Outdoor Living
Jul 17, 2012

How to: Choose a front door paint colour

By: Laura L. Benn

How to: Choose a front door paint colour Author: Style At Home

Outdoor Living
Jul 17, 2012

How to: Choose a front door paint colour

By: Laura L. Benn
We all want our home to be a place that welcomes friends and family into the nest. But maintaining a home's exterior can be quite time-consuming, not to mention costly. For an easy DIY project that will transform the outside of your home, add to its curb appeal and only requires a quart of paint, we suggest painting your front door a fabulous new colour!

Here are three things to keep in mind when painting a front door:

1 Choose a colour that suits your house
Apple green might be your favourite colour, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right shade for your front door. Garry Belfall, Senior Brand Manager for Para Paints, advises choosing colours that complement the other tones and architecture present on your home’s exterior. “Try to pick a colour that works within the wood or brick of your home,” he suggests. “Or if there are other items on the home, such as shutters and accents, it’s a good idea to coordinate with those.”

Garry also acknowledges the importance of experimenting with colour on your front door and taking chances with different shades. “The front door is a vehicle for inspiration,” he continues. “For those who want to be more adventurous with their outdoor decor, colour is an open door (pardon the pun) for expression.”

2 Choose a colour that suits your personal style
Choosing paint for outdoor use is a little trickier than painting interior blank walls. Sharon Grech, colour and style spokesperson for Benjamin Moore Paints, says that natural sunlight can drastically change how a paint colour looks.

“When picking colours for an interior, they tend to feel bolder than they actually are,” she says. “Outside, a colour tends to fade more [compared to its sample swatch]. Bright yellow can look beige outside, so the bolder the better for exterior use.”  

Her advice is to test paint samples outside in various strengths of light to see how the colour looks throughout the day. “Consider your style and how you wish to express yourself personally,” she says. “For me, a painted front door can be equated to a gentleman who wears a colourful tie. It’s about personality, character and a flattering look that grabs attention.”

3 Choose the right kind of paint
According to Sharon, the kind of paint you use ultimately depends on the quality of your door. For example, she advises not putting a high gloss paint on an older, damaged door, because the imperfections will show through. Really study your options in terms of matte, low-lustre and semi-gloss finishes, as well as the door’s materials before opening the paint cans.  

Keep reading for eight perfectly painted front doors that we find stylish and inspiring! exterior-frontdoor-red.jpg
Ravishing red
Forever known as a bold, passionate colour in the world of fashion, red paint (or red decor) slathered on a front door also projects a strong, confident aesthetic. Don’t Be Shy, P5080-73, Para Paints. exterior-frontdoor-darkpurple.jpg
Awesome aubergine
For the more adventurous decor enthusiast, a deep and moody, yet pretty purple or aubergine is a lovely way to bring an extra bit of pizzazz to your home’s curb appeal. Glamorous Greek, P5201-52, Para Paints. exterior-orange.jpg
Oh-so orange
“The right colour can make a design statement that is powerful, welcoming and drop dead gorgeous,” says Bev Bell, Creative Director for Beauti-Tone Paint and Home. So liven up your front hall entrance with a splash of citrus orange! Bright, cheerful and earthy all at the same time, this earthenware shade from Beauti-Tone will turn heads in your neighbourhood. Earthenware, 3E1-8, Beauti-Tone, homehardware.ca. exterior-yellow.jpg
Say "yes" to yellow
Get a sun-kissed look for your exterior decor with this glamorous yet friendly paint colour. It is called Wet Sands from Beauti-Tone and will make you smile even if the sun ain’t shining. Wet Sands, 3H2-7, Beauti-Tone, homehardware.ca. exterior-brightblue.jpg
Baby, it’s blue outside
For a refreshing look that is as soothing as a day spent at the beach, why not try a gentle shade of blue for your front door. Memorable, different and dreamy, this paint colour will certainly dress up a door. Blue Lapis, 2067-40, benjaminmoore.com. exterior-black.jpg
Beautiful black
Dark and dramatic, black paint on a front door can create a classic old-Hollywood glamour look that is definitely swoon worthy. Consider choosing a high-gloss black for added effect. Baby Seal Black, 2119-30, benjaminmoore.com. exterior-brightpurple.jpg
Perfect purple
Pretty and sassy, a bright vibrant purple adds a dash of playfulness and whimsy to your home’s curb appeal. For a colour this bold, consider adding floral arrangements or outdoor plants to complement it. Twilight Gold, DL36 (91BB 96/263), cil.ca. exterior-frontdoor-green.jpg
Glamorous green
Go green, vibrant green for your front door and set your home apart in the neighbourhood as the one to watch for style inspiration. Garden Party, DL 24 (67GY 40/437), cil.ca.

Click here for more tips on designing the front door with ease.
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