We need a new front door

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We need a new front door. I am not sure if we should go contemporary or traditional. We like with this door, that we get a lot of light. We are also getting new white windows which will be encased with a 6 inch grey trim incl. the bay window. What would be the perfect door for this house ? Thank you.
q new front door, curb appeal, doors
q new front door, curb appeal, doors
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  • Terri Terri on Mar 08, 2016
    I would go with something like this and paint it in the gray to match the trim.
  • Shari Shari on Mar 08, 2016
    You say you "need" a new front door. Is there something structurally wrong with these doors? If not, perhaps all you need is a pop of a bright and cheerful color to liven things up and say "welcome" to your guests. You could, of course, achieve that by painting the doors, which would be far more economical than new doors, since doors aren't cheap! A year ago, I replaced my front door with a simple, 12 pane fiberglass door and it cost over $700 (plus an additional $200 for installation). The same door in wood would have been far more money. I actually think your doors are kind of pretty and unusual (albeit a bit boring color-wise) so I'm just thinking to replace those double doors with something equally interesting, you will be looking at quite a large expense. As long as the doors are still structurally sound, I'd try painting them a fun color first. You have nothing to lose except a little time and the cost of a can of paint.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 08, 2016
    In my opinion I think you should go with the same or similar to the picture Teri posted. It is more in keeping with the rest of the house.
  • Can you paint the door first (something bright,,red, or a navy blue gloss) and then see how it goes w/the windows. You can always change it out if it doesn't look good.
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Mar 08, 2016
    If you are concerned with cost, remove the glass and put in some type of wood in its place. then paint the heck out of the doors (on the inside and outside) in some accent color (black like the flower pots?). You always need at least 3 colors on a house (third could be the accent color)
    • Nancy Nancy on Mar 09, 2016
      @Snapoutofit I like this idea... an inexpensive way, and it would change the whole look of this door... it could look very grand... if you replace the glass with the wood you could also use gel stain, I love this stuff, in a color that would be complimentary... I just remembered you like the light it gives, so there may have to be a trade-off
  • Eva Pedersen Eva Pedersen on Mar 09, 2016
    I should say. Save the door and paint in another colour, darkbrown -like a nut.
  • Ranger Ranger on Mar 09, 2016
    Looks okay, but maybe lose the curves at the top of the wood frame. Paint the door white and polish those handles.
    • Leslie Leslie on Mar 09, 2016
      @Ranger Ranger I am not sure but the handles look like they have a bronze finish on them and if they are abraded with polish it might ruin the finish, then again I could be wrong.
  • I think the structure and windows frame don't need "appear" with another color. And the door could bee dark blue without change its design.
  • Vicki Vicki on Mar 09, 2016
    Your home is angular so the decorative curves at the top of the glass don't fit well. More so is the glass which is dating the overall look. Have the glass replaced with something more modern and while doing this, square off the glass at the top. There are beautiful clear/uncolored glass designs that provide different levels of privacy. Find something with the leaded "stained glass" design but don't use color; paint the door for your color statement.
    • Leslie Leslie on Mar 09, 2016
      @Vicki Vicki, I agree. Sarah there is a myriad of types of glass finishes you can get, everything from wavy to stained glass. The house looks like a take on craftsman architecture. Talk with a glazier first, see if they can square off the wooden frame first for you and then set the glass if not you may have to get a carpenter to do the frame. The color of the door the brick and the gray of the trim is clashing. The brick is sticking out like a sore thumb because of the color of what looks like to be tile on the steps. Not sure if you want to recolor the tile to match the brick and then lightly whitewash / graywash the brick to tone it down a bit. The color of the door can either be changed, darkened to coexist with the brick or kept as is. A stain may be thought about too, but until you decide what you want to do with the steps and the brick and the door refurbish , don't think about the color of the door. If you can afford a brand new double door go for it. I think though the refurb may be cheaper. The door refurbish and/or new door are the easy parts, but again I wouldn't go down that road until I balanced out the stairs the house and the brick. Good luck :)
  • Edith Martinez-Pages Edith Martinez-Pages on Mar 09, 2016
    The door is workable. Change the glass to clear and paint the door a fun color like turquoise or yellow so that it pops. I would pain the brick the same color as the rest of the house and add some landscaping. Have fun!
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 09, 2016
    ?Welcome to my half million dollar home, oh, and did you notice my lovely garage? "I would do something with the garage doors to reduce their 'front and center' statement, (darker color tones, divided paneled look)then bring the door forward (getting rid of the curves)with color on wood and brick in differing shades, and a gardened landscaped entrance. The 'frontage' picture of the home brings out the garage and upper story but pushed the entrance back visually with the dark brick and weird door. The entrance should 'pop' out and invite you to the actual home while the rest push back visually, especially the garage.
  • Nikki Nikki on Mar 09, 2016
    I am curious about your new windows, when you say your getting new white windows? Does that mean your new windows will have white molding on them like pane windows instead of the single glass like you have now? If so I think that will change the look completely and will make your house more traditional and add a lot of character, But unless you keep the sleek single glass windows you have now I would not go contemporary or modern on your door. I do think your door you have now would look great stained a deeper brown or even painted a classic black, but if you go with a new door I do want to add, I have the clear glass front door on my home and I have realized I do not like having no sense of privacy... so you may want to consider that. They do have very pretty textured glass options to choose from. I wish I had chosen a textured glass so I wanted to mention that to you just in case :) I look forward to seeing the after pics and what you decided to do. I'm sure it will look Great...
  • Amy Causey Amy Causey on Mar 09, 2016
    Agree with Edith about painting the brick to the color of house. Garage doors could be painted gray trim color. No curves on Front door. Think glass would be fine or not. But paint it a pop of color to draw the eye.
  • M Fourez M Fourez on Mar 09, 2016
    Therma-Tru Doors has a free app called DoorWays. You can pick and save different door styles, allow the app to use your camera and then stand in front of your house and view each door you have saved to see what that style would look like on your own house. It's very easy to use. I used it on a current remodel.
  • Marsha Schwarz Marsha Schwarz on Mar 09, 2016
    Here's a visual for you. I would probably do some sort of accent color, not the gray I show you, but I wanted you to see the door ... not the color.
  • Christine Styron Feit Christine Styron Feit on Mar 09, 2016
    Marsha above did a nice job. Even a white wash on the bricks would be nice and I would definitely change the color of the garage doors. That seems to be the focal point and where the curb appeal should start. Don't be afraid of some color. If you painted the brick to match the house, changed the garage doors to the gray, a red door would rock the house and even change the focal point to your entry way.
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    • Christine Styron Feit Christine Styron Feit on Mar 09, 2016
      I will do that!
  • Ric4773148 Ric4773148 on Mar 09, 2016
    Paint it a high gloss red and add brass hardware! Save alot. 😄
  • Angela Roberts Angela Roberts on Mar 09, 2016
    Red for sure. Traditional or contemporary would depend on the style of the interior.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 09, 2016
    What about adding some shutters in gray and paint around the windows white. The house has so many hard angles with the square windows that something needs to soften it up somewhat. Maybe paint a bright sunshine yellow high glass door.
  • Decidedly Donna's Decidedly Donna's on Mar 09, 2016
    https://www.sherwin-williams.com/visualizer/#/active here is something that is fun (done it) and it will help you chose the colors you need...also what color is the glass in the door? is there anything wrong with the front door? have you thought about replacing the glass in the front door and how much are you willing to spend? I just remodeled my entire house outside and inside over the last three years. I got my hands on some antique bricks and we put it around the bottom of the house, put vinyl siding on the rest of the house and I looked for a while until I found the right color of a rust red to match the brick for the front door. SO HAPPY with it. Your house would be lovely with a darker grey on doors and maybe outlining the windows red front door, and you could put some amazing carved clear glass in the door. Shutters would definitely add some character and some red in the landscaping... best of luck and enjoy doing it!!!
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Mar 09, 2016
    The rest of the house is so geometric, I find the top arches of the doorway a little out of step with the rest. I recommend some more planters - hanging, standing and climbing - to soften the hardest lines of the house. If you go with red, make sure your planters are also very decisive about colour: vibrant yellows, greens, purples will balance well. Find something with a very dark/chocolate type leaf to act as a background for the brilliant colours. Don't waste your time with intermediate pastels like pink, peach, etc., you have a lot of light coloured house and you need to balance it with something opposite.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Mar 09, 2016
    My thoughts: Yellow for the door, black shutters, maybe flower boxes, and definitely more professional landscaping to bring in lots of color. You have a beautiful home, it just needs a little pick me up! #Jealous
  • Peggy Hanson Higgins Peggy Hanson Higgins on Mar 09, 2016
    With the gray trim on your windows, I think a dark red would look lovely and make the double door pop! Just a thought😉
  • Ely2512234 Ely2512234 on Mar 09, 2016
    I would have dark grey doors and add large feature coach lamps either side of the doors to draw the eye to the entrance. And adding grey shutters would add balance. It's a good looking house and just needs a tweet or two.
  • Leona G Leona G on Mar 09, 2016
    Either dark grey doors or paint them to match the bricks. The container on the porch and in front of the garage would look better if it either matched the door, contrasted it or an accent color. I also thing that you could soften the hard lines of the house with a few landscape beds. Because of safety concerns I would not cover the view of the steps or the window but instead of the grass I would plant a small tree and would replace the tree of the small planter to something that is evergreen, something like an Alberta Spruce as they don't get to large and I think they will grow in your area. Good luck
  • Rhonda Miller Rhonda Miller on Mar 09, 2016
    U could keep the door and just replace the glass in the for frost a design on it with gel or spray. I would paint the door red with the grey trim.
  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Mar 09, 2016
    How about a center regular door with full glass storm door, and on each side full length panel windows to enclose the space. Front double doors are only handy when moving in or out
  • Nancy Nancy on Mar 10, 2016
    A nice dark navy would make the doors pop.
  • Tris Smith Tris Smith on Mar 11, 2016
    I would go a shaker style to match the garage doors. I would suggest bold molding around the bay window to tie it all together. Change out the outside light to a larger shaker style or add a large hanging one. You could also add large house numbers above or to the left of your door. I think these suggestions would pull everything together. Good luck.
  • Cynthia Potts Cynthia Potts on Mar 19, 2016
    I suggest a large raised panel door with a sidelight on each side, colonial grid to match the garage door. Add small NON louvered shutters to each of the small windows over the garage and paint them and the door a contrasting color, (navy or red?) Non Louvered can be shaker style, or a simple homemade flat shutter with a cut out or raised panel style for interest and dimension. Trim out your front facing steps and risers to match the door.
  • Dea Dea on Nov 03, 2016
    Take the grid out of the garage doors, all the other window are grid less. Put new glass in the door you may find oneway glass to stop folks from looking in if not, put etched glass in, it can be done with a clear place to see out and look great. Paint the door the color you love most in a shade that you like with the rest of the home. The front door is the first welcoming your guests will get when they come to visit.
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