3 Reasons to Go From Wallflower to Wow

Is your house the block wallflower? One simple step can change that.
When my husband and I painted our front door bright orange, our neighbor Kathy thought that it was only the primer and waited patiently for the day that we would cover it with the “real” color. Of course, that day never came. Every time Kathy walks out of her house and looks across the street, Dunn Edwards “Untamed Orange” is staring her in the face.
I really hope it’s grown on her, because we don’t plan on changing it anytime soon. I’m not trying to be difficult. I think it looks good.

I love the contrast between a neutral background (Chocolate Milk), a dark trim (Bear in Mind), and a pop of color.
A colorful front door is one of the easiest ways to add curb appeal and presence to a house. Here’s why:
1. It offers a recognizable marker for visitors. I always use it in my directions to guests … “Take a right at the four-way stop, then your second right, and we’re the second house on the right, the one with the orange door.” It never fails. (I bet Kathy uses it too, but maybe with a different spin.)
2. It’s easy to experiment with color on a front door without feeling like it is a crisis if you don’t like it. Everyone knows of a house that has been painted with a color from the local paint store’s blowout sale. There’s no way the owners are going to rectify that disaster after all the hard work, right? But a door … no sweat. The most you risk is a couple hours labor.
3. It makes a bold personal statement and differentiates your house from all the others on the block. Case in point: I drove by this house (see photo) hundreds of times and never noticed it. Then the owners painted it a gorgeous red and it instantly transformed the whole look.
Here are a couple more examples of eye-popping front doors. What do you think of colorful entryways? Let us know.

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Jennifer Volland

Jennifer Volland

Jennifer M. Volland is an independent writer and curator based in Long Beach, California. She conceived and co-curated the exhibition and publication Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life for the Vancouver Art Gallery (2013). She is co-author of Edward A. Killingsworth: An Architect’s Life (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2013) and Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2004). Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CITY, Environmental Graphics Magazine, Sunset, Arcade journal for architecture and design, and Western Interiors and Design, among other print and online publications.
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  • Shelby Bastian

    Does anybody know what the yellow paint color is on the house that is dark grey with white trim?