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A Splash of Color


What color to paint the front door?  It’s such a big decision it sends the first impression that visitors and passerby’s see of your home.  It was such a big decision in fact that when the builder offered to paint the door for us before we closed we couldn’t come to a decision.  I even went so far as to PhotoShop different colors onto a picture of the house to help us decide.  In the end we decided to live with the house for a while and just had him paint it white.

white house with a white door - how ordinarily boring

white house with a white door – how ordinarily boring

close up

close up

After several months we finally came to the consensus that we wanted yellow. It’s such a happy color, how can you come home to a yellow door and not become instantly more upbeat? Now the only question was what kind of yellow?

This was our inspiration that I found our Pinterest.  We both loved it.  It’s from Beautiful MattersBlog

Inspiration Door

Inspiration Door

So we went to the paint store and looked at all the options of paint swatches and came to a decision.  I was slightly worried it may be on the bright side, but hey it’s only paint and the whole point is to get the door to “POP” right?

So I got to work cleaning the door with some mineral oil to get off any dirt and grime that was on it. (I read this is extremely important in order for the paint to adhere properly.) It turned out to be a LOT dirtier than I could have imagined.

look how dirty!

look how dirty!

Then I got ready to start painting – shook up the can to mix the paint properly and popped it open…

the first sign this might not go so well...

the first sign this might not go so well…

It looked awfully bright, but hey the inspo door is bright and you can’t always tell by what the color looks like in the can right? After all there is way more of it concentrated in a small little area and it always looks different once its dry. So I got to painting. Here’s the finished product:

close up

close up

far away

far away

My eyes! MY EYES!!! We couldn’t have possibly picked a color this bright! the swatch must have lied to us…

oh but we did pick it

oh but we did pick it

What were we thinking? I’ll tell you what I’m thinking now, I’m thinking I need a re-do. As its now the end of October and its getting too cold outside in New England I may have to wait until spring. It’s possibly it may grow on me in the next couple of months – stranger things have happened.

The bright yellow on bright white is just too much – the inspiration door is bright yellow on gray which helps tone it down… Rookie mistake!  We should have known better!

So what do you think is it too bright or just right? I’d love to hear your opinion!

Author: Danielle

My name is Danielle, I spend the majority of my free time nurturing my love for sewing crafting and decorating. My blog www.hicks-house.com is about the journey to starting a newly married life in our new home. Join us on our journey as we make our house into our home!

15 thoughts on “A Splash of Color

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  3. Hi Danielle! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog 🙂
    The door color is Gold Buttercup by Olympic, and here is the source link: http://www.beautifulmatters.com/2011/11/happy-house-colors/


    • Thanks Soniya! I’ve updated the post to give credit to the blog. I must say, I MUCH prefer the bright yellow door with the gray color of the house (and it is way better than your prior red doors :-).

      Unfortunately for now we’re stuck with the white siding so our bright yellow will most likely become a more mustardy/pastel yellow come spring. If only I could change the siding and copy it completely! lol


      • Oh, that is not my blog 🙂 but the minute I saw your inspiration pic, I knew I saw it somewhere while researching unusual door colors!

        On another note, I read about how favorable Feng Shui colors on the front door can enhance prosperity! I will paint it right after the HOA approves the color swatches. The color for our North facing door is blue, gray or black. We’re going with a deep dark blue that looks great with our greige stucco 🙂

        Thanks for posting such great tutorials!


      • Oh Sorry! The owner of that blog is named Soniya too! Thanks for giving me the link – I like to give proper credit.

        I’d love to see a picture of your door when it’s done. Dark blue will look fab with greige. My back up color to the yellow was blue, because of the white I was thinking a light turquoise blue.

        Glad you like the blog!


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  5. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot
    and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.


    • Hi Natalie,
      I can be a big procrastinator too, but once I’m done and I like the way it turned out its so worth it. Even though in my mind this door requires a re-do I prefer the bright yellow to the drab white that was there.


  6. I love that you went bold! I think the yellow would appear less harsh if the house was grey instead of white.


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