The Best Paint Colors for the INSIDE of Your Front Door
(partner post to ‘The Best Paint Colors for the Outside of Your Front Door’ )
Other than ceilings and bodies, doors are often the most ignored paintable surface in a home. I’ve had clients repaint their ENTIRE HOME without giving a second thought to the inside of the front door – leaving it in all of its ‘factory white’ glory.
So, that’s why today, we’re going to talk about why you SHOULD paint your door, as well as a few color considerations!
DOORS IN YOUR HOME THAT CAN BE PAINTED
DOOR #1 THE FRONT DOOR, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER DOOR CLOSE BY
In our previous home, the entryway had three 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 color. Regardless, even if your door is lonesome, it deserves a little TLC (or KLC if you hire me to help you pick a paint color!).
DOOR #2 A BACK DOOR LEADING OUT TO YOUR YARD or GARDEN
A back door (not including a sliding door) that leads out to your garden/backyard can be a great place for a dash of color!
DOOR #3 LAUNDRY ROOM OR OFFICE DOOR
With laundry doors often being located in central areas, it’s okay to add a little love to at least make them interesting! Same with office doors, which are often near the entryway of a home.
This next door would LOVE a lil’ color…
DOOR #4 A PANTRY DOOR IN YOUR KITCHEN
If you have a pantry door in your kitchen that stands out compared to your cupboards (ie, you have colorful/wood cabinets and a white pantry door), you could paint your pantry door to reduce the level of contrast.
DOOR #5 ALL OF YOUR INTERIOR DOORS
If you’re not a fan of white doors, don’t be afraid to add a little color to your life!
Do the interior and exterior of the door need to be the same color?
Absolutely not! Just think, if the exterior of your door is already painted and the interior is white, then there’s ALREADY a difference – and a high-contrast, drastic one at that.
What’s the best way to sample the paint colors below?
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- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on the location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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How to Pick the Best Color For Your Door
- Choose an accent color that suits the interior of your home. Accent colors tend to be in the darker range (like the last one or two colors on a color strip.) You can repeat an accent color that already exists in your space OR choose an accent color that complements/contrasts your home.
- If you aren’t a fan of dark colors, there are some mid-tone colors and neutrals that work too!
- Look at the permanent features in your space for inspiration. If you have tile, linoleum, brick or stone, there should be some color inspirations that will help tie your door into the scheme of your home
- Consider the temporary inspirations in your space, like your wall color, furnishings, textiles and artwork
- In the ideal world, while they don’t need to be the same color, the interior should coordinate well with the paint color on the exterior of the door
THE BEST PAINT COLORS FOR THE INSIDE OF YOUR FRONT DOOR
Remember, just because you LOVE a paint color doesn’t mean it will suit your room. Refer to your surrounding floor, furnishings and general decor style to ensure your home can pull off the look you want!
The above blobs are just approximating some of the colors listed below
THE BEST NAVY BLUE PAINT COLORS FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy – a rich navy blue that isn’t too primary toned
- Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue – navy blue with a weee wink o’ green in it
- Sherwin Williams Cyberspace – a more toned-down approach to navy blue
- Sherwin Williams Naval – another gorgeous navy option
THE BEST BLUE-GREEN OR TEAL PAINT COLORS FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR
- Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue – a beautiful blue/green/gray blend
- Benjamin Moore Caribbean Teal – a slightly darker blue-green blend with some gray to calm it down
- Sherwin Williams Peacock Plume – a stunning blue-green with some gray
- Sherwin Williams Cloudburst or Grand Canal – striking, stronger teal paint colors
- Sherwin Williams Festoon Aqua – a bit lighter and brighter!
THE BEST BLACK & CHARCOAL PAINT COLORS FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR
- Benjamin Moore Black 2132-10 – hard to go wrong if you’re looking for black (find more blacks in this blog post re: exterior door colors)
- Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray or Chelsea Gray – medium-toned charcoals with a touch of green
- Sherwin Williams Dovetail or Gauntlet Gray– soft, warm gray paint colors
- Benjamin Moore Metropolis – a warmer gray compared to Dovetail
- Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray – a darker gray-green blend, or the lighter version, Cityscape
The Best Paint Colors for a Kitchen Island (similar options to the door)
OTHER FUN, DIFFERENT OR MORE COLORFUL PAINT COLORS FOR YOUR FRONT DOOR
- Benjamin Moore Coral Reef – a beautiful coral blend between orange and pink
- Benjamin Moore Hodley Red – a beautiful rich burgundy color
- Benjamin Moore Incense Stick – a deep purple with an earth-toned base
- Sherwin Williams Sommelier – see more gorgeous red and burgundy paint colors here
- Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – nothing wrong with going neutral! (FULL REVIEW HERE)
If you didn’t see it above, I DO have an awesome blog post re: the best paint colors for the OUTSIDE of your front door, where you’ll find some equally as gorgeous options and more pretty pictures to check out!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2017, AWESOMELY UPDATED IN 2022