What color do I paint my exterior doors and can I add shutters?


I have a metal roof that was a, I guess, a pretty blue. Now it’s old and faded. We do plan to replace it one day. My dilemma is what color to paint my exterior doors to match the now faded roof which looks like a county blue. I have brick that has shades of reds, blacks, terracotta, Browns, and some white. We moved her about a year ago and we knew we would make changes but the folks that designed the house.....well let’s just say I would’ve and you would’ve done different! Can you put a shutter on one side of a window and it look ok? There is no room for a shutter on the other side. Help???

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  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Sep 03, 2018

    I’d love to help! A picture would make it easier and better - can you upload one? :)

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    • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Sep 03, 2018

      If you aren’t a fan of your roof color I think you should ignore it. I think a front door should be a color that makes you smile or sets the tone for your house. For example, black can be a dramatic and sophisticated color.

      I missed your shutter question before: if you only have room for one side, one shutter would look a bit odd. Maybe you could beef up the trim around the whole window?

  • Gk Gk on Sep 03, 2018

    I would bet you could find a very pretty blue to match your roof! I don't think that putting a shutter on one side of the window would look balanced. Is there a way you could add flower boxes under the windows? Adding flower boxes would give you some visual interest for not a lot of money and you could change things out for different seasons.

    • Amber Amber on Sep 03, 2018

      I can try to upload. Lol. Not to savvy on this iPhone. I was thinking of a darker blue. Not much else will really match that country blue. :( the front has a very nice porch complete with swings on each end. But they put the one window to close to the front door leaving no room for shutters. A window box won’t work because it’s to close to the deck/pouch floor. 🙄 I will try to get pics. Thank you sooo much!!

  • Bijous Bijous on Sep 03, 2018

    Hi. You can paint your metal roof. No need to ever replace with proper upkeep. With the brick being in earth tones, you can use any and all colors that suit your fancy (especially since the roof is faded). If you have two windows that are close together and shutters won't go in between a shutter on the outside of each window will look okay. Instead, how about framing out the windows making them larger? Happy DIY'ing!

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    • Amber Amber on Sep 03, 2018

      Thank you for your ideas too!! Still thinking. I love bright color and I had originally thought yellow (not Big Bird Yellow) but a very pretty yellow (No Pastels). I guess I should find me some swatches put them on the door and back off and look at it.

  • Bijous Bijous on Sep 03, 2018

    Yellow is just the color! Go for it. Not only is it a cheerful color, but it's also lucky.

  • Beth Beth on Sep 03, 2018

    I would paint the roof and shutters black, and the front door terracotta. I would NOT paint yellow. That is the exterior color that people always drive by and say, "OMG look at that tacky house! It ruins the neighborhood!" There is no yellow in your home's brick!

    • Amber Amber on Sep 10, 2018

      Well, I don’t have shutters and a black roof would draw immense heat on a metal roof. I like some things black just not my house. Ick! But thank you for your advice. Oh and I’ve had terra-cotta doors before so I really wanted something different this time. I did think about a black door though. But then I thought not. I just don’t like dark colors for the most part or country blue. Lol

  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 10, 2018

    What about a deeper and brighter shade of your “country blue” roof? Do not want to put too many colors on your house. Black also would be nice.

    • Amber Amber on Sep 10, 2018

      I think I’m going to get some samples then pick my faves and then get my husband in on this as well. I love blue and was thinking maybe a darker blue. Not sure. I appreciate your help and input!!