3 Colors to Avoid for Painting a Front Door

3 Colors to Avoid for Painting a Front Door

The front door makes a statement that sets the personality of the rest of the house. It is the second thing people notice, behind the front yard.

Whether you’re looking to sell your home or you want to create a more welcoming entrance to your home, the color you paint your front door can make all the difference.

Why Color Matters

Yeah, your eye is drawn to a home’s front door. So, what?

You likely felt some emotion when you looked at that front door. Maybe it piqued your interest or creativity, made you feel relaxed, happy, or energized. The color of the door may look elegant, inviting or plain weird.

Most people either paint their front door in a color that matches or compliments the color scheme of the rest of the house’s exterior or they paint the front door in a bold, bright, contrasting color.

Neither of these approaches are wrong. It depends on your personal style and personality.

Yes, the color of your front door tells others about your personality. The color of your front door will shape the expectations others have of the inside of the home.

Here are the connotations given by popular paint colors:

Red

Red front doors are a huge trend right now and the fad doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. A red front door indicates action and that the owners are “go-getters.” Red gives warmth, vibrancy and excitement without being too wild.

Purple

Purple gives off an air of sophistication and royalty. If you’re selling your home and you have a purple front door, prospective buyers will expect the home’s interior to be neat, and luxurious. Purple indicates order and perfectionism as well as generosity and helpfulness.

Yellow

Yellow is eye-catching and indicates individuality, creativity, logic, optimism, cheerfulness and extraversion. Guests to homes with yellow doors expect cheerful and sunny rooms inside. Be careful not to go overboard with the yellow. Painting your whole house yellow, for instance can indicate anxiety and irrationality.

Blue

Blue is the most popular paint color. Why? It indicates inner peace, truth calmness and trust. In fact, doors painted bright blue bring in more visitors than any other color.

Black

Black doors indicated glamour, formality, tradition and seriousness. Black doors also give off a sense of protection and security.  Black doors work great with light, colorful colors.

White

This simple, plain color gives off a sense of cleanliness, simplicity and sterility. Guests will expect a home that is clean and organized.

While most colors are safe to use, there are three colors you should avoid.

The Three Colors to Avoid

Orange

There is a good reason why orange is one of the cheapest paint colors. It is bright and energizing, but not sophisticated. This unique color indicates the need to be respected and accepted, it also indicates that the homeowners seek out challenges.

Orange doors are rare because it is hard to pull them off well. If you’re looking for something truly unique and different, however, an orange door can be for you.

Orange doors are not commonly seen because they send the message that the owners are either cheap or weird.

The only homes that can pull off an orange door are those with orange accent colors, such as a dark gray, or are expensive, luxury homes.

Brown

Brown has been the traditional front door color, common in years past. Now this color indicates cheap, boring, dated and plain. Dark brown doors also look somber. While brown is not necessarily a color to be avoided on the exterior of your home, it shouldn’t be on the front door.

Pale Green

Green doors add vibrant color to your home and is one of the most popular front door colors. Green traditionally indicates wealth, prosperity, peace and serenity. Green is often associated with plants and nature. Vivid green hues add personality and make a statement.

Light or overly pale green hues, such as sage can be bland and boring. These softer green hues are hard to compliment with other exterior paint colors: it is too light to compliment other light, muted colors and it has too much color to contrast darker, vibrant colors.

If you’re looking to paint your front door and need advice on color selection or have it professionally painted, contact the Painting Company today.

Oil or Latex

 

It is often necessary to know what  a particular coating is before you paint over it, so it can be prepped correctly. Is it oil or latex ? Here are a couple of easy tests you can do to figure it out.

 

mad scientist oil or latex checker

 

Acetone Test:

You can test a painted surface by moistening a rag with acetone and rubbing the surface. If the rag shows the paint color, it’s latex paint. If no color rubs off, the paint is alkyd. Acetone is commonly found in nail polish remover. Check the label, some contain no acetone.

You can perform the latex paint test with isopropyl alcohol, (rubbing alcohol), if you don’t have acetone. It is just as effective, and you may have some in your medicine cabinet.

Lye:

A lesser known test is the lye test. A solution of two tablespoons lye to a cup of water applied to a painted surface will cause the paint to bubble and blister if it is oil base paint. Latex paint will be unaffected. This is a good test to use if you have paint chips. Drop a couple into a jar with this mixture. The latex paint chips will not be changed, the oil base chips will get eaten up.

Remember to take caution, It’s lye!!

 

 

 

Chalk Paint

Chalk paint has become very popular recently. It was created by an English painter named Annie Sloan in 1990.

Chalk paint is not chalkboard paint or paint with chalk added to it. What exactly is in it is a mystery to some extent. I could not obtain a data sheet on the product and, of course, an msds tells you very little about what’s in it. A quart has some weight to it so the solids content is high. What those solids are is anyone’s guess.

There are a lot of claims about chalk paint. Some true and some false. There are different manufacturers out there so I decided to test the original product; Annie Sloan’s paint.

 

annie sloan chalk paint

 

It has a beautiful matte finish and the choice of colors is nice. Unlike traditional paint, the different colors are obtained by mixing paint from the colors available. This is an interesting approach to developing a color. You can change the color without changing the consistency as you would by adding tint or pigment. I imagine you could change the color in the more traditional way (by adding tint) if you chose to do so. Here is an interesting site that offers a neat program to see how the various colors will look when you mix them together.  http://www.therestoredhome.com/blend-colors

I have worked with chalk paint before. It was on a piece of painted furniture. It worked well and was easy to use.

This time around I decided to test some of the more extreme assertions. There are lots of “crazy” claims out there concerning chalk paint. That it will stick to glass, laminate, plastic, metal, floors….. That you will rarely, if ever, need to sand or prime. It sounds like a miracle product. I don’t think you have to be a paint contractor to know how difficult it is for a paint to adhere to glass or laminate.

I will start by saying that I wanted the claims to be true, but sadly they were not. I did not test the product on all the various substrates but I did on two. A stained and lacquered door and a piece of laminate. The lacquered door was lightly sanded and I brushed on one coat of chalk paint. After 24 hours the paint could be fingernailed off. Very weak adhesion. When trying to brush or roll some urethane on the door it would lift the chalk paint. The door was sprayed with 2 coats of lacquer and you could still fingernail off the paint.

 

stained and lacquered door with one coat chalk paint

 

Next was the laminate. It had no prep work other than cleaning it. It got one coat of chalk paint and the results were the same. On one side of the picture the paint was sealed with wax. On the other lacquer. The results were the same.

 

laminate with chalk paint and sealer

 

So what would work? Well, the doors were part of  a project for a customer, so we achieved the results she was looking for by mixing Break-Through (a Pittsburg Paint product) with about 20% floetrol to make it more manageable. We lightly sanded the doors and rolled them followed by back brushing with the grain. We then sprayed 2 coats of clear satin Break-Through. Great adhesion, great results!

I would recommend chalk paint for the neat effects and unique colors. You can achieve nice results with the product; however, you should keep in mind that this is not some miracle product that will stick to anything. Good results require good prep!

 

 

Make any Room more Interesting

An accent wall can add excitement to any room. Accent walls are generally painted in a deeper, bolder color than a room’s walls and ceiling. This design technique can bring some definition to an otherwise featureless room, or it can enhance a focal point already present in a room, such as a fireplace or bay window.

Uniquely Yours

Although going with a darker color is the “norm”. This is an opportunity for you to express your own taste and personality. It is quite common for us to adjust a particular color on the job site making the color uniquely yours.

Feeling and personality

Accent walls suggest a particular feeling and personality. A vibrant bright wall might energize a room, while a softer shade might create a sense of tranquility. If you want to define a separate space within a room – a reading area, for example, or a sunny area – an accent wall can do the trick.

Basic color theory

color wheel

Warm colors—orange, yellow, and red—tend to pull the wall towards the eye, which makes a space appear smaller.

If you decide to use a warm color on your accent wall, consider using a wall that can handle being foreshortened. A good place to use a warm accent wall is in a long, narrow room — by painting an end wall it will create a more balanced space.

Cool colors—green, blue, and purple—tend to pull the wall away from the eye, which makes a small room appear larger.

By using a cool color on an end wall or side wall in a room, you can make a small room appear larger, or make a skinny room appear wider.

An accent wall can make a large room feel cozier, or a small room more expansive. There are many reasons to create an accent wall, but the process isn’t quite as simple as it seems. Choosing the right wall is Important, as is selecting the right color. Painting an accent wall is the kind of project that provides a lot of return for little investment – as long as you do your homework.

Find a wall that stands out

Many people believe that the first wall you see when you enter a room is the best one to accent. The best accent wall is the wall that stands out in the room. It’s the wall you are drawn to when you enter the room. If you are unable to determine which wall stands out in your room, ask a friend or family member to walk into the room and let you know which wall seems to draw their attention.

Accent walls are often without doors or windows but I have found that the right color can also make a unique wall even more attractive. For example a wall with a fireplace in the middle of it can be perfectly framed with a bold color that reflects upon your decor. Accent walls are an area of decorating that blend perfectly with experimentation. There really are no hard rules in my opinion just general guidelines. Be bold and express yourself.

It is best to choose a wall that may already be a focal point, if one exists, like a fireplace wall. Accenting a wall in a room that already has a focal point can create confusion and weaken the aesthetics of the room. You don’t want two walls in a single room competing for the eye’s attention.

Inspiration

An accent wall’s color is meant to stand out from the remaining walls. There’s no reason, however, that the two colors can’t be related. A common practice is to paint the accent wall the same color as the primary walls, but two or three shades darker. A room’s existing furnishings may provide inspiration; throw pillows or drapes often suggest an accent color.