Black Apartment Entry Door from 30 Rock

Watching a recent episode of 30 Rock, we couldn't get past the black front door to Liz Lemon's apartment. We've talked about the 30 Rock set over at Apartment Therapy San Francisco and colorful interior doors at Apartment Therapy Chicago, but this black entry door really solidified some things for us...

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Seeing Lemon's apartment entry door made it clear that: 1) painting it black gives it a little more visual heft, 2) it evens out scuffs, gouges, and fingerprints that often mar the front doors of apartments, and 3) a black door looks great with standard brass front door hardware - it even makes those clunky d-shaped locks look better!

It also surprised us that we liked the black door set in a white-painted casing. This allows you to carry white trim throughout your apartment and go black only at the front door. We wouldn't like this nearly as much if the casing was also painted black.

(Images: 30 Rock episode 316: Apollo, Apollo)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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