I painted our front door black years ago, but I was ready for a change. While going through Dutch Boy’s color library, I came across pretty front door paint colors and want to share some of them with you!
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Painting your front door is one of the easiest ways to update your home’s exterior.
I always recommend bringing paint swatches home and viewing them at your home. Step outside to see how the colors change with the lighting. Our home faces the west, so the color at 7 in the morning can look completely different at 7 in the evening.
Even better than paint swatches are paint samples. I like to test out several different colors to see which one works best for my home.
I went to my local Menards and found a huge selection of colors. I wanted a blue for our front door and selected several different palettes – many of which included blue-green paint colors.
Pretty Front Door Paint Colors
I narrowed my selection down to the following five Dutch Boy blue-green paint colors:
425-2DB Frosted Olive
425-3DB Woodsy Gray
429-2DB Rochester Gray
427-4DB Silvered Teal
I ultimately decided on Dutch Boy Cattails 427-5DB
If you have ever selected a paint color for a room, you probably know that the majority of the time the color will appear darker than the swatch.
However, with an exterior door, there is a lot of light bouncing around which means the color will most likely appear lighter than the paint swatch.
I ended up 3 shades darker on the color palette than I had originally planned.
I am often asked about our exterior paint and trim colors. Unfortunately I don’t have a brand and paint colors for you. However, I did have them color-matched, so you can get the same colors if you’re looking for similar exterior paint and trim colors!
Exterior Paint and Trim Colors
The brick is painted a soft creamy white. I do love the color – especially in the summertime against the green foliage and blue skies. I don’t love how it looks against white snow, but I would have it painted the same color today regardless.
I had it color-matched using BEHR Marquee Paint – Base 4450 in exterior flat:
The Trim is all painted in a greige color.
It was also color matched using BEHR Marquee Paint – Base 4450 in exterior flat:
Last summer I replaced most of the landscaping which was original to our home, and you can see more on that HERE. It was a DIY project which made a huge difference and added so much curb appeal.
I added lots of black accent pieces to contrast the lighter paint colors of our home.
I share the sources for all our exterior decor pieces in this post. I also share in detail the plants I used in our exterior makeover.
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We moved into our home over five years ago, and we have worked hard to update the interior of our home. Unfortunately the exterior was neglected – until now! I partnered with The Home Depot to share how to add curb appeal to your home.
Our landscaping was over 20 years old – like our home. We lived with it for awhile, and I even painted some of the bushes (I’m serious). Eventually the bushes were beyond the paint repair, and we slowly started removing them. We were left with a very boring front yard…
But thanks to The Home Depot, here is what it looks like now!
Here is another before…
I have one more before and after. We have a large tree that sits by the road that looks neglected and is not the best first impression.
And the gorgeous after!
Our home was crying out for curb appeal, and we updated our exterior using the following three guidelines:
Add fresh plants or flowers to your yard. Our front was looking sad because we were slowly removing old landscaping only to be left with bare, ugly mulch beds
I began by removing any of the remaining 20-year-old landscaping. When removing old landscaping, I clip down as much as I can to make digging the roots as easy as possible.
However, there are times you will have to use something more powerful than hand clippers.
Since we live in Indiana, it becomes very brown during the winter months. I am determined to have color year-round, so I planted greenery that will last year-round.
Along our walk, I added new mulch beds and lined them with boxwoods which will stay green all year long. The Home Depot offers both a variety of species and sizes.
As the boxwoods grow, I will have the ability to shape them.
Around our house, I added several Arborvitae. It is a fast-growing and an easy-to-care evergreen that typically come in the rounded bush or the trees. I love both variety, so I planted them around our home.
Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and instantly adds curb appeal. It looks organized and makes your home look put together.
I added symmetry to our wall with the boxwoods and balanced plants around our home. Our two entryways are also symmetrical with potted plants.
The side entry urns are from The Home Depot, and I “planted” a couple National Tree Company 48 in. Artificial Arborvitae Trees. I am not a huge fan of faux plants, but these trees are so realistic! I find that having plants under an overhang is rough and requires a lot of watering which is why I love this maintenance-free option that will last for years.
I am excited to be partnering with Southern Living Plants once again this spring. My landscaping has undergone a beautiful makeover with several of their gorgeous varieties of plants. Last year, I partnered with them on a container garden on my back patio.
This year, we stayed in the front yard. Our house is almost twenty years old and most of the landscaping is original to the house. It is time to start replacing and updating. We had barberry bushes all around our home, and we hate their sharp thorns. We spent a lot of time last summer digging the thorns out of our hands and feet.
(The photo is courtesy of my 5-year-old daughter.)
The prickly bushes were replaced with the following plants from the Southern Living Plant Collection:
Yewtopia Plum Yew
I love shrubs in landscaping so there is something green when winter comes. The Yewtopia Plum Yew is compact and resistant to deer, disease, pests, and drought.
2. Purple Diamond Compact Loropetalum
The Purple Diamond Compact Loropetalum has beautiful deep, rich purple foliage that holds its color all season. It also has pink flowers which appear in spring and sometimes summer. I planted mine in containers, but I will move these to the ground this fall. They can grow 4-5 feet tall and wide.
3. Dear Dolores Hydrangea
I absolutely love hydrangeas, and the Dear Dolores Hydrangea is gorgeous. It blooms in spring and reblooms from summer to fall. Blue blooms occur in acidic soils or pink blooms occur in alkaline soils like mine.
4. Encore Azalea Autumn Belle
I have never tried azaleas, so I am excited to try the Encore Azalea Autumn Belle. This variety is fast growing upright with light green foliage and bi-colored ruffled flowers.
The landscaping makeover has made such a difference in my home’s appearance.
Here’s a before shot of the front side of my home:
And an after
My lilies have overtaken the yetopias for now, but when the cold weather sets in, my yetopia will stay green.
Here’s a before of the front landscaping (to the left of the entry):
And an after:
And the before of the front (to the right of the entry):
And here’s how it looks now:
By replacing the barberry bushes, with the hydrangeas, azaleas, and loropetalums, we will enjoy pretty blooms throughout spring and summer.
Thanks, Southern Living Plants for making my home a prettier place!
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