Should Your Front Door Be The Same Color On Both Sides?


The very first thing people notice about a home is the front door. The door itself gives people an idea about the interior of the home, the condition of the home, or even the homeowner.

So, it is very important to keep the front door of your home visually appealing, or at least, something that people will take positively.

Apart from the design of the door, the thing that makes or breaks it a front door is its paint. If the front door is painted in a good and proper way, people will immediately have a positive impression of you and your home. But one question always arises when it comes to front door paints, are front doors should be the same color on both sides?

This article will try to answer this very question in as much detail as possible.

Pro Tips On Front Doors Colors And Painting 

The painting of the front door is not that complicated an issue. But it isn’t quite straightforward as well. If you want, you can paint your door the same color on both sides.

But it’s not the only way to paint the door since there is nothing wrong with painting a door with different colors on each side. See, there are 6 sides of a front door that can be painted. The interior, the exterior, the inside (the part that swings inwards when you open the door), the outside, the top, and the bottom. You have to keep different things in mind when painting these areas. So, let’s dive into it without further ado.

What color to paint the interior of the front door with

If you don’t want too much hassle, you can just paint the interior of the front door exactly like its exterior. But that’s not why you are here, are you? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to painting the front door.

But there are some tips which can help you make up your mind. If you are feeling a bit lost about the door paint, look around the interior of your home and see what color is prevalent. Pick that color to be the color of your front door’s interior. This way your front door will not stand out too much while also meshing pretty well with the environment of your home.

What color to paint the exterior of the front door with

You can paint the exterior of your front door the same as the interior. There’s not that much of a difference between a different colored exterior and an exterior that has the same color of paint as the interior.

But if you want to give your front door a unique look, look around the exterior of your house. Look for the color that is the most prevalent on your house’s exterior and paint the exterior of your front door accordingly.

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What color to paint the inside and outside of the front door with

The inside of the door is the part that swings inward when you swing the door open. On the other hand, the outside of the door is the part where the hinges are attached. Ideally, it is better to keep the sides unpainted and neutral.

But if you do want to paint the sides, you have to do it differently for each side. For the inside, the paint should be the same color as the interior of the door since it swings inward. That way the color will have coherence with the door’s interior.

When it comes to the outside of the door, match the color of it with the exterior of your front door. The reason behind this is when you open the door, this part will swing outwards. Painting it according to the exterior will make it coherent.

What color to paint the top and bottom of the front door with

Now you have painted the door on its interior, exterior, inside, and outside. But what about the top and the bottom of the door? How should you paint these parts? The answer is, you don’t.

Instead, you should leave the top and bottom parts of your door unpainted. The reason behind this is these two parts come in contact with your door frame the most. So painting them will result in them rubbing the paint off on the door frame. If both the door frame and the paint of the door are the same, it isn’t that much of a big deal, but if they are not, then it will look awkward.

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What color to paint the door frame of the front door with

Since we are on the topic of door frames, how should you paint the one for your front door? Of all the questions I have answered so far, this one is the trickiest.

Because there isn’t any right answer to this question, nor there is a wrong answer. The color of the paint of the door frame entirely depends on what you are looking for.

If you are looking for a more traditional look, you can paint the door frame the same color as the door itself. But if you don’t want to be like everyone else and have something unique on the door frame, you can paint it white or some neutral color that neither matches the door color nor does it with the color of the walls. Or you can go totally out of the box and paint something unique. Your door frame can be of whatever color you seem fit.

Final words

As people always say, the first impression is more often than not the last impression. The front door of your house usually provides the guests with a pretty strong first impression. So it’s better if you paint the door accordingly. In the end, does the front door have an identical color on both sides?

The answer is both yes and no, depending on what you are going for. It is up to you to decide what the color of your front door will be on both of its sides.

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