How to Pick the Perfect Front Door Color

Painting our front door has always been on my to-do list. Since the day we moved in, I knew I wanted a colorful front door that was bold, unique and set our home apart from the rest on the block. Unfortunately a year and a half later, the door was still on the to-do list & still white.

Not that I didn’t appreciate white or don’t love a crisp, white door… I just knew I wanted a pop of color! What pop of color should it be exactly? That’s where I was stuck! Some days I wanted yellow, some days I wanted navy, I even tossed a few shades of gray into the mix at one point or another. The problem wasn’t necessarily getting the door painted, but more so picking the color to make it happen (all with the approval of my darlin’ hubby that wasn’t always sold on a bright door, or any colored door for that matter).

The more I researched stalked the blogosphere, the more I was able to eventually identify my philosophy on colored doors, which gradually gave me the confidence to pick a color & check this job off the to-do list once and for all.

Thanks to a post from one of one of my all-time fav bloggers, Dana from House*Tweaking, I agreed that a colored door should give the neighborhood a little hint of what they would find in your home. The door selection should be an extension of the “flavor” of your home. Dana was so right! How did I not think of that before?! And just like that, my decision was made.
I love a yellow door… but yellow isn’t necessarily the “feel” of my home.

I love a navy door… but was navy the overwhelming color in my home? Hmm… not exactly.

A blue-ish/teal-ish door… well, I had never really thought about that before, but wow… how spot-on to my home’s “style”. So just like that… blue it was! Blue was the color that would give that sweet lady walking her dog each morning a peek into what our home was all about.

I chose Benjamin Moore’s Covington Blue to be exact. The door required TWO coats of paint over two days.
Clearly, one coat just didn’t cover evenly.

But because we loved our Covington Blue so much, we didn’t stop there. Surprise, Surprise…

We painted the inside too!

A big difference from what it looked like when we first moved in, huh?

We love, love, love the new color it brings to our space and think that it flows perfectly with our blue accents. Yes, the door is a little bold & outside of our comfort zone, but we could not be more excited about the change! Even Matt is a fan & has converted to Team Colored Door! (Another accomplishment I can check off of my to-do list).

If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already heard this. For those of you who do not have Instagram, I wish to leave you with one final thought.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
A door.
A door, who?
A-door-a-blue

I know, I know…. I’ll stick to my day job. I just couldn’t pass that one up.

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  • Love it, especially how it matches inside! I want to paint our door too… just stuck on the color. Hopefully I’ll check it off of our to-do list this summer.

    • Picking the color is hardest part, isn’t it?! When you decide to make the plunge, good luck!! We’d love to see what color you commit to. =)

  • Love it, especially how it matches inside! I want to paint our door too… just stuck on the color. Hopefully I’ll check it off of our to-do list this summer.

  • Picking the color is hardest part, isn’t it?! When you decide to make the plunge, good luck!! We’d love to see what color you commit to. =)

  • That looks amazing. I love that you painted the inside, too. I’m curious where the door was during the serious dry/cure time. Did you take the door off to paint it, and if so, how long was it down?

    • Thanks Louise! Between you and I, I actually kept the door on the hinges to paint it. I taped around the hardware and painted both sides at once. Then I kept the door slightly open for a few hours with a fan blowing on it. Overnight, I closed it & locked it… but was careful touching it in order to give it extra time to cure for a few days. (Still didn’t add the wreath, just in case!). Good luck!

  • That looks amazing. I love that you painted the inside, too. I’m curious where the door was during the serious dry/cure time. Did you take the door off to paint it, and if so, how long was it down?

  • Thanks Louise! Between you and I, I actually kept the door on the hinges to paint it. I taped around the hardware and painted both sides at once. Then I kept the door slightly open for a few hours with a fan blowing on it. Overnight, I closed it & locked it… but was careful touching it in order to give it extra time to cure for a few days. (Still didn’t add the wreath, just in case!). Good luck!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I LOVE THIS! Oh – guess what! We just bought a house!! I think I wanna paint our new door this color too 🙂 Just gotta sell it to Kyle!

    • Ahhh… CONGRATULATIONS!! Wow, what a crazy/amazing year for you Alysia!! We are so happy for you =)

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I LOVE THIS! Oh – guess what! We just bought a house!! I think I wanna paint our new door this color too 🙂 Just gotta sell it to Kyle!

  • Ahhh… CONGRATULATIONS!! Wow, what a crazy/amazing year for you Alysia!! We are so happy for you =)

  • Lily Vincent

    Colorful doors can be hard to pull off, but you did it! I love how it looks on the inside especially. Great job!

    Lily | http://www.doorsgalore.ca/Contact_us.htm

  • Cristy Thompson

    what color is the inside of your house?

  • I totally see what you mean, good question Chelsea. We used 100% pure revere pewter for our walls. Good luck with yours! I hope you find the perfect mix =)

  • Rachel S

    Hi! I was wondering if the Covington Blue is mixed to 100%. Also what finish the paint is, if you remember. Thank you! 🙂

    • Hey Rachel,

      It is 100% mix of Covington Blue and it is eggshell finish. Hope that helps =)

  • Emily Moothart

    Hello,
    I love your door – not only the color, but the actual DOOR! I was wondering if you have any idea where it was purchased, or where I might find one similar? Thanks so much! 🙂

    • So sorry Emily….I’m not sure! It came with the house when we bought it.