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Extending a Warm Welcome to 2013: Door Design and Color

Belleville Smooth 1 panel plank 12 lite w Element glassWHAT DOES THE COLOR OF YOUR DOOR SAY ABOUT YOU?

If your new year’s resolutions call for giving your home a welcoming new appearance and greater curb appeal, look no farther than decorating your front door to add punch and pizazz. A mini-makeover may require nothing more than a can of paint, or if you’re looking for a more dramatic boost, consider replacing your existing door with a new design that suits your personality and the architectural style of your home.



What does the color of your door say about you? Is it warm and inviting? Dramatic and bold? Or understated and elegant? Masonite has so many choices of stain and color finishes available for its doors. But if you have a very special color in mind for your entry door, such as the Pantone color of the year, Masonite wood doors are easy to paint; just follow the instructions. And, Masonite fiberglass and steel doors also can be stained or painted for a custom appearance.


With Mad Men mania and the midcentury modern movement sweeping the nation, Gay Pennell Payne, owner of DIY Decorating Plan, says she is seeing a proliferation of colors like teal, aqua and apple green. “You definitely can stand out in a neighborhood if you add color tastefully, like a pretty robin’s egg blue,” she says. “You can put your house number on the door as opposed to just on your mailbox, and buy retro door knobs with star and triangle back plates. It’s a simple addition that makes a huge difference. I’ve been told that the No. 1 style that attracts buyers when selling a house right now is midcentury modern. The second is craftsman, and the third is traditional, so midcentury updates are a smart move.”


Belleville Smooth 2 panelFIND A FAVORITE

The easiest way to make your door look great year-round, and in every season, is to find a design you truly love. Payne is a particular fan of the Masonite Belleville Smooth BLS- Full Lite, but the options for homeowners are abundant. We’re especially smitten with the latest styles on the market, which include the Belleville® Fiberglass 2-Panel Door Collection and the Barrington® Sierra Fiberglass 1-Panel Plank Camber Top Door. The Belleville door combines great architecture with a high-definition panel profile, while the Barrington Sierra fiberglass door is designed to complement Southwest-, Spanish- or Mediterranean-style homes and has a beautiful mahogany texture.


On-trend Masonite doors lay the foundation for beautiful decorations that can shift with the seasons. Once you own a Masonite entry door you adore, décor becomes the jewelry that makes you love it even more.