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.
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