A couple of weeks ago I shared these mockups of our front door plans which included painting our front door blue. I than made a trip to Lowe's to pick up paint chips in the vicinity of the shade I was looking for. The way we went about picking the perfect shade for our door definitely isn't rocket science, but I'm happy I didn't go off of the shades I originally thought I would while standing in the store.
When I got home, I cut the shades I liked from their strips. I didn't want the other colors on the paint strip affecting how I viewed the individual shades.
I than taped each strip to our door with clear tape so that I could view them in the light they'll be getting on a regular basis rather than the light in the store or my house.
I viewed the colors up close and thought I knew which ones I liked, but than I took a little walk down our sidewalk to view them from the road and to also view them through the storm door. My perception of the colors changed based off the distance I was standing from the door and I saw that the colors I originally liked were darker than what I was going for and a couple of them looked a little more green or purple than I wanted. I wanted a true blue here and something that really popped.
I narrowed them down to three choice but left them all up for Kendall to look at. It was fun to see him narrow it down to the exact three choices I did and together we landed on the perfect shade of blue.
The 3 biggest take aways from this little project for me were:
1. Pick up several shades from your local paint store to choose from. If you're painting a wall, you can paint actual swatches to get a better idea of how it will look, but in this case with the door, just viewing the paint chips worked great.
2. View the samples of your color choices in the light they'll be living in.
2. Step back some distance to take in the bigger picture of what your color choices will look like in your space. You'll be surprised at how different they can look up close and at a distance.
4. I know I said I had 3 take aways, but now I've got 4! Once you land on a color, just go for it. I can hem and haw over choices for awhile, but it is just paint and if it isn't what you want you can always paint over it!
Here's a quick before. . .
. . .And after.
We are loving our blue door! It's a small change that makes a big difference. We've added ferns and colorful planters and I can't wait to share with those with you soon!