Sunday, August 5, 2012

making a bold first impression



This Old House

I have been debating what color to paint my front door- it is the first thing people notice when they come to your house, like a first impression and should make a statement. And of course some say that the color you paint your front door has some kind of meaning behind it. Can't we just slap on some paint that looks good without having it mean something? Now I really feel pressured!
Black is said to be powerful, blue is related to abundance, green is said to have balance, purple evokes energy, and red is supposedly welcoming. Whatever color one picks it should also look good with the rest of your house no matter what meaning it has.

Right now my front door is painted black and is in desperate need of a new paint job. I have been staring at doors when I have been walking and driving around trying to see what colors grace the front doors of my neighbors. I have noticed a few lately that have been pumpkin orange - love that.


This Old House


The orange looks great with the gray shingles but I don't think so much with my red brick home, so I have been thinking either a blue or green,.I would love to go bright and add a burst of green, like in the picture below.

This Old House

 But I think I am still stuck on blue. This has always been one of my favorite front doors

via House of Turquoise via Hiya Papaya
I love the Wythe Blue color that was painted on this front door above, but I had wanted to go just a little brighter. I came across this color a couple times, St. Lucia Teal.


via Turquoise Shed

So I decided to just go for it. As you can see, my door seems hidden and dark. It is a really pretty front door and it needs to be shown off.




These were my final choices, Wythe Blue, St. Lucia Teal and Stratton Blue- all Benjamin Moore. I realized after I had picked the St. Lucia Teal that it must have been meant to be. Those of you who saw my earlier post on my new light that will be going in my foyer, it is almost the exact color as St. Lucia Teal.

 Anyhow, this is my new door which I love- and you will see how nice it looks with my light sitting on the floor.






As for the light, yes, it is still not hung up. You know the saying measure twice, cut once? (in my case hang once) Well we had a minor problem when we went to go hang it and realized that it needs to be moved over so you don't hit your head on it when you walk down the steps- lesson learned.

When the light is hung up it will be a nice transition from the bright color of the teal door to have the color flow inside and there are also touches of the color in the rug in the foyer as well. The door now stands out and looks fun and bright when you see it from outside. With front doors they aren't a huge commitment to paint so why not try a bright bold color for fun.

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8 comments:

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I just painted my front door gloss black not long ago...but I have been thinking of changing it again and you shared two of my favorites- the apple green and the soft blue. Your door looks beautiful in it's new coat of paint!

Rebecca Lukens Designs said...

Thanks! If you decide to paint your door over, I'd love to know what color you go with!

Sue Reno said...

Wow Becky, LOVE the color! Looks really great.

Maureen@Loving this Life said...

Beautiful color!

Sherry said...

I was going to paint our front door a bright dark yellow. But after researching how colors effect people i decided to switch the front door to a teal i didnt want a big bright caution color as the first impression to the house. I may paint the back door the yellow to see how i like it. Your door looks lighter than the Benjamin Moore pic. I think I want to go with a shade a little darker and do an antique effect ontop to darken the details of the door thanks for posting.

Rebecca Lukens Designs said...

I'd be curious to know what you decide to go with. I do love a darker yellow door, what color is the body of your house? Good luck!

Jay and Krista Brubacher said...

I agree that your door looks lighter than the BM door painted the same colour. Your comments on this? We just bought a red brick home and I'm hoping to paint the shutters and the front door a similar colour... I don't love the BM picture, but LOVE yours. ??

Jay and Krista Brubacher said...

I agree that your door looks lighter than the BM door painted the same colour. Your comments on this? We just bought a red brick home and I'm hoping to paint the shutters and the front door a similar colour... I don't love the BM picture, but LOVE yours. ??