Saturday, June 18, 2011

Would You Paint A Door This Color?

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.


Domino Magazine

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?

31 comments :

  1. I would (paint a door) and have. I have a mai tai red one in our laundry room!

    I am considering the navy black for our den wall.

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  2. I just went from white to black on my front door, Janell. Not very exciting and I probably wouldn't do a color like turquoise given the neighborhood. I have seen places though, when on vacation, where the whole neighborhood is into colorful doors {some of the houses are, too} and it looks very eye-catching. Sonya from Beyond the Screen Door did her door in turquoise and it turned out great.

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  3. oh yes! I painted my front door french country purple...the house was stucco peachy/pink...it was fabulous...and my then husband was fine with it...so now to add color to the interior doors...what a wonderful idea..but I'm leaning towards black on the interior ones..
    big surprise? right?.. :)

    maureen

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  4. Hi Janell, One of the best ideas I had was to paint the outside of my white front door a soft blue (hydrangea, almost) and changed white siding to a pale yellow...others in the neighborhood did the same subsequently. It is on my first blog post -http://lminteriorsllc.blogspot.com/2011/05/welcome-to-my-page.html .

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  5. Hi Janelle-

    I enjoy seeing colorful doors - to me it makes for a happy entrance and is very inviting. It's like a cheery greeting - come on in and stay awhile - mine is purple.

    My best- Diane

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  6. I personally wouldn't go turquoise, that would be too much for me, but I love a black door and had one in my old house, and like some colors like red and blue if its just the right shade on the right style house. I think this is a case by case basis!
    Enjoy your weekend...love that picture of the red flowers with the turquoise door..exquisite!

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  7. Okay, seeing this post again makes me want to paint my front and back door a fabulous color like turquoise! So you know what? I'm going to do it!!! Now the big question is, are you? I know you can't paint the outside of your door, but what about the inside? or even another door? We should have a painted door party!

    You never did a linky party. Let's do it!!!

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  8. Okay, seeing this post again makes me want to paint my front and back door a fabulous color like turquoise! So you know what? I'm going to do it!!! Now the big question is, are you? I know you can't paint the outside of your door, but what about the inside? or even another door? We should have a painted door party!

    You never did a linky party. Let's do it!!!

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  9. If I lived in the Bahamas or Fl I would go nuts with colors! Bright yellow, pink, blue & turq! But I do think house colors in a neighborhood need to blend a little - not monochromatic, but blend and with pops of color. I'm switching from brown w/brown to yellow w/white & blue trim and already feeling like the house will stick out like a sore thumb! Haven't decided if the door will be white or blue....even white is better than the brown!

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  10. If I didn't live in a townhouse that lays down rules against this sort of thing, I would do it in a heartbeat.
    I just asked the hubs if we could at least paint the inside of the door. He said "Absolutley Not!"
    So I stamped my foot & walked away.
    He NEVER lets me have any fun.

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  11. I love a painted door. Mouldings the color of the walls and doors contrasting.....such a great look.

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  12. Love them!! Though I wouldn't paint the doors in my current house(just yet)..But one day when we build our cottage in goa..it'll be all white stucco..with a turquoise door just like in the first image..minus the seahorses!! Have a lovely weekend, janell..xx meenal

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  13. I totally would...in fact I did! My back door is aqua:

    http://hisugarplum.blogspot.com/2010/07/pizz-zz-back-door.html

    And my front exterior door is red and the interior black! Great post, those doors are all gorgeous!

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  14. I live in the largest historic district in Texas and have been agonizing over paint colors for the exterior of my house - currently, there are 13 (!) samples on it after deciding on a color that turned out not. good.

    Now I've found the color I want but have NO idea what door color to go with. We have restrictions, but they honestly are so glad when people get their colors approved, they give you leeway with the door. Can't wait to get it finished! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. I love the mint green color, and I would absolutely paint my door that beautiful shade !!!

    xoxo Laura

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  16. YUP! In fact... it's on my to-do list :) Right after I have the funds to BUY the door I need. haha!
    ~Shelley

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  17. I absolutely LOVE blue doors!
    I just recently painted my front door a pretty blue.
    http://346living.com/2011/04/27/our-pretty-blue-door/

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  18. Love it! I have been planning on painting the outside of my door this summer, but didn't even consider painting the inside until this post. Maybe navy-black? I do like the black doors and trim that have been popping up a lot lately. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. who knew there were so many turquoise doors? i painted the doors in my last house black, and i loved the way it looked. i would totally paint the doors all kinds of colors if i had my own house, but to do turquoise, i would probably need to live a lot closer to the beach.

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  20. Oh my goodness, I was just "pinning" inspiration photos of blue doors!! Unfortunately I need to paint my house first, but a girl can dream!!

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  21. That turquoise and alabaster picture couldn't be more perfect...could it?
    Especially drawn to the painted floor in the photo.
    It doesn't say beach to me at all... it says East Texas cottage to me! Love it!

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  22. I have been trying to find a color for our front door to go with our brick front. Perhaps this color might work in the right shade. I need to get some samples!

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  23. Absolutely!
    In fact I'm jonesing to do just that at our home-in-progress project in Cairo.
    Cheers and best, Alcira

    nerochronicles.com

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  24. Although I love this color It reminds me to much of Greece and other south european countries to use it as a door color in my home in rainy Holland.. but I did bought an IKEA limited edition coffee table in this color ;)

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  25. Oh, yes, I would definitely paint a door this color. It's awesome and so inviting.

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  26. I love turquoise doors, especially on a home that's tan, white, putty or grey :)

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  27. Janell, thank you for double posting. I'm honored!

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  28. If course I would!!! I LOVE that color and I am thinking of painting my own door a version of that!!!

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  29. Love this! Such a un way to spice up the front of your home (:

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  30. Not only did I think about painting our front door turquoise; I did it! And I love it and so does my husband. Plus I love telling people that our house is the one with the turquoise door. :)

    http://thebrickcottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/never-ending-project-porch-reveal.html

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