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 front door color ideas to complement some of the most popular siding colors on the market.

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

Door painted a light, teal blue to stand out from the white siding

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.

Let’s look at a modern design example to put these tips into practice. A homeowner 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. Two options, both of which were darker, rich versions of the undertones of the stone, were proposed to replace the red. Either color would be better choices to pull the color palette together, and here’s what each would look like:

ob-deb-lamb-front-door2

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 a deep green color to tie to the rest of the home and the shutters

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 a rich, warm yellow color to bring a “wow” factor to the home’s curb appeal

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. Read more in other blog posts about shutters and how to use them to bring character and distinction to your exterior.


Looking for inspiration? Check out our galleries and advice for choosing color. If you’re interested in a full siding remodel, the LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® color collection is the way to go. Try out all kinds of combinations with LP SmartSide Home Visualizer, our siding visualizer tool!
Continue Reading
Outdoor Living4 min

How to Customize Your Shed's Exterior

Sheds and other outdoor building structures serve as practical ways to add storage or create additional living and working space. In recent years, sheds have become a trending focus for homeowners looking to maximize their space or level-up their exteriors. If you’re looking to purchase a shed and need some inspiration, LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding styles can help you achieve a variety of goals for your outdoor structure. To spark some inspiration, we spoke with David Parraguirre, also known as The Mexican Carpenter, about his customized shed build.

Continue Reading
Trends4 min
New Year, New Siding: Choosing Siding That Lasts

It’s a new year—and perhaps also time for new siding! The start of a new year always brings resolutions and goals, and when it comes to your home it’s the perfect time for an exterior refresh. Whether your current exterior material is worn or you’re just looking to try new siding trends, updating your siding can transform your home with a longer-lasting, premium aesthetic.

Trends4 min
How to Hang Items on Siding

As seasons change, you may find yourself wanting to add seasonal decor to your house. When considering mounting decorations or more functional assets such as lights to your home’s exterior, you may be wondering how to hang items on siding. While LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is engineered for longer-lasting durability, there are some key tips to keep in mind to protect your home’s exterior when hanging items on engineered wood siding.

Curb Appeal5 min
Outdoor Holiday Decorating Ideas for 2021

While many homeowners focus their attention on interior holiday decor, giving your home’s exterior a festive upgrade will ensure it’s a showstopper the moment friends and family pull into the driveaway. We talked with lifestyle blogger Liz Marie Galvan to get her top outdoor holiday decorating tips.