Most of you probably already know, but I recently launched the House of Fifty Blog, with a great lineup of contributors sharing all kinds of fun stuff. One of my favorite posts this week was written by Molly, of the Nesting Game, featuring painted doors. With my tendency to paint about anything that I encounter, I'm ready to grab a brush and start painting a door or two myself! How about you, would you paint your doors...and would you consider turquoise?! Read on...
Just like the ceiling is the "fifth wall" in your room, another blank canvas in every room are the doors. Now, when I moved into my house, every ceiling and wall was painted the most uninspired shade of yellow known to man. So we painted the ceilings white with a vengeance and are quite satisfied with leaving them that way until we recover from the jaundice. But doors are another story!
Of course, a bright painted door on the outside is a wonderful way to show personality and extend a big warm welcome. But inside the home, they can really be a needed pop of color. A mini-accent wall, if you think about it. We painted the inside of our front door turquoise after being inspired by all the wonderful painted blue doors during a trip to Paris. I think many of us know that turquoise was Pantone's Color of the Year in 2010, so it's clearly popular. But what I was really inspired by was just how versatile the color is! My first thought immediately goes to coastal and tropical, like this:
But, there are many more gorgeous color combinations that I would not necessarily think of right off the bat. For example, in this home, turquoise goes elegantly with frilly, gold antique pieces and an oriental rug contrasted with modern architecture.
Or how about this turquoise door with the amazing warm mosaic floor and stained glass.
I cannot get enough of this AMAZING red floral vine-covered wall with the pop of turquoise. Red and turquoise is a very popular wedding color combo these days. Can you imagine the fantastic wedding photos you could get if this were your backdrop?
Image found via Inspire Bohemia
This is a subtler way to do it, with the turquoise door against the alabaster walls. Again, red is the accent color of choice, seen in the pillow and the cane chairs.
Designer Windsor Smith featured in C Magazine found via House of Turquoise
Staying neutral, here's turquoise against your favorite "new-tral" and mine, gray. The lime green is a playful accent color. A few more plants wouldn't hurt.
And again, a gray wall with thick, luscious white trim. But what struck me in this photo (besides the sweet pups) was how awesomely the deep green foliage plays with turquoise. So unexpected!
One Kings Lane
Okay, this color, which I am calling navyblack, is my new obsession. With white accessories and a room filled with natural light, this is sharp, sharp, sharp. The turquoise works here on so many levels. Note the blue and white china on the top shelf, more of that in a second, and the fifth wall is painted here too.
Image found via Design Stiles
Here is designer Mary McDonald with more traditional navy and chinese porcelain. But what's that I spy in the background? A turquoise door! Keeping the main colors all in the blue family is very calming, but the turquoise accent really brings in a contemporary touch.
And, what would a post be without a little shameless self-promotion? Here is our front door, against walls of a mint green. It was an impulse touch---and I wasn't convinced at first---but every time I walk by it, it makes me smile. My Mother, never afraid to hold back her opinion, said it looks like the 1950s! I guess she was not up for living the decade a second time around. What's old is new again...
Thanks to House of Fifty for inviting me back to guest post again! How fun is this?