Painting Doors and Frames Different Colours

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Since seeing the photo on the left over the weekend and reading about how to easily update you home by painting the windows, we've been pondering the idea of painting our doors a contrasting colour to the door frame. Is this a look we can achieve on a basic door and frame or do we need more interesting details to be effective? Let us know your advice and opinions after the jump.

What got us thinking about this is we're sick of how often we have to clean our white doors and think there must be a better way to spend our time. Our main concern with painting with contrasting colours is that our doors might not be interesting enough to pull off this look- plain door and the door frame is a basic, narrow trim. We think that the balance would be all skewed with a slim moulding and bold door. We'd consider installing a wider moulding but in 3 places in our home the current door frames are almost touching so a larger frame is out of the question. So what do you think our options are? Should we be thinking of another way to highlight our doors rather than contrasting paint, maybe something similar to what Leah did? Let us know your suggestions and any doors that you think look fantastic.

[photos via House Beautiful and Apartment Therapy DC]