One of the best ways to research the style of your exterior front door is to simply take a look at other homes in your neighborhood. If you live in a community that allows for variances in your front door, your options are unlimited. Some choose the original style from the home; others like to express their unique style, while some find changing their solid oak, mahogany, or knotty alder front door into a glass panel door allowing for more light is now desired.
There was a friend of ours who lived in a gated community with strict homeowners association rules that did not allow for doors to be painted outside of 3 color ranges: beige, grey, or white. This friend was determined to have his double front door painted in a high gloss black. It took him nearly 6 months of convincing, even with a PowerPoint presentation with over 20 photos showing different styles of high end homes painted black to have his homeowners association approve the request.
In feng shui, the color black signifies a solid energy of power, authority, and is considered to strengthen the energy of one’s home, especially for a front door that faces north. You can feel this strong energy just by looking at a front door painted black as it creates elegance, austerity, and elegance.
Painting a wood door should be done by a licensed professional to ensure the best results to last for many years to come. Most homeowners, eager to take on a “Do It Yourself” project, tend to become overzealous; without research and experience, the results can be detrimental to the lifespan of your door.
If you are planning to paint your new wood door with high gloss paint, you will have to employ a specific application strategy, or you may end up with heavy runs and a finish marred with sagging and brushstrokes. Also, you must condition door to accept the high gloss paint, or the finish will start to flake and shed after a short time.
Keep in mind the elements will wear on the finish throughout time. Any wood door, painted or stained, must be thoroughly inspected at the very minimum twice yearly, to ensure all 6 sides are properly sealed to ensure a long lasting door for years to enjoy.