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Paint The Front Door or Leave it Alone?
foci88
October 18, 2012 in Design Dilemma
I just had my whole house painted and need an honest opinion about painting the front door in Benjamin Moore "Terra Cotta Tile 2090-30" (see pic) or leaving it how it looks in this photo? It was just painted the same cream color as the window panes but I think it could be more bold. My gut tells me to paint it Terra Cotta Tile to coordinate with the colors of the brick front steps. Leaving it cream color makes it sort of fade away. Help?! I only have until tomorrow morning to decide, then the painters are finished wtih the project! Please don't mention any other colors it could be at this point. I just need help deciding to leave it cream color or go with the Terra Cotta Tile color. Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. By the way, the house is located at the beach in FL so we wanted to lighten up the overall look of it.
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foci88
By the way, the pic is casting a shadow on front door but often it's in bright sun as it faces south.
October 18, 2012 at 6:28pm   
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Stanton Designs-online design services
Go with the terra cotta color....Your door gets a little lost and it would bring such a statement!
October 18, 2012 at 6:32pm     
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Go for it!
October 18, 2012 at 6:36pm     
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olldcan
Go for it, the door is just blending and needs a pop of colour. I was going to be super creative and be the first to ever suggest red.....but I wont :) LOL totally just kidding on the red.
October 18, 2012 at 6:37pm     
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anitajoyce
Paint the door! It is very hard to see because of the overhang.
October 18, 2012 at 6:48pm   
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olldcan
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October 18, 2012 at 6:54pm   
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foci88
Here's an overall view of the house (during paint process with previous colors) that should give you the whole perspective.
October 18, 2012 at 6:58pm     
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Kivi
Terra Cotta. The door in cream is kind of lost.
October 18, 2012 at 6:58pm     
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lesliemahler
Loved your house since your last posting. Go for the terra cotta!
October 18, 2012 at 7:30pm   
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olldcan
Oh it's so cute, yes do the terra cotta. Was part of it originally a schoolhouse
October 18, 2012 at 7:42pm   
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foci88
No it's always been a residence. It was built in 1930 from plans of a similar home in England. It's an English Tudor style. I will post more pics when it's completely finished (landscaping & paint). It's on the water so there is also an old boathouse, waterdock, guest apartment and separae garage. It's very unique home for Florida at the beach!
October 18, 2012 at 7:47pm     
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olldcan
You've go to be kidding, it's just precious. I just can't wait to see more pictures :)
October 18, 2012 at 7:49pm     
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foci88
candace, if you look at some of my other postings under my username you will see various pics of the property.
October 18, 2012 at 7:52pm   
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olldcan
Oh thank you, I'll check that out right now!!!!!!
October 18, 2012 at 8:03pm   
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Elise
Yes!
October 18, 2012 at 8:05pm     
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edmarch
The easiest "Yes!" I'll give today. Paint it!
October 18, 2012 at 8:30pm   
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Sheila Steelman
I think the terra cotta colored door would extend the look of the brick stairs for a nice blending and open up the entry. Very lovely home.
October 18, 2012 at 8:32pm     
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Bonnie
Terra Cotta definitely! Make that door pop!
October 18, 2012 at 8:56pm     
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foci88
Thanks everyone for your help! It was definitely a landslide vote to paint the door the Terra Cotta color!!
October 19, 2012 at 11:08am     
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Glenda Cherry Photography
Paint it dark green to contrast with the trim. (Sorry for suggesting another color, but I think the terra cotta would look out of place.)
October 19, 2012 at 5:24pm   
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Nancy
Orange a deep dark orange.....
October 19, 2012 at 5:25pm   
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Les Constructions MontagneArt
Go Flashy Orange!!
October 19, 2012 at 5:28pm   
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Nancy
Valspar. VIP. Orange...a little brighter than the terra cotta....
October 19, 2012 at 5:29pm     
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lreese123
The terra cotta is the perfect color for that door. Adorable home. Do it!
October 19, 2012 at 5:32pm     
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housebert57
The Terra Cotta is a nice color but ..using more of a old brick red color would make it pop (and really do it for me). :-)
October 19, 2012 at 5:33pm   
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brendaob
love the little tourette?? did I spell that right darling home, I say try the terra cotta and if you hate it its only paint not a big deal. I think the terra cotta and that green may not go togather good luck
October 19, 2012 at 5:35pm   
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Nancy
Check this out.....
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Richard Bubnowski Design LLC
Terra cotta will work, but you may also want to
consider painting the door the same as the window trim.
October 19, 2012 at 5:36pm   
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Marie Hebson's interiorsBYDESIGN Inc.
Yup - should tie in with your brick colour - but add that colour somewhere else too so it makes sense - refer to Nancy's comment above...pulls it together....Good luck.
October 19, 2012 at 5:38pm     
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Darlene Brill
Lower the black railing.....actually, get a nicer bigger one put on both sides.....then put huge ornate white posts on the corners of the top of the porch......add black wrought iron window decks (with or without flower boxes) - - THEN paint the door !! :) good luck!
October 19, 2012 at 5:39pm     
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Nancy
House needs shutters and other color everywhere....on trim etc..flowers to match door in pots. Both sides of door...
October 19, 2012 at 5:43pm   
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AJ Bishop
I say paint it red... its good Feng Shui and draws good chi to your home.
October 19, 2012 at 5:43pm   
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Nancy
You are at the Beach in Florida. You need lots of bright color....
October 19, 2012 at 5:45pm   
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lwalford
The terra cotta would really pick up the metal roof on the turret as well as the front steps. I definitely think you are going in the right direction with that color.
October 19, 2012 at 6:06pm   
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Alison Guerriere
The terra cotta would be a definite improvement but even better would be a mahogany door. I agree with Darlene about changing the railing in some respect. I would also like to see big urn style planters outside your front door. An overlay over that drab walkway would also be good. Even better would be a stone walkway trimmed with brick. Here's the look I'm thinking of:
October 19, 2012 at 6:16pm     
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Elaine Hartley
Keep the clean look of the cream-green scheme but draw the eye to the door by picking out an eye-catching border in the grey of the roof.
October 19, 2012 at 6:17pm   
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janishill
Your house is really shaping up. It looks much better with the horrid shubbery gone. :-)

The terra cotta is nice but a little flat; a little dreary. It will not be a very inviting color in the shade of the overhang. How about something a little brighter and friendlier? I am looking at the turrett and thinking rust: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/rust#ce_s=rust

or
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/fireballorange

or
http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/pumpkincream#ce_s=2168 (my favorite)


All of these have a little more life than the terra cotta.

Can hardly wait to see updated pictures!
October 19, 2012 at 6:19pm   
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Vito Villa
Paint, undoubtedly.
October 19, 2012 at 6:26pm   
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foci88
Just to clarify, you are all seeing a house built in 1930 currently under complete renovation. You are only seeing the front of the property in the previous pics so I've included more pics here (ie. part of boat house & guest apartment above double garage). Previously the front of the home looked like the pic I've attached here (dark green trim) but with so much of the work yet to be completed I understand it's hard to get the overall visual of the "new look" we're currently working toward (new exterior paint, roof, landscaping, etc... ) In fact, it's only just begun but the oveall goal is to brighten up the house since it's at the beach in FL (yet still retain it's classc tudor style), simplify the landscaping so the house is the primary focus, etc.... I think you get the idea! Hope to have it all completed in a month or so. Many of the colors we are painting the exterior will be incorporated into the new exterior awnings placed above some of the exterior windows to add color (not all windows will be covered like in pic but some still need to be due to the hot sun). We also think the awinings add character & charm at the beach. Thanks again for the ideas and yes I agree with adding color and making it more coastal so your ideas are all good ones. However, keeping the style of the home intact is also important to us because it's historical to the location. Thanks everyone for the tips and stay tuned...
October 19, 2012 at 6:32pm     
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Nancy
Oh the awnings are great....peachy orange would be bright and awesome....beautiful home...
October 19, 2012 at 6:40pm   
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Renee
Terra Cotta. Door needs some pop!
October 19, 2012 at 6:42pm   
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syd34
i probably would paint the door the same color as you window trim. Very pretty color!! Good luck on whatever color you decide
October 19, 2012 at 6:48pm   
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bunchofdogs
It needs a turquoise knocked back with terra cotto underneath .
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October 19, 2012 at 7:02pm   
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foci88
Digital images all look different on computers but the roof is actually tan in color with specs of brown in the tiles. Also, we considered painting the door in the same green as the trim but thought it needed more contrast to pop and not just blend in. Thus, we thought of grounding it with the brick steps which seems to work according to the feedback.
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woofwoof
Check out Dunn Edwards "Arabian Rd" or "Bar-b-que" -- warm orangey reds that make the green pop but aren't as harsh as fire engine red. Yes, it needs color.
October 19, 2012 at 7:05pm   
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sharonsf
Definitely terra cotta--it will give a needed pop of color
October 19, 2012 at 7:15pm   
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Marie Hamby
It does need color but be careful the color of the Brick orangey Steps .Don't get the Door so matchey
with the steps.It will look like there is no place to stop Marie
October 19, 2012 at 8:42pm   
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houzyadoin
Now that I see the decision is terracotta. Definitely do the Terracotta. But being just the door. You can paint it again another color if you don't like it. So why not!
October 19, 2012 at 8:50pm     
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ajkl
Find a way to change the the roof line over the door. The slanted roof looks bad. Extend the pitched roof-line over it instead. Then go with an eggplant color for the door.
October 19, 2012 at 9:36pm   
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Kevin
Paint it!! Go for it , it's just paint , change the color of the door every spring, keep the neighbors talking! Looks great!!!!
October 19, 2012 at 10:06pm   
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lsimson
Terra Cotta - go for it. It will brighten the entryway to your home. And it will instantly cheer you up every time you arrive home!
October 19, 2012 at 10:22pm   
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foci88
ajkl, the roof line over the door is actually original to the house with the detailed wood joists holding it up. It actually looks really nice in person but hard to see the detail in the pic. The roof line right above the door (and then behind the triangle shape) forms an octagon dome roof that is higher. Again, hard to notice in pic. By the way, just not a fan of eggplant (purple) but I can see how others may like it!
October 19, 2012 at 10:39pm   
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foci88
ajkl, here's a pic of the slanted roof over the back door (similiar to front door) and the wooden detailed joists holding it up. Roof lines in English Tudor style homes are often very steep & slanted. It's part of the overall look.
October 19, 2012 at 10:51pm     
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kelepouri
you guys...there are more important things in life,than just painting a door of a house...like a war in Syria,kids without any food daily,..paint it black
October 19, 2012 at 11:00pm   
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Kevin
Kelepouri- if your so worried about war and hungry kids then get off the site and do something, stop pushing your guilty conscious on other people. This is a home improvement site for home owners helping home owners with home improvement questions, so bugger off and go preach on another site theres lots of them out there for people like you who just want complain and wine, best of luck to you now go save the world and leave people alone who are just having a chat about home improvements!!
October 19, 2012 at 11:27pm     
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Nancy
Kevin. Amen to that.....
October 20, 2012 at 12:12am   
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foci88
kelepouri , with so many more important things in life I'm not sure how you found the time to post a comment? How ironic. Preaching to the choir here about all of the world's problems with complete disregard for all of us who come to this site seeking home improvement ideas & advice is simply rude. Perhaps you enjoy making a fool of yourself, but rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength and the world's problems will never be resolved by the weakest members of society.
October 20, 2012 at 1:09am     
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irem_n
Unsurprisingly Kevin chose black... Like his attitude to life I would think!
October 20, 2012 at 1:23am     
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Kevin
To whom it may concern - if your not here to help with the home improvement questions , then please go else where to vent your short comings in life, bitching and complaints has it's own web page go there and find the help you need , thank you ,

Focci88- good luck with the painting of your door the house looks great! And it's sad that other people have to wreck a good site for home owners to ask questions and get others HELPFUL opinions on the project at hand!
October 20, 2012 at 2:10am   
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Vikrant Sharma Homez
Try Bluestone or Honed Granite Steppers.
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irem_n
Kevin I'm so sorry I used your name instead of kelepouri. My comment was for them not you. Apologies again!
October 20, 2012 at 2:35am   
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Kevin
Irem_n Thanks! No worries !
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gingerclaire
I would be tempted to go a slightly paler pinker shade of orange - maybe something like Sherwin Williams SW 6628 Robust Orange would look good. Lovely house - I'm looking forward to seeing what you go for in the end!
October 20, 2012 at 3:45am     
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Debra Fleming
do it! if you don't like it they sell other paint colors at the store.
October 20, 2012 at 3:52am     
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Cindy Fischer
If your looking to enhance the front of your house to give it more of a Curb appeal then I would paint the door, I like the color too.
October 20, 2012 at 4:53am   
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Alison Guerriere
If I were you I would:

1) study up on Tudor homes.
2) try to get pictures of the original home and talk to a historian so your home still has a historical perspective
3) remove all awnings immediately and replace with high quality architectural window films. Architectural films keep the sun out, bills down, view in tact, preserve furniture from fading, etc.
4) maybe paint the front door terra cotta initially but eventually replace with a mahogany door (adds beauty, warmth, richness, character and authenticity). Mahogany doors are also coastal because they withstand salt air, etc.
5) remove the overhang over the front door. It looks tacked on, too angular, and it hides the door.
6.) do a stone walkway like Vikrant Sharma Homez showed in a picture above. We have one and it adds a cottagey inviting warmth.
7) add landscaping. It looks barren now. Remove the front tree and add a new one that's ornamental. The current one is overgrown so the eye only sees the trunk now.

On a positive note, I really like how you painted the brown trimwork green!
October 20, 2012 at 4:54am   
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Kim Lunsford
After I seen the picture of your whole house you posted I would say paint the door for sure. You have a lovely house and the door would make it stand out even more if you painted it.
October 20, 2012 at 8:25am   
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foci88
Thanks Alison for the paint trimwork compliment but the former trim & window panes were actually dark hunter green and the body of the house a lighter cream color. Only the gutters were previously brown to coordinate with the brown/tan roof tiles. Now the gutters were all painted the light green trimwork color & I agree it does look nice! We are the original owners of the home (1930) and do not plan to structurally alter the exterior so I'd say we're ok regarding the historical perspective. We are just brightening up the exterior paint to appeal more to the home's beach location in FL. It was too dark in appearance for too long! The landscaping was removed and will be addressed shortly. The home was originally builit with canvas striped awnings and over the years the colors were changed. I do realize some people don't prefer them and they can look outdated but personally I think they add a lot of charm, color and character to this style home especially given it's beach location. When done in the right colored fabric awnings can really compliment a certain style of house. However, they will no longer be on any of the windows starting at the turret at left of the front door all the way to the tall cathedral window at right. Only a few windows along the streetside on the other side of house.

Thanks also for the tip on the architectural window films for protecting interior but I am always concerned about the hot sun beating down on all the wooden window panes. It is very damaging especially in a coastal hot climate. Awnings served a very functional purpose in that regard!
October 20, 2012 at 11:20am     
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foci88
Alison, when awnings are done right they can add class & charm to the right home. Here's a few examples I think work very well.
October 20, 2012 at 12:24pm     
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olldcan
foci88,
I looked through the photos on your other post as you suggested and enjoyed every minute of your home. Now I come to find your the original owner "We are the original owners of the home (1930)" not like I'm counting but what can I say, I'm impressed. I would love to see more pictures of your home through the years, just to see how it's changed. When your all done restoring the exterior, I'll be watching for the after pictures, what a privilege this has been.

Thanks so much for sharing,

Candace
October 20, 2012 at 12:33pm   
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Where do your guests enter? Your front door. Make it as special as you think they are to you. Pretend it is Christmas or your birthday and go all out for an everyday WOW at your front entry. I feel the least expensive colour will come from the elements that already exist - your stone and roof. Select a mid toned Grey based Taupe which will be similar to the natural stone. It will contrast with the cream stucco and compliment the soft green. Purchase some black urns and place them on the cap area below the windows flanking your stairs. Now keep them brimming with colourful flowers spring through fall and lit up greenery in the winter.
October 20, 2012 at 12:55pm     
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foci88
candace, I say "we" but I really mean the 3rd generation of family! Thank you for your nice comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. It's really a very unique home & property but hard to visualize the whole layout without actually seeing it in person! All the comments on here are really great!
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Elyn's Library
What a delightful home - it looks well-loved and carefully cared-for. And it must be a joy to have all those years of family memories in such a pretty place.

For what it's worth, I'll add to the chorus - "Go for it - it's only paint and easily changed."
October 20, 2012 at 1:26pm     
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Michal Yiftah Rotem, MYR Architecture
Terra cotta or peach. Definately don't leave it in white, the door has no identity in white.
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Michal Yiftah Rotem, MYR Architecture
Terra cotta or peach. Definately don't leave it in white, the door has no identity in white.
October 20, 2012 at 2:26pm   
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sharshot
Such a sweet home! Post your "after photo" when finished.
October 20, 2012 at 2:34pm   
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relushor
i wouldnt paint it terra cota but a peachy pastel or some light orange. Just my 2 cents :)
October 20, 2012 at 2:48pm   
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lesliedgoodman
Great home but I would remove awning and then paint the door the terra coat color you love including the screen door.
October 20, 2012 at 3:40pm   
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kcjaros
Terra cotta! Also,what is the brand/paint color you used on the body of the house? Thx!
October 20, 2012 at 8:18pm   
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kcjaros
Terra cotta! Also,what is the brand/paint color you used on the body of the house? Thx!
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foci88
We ended up going with Benjamin Moore "Baked Clay" (a terra cotta color with a bit more orange & less red) and are very pleased with the look!
October 21, 2012 at 11:02am     
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Sheila Steelman
Looks great!!
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Marie Hamby
Baked Clay Looks Great ...Also you could add more Decorative Iron Handrails on both sides of Steps.
If you do show me the finished look
October 21, 2012 at 11:32am   
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
Great. Very inviting now.
October 21, 2012 at 11:35am   
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Danelle OH
That really looks fantastic. Great choice and great job keeping a home in the family!! With so many people playing flip this house it is nice to see a family using a home for the intended purpose.
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syd34
Terra Cota is a great choice!! Don't forget to ad planter urns with some color like oranges.
October 21, 2012 at 12:53pm   
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Stanton Designs-online design services
It really makes a statement and gives a inviting entrance.
October 21, 2012 at 1:01pm   
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Gabberts Design Studio
Paint it!
October 21, 2012 at 1:16pm   
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Elyn's Library
Lovely, inviting. Says "This is where our home begins!"
October 21, 2012 at 5:47pm   
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Diane
Go for the Terra Cotta
October 21, 2012 at 7:00pm   
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apennameandthata
Now you have introduced another colour, I recon you should change the patio and steps to be part of the new scheme. Will look really good.
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apennameandthata
Now you have introduced another colour, I recon you should change the patio and steps to be part of the new scheme. Will look really good.
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apennameandthata
Now you have introduced another colour, I recon you should change the patio and steps to be part of the new scheme. Will look really good.
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A408Studio Architecture+Interiors+Construction
color - and go contrast.
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Retired
I would paint the door terra cotta. I might even paint the square cement surfaces on top of the rock wor in the terra cotta also. That would make the steps , the door and that little bit of cement a very interesting feature on the front of the house.
October 24, 2012 at 10:58am   
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foci88
Alas, the house is finished! I appreciated all the comments along the way. Thanks!
November 18, 2012 at 4:33pm   
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judianna20
Nice finish! Love the trim color. :>)
November 18, 2012 at 4:38pm   
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anitajoyce
Love the house and Door Color!
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syd34
The house came out beautiful!! Great choice for color on everyting!!
November 18, 2012 at 6:11pm   
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Kivi
It's a great looking house! If you are still planning on selling it, I hope it goes well for you.
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agarcia3201
I love your final selection- Great job! :)
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anewpennameandthata
Nice house. I had no idea how nice from the first shot. Probs those steps are letting it down, then.
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gingerclaire
Good work - you were right about the door!
November 19, 2012 at 8:47am   
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houssaon
Love the body color, the door and the trim. Glad you switched to stripe awnings and got rid of the ones not needed. The house looks fantastic. It is so nice to see what someone, who looked for advice, finally did. Thanks for sharing.
November 19, 2012 at 9:41am     
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foci88
Here's a closer view of the finished result. Thanks again for the front door input!
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Sheila Steelman
Looks very inviting.....love it.
November 29, 2012 at 5:50pm   
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whitleytaylor
I think it would look really good painted. I do think it looks bad now, but I think it would be great painted.
November 29, 2012 at 6:37pm   
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mjmil
love what you have done It is a beautiful home and the choices you have made add to it's appeal.
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chappage
Coming into the conversation late, but wanted to say that I love the personality of your home! Are all the homes in your neighborhood of the same age and style? What part of Florida? I grew up in West Palm Beach area. Also, I think you made a good choice on the paint. It looks great.
January 2, 2013 at 9:22am   
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foci88
Chappage, thank you for the compliment. The home is in a historical district called Pass-A-Grille Beach. It sits on one of five barrier islands on the west coast of FL (30 min. from Tampa) on the Gulf of Mexico. All the homes are different in the neighborhood. We have older beach cottages mixed in with beautiful estate homes. It's a great beach community. It's also a very desirable location because the town is only 1 1/2 blocks wide and 22 blocks long. Great sunsets too!
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scdubose
What is the green trim color?
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afterhoursreno
Paint it! Paint it!
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afterhoursreno
Numbers at the bottom of the door are super (mail carrier friendly) They may even get a boot patina over time as they are kickplate height!
January 5, 2013 at 8:20pm     
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afterhoursreno
Numbers at the bottom of the door are super (mail carrier friendly) They may even get a boot patina over time as they are kickplate height!
January 5, 2013 at 8:21pm   
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otmminaj
I would go for it soo it will pop out of that dark nook
January 5, 2013 at 8:23pm   
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foci88
scdubose, the green trim color is Benjamin Moore 'Sherwood Green'.
January 5, 2013 at 10:37pm   
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