Renovation6 min

Paint Colors for Doors

While some homeowners prefer a traditional stained wood door, there are benefits to choosing a painted door. Paint-grade wood is significantly less expensive and can be repainted a different color if you ever want a change. If you choose to install a steel or aluminum door, staining isn’t a choice – paint will be your only option.

The most universally attractive front door colors for homebuyers include red, black and variations of blue, but don’t let that keep you from trying an inviting new color to welcome visitors. Here are some of my favorite colors for front doors from our LP® Decorologist® Color Collection.

The color of the front door of the home is like a welcome sign to visitors, so make it inviting. Unlike siding colors, the front door color is not a big commitment and one that can be easily repainted by a homeowner, so it’s one decision that can be more playful or trendy.

Door painted LP Portrait Blue

If you have a covered porch, the door will be shadowed at times and will appear darker and dimmer than it would if it were elsewhere on the home.

A bolder, more saturated color (in comparison to the body, trim, and shutters) will be a better choice than a color that simply fades away in the shadows of your front porch. You may wish to choose a door color that repeats a bit of color found elsewhere on the home. For example, if your architectural roof shingles feature some green highlights, you may choose a rich green to tie it into the roof.

Last year, I had a client who wanted to change her existing red door color because she felt it looked “out of place.” The stone on the body of her house had blue and orange undertones. I suggested two options, both of which were darker, rich versions of the undertones of the stone. Either color would be better choices to pull the color palette together:

If your shutters are a color that significantly contrasts with siding colors, you can simply use that same color on the front door so that the palette doesn’t become too busy.

Door painted LP Garden Gnome

However, if you have a neutral shutter color like black, dark brown, or dark gray, painting out a front door in a strong contrasting color will give you the “wow” factor your home may need.

Door painted LP Copper Pot
You don’t typically want back or side doors to stand out like the front door, so paint those out in the trim color to downplay their prominence. Later, we’ll talk in-depth about shutters and how to use them to bring character and distinction to your exterior.
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Trends6 min

A Homeowner’s Guide to Siding Terminology

Working with contractors can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially when you’re not familiar with their technical lingo. Like many professions, contractors use building terms and phrases that may be common for them but are often foreign to the homeowners they work with.

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Curb Appeal5 min
Paint Color Combinations to Enhance Your Home’s Exterior

When it comes to a remodeling project, one of the first concerns homeowners have is paint color. With a plethora of color options and everchanging color trends, picking the right color to accentuate your home’s exterior can be quite a daunting task. Because picking the right paint colors can be the difference between good and great, we’re taking a deep dive into the color trends of today.

Curb Appeal6 min
Top 4 Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas & Tips

Once the autumn leaves have fallen and the nights begin to grow longer, it’s the annual signal that it’s time to start decorating for the holidays. And while many homeowners divert their attention to interior holiday décor, giving your home’s exterior a festive punch will ensure it’s a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. Need some outdoor holiday decorating ideas? We compiled the top 2019 exterior decorating trends that will be all the rage this holiday season.

Curb Appeal5 min
Best Siding Choices For Bungalows

When it comes to a remodeling project, one of the first concerns homeowners have is paint color. With the plethora of color options and everchanging color trends, picking the right color to accentuate your home’s exterior can be quite a daunting task. Because picking the right paint colors can be the difference between good and great, we’re taking a deep dive into the color trends of today.