"The Painted Interior Door"

Design is Never Done

They say, design is never done.  I couldn't agree more.  There always seems to be one more thing that needs to be improved, painted or recovered. And just when you get to a place where you think it's all finished, you realize your style has evolved and it's time to do it all over again.  I guess that's the fun of it though.   


Recently, after getting my new sofa back from the upholsterer, my front door seemed to be even more bland than it was before.  I had already planned to paint it, I blogged about it HERE, but after the new more streamlined sofa was in, it became even more of a priority.



I went back and forth about the color.  I originally thought about red, like the exterior, but that just seemed like too much.  I would've loved gray, but  that wouldn't work with the existing décor in the room.  I contemplated chocolate brown for a minute, but something about that just made me think it would look too matchy-matchy.

I finally landed on black.  There were more than a few fabulous examples of black interior doors, but I has some hesitancy about how it would look in my space.  So, I went for a brown black called Fired Earth.

Lowes.com - Valspar Fired Earth

I'm  usually really decisive about my decisions but I have to admit, this one had me a little afraid.


Of course,  once I got to this point, there was no turning back.  Plus I figured, what's the worst that could happen?  If I don't like it, I'll repaint it. 


By the time the entire door was covered with Fired Earth (which just looked like plain black), and only the edging remained, I was no more secure in my decision. What I did like however was how easy it was.  I swear by paint and primer in one.  You just can't beat the coverage it provides, not to mention the time it saves.

I'm always amazed at how color can affect you.  Just this small plane of black (instead of white), really changed the openness of the entire room.  Weird, huh?



By the next morning, after I'd had a few hours to live with it, and the light of day was shining in,  I really started to like it.  Yes, it eats up some of the light in the room, but it looks so much more polished and purposeful than the original white.

Here's the before and after. 

 

What do you think?  I'm thinking that painting doors may be addictive because as soon as I finished I couldn't help but start wondering...


...what door would be next.

6 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Shawna Anderson said... Reply To This Comment

Um, you know just how much I love black, so I'm a little partial, but I LOVE it ;)

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I think it's great. -Sarah Strohm

Cheryl Luckett said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks! It's really growing on me.

Dr. J said... Reply To This Comment

I think it works well! It makes all the darker accents in the room stand out.

Jennifer {Pure & Simple Organizing} said... Reply To This Comment

It looks Uh-Mazing! Very chic!

Tameka said... Reply To This Comment

LOVE IT! It opens up the space quite nicely! Which room is next?

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