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Asked on Mar 23, 2015

Which color would you paint our front door? Help!

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I just can't decide what the perfect front door color would be for our cottage! It needs a paint job. Do I keep it white? Other colors I'm thinking off are a barn red, light brown, or even a light green. What would work best with our light blue house color? Help!
Blue Cottage Decor: Our Porch and Yard http://bit.ly/1IKcdiB
Blue Cottage porch
Blue Cottage porch
Blue Cottage porch
Blue Cottage porch
Blue Cottage front door
Blue Cottage front door
86 answers
  • Deezie
    on Mar 23, 2015

    very pretty house, I think all the colors you are thinking about would look great. I would go with the light green but that is just me. Maybe do a sample on paper and tape it to the door of each color you are thinking about, good luck

  • Sue@CountryDesignHome
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Hi Dagmar! If this were my sweet blue cottage, I think I would do a couple of things. Add some black shutters to the windows, all except that little top one. For that I would add a window box to fill up some of that negative space above that big upper window. I would either stain the railings dark or paint them out white. Right now they just blend into the light blue color of the house. Then I would paint the front door (and maybe the window box) a bright coral or persimmon color for spring! (if it every comes...)

    • Dagmar's Home
      on Mar 23, 2015

      @Sue@CountryDesignHomeThanks, Sue! I love the window box idea for the top window! I love the mix of blue and orange, but I don't think I'm quite bold enough for a persimmon front door. The porch will definitely be painted white - once I find the time :)

  • Richard Perry
    on Mar 23, 2015

    what about a yellow door?????

  • Mary-Jo Jensen-Schramm
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I'm with Richard...a welcoming bright yellow!

  • Cornelia Schott
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Yes, a yellow door would look great. There are so many different shades of yellow. I might spruce up the railings and deck with a coat of white paint. Your cottage is adorable.

    • Dagmar's Home
      on Mar 23, 2015

      @Cornelia Schott I'm not a fan of yellow. But the porch will definitely be painted white - once I find the time :)

  • Kathy
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I would paint the door blue as a contrast to the house.

  • Irishkay
    on Mar 23, 2015

    YOu have the house I want!!!!! Its me! Anyway, I would keep it white and fix a really nice wreath for the door. The wreath would pop out!

  • Barb Schmidt
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Warm it up with a yellow or dark brown. Cute house!!

  • Judy Kelley
    on Mar 23, 2015

    a shade of Red and black or dark blue shutters

  • Jodibett
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I'm thinking a pretty royal blue. It would give a pop of color and look great with the light blue of the house.

  • DONNA
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I'd paint it royal blue like Jodi said!!

  • Melissa Leach
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Cute place, yellow or red door with black shutters.

  • Ray Phillips
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Barn red would look great with the blue siding.

  • RESAW
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I saw this on FB

    , Something like this would be pretty on your
    • Dagmar's Home
      on Mar 23, 2015

      @RESAW thanks! I'm thinking of going a few shades darker than the house color, similar to that.

  • Teresa west
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Definitely yellow!!!

  • Thi742734
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Barn red, and paint the porch rails bright white, then add the $20 white plastic (they sure don't look plastic) from Home Depot or lowes. I used them and you just hose em off when they get dirty! Have fun 😊

  • Beatrice Tangeman
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Sea foam green to tie it all in together with your cute little sign and pots !

  • Katrina Warren
    on Mar 23, 2015

    @Dagmar's Home You have an adorable cottage. For the door I'd go with something in a coral or orange color. I agree with shutters that everyone else seems to be suggesting, those I would do in white along with the porch railing. I think color choice is a personal thing & if YOU like it, it can't be wrong but a good rule of thumb if you aren't sure what you want or would compliment another color is to check a color wheel. The colors on either side of, or opposite from your main color choice are always complimentary to it. http://noblack.be/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/colour_wheel.jpg

  • Kathryn Peltier
    on Mar 23, 2015

    What is your color scheme inside? It is nice when the front door introduces the visitor to the inside of the home. Just about any color will work with this shade of blue. If you have primary colors inside, the use a primary color. If you have more pastel tones inside, then go with one of those (although you will want to intensify it for the exterior). When the door is open also, if you use a screen door in the summer, you want that color to work with the interior colors and finishes. The only exception to this would be a neutral (white, black, gray, etc.), but I think your cottage needs a fun color! Whatever color you do decide upon, paint the ENTIRE door that color - do not leave that little trim piece around the lite (the fan window) white. People do this ALL the time and it makes the door look fussy and piecemeal. P.S. Shutters don't look correct on a double window, so I would recommend staying away from them. If you want to add more color, paint your trim another accent color (a darker version of the siding color perhaps) which will make your windows stand out. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/255790453808932614/

  • Jeanne
    on Mar 23, 2015

    What curb appeal- your house is wonderful. I vote for YELLOW - not school bus yellow but not washed out either. I've painted the front door of every home Ilived in yellow. To me it's a no brainer. I did see a yellow house with a black front door with a wreath - it caught my eye.

  • Beatrice Tangeman
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Play up those square patterns the door with numbers or stencil a pattern

  • Tony Flaherty
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I think a pale milky green would be lovely. Fab house by the way. πŸ‘

  • DH
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Your porch looks very similar to mine, which was once pale blue with a red door. I thought the red door was super cute with the blue body. Black accents work well with that scheme, too. The white trim is cute, but off-white would soften up the whole look.

    • Dagmar's Home
      on Mar 23, 2015

      @DH Adorable house, Donna! Thanks for the picture so I can picture the red, appreciate it!

  • Gepopham
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I say yellow.

  • Dawn Shea
    on Mar 23, 2015

    the color of the arrow in the sign ,,,

  • Anne T
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Why not try the pantone color of the year "Marsala" ! The richness of this color plays off very well with the color of your home. I will be making over my front door this spring using last years' color ( radiant orchid).It's the most economical way to update the entire house and punch up your curb appeal. I also like blending the color into the landscape in terms of pots, flowers etc. Have fun with it, you can always change....

  • TERRY HAYES
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I love the white door with white shutters added. White is so crisp and clean looking.

  • Lo
    on Mar 23, 2015

    soft shade of yellow

  • Cheryl
    on Mar 23, 2015

    NAVY BLUE!!! or shade or that....

  • Patio200
    on Mar 23, 2015

    barn red with white shutters or black door with white shutters

  • EJ Guidess
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Bittersweet (a color between red and orange)

    • Marion Nesbitt
      on Mar 24, 2015

      @EJ Guidess Would be very nice - my choice, too - not too far off persimmon as someone else suggested.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Agree with shutters - too high to get to a window box Have you thought about navy blue shutters? Would paint the railing soft white as the other trim. Door - love the idea of persimmon - you can always tone it darker.

    • Patio200
      on Mar 24, 2015

      @Marion Nesbitt agree with painting railing white, really set it off!!

  • Cheryl @ Artzzle
    on Mar 23, 2015

    What an adorable home. You could always get a paint chip with your house color on it and go to the darkest shade. Or, orange is the compliment of blue ... and deep coral tones are very popular right now. And if you were to stain your wood deck ... those deeper wood tones would be great with orange-coral colors. Whatever you choose, to add more interest, you might want to go to the opposite end in shades, ... something darker (brighter) rather than another light tint like the house is now, Be sure to post your After pictures :)

  • Marge
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I would go with a bright cheery yellow

  • Karen S
    on Mar 23, 2015

    I agree with Marge...yellow is ur best option. I painted my door a bright yellow a couple of years ago. My house sits off the road and I wanted to make a statement. I am very happy with my choice .We live in a small town and people rave about my door. Go get several samples and test small areas and stand a distance away and see how u like it. Remember also the color may be a little scary but think about what door decoration u might be using. I realized after I made my choice that my door decorations "pop"...they really come alive. Good luck and have fun!!!

  • Cheryl
    on Mar 23, 2015

    A grey blue would be pretty, but a medium, not dark

  • Elv1217308
    on Mar 23, 2015

    Adorable home! I would go with a light yellow, super white trim including the railing and do the door in a bright red. Some red geraniums hanging off the porch rail and you've made a lot of impact.

  • Jud473139
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Here is an interesting article on choosing front door color. It all depends on what you want to project. http://www.dow.com/news/press-releases/article/?id=5632

  • Karen
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Bright yellow or orange. Your pumpkins and flower pot are talking to you!

  • Behr's paint .... December Eve ..... be beautiful with your white .... would set off the rest of the house and allows you a broader color palette for flowers on your porch and around the front of your house plus down the walk .....use spring mix of colors for flowers but the blue in the picture for the door .....[the darker one on the left at the bottom]

    • @Dagmar's Home The December Eve is a long wearing paint and goes on well, it allows your trim [white] to stand out .... also think about doing your porch, railing in a true white and not a white wash color ... too many differences and colors leave you with an unsettled feeling when you look at it ..... your darker door will make the house look larger and gives you a nice backdrop for a pretty natural country style wreath to go on your door for decoration ... if money is an issue - as it is with us all - consider recycling items or buying plain terracotta pots and painting them in complimentary colors to put your plants in .... in this way you can use sleeve pots [change out your flowers with the season] and you don't have to continuously worry about extra expense for new pots ....will add on some pictures of ideas and you might get some inspiration + a great Facebook page that you will find useful ..... its a great house and could look very adorable as a country cottage design.

      , recycle an old piece of porch furniture and plant flowers in seat, recycle an old barrel washtub etc, try a decorative natural wreath for your front door create your own or go to sites like Etsy com to find them, add complimentary but bright colors to your porch area and along your walk way helps call attention to the charming quality of your house, cluster your plants into containers for a more pulled together and fuller look instead of multiple single pots also is less care for your plants than separate pots if you use white pots it will pick up your white trim
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  • Dima
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Yellow! Definitely yellow! My first house was the same shade of blue and I lamented over the door color. I took a chance and painted it a beautiful sunny yellow. I sold the house almost 19 years ago and the front door is still the same color! It puts a smile on the face of everyone who comes in.

  • Susan
    on Mar 24, 2015

    I like a silver, gray-blue. Or coral.

  • Dar1395900
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Butter Yellow (not margarine)

  • Laurie
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Print out the picture and then cut out the paint chip cards to place over the door in the picture - or color with markers - it will give you a good visual. Personally, I would go with an eggplant or a darker blue that tends toward gray - it will be a good background and won't compete with plantings in the front.

  • Alice Shockley
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Sounds crazy, but I like the color of the pumpkins in front of the house. So maybe a pumpkin-y or burnt orange. Something different.

    • Marion Nesbitt
      on Mar 24, 2015

      @Alice Shockley Like these orangy, orangy-red colour suggestions. Not enough contrast, in my opinion only, for yellow.

  • Mary Locke
    on Mar 24, 2015

    Pale yellow.

  • Non1438716
    on Mar 25, 2015

    You have received some great ideas. I painted my front door orange, and have never regretted it. I love it every time I look at it.

  • Bonnie
    on Mar 25, 2015

    I love your house, very cute! I would use a bold royal blue, or a darker shade of blue from your siding.... Of course, I think the white door is very pretty but if you're looking for something that pops your curb appeal I would stain or paint the front railings and stair risers white. The dull weathered wood is what really needs a facelift the most.

  • Beverly Parsons
    on Mar 25, 2015

    The blues would be vey pretty!

  • Dee Rush
    on Mar 27, 2015

    I would use a deep dark blue, or go completely crazy and do it barn red.....

  • Daw613667
    on Mar 27, 2015

    Leave as is......if you are compelled to paint it.....Chinese Red.....my house is a darker grey/blue and I did red. Definitely NOT ANOTHER SHADE OF BLUE ....there are too many shades of blue and it would be very difficult to get it the same hue....besides, blue fades MORE than any other color.

  • Cheryl @ Artzzle
    on Mar 27, 2015

    Dagmar: So have you decided yet ... if not ... when? Excited to see your final results :) Have a great weekend.

  • Sue Sanders
    on Mar 31, 2015

    The front door should be a focal point and not blend with the house. I would paint it a burnt orange. Eyes should be drawn to the entry.

  • Sherie Walden
    on Apr 2, 2015

    I would love it INA barn red. Very welcoming.

  • Pat880866
    on Apr 14, 2015

    A brighter shade of the blue would be my choice, or a yellow.

  • Leslie
    on Apr 15, 2015

    Lime green or yellow

  • Joan
    on Apr 20, 2015

    Yellow!

  • Faidra Ford
    on Apr 21, 2015

    RED!!!

  • Lois@Pineridge Hills
    on May 5, 2015

    Yellow.....

  • Queenie bell
    on May 5, 2015

    Deep blue

  • Suzanne Crowther
    on May 15, 2015

    we are painting our front door we built this house its been 9 years and still doing it but I have just found a rich dark blue almost black but you can see its blue we have a blue colour bond roof and a sand stone coloured brick the plus its steel frame home so the tl will be painted n cream and some areas white it is such a hard choice I love all these idea hubby wants cream !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! me I am an artist love colour so white ?????????????no way lo good luck also why not paint a bit of the colours that you like and see what they would look like can you get a sample pot ????? they cost $6.00 here or mix your own just do a little strip of the colours you like

  • E macintyre
    on Jun 5, 2015

    Barn red definitely with nice hanging planters with some red flowers.

  • Cindy Moore
    on Jun 5, 2015

    Yellow!

  • Marion Hamilton
    on Jul 3, 2015

    SEA BLUE

  • Irishkay
    on Jul 4, 2015

    How about a dark blue, like maybe cobalt?

  • Carol Weldon
    on Jul 4, 2015

    Red

  • Bonnie Hoffart
    on Jul 9, 2015

    I would paint your porch railings white to match the trim. Paint the front door black.

  • B. Enne
    on Jul 9, 2015

    What did you choose? I like a red door with navy shutters, leaving the other trim white. http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Glitter-and-Goat-Cheese-Front-Door.jpg

  • Lyn Therese
    on Sep 25, 2015

    Red or a cranberry/wine would be a great contrast. A red or cranberry/wine bench and some red flowers in the hanging baskets and some going down the steps. And how about a flower box in the upstairs window with some red flowers........Trim and steps white and black shutters. Hope you post some pics.

  • Hobnailgail
    on Sep 25, 2015

    A pale yellow and paint the porch railings white. Bring a little sunshine to the front door!

  • Mickey Baron
    on Oct 22, 2015

    I closed my eyes & pictured the color wheel. I'm with hobnailgail ^ A pale, light, maybe even buttery creamy YELLOW. NOT a bold, sunshine, sunflower... ~Creamier. I think you would love it.

  • Lou Ann Newell
    on Oct 25, 2015

    I also thought of yellow! Or something like an light orange/spice color like the pumpkins on the porch! I agree to paint the railings white, also. Since it is a door you can change your mind many times!! Good luck and show us the results!

  • Betty-Ellen
    on Oct 25, 2015

    I like the white but would hang the wreath lower so that the window will show. It looks clean and inviting the way it is. Would also paint the porch and railings white.

  • Nicola
    on Oct 25, 2015

    Pumpkin or a mustard golden yellow!

  • Karen
    on Oct 25, 2015

    Take a picture of the house and print it out. Cut out the door. Go to the paint store and put various chips behind the space. You can see how any color would look and might even choose something you hadn't thought of! Then you can come paint my door! 😊

  • Karen
    on Oct 25, 2015

    Hope this helps! I agree, white could be a little boring , but with this tip, you might be surprised. Happy painting!!!!

  • Susan Rogers Garton
    on Oct 26, 2015

    Barn red! Nothing pops like that. What I am doing after Halloween!

  • Barbara Crofts
    on Oct 26, 2015

    I would go a darker blue.

  • Hilliriah Jacobs
    on Oct 26, 2015

    Red or green. Both colors would pop with that baby blue

  • EJ Guidess
    on Oct 26, 2015

    It's been along time since u started this- didn't u paint it yet? Want to see the color pic!

  • Dorothy
    on Oct 27, 2015

    I would paint it navy blue it would look great with the light blue of the house!

  • P_m4039201
    on Feb 4, 2016

    Bright RED, definitely bright RED!!!!

  • CarolynDeline
    on Mar 25, 2016

    saw this in Nova Scotia and loved the combo

  • K
    on Mar 29, 2016

    I would go with a rich orange - paprika color

  • Bonnie Woolever
    on Mar 29, 2016

    Yellow, or red

  • Lin21558230
    on Apr 2, 2017

    Bright red or shiny black

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