Freshening up for Spring? Me too! Door colors can make a huge impact on your home! I am so inspired by the yellow doors on pinterest and all the other blogs that I too want “yellow”!
Here’s the thing, my siding is a pale creamish/ yellow with gray shutters and a brown roof. Here’s the other thing, my outside light is brown bronze and my door hardware is also a black bronze. So, how do I work with the yellow I so want?!
I knew the roof, hardware and the outside light were in the same family, which keeps things warm. The gray is a bit of a contrast or a slight clash. I also knew the yellow and gray work well together. With the siding being a light yellow – I knew my door needed to be darker (for my appeal). Keeping in mind I have areas to work with in the color scheme (1) the roof, hardware, light (2) the yellow (pale) siding (a big question mark), (3)white trim and gray shutters – seems to be little clash! So, I knew I would need to choose “the right kind of yellow”.
So.. off to the hardware store to get paint color samples. I started with a few color samples that had a yellowish color I liked. The first sample I picked – I knew right away (Heirloom) caught my eye! So, I looked for those same tones (warm, honey yellows even a slight gray/green). I brought them home and I held the samples against the siding at the gray shutters, then I held them up to the door (stuck samples under the hook on door to hold), I observed from a distance and different angles and imagined the whole door being a color that stood out to me the most. I took into consideration – the roof is brown… what stood out to me was the Heirloom I picked from the start. I have also considered the color under the Heirloom, the Celestial Ray, but if the whole door were to be painted this color it would be too much of a clash with the gray shutters as it is more golden brownish tone than the Heirloom.
Door color before with paint samples under door hook
The Heirloom has the warm yellow honey tone that I am looking. I have also considered a couple other colors; Mystic Maize, Dreamy Caramel and Beehive ( Valspar colors). Once the whole door is painted – I know the little sample would do it no justice. This is the reason I weight my options so heavily for a while. We sometimes don’t think of that when looking for and accent color or a bold color. The door is more than a little trim, but yet – huge to make a statement. I feel these colors are great – the Heirloom is a little more subtle when looking at the whole house, but enough to catch your eye and works with all the contrasting elements of my house…but I so want “The Yellow Door”! When holding all the samples up together to the house, the Heirloom is noticeably different; a light split pea color with the warm honey/yellow tones. So, I the wondered if I was gonna have the ” Yellow door”, this was slowly changing direction for a bit, but I made a decision!
So What Color did I chose? Mystic Maize, but I mixed a small amount of gray that was left over from my shutters. Make Note: The paint is Valspar but the paint mix for the yellow was from my local Hardware store. The mix warmed it up and that is what I was looking for! I used Brushes like this
I used Valspar Medallion Paint & Primer Colorfinity Semi-gloss exterior. (tint base 4302SE Mystic Maize (231-4) or one that is close like this color and the gray is HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Ovation Exterior Latex Paint- Exterior SEMI-BRILLANTE 1005-51399 (636341 Deep Base) I cannot tell you the exact color because we had it darkened to Slate Gray like this
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