Front Door Refresh

by laura turmel on April 29, 2022

Ready for a front door refresh but not sure where to start? 

The first thing people see when they visit your home is the front door. The front entry should serve as a welcoming beacon to greet guests. You can paint your front door any color you choose, but there are a few considerations that can help you pick a color you will love for years to come. These tips can make your door stand out or blend in, suit a design style, or show your bold decorating personality. It depends on your vision. 

Use a neutral color such as brown, black, or gray for a look that will withstand the test of time. Even the deep reds and blues are classic front door colors that act as neutrals. Another neutral option is to stain the door if it is wood instead of painting it, a wood stain will emphasize the door's natural grain pattern. Stain will last longer, paint has to be reapplied over the years, especially if it is in the elements and the sun. 

Some people are nervous about using bold colors in their decor, but a door is a smaller commitment than painting an entire house or room. You can also experiment, a splash of color can add personality and fun. If bright colors are too daring and out of your comfort zone try a burgundy, forest green, or navy. You can also take a photo of your home to the paint store, they will be able to help you pick a color that works for you.

Since your door will be exposed to outside elements, it's essential to use the proper paint to avoid peeling, weathering  and fading later. Latex exterior paints provide weather-resistant coverage.  You will need to go over your metal door with a good primer before painting and choose a paint with a built-in rust protection. 

Door-friendly exterior paints are available in a variety of finishes, including matte, semigloss, and glossy. A high gloss finish will bring out architectural details but will also show more knicks and blemishes on a door. For a more forgiving front door paint finish that will hide flaws, opt for a semi-gloss paint.

Show the world your style, paint your front door in a bold or neutral color, put the welcome mat on the porch, add some plants, furniture or outdoor accents and your front entrance is fabulous. 
Blog written by Laurie Turmel for Casa Decor: Photos compliments of Pinterest