Color Quandary

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We’re under a time crunch now.  I tell ya what, this is my kind of stress.  I’ll take it!  We close May 31’st on the old farmhouse, which means we’d like to have the front door ready to go by then.  Since my husband is very much a “whatever you want dear” kind of guy, it’s up to me to choose the color. 

I posted about the old door we got off of craigslist here.  And by the comments, I could tell you must have been reading my mind. 

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My first choice for the door was to strip it down and poly it but unfortunately that won’t work.  We have to change the doorknob to the other side so the door opens into the new living room.  That means we’ll have to patch up the hole on the other side.  Painting is the only option. 

When I first spotted this door from Cottage and Vine, bluish green became by next favorite choice (Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore):

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But then there’s the whole porch ceiling issue.  You see, after painting our current porch ceiling blue, I kind of fell in love with the look, and it’s become a must-do for our new ceiling. 

Blue door, blue ceiling.  Too much?  Maybe.  But then I found these images of  blue doors with blue ceilings:

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It works.  It’s probably just a matter of choosing the right blue for contrast.  But is all the blue screaming “Coastal”?

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The new house is a very traditional farmhouse in the country.  There’s even a token red barn in the background:

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Nothing says classic farmhouse like a red door… my next choice.  I would choose a coral red for a twist. Can’t you picture a sky blue above this door? 

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Last but not least is another traditional look.  Black: 

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I was against the idea of black until I saw it against a blue ceiling and now it’s in the running:

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images from
Ekster Antiques

Would you like to participate in choosing the color? I added my first-ever poll to the top right side of my blog so you can cast your vote.  Pretty please! 

53 comments:

  1. I think the first blue door is simply amazing, but I could see how it could become to much. Still I think a dark blue door and a lighter blue ceiling could work just fine.

    The red one is also amazing, but personally I think the black one is a bit boring. It looks to new to me.

    Good luck on choosing, I am sure it will be fabulous no matter which one you go for.

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  2. So funny that you posted this. Just yesterday I was looking at my tiny little front porch ceiling wondering if there was a blue that would work with the blue on my door without being too much. Will stay tuned to see what you decide.

    Thanks for the shout out by the way :)

    XO,
    Rene

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  3. I really like the royal blue...it's actually my color choice for my own home. I don't think it would be too coastal. The blue porch ceiling, I know there's a purpose, could you refresh my tired mind?

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  4. Hmmmm...that is a tough one! I love all the choices, but I think something that would pop out a bit more would be the way to go. I would be afraid because of the wrap around porch, the black may end up receding and you really wouldn't see the door. I vote for the sky blue. Seems to fit in with your natural, calm surroundings, but yet would still add a little pizzaz. I can't wait to see what you decide!

    Mary

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  5. The black is really formal...and since I'm more laid back, it's really not my favorite. I'm do love the blue on blue, but I agree it does kinda say coastal - which I'm fine with since I would love to feel like I live near the ocean, even though I'm miles away.
    I think in the end the red door is my favorite and it would be fantastic with the blue on the ceiling.

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  6. That is such a hard decision! I guess it depends on what type of feel you want. I think the blue does it give a coastal feeling but it's also so relaxing. The coral red is still traditional but has this exciting tone. The black is also traditional but formal at the same time.
    That being said...I choose the red :)

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  7. I am having the same problem!! I go back and forth and have been doing so for OVER 4 YEARS!!...crazy....It's been white the whole time and I keep playing with the accessories to make the front entry "pop". I love the red by the way...imagine it at Christmas with a big fat evergreen wreath...

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  8. AHHHH! Is that your new farmhouse!??? Adorable! I say Blue all the way!

    Cindy

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  9. I too have a blue ceiling on my porch, don't you just love it? Because this is a country home, I would first try the red with the blue ceiling. One thing about paint colors, they are easy to change.

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  10. Hmmmm...let me think. I would probably go with the Wythe blue and I would paint the ceiling the same color. I think the black would look too dark since you have a porch and that area is already shaded :)

    ~tricia

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  11. I say classic black; it makes the blue pop, and with the added green you could use from plants and everything, it would look beautiful. The nice thing is you could always add color later with so many other things, that you can later remove or swap.

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  12. I love the blue green door! I guess you have to ask yourself: Would I get tired of this after awhile or can I live with it long term?
    I'm sure you will pick something fabulous!!! HAVE FUN!! Can't wait to see what you do!
    Tammy

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  13. we painted our stained front door red last Dec. and I love,love, love it. Not a fan of black, but love red and the light blues. You might want to think about what kind of wreaths and flowers that will be around it. I can't wait to see the result! Janet

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  14. Well, first I really liked the idea of blue and blue.... but then I saw the coral/red color... hmmmm. Tough choice! I think I'd go with blue and blue. Then add any additional color with changeable things like furniture or flowers!

    Can't wait to see what you all do with this new gem of a home.

    ~Chis

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  15. While coral red works great with a turquise ceiling another option would be a light blue for the ceiling and grey or a brownish gray or a pale green for the door!?
    Like here: http://milkandhoneyhome.com/haint-blue-yall/
    I nearly landed on grey for my front door (which I want to paint as soon as the weather gets a little better), but now you made me reconsider ;)

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  16. Ooh I love the black and the blue together! We are closing on our house June 30th, and that is the color combination we are going with for the door/shutters combination (the house is already an off-white color w/stone). So fun, cant wait to see what you decide!

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  17. I am having the same dilemma myself right now....I have a gray sided home with dark gray shutters all trimmed in white. I have thought about a red toned door but I am really leaning towards a pale yellow door. Something really different! I think for your house I would go with the blue...you will probably change your mind again in the years ahead. Love the antique door!~Hugs, Patti

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  18. I love the idea of the black door and blue ceiling but then I really got to thinking about it... Would the wonderful pattern on the door stand out enough with black paint? No, I do not think so. Although I love the coastal look, I think a coral red would make a great statement with that door on your new farmhouse.

    ~ Tracy

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  19. I see Black and red doors everywhere . I love the blue!!!! do it !!! We are going to paint ours lime green some day....

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  20. Does this mean you will need to be moving by May 31st? Yikes! Busy as bees over there. :)

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  21. Here's my opinion (take it with a grain of salt if you don't like it)... If you want your house to look like a tradtional farmhouse, paint the door RED. It coordinates with the barn color and has that out-in-the-country farmhouse feel. If you want a second "farmhouse color" option, it would be a forest green color, which goes with the natural landscape. A black door is much more traditional, like what you'd put on a brick colonial, but it could be a second choice if you wanted something more subdued. A blue door (especially a sea-green hue of blue) is defintely a cottage/cape cod/coastal look and while this is very pretty and very popular right now, I would stay away from that if you want a farmhouse feel. :)
    ~Katie

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  22. Do a yellow door! We painted our front door and love it. I have several pics of yellow doors on my blog. Happy day.

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  23. Black door, blue ceiling.
    Or Blue door, very light hint of blue ceiling.

    As much as I love red...I would not do the red with the blue....thanks for giving me the opportunity for an opinion, and good luck.

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  24. After reading the comments, I bet your sorry you asked. So many different views!

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  25. I just love the door in the first picture so just cast my vote for blue!
    Good luck with the house purchase - hope it all goes smoothly.

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  26. I love all the colours...
    Fun thing with paint, you can always change the colour!

    xx

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  27. I love the black with the blue ceiling...I am planning on painting our porch ceiling pale blue this year, already have the black door. This is sort of southern tradition for farmhouses. Even the interior doors are black.
    (I'm guessing it was practical) Even though we do not live in the south I have been slowly painting our doors black and I love it.

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  28. Oh my gosh! I love the blue, with the blue! it is nothing I ever would have thought of or picked out on my own, but it looks stunning in the photos! I did vote for the blue, but the red door with blue ceiling is such a close second. Both colors will pop on the inside of your home with all your lovely white! I can not wait to see what you do! Not to make matters worse, I have a thing for mustard-brown doors on white homes-especially with black hardware. Okay, i will stop talking now...

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  29. I think the blue would best bring out the detail of the door....wouldn't want to hide THAT!

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  30. I am a firm believer in going with your gut. If you've always wanted a farmhouse red door-go for it! It will tie in the red barn and will look exquisite under a sky blue bead board ceiling. The home is lovely-it will be a wonderful place to call home whichever color you choose.

    Cristine

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  31. I feel your pain, Rie! My poor front door is still wait because I can't decide on a color! With your beauty, though, that black is sooo chic and classic! And you discovered my fav gray/blue color, too! I have some stools in my house with "Wyeth blue" on them! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  32. We are closing on selling our farm on May 31st too! I also need to choose a new front door for our new house! I like all your choices, but I am going to go vote now.

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  33. I'm changing my vote. I too think the detail will be lost if the door is painted black. The other colors aren't so predictable. I LOVE painted porch floors. Have you decided what your doing with that....not to complicate the issue. Really the blue and coral are both great choices. This is when I step back and think what is the feeling I want to have when I first see my house regardless of the time of year.

    Can't wait to see it!
    Kathy

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  34. I'm voting black, but only if you do the blue ceiling. Otherwise, my vote is blue.

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  35. We have blue porch ceilings and a charcoal grey, not quite black (deep grey is more casual, to my way of thinking, grin)front door... better for a farmhouse. We live on a farm too! Lots of blue elements on the outside of a house, especially a casual house, does seem coastal to me, but can't deny that it looks beautiful!!

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  36. We have a black door and blue ceiling with white trim and as I was reading your post, the first blue door picture made me think we should change ours. (you can see it on my blog if you like under the label "porch") I think a blue ceiling with a contrasting blue (maybe midnight blue?) would be great and you can add red and white accents on the porch to make it an American farmhouse. That certainly wouldn't look too coastal. Can't wait to see what you decide!

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  37. Blue, blue, blue!

    One possibility: Find a blue that you like for the door. Then go "up" a few colors on the paint strip to select a lighter blue for the porch ceiling.

    For what it's worth, our house incorporates five colors without looking chaotic. The field color is gray and the porch floor is a darker gray. The trim is white. The front door is a dark navy blue, the shutters are medium blue, and the porch ceiling is a lighter blue.

    And it only took me a few years and many one-quart cans of paint to choose these colors. :-)

    kris

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  38. sorry...i still say pink, would look lovely with blue porch ceiling.

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  39. I love the blue door. I don't even think I'd mind it with a blue ceiling. I think a dark door - maybe not quite black, but gray instead, would look great with a blue ceiling too.

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  40. I love the black door! Any wreaths or decor that you add to your door/porch would really pop off of a black door. But I'm sure all of your color choices would look beautiful! I can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  41. Go across the color wheel from your blue ceiling. Coral red's your baby! You can always accent it with other shades of blue, the black, greens, etc.

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  42. Love, love, love the Wythe Blue color. JMO, but I think red on this door is too much. It already has so much going on with the beautiful carvings - it needs a subtle color to balance it. And you would lose the details with black paint. I vote blue!
    (I agree-go up or down a few shades for the ceiling)

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  43. I voted for the blue, but wanted to say specifically, the Wyeth blue. It is fantastic. Then go with a different blue for your ceiling. I love black doors... especially glossy black. But, since you house sits back {from the road, I assume}, I don't think it will give you the punch/contrast you want. I think that a colored door will draw you in to that AMAZING home!!!!
    - {darlene}
    fieldstonehilldesign.com

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  44. forgot to say. YOUR DOOR IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  45. I love your door! Whatever color, it is fabulous!!!
    I'm wondering if you will paint your inside walls Your favourite, China Moon color?! Have you decided?

    Cindy

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  46. I can't wait to see which color you select and I am even more excited to see the inside of your new home! You will do a fabulous job I am sure and we get to come along for the ride....YIPPEE!

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  47. Rie, I had to write you again after receiving the June issue of Southern Living magazine. There is a farmhouse featured that you need to see. The door is red and just beautiful!!!! I had originally voted for black but after seeing this house I am changing my mind. :)

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  48. I voted for black with the blue ceiling but I'm also thinking you could do the ceiling light blue and then paint the door two shades darker of the same blue. Hmmm

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  49. I liked all your choices, but was wondering if there were any colours typical of the region or house style/age, eg the 'haint blue' I've heard of. I'd suggest not picking a door colour in isolation from the rest of the colour scheme, even if it's a contrasting colour like the red.
    The only colour that's usually avoided on doors is yellow, because yellow attracts flies (and that's why fly-traps are yellow).

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  50. i love the red.
    always go for red. :)

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  51. Beautiful!
    I love these blog.

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  52. I love, love the wygth blue by ben. moore. I think a lot depends on the style of the door itself. My house is silver gray, white trim and was thinking black door... but maybe should be considering blue shades., there is a lot of glass in the door. love the blogs.

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  53. It's the greens that gives personality on the view.

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