The Best Paint Colours for the INSIDE of Your Front Door
(partner post to ‘The Best Paint Colours for the Outside of Your Front Door’ )
Other than ceilings and bodies, doors are often the most ignored paintable surface in a home. Now I’m not talking about bedroom/bathroom doors, I’m talking about “key” doors – front doors, pantry doors, back doors.
Here are a few reasons why you should paint your door(s)…
#1 In my previous home the entryway had 3 doors that all looked the same and were all shut 95% of the time (front/garage/suite). This was a great reason to single out the main door and paint it a key colour. If there is any confusion at all, then pick out your main door and give it some TLC.
#2 If you have a back door (not including a sliding door) that leads out to your garden/backyard and it is located within a major room (kitchen/family room/dining/etc…)
#3 If you have a pantry door in your kitchen that stands out in comparison to your cupboards (ie: you have espresso or wood cabinets and a white pantry door or white surround with glass insert). This is a great reason to paint your pantry door as it will reduce the level of contrast in your space which will add to the flow and overall appeal.
***During the winter months you can’t paint the exterior of your front door if the temperature is below 50 degrees. However, you can still paint the inside. It can be a frickin’ snowstorm outside – and you can paint the inside of your front door! All you need is an afternoon and a bottle of Wine!***
“Does the interior and exterior need to be the same colour?”
Absolutely not! Just think, if the exterior of your door is already painted and the interior is white then there is already a difference – and a high-contrast, drastic one at that.
How to Pick the Best Colour For Your Door
- Choose an accent colour that suits the interior of your home. Accent colours tend to be in the darker range (like the last 1-2 colours on a colour strip.) You can repeat an accent colour that already exists in your space OR choose an accent colour that complements/contrasts your space.
- Look at the permanent features in your space for inspiration. If you have tile, linoleum, brick or stone there should be some colour inspirations that will help tie your door into the scheme of your home.
- Look at the temporary inspirations in your space like your wall colour, furnishings, textiles and artwork.
My Favourite Interior Door Colours
Black is a great choice for the inside of a front door! Unlike the exterior (where black can sometimes look out of place) it’s easy to tie black into your colours scheme via artwork, accessories and striking/high contrast palettes.
Via Our Fifth House
This green is not quite earthy and not quite funky, making it a versatile choice for almost any home!
Yellow can be beautiful on the inside of a door. Whether it be creamy butter or a saturated mustard, there’s a yellow to suit almost any home and homeowner!
Dark Gray / Charcoal
Like Black, Gray is a classic addition to almost any home. If Black is a little bit too harsh for you, you might like the softer appeal of a gray or charcoal on your front door.
Shown here is Benjamin Moore Black Fox. For a slightly lighter and equally as striking look you could try Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
Teal or Blue/Green
Other Great Colours to Check Out…
- Mohegan Sage – dark green with brown/grey undertones so that it isn’t too “colourful” – a neutral green without strong blue or yellow undertones
- Raphael – Dark purple, berryish undertones.
- StoneCutter – a very dark blue with green undertones. Very rich and strong.
- Soot – almost black yet with a very subtle blue undertone.
P.S. I did not receive any monetary compensation for the recommendation of these products and paints, unless it’s a winery that supports me. Wait a minute, I think I’m supporting it….
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Kylie M Interiors Interior Decorating and Design Blog. Budget Friendly. Online Color Consulting and E-Design. Based in Nanaimo BC and serving the whole darned World!
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