Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dark Interior Doors: To Paint or Not to Paint?


I've circled this question for months: do I want white or dark interior doors?
I've tried several shades of gray, and they were enticing.
 Each one called to me with a siren song.
Should I put wax in my ears?
 

A white door in a white room is classic and gives a seamless look.
Why am I tinkering?

Because I can't resist.
I can't stand an unsolved mystery.
Will and I decided to paint one door a dark charcoal gray.
Just one.

Several people were milling around the house. I asked for opinions.

Anonymous no. 1: "Black doors? Hmm, I've never seen this before."
Anonymous no. 2: "Well, it's in style. I'm getting used to it!"
Anonymous no. 3: "You're brave." (Body language said: Nutjob!)
Bandwidth: "Uh, whatever."
Will: "I like it."
Me: "This is too hard. Maybe we should try a lighter shade on another door."

Will: "Which one?" 
(In this photo you can see multiple paint pots.)





What do you think?
Would you paint or not paint?
1. Dark doors will be so over in a few years. Keep them white.
2. Dark is classic! Paint them dark charcoal.
3. Try a lighter gray.
4. Go have a Paintini martini and think about it tomorrow.

Actually, I don't drink martinis, so I made cream-filled donuts--the easy way, of course. 

See you tomorrow night at Foodie Friday!



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37 comments:

  1. I love it, Michael! Now I want to paint all my doors. Yikes! laurie

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  2. I vote for the dark doors! And if painted doors go out of style, they can be repainted!

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  3. I love it Michael! I vote paint.

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  4. paint, because styles come and go and you can paint again!

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  5. I also vote for the dark doors, they will be striking!!! If they go out of style in a few years it will be easy to have the color changed. I love the dark gray, it really shows up well and is a fabulous accent. Go for it and don't look back.

    Mary L

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  6. I like the dark door too. I didn't at first, but they have grown on me after seeing them on decorating sites. I think it looks wonderful.
    Sam

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  7. I'm enjoying your comments so much! They're helping me though this tough decision.

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  8. Mmm - it's a good thing I don't have a plate of those donuts here! As for the door, I really like the current trend of dark doors, but my love for the appearance of the clean, light, bright white interior doors wins.

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    1. I've already eaten two, argh. And I'm supposed to be on a liquid diet!

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  9. I love the drama of the dark doors. If they are out of style in a couple of years paint them white. That's the great thing about paint...you can change it. Have fun with it now!

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  10. Whether you go darker or not, replacing the current hardware withs something classier would make a world of difference. Enjoy your donuts!

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    1. So true! I hope to do both--eat donuts and look for new doorknobs.:-)

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  11. Paint them! It looks gorgeous, and as everyone has pointed out, if you get tired of them, you can always paint them white. Oh, those SW paint pots have simultaneously saved my hide and given me numerous new gray hairs. Have fun and pass the donuts :-)

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  12. I just painted 3 of my very white interior doors very BLACK and I absolutely LOVE them ! It is a very classy, stylish look. If it makes you feel any better, I am originally for England, where we have been painting interior doors black for hundreds of years !! I can't believe I waited until now to do it in my home in Cleveland ! Try it - I guarantee you will love it - adds so much interest and excitement and makes the doors look so much better than in white !

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    1. I had forgotten about the doors of England! Thanks!

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  13. Yes, do it! I'm smitten with black doors. The bigger piece of this house puzzle is, "What are you moving?" Just curious because I so loved your previous home.

    twizzis

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    1. I'll have to blog about that one day! It's good to see you, Twizz!

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  14. Is there a recipe for the crime filled donuts. I want to try making donuts and these look delicious.

    Shirley (who just lost 9 pounds)

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    1. Yes! I'm going to post it tomorrow on Foodie Friday. If you want it sooner, shoot me an email. Congratulations on the weight loss!

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  15. We had a new Pella front door (exterior in black and interior is white) and sidelights (exterior and interior is white) installed last Fall. When ordering the door when I mentioned black for the interior the Sales guy looked at me like I was crazy. So I went with white on the interior and black on the exterior. We have a large window above our foyer like you and I wish i had been brave enough to go with the black interior door paint. I just think the black on white is so stunning. Now nothing is wrong with the all white look but I still wish I had gone with the black.

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  16. Dark may be in vogue, but I prefer white doors, having had both.

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    1. I like both. And I like lighter gray doors. I'll have to think about this a while. I have paint samples on several doors. Better to live with them a bit.

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  17. I love colored doors but not too dark. In the homearama homes they are now painting the doors a darker
    color but I've not seen any black. I get bored with all white trim and white doors. I'm sure
    it will be beautiful no matter what you select.

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  18. NOT dark!! To me, a black door looks like a black hole, drawing your eye to it when you should be looking at something else. Hmm. Your photo is awfully nice, though. And I have painted many exterior doors black, BUT for the purpose of creating a focal point. If that is your objective with the doors then go black. Otherwise, stay white. I love your house and everything you do in it, so I'm sure the result will be wonderful, whatever you decide! Linda

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  19. I like it painted best & think it goes with the style of your house so well! It's just like a classic black dress...never goes out of style & sets off the accessories ;)

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  20. I love it! Besides, you can always paint it when the styles change again :)

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  21. I'm still thinking. So please keep commenting! Thanks!

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  22. One more thought ! I do love black interior doors, BUT, if you're not sold on the black, I've seen a few doors on various blogs where they have painted them a very dark grey - also very striking !

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  23. I painted many interior doors black and love it! My doors before just looked white and drab. They now "pop" out and look classy and elegant.

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  24. Thank you so much! That did the trick, you saved me more endless hours of searching for a fix.



    Home Painting

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  25. I am joining this conversation late, but I too have been pondering this black door issue. A dark charcoal grey sound good. Does anyone have a specific color name and brand?
    Sheila@mykentuckyliving

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    1. I tried SW Urbane Bronze, and I've seen it elsewhere, too, most notably at Cote de Texas. You can see every color on the strip here--and the doors. My doors looked much darker in person. http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com/2011/10/incredible-renovationpart-ii.html
      I've read that BM Black Fox (I may be misremembering) is a good one--a deep chocolate black).

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