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I just finished shooting an incredible house for our upcoming March issue about colour. (Look for it on stands February 13th — I think you will love it.) While there was loads of fabulous colour throughout the house, I was most struck by an interior door painted bright blue. For colour shy people like myself, painting a single door is less of a commitment than walls. A fun colour brings so much personality and energy to a space, especially during these dreary winter months. A door with details like panels or applied moulding offers the possibility of more than one colour — double the fun! And of course it's a fairly quick and easy weekend DIY project that doesn't cost a bomb. No rollers required.

Here are some my favourites painted doors:

The perfect blue for a beachside abode or any place that's close to nature.

This may be my fave: a soft blue that still feels fresh. I love it with brass hardware. I'm thinking of doing this at home in my front hall (which is in desperate need of a makeover). I'll paint the stair banister black and re-carpet the stairs with sisal or a striped runner.

Any door style can benefit from a coat of colour. Sunny yellow bridges a bedroom to bath here.

Glossy yellow doors make this entryway.

And how about painting a pair of tall doors for pop?

A powder room is the perfect place to have fun. The pink door and trim reinforce the colour of the grasscloth wall covering and somehow it doesn't feel too feminine.

School house red feels hip and graphic.

Soft grey is subtle but effective, especially when punctuated with hits of black.

For more painted doors and trim, see our Painted Trim photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Hooked on Houses blog
2. House Beautiful, designed by Christopher Maya
3. Victoria Dreste Designs blog
4. A Design Story blog
5. Apartment Therapy blog
6. Grant K. Gibson Interior Design
7. CIL blog
8. Little Green Notebook blog

Author: 

Hilary Smyth

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