It's no secret that I love a colorful front door. While some folks play it safe when painting the exterior of a historic home, I say go for what you love and paint away to your heart's content! I just finished installing a new screen door to my front porch and wanted to share the reveal with you along with five of my favorite colorful front doors and some of their beautiful vintage hardware.
My New New House
My house is easily identified by the colorful red front door greeting you. Red is a long time favorite in my personal homes and for my newest, I thought it would be a great pop of color against the neutral colors of the siding. As it turns out I have 7 exterior doors including three along the front of the house - the front door and two small doors off the patio. And before you ask (and please don't kill me) but I don't have the color to share with you. I know, I know. It's a custom mix with a faded label but just as soon as I have it color matched again, I promise to share the formula.
It's also been a great backdrop for photos with some super cute dogs.
The glass door knob and silver door plate are beautiful on their own but the vintage mailbox along with my Papa's small bell that serves as the only doorbell finish off the entrance to the house well.
A New Screen Door
While I love my front door, I always knew I'd be adding a screen door once I found the perfect one. Historic homes typically have larger doors than what's in stock at the home improvement stores so it took quite a while to find one large enough at a price point I could afford. The best part is that the 'X' pattern on the bottom matches the same detail along my back porch.
SHOP FRONT PORCH
And can anyone guess what's to the right of the door? If you guessed a vintage door stop, you'd be right! It's super helpful when I need to prop the door open when carrying in groceries.
So far I'm loving the new screen door and once I settle on a door knob or pull, this project will be complete. I'll be sure to share more about the installation process later but for now let's check out some of my other favorite front doors and hardware.
The Queen Anne - Pretty in Pink
If I'm being honest, the front door of the Queen Anne is my favorite and most likely always will be.
It's pretty hard to compete with in this pretty shade of Valspar Semi-Precious and look at the details of that trim work and the way the wavy glass frames the beautiful foyer chandelier.
SHOP LIGHT FIXTURES
And the hardware. Well, it's just swoon-worthy.
And you may not have noticed but the front porch also has two smaller doors leading to the living room and another side door leading to the dining room. This blush shade of pink looks stunning against the dark black siding and crisp white trim.
The Yellow House - Blue Peacock
When I purchased the Yellow House from another investor, the exterior had already been painted a very bright shade of, well, yellow, hence the name of the house, which felt like sunshine. In trying to decide what color would compliment the yellow best, I landed on this turquoise blue shade, Blue Peacock by Sherwin Williams, and carried it into the house on the walls of the dining room and on the lower kitchen cabinets. I'm a big fan of having the interior and exterior of a home complement one another for continuity.
I also stripped the doorplate and knob of years of paint and discovered this cool retro vintage style.
The Harris Home - A Sunshiny Welcome
Speaking of yellow, when my clients of the Harris Home decided on this beautiful rich shade of blue for the exterior cedar shake shingles we decided a bright shade of yellow on the doors would really pop and create a great contrast for a warm welcome. Oh, and just look at the detailed trim under the three pane windows.
The Americana - Another Red Door
Are you noticing a trend here? Dark blue house? Red front door? What can I say, I love rich colors! The Americana was my last personal house and from the day I laid eyes on it I knew I would be painting the cedar shake siding a dark navy blue with a red front door.
The screen door is presumably original to the house and squeaked like old doors should. Overall it was in really good shape so other than a little cleaning up and a fresh coat of paint, it was ready to say welcome. Once you opened it up you had the chance to admire this beautiful glass doorknob against the dark door plate.