What color for front door?

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I planted white and pink hydrangeas in the front of the house. Now I want to paint the front door/doors. Can't decide on color or if I should paint the aluminum storm door or just the wooden interior door. Suggestions on further landscaping would be welcome too. I don't have a green thumb and don't enjoy weeding so I was planning on getting some mulch to put around the plants, they are supposed to get quite big. Thanks for any help.
q what color for front door, curb appeal, doors, This is the front of the house New windows with vinyl casings so I won t paint those But the front door or doors need some color I think
This is the front of the house. New windows with vinyl casings, so I won't paint those. But the front door or doors need some color I think.
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  • Judy J. Judy J. on Jul 02, 2014
    I think a bright sunny yellow would be pretty. If you want to keep the storm door white that's fine since you have new white window casings, but you can paint them, too, either to match door or contrast with it.

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    • Priscilla Priscilla on Jul 04, 2014
      @Ann - What colors are in the room the door opens into? If you leave the door open, you need a color that will blend. It does need a color that will 'pop' but blend.

  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Jul 02, 2014
    I would use a dark burgundy on your front door and leave the storm door white to go with your new windows. Also for curb appeal I would plant some dwarf nandinas for low maintenance and before mulching put down layers of newspaper or cardboard for weed control. If you can, edge your beds with landscape blocks or rocks.

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    • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Jul 30, 2014
      @Cheryl they are very popular here in Arkansas as a shrub. I too have several around my home and love them. No maintenance is the best part!

  • Saundra M Saundra M on Jul 04, 2014
    I think a dark red would be pretty.

  • Duffy V Duffy V on Jul 04, 2014
    Dark red or burgundy. No yellow.

  • Kimberley Kelley Kimberley Kelley on Jul 04, 2014
    tangerine/pumpkin..color..to..match..the..color..of..the..brick.

  • Diane W Diane W on Jul 04, 2014
    Perhaps you could put shutters up on the windows.

  • Teresa Zietz-Coon Teresa Zietz-Coon on Jul 04, 2014
    I WOULD DO BLACK, BLACK MAILBOX, DEFINITELY USE SOME PAVERS AND DO THE WALKWAY, FLOWER BEDS, ADD PERENNIALS,LILLIES, HOSTAS AND USE SOME BLACK MULCH, SOME SOLAR LIGHTS ALSOAND IN BIG BOLD BRASS O I WOULD PUT THE HOUSE NUMBERS ON THE INTERIOR DOOR, REMOVE THE PAPERBOX TOO

  • Laura Oliver Laura Oliver on Jul 04, 2014
    How about a pretty shade of blue, such as birds' eggblue, with shutters to match, framing the windows? Widening the sidewalk/ curving it to lead out to a driveway..? might add to the curb appeal.

  • Christine Ellsworth Christine Ellsworth on Jul 04, 2014
    I would paint the door white, Make white flower boxes under the window with white flowers and hanging green ivy. (The boxes could have details with black iron like the front door. ). I would have white blinds on the windows seen from outside. Place the bird feeder on the right side( where the flag is) Use with white or black bird feeders or white flowers again to pull the colors together. Add another flower pot like the one you have on the other side that matches, or buy larger ones that are black or white , placing them in front of the steps on each side of course. .Black mulch would pull the look as well!

  • Barbara Chapman Barbara Chapman on Jul 04, 2014
    At first I thought yellow also, then I read all the other ideas and suggestions. If you do the red brick pavers to edge the sidewalk (wonderful idea) and the flower beds, I would go with the dark burgundy front door! I have seen the black mulch and it is really outstanding, go with that around your plants! Wonderful ideas all around!!!

  • Donna Tracey Donna Tracey on Jul 04, 2014
    I agree with the burgandy door and leave storm door white to match trim

  • Par359356 Par359356 on Jul 04, 2014
    I would replace the storm door with a full glass one if it's in the budget...a nice navy blue door with matching shutters will make the white trim pop. I would also edge your beds with a straight edge shovel about 5 o" or so.... so they appear raised then add mulch. For the sidewalk, you could try to work with what you have by planting small sttrips of perennials with mulch again, faux raised on either side or get some sweat equity going with new pavers and paintining the steps the same color as your pavers !!! :)

  • Trish Trish on Jul 04, 2014
    Burgundy and leave the storm door

  • Shelley Ellis Shelley Ellis on Jul 04, 2014
    We have a storm door just like that, and we painted it. We even painted the panels a different color. Our storm door is barn red with teal panels. It looks great - makes the house look even more like a cottage.

  • Valerie Hammond Valerie Hammond on Jul 04, 2014
    I would maybe highlight the x with same color your painting the door otherwise I wouldn't paint it unless it showing a lot of wear painted my moms last summer was just like your showed every brush mark finally used roller and just highlighted the details left remainder white

  • Pam W Pam W on Jul 04, 2014
    inky blue for door and facing

  • Donna Donna on Jul 04, 2014
    I think that yellow is not enough contrast to the brown/ tans of your house. It would be a good idea if it is in the budget to have a full glass/screen door. The storm door looks like a storm door for a back or side of the house. The house numbers should be under the front light too. You could definitely give more character to the front with a dark color for the door. But before you decide try to think if you are going to replace the walkway. A nice brick walkway with a curve to it would enhance the curb appeal. Then I would also find a different light for the porch too.

  • Donna Donna on Jul 04, 2014
    Oh and whatever is that under the mail box. It needs to go.

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    • LaDonna Castle LaDonna Castle on Jul 05, 2014
      @Donna I would like to see the paper box free standing in the flowerbed with a vine growing on the post.

  • Janet J Janet J on Jul 04, 2014
    I think shutters would make a huge difference. Maybe paint the door the same color or a contrasting color. I also think that hand rails on the porch, would be nice.

  • Good start. My suggestion is to add more plants . Trees on the edges and or front. Add some interest to middle and or corners edges of yard to reduce lawn size . Perhaps add some edible and magickal garden- thereby reducing the flat one dimension of the front of your home. Adding subtle darker tones to may reduce the bore, yet a chalk wash on brick - even yogurt -( moss growth ) . The house is essentially a blank canvas- add all year interest and LAYER

  • Sue Good Sue Good on Jul 04, 2014
    If it were my place I would go for the cottage look.The place is screaming for flowers and pots of flowers and window boxes with flowers,flowering shrubs such as flowering almond and rose of sharon and 100's of spring bulbs,daffodils,tulips,hyacinths,roses a dogwood and/ or a weeping cherry or yoshino cherry tree. an arbor might be nice ,a small solar fountain and solar lights.I might consider painting the dreary beige brick with a pastel yellow and paint the door navy blue! Those colors are amazing together! by the bird feeder you need a nice birdbath too!

  • Hortensia Pugh Hortensia Pugh on Jul 04, 2014
    I would add a nice covered deck, nothing too big and then plant the hydrangeas in front...

  • Loretta Goodman Loretta Goodman on Jul 04, 2014
    I love touquoise right now if you're not afraid of color.if you look on the Sherwin Williams website, you can use your picture, pick a color, touch the door in your pic and it will color it so you can see exactly what color looks good. Good luck!!

  • Kitty Kitty on Jul 04, 2014
    Red

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 04, 2014
    Lots of great ideas! My house is similar in color. We added black shutters, full glass door, black light fixture/mailbox. I love hydrangea, however think you also need to add permanent greenery shrubs for winter months. One on each side of the front door and perhaps on the end corners of the house too! Roses are also long term bloomers and would go well with the dark burgundy door color that @Donna Byram mentioned in an earlier post. Widening the walkway to the full length of the stairs would also be another thought. Look forward to seeing your completed photos...GOOD LUCK!

  • Vickie W Vickie W on Jul 04, 2014
    A red door would be really pretty.

  • Priscilla Priscilla on Jul 04, 2014
    What colors are in the room the door opens into? If you leave the door open, you need a color that will blend. It does need a color that will 'pop' but blend.

    • Carol Marcusse Carol Marcusse on Jul 05, 2014
      Agree. Paintedy front door red and loved it from outside but hated it when door was open into entry and living room

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 05, 2014
    Just a little FYI... Hydrangeas are known to change colors, depending on the alkaline/acidity of the soil. Something to keep in mind, most gardening stores have additives to help keep or change the colors. I like the idea of adding shutters & painting the front door to match. Leave the storm door white to tie in casings on the windows. Good luck!

  • Stacey Longest Stacey Longest on Jul 05, 2014
    Do projects in stages. Maybe window boxes and create flower beds first, then work on planting some shrubbery that will fill in as time goes on. You can maybe paint the front door a color that coordinates with flowers or flowerpots on the front step. When budget allows build a larger porch. A new porch light and mailbox would make a quick weekend project that can be completed with little expense.

  • Linda Kosakowski Linda Kosakowski on Jul 05, 2014
    I would love to see the inside door a rich "Purr-ple"! Not burgandy or maroon but Purple! Go for it!

  • Sandra T Sandra T on Jul 05, 2014
    I love red are a dark brick color for that white door. you need more plants. Maybe some roses. I have knock out roses in front and they are in bloom most of the time

  • Terri W Terri W on Jul 05, 2014
    Gabled Portico over front door would do wonders, and "open" it up, make more inviting, improve roof line. Red or Blue door, I like the Turquoise mentioned above. Look for plants/shrubs that will get no no taller than 8-10'. Dwarf conifers would be a good start, combine with hydrangeas, perennials that coordinate/contrast. Wrong windows for shutters or window boxes, however. Keep white as your trim, as everywhere is white, you do not want to add too many colors to the mix...

  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Jul 05, 2014
    What color makes you heart sing? Choose that. I think the idea of shutters on each side of the door and the big picture windows would "countryfy" this home greatly.

  • Sherilyn Vars Sherilyn Vars on Jul 05, 2014
    I see that you have an overhang on your roof. I would put posts for a "fake" porch look, go down the sidewalk with beds for either flowers or shrubs, depending on what you like and add more flowers in front. I'm not one for shrubs in front of the house for safety reasons. The doors, I would paint only the interior door. The screen door matches the casings on the windows. The door would be very pretty in a color that you like. I would paint it an accent color of the room it opens into....

  • Toni Pepitone Kirksey Toni Pepitone Kirksey on Jul 05, 2014
    I painted mine a deep plum- I think it would look great with the brick color- then maybe add some window boxes painted same-

  • Ruth Helcamp Ruth Helcamp on Jul 05, 2014
    Add shutters in dark brown and paint the door dark brown tootAKE the wreath off the wall, and hang it on the door using bright yellow and white flowers.plus...and you really need two nice arborvitae evergreens on either side of the door. Carve out a nice flower bed the full length of the house and add red cedar mulch and some more perrenial plants. This place is too plain on the front.

  • Mom233426 Mom233426 on Jul 05, 2014
    Be brave! I hesitated for a long time to paint my while/primed doors but at places like Home Depot, you can put a piece of almost anything under the color "thing" and it gives you ideas for cordinating colors. So could use color of house/roof for instance. But, it's only paint, use what you love, bring home some color chips, tape on door and look at it from walkway. Then add a DIY wreath , inexpensive flowers or hostas along walkway, at some point window boxes would be pretty on your house. Do it in steps. Good luck!

  • Pat Pat on Jul 05, 2014
    A quiet gold color................

  • Kim Smith Kim Smith on Jul 05, 2014
    Use a colour you like on the door.Dark red certainly would complement the house colour.

  • Kathy C Kathy C on Jul 05, 2014
    This is the same look as my house, but my brick is redder. You need some height at the door and at each end of the house. I use viburnum Shasta. Easy to grow. In front of those, I use camellias at the corners, then fill in between with encore azaleas and hydrangeas. I have to fight my neighbors' 60 year old maple roots, and and these work with some attention. Assume you get morning sun and are mostly shady? If you don't like viburnum, try holly. It's fuller. I have a mixed front so I also use some dwarf cryptomeria. Then I use boxleaf euonymus down one side of the sidewalk with creeping phlox that grows over and softens the hard straight lines of the sidewalk, and crepe myrtles down the other. I also have carved out some garden spaces on the right, with redbuds, dogwoods and hydranges/azaleas and a bench. I haven't figured out the door color yet, either. So I'm glad to read these suggestions. I'll post pics of anything if you want it.

  • Shelley S Shelley S on Jul 05, 2014
    The hydrangia will be beautifu as it grows. I like the screen white. I think one thing that would like nice is edge the sides of your side walk if you don't want to do flower beds on each side. I think a brightly painted door would look lovely. How about a nice white trellis on the right side with a climbing rose or hydrangia. That would break up that space. Paint your mail box a complimentary color to the door, break up the white. A hanging plant on the left of tte door. I also love the idea of shutters but not the same color as the door. Make the door be an attraction those windows in the door are awesome. :)

  • Suzi Cranford Suzi Cranford on Jul 05, 2014
    A rich dark green.

  • Reinventing Space Reinventing Space on Jul 05, 2014
    Paint your storm and interior door a turquoise blue and your newspaper and mailbox black. Get bigger and nicer house numbers in black (google house numbers) and install them on the brick, right of the door around head height. Paint your stoop. Edge your walkway!! Add some evergreen scrubs, and more perennials, such as no fuss hostas to the border.

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    • Karyn Roesler Karyn Roesler on Jul 05, 2014
      @Lizzy Bean The turquoise is lovely-and antiqued like the door above would be cute! Is it possible to move the mailbox to a stand alone-they make some cute ones.

  • Valerie Valerie on Jul 05, 2014
    I definitely would start with mock shutters on either side of the windows, just mount them against the wall for decorative purposes. I would then add window boxes. I like the idea of white for the shutters and window boxes, but agree with White Oak Studio designs that the front door should be a color which makes your 'heart sing'! Please do post photographs as the project progresses!

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Jul 05, 2014
    I would paint the door a bright orange, it would make the whole front of the house pop and look beautiful!

  • Carole P Carole P on Jul 05, 2014
    how about a beautiful lime green gorgeous color

  • Kristy Champion Kristy Champion on Jul 05, 2014
    So much advice! ;-) How can you ever decide? I would cluster some smaller evergreen shrubs (and the peonies) and maybe some knockout roses (I've never been a huge fan of rose bushes, but they are great performers) under the windows and get some variation in height by planting some taller (but not tall enough to reach the overhang) shrubs near the porch (at least on the one side where wreath is). I love the idea of a burgundy color on the door and I would paint both doors same color and hang wreath on door so it could peek through the glass section. I also think a small handrail (in white to match trim) would look nice on either side of porch.

  • Kristy Champion Kristy Champion on Jul 05, 2014
    An easier option is paint the door white to match storm door (and trim) and add color with a wreath, shutters, and additional plants.

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jul 05, 2014
    You have some good ideas here, so I won't have anymore about the colors or plant suggestions. I will address your dislike of weeding. After I plant, I surround the plants, not touching the stems, with several layers of newspaper. Then I spread mulch on top to make the flower bed neat. This method will prevent some of the weeds from growing and keep the moisture longer. Good luck. Post pictures.

  • Julie B Julie B on Jul 05, 2014
    So much advice for one question. Your question on the door is simple. Worry about the rest later. I would suggest a dark green or a dark rust color.

  • Pamela F Pamela F on Jul 05, 2014
    Green

  • Donna Lamothe Donna Lamothe on Jul 05, 2014
    I would go for a crimson red. It needs some color.

  • Cheryl Zeis Cheryl Zeis on Jul 05, 2014
    Lots of potential! One thing at a time: you asked about the doors, so I suggest painting the interior door white to begin with - to match the aluminum door- but then adding shutters and painting the doors to match. Pathway and steps need work next...widen path and cover front step with pavers. Have fun!

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    • Beverly Beverly on Jul 05, 2014
      Exactly what I was going to recommend but I would add a topiary or tall plant in front of the shutters. I would also dig out the grass next to the walkway and add some brick on each side to widen the sidewalk to match the width of the porch. Or put black shutters on the windows and build a wood porch at least 4 to 5 feet wide over the concrete steps and a pergola about 4 to 5 feet out and plant some climbing roses or other climbing plants on it...or hanging plants. Then there is the easy fix for the sidewalk & porch steps...have a decorative concrete company stain or stain and stamp them.

  • Marlene Marlene on Jul 05, 2014
    Frame it the paint it with bold white molding. The storm door taken off and colonial door with two side lights should be installed. However if that isn't affordable, stick with natural wood look.

  • Susan Blancette Susan Blancette on Jul 05, 2014
    I like the idea of shutters and window flower boxes but I think the front door would look great painted country blue...

  • Meburke Meburke on Jul 05, 2014
    I would suggest a "Persimmon" a deeper orange like brown mixed w orange. Storm door frame too for a unified look ....bolder & chunkier that wSy esp from the street... Shutters?

  • Bazen interiors Bazen interiors on Jul 05, 2014
    I agree with adding shutters. A dark rich espresso brown because your brick and roof have brown. As for the front door I would stain it and use dark bronze hardware. I know it serves a purpose but I'd remove the aluminum door permenantly. I would remove everything from the brick that's hanging up. Paint the mail holder dark bronze and house numbers white. Now for color! The hydrangeas will be gorgeous when they get larger. I would put a big jute and black rubber welcome mat and two large pots on each side of your porch w topiary type green shrubs. (On ground by porch) your color will come from your hydrangeas and I would invest in some purple and green landscape bushes, vines, ground cover, flowers.

  • Karren Brunell Karren Brunell on Jul 05, 2014
    I would frame out the flower beds, and put down maybe red mulch, then also put up some shutters, that will play off the red mulch and the front door. If you can change the color, maybe something rich like a royal purple, red and purple do go together, or a lime green door. I would also do something with the pathway up to the door, maybe put some flowers up either side or some type of little rocks...Or you could paint it to make it look like stamped concret patio brinks to give it character. just a thought.

  • Lisa Lisa on Jul 05, 2014
    Its always nice to create a color story with the trim and plantings. A red with a blue under tone would look great if you also planted bushes in the same color range like a red tagged dog wood or nine bark Diablo.

  • Deb Bellm Weir Deb Bellm Weir on Jul 05, 2014
    Add some color by adding the complimentary color blue. Orange and blue compliment each other and add a bit of life to any decor.

  • Marlene Marlene on Jul 05, 2014
    Shutters can add a bold contrast to your front.

  • Aam361667 Aam361667 on Jul 05, 2014
    I would do the door in sage green

  • Aam361667 Aam361667 on Jul 05, 2014
    With matching sage green shutters

  • Carmen Carmen on Jul 05, 2014
    You have a lot of good advice on paint I like the current looksince the windows won’t be touched, think the landscape and outside decorationsshould be the pop of color you need. I do advise against the shutters becauseit is just one more thing you have to give maintenance too. Big house numberabove the mail box, so you have the other side for seasonal decorations. I too dislike having to weed flower beds and the lawn; sohere are my landscape ideas. Largeplanters on each side of the landing – I like square planters, with drought resistantplants that will not grow very tall (might hide your mailbox & housenumber). I personally hate mulch, but if you go that route suggest you placeplastic edging up against the house and the soil; this keeps moisture and bugs awayfrom the foundation. Instead of landscape fabric use thick layers of newspaper [avoidglossy and color pages], it keeps weeds away, adds organic matter, and if youget lucky earthworms will come. The onlytype of mulch I ever use is pumice or lava rocks because it helps keep animalsaway from the beds, sometimes it’s pricy, but it doesn’t decay the way mostmulch chips do so in a way you save cash. If you go with mulch chips know they will eventually interact with yoursoil and plants. Get advice where you purchase or do your own research as tothe best mulch for what you’ve planted. Until your plants grow and fill in the area you mightconsider using container plants. I woulddefinitely landscape around the path to the doorway. Instead of a straight edgethat follows the path you can soften the look with slight curves, or a halfcircle on each side. If you are lazy like me, you can slowly remove the grass,replace with colorful ornamental grass, and drought resistant plants, many ofwhich flower with amazing color; this is called xeriscape.

  • CORINNE CORINNE on Jul 05, 2014
    Paint it and your 'future' shutters, pink to match your Hydrangeas!

  • Karen Sheilds Karen Sheilds on Jul 05, 2014
    Candy Apple Red would really pop against the brown.

  • Rhonda Elliott Rhonda Elliott on Jul 05, 2014
    I would put down 5 sheets of newspaper then red mulch, then no weeds! Canyon red door.

  • Rhonda Elliott Rhonda Elliott on Jul 05, 2014
    If possible a storm door with more glass/screen... the white IS overpowering.

  • Kay Haynes Kay Haynes on Jul 05, 2014
    I would paint the door & screen door a bright TEAL & widen the walk & put more plants along the front, maybe in pots painted TEAL, if shutters are in your budget right now. I spray paint all my pots in bright colors. It really lifts my spirits.

  • Gwen Gwen on Jul 05, 2014
    You have much advice to think about!! I really like the white of your storm door and windows. And I liked the advice of dark brown for the shutters. And spray your mailbox Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. On Shanty to Chic's Pinterest page, there is a tutorial for a box with their house numbers on it, plant inside, and I thought What an unusual yet eye catching way to display your spray painted numbers! What made it really go was the use of decorative hinges like on your all weather door. Not into woodworking? Garden centers sell even faux wood boxes or real wooden ones. I would keep the wreath in closer to the door so guests can see it walking up to your home. For your inner door, the day your question posted someone painted their door that is behind a storm door a very nice blue. It would. Complement the dark brown tones. It may seem a little thing but I'd suggest edging the sidewalk crisply during the growing season. It makes your grass look tidy but makes me feel welcome. I love your sidewalk. Its a pretty color. It looks good. I love clover in grass. It is free wild flowers!!! That bring the RIGHT bees. Keep adding a few plants but in a sweeping flow around your home not just in a straight line. Add a tree and ASK at a nursery what grows well for closer to the house and sometimes locally owned will charge for plans but you buy the plants there and it's paid for. You are so fortunate to have a beautiful home of your own!! And your new windows will really help with energy costs!!! Take things step by step. Best to you!

  • Lynne Fernandez Lynne Fernandez on Jul 05, 2014
    Buy a pack of colored construction paper and put the sheets up one at a time on your front door and view it from the sidewalk to see which color you like. Cheaper and easier than paint samples. You won't get the exact color in paint but you'll know whether you like a green, yellow, blue or red etc. Enjoy! I love redecorating projects.

  • Hortonica H Hortonica H on Jul 05, 2014
    A nice bright yellow would be super pretty.

  • Bibi Sweet67 Bibi Sweet67 on Jul 05, 2014
    I would paint the wooden interior door and window frame burgundy and put mulch around the flowers to give the house a pop of color. The brick color of your house always look's good with burgundy.

  • Mary Rose Mary Rose on Jul 05, 2014
    What about painting your door a light sage green color? Thats what I did on my small cottage home. I also have lots of white trim windows & storm doors.. Good luck!

  • Mary Rose Mary Rose on Jul 05, 2014
    What about painting your door a light sage green color? Thats what I did on my small cottage home. I also have lots of white trim windows & storm doors.. Good luck!

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    • Mary Rose Mary Rose on Jul 05, 2014
      @Ann & @Meem Kaplan I've had the door to my brick cottage painted burgundy, red, grass green, dark green & now this light sage.. Looking forward to seeing what you use. Have fun!!

  • Kathy Watts Kathy Watts on Jul 05, 2014
    Is the house paid for? Then red for the interior door. Keep us posted I would love to see what you decided.

  • Martha C Martha C on Jul 05, 2014
    I'd go with a burgandy or plum, but really whatever sets off the brick colors. By all means, don't wreck the look of your newly painted front door with an unpainted storm door! Storm doors are pretty easy to paint & it holds up well if you get a good quality paint.

  • Jeani Jeani on Jul 05, 2014
    I would go a dark burnt orange and plant marigolds.

  • Sharon Hemmingsen Sharon Hemmingsen on Jul 05, 2014
    I like a pretty sage green also. I would then paint the concrete steps a dark gray or brown. I can picture those small picket fences across the front painted the same sage as the door, with some solar lighting. I think if you could widen the sidewalk do so. If not edge it really good and stencil it with the same gray or brown paint as the steps to make it look like a stone or brick path. A Lot of work? Yes but the results. Priceless

  • Eva Bengtsson Eva Bengtsson on Jul 05, 2014
    I would absolutely paint in a blue tone. Blue and bricks match so beutifully

  • Tegma Tegma on Jul 05, 2014
    What about painting the house itself? Brick like that takes wonderfully! Check HGTV for ideas....

  • Pat Pat on Jul 05, 2014
    Since buying a new door (and I assume a new storm door)are not in the cards, plan to paint them the same color so the storm door being more invisible. That storm is from the 70s/80s country mode. Why not use a deep barn red which would complement the brown of the roof?

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    • Pat Pat on Jul 05, 2014
      Assume...haha...you are a young 'un. They have not sold these kind of doors in a many years. They were utilitarian and useful because kiddies and pets could not push out the screen on the lower section. But, they had no insulation instead just being a layer of aluminum. Sometimes, the top window could be changed out with the screen. Eventually, it was improved so the the window and screen could be moved up and down for whichever was needed/wanted. Reread her second sentence as she made reference to the storm, also.

  • Gail Gail on Jul 05, 2014
    a metallic burgundy or cranberry would go nicely with pink flowers and give your house pizazz. It also looks like it would pick up a pink tint in your shingles. mulch around the plants is a great deterrent to weeks...maybe investigate using Preen around them too. It stops new growth, so the weeds don't get started. It you decide to plant more after putting down Preen, all you have to do is break up the soil surface to break up the barrier that Preen creates against new plants.

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Jul 05, 2014
    I would paint it a terra cotta color, light to dark, which ever strikes your fancy. I would then get some pretty colored pots and fill them. The flower bed can be filled with annuals which are very hardy with just a little miracle grow and water (they don't require a green thumb, just a little love).

  • Barbara Turner Barbara Turner on Jul 05, 2014
    Frankly I'd lose that white door and get a gray storm door and definitely different hardware, that rancher western hardware does NOT go with that house. Then get a bunch of sample construction papers and test what you want to with colors like the first writer said. THEN, uh, I'd really lose that UNSAFE walkway and put in pavers, LEVELED! That is soooooo dangerous I wouldn't even want to walk on it. It's slanted and eroded. Waiting for a lawsuit that one is. Get some decorate blocks and lay out beds in front of the windows on both sides and install some perennials so they'll come back every year. I have soft touch hollies and Inkberry hollies shrubs and they fill in nicely and are drought tolerant. Good luck, pics when you finished or proceed.

  • Diane Diane on Jul 05, 2014
    Sweet home. Would you consider adding shutters to the windows as well? Maybe for now you can plant some multi-colored flowers in the beds and get the pot of color you're looking for.

  • LaVerne DeHart LaVerne DeHart on Jul 05, 2014
    periwinkle would be a pretty color, perhaps a shade darker than that, and a sage green if you are using 2 colors!

  • Sleepyhollow Sleepyhollow on Jul 05, 2014
    Cute house! Reminds me of my first house. I would go with a turquoise. Very fresh and trendy but stands the test of time. Would also complement your new bushes, try a bit of color on your mail box as well. Perhaps a brownish burgundy.

  • Ann Ann on Jul 05, 2014
    Like your ideas. I created slight curves in the front where the new hydrangeas are. I like the idea of curving sides along the front walk with some more perrinials. I have tall grasses (out of camera range) on each end of the house. I was able to cut away a lot of grass that had over rode the walkway and have made it wider. Love all the ideas. This was my parents home until this last year and I'm trying to make it my own. Although mom always wanted shutters, I'll have to see if the budget will allow. Thank you all for your input.

  • Ann Ann on Jul 05, 2014
    Gwen, thanks for the comments. I didn't realize til after I posted the picture, I had sprayed to kill the grass along the walk to help make it easier to do the edging. I was wrapped up in the idea of painting the door/s. I love rubbed bronze and I may try to do the faux hinges on the storm door and the light fixture. So many great ideas that I hadn't thought of, thanks to all.

  • Liz Feeser-Regan Liz Feeser-Regan on Jul 05, 2014
    I would look into painting it Orange they have made some great color changes for Orange now. Adding some shutters to the windows along with some window boxes. If you still have time you might want to do a flower bed going down the walk way on each side.

  • Natalie Jason Freed Natalie Jason Freed on Jul 05, 2014
    I personally think you should consider painting the brick same as the picture, adding dark shudders, darkening the door and getting some ideas off this picture:

  • Londa Barth Fulton Londa Barth Fulton on Jul 05, 2014
    Whatever color you do keep the storm door and front door the same color. Otherwise it will be to 'choppy'

  • Gail Alpern Gail Alpern on Jul 05, 2014
    Agree w Natalie ! If u want storm door get one with full glass not this western style

  • Sarag Sarag on Jul 05, 2014
    Ben Moore St. Lucia Teal. I think a little landscaping and some fixtures that are more to scale would help. I think painting the window sashes back would really pop! Hope this helps

  • Fran McCarty Fran McCarty on Jul 05, 2014
    A red door and a full length glass storm door....just my opinion and you know what they say about opinions!

  • Mindy Mallette Mindy Mallette on Jul 05, 2014
    I love a red door. How about a deep cherry red, and yes...I'd do the storm door as well.

  • Janet M Janet M on Jul 05, 2014
    red would look awesome and very inviting

  • Glenna Kennedy Glenna Kennedy on Jul 05, 2014
    We have a new home that has pinkish color brick on it. The only saving grace was the stone they put on about 2 feet up so it provides a contrast. The builder painted both front door and garage a burgundy red which was okay but I wanted a change. I ended up painting both a periwinkle blue and the contrast is fantastic. All the neighbors have said how great it looks now. Edging along your sidewalk and maybe planting gardens on either side might help. There are some beautiful miniature bushes out now...spirea, weigelia etc that add that pop of color. Stella d'oro lilies have always been a favorite as they bloom from late spring till fall and don't get too big. Some brown eyed susans, some coneflowers all mix well together for a pleasing look. You can always add some annuals in pots in between for pops of color . A low hedge of boxwood kept trimmed is also pretty on either side of your walk way. Continue the gardens right into those in front of your house for a balanced look. If money is a problem, look for plant sales or ask neighbors if they are digging up perennials. .

  • Mary Thorne Mary Thorne on Jul 05, 2014
    Red doors and some red container plants to tie into the landscaping

  • Henrietta Henrietta on Jul 05, 2014
    Yes some red just like the postbox, the old fashioned red will look stunning with a huge dose of color. Enjoy!

  • Henrietta Henrietta on Jul 05, 2014
    Dont forget to add the red window boxes and be plentiful with a great mix of all flowers of all colors in them.

  • Kathleen F Kathleen F on Jul 05, 2014
    I think you should put some shutters up. Have them the same color of the interior door. Maybe a burgandy color & leave the storm door white to go with the white trim around the windows. I would also change out the storm door to a full window one. That would show off your door nicely.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 05, 2014
    I would build a porch or deck across the front, plant some trees around it and then paint the wooden door an eye catching color of your choice.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 05, 2014
    P. S. I love the picture window!

  • Kathleen Livingston Kathleen Livingston on Jul 05, 2014
    I would paint it a high gloss butter yellow with shutters to match as well as the woodwork that's exposed, I agree that a full length glass storm door would fit nicely! I also would add a lattice trellis on either side to add some depth to the front entryway. you can plant some bright red climbing roses to grow up the trellis. Just a thought...I have lots of ideas for my place and few come to fruition.

    • Kathy Cerwin Kathy Cerwin on Jul 05, 2014
      I like your idea about making the door yellow. That's the first color I thought would go with those bricks!

  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Jul 05, 2014
    Sage green door and trim. If you need to keep the storm door then get full glass.

  • Cora Cora on Jul 05, 2014
    change the storm to full length glass paint the front door deep country red, would leave the trim on windows white the storm door white put shutter on each side of wondows same color as door,would take out the cement steps with a wood porch love the flowers you planted i want some of them too

  • Sherry Sherry on Jul 05, 2014
    You have a lot of cool colors going on here. I think some warmer darker colors to warm up the cool color of brick would be stunning. Black shutters, dark red front door, paint cement porch dark or medium gray. Paint flower containers red like door. Add 4 red knock out roses in front. Knock outs are easy to grow and bloom all summer. They will tie in your red from door and containers on porch. Plaint red geraniums in containers. Paint newspaper box and mail box black so they are warmer looking. Any chance you can take newspaper box and mail box off and put mailbox on post by street?

    • Ann Ann on Jul 06, 2014
      I'm more interested in convenience, than appearance. So mailbox will stay, although I probably will paint it. Thanks for your input.

  • Lynda Good Lynda Good on Jul 05, 2014
    I would put up dark brown window shutters. Then paint you door yellow and paint storm door the same. Put up maybe black wrought iron window boxes and planet marigolds, sweet potato vine in front of boxes and mix other plants make it full. You need to add more shurbs out front and you need a new walk to. And re-do your porch. More beefy. You have no curb appeal. A dome over you front door would look great in black. Good luck

  • Jayme Jayme on Jul 05, 2014
    My house is beige brick as well and I did a cherry/fire engine red on both my front door and my side door and what a difference it makes to the house. So like most of the other posters on here.....Red is the way to go!

  • Leo Leo on Jul 05, 2014
    Red door and add some red window boxes to the windows for a nice look

  • Kelley M Kelley M on Jul 06, 2014
    Fire engine red. It would give it a great pop of color and the red is timeless.

  • Candace Henson Candace Henson on Jul 06, 2014
    I have this color brick and used a slate blue/gray paint on the doors and shutters. the color I used was called "Galvanized". I really like it against the beige brick.

  • Yvonne Moore Yvonne Moore on Jul 06, 2014
    a darker brown door or black or a light gray with a blue tint to it.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jul 06, 2014
    I would leave the door the natural color because unless you take down the storm door or go to a full glass one, it won't be seen. I would go with that darker color in your brick and put up shutters in the same color. If your budget allows, have a gabled stoop...large enough to take in the current landing and steps and about a foot wider on each side...then add one step down. I would finish this off with some sort of stone with the colors of your brick in it. Put the stone down the sidewalk if your budget allows.

  • Buffy Buffy on Jul 06, 2014
    What ever color you decide to paint the door if you lightly sand and use chalk paint you will have much less hassle with blistering or bleed thru. Then I would paint the storm door a color from the same color family but skip one shade between on the sample. Then add shutters the same color to make the front pop. If you have trouble growing things it is most likely depleted soil. If you do raised beds or large pots you can amend the soil and get looser better soil to grow things in that way. If you did big pots on either side of the door and added trellises and ivy or vines you could add life and color without stressing over bushes. I would also consider painting the porch.

  • Irit Irit on Jul 06, 2014
    Blue!

  • Barbara Hall Barbara Hall on Jul 06, 2014
    I would just paint inside door to match screen door since window trim is white. Very little expense this way. Barbara @No search results.Lake Junaluska

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 06, 2014
    With your roof and brick so similar in colour, think you need to keep the white - shutters would be a nice addition. If you paint the doors, I'd do both. Maybe a turquoise-green or similar to provide some coolness to the very warm palette of the roof and brick. Maybe plant a bush at the edges of the house for some height. I'd curve the beds and bring them further out for some plantings that are not as large as hydrangeas. A few patio stones could be added at the base of your steps to help create a more impressive entry.

  • Patti Patti on Jul 06, 2014
    A nice muted shade of blue

  • Merrilee Merrilee on Jul 06, 2014
    Kelly Green would help complete what seems to me to be an irish cottage feel. Several rose bushes would be great as well!

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jul 06, 2014
    I would paint the inside door a shiney black lacquer and also give the mailbox and wreath same shiney black treatment.

  • SS SS on Jul 06, 2014
    I agree with the Red color, but get a new storm door.

  • Susan Susan on Jul 06, 2014
    I also agree Red door

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Jul 06, 2014
    I would paint the brick first. I think the color needs to look fresher and contrast with the nice new roof. A new storm door with clean lines like the new windows would look fresh and updated. Then coordinate door color with brick color. Exterior paint charts have groups of colors that work well together.

  • Hillary Bowden Hillary Bowden on Jul 07, 2014
    Red door with pink - lavender hydrangeas? Uh uh. I like the idea of a dark green or teal. I've never dealt with storm doors so any help there...

  • Cindy Haskell Cindy Haskell on Jul 07, 2014
    I agree with Patti from Oklahoma city...your hydrangeas may be pink or may come up blue...so I would do something like a colonial blue, a dark muted blue or dull finish black....but definitely not red. I wouldn't even touch the door, but paint the storm door instead, you have too much white right now. (but again, this is only my opinion). also, do not put down too much mulch as you could stunt the hydrangeas....and be careful when you buy your mulch, too many times we have had customers up in Mass that buy the mulch that has weed killer in it, and it kills their shrubs...so please be careful.

  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jul 07, 2014
    I would replace the storm door with a full glass door. Then refinish or paint the wood door..Also if within budget would add shutters to windows..Lots of potential there. Good luck

  • April Graves April Graves on Jul 07, 2014
    That inside door is such a lovely wood, you might regret painting it later. If you want to add a pop of color, I think you should just paint the storm door. Maybe add some shutters in the same color. If that is in your budget, I would shop for shutters first, then paint the storm door to match. Maybe a red or burgundy. I have seen many "home shows" that say red gives the best "curb appeal".

  • April Graves April Graves on Jul 07, 2014
    Or, if you replace the storm door with a full glass door, you could keep the wood front door and add wood stained shutters the same color. That woud be cute!

  • Nancy Hinds Nancy Hinds on Jul 07, 2014
    A rusty storm door and a kelly green front door with matching window trim to either door color... using a mulch is a great idea for no weeds, but use plastic or landscape cloth first, then cover with bark.

  • Opal Opal on Jul 08, 2014
    Your new house is adorable. I would consider navy or a mid-range blue for the storm door but leave the door casing (outside trim) white and possibly add a strip of trim around the edges to tie it with the window trim. The door trim looks much narrower than the window trim and I think if it were as wide or wider it would keep the door the focal point instead of the windows. I would mount the address numbers on the trim or above the mailbox to help keep focus on the door. Another way to go would be to paint/stain the wood door black and leave the rest alone. Either way, I would paint the light fixture black. Additionally, I would plant a border with low ground cover or just rock along each side of the sidewalk to at least 6" past the edges of the porch to further enhance the door and move the pots off to the porch to make it look more open. For mulch I would consider a rock product rather than a bark product. Bark has acid and can change the color of your new plants (white would be light blue and pink would be red) plus I think it would be too much brown in the overall look plus you never have to replace rocks and animals don't like to poop in it. For landscaping weed block you can also use thin cardboard, 2-3 layers of newspaper, or brown postal paper. Paper will last up to 2 years, cardboard up to 5 and landscape fabric up to 25. Enjoy

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jul 08, 2014
    Someone mentioned some black. Black or deep charcoal shutters and mailbox would look great.

  • Kay Love-Wood Kay Love-Wood on Jul 08, 2014
    Red for the wooden door.....says welcome ;-) I would really pop then. If $$ don't allow a new storm door think of doing paint it white with red out lining the panel of the bottom!!!

  • Shelley Honke Shelley Honke on Jul 10, 2014
    Purple

  • Andrea Andrea on Jul 10, 2014
    definitely replace the front door with full glass and if you can afford the shutters do it! Wood, black or dark green. Down the road, a railing on the stoop would be nice and widening the walkway.

  • Pat Pat on Jul 11, 2014
    Red is so over done..............again a quiet gold would match your house and not be too loud!

  • Sharon Kavanagh Sharon Kavanagh on Jul 11, 2014
    I really think you should put you efforts into your landscaping. If your foundation plantings are so/so it does not matter what colors you use, you home will also look so/so .I know you just planted those hydrangea, but I think you need to move them for now and enlarge your beds, add evergreens and perennials, including hydrangea. Check out online nursery catalogs, like Spring Hill, Wayside Gardens and White Flower Farms for inspiration. An absolute must is landscape fabrics under your mulch, it will keep your beds from becoming a bed of weeds. Good Luck and have fun.

  • Lorraine-Lori Johns Lorraine-Lori Johns on Jul 12, 2014
    What compass direction does your door face? In Feng Shui it is important and can help with good luck.

    • Ann Ann on Jul 13, 2014
      It faces south. What color would you recommend?

  • Monica Monica on Jul 31, 2014
    My previous house was the same color brick as yours. We bought a fiberglass door with the oval center glass and I painted it "Bon Voyage" by Behr. it's a gorgeous shade of blue. We also had the storm door replaced with a full length glass door.

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    • Monica Monica on Aug 01, 2014
      @Ann, Thank you. I loved that house, and I miss it. But I got many compliments on the door. Every time I was driving away, I'd look back and say "I just love that blue door!" lol.

  • Cindy Haskell Cindy Haskell on Aug 01, 2014
    Wow Monica...that is gorgeous!!! Love the color!

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    • Ann Ann on Dec 10, 2014
      Love the color. Waiting til next spring now. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 01, 2014
    Spray painted my aluminium storm door with black Tremclad rust paint. With the colour of the roof and brick not being a lot of contrast, I'd go with black.on the storm and even maybe the eaves for definition and contrast between the roof and brick.

  • Connie E Connie E on Apr 12, 2015
    Eggplant purple. I painted my front door and shutters and the mailbox and I just love it!!!!!

  • BETTY BETTY on Apr 13, 2015
    Choco shutters and blue door. :-)

  • Kat Kat on Oct 21, 2016
    hi I would add 4 plastic rectangular "poles along the front from the eave. and put planters on either sideof the door. by adding a brick trim along the sidewalk and as a base for the poles, in the same color of the house it would appear more structures and "done" the door and screen would painted the same color and I would suggest a 2 tones off of the brick in a blue since the "orangegish" brick would be an opposite.

  • PAMELA PAMELA on Nov 03, 2016
    SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE...ATTRACTIVE. DO YOU NEED THE STORM DOOR, YOU HAVE A VERY INTERESTING WOOD DOOR, PICK THE COLOR OF THE DARKESS BRICK ON YOUR HOUSE. FOR VERY LITTLE BUCKS YOU COULD TILE YOUR STAIRS AND PORCH..USE A COLOR IN YOUR BRICKS. TAKE DOWN THE MAIL/BOX AND NEWPAPER BOX, AND FIND A MAIL BOX YOU CAN PUT TO THE LEFT OF YOUR SIDEWALK. PAINT IT THE COLOR OF YOUR DOOR, BUILD AND SIMPLE STAND FOR THE MAIL BOX USING TREATED 2X4 LUMBER. LOOK FOR SOME DESIGNS FOR THIS, ONLY MAKE THE HEIGHT ABOUT 5 FEET TALL. GET CREATIVE AND

  • Bobby Samuel Bobby Samuel on Oct 28, 2017
    soft turquoise

  • Linda Linda on Apr 05, 2020

    This post will give you some ideas. https://lifeonsummerhill.com/modern-front-doors/