve them. There are ways to prevent clogged sewer pipes from tree roots. At least in my area, this tree would have added 20K to the property value. Even builders who build on fill-in properties here are now trying to preserve old trees because it makes sense financially.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 10:07AM
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