10 Colors To Paint Your Front Door In 2016

Everyone needs a little change of pace sometimes, and how better to do that than to change the look of your home’s exterior? You can go bright, dark, bold, soft… the choice is completely up to you! Not to limit your options, we picked the top 10 colors to paint your front door in 2016!

Snow White

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White is our first color because it’s basic and ideal. It goes lovely with every color and always looks pristine. It brings a peaceful energy and works very well with some added lush greenery on the porch.

Lemon Sorbet

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A light yellow adds a bit of spunk to the porch, and this color definitely makes a break through that traditional conservative look.

Orange Burst

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Bring out a tangy orange! This color will bring life to the front porch and cause a bold, warm welcome for everyone who walks up to it.

Caliente

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Hot red gives an automatic historic feel. The red also brings a positive vibe and motivates action. This color is actually great for man’s house as well because the color tends to exude masculine energy.

Scandinavian Blue

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This color is actually a purplish blue. It gives a vintage yet royal tone. It will also shift in response to light and will cause a calming wave over you. This color also tends to stimulate creativity and independence, which makes it great for a single woman’s home.

Sailor’s Sea Blue

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Because the color blue is thought of with the sky and the sea, it is often associated with depth and stability. It exudes trust, loyalty, and honesty. Because of this, blue is a great color for a family’s home front door.

Shore House Green

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This color resembles a soft teal. It is a pretty traditional front door color, but it stays far away from being boring. It’s a reminder of calm skies and has a timeless exterior effect. Teal is cool and eclectic while staying acceptable and charming.

Margarita

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Citrus green is such a huge contrast and contradiction. It is such an unexpected color that stands out and is thought to, again, stimulate the mind for creativity. It promotes growth in work, friendship, family, and all areas of life.

Gray Cloud

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Gray is always a go-to when speaking of front door paint colors. It is an easy neutral color to live with and won’t get old. It contains quiet strength and is much more sleeker and current than the old go-to, beige. Gray also compliments any exterior color.

Black Beauty

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Black is classic. It’s elegant and mixes well with absolutely everything, including shingles, stones, and brick. Even though it is so compatible with every color as well, it is most striking when it is paired with a white exterior.

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When to Paint Furniture & When Not to

A lot of people think that they can renew their dresser, or a different piece of furniture, with a layer of paint, which is actually only true some times. Painting your furniture can be the perfect way to change it up and make it look brand new, but sometimes paint can do more harm than good. So, how do you know when it’s ok to paint and when it’s not? That’s what you have us for! Today, we’re going to give a few little tips to help you make sure you’re doing the right thing when painting.

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To begin, you’ll need to look at your dresser and ask yourself a few questions. How is the dresser structurally? Do the drawers slide smoothly?  What about the structure of the dresser? Is it solid?  Is there creaking or parts of the dresser frame that are coming apart?  How stable are the legs?  If there are problems concerning your drawers, can they be fixed?  Sometimes with the wood on wood drawer guides, you can get them to slide a little smoother by just applying furniture wax to the guides. We would say a dresser that has structural problems, unless it has a high value as an antique, isn’t worth saving.

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There are some dressers that are so old (80+ years) that really would be better off restored to their original finish.  A lot of the dressers are painted in styles that may look a lot better painted than restored to their original finish, but it depends on your own personal taste.  However, even if you don’t like the natural wood look, if restoring one dresser to its original finish will allow you to sell it for enough to buy yourself a new dresser, then it might be worth doing that instead.

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Is the dresser veneer, laminate or wood?  What is the surface of the dresser made of?  Is it a wood veneer? This is where there is a thin layer of wood layered on top of a cheaper type of wood, like press board or something similar.  Laminate is an actual layer of plastic over something like press board.  If it’s real wood, that’s better.  Veneer is fine, unless there is massive peeling and cracking of the veneer over the whole piece.  If the piece is solid wood and you would rather see it painted, then definitely paint it.

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So there you have it! If you want to paint a piece of furniture where value as an antique is not a factor, then as long as the furniture is structurally sound and has either real wood or a wood veneer that is still intact, then go for it!

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