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Should Your Front Door Be The Same Color Inside And Out?

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Modern home with welcome home sign on its blue front door, Should Your Front Door Be The Same Color Inside And Out?When it comes to your home, the outside of your house is what usually gives first impressions.

One of the key fixtures when it comes to these impressions is your front door! While replacing a front door might be a pain, you can generally repaint it with little to no hassle.

So what are the rules for painting your front door?

When painting the interior and exterior of your door different colors, the trickiest parts are the borders.

Paint the border that swings inside when you open the door the same color as the interior.

Paint the side of the door where the hinges are attached in the same color as the exterior.

With all the different options you have, you may still have some more questions. Keep reading, and we'll help you answer them!

How to Paint the Door

There aren't a whole lot of specifics when it comes to painting doors that might make it difficult. There are, however, a couple of tips and tricks you should know that will help your door appear more cohesive and visually appealing.

Master painting wood doors with spray gun processing painting base

First, you don't need to worry about painting the very top or the very bottom of your door. Have them nicely sanded, but since they won't be seen, there is no reason to paint them.

In fact, it's probably better not to paint them, especially since there is a chance the paint could rub off onto your door frame. If they're the same colors, that might not be a big deal, but if they aren't it will be noticeable and could require a frequent touch-up.

If you're painting the front and back of your door different colors, you're going to end up painting the sides of your door different colors as well, and it's important to know which color each side needs to be.

When you open your door from the inside, the side of the door that swings inward toward you should be painted the same color as the inside of the door. This will help keep things cohesive and give you a more uniform appearance when you open the door.

The same principle is applied to the side of the door where the hinges are attached. Since it swings outside when the door is opened, it should be painted the same color as the outside of the door to keep things uniform.

Mature adult female painting door white with paint roller

Should Door Frames Be The Same Color As The Door?

This is one of those things where there isn't a right or wrong answer, and it completely depends on your personal taste, current decor style, and whether or not you want to spend the time and money on changing things up.

Many houses come with a door that is the same color as the door frame, which is often the same color as the trim on the outside of the house, or the same color as the walls in the house.

If you've decided to paint your door, you'll generally want the door frame to be the same color as the door, or the wall around it. However, this isn't always the case!

If you decide you want your door trim and your door to be different colors but you don't want them to match the surrounding wall either, it's always safe to go with neutral colors, and white is a popular choice.

For example, the outside of this house isn't a solid color paneling, which would be hard to match. In this case, having a different colored door, paneling, and trim worked out quite well!

Front door entrance to grand house

When it comes to the inside of your house, it really just depends on how much attention you want to be brought to your door.

Bringing lots of attention to your front door on the exterior side is a common choice since there aren't many other obvious focal points that would get traction from the outside.

On the inside though, you might have other things that you want to be given more attention. Really, it's all up to you! Remember, if you decide to use several different colors, neutrals work best.

What Color Should The Interior Front Door Be?

This completely depends on how much attention you want to be drawn to your front door when you have people in your home. If you don't want it to be a focus, you can keep it the same color as your walls, or a generic undecorated white.

If you want the door to be a different color but aren't sure what, take a look around at your decor.

Pick a prevalent or repeating color, and paint your door that color. This way you'll be helping bring a cohesive feel to the room, instead of adding a random color that doesn't do much for your aesthetic.

In addition to using paint, if you have a lot of nice wood decor in your home, you could replace your door with a nice, stained wooden door.

Read more: How Much Does A Front Door Cost?

Should All Interior Doors Be The Same Color?

Modern interior of living room with blue door and dresser

They can be, but they don't have to be. This is especially true when it comes to your front door, where some variety in style and color can be expected.

Should You Paint All Exterior Doors The Same Color?

While you don't have to paint everything in a single color, when it comes to the outside of your house there aren't a whole lot of other elements for you to match your doors with.

Painting all your exterior doors the same color is a very simple way for you to make the outside of your home visually appealing.

If you choose not to paint your exterior doors the same color, just be sure the color scheme functions cohesively.

What Does The Color Of Your Front Door Mean?

There are traditional meanings to colors, and they can all be boiled down to a few basic principles. If your door is a cool color in shades of blue, green, or purple, people may view you as a more calm, relaxing person.

If your door is a warm color like red, orange, or yellow, people may view you as a passionate, outgoing homeowner.

Read more: What Does A Red Front Door Mean?

Deniz

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Hello! I'm getting our main door painted in red, and I want to continue the same red on the interior side of the door too, although there is no other red tones inside the house. Would that look too weird? I am trying to be brave here:))

Melanie Marcus

Monday 2nd of May 2022

@Deniz, what did you end up doing? My exterior color is red and I'm in the middle of renovating my front entrance and not sure what color the back of my door should be. Same situation, no red tones in my home. Curious what I should do!

Julia

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

I have an old house with a back porch door with a 9 light window in it. The door is white on the interior and green on the exterior. I am now installing a wooden storm/screen door with a 12 light window. The lights do not match up properly with the exterior door, so you can see the muntons of the storm door through the exterior door. Given this situation, should I paint the interior of the storm door the same color white as the interior of the exterior door, to minimize the awkwardness of the lights, or should I paint both sides of the storm/screen door the same green as the exterior door? Thanks of your advice! Julia

Jenny

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

What color would you recommend the storm door being? Match the door? Contrast.. match around the door?help:)

Deby

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

I'm having trouble deciding what colour to paint my stair treads. The wall going up is Timberwolf gray with white baseboards. I would like something quite showy...

Deniz

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Hi Deby! what did you end up doing? I am in a similar situation here:)

Ndz

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Hi, I'm using solid wood (teak) for all doors, so I'm using wood paint colors (cocoa brown) for almost all of them. However, I'm thinking to have different paint for my front doors, is it okay? My exterior wall's paint is neutral grey,interior is white,front porch also in white (terrazzo style). Do you have any advice with the color I should have? Thank you!

Ken

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Hi Ndz! Changing the color is an option. You can read more on this article.