Tag: front doors

Another Front Door Color Option

March 28, 2020

It’s that time of year again. With the weather warming, we are turning our attention to the outside of our homes. Now that we are spending even more time at home, it might be a good time to get some of those projects out of the way!

This is also the beginning of my busy season for the year. I have seen a slight drop in color consultations online, (a complete drop-off for local  visits) but there still a few I have been working on. Here is one of my favorites:

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Hello Kelly,
I understand you charge a small fee for a color consult. I’m okay with that. My question is that I am having trouble coming up with a color for my front door. We are changing the front door, so this will no longer be the door that we will be using. I want a color that will make my house look elegant but not  too risky.
We’ve considered using a dark navy blue or even black. The problem I am having is the color of the brick underneath the bay windows. The color of the brick will not be changed.
I’ve included a picture of the front and back of my home, so you can see the color of the deck which matches the shingles on our roof. The first picture is not a realistic color of the shingles. They actually match the deck
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Lydia back yard
We are open to any suggestions!
Oh and the rails on the front porch will also be changed, depending on the color of the front door.
Thank you for any suggestions you may be able to provide.

Lydia front door

Such a beautiful home and yard!

My first thought was that a black door would be perfect. Even when I saw the roof in the back of the house and that it was not as dark as I thought, I still thought black was a perfect choice to work with the brick, siding and roof.

BUT.. .the more I looked at the front of their home and how very impressive it looked, I thought a strong, wooden stained door would bring even more interest. When I suggested it to the homeowner, she said that they had not thought about a stained door and really liked the option! This one below was my favorite and I think it is the one they are going to go with:

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I have been seeing more and more stained wooden front doors and they are beautiful. Elegant. Works with many siding colors such as beige, gray, white and creams, yellows, greens, blues, stonework and even brick. One tip on the color stain you might consider- I would try to stay away from a cherry color because it may clash with siding color, (such as beiges) and also red brick.

Here are a few inspiring stained front doors:

Loma Lantern

Loma Lantern

An alder wooden door:

Meier Homes

Meier Homes

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Studio S

Custom mahogany double doors:

Grande Interiors

Grande Interiors

Sears Architects

Sears Architects

JB Architecture Group

JB Architecture Group

Siena Builders

Siena Custom Builders

A mahogany door with a walnut stain:

Pillar & Peacock

Pillar & Peacock

I love the darker stains the best. Aren’t they all gorgeous? So if you are looking for a new front door color, take a look at the natural stained wooden doors. Very impressive looking! Don’t you agree?

PS If you are thinking of staining over a painted door, there are many DIY directions online you can find.

Stay safe everyone!

 

Kelly xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mat Size Matters

August 7, 2013

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One little decorating trick I love because it is so simple and makes such a big impact:

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Is the size of door mats. The standard size front door mat is 30” x 18”. But here are a few examples using a standard size mat:

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Such pretty doors but the rugs look too small and disproportioned, don’t you think so? The next rug size up is 2’ x 3” and 3’6″ x 5’6″. Now look how nice the front looks with a larger rug:

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Often when I do a Resale-Ready® consultation, one of the first items on my list is suggesting buying a larger and more colorful rug to place at the front door. It makes the entrance to the home warm and welcoming before visitors even walk in the door:

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Remember the exterior color consultation I wrote about here?

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The front door now looks so pretty! I am helping her choose accessories for the front door area and guess what our first item was to replace? That’s right, the mat size. Here are a couple rugs we found online that would work beautifully:

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I always suggest when you are using accessories, indoors or out, big is better! This includes the front door mat. Looking at the below photo, imagine how much nicer the entry would look if you use a larger, colorful outdoor rug:

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When you are searching for a larger mat, look at all outdoor rugs, not just entry mats. Look at the sizes offered and then measure your area. Again, think big! It is a simple, dramatic improvement and I promise you will like the look better!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.