Return to the Home Decorating & Design Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Assistance with front door color

Posted by mamorella (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 16, 14 at 12:24

Hi All,

We are moving on to our next project! Unfortunately we have to replace the underside of our overhang. It has been plastered by previous owners beyond repair. Lots of leaks and cracks. We are going to use beadboard on the ceiling. We are also having some rotted wood replaced on the wood surround of the door (not sure what you call that). So we will have that all painted. In doing so, I want to get my door repainted. When we moved in last year, we had it stripped all the way down and painted the same color we have our interior doors painted (Pratt & Lambert Obsidian). While I love the color, it does nothing for the exterior house. I want a happy, cheerful, fabulous color and for our door to stand out! We don't love the color of the shingles, but it was repainted fairly recently so that will stay for a while (5-7 years). Need work work with that. The door isn't in the best shape and will be recaulked/filled as necessary. I would like high gloss.

All this to say, what color to you envision the door? My neighbor has a red door, so that is a no. I first thought a beautiful deep cobalt color, like Farrow & Ball Drawing Room Blue. That is still a contender. Then I saw a new F&B color, St. Giles Blue. Love it! Not sure how it would look though. Too bright? And then there is Borrowed Light, which is very pale but gorgeous. Love it on Miles Redd's townhouse. But might be too light.

The front of the house is south facing and gets sun much of the day. We will probably add a storm door (full view glass). While I don't really want to, my husband does and it will probably enable us to keep our main door in better shape until we replace it (which we intend to do when we repaint the house). I would like to use Farrow & Ball because I love the quality and the glossiness of it.

I will also be replacing the mailbox (like it but it is so tiny and doesn't hold much) and the hanging light. Any suggestions for those are welcome too!

Here is a pic of the house and door, as well as some F&B colors. Thanks in advance for your help!

 photo P4032660_zpsb3336f61.jpg

Door close up

 photo 81647E04-A3D0-4F79-8CD3-E3390F73DF85_zpsr83ogkdw.jpg

Drawing Room Blue

 photo drawingroomblue_zps778ad285.jpg

St. Giles Blue

 photo stgilesblue_zps0f148909.jpg

Chinese Blue

 photo chineseblue_zps004b55b2.jpg

Borrowed Light

 photo borrowedlight_zps173153a0.jpg

Miles Redd's townhouse

 photo milesredddoor_zps8030e597.jpg

This post was edited by mamorella on Sun, Mar 16, 14 at 12:35


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

While Miles Redd's townhouse is fantastic looking, I think the color would wash out on your house. I thought "St. Giles Blue" was the color until I got to the "Chinese Blue" swatch. LOVE the Chinese Blue!

I know you'll hear this a hundred times...it's only paint. Go with your gut. If it doesn't fit your vision, repaint. A door is small enough to DIY.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Another vote for Chinese Blue! Drawing Room is too dark...same tone you have now. St Giles is too bright. How about a round lantern to break up all the rectangles/squares on the door, surround, stone, etc.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Vote for St. Giles just to see how it would turn out! What a fun color.

But Chinese Blue is safer, and is what I would probably choose.

I agree with prior posters about the others being either too light/dainty for your facade, or too dark.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

As the owner of a south-facing door, I ended up removing our full view storm door. It just held in the heat when the glass was in place, and our old wood door dried out & cracked. Even in the dead of our Connecticut winters the heat trapped by the storm door was surprisingly hot -- probably the dark colored door made it worse.

A light blue might look washed out, but on the other hand, if it's very glossy, the sheen against the matte stone & siding might make it stand out. Subtle beauty instead of screaming color. But sheen won't matter if there's a storm door.

What a pretty house! I love that old hanging light -- a lot of character and very charming.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Not so much a fan of blue doors, because very few houses have any color context for it, especially lighter blues. I think a beautifully varnished wood door would look wonderful on your house.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I had a designer helping me out with a few items, including the door color. She had 8"x8" color samples (B&M) which she taped on the door and then we went outside. It was very easy to pick out the best one. If not available, you could also get sample paint, paint a large piece of cardboard and tape it to the door to get an idea. My vote would be for Chinese Blue. The stone front on your home is beautiful.

If you can swing it, I would suggest that you replace both your porch light and the post light (and if you have any by the garage) with the same style. Doing that can provide a very unifying look. Also, be sure to pick the correct size - most people buy too small.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

There seems to be some rust/orange in your stone so I would look at those colors too. Is your neighbors house identical in every way that you won't consider red? A rusty red will look very different from a wine red, so I wouldn't rule out red just because your neighbor has it.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Having had south facing doors, I, too, wouldn't put on a storm door. I think it would just act as an oven and trap the heat.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Thank you all! Seems like Chinese Blue is the front runner. Funny because it is one of the "archived" F&B colors. I wouldn't be able to get a sample pot but I only need a quart so my feeling is if that is what I settle on and don't like it, it's not the end of the world.

@joanie, I like the idea of a round lantern. I will take a look and see what's out there.

@peony, that's one of the reasons I like St. Giles. Bold and it would be interesting just to try it!

@awm, thank you so much for your info on a south facing door. I will pass that along. The door we have is at the end of its life. The cracking and warping that has taken place over the past year is unbelievable. Good to know that a storm door won't help that! We are also in the NE so your insight is especially valuable.

@kwsl, interesting perspective and I understand. Unfortunately our door isn't in shape to be stained and varnished and while I like that look for some houses, it definitely isn't my style. It wouldn't give me the "oomph" I am looking for.

@dreaming, I can get sample pots of some, but not Chinese Blue. I thought about getting some samples to try it out. I'll have to see how much time I have. I agree with changing out the post light too. It doesn't even work right now. The previous owners had it re-cemented in without fixing the wiring!! It is an eyesore to say the least. I just don't think we have the funds to tackle that this season but it is on my list! Since getting both at the same time makes sense, maybe I should just stick with the lantern that is up right now until we are ready to do it all. Good thought!

@chispa, I agree that there is rust/orange in the stone and I actually wouldn't mind orange but I don't like rust or wine tones. I should look into those colors though. Neighbor's house isn't identical (no stone front) but similar.

@lizbeth, thank you for the info! I will pass that along to my husband. Saves us a few bucks too!

Any other color suggestions, send them my way!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Some kind of red, from an orange-rust to a deeper cabernet. I just don't ascribe to the notion that if a neighbor has it, it can't be used.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Plum?


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@linelle, I agree but there are only 3 houses on the street so I don't want it to look very similar. Neighbor's door is a nice red with orange in it. Very pretty. Other house's door doesn't face street and it is white anyway.

@awm, beautiful! I did think about plum/eggplant but was thinking a bit brighter. Thanks for the mock up!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I'm changing my vote. After thinking about it, I'm voting for St. Giles Blue. It is vaguely reminiscent of Historic Charleston Gullah Blue, a color I really like. Gullah Blue has a little green in it that St. Giles doesn't.

Chinese Blue is beautiful, but it was my "safe" choice.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Ha, bbstx! I am loving St. Giles too. That's DH's choice as well.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Another vote for Chinese. I don't like the idea of reds/oranges with your paint. I think blue is the way to go. Love F and B.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Don't know if it's just the angle of the picture, but you may need to replace the light fixture when you add the storm door...right now it looks as though it is hanging lower than the door swing...

I know you don't want to do red, but red would be great. So I'd spin it toward orange to get a strong impact, esp from behind a storm door. So I'd go with Charlotte's Locks.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I don't think blue is going to work with the stonework and the beige upper. I'd sand the paint off the door and stain the wood a rich color and seal it with a satin sealant.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@daisy, thanks! I think blue complements the tan well. After using F&B in some rooms in the house, I can't imagine using anything else!

@annie, you are right about the swing of the door! Hadn't thought of that. Luckily I think I have convinced DH to forego the door. And I love Charlotte's Locks! It is a great color. Not sure I love it with the tan as much as the blue though. Maybe I should get some sample pots.

@tibbrix, the door is in really poor condition. I don't think staining is an option. Either way, I am not in love with the idea of a stained door. I want color!

Thanks everyone! Still open to suggestions.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I like the St Giles blue or a more purple plum for fun.

I'm curious about something though. It looks like there are shutters on each side of the door in the picture and it looks like there is some trim at the top that extends behind it. Is that true? I think I would be tempted to remove those shutters and then keep the trim painted white and the siding color in between.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Of course -- I will vote for another color -- fresh high-gloss white. That will create a much larger visually cohesive front entrance.

THEN add a large silver or pewter knocker with a matching kickplate. The silver color would work very well with your stone colors ....

Take your house number -- get a slightly larger pewter one -- and hang it on the cross-piece just above your mailbox.

Get a much larger door mat -- and add two planters with bright flowers on each side of the door.

Just some thoughts! Hope you don't mind! :)


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

What a pretty house! I love the St. Giles Blue but am wondering whether it will work with your palette. I had a purply-blue bench on my front porch several years ago. Loved the color and the fact that it was different, but eventually realized that it just looked out of place.

I took a quick look at the Farrow and Ball colors on-line. Lulworth Blue might be another one to consider.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lulworth Blue


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Brace yourself mamorella, I'm going to throw you a curve ball.

Most real estate agents agree that a YELLOW front door is the most inviting. I'll bet that if you drive around your neighbourhood you won't even see one yellow door. But paint yours the right shade of yellow and in 6 months you'll see a lot of copy cats.

You said yourself in your first paragraph: " I want a happy, cheerful, fabulous color and for our door to stand out! " - well this will do it. I always wanted a yellow front door so went ahead years ago on my previous house and people would stop and ring the doorbell to ask what paint I had used. I only remember it was a Benjamin Moore colour but don't recall the name.

Go for it.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I like the idea of having a yellow door but that is a little too yellow for my taste. I would knock it down with an antique paint glace. It will still be warm but give it a nice patina, add some ferns and a mosaic doormat of oranges/browns/golds and olives, etc. It has been proven that homes which door colors have been changed to orange, yellow or red are more inviting and sell more quickly.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I was gonna suggest YELLOW yesterday. A little richer/deeper than the one a few posts above. It's sunny and welcoming.

I know a lot of folks are keen on blue doors, but I think they're kinda chilly looking.

Edited to add: If you search "yellow front door" on Houzz, there are so many great yellows.

This post was edited by linelle on Mon, Mar 17, 14 at 14:34


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Much as I like the idea of that deep plum door, the fact that you have a south facing door leads me to recommend that you go with a lighter color. I have a south facing door, and a dark color, especially behind a storm door, is a prescription for early death of the door.

I like a paler orange than Charlotte's Locks, just because I think that the color is too strong for a south facing door, but something in that family would certainly work.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I would go with a slightly darker blue, e.g.:

I also really like teal:

Here is a link that might be useful: Houzz: When to paint your door blue


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I like the colors nosoccermom posted and the Parma Gray (more color and a bit more blue than your Borrowed Light) and Cooks Blue that are shown with the Lulworth Blue posted further above. Of your original colors, I like the Drawing Room Blue best. My door is either BM Admiral Blue or something similar. I've been very happy with it and find it does have more life to it than black, even thought they are both quite dark.

A good paint job with good quality paint will do enough to protect a door and keep it going until the house needs painting too. Adding a storm door will trap heat and accelerate the wear rather than lessen it. It will be worse still with darker colors of paint.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Another vote for yellow. I painted our door a rich glossy mustard last year. We have a deep porch, so no fading or heat issues. I spent way too much time deciding on a color. I wanted a fun, quirky, stylish classic. Considered emerald green, every shade of blue, and orange/red.
Love the yellow and it's so easy to give directions to our house now! This is the inspiration pic.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Eggplant or what Ben Moore calls Purple Rain. You could even go a bit brighter. With purple(and maybe yellow!)Pansies, Irises, and lavender, it would make a beautiful path up to your door.

Here is a link that might be useful: Purple Rain


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Agree with patty_cakes. A deep, rich purple would look beautiful, I think, next to that stone and with the beige exterior. Purple Rain, though, looks very grapey to me.

Maybe BM Chambourd or C2 Sangria

Chambourd:

Here is a link that might be useful: c2 509, Sangria


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I'm in agreement with purple...a purple with a hint of red.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Thanks, everyone, for your great responses!! I have been playing with all the different colors on the Sherwin Williams color program. I have tried to match the F&B paints to something similar to SW just to see.

I think I have convinced DH that we shouldn't do the storm door (yay!), and that we should go lighter due to the strength of the south facing sun.

@lyfia, those aren't shutters. They are some sort of molding around the door that cannot be removed. Well, I guess if we want to reface it somehow we can, but that isn't an option.

@teacats, that sounds beautiful (ala Miles Redd's door) but the brass lion knocker is here to stay. That is one of the only things DH wanted when we moved into the house. I am going to get a new mailbox and a new house number. I like the idea of putting the number above the mailbox. We will play with that. I also had two planters flanking the door last summer/fall and will do so again. They were the cheapy leftover planters from the previous owner. I plan on getting new ones this year. And it is funny you mention the door mat. With the planters on either side, it didn't look too small. Now it does! Even though I bought that last year, it hasn't held up well so I will get another and bigger!

@lazy, I like the Lulworth Blue. It is a little similar to Chinese Blue and I will take a look at it as well.

@hosta, LOVE that door! I didn't think yellow would be complementary to the taupey shingle but I mocked it up and I might like it best! I will attach pics. Thank you for the picture! And you are right - didn't pass one yellow door tonight. Hmmmm...

@linelle, I will take a look on Houzz.

@sue, have nixed the dark color idea. Thank you for your input! DH has finally come around.

@nosoccer, I love that first door. That was the look I was originally going for but I think I need something brighter/lighter than navy/cobalt.

@lascatx, I love the Cook's Blue too but think it might be too bright. Will consider Parma Gray.

@ang, I love that door color! I am going to post a mock up with F&B Babouche. Similar, I think and I might like it!

@patty & tibb, I mocked up purple/eggplant and wasn't feeling it. Might be wrong though.

So, here are a few mock ups. I tried to match a SW paint as closely as possible to the F&B paints. I will put the name of the F&B paint.

St. Giles Blue

 photo fullhousestgiles_zps6c294d4a.jpg

Chinese Blue

 photo fullhousestratfordblue_zpsf70dbc30.jpg

Babouche

 photo fullhousenasturtium_zps4f93020e.jpg

And then a random brighter yellow

 photo fullhousedecisiveyellow_zpsb2c4871c.jpg


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Changing my vote again: Babouche but with a touch more brown in it. Closer to a dijon. Similar to the one posted by angc.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@bbstx, I love Babouche too! I am shocked that I like it so much. If I use Farrow & Ball, I can't change the formula. It is what it is. I am going to try and find a pic of a Babouche door.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

so many choices my head is spinning!

Before I saw any of the choices, I visualized a mid-tone blue and thought Chinese Blue was dead-on. And I still do, but it looks like you want to pop a bit more.

I know you don't want red or rust, but I can really see it and especially how it coordinates with the front shrubs. Your first pic shows a bit of burgundy or red in the foreground. It might be nice to connect with that. I always thought red doors were realtors choice for welcoming.

Picture Gallery Red

Have you considered greens?

Maybe an apple or lime green? Heres Cooking Apple Green. Maybe a little too light.

Olive a little richer, stronger, more contrast:

...back to safe blues, I'm also liking Stone Blue


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

babouche snuck in while I was posting... It does look like an awesome color, but something about beige and yellow next to each other has always bugged me. Not a fan.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Look what I found! Babouche on a door! I like a lot!

Here is a link that might be useful: Warline painting

This post was edited by bbstx on Mon, Mar 17, 14 at 23:06


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Thanks for the pic, bbstx! I found it as well and was coming to post. I really like it too.

@ wendy, I didn't think I would like the yellow and tan either but I like it in the mock up. Chinese Blue is still an option. We like that in the mock up too but the Babouche really makes an impact. As for green, it is my favorite color and I love it but none of the mock ups I did in greens looked that great.

Question: if I go with Babouche, do you think it's odd that the interior face of the door will be dark brown? All my interior doors are dark brown (same as current exterior front door).


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I don't think it would look odd at all for the exterior of the door to be one color and the interior another. I think that is fairly normal. Thinking back to the last several houses I've had, the interior and exterior of the front doors were different colors.

Go for it! It's just paint. If it doesn't work, you can re-paint it. (hmmm...that sounds vaguely familiar)


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Throwing in another vote for Chinese Blue. It was my first instinct and still my choice after reading the whole thread. : ). What I like about it with the stonework is it reminds me of a stream. Blue for the water. Plus it's a lovely blue! I would even consider getting a shade lighter and doing the panels on each side.

I live in FL where bright exterior colors are the norm. I got into it when we first moved here but it did get old. It is just a front door, you could always do the brighter blue, but from personal experience I ultimately changed my mind on the colors that stood out a bit too much. St. Giles blue would be fun until Fall ; ).

A color I think you may like is Peacock Plum by SW, check it out!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I like the mustard color show up the thread a bit, but that is with brown stone. Yours seems to have more gray in it and the yellows seem jarring. There are homes where bright colored doors perk up the face, but your home already has lovely features and I would want to compliment them rather than have the house say "Forget me, look at my bright colored door." Whatever you pick, you need to compliment the softness of the sage siding and the browns and grays in your stone.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I'm lovin' the purples, some bright, some subdued, but all very pretty, IMO.

Here is a link that might be useful: doors


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Here's a few more ideas. Sorry for the multiple posts. Can't get all the pics in one.

BM Franklin Lakes


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

SW Meditative


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

SW Poetry Plum


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Heres SW Riverway which is what I have on my front door


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

And should you change your mind about a dark color, BM Gentleman's gray


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I'd go with one of the farrow and ball greens. The others don't seem to relate to the house or setting, IMHO.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Thanks all! Can't respond personally to all as I'm on my phone but I just wanted to say I'm back to blue. : ) We really like Chinese Blue best with our exterior. After a little more searching, I looked at Fine Paints of Europe ( I've used that paint for furniture before). I emailed their color consultant and his first pick was Potomac Blue:

 photo BCD814A3-AB5F-4B99-BAEA-E24D534BBC2A_zpsmhzw1nd6.jpg

Kind of between St. Giles and Chinese! I think this *might* be the winner! But I'll still look around. Just a little.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Ding, ding, ding!!!! LOVE the Potomac Blue!!!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Love it!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Thanks! I know it is just paint but it is so hard to pull the trigger. I don't want it to look out of place or wacky. It is funny about color - everyone has a different opinion of what "goes" and what doesn't. I consulted with the FPE guy and he said Potomac, which is on par with my original intent. Then I consulted with the colorist that helped me pick out interior colors. The gist of what he said was the house as is doesn't lend itself to any bright color, which I know some PPs stated upthread. I understand that and am kind of thinking that myself but I want color! Ugh. He suggested F&B Railings, which is a dark gray/blue/green color, but in FPE high gloss. I know the high gloss will give it oomph too. DH just wants high gloss black. This is way too difficult!

I do appreciate all the feedback. Right now, if I had to choose, I would just go with Potomac and see how I like it. After all, it is just paint!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Having painted a SW facing door high gloss black, let me tell you, it doesn't stay high gloss for long. The sun will beat it down, and fine dirt/dust will also make it look matte.

I had a pair of beautiful doors. The upper 2/3 was leaded glass. When we bought the house, we had the front doors stripped and re-stained. They were gorgeous for about 6 months. We had them sanded and re-stained several more times. It was a job that had to be done every 6 months. Finally, in frustration, I had them painted black. Then I got by with only having to have them repainted every year and a half to 2 years, but the high gloss only lasted a few months.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

There's no right or wrong answer... You're just setting a mood. You can change it on a whim. A door is the perfect element to try out and have do-overs with. It only takes a quart of paint so it's not that expensive. It's quick and easy.

How about large color chips? Some places sell 12" or 18" sample squares. That might help you nail it down. Tape 4 colors up in 4 corners and go look at it from the street. I am sure you will know for sure which one is right if you do that.

I think that particular picture of Potomac is looking extra popping because of the high gloss and the photography. The actual color chip doesn't seem to have quite so much punch, so I think you will be pleased.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I have to agree about not using a bright color. When I see a bright red door, ant it's too bright, I think of an oriental restaurant. Keeping it on the muted side is a good ideaI IMO.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Mamorella, can you do a mock up with the potomac blue? I definitely like that shade best of your three blues.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@bbstx, good to know about the gloss. And that if I hate Potomac, it won't last long anyway. : )

@wendy, you are right - it is a mood. And the color is gorgeous so how can I go wrong?! Again, easy enough to change out. My painter knows how nuts I am at this point so I am sure he won't be surprised at a call from me to change it!

@patty, I know. It is just that the darker colors really make the house boring. I already think the tan is boring enough - I am not a tan person. But I can't justify changing that out yet. I can't wait to do it though!!

@natebear, well, here is a very crude mockup. I don't have photoshop so I am just trying to get the closest match on SW website. Here it is:

 photo blueplatepotomac_zps941c49c7.jpg


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I agree with nosoccermom. A darker blue is the way to go!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

something about that base picture is making the mockups difficult to evaluate. The lighting in that picture is cloudy and grey and the color pasted in has a not realistic quality to it.

I can't photoshop a real door, but this may give you another perspective. Thumbnail on purpose to obscure bad mockup technically. The color swatch is in FRONT of the shrub!! Ha ha

I think you are close enough to deciding, that you need to do it and see the real color in real life on the real door. Even if it is just a big color swatch sample.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@wendy, thank you!! See, I like it from far away. Kind of like a Monet. : ) Yes, yesterday was cloudy and yuck.

I just need to do it!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I'd paint the door so it fits the house and then get some urns and put color in with plants/flowers. You have all trimmed shrubs with no blooms, no color other than green and no soft lines. Maybe what you are missing is some flowers. I would be.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

There are sample boards called Small Wall. I got mine at the local Sherwin Williams. You can also get them on Amazon, I think. They are 12x12 boards with a surface that readily takes paint. On the back is a sticky strip that can be moved several times.

Paint some test boards and let us see them!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

re test boards...at Michael's you can purchase a large foam board for $2 that can be easily cut into 4-8 test size boards. I create double-sided painters tape -- by rolling a piece in a circle -- to stick them on the wall.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Now, if you wanted to go all out, you could get a large roll of white paper, cut out door size sheets, paint them your various sample color, and tape them to the door.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

You need to paint the door a color that compliments the house, not something that clashes. The home is warm and you are trying to go toward cool colors. This will look ugly and clash! There's a fine line between standing out and STICKING out (like a sore toe!). You need to stick with warmer tones to compliment your house. We have a neighbor that's painted their tan home with a bright blue door, it looks HORRIBLE!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

When I think *bright* it's the bright red or pink lipstick you might see on a TV commercial~while it may be beautiful on a model, a front door is probably not the best place. Muted is a 'toned down' shade of a bright color, not as strong, and easier on the eyes. I guess like everything else, it's also personal taste.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Just my .02, but I think you're fighting against your house, rather than embracing it. I know you said you want a punch of color, imo the colors are wrong for the current colors of the rest of your house. If you want bold, I think you could go a barn red or rusty orange to compliment the tones in your rocks. If you really want blue then something in the navy tones is all I would do. I do like the the other blues,I just don't think they like your house. :)


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Well, there you have it! Deep down I know my house wants a dark color. It needs a dark color. Maybe because this winter has been so awful (and our first winter back East), I just really need some brightness. Navy blue was our first intent. That is "our" color. Both our cars are navy, we love navy, etc. So, maybe that is what I should do. I know it will look refreshed either way. I just feel like it is settling. But since I can't change the tan shingles right now, my fab front door color might have to wait.

I do appreciate all your assistance! They started demo on the overhang ceiling today and lo and behold the whole overhang roof has to be replaced. Go figure. So I have a few more days to pick a door color. And then when the weather finally warms up, I will pick out new planters to flank the door and get some pretty colored flowers in there like I did last year.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color




I have to say that I love the darker blue. If you want something bright, you can always go for colorful annuals in containers next to the door.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Thanks, nosoccer. I love navy too. I really do. I just wanted to do something different. I know it will look great. I love that last door you posted.

I did colorful annuals last summer and loved it. Will do the same this year. I also did hanging baskets.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I think it will look great!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Super home.

I agree that a strong colour would be most effective, as soon as I saw the picture of the house, before scrolling down to your samples I thought of a deep turquoise like St. Giles. Also, I think a strong electric blue would work such as Benjamin Moore caribbean azure
2059-20
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/caribbeanazure

The neutral exterior colour allows you the luxury of using a splash of dynamic colour. A second thought would be an energizing green like: floraisle 581
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/floradaleisle

Also, if you have a primary home colour you may want to coordinate with that - but in an energized hue.

Finally, whatever you go with, it might be fun to get a couple of large pots to put on your walkway and paint them the same colour. You could just plant them with white alyssum. I found 2 pots in the colour I wanted - a deep jade- and will put them out on the walkway this year with white alyssum.

Sure it will be great...post an after photo.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Navy isn't settling -- it has a lot more life than the black it appears you have now. I've had the stained wood and black front doors and wanted something more (in my case because all the red brick houses seem to have stained wood, black or dark green doors and I wanted different). I have navy now and even under the overhang of a front porch and having gone with a very dark blue with a bit of black in it, it is still different.

I have a navy car too -- an you walk in and see my deep blue dining room. If you are a blue person, I think you'll be happy.

Oh, the navy goes well with just about anything you can put in your planters. :)


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

you haven't painted it yet???

Not that you need MORE choices, but I think you need to consider BM blues. Much more selection to get just the right shade. Here are some.




on the BM site each paint lists it's LRV - Light Reflecting Value. That is helpful to judge brightness from one to the other and avoid getting one too dark that reads black from afar on a grey day. (the higher the LRV number the lighter it is - white is 100)

The larger sample in the links are more revealing. Notice how those chips above are not consistent. Bermuda blue came out different in two instances.

Caribbean Azure seems to be a good compromise between navy and bright.

Blueberry is just a little lighter.

New York State of Mind is just a little brighter than navy -- no turquoise in it.

This post was edited by wendyb on Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 8:03


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@radley, thank you! I really do love the house. I am still toying with bright vs. dark-ish. And I will definitely get pots of flowers. Interesting idea to paint the pots.

@lascatx, I think I will be happy too with a navy color. Your dining room sounds gorgeous!

@wendy, no!!! I promise I am going to the paint store today to get a few sample pots. I have seen NY State of Mind before and really like it. That and Caribbean Azure. I think I might get those both and see how they fare. The LV is interesting. Both Caribbean Azure and NY State have low reflective values - both in the 8 range. Do you think that might be bad?


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

> low reflective values - both in the 8 range. Do you think that might be bad?

that's where the in real life samples are crucial. It will depend on your actual lighting, but I would think anywhere about 8-10 will be a nice depth -- that is, in your last iteration of preferences. Those electric type colors are probably 20-30ish or more!


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I have urns that I used the high-gloss FPE on and they have been outside by my door for 9-10 years and they are the same color they were when I painted them.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Made a little progress. I bought paint samples over the weeekend. One green (wanted BM Chrome Green but they can't do a sample in that so I bought a similar one just to try a green) and one blue (BM Caribbean Azure). I painted sample boards. Here are some pics in front of the door. I think I just need to bite the bullet and paint samples directly on the door. Thoughts on colors?

 photo CF71FB7E-6300-4551-BB7A-F453DFD9F6C2_zpsmjge0o4c.jpg

 photo 1519ADFF-E62C-4B41-B5A2-8BAAE83A44EE_zpso2tihmz1.jpg

 photo 80D1474F-8717-4EE7-9F90-BE38D5EEB0B4_zpsw8qd1lpy.jpg

 photo 10A52D4C-425E-4EE5-A700-C7225F113C0C_zpsajk7yhta.jpg


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I like the blue, but that was also my first direction. Green doors are great, but your house seems to be all soft green so t's more of the same and less interesting to me. If you do want green, I'd go with something a little darker -- with a bit of black in it.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

I much prefer the blue, but then, there's not a single piece of green clothing in my house. The only green I own is plants.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

@lascatx, blue was my first direction too. Definitely pops more too. I love green - probably my fave color - but I think the house needs blue!

@nosoccer, ha!

I think I will paint more of the door the blue color and see what I think.


 o
RE: Assistance with front door color

Yup, that blue is gorgeous. Gives you the pop you are wanting. Has more life than the green. It is dark but not navy dark, so good contrast with the house w/o the bold overload.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Home Decorating & Design Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here