Exterior painting is an effective way to restore the beautiful looks of your home, add value and boost the curb appeal. It’s probably the cheapest form of home renovation with the highest return on investment. However, if you don’t have a budget to cover a full exterior repaint, repainting only your doors, shutters and trim can do the trick.

Windows, doors, and trim are what ties together the overall look of your exterior and adds interest. You could nicely paint your exterior in the best color possible, but if you don’t get these three items right, they can easily undermine the overall beauty of your home.

Of course, the biggest question is what color to paint those key items to create a pleasing, attractive aspect to your house exterior. Let’s take a look at each in details as we offer some suggestions.

Painting Your Front Door

The front door is your chance to make a statement as it’s the main entrance and exit from your house. Don’t be timid in this area –go bold and make it stand out from the siding. Most recent trends have been favoring painting the front door red, probably because it’s striking, attractive, warm and welcoming. But if red is not much of your taste, you could try out deep maroon or brick red, as the alternatives.

Navy blue and forest green are also excellent choices of paint colors for the front door, giving a cooler, but no less beautiful aspect to your entryway. If you want to make a bold modern statement, black is also a popular option. Generally, when you use a different color on the front door than on the rest of the house, it creates a focal point, a visual accent that draws the eye and provides interest and variety.

Painting the Shutters

Shutters provide a unique opportunity for you to add some interesting colors and style to your home’s exterior. When choosing the color for your shutter, you need to pick something that coordinates with both the front door and the trim, but they don’t necessarily have to be the same color.

One option is to use the same color, but a lighter or darker shade of the paint, adding variety without the risk of clashing. Another common approach is to use complementary colors. These are typically colors which are opposite each other on the color wheel. For instance, purple and yellow or green and red. The important thing to note here is that brighter colors can be difficult to harmonize, and you will have an easier time working with deeper shades or bolder neutrals.

Painting the Trim

The most important element when choosing a trim color to add interest to your home is contrast. Choose the same color as your exterior siding and your house may look featureless. Can you imagine drawing a house on paper without the outline? If you have a white siding, for instance, you could choose a black trim that blends well into other colors that you might use on the door and shutters.

If you have a brick home, white makes a very attractive trim color, and then you could use blue or green for shutters and door. Forest green or deep brown trim would look great alongside red bricks too! For most homeowners, white is always a wonderful choice, by far the most popular, and black and brown are also common go-to options.

The Bottom Line

Exterior doors, windows, shutters, and trim are great opportunities for adding interest through clever color selection. The above quick overview should help you when picking the right colors for named items. But as usual, you can always request your painter for some color advice and guidance.

At Eason Painting, we can help you pick the right color for your exterior door, shutters, windows and trim for an enhanced, interesting look. We have years of experience offering exterior painting services in Macomb Township, Washington Township, Ray Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romeo, Armada, Troy, Shelby Township, Harrison Township, Chesterfield, and Clinton Township, MI. Give a call today on 586-465-5081 to find out what creative ideas we have in store for you!