Paint It Joyful: Choosing A Door Color

Mick Jagger once sang, “I see a red door and I want it painted black.” I find myself echoing his sentiments, but it’s not black I’m thinking. Yellow! Lime Green! Orange! If only a person could have a different color on every door. (Could they?)

I faced quite a dilemma recently (a fun dilemma) when determining what color to paint the doors on my house. A door color can say so much. White: traditional and clean. Red: classic and cheerful. Wood: natural and welcoming. Doors are considered accent colors, so you really can break the rules and have a little fun. My home is dark grey with white trim, leaving me loads of options. The door color could take me from Cape Cod to Malibu with just a few strokes of the brush.

Pinterest proved invaluable in providing options. Using searches like Curb Appeal, Front Door, Front Porch, Accent Colors, and Exterior Paint Colors, I loaded my boards with accent paint color ideas for charcoal gray homes:

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Red was tempting, but after some thought I decided I wanted something a bit more unusual, and narrowed my focus to yellow. I ended up bringing several paint samples home to try and evaluate. I’ve found this to be critical – paint that looks one way in the paint store can look completely different in your own home, with your light, your wood, and your surroundings.

Here’s where I ended up – and I say with all sincerity that these doors actually give me a little pop of joy every time I walk through them.

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Back door

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I added old-timey screen doors that I adore. They slam closed, so I always know when kids are coming and going.

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I chose the paint color when the roses were not blooming. In a happy coincidence, they’re almost the exact shade of yellow.

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Here, my french doors leading out to the backyard. Can you tell I love these yellow doors? “Spunky and pretty” was how one of my friends recently described them. Kind of how they make me feel.

My final words of wisdom (for what it’s worth): with accent colors, take a little risk. I’m not saying go purple or cotton candy pink. My definition of risk entails some research and loads of paint samples. But your door color is your chance to say, “This is me.” Have some fun. And please… share your door photos!