If you know that your front door needs some paint love, you may be lost as to choosing front door paint colors or completely confused about how to paint a door. Here are some tips for choosing your front door paint color and some tips for painting your front door.
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The front door of your house is the first impression for visitors. It is the thing you see when you come home from a long day. Your front door welcomes you home.
Painting your front door is an easy way to add instant character to this important piece of your exterior. Not to mention, painting your front door adds instant curb appeal.
If you know that your front door needs some paint love, you may be lost as to choosing front door paint colors or completely confused about how to paint a door.
Table of Contents
- Related: Other Exterior Painting Posts
- Before picture
- How To Choose Front Door Paint Colors
- New door paint color: after pictures
- Tips for How To Paint A Door
- Sources & supply list
Today I’m going to share some tips with you on choosing your front door paint color and give you some tips for painting doors.
As you know, this fall we took on the big task of painting our exterior…which was long overdue.
I shared a before picture of the hideous paint color on this post of 9 Things To Do Before You Paint The Exterior Of Your Home. I also rounded up 15 Things You Need For Painting Exterior of House so you’d be all set with your tools of the trade.
Today you get a sneak peek at the big reveal with a look at our exterior paint color, trim color, and more importantly, the BEAUTIFUL front door paint color!
Related – Other Exterior Painting Posts:
- 15 Things You Need For Painting Exterior of House
- 9 Things To Do Before You Paint The Exterior Of Your Home
- Easy Way To Instantly Improve Curb Appeal – Painting Garage Door
- I Need To Paint My House Exterior! Answers To Your Paint Questions
- A Basic Paint Sheen Guide for Interior and Exterior Surfaces
- 16+ Exterior Home Remodel Ideas
- 5 Ways to Enhance Your Exterior Home Design
- Our First Fixer Upper Exterior Makeover Tour
First, let’s take a look at what we started with…. ugh…
I’m so glad all of that yucky tan/brown color is gone now!
How To Choose Front Door Paint Colors: 5 Tips
#1: Look for inspiration
I love using Pinterest for home decor inspiration, especially when it comes to colors. I even wrote a whole post about how you can use Pinterest to discover your home decor style.
Since Pinterest is incredibly visual, you’re able to quickly scroll through inspiration photos and save any that stand out to you.
Give it a try… hop on over to Pinterest and search “front door paint colors” and see what you find!
#2: Use color theory
If you’re stuck on choosing your front door paint color, your first stop should be a color wheel.
This post does a great job of explaining the basic concept of the color wheel, color schemes and combinations.
#3: Think outside of the box
Don’t get stuck inside the box of what you think your front door paint color should be. Be bold and try something unique!
#4: Go with your gut
I love evaluating lots of options when it comes to paint colors through either paint swatches, paint samples, or even Behr’s Color Smart, where you can try out different color combinations.
But when it comes down to decision time, I usually have a feeling in my gut…even if my mind doesn’t know it quite yet. Go with your gut when it comes to front door paint colors.
#5: Remember it’s only paint
If you have major commitment issues, painting your front door can be a scary project. Maybe you’re thinking…”but…what if I hate it?!” and you know what…I’m going to be honest with you here…there’s a chance you could.
But remember, it’s only paint. It can always be fixed with more paint! Painting your front door only requires a small amount of paint, so it’s not a major investment one way or the other.
Are you ready to see what front door paint color we chose?!
Do you love it as much as I do??
I had been majorly stumped on a color that would both contrast with our exterior paint color (which by the way is Black Bamboo by Behr) and is a good complement.
Then one day I was looking at Behr’s color trends for 2018 and I saw it…..the perfect color!
It’s called In The Moment. Ironically it is the Behr Color of the Year for 2018. I guess I’m jumping on the bandwagon and never looking back because I LOVE IT.
4 Tips For How To Paint A Door
#1: Clean your door before starting
Ours had recently been pressure washed as one of the things you need to do before you paint your exterior, so we just gave it a quick wipe with some disinfecting wipes to make sure the dirt and dust were gone.
If yours needs a more thorough washing before painting, TSP is a great cleaner to use before painting.
#2: Follow this general order for painting a door
This is the order we used to paint our front door. The most important part is that you do the ridges of the panels first, then the panels, then the horizontal pieces, and lastly the vertical.
*Yes, I know there is no #7, haha. Just move onto #8 after #6.*
#3: Use a paint & primer to save time
The paint we use is Behr’s Marquee line and it already has a primer in it. Pay close attention to see if your front door paint has primer. If not, you’ll need to prime the door before painting.
We highly recommend the Marquee line by Behr, which we used on our whole exterior. It was well worth the extra money because we only had to do one coat, which saved us a TON of time and money.
#4: Work quickly
Get all your supplies ready because once you start painting the door, you don’t want to stop. Stopping (even for a couple of minutes) allows the paint a chance to dry up a tad and get sticky, which will lead to noticeable strokes.
It is best if you could work quickly to get the paint on the door while everything is wet.
We love how our front door paint color turned out! It makes such a difference having a fun-colored front door.
One more look at that dramatic before and after, shall we?
Once you get your front door painted, it’s time to decorate that front porch!
Check out these front porch ideas for tons of inspiration!
Front Door Paint Color Source List & Supplies:
What would you choose for a front door paint color?
Let me know in the comment below!!
- Clean your door before starting.
- Follow the general order of painting the door.
- Use a paint & primer to save time.
- Work quickly.