Northeast Ohio Curb Appeal Ideas: Paint your Front Door
If you are still looking for some great curb appeal ideas to bring that buyer to your Northeast Ohio home? One thing you can do is paint the front door. This has become more and more popular in the area. The painted front door essentially separates you
from the rest of the homes in the neighborhood, essentially giving you (and I mean, your home) an identity. Here are three things to keep in mind when painting a front door:
1 Choose a color that suits your house
Bright blue might be your favorite color, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right shade for your front door. Try to pick a color that works within the wood or brick of your home. Or if there are other items on the home, such as shutters and accents, it’s a good idea to coordinate with those. I would suggest taking a picture of your home as it is. Then spend some time at local paint store or DIY store getting some samples that bring those strong color points of your home together. I tell people you want the door to be drawn out to the attention of the home, this is where you enter or “this where you are invited”.
• Consider the period of your property and the style and color of neighboring buildings; in particular, whether you wish to create a complementary or contrasting scheme.
• Look for dominant features like brickwork, natural wood and expanses of other colors such as paved or graveled areas, lawns, fencing, shrubs and even flowers – all of which can affect color choice.
2 Choose a color that suits your personal style
Choosing paint for outdoor use is a little trickier than painting interior blank walls.
When picking colors for an interior, they tend to feel bolder than they actually are. Outside, a color tends to fade more. Bright yellow can look beige outside, so the bolder the better for exterior use.
Colors can define the personality of the owner. A bold, bright color can communicate
energy, eccentric, active type of personality. Whereas as solid darker color could communicate conservative, intellectual, witty personality.
So here is what I suggest with this one. Take colors to your friends at the next get together or party. Ask them what color they think is “you” and tell them to be honest. Listen, be open, don’t be suggestive to your choice, and just see what they say. It will actually be a fun conversation piece at that social event and the cool part of it all is you get a more confident choice for you and second people will latter say, “Hey I helped them
pick that color don’t you think that fits their personality”.
Other popular front door colors include Plummet, Studio Green, Black Blue and Hague Blue, which in Full Gloss could not be more elegant. On the other hand Blue Gray or Lichen in Exterior Eggshell will give a more relaxed and contemporary feel.
3 Choose the right kind of paint
The kind of paint you use ultimately depends on the quality of your door. Certain paints can bring out imperfections in your door and you don’t want that. Take a good look at your choices in terms of matte, low-luster and semi-gloss finishes, as well as the door’s materials before opening the paint cans. Semi-gloss and gloss are strong choices when it comes to separating door from the other colors surrounding the exterior of your home.
Latex Verses Oil…
There are two types of paint—latex and oil.
Latex paints are water-based and offer excellent durability, flexibility, and easy soap and water cleanup.
Oil-based paints also provide excellent durability and are known for their smooth application properties. Paint thinner is required for cleanup
So go paint that door and share a little bit about yourself to the world.