How to Choose Paint Color for French Doors

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French doors are lovely in themselves--and also in what they represent. Opening two glass-paned doors can transport you to a garden scene in France, even if you're just stepping out onto your own back porch. Whether you're in Peoria or Provence, you can paint your french doors to make them prim or prominent, according to your own taste and sense of style.

  • Achieve a flow throughout your house by painting your trim and doors the same color. White is effective when you have colored walls--the white features look fresh and clean.

  • Break from traditional white by painting your french doors a pale shade of your room color. Use that same pale tone on the trim and other doors in the room. This will create the effect of downplaying the french doors and other features--they'll fade into the woodwork.

  • Go for a bold look for the french doors by painting them a bright color to contrast with white or other light-colored walls. Using red or a warm rust makes the doors pop and become a focal point.

  • Imitate the look of Provence by using traditional country colors on your french doors, tones such as sunflower yellow, leaf green and sea blue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Painting french doors is a labor-intensive project you don't want to repeat often. Use high-quality paint the first time--either oil-based or glossy water-based.

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