Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Front Door Color Choices

Our front door has been "naked" for a long, long time and is overdue for a coat of paint. When we bought our bungalow in the summer of 1998, the house was a dingy white with a grey porch floor and grey front door. We had to tackle several projects after moving in, and painting the house wasn't in the budget.

A few years later, we did have the house painted. We chose a sage green with off-white trim. I don't recall if it was before or after the house was painted, but around that time I decided to tackle a little DIY project: stripping the paint off the front door. If you've ever stripped paint by hand, you know how arduous a task it is. I must have gotten burned out on the project because I stopped short of stripping the paint around the two windows. See below? How embarrassing -- our front door in all its naked glory!

I've been kidding myself all these years thinking the raw wood with streaky remnants of grey paint is charming. It's not. I do like the color of the wood though, and as much as I'd love to have a new wood Craftsman-style door, I have to admit it's not going to happen any time soon. We'd have to order a custom door (nothing in this old house is standard sizing) and it would be expensive as all get-out. So for now some paint will do nicely.

Over the weekend my husband went to Sherwin-Williams for supplies to refinish the porch floor (more on this in an upcoming post). While he was there, I asked him to pick up some paint colors he'd recommend for the front door. He came back with some options in dark greens, brownish-greens and deep burgundy. They're not quite what I had in mind. I'm envisioning more of a rust or brick red, something warm and welcoming. In these photos are some Benjamin Moore colors I like. The first color in the strip below is called Mexicana, which I'm leaning toward, and the Copper Clay is lovely too.

The color below is Benjamin Moore's Country Redwood. It is much more red, but looks pretty with the house colors.

Aztec Brick is a more orange shade (orange is one of my two favorite colors), but not too much so. It looks better in person than in this photo -- it's difficult to accurately portray these reds and oranges in pictures.

And the three swatches I chose lined up on the front door ...

Below are the current colors of our siding and trim. Go here to see more photos of the front of our house.

Do you have any color preferences for our front door? I'd love to hear your thoughts ... leave a comment if you'd like to weigh in. Thanks for visiting My Little Bungalow.


  1. I think you're right about the Mexicana...

  2. That is a hard choice! I'm torn between Aztec Brick and Mexicana. The red is gorgeous, too, but it might be a bit Christmassy with your sage green siding. The oranges are still warm and inviting but good for year 'round.

  3. If it were my door (and it kinda is, cause I am painting our shutters this color) I would go with rust. Unless the door receives a lot of direct sun , then I would go with the Pilg/foliage. Beautiful tones to go with the green house walls.

  4. I like the Mexicana too. It looks very warm and welcoming in my opinion.
    Kathy L.

  5. Aztec Brick all the way, says the woman whose kitchen is painted in an orange called Chinese Lantern. I just googled "orange front door green house" and came up with lots of beautiful combos very similar to your facade. I love my orange kitchen so much. It's been 15 years and counting, and I still adore it.

    That said and done, I think Paul has a great eye and that any of your choices would be lovely.

    But there is something about an orange front door, though...

  6. how do the brick columns and the dog gate go with the colors you've selected? Mexicana might work well.

  7. Which one goes with the interior? I like to see the outside colors reflected in the interior. Some repeat of color brings harmony.

  8. I love orange front doors so my vote is the Aztec Brick. I think it would look so striking with your green siding!

  9. I love the country redwood and I think it would look lovely with your siding colour.

  10. I'm partial to the Mexicana - second choice is the redwood. What fun looking at front door colors - thanks for sharing!

  11. I think wooden color are best fitted for front doors.

  12. Country Redwood. It is rich enough to add a nice pop of color.


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