A few weeks ago, architectural and interior designer Katie Hackworth gave us a master class on facade facelifts with a fresh coat of paint. (See her advice in Expert Advice: Three No-Fail Palettes for Instant Curb Appeal.) Her neutral palettes felt so fresh and inspired that we went back to ask how to adapt them for homeowners who want to make a bigger statement. An easy (and low-commitment) way: A bold splash of color and contrast with a strong color on the front door. These are Katie’s bold color picks, each designed to complement her foolproof curb appeal palettes.
“If you’re up for making a statement,” says Katie, “a dusty rose or a blue-green tone will be sure to catch your neighbors’ attention. Both colors are unique enough to stand out, but remain in good taste and reference small European neighborhoods. That’s always a good thing!”
Dark & Moody
Says Katie: “An unexpected yellow can be a fun, welcoming pop of color for your home’s front door, while still classic alongside a navy exterior. You want to stay away from yellows that read too bright or too orange. If you’re up for making a dramatic statement, try committing to all dark and painting the front door a dark black tone.”
“If you’re ready to really commit to green, as I seem to be, try painting your front door (as well as your window sashes and muntins) a dark olive green tone,” says Katie, “or go one step further and paint the front door a bold orange tone.”