January 16, 2018

FRONT DOOR COLORS



SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

It's the first thing visitors see!

When in Ireland, Britain, Holland or Morocco you see so many beautifully colored front doors.

In England, the most common door color is black; not just any black but a black that’s so wonderful and shiny you could actually apply your makeup in it...


 LET'S DO THIS...
First, what else is going on?
🔴
Is this door color going to be accentuated in any way by other peripheral items? 
🔴
Is it complimented by other colors on the home?
🔴
Is it the sole focal point of your home?


ACCENT PIECES
This entrance to Kathryn Ireland's doors borrows the colors of the wonderful pots flanking it!
PERFECTION!


NEIGHBORHOOD
If you live in a funky, kinda Haight-Ashbury or Notting Hill type neighborhood, this works.
If you're not in a funky neighborhood you may be asked to move to one.


ARCHITECTURE 
Maybe you have a more serious, well-designed home and want something sophisticated. 
Great architecture doesn't need additional focal points, so this soft sage green is perfect on everything.


WHEN TO USE COLOR
Often homes have brick or siding which needs to stay the color it is.  That's when a beautifully colored door becomes a good "design distraction"
This gorgeous door is totes boring in all white, it would be fabulous in a Café-au-lait color or Brittany Blue


WHAT GETS PAINTED
There are very confusing rules about what gets painted when painting a door.
RULE #1
Only the door itself gets painted
Never the jamb or the fenestration or the sidelights!
The door below is correct
The door below has the sidelights
painted, which is wrong


RULE #2
If the door is a beautifully stained wood
it's OK to stain the sidelights
but NOT the jambs and fenestration.
(painted sidelights are still more elegant)


RULE #3
Never, ever stain or paint the
jambs and the fenestration

THE CAVE EFFECT
Wood-stained doors, jambs and fenestration looks like you're entering a dark cave.

RULE #3-A
Stained jambs and fenestration is ONLY appropriate if you're in a rugged, mountain type home built with masculine material like stone and big timers


ROW HOUSES
Most people want them all to be homogeneous. 
I love when everyone shows their individuality.



HISTORIC HOMES
In George Washington's day, color was a sign of wealth as paint pigments were actually ground from semi-precious stones or extracted from plants, and very expensive to produce. 


WHAT COLOR IS RIGHT
FOR YOUR HOME?

BLACK
Black doors are always elegant and always a winner! A bit mysterious and rich looking too.


RED
Americans have a tendency to over use red doors with brass hardware... But, it is a great color!
The tradition of a red door started in 18th century America which indicated that the owners took in travelers as there were no Holiday Inns between Richmond and Boston.


GRAY & GREIGE
Softer colors aren't a statement, they just enhance the architecture by letting the details speak for themselves. 


ROYAL BLUE
Stunners! You don't see enough of it
it's just sooo smart looking.


GREEN
Always Chic.
Greens are 'honest' and attractive, there's a certain coziness to green doors.


TURQUOISE
Chic as shit, cool, unexpected and happy!


YELLOW
 Yellow makes the energy of the house positive.
Especially if you live in a northern climate, it screams sunshine all year round.
(Just don't get a smiley-face doorknocker!)


PINK 
Pink is daring and sexy.
BUT, it should be used on one thing only on the exterior: Don't make it look like a John Waters movie set with your porch rockers, cement jockey and the Virgin Mary bird-bath all painted pink...


CORAL
Coral is the now color; everyone loves it and it's great with any style house.


STAINED WOOD
Stained door needs to be fabricated with a superior species of hardwood like oak, mahogany, teak, etc.  
When stained it will deepen and highlight the beautiful natural grain.
(BTW: Stained doors are Victorian, not Georgian, not Norman, etc.
The Victorians loved oak, so stained oak front doors were de rigueur)
  

DOORS YOU DON'T WANT

Shitty steel "insulated" doors with plastic applique's 


Fake-ass Victorian "leaded glass."
NOT Victorian, NOT attractive, anywhere, ever! 


Fiberglass colonial doors with 'realistic' wood grain...


DEFINITELY DON'T PAINT YOUR DOORS LIKE THIS


PAINTING YOUR DOOR!
I recommend a specific type of paint, its from Europe, but sold in America. All the American paint companies say theirs is as good...but it's not! This paint rocks, it's absolutely amazing; it costs more and takes a little more time, but the investment is recompensed through the pleasure of seeing it done well, and it lasts four times longer.
The "Hollandlac" exterior paint from FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE brand offers a complete color chart, directions and kit for a minimum fee.

PREPARATION 
Don't take off the hardware unless you know what you're doing, there are a lot of bits and parts to locks and door handles.
Buy FrogTape Painter’s Tape and tape up the hardware before you begin your painting. 



TECHNIQUE
A panel door has many sections and each section should be sanded and painted individually in the directions shown below 

Going in the numeric order marked on the image below gives you the best chance at achieving a uniform finish. 
Brush the paint in the same direction you have sanded the door (see above image)
On exterior doors, for weather protection, it is a good idea to paint the top and bottom edges.

PAINT EVERYTHING



STAINING YOUR DOOR
There's nothing worse than a poor-quality stained door, or one that constantly needs refinishing.


To keep it beautiful you'll need to apply a minimum of four coats of polyurethane.
If you want a pee-in-your-pants door it should have ten coats of poly with a sanding between.
This will make your door the talk of the town and will look stunning for many years to come.
Brush the stain on the door the same as paint from diagram above. 





You Can Do It, I'm Here To Help!

No comments:

SISAL CARPETS

THE DECORATING STAPLE THAT JUST WON'T GO AWAY... SISAL!! (Source: Phoebe Howard) In 1985 I went to work for Washington, DC...