Before & After: An Entry Door Gets a Sexy Color Makeover

Color Therapy

Autumn is upon us, and you know what that means: outdoor painting season. September and October are optimal months for outdoor painting because they're among the driest warm weather months, after April showers, summer heat and August thunderstorms have all gone by. And what could be more delightful than transforming the exteriors of dear friends and former clients?

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For my first project, we took a plain white door with a plastic kick plate and tried to bring it up a notch with a sexy dark color. The decision was between red or green, then which red, and finally whether or not the the frame should be white or red as well.

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We alighted upon Wine Red from Fine Paints of Europe, which looked almost brown or rust-colored in the can, but has this delicious claret tone once up and dry. Incidentally, this is one place where I insist upon oil paint.

Coincidentally, I simultaneously had another client with a request for a red door, this one in the interior of a loft (shown at left). Here, the solution was Rembrandt Red, also from Fine Paints. It is slightly cleaner and brighter.

Images: 1,2:Mark Chamberlain; 3: Holly Chase Foran

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