ColorTherapy: Inspiration for Painting Doors

At the request of a client I was going to offer my first-ever instructional column on how to paint a wood paneled door. However, sitting in New York thinking about simply painting doors got me bored so fast that I began looking for inspiration first. THAT got me excited, so, to start, here are some great doors that will get you thinking outside the box...

Why stop at white? These gilded doors are from the Palais Lascaris in Nice, France.

I think this arrangement of color is very elegant; a Provençal blue with bright flowers. I love the texture of the old wood and stone.

This isn’t so much about the doors as it is about the telamones—figures emerging from a pedestal and supporting an architectural element.

Now we’re back in America, with a painted door Victorian style.

Chinoiserie, and some of the most elaborate decorative painting I’ve ever seen.

And finally, pair of Mexican doors, one painted brightly and one elaborately carved.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter