Going beyond beige, white or natural wood is de rigeur for front doors but have you considered colouring your interior doors? The door is the new accent wall—but so much easier! It’s a small, fixed area that’s easily updated and doesn’t require too much paint, so it’s also an inexpensive project. Here’s how to paint your doors and the considerations to make when choosing colour.
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The technical details:
• You don’t need to take the door off the hinges to paint it
• Remove all the other hardware you can (knobs and latch strikes—the metal panel on the inside of the door)
• Clean the hinge hardware with rubbing alcohol and then paint it with rubber cement. The rubber cement will peel right off when you’re done
• Tape the inside of the doorway, and tape paper to the floor beneath the door to catch any drips
• Tape the top and bottom edges of the door. Don’t paint these.
• You may choose to tape the inside hinge edge of the door and leave it natural wood or a neutral colour or you can add a surprise pop of colour here.
• Sand doors that are natural wood or have already been painted
• Prime it! Consider using a grey or colour matched primer. Grey helps add depth to deep or bright colours like red, navy and yellow and means fewer coats of paint than if you use a white primer
• Choose a semi-gloss or gloss paint for durability. A satin or matte finish won’t stand up to wear and tear
• If you’re not painting the door the same colour on both sides, keep the outer edge of the door the same colour as the side that opens out. So if you open the door into a room, the edge should be the same colour as the side of the door you see when the door is open.
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• Paint the outer edge first
• Then paint any panels with a brush going in the same direction as the wood grain
• Follow by painting the inside cross pieces (on a panelled door)
• Then paint the border
• There are differing opinions on what direction to paint your door (e.g., start at the top and move down, paint the border starting in the bottom left corner and go clockwise…), do what feels natural to you so that brush strokes are least obvious. That may mean going with the grain of the wood or working top to bottom. Experiment a bit with the first coat and correct it with the second.
Paint is fairly inexpensive and easy to change so don’t be afraid to go bold. But choose a colour that will complement your room.
• If the exterior of your front door is a bright colour, considering using the same colour on the inside
• Painting doors isn’t always about making a statement. Try painting a door the same colour as the walls to make it disappear. This works very well in rooms where there is no trim around the door or in rooms where the trim is painted the same colour as the walls
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• For a subtle look, consider a colour that’s in the same family as your wall colour but a different shade. An easy way to do this is to choose another colour on the same multiple shade paint chip as your wall colour
• A black door looks striking in any room that includes black accents. It particularly pops in rooms with white trim.
• Bright colours can add much needed life to a neutral room. Primary colours look great with white or grey; pastels work with beige-y neutrals
Dos and Don’ts
• DON’T paint the trim around the door the same colour as the door unless you plan to paint the trim throughout the room
• DON’T feel the need to paint the door on both sides. Each room is different and may require different door colours
• BUT DO keep in mind the colour that will show when that door is both open and closed
• Do break rules and paint just the outer edge of a door with a bright colour
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