I have a thing for dark doors.
Some houses call for it, some don't.
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When would I recommend painting doors dark?
*When you have a long, uninteresting hallway with lots of doors (and you don't want it to look like The Shining.)
*When you have cheap (stock white) doors. Painting them dark almost always makes them look nicer than they actually are.
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*When you are lacking warmth in a room. Warm up the doors.
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*When you want to add some GLAM in a room (go with black high gloss)
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* When your front door (from the inside) is uninteresting and disappears. Same thing goes for french doors or accent doors.
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Paint colors to try:
If you want a good true black my go to is Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black-
I used it on a recent project paired with Rocky Mountain hardware in the white bronze finish - stunning combo:
If you want more of a dark brown/grey I'd recommend Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. I actually painted all of the interior doors in my house this color. I also used it in this kitchen. It's a good one.
If you want to go a tad lighter than that- try Sherwin Williams Porpoise.
For a good neutral brown (that doesn't go too brown, more of a grey brown) I like Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe.
- Paint the DOOR only. No trim.
- Go glossy on the finish. Satin oil or high gloss.
- Pair it with good hardware.