Utah Style and Design

Front Door Refresh: Start with Paint

August 13, 2019

Painting a door is a small and easy project that makes a huge impact on your curb appeal. So what are you waiting for? Choose a color, pick up a brush and get to work. These 10 Utah doors are here to inspire.

Does the front of your house make a good first impression? If not, maybe it’s time to paint your door. We walked local neighborhoods and pulled shots from our archives to capture some eye-catching examples of color-forward doors. These offer plenty of ideas and inspiration. Hey, painting a door is a small and easy project and makes a huge impact, so go get a brush and get started.

A front door should be a promise of what’s to come,” says interior designer Kristin Rocke, who painted her Holladay home’s door a glossy, orange-red that hints at the spirited, colorful abstract wallpaper that animates the living room waiting inside. Rocke has painted her door many times during the past 18 years and adores her latest choice. “It’s a very welcoming red that reads fun, lively and welcoming,” she says. Planters overflowing with vibrant annuals add to the entry’s upbeat vibe.

Okay, so black isn’t really colorful, but as designer Gregg Hodson proves, high-gloss black can make a big impact on an entry. He chose a crisp black and accented it with brass to elevate the style of his 1920 home’s classic entry. He paired the door with a white surround, creating the timeless flair similar to that of a classic tuxedo.

Why stop at one color? Behind this home’s charming screen door is a front door that’s painted light blue with white-painted panels. These white accents visually link the door to the exterior’s white trim and calls attention to the door’s architectural details.

The pros at Establish Design and Jackson & LeRoy used the front door of this classic home to elevate the style of the welcoming entry. They painted the custom door with robin’s egg blue and then added an oversized pull that performs like functional jewelry.

Repetition is a powerful decorating tool that works outdoors as well as inside the home. This small  Avenues home proves it. Cool periwinkle adds a shot of color to the door, screen door and around-the-corner gate. So charming!

Designer Dorothy Day Lee teamed with cityhomeCOLLECTIVE and painted the doors of her SLC home a decidedly bold turquoise to underscore the dwelling’s Spanish style. A complimentary and equally color-charged green enlivens the entry’s beamed ceiling.

Salt Lake City is rich with bungalows, and there are many traditional color combinations available to bring them to life and accentuate their architecture. This handsome house pairs dusty-green shake siding with with a deep-red door trimmed in white. Sophisticated and timeless.

Modern homes seem to naturally celebrate the unexpected. Dallas Davis painted the door of his new modern cottage with a custom color he calls lemon leaf. Played dramatically against the house’s black and white palette, the surprisingly green door hints at other colorful treatments that await inside.

Not all doors are surrounded with bold architecture or fronted by an expansive porch. No worries. As this home proves, an eye-catching color like this door’s deep blue can help create a statement of style out of a simple entry. And the white trim? So smart. Notice how it makes the blue door pop while also visually linking to the nearby white posts.

There is very little understated about Victorian architectural details, and the same could be said about the colors that adorn many period homes in Salt Lake City. Lime green paired with sky blue makes a bold, upbeat statement on this house. Gray trim melds the combination and somewhat calms the contrasting hues.

Brad Mee
Editor-In-Chief

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