Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week's Ideabook On Houzz: Painted Front Doors With Personality To Spare

Lately there seems to be a buzz on the street about brightly painted front doors. There are few limitations about what color can be used (unless you have an HOA like my neighborhood) and many homeowners and builders are taking full advantage of this trend. Painting the entry door an amazing color brings instant personality to a home, adding a big jolt of style to its curb appeal.

front facade traditional exterior

When I think of homes painted with wonderful color, San Francisco is the city that comes to mind. Living in this city for several years was such an incredible treat for the eyes, and the home above is a perfect example. The happy robin's egg blue on the door is repeated on the window casings, creating a vibrant contrast against the subtle yellow facade.

an eclectic house eclectic exterior

The brilliantly painted door frame, surrounding weathered painted doors, seems very appropriate in this sun drenched entry. Warm, worn and lovely, it speaks to what you could possibly expect to find inside.

Feldman Architecture modern entry

The sharp green door framed by a cool gray exterior exudes sophisticated style. This choice most certainly elevates the exterior of the home, and is continued into the interior. To see those images and read the entire Houzz Ideabook click here.

Enjoy your weekend! Janell

All images from Houzz

20 comments :

  1. I agree, My Grandfather use to say that your front door are the eyes of your home.

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  2. That is very interesting Tonia, I like that! Thanks for sharing...Janell

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  3. I want our door red. But just not sure how it would go with the rest of the front yard. And the trim around the storm/glass door. Any rules?

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  4. One of my favorite cities is Montreal where, on some streets, the trim and front doors of the houses are painted a different color on each house. It makes things so much more cheerful during the long winters and I always smile when I see them.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrastia/20823775/

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  5. I love painted doors! That second image is my favorite in this group with the lime green coming in next. But of course I have to go read the rest of the article to see more!

    While we were in Savannah, every home we passed by had a painted door! I loved it!

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  6. Janell - first, you were so very kind to put a post on my fledgling blog. I am pretty humbled, as I absolutely love your design vision and have been incredibly inspired by your work. Thanks for posting the door pics - you brought me back to my days in San Francisco, a place full of door personality. Now, though, you've got me rethinking our door, and I have so many other things to be working on!

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  7. jeanine, just went and looked at the image of Montreal's painted houses...wow! I've never been to this city, fabulous!

    As for tips on painting the door, without seeing an image I'm not sure what the specific advice should be, but in general, paint the door and frame the same or different colors based on how the choice will relate to the body of the house and I always think it is great when the landscaping relates back to the color of the door, with either the same or a strong contrasting color. Janell

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  8. It took me forever to decide what color to paint our front door when we built our home. I finally went with black. It adds, IMO, a sophistication to the house.

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  9. I love a freshly painted front door, it really makes you want to step inside and see what's next! I think that second one is my favorite!

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  10. It's so funny you posted this today since I have been thinking lately how boring my front door is. I agree with you about San Francisco. I love all the Victorians and their wonderful colors. I was born in the city and lived out in the Sunset (not in a Victorian unfortunately). I wasn't old enough to appreciate it anyway. I live with an HOA too. It annoys me at times when you get an urge to do something and you can't. I've been known to sneak things! LOL I think changing the color on my front door might attract too much attention.
    Have a great day!
    Denise

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  11. Love front doors with color! My front door used to be red- bold and welcoming! It was that way for several years and then I changed it navy/black and painted the window boxes the same color as well. Not as bold and bright, but it is beautiful. Loving San Francisco architecture! I grew up in the bay area!

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  12. I love the idea of a fun painted front door (and like Tonia's grandfather's perspective). We've got a strict HOA here in VA but hoping it isn't so in our new home in Dallas. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Love the bright green door. When I went to design school my girlfriends and I would spend hours in San Francisco on the weekends studying the exteriors, and landscape. We also loved going to the legion of honor for inspiration!
    xo
    amanda

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  14. Love the splash of an unexpected color...wakes you up! We painted our laundry room door mai tai red/orange...inside and out!

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  15. You are so right about the painted doors. They bring so much to the home and the street when you see it in such places as San Francisco. Another enjoyable post, thanks for sharing...

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  17. Hi Janelle! You're right about the houses in SF. I used to stay there too, and the houses are beautiful. I think my wife would love the idea of the blue/yellow house. She's thinking of doing some St. Louis window replacement in the house. She's already making arrangements with the St. Louis windows maker near our neighborhood. Anyway, thanks for sharing these designs!

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