Quite often, when I post an image on Instagram, I get questions about the paint colors used in our home. Usually about the wall of the living room, master bed and bathroom, and our doors. Everyone seems really comfortable painting walls any color, but doors feel like so much more of a commitment. And I get it, sure you’re only choosing one color, but that one color has to play nicely with the colors of the rooms beyond.
From the get go, I knew I wanted to paint the orange toned wood doors in our home.
White feels like the easiest option, but I wanted to avoid the inevitable dirty fingerprints that two boys surely leave behind. I gathered up any and all colors that got my attention. Instantly, I was drawn to a warm gray with green undertones, Squirrel from Behr. A quick paint sample on the door confirmed my love and I spent a couple of weeks painting every door.
The darker color feels like punctuation, a little accent. We’ve had this unique color for nearly four years, and it adds so much character to our rooms.
Far and away more than white ever could-just look at this quickly Photoshopped picture. It’s fine, but pretty boring comparatively. Oddly enough, I feel like the white draws more attention to that side.
If you’re considering painting doors a color other than white, I’d suggest picking the door color first, if possible. By painting our doors first, I’ve been able to choose wall colors for each room that compliment the door. If I were reversing the selection process, it could have been tricky to pick a door color based on all the connecting room paint colors.
These gray doors have a slightly green undertone, but still pairs well with cooler neutrals.
As well as saturated or bolder colors.
Unlike the white trim, the color is incredibly forgiving, not showing the smudges from dirty hands.
Of course, black doors are also a lovely option, especially paired with simple trim. I love the combination Lauren Liess created by adding brass plates and unique door handles.
Navy is another beautiful option, like this closet door from Yellow Brick Home. It’s especially easy if you plan to use a lot of neutrals on the walls. It’s a great way to add color, but an unexpected way to bring it in.
I also think a deep, nearly black green would be a lovely, unusual color on doors. Something like our theater walls, painted Jasper from Sherwin Williams.
Do you have painted doors? If so, what color and how do you go about pairing it with wall paint?