My exterior front door and the back doors have been painted black for years. But, after walking Charlie last summer, I started noticing the colourful front doors in the neighbourhood and thought it was time to make a change at my house too.
But what colour? I didn’t want just any random colour, it had to make sense. There was much to consider…the style and existing colour of my house and the landscaping. Another thought… I wanted a welcoming entrance, but I didn’t necessarily want it to be the focal point.
I narrowed down my colour choices to either green or lavender. Both would complement my house and landscaping, but what shade? Seriously, I’ve never spent so much time pondering…anything! After hours of going back and forth, I went with lavender.
I painted the back doors first, and as you can see by the photo above, I tested multiple shades. The colour of the lavender in this garden (photo below) is the shade I was aiming for, but it proved to be elusive (in the paint decks, anyway). Thanks to the help (and patience) of a paint consultant at my local Benjamin Moore store we settled on combining two of the sample colours. I was beginning to question my ability to see colour!
After the doors were painted, I noticed a soapbox in my bathroom which is close to the colour I had been looking for all along. CC on Whyte carried this Rancé brand of soap from France (now, when I can find it online, I buy a year’s supply)…Lavende is my favourite. I have propped the box up against the painted doors to compare.
The big reveal! I was lucky to have a few warm days last week to paint the back doors, and weather permitting, I will paint the front door the same colour soon.
Most paint companies chose green as their “colour of the year”, but Pantone picked “Very Peri” as their colour for 2022. All agreed that the pandemic was a factor when making their decision. I believe that subconsciously I too wanted to lighten up…
Colour and me…well, putting mildly, we are strangers! I’ve stepped (completely!) out of my comfort zone…I’m a black and white person with a bit of grey and gold thrown in to soften the edges. This is probably why I’ve struggled to commit to a new colour.
For now, lavender will suit the spring/summer season, and hopefully, the doors can be styled for fall/winter in such a way that the colour doesn’t appear too cool…I will keep you posted!