Dark Doors

I have a thing for dark doors.

Some houses call for it, some don't. 

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<Nate Berkus>

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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<Jennifer Dyer via Lonny Mag>

*When you are lacking warmth in a room. Warm up the doors.

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<Douglas Friedman via House Beautiful>

*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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<Barbara Westbrook via House Beautiful>

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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

Other recommendations:

  • Paint the DOOR only. No trim. 
  • Go glossy on the finish. Satin oil or high gloss.
  • Pair it with good hardware.