Pretty Inside & Out

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There are so many ways to interject personality into your home – why not start at the place everyone enters first!

I love a boldly painted front door. It just screams “Hi! Come in and be welcomed!

Just as you would utilize a colorful piece of accent of furniture in a room in your home (that funky bright chair you love that doesn’t necessary match anything but balances everything, or perhaps that crazy painted end table that just makes you smile because it’s your favorite color), treat that 4x8ft entry to your home the same way. Use your door as a way to bring some life to the facade of your home.

BE YOU. Often I think most of us gravitate towards those standard “neutral” colors we accept as appropriate colors for a house. White, black, brown…but why? (And yes, some us have HOA’s to deal with, I hear ya if so…) But if you can, branch out. Be bold. A quart of paint can transform your door easily – and if you decide it’s not quite the right shade for you, another quart will solve that problem too!

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Curb appeal shouldn’t stop at the front door..

Don’t forget the inside of your front door, or any door in your home for that matter. A playful door can transform your entire entry way and greet guests, and your family, on the way in, and out, of your home.

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Practical&Petty Tip: 

Not all paints are created equal. I always like to use a semi-gloss on exterior doors (versus your matte or satin finishes) for two reasons.

1) A glossy finish highlights the details in the wood on your door that a matte finish won’t. Flat or matte finishes don’t reflect light in the same detail, which can be a great look for certain surfaces, but I appreciate the groves and wood working details of a nice door.

2) Most importantly, gloss based paints are easier to clean. I always recommend at least a semi-gloss in rooms or areas that are high-traffic and subject to smudges, dirt and grease.

Happy painting friends!

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