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How to Choose an Interior Door Color

How to Choose an Interior Door Color

Posted by Amanda On 17th Mar 2022

How to Choose an Interior Door Color

When it comes to painting the interior of your home, choosing the right color door can be a tricky thing. You don’t want to make the wrong decision, and you want your door to pop as you walk into your home. 

We've got you covered with everything you'll need to know about using colors on interior doors to create the perfect atmosphere for any room in your house.

Colors can influence your mood

Colors can influence our mood as well as our perception of space. Shades like blue and green tend to produce calming effects while red and yellow can create stimulating ones. You should also consider how a particular color will complement the surrounding area.

Why Color is Important

If you've ever lived in a white-walled apartment, you know that it can feel cold and lifeless. That's because color has the unique ability to transform the way we feel about our surroundings—even something as simple as the walls or doors around us. Certain colors can trigger emotions like calmness, excitement, or even passion—that's why certain businesses use specific colors in their branding to make customers feel ways. As much as we might love the sleek look of an all-white room, it can have a negative effect on our mood if we're spending time there frequently.

Call attention to the door

When you first enter a room, where is your eye drawn? Most likely, it's the furniture and walls. But there's another reason your eye is drawn to those things: they have colors! And those colors are what differentiate them from each other.

When you paint your interior doors white—the standard color we see most often—you don't call attention to them. If they weren't there, chances are you wouldn't notice much of a difference in the room because everything blends together! However, if you paint them a bold color like our Drizzle or Gauntlet Gray suddenly, they become a focal point in the room, adding flair and personality that ties the space together. It doesn't matter if their style is modern or traditional—having colors that pop helps create an overall feeling of "finishedness."

Try using a bold color that accents the room colors

If you want something subtle, choose one shade lighter than your walls and paint just above where they meet with the ceiling or floor. If you want something dramatic, paint all over in an unexpected shade like red or yellow!

For renters who don't have permission to paint their doors (or tenants who have already painted), there's always the option of adding some decorative stickers or decals instead. They'll add personality without permanently altering anything about your apartment!

The Most Popular Door Colors

One of the easiest ways to choose a door color is to go with the same color as your other doors. This approach can create a clean, cohesive look that works well in homes with mostly neutral colors like white, beige, or tan. It also makes doors easier to match with trim and molding, making for a more seamless appearance.

On Trend Popular Colors

If you're looking for something a little trendier, however, we recommend trying out some of the new shades of green that are popping up in homes everywhere. Forest green is very versatile and works well in almost any home—especially one with wood accents—and minty greens are very fun and bring an air of playfulness to your space.

Black Doors

Black doors can be a great way to add a minimalist look, help make the doors look richer, and create an accent in the room. Even better: they can instantly make the doors look more expensive.

Think about it: what do you see when you walk into most houses? Stark white trim with beige walls and doors. Black doors are a great way to add a jolt of color and break up the monotony of this cookie-cutter approach.

The stark contrast of dark doors against white trim will make your home look richer and more expensive—especially if you choose a matte finish, which can be harder to maintain than a glossier one.

White Doors

If you're looking for something classic yet striking at the same time? Then go for white! White doors have become quite popular lately as it's such an elegant option with many different styles available including modern contemporary designs through to Victorian-inspired ones.

White has always been the standard for interior doors. Most people opt for this neutral color to give the space an overall clean look.

White can be matched with any other color, letting you customize your door and making it easy to change the color scheme of your home. White doors are generally cheaper than stained or painted wood so if you're on a budget white is a good option.

Dual Color Doors

Painting your home interior doors with dual colors, however, is a trend that's been growing in popularity. It can be a bold move, but it can also transform your home into something spectacular.

The key to choosing the right colors is picking complimentary colors that work well together. For example, choose shades of the same color in different tones or shades of different colors that are next to each other on the color wheel (think yellow and green). If you want something more high contrast, try painting the top half of your door in one color and the bottom half in another for a bold look.

Color Matching the Door Trim

If you want to make your doors blend in and sort of disappear, then matching the doors and trim is a great option. This is especially true if you have cool-toned trim, and you like a lighter look for your decor. If you have warm-toned trim, on the other hand, matching the doors and trim can make your space feel cozy and inviting.

Choosing Complementary Colors

Another option is to paint the doors the same color as your walls but choose a complementary color for the door trim. This allows you to make a statement without being too bold, and it can help draw attention to architectural elements in your home.

If you prefer a sleeker look where each element stands out on its own rather than blending together seamlessly, then choosing a contrasting color for your doors might be more your speed. In this case, you'll want to paint or stain both the doors and trim complementary colors that highlight each other without clashing.

Once you have determined the best interior door color for your doors, then it is time to get your doors ordered, double-action doors are a great option for most interior doors.