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Moving into a new house or apartment is like trying on someone else’s clothes. You might like your friend’s patterned dresses or covet her high heels, but her outfits likely don’t feel like “you.” That’s exactly how I felt when I came home every day to a front door decked out in maroon and white*:

Front Door Before Shot
Is it the ugliest color combination out there? No. Does it speak to my love of bright colors? Also no. Luckily, adding fresh front door paint is a super-quick update; mine took about half a day.  Read on to see my new and improved front door hue.

I’ve always been a sucker for bright green**, and I love how it works with my home’s muted gray exterior and white trim. Emerald green (our September Color of the Month!) proved the perfect accent color to pick up on the greenery around the entryway. Here’s what it looks like now:

Door Makeover After Collage
Much better, don’t you think? Also on display: Further evidence of my inability to resist decorative gourds. I just can’t help myself!

Front Door Makeover After
There’s certainly more work to do — next up I’ll be searching for the perfect holiday wreath, a new light fixture and an updated outdoor table — but the new hue makes me smile when I come home.  And after all, isn’t that why we decorate in the first place?

What color is your front door? Does it reflect your personality?

*Please forgive my badly-groomed porch. I have approximately one million trees in my yard that drop a few wheelbarrow-loads of leaves per day. There are only so many hours in the day to rake, bag and sweep.

**I used HGTV HOME shade Parakeet for the door base color and a mix of Sherwin Williams hues Inland and Shamrock for the window trim detail.

Read Liz’s previous House Diaries posts here and follow her home inspiration board on Pinterest.

19 Responses

  1. I Loved the new concept of front doors introduced by the designers and thankful to the blog writers also as well as the designers .

  2. Cynthia says:

    I would love to talk to the Property Brothers. I live in Az. in a manufactored home and I need some help. They have some fantastic ideas. I wouldn't know where to start but I know they would. I hope they can get this request.

  3. AJ Rogers says:

    I don't think it's a badly groomed porch at all. I think your front porch looks like the perfect picture of fall.

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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