Choosing a new front door color...

As you can see, our front door is in need of a makeover. I inherited this dark green color when I bought the house and while it's always been on the list to do, changing it has never been a high priority because the door looks fine with the outside of house. Where it has never looked good is standing open, clashing badly with my living room walls, which are pink. (The door is wood and when it's closed, it's just a nice medium brown wood stain on the inside, which looks lovely.) The brass hardware is outdated as well and needs to be replaced.

See what I mean? That green just looks bad with our living room. It has to go.
Now that may seem like a silly reason to repaint a front door, but when your door stands open as much as ours (we have an all-glass storm door that lets in lots of gorgeous light), well, it matters.
Other than the fact that the door looks fine with the outside of the house and the step, one of the reasons I've taken so long to tackle it is I've been stumped as to what color to paint it. None of the colors I really liked with the outside (eggplant, for example) looked good with the inside. Our house is a light sage green, so I kept thinking of darker colors for the front door, which didn't really work with the interior. I was stuck.
Then one day we were watching one of those HGTV shows and they had redone the outside of the house. The house was about the same color as ours and they had painted the front door a lovely golden yellow and it looked wonderful. My fiancé turned to me and said, hey, maybe we should paint the front door yellow. I was struck by how cheery and pretty the house looked and realized I had never even considered any shade of yellow. After that, I kept turning it over in my mind and decided that idea might be a winner.
And then this yellow suzani chair came into my life and living room (you can read about that here) and after that, I knew the front door was going to be a golden yellow ~ it's just such a good compliment to the pink.

Once that was decided, we had to actually choose the shade of yellow. The front step is also in need of repainting, as you can see below. I inherited the red, but as you can see in the next photo down, it all seemed to work together fine, even if it wasn't exactly what I would have chosen.
To choose the new colors for the front door and the front step, I went and picked out a bunch of paint chips. I put them all on the front door and we looked at the colors on gray days and in the sunshine. Both of us ended up picking the same shade of yellow (Cork Top from Valspar) so I figured that was a good sign. In the very top photo, it's the one in the upper right corner. With the front door color selected, we decided on a color that is sort of a chocolate gray called English Tea Party for the front step. The new hardware for the door will be dark, with a sort of burnished finish. No more 80s brass.

Below are the new colors against the house. I think the new color scheme is going to look wonderful. We're going to either paint or replace the porch door so it's white as well and put up a new porch light. The railings (which we would someday like to replace) will get a fresh coat of paint, too, probably the same color as the steps.

Here you can see what the living room looks like with the door open. That golden yellow on the door is going to be so much more pleasing to the eye, don't you think? I'm hoping to get it all repainted this month. More pictures to come once it's done.

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully


  1. Your living room is very pretty just as it is to me. Whatever changes you make will be great.

  2. oh oh , I love the green but know the yellow will look wonderful as well, the important thing is that you are happy with it.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

  3. First of all, I love your couch! I really like the color you chose--I would never have thought of it. So eager to see after pictures!

  4. Your door will be lovely. I think you will love the color and you have a great plan going. Visiting over from Pink Saturday. Happy weekend.

    The French Hutch

  5. Hello Eileen,
    I am tickled pink over your choice for the front door! Not only do we have a lovely yellow on our doors but your house looks almost identical in colour to ours! We have had yellow on our doors for years and we still love it. It is such a warm and friendly colour. I'm sure you will love it too. I look forward to seeing photos of your new look. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a wonderful weekend.


  6. Looks lovely, can't wait to see the finished project!

  7. You did just the right thing - putting up the paint chips and checking them out in all conditions and it is marvelous that you two chose the same color! Can't wait to see how it looks. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  8. Yellow is one of my favourite colours (as you can tell from the inside of my house). I think that it is going to look SO FAB and I'm excited to see it all.

    We are getting ready to paint our front door (and shutters, window boxes) as well. I'm dreading it but happy that it's going to be changed. I'm so damn sick of it all right now. ;P

    Can't wait to see!!!!!!!


  9. First off, I love your living room. My knees are weak for anything pink, so seeing all this pink in your house is a delight! However, I have to agree that the dark green door looks off, so I'm glad that you finally considered repainting it. Thinking safe, I would go for white, but your idea of golden yellow is much better. I'm excited to see how that color would brighten up the mood of your living room even more. Please update us soon!
    Katie Nicoll


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