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Front Door Dilemma

Our plum colored front door has served our home well for over 5 years. Actually, I can’t take credit for the color choice. The previous owner chose the color, but luckily she and I had similar taste. I know I told you that we used to live across the street from our current house. But, did I ever tell you that we both painted our powder rooms at the same time? We saw each other on Monday and were shocked to learn that not only had we both been painting our powder rooms over the weekend, but that we had chosen the same color!

Time has passed, and I’m yearning for a brighter and cheerier front door. A door that makes people rubber neck!

This year, I’ve been obsessed by colorful front doors. Last year I wrote an entire post on colorful front doors. It’s true, when I pass a house with a colorful front door I get a little whiplash. I think it’s time that I tame this obsession and repaint our front door. Don’t you think?!

I have a few colors in mind, but I’m curious what your thoughts are. So, I put together a little paint preview of my front door so you can help me decide ;-).

Here is the current color (plum):

Okay, it’s time for you to vote! Let me know your favorites.

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    • Sonia
      Sonia says:

      I agree with Kathy, especially since this is the color of the little roof on top of the garage sideway… It would match nicely and it also would contrast lovely with the tree in front.

  1. Sue
    Sue says:

    We have a house in our neighborhood that has a bright yellow door and trim. Everyone knows it as the “Highlighter” House!!!!!!!!!

  2. Sandy
    Sandy says:

    I agree with Sheila on something that will match your copper awning. If we have to go with the color choices above I vote for blue/gray.

  3. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    How fun! I vote for an orange (like Jaime Costigilio) – would look great with your siding color, not as traditional as red, but would still pop. Also would look good with copper roof and Japanese maple. Good luck!

  4. Carla
    Carla says:

    I voted for red – it gives a great pop of color and compliments your house better than the other colors (in my humble, non-professional opinion…..)

  5. Recca
    Recca says:

    The door looks great with red or copper color that matches the new roof/awning where Barney was. Otherwise the other colors look funny with that bright roof, even though it will fade/change over time.

  6. Jaime Costiglio
    Jaime Costiglio says:

    Brittany I voted tangerine – closer to the red but more orangey. It will definitely pop against the greyish siding and so on trend with current colors. Good luck, can’t wait to see the final decision.

  7. Nanci
    Nanci says:

    Red!!! Overdone or not, it looks great with gray of the exterior and is classy and they say “auspicious” in Feng Shui. Dont worry about trends, look at the color wheel. I would pick yellow as a second choice

  8. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    LOVE the aqua with the rest of your exterior!!! Red is so overdone for front doors. The cobalt and pale blue/grey are lovely too. I think that the yellow looks too trendy.

  9. Laur
    Laur says:

    I am sure you can wikepedia, however it is my understanding that a red door will bring prosperity and good fortune to those that enter threw it. We have had a red door and are doing a-ok!

  10. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
    SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Well, I answered in your survey, but wanted to comment also. I love the purple, my favorite color, but you’re right, it doesn’t show up at all from the street. I’m thinking a green that would mimic the patina that your copper awning will eventually get. But if we have to stick with your choices, I like the cobalt. 😉

      • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles
        SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

        Yeah, it’s a little yellower than what I was thinking. Copper patina has a little bit of a blue tinge here and there, maybe something like SW Cote D’Azur 6951? It may be too dark for you, though. Maybe somewhere between the chartreuse and the aqua. I’m the worst for trying to decide on colors- I drove our painters mad when we had our exterior repainted. 🙂

  11. Jenna, SAS Interiors
    Jenna, SAS Interiors says:

    I like the yellow or green color. You know me and green;) I’ve often said I want to switch my front door color, but there isn’t a color that I have found yet that I like better. I can’t wait to see what you choose.
    xo Jenna

  12. beverly
    beverly says:

    In 1970, a college friend re-vamped a very tired home and one one the most dramatic things she did after painting the exterior of the home and trim the same colors as yours was to paint the front door a high gloss lemon yellow. Passersby were literally slamming on brakes in the middle of their street. Soon after, several other front doors in our town bore the same bold color – but somehow without the same degree of panache. I think they failed to see that it was more than the door color — it was also the new planters on either side overflowing with gorgeous red geraniums and variegated ivy. Whatever you do, do it with style and if you don’t like it, choose another color.

  13. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    i think the red looks best with the rest of the colors in your house while still being bright and fun. the blue/gray also matches well, but doesnt stand out as much.

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