Tinkering about with paint again – front door special

I’ve lived in my house for ten years and for about five of those I’ve thought “maybe we’ll move”. Since this could go on some and because I will not stop wanting to paint things, we’re finally buying a new front door. We’re keeping the stained glass sections, but the replacement door will be navy blue to match the Victorian tiles in the porch. And, owing to a recently acquired fascination with brown, I’m also going to paint the porch walls and ceiling brown – again to match the Victorian tiles. The Victorian tiles are a right mixed bag as you might have guessed from this so really, nothing matches them.

Anyway, my door and porch colour choices are firm, but I still have a question for you…

Front door

Ignoring that path (it’s going at some point) do you think the frame of the door should be navy blue like the door? Or kept white like the rest of the windows of the house?

I know what you’re thinking, the step is black so maybe the door should be black. Well I’ve given this a lot of thought and navy tones with some of the wall tiles…

Victorian tiles close up

Here are the tiles with my chosen brown.

Tiles with brown

Are you blergh-ing over brown? It’s already been vetoed by my tasteful French friend, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Also, there’s a lot of brown in my hallway. Here’s a crazy angle of porch and hall to try and sell that to you – hot new door mat which the cat loathes, just seen.

tile mash up

One last view to prompt some thinking.

door and tiles

As ever the fate of my house is (kind of) in your hands.

PS The door number in the top pic is a paper cut out for me to try out how these might look, but at a fraction of the cost it is tempting to keep em.


22 Responses to “Tinkering about with paint again – front door special”

  1. Eli
    July 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    White trim, navy door, brown everything else. My automatic reaction is ew brown BUT you’re right, the heart wants what the heart wants.

  2. Vivienne
    July 19, 2017 at 4:32 pm #

    I painted our Edwardian door & frames all the same colour & I think it looks better. Less fussy. As your Victorian builder appeared to be showcasing every tile design available (fab though they are) it would probably show them to better effect without the white.

    July 19, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    Brown or blue frame, no white, too many colours. I know white isn’t a colour blah blah blah, but I don’t know what else to call it! Go for it, it’ll look great!

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      yes agreed. My paint man talked me into the white, i now have totally useless pot of off-white.

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      yes agreed. My paint man talked me into the white, i now have totally useless pot of off-white.

    July 19, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    Ps: Love the offset numbers!

  5. Fauvel
    July 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

    Because your brown is pale, the frame of the door can be kept white….imagine the view of the entire house windows and door should match a little
    And the navy blue door is perfect if glossy ?
    That should match perfectly the crazy beautiful tiles…
    So mat brown, glossy white and glossy navy blue
    Just one thing : the door mat isn’t really in the mood of your entrance…

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      ha ha! It’s not but I like it and it’s very robust and practical. I need a Modernist house really.

  6. Emily Mathieson
    July 20, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    That pale brown colour reminds me of my baby-caring days. But, weirdly, I like it. And agree with the others to ditch the white. Embrace the Victoriana!

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      Me too re baby days – shhh.

  7. Andrea
    July 20, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Don’t do it! It’s lovely as it is. If you must do something maybe have a black door? But keep the white and the tiles. And the door number is fine too. You’ll regret sticking one on the wall – it’s just making work for someone else to take down when you leave 😉

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

      Honestly Andrea, black would be wrong with the other elements. I have thought about it. But it’d probably be right for you if it were your door. I hate the current colour!!

  8. Carol
    July 20, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    I’m with Eli the white will ‘show off’ the navy and the brown, which actually I don’t mind. You’re gonna have to run the numbers past me again later, I think that requires some more thought ???? Xxx

  9. Carol
    July 20, 2017 at 11:46 am #

    It’s funny isn’t it, I’ve just seen Unclesusan’s post about the offset numbers and get why they are attractive to some people but at the same time they evoke a kind of cringe inducing body shudder in me. However that’s probably how the brown affects people too hahahaha. How great that we’re all so different. Say no to homogenous houses!!!! It’s your house and your heart so you have what you want lovely! It will look stylish and considered as it always does!

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

      Thanks Carol, it is a bunch of weird but very thought out decisions. I know what you’re saying about the number, but I do think taking it off the door is a good idea as the door is super busy right now.

      • Carol
        July 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

        Yes I understand the busy door thing. Anyway who am I to talk, I’m the proud owner of a chunky composite door – no painting for me ever (boo!) but at least no one can kick it in!!!! Hahahahaha

  10. fiona duke
    July 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    hmmm – one of the shots through me as I was suddenly upside down and a bit confused but luckily ive not started drinking yet so it’s all good….

    framing of the door to be navy

    doesn’t matter that the windows are white

    it will probably look so good that you might want to paint the windows…..

    • myfriendshouse
      July 20, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

      great thank you! I think I knew this in my heart but the white is already sitting in my hall. *sigh*

  11. fiona duke
    July 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    ***threw** me even !!!

  12. David
    July 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    I agree with Andrea I can’t see how what you plan to do will improve your lovely doorway. I so love victorian doors like yours. Ours is pretty good but we painted it black and regret it as it is too safe. We should have gone with the colour of your door or a bright friendly red

  13. Anne
    July 25, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    Go for it! Paint the whole thing navy! Please do not keep the white, no need for it. We had a similar door when we moved into our Victorian house and the white tends to make the entrance less significant. It is like the door had to be outlined. You want your entrance to be strong and impressive and painting the whole thing navy will make it just that. The white isn’t even a good compliment to the navy and brown. If you decide to paint the trim, pull out another colour from the tile that would compliment both the navy and the brown, such as a mustard yellow. It’s your front door, have fun. It’s only paint.

  14. David
    July 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

    I’m swooning over the blue in your tiles. If my teenage self could see me now !

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