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How to Pick the Best Front Door Color for Your Home

How to Pick the Best Front Door Color for Your Home

Brighten up your curb appeal

Looking for a way to make your house stand out? Something that will surely turn heads as onlookers pass by?

Sure, you can add all the front porch decorations you want (provided your HOA doesn’t have a rule against pink lawn flamingos), but there’s one quick fix that can instantly catch attention: eye-catching paint colors for your front door.

A bold and vibrant front door can both stand out and add to the overall effect of your home’s exterior color and design scheme. That doesn’t mean you have to limit the fun to just your front door. Bold, unique interior door paint colors can really spruce up a room or add personality to your home.

Or, if you favor a monochromatic look that doesn’t compete with your home’s decor, you can simply paint your door the same color as your wall and allow it to let your furnishings take center stage. It’s really up to you and your own personal interior and exterior aesthetic!

Having a hard time picturing it? Then check out the following examples for your own front door inspiration.

Consult the color wheel

Picking a front door color isn’t just about slapping your favorite color on your door and calling it a day. There’s more of an art and science to it than just that. Whether you’re choosing a color for your front door or an interior barn door paint scheme, the color wheel can help you out. The color wheel can help you find a hue that complements your existing paint job and trim – and your personality.

That includes monochromatic options (varying shades of the same base color) and analogous selections (colors located side-by-side on the wheel). And don’t forget about contrasting (spaced evenly apart on the wheel) and complementary (two shades opposite of one another) colors. It may sound like a lot to consider, but the color wheel can help to make it as easy as possible for you to pick a color that works with your decor or lends it an unexpected, yet harmonious touch.

House style vs. door color

When it comes to choosing a color for your door, there aren’t specific rules but there are guidelines and design best-practices to keep in mind. For example, a glossy, modern color choice for your door might not pair great with a vintage Victorian home.

Whether you live in an English Tudor, Mediterranean or cottage-style dwellings, it’s important to keep the style of your home in mind when picking a color palette. If your home has a lot of subdued earth tones, then a pop of color for the door could really rev up its curb appeal.

Your home and decor style could also be a catalyst for choosing interior door paint colors – carrying a similar color throughout your entryway. Conversely, if you favor eccentric paint colors on your house and trim, then maybe a more neutral front door tone can offset some of the vibrancy.

Listen to your home. It will help you get a feel for the surrounding materials, style, landscape and colors, and how they can all work harmoniously together.

 

What’s the allure of a colorful front door?

Other than being aesthetically unique, what’s the hard sell for choosing a new color for your door? What’s the benefit for you? For your guests?

For starters, having a front door that sets your house apart from the cookie cutter template that populates most of suburbia provides a helpful way for guests to find themselves at your doorstep. You can almost hear them saying it now: “Remember? Their house has that cute sage green front door.”

Additionally, colorful paint ideas for doors can blur the line between formal and playful. But more importantly, choosing a color for your paint job can introduce emotion into your home’s exterior to match its interior. From vibrant energy of colors that pop and welcome, to darker hues that say “go away, salesman,” your front door is more than just a door. It’s an exterior expression of yourself. So have a little fun with your door color schemes.

A look at a few classic front door colors:

Sunny side up

Every color has certain psychological attributes attached to it. In the case of a yellow front door, it exudes a sense of warmth and welcoming, which is exactly what a front door should convey (if you like visitors, that is). There’s something incredibly charming about a cottage home with a sunny yellow front door. Oh, and a welcome mat that compliments the door’s color scheme can go a long way, too.

Seeing red

Even if you’re unsure about the adding color bit to your house, you can never go wrong with a classic red front door. Red is still popular option for those looking to venture out of the norm, while holding onto some traditional undertones.

What’s big and tall and white all over?

If you live in a plain, white house, you’ve got extra leeway to add some color that can complement its clean exterior while giving it some personality. A sky blue or periwinkle painted door pairs extremely well with white homes. so long as your paint colors for doors and trim works with the shade of blue and is within the same color family or offers a striking contrast. (Again, this is where the color wheel can be your best friend!)

 

Whether you’re looking to bring a vibrant new welcome to the exterior your home, or more of a remodel to your interior barn door colors and other room door paint colors, be bright, be bold – be you.


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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Standard is 5'-1/2" above door knob boring.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

All of our solid wood doors are made from the finest grade knotty alder or poplar. The species of wood that a door is made from is based on the finish that is selected for that door. Knotty Alder is more rustic and full of knots that are prevalent in the finished look. Poplar is a cleaner wood in that it has less knots for a more seamless look.

Please use the below guide if you're interested knowing what species of wood your door will be made from and the type of look you should be expecting:

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

We Recommend:

3-1/2" hinges for 1-3/8" doors, 4" hinges for 1-3/4" doors and 4-1/2" hinges for 2-1/4" doors.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

Stories Told Bookshelf

Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Dark

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Clear

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Grey

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

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