Friday, June 5, 2009

Opening The Door

Interior design begins from the moment you open the front door. So I thought I'd write my inaugural post on doors.

To me, a house with a plain door seems like an outfit without jewelry. It doesn't offend, but a great door can give the whole house personality. It's an opportunity to add color, sparkle, even whimsy.

By far the easiest way to give your door distinction is by painting it. Ideally something really great like the one above. For a more traditional setting some good colors are pear green, canary yellow or sky blue. If you're willing to be daring you could try lime, orange, or even pink.


Good hardware will add polish to your door. Something with sparkle will take years off the facade of your home. On a practical note, the knocker and the knob should be in the same finish.


The door to your house can act like a teaser, it piques your guests' curiosity about what's inside. So ideally, the style and color of your door will transition smoothly into the colors and style inside your home.


And there's no need to stop there - you can paint the doors inside your home too! It's a great way to add color to a room when you don't want to go all out and paint the walls. It also gives you the freedom to use stronger paint colors since you're doing just a small patch of color.


Photographs: 1. Kelly Wearstler's Modern Glamour 2. Uppercase via Apartmenttherapy 3. via Foxgloves, Fabric & Folly 4. Domino Magazine 5. Kelly Wearstler's Modern Glamour 6. Domino Magazine


  1. I love Love LOVE the pink door...but Mike would never go for it!

  2. awesome! I'm so glad you're sharing your great eye with the public.

    PS-I think you should post a pic of your parents' delightful dutch door.


  3. Ooh, blogging! I like the punny title :) and a great first post!

    P.S. Sometime we need to catch up!! :D

  4. Now, you know if you don't post every day I am going to be ticked! Congratulations Anne-Marie, it looks great!

  5. Hi, Anne-Marie. Just tell me how to make my house look like yours, and I'll be happy. :)
    Best of luck to you!

  6. Anne-Marie,
    I love it! I'm looking forward to the rest!


  7. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your gift, Ann-Marie. -C Mc

  8. Anne-Marie,
    I'm inspired. The front door won't be red or pink but it might not stay black either on the next paint job! Thanks for all the suggestions. I love reading them.