RVA is filled with traditional stately homes that never fail to impress. Their somber countenances speak of permanence and elegant warmth. After the winter doldrums, though, my ideal residence features the clean and bright colors of spring. I just can’t resist the area’s homes whose doors loudly proclaim their welcome with the color palette of cheery Easter eggs and long to copy their sunny dispositions.
After a fairly exhaustive survey of most of the doors in RVA’s near West End, I have discovered which exterior features make for the most successful Easter welcomes. Take a look at what I’ve found.
- First, the door’s paint color needs to be a clean hue. No muddy colors allowed.
- Second, the trim color surrounding the door must be white.
- The more white trim around the door, the better.
- Easter egg-colored doors suit cottage and farmhouse-style residences best.
- In a town filled with red and orange-bricked homes, using a clean color palette on your exteriors can be tricky.
- When a homeowner gets the color combination right, your eye instinctively approves.
- I don’t think it is a coincidence that many of the Easter egg palette homes sport baby strollers and other accoutrements of childhood in their yards. Young and fresh naturally attract.
- As its color-wheel opposite, blue doors look best on the ubiquitous orangey-brick houses that dot our neighborhoods.
- Storm doors must always be painted the same color as the main door.
- Coral and turquoise are made for one another.
- Lavender looks fresh with white trim on a pale grey house.
- Green, no matter the hue, will always work on a white house.
- A little color, like this periwinkle gate that beckons neighbors, goes a long way. No need to add the Easter egg color to your shutters, too.
- Orange bricks and coral door can work together with wide white trim.
- My favorite Easter egg-colored doors naturally open into our local Lilly Pulitzer store, The Pink Palm.
- Finally, if you want to show your Easter spirit but your home’s exterior features muddy colors, turn to Mother Nature’s Easter color palette and choose a duck egg blue for your front door.
By now you must be in the Easter spirit. Are you ready to paint your front door? If so, what color will you choose?
We wish you a blessed holiday with family and/or friends!
March 3, 2015