The High-Impact Place You Haven’t Thought to Add Color

published Mar 9, 2018
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(Image credit: The Modern House)

If you’re looking for an unexpected place to add color to your home — why not try painting your door? It’s less of a commitment than painting an entire room — but it’s sure to put a smile on your face anytime you go in or out.

The painted doors in the home above, spotted on The Modern House, create a fun color effect — the rooms they lead into are painted in a somber black and white palette, but the hallway side of the doors (and the hallway floor, too) are a bright blue. With the door closed, you’re in a black and white room: with the door open, you get a pleasing jolt of color.

(Image credit: Hernandez Greene)

Since the door is a fairly small area, you can get away with a much bolder color than you could on a wall. The fluorescent yellow door in this interior from Hernandez Greene adds cheerful color without overwhelming the space.

(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)

Every time I see the photos of this Los Angeles home, it makes me want to paint my front door pink.

(Image credit: French by Design)

For extra impact, paint both the door and the trim, as seen here on French by Design.

(Image credit: The New)

Or try painting two side by side doors in different colors, as seen on The New.

(Image credit: House & Garden)

If you want to get really advanced, you can paint both the door and the walls. The brown-and-lime combo in this room from House & Garden is definitely unusual, but somehow it works. (For anyone asking themselves WHERE CAN I FIND THAT SOFA, the answer is in this post.)

(Image credit: French by Design)

I love the tone-on-tone look of this blue door in a blue room, spotted on French by Design.

(Image credit: Cathy Pyle)

In this London home, a chalkboard painted door is the perfect spot for little notes, so you’ll never forget things on your way out the door.

(Image credit: One Kings Lane)

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you could even paint your door in a pattern. This DIY from One Kings Lane will show you how.

(Image credit: Sight Unseen)

In this photo from Sight Unseen, London-based graphic designer Camille Walala has turned a door into a work of art.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

We leave you with a photo of this home from Design*Sponge, where painted doors turn an otherwise unremarkable hallway into a colorful, quirky space. Why not give it a try?