One of the other areas that I struggled with in the new house was the front door color. I know I posted design boards a ways back with different thoughts and plans so I wanted to give you the process and finished look!
Our house is a dark gray. Which I LOVE. Our gutters are a dark brown. Which I didn’t love.. but have actually grown on me. So finding a “non expected” front door color was a bit of a challenge.
I toyed with lots of different thoughts. I considered coral, brown, yellow, red, powder blue and even removing the front door and rehanging a natural finish option. (For the record the last option would have been my first choice but I am TRYING to be budget conscious!)
While good options, none seemed to “fit.” I wanted something that would carry to the inside and with all of my white walls and minimal color the color palate for the front door didn’t seem to match. I also didn’t want something expected. Red was so obvious with the dark gray color palate and call me a true Auburn girl but I just don’t do red well.
After weeks of consideration and even a Facebook/instagram poll I decided that I would either go with a coral or pale, buttery yellow and headed to the paint store. Somewhere in my pickup of paint chips (which I carried on top of my pillows to try to get a better “feel” for the color) I also grabbed a mint green and a lime green. Pretty unexpected for me.
After much debate and photo sharing, I decided to go outside of the expected (and outside of my comfort zone) and chose the mint green. Martha Stewart Salvia was the winner (ding! ding!ding!!!)
Once home, the red/orange front door from “The Gray House past” quickly disappeared under multiple coats of a bonding primer (my new favorite painting tool.) Once the new mint green went on the door, I realized that my decision was a good one. After the new glazed white planters, ferns and accents of yellow, navy and brown were in place…I realized I was in love with my front porch.
The door color took this house from the expected “craftsman” that you see in most neotraditional neighborhoods to a house that gave me the feeling it belongs in The Hamptons. It totally changed the “feel” of our house and I am really digging. it. It also carries well into the interior of our house and I can honestly say that I feel like The Gray House is finally our home.
So what does your front door mean to your house? Everything.