1.16.2013

Vote: Are Black Interior Doors Right For My House?

While I'm working on the first big project of the new year around the old homestead, I got a little sidetracked.  It's the story of my life!

Since we went to Texas instead of replacing our front door, it appears the door will be sticking around for a while longer, so I spontaneously tried out black on the interior.  It's Jennifer's fault, her and all her beautiful black interior doors that make me want to pack my bags and go ring her doorbell and ask her to take me in!!  I just love the look - and I agree with The Decorologist Kristie Barnett that painting interior doors black can make a space look more high end.

My mission, from the very beginning, was to turn this builder-grade house into something special and if I can achieve that with paint then I'm all for it.

One funny thing is that, like so many other ideas I have picked up from the blogosphere, I don't know anyone in real life with black interior doors.  I think my real life peeps actually think I've lost it, again, with another kooky house idea.  But I'm okay with that.  Sometimes you never know if an idea is going to work until you give it a try.

Here's where I started with the foyer 2 1/2 years ago when we moved in:

As soon as we passed the papers on this house I got going painting every single wall and piece of trim.  After many coats of primer and white paint, the space felt a little fresher by our first Christmas here.

Last year I updated the brassy hardware on the front door with spraypaint and Rub n Buff (and new nickel door knobs on the rest of the doors.)

The outside of the door is already black and I always liked the contrast it brought to the foyer when the door was open.

Yesterday, while I had 476 kids running through my house after school, I gave the front door interior a quick coat of black primer on a whim.   Yep, I'm pretty good at picking the best possible time for such things.
And….
I love it!!   
BUT -----

--is it right for our house??

1.  The foyer is not very large to begin with.  I'm debating about whether it makes the space feel cramped.

2.  If I go with black on the interior of the front door, should I leave it at that???

OR….
paint all the interior doors, at least on this level?

That would be a total of FOUR French doors…..

(and for the record, painting mullions makes me want to poke my eyeballs out, and is second only to stair spindles as far as the worst possible thing to have to paint.)

But wouldn't these doors look great in black?  Shall we go back to exhibit A at Jennifer's?  I swoon.
(Let's not discuss the state of my living room.  We're taking a break from each other right now.)

This is the door from my kitchen into the dining room. 
Most of the time the door is open and graces a very blah corner of the dining room.

The list of doors on this floor also include the slider in our kitchen…..

….and four solid doors, including these two in the little hallway on the other side of the gallery wall, the foyer closet and front door.

 The door total:  4 solid, 4 French, 1 slider = 9 doors.  Ouch.

Keep in mind that while this is the signature style board I just created and LOVE -
- light, bright and airy - I have always liked a bit of black in a room, and I have been really been feeling like my house is very blah and needs some more contrast (can I say it one more time?  Going neutral is so much harder than I thought it would be!)

I'm usually a decision maker, not a hemming and hawing kind of girl.  I'm not good at asking for opinions, I admit it.  But this one?  I just can't decide.

So, my design-savvy friends, would you cast your vote and help me out?
1.  Do you think black interior doors would overwhelm this not-very-large house?
2.  Should I keep the front door interior black?
and if so….
3.  Should I go for it and paint all the other doors black?

I will love you forever if you can help me decide!

21 comments:

Andrea said...

I love the black front door. Maybe live with that for a while to see if you feel inclined to paint the rest of them I do love the the look of black doors with the contrast of white trim.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I love the door painted black...and I didn't think I would! My vote is to leave just the main door black. I know you want bright and airy. I think if you keep that wall to the right (with the double doors) white, it keeps that sunny look.

Painting that main door black creates a focal point.....I really like it.

Denise @ frazzled JOY said...

I love the interior front door black! I think you house is bright enough to handle the black doors, however it is a big change and not necessarily in the direction of light and airy. I say live with that one door for a while before you make your choice. That always works for me :) Good luck!

Cathy Wall said...

Love the black front door and would leave it at that given your style board. Funny, I just posted about my client's foyer and her black door today!

Jessica@HomewithBaxter said...

Hi Lisa, I painted our front door and our hall closet door black but left everything else white. I love it, but it does darken the entry a bit. Doesn't help that I have dark gray walls too. I've gotten a lot of compliments on my black doors from real live people (lol) so I'm sticking with them a while. I think your front door looks great and I agree with others - stick with that for a little while.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oooh i vote a big fat yes!!!! love how it looks on the one door and i would love it, especially on those french doors!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

OK, YES! Definitely leave the front door black. I think it is gorgeous even if you don't touch any of the other doors. And I'm biased, but I've never been sorry for a second for going with black! I do understand your dilemma, though, and yes, the mullions are no fun at all. I've never gotten around to painting the backs of my stained french doors, but I'm telling myself it's ok since all of the woodwork is stained in that room. The slider would be very dramatic painted (think Carmel's living room) and I think they would all look so sophisticated! They would add another layer of interest to the neutral palette you're building. Thanks for the shout out-I totally understand what you mean about no "real-life" friends getting it! :)

pam {simple details} said...

YES, YES, YES!! Our entry is about half your size and I love my black door. My back is black, as well. I think it would look fabulous on all those doors with mullions ~ it adds so much interest to a neutral palette! Get that paint brush, girlfriend!!

Ange said...

Maybe i haven't posted any recent pics but my entryway has a black interior door along with the black french doors to the office and I really like it. Although I almost did poke my eye out after painting those french doors, all 4 of them. I love the black interior door simply from a cleaning standpoint with 4 kids and 2 dogs. I say go for it! :)

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

I'm sure I don't qualify as one of your design-savvy friends, but I'll weigh in anyway. :) I think it's exactly right for your house. I'd start with the front door and the few right by, and live with it for a while before you decide to go all out. Excited to see it if you do it!

Anonymous said...

I think you should paint them all black. I love how it looks and especially the sliders in your kitchen. It will bring your eye out the door.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I think the back of your front door looks great in black. I'm a bit biased because I painted the inside of our front door black a few years ago and love it. As for the rest, try living with the black for a bit and then see. Our entry is small and dark (one of those homes with the garage stuck out front and limited window size near entry) so I opted for just the front door. I have been drooling over all black interior doors again though. Have you seen Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chicks new basement interior doors and she also has french doors in her kitchen painted black.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Sorry, I forgot to mention that while the black doors may be darker, to me the examples seem more elegant and classy especially with fresh white trim work.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Sort of like the black striped handbag in your inspiration style collage.

Dana Frieling said...

Oh,man, I'm totally on the fence. While I think it'd look amazing in your home throughout, I hear a lot of hesitancy in your post which makes me think YOU may not be happy with it in the end. You've got to listen to your gut. How's that for helping you decide? ;) Good luck!

Julie Boarder said...

I have a black front door inside and out and it does darken the hall a bit, but I love it and it doesn't show the dirty finger prints (bonus!) I would keep your front door black and all the interior doors white. It's easy to get sidetracked (it happens at our house all the time) when you see something your really like, but you have to remember your style board and the black doors are not in keeping.

Just my opinion (and boy do I have an opinion on everyone else's house, but when it comes to my own, I'm a fence sitter!!)

Adelina Priddis said...

I like the black look. I wouldn't do all the doors, but perhaps all the doors that can be seen in the foyer...maybe..
On a side note, looking at your foyer just gave me a great idea for creating a foyer type space in our house. At the moment it just opens up into the living space, which I don't like at all.

l.lacamera said...

love the black door Lees! I say leave all the others alone except possibly the slider in the kitchen......possibly the garage door too? So it is just your exit doors. I do love love love the front door painted black though, xo ~L

l.lacamera said...

love the black door Lees! I say leave all the others alone except possibly the slider in the kitchen......possibly the garage door too? So it is just your exit doors. I do love love love the front door painted black though, xo ~L

Val said...

I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. Any and all colors...I thought chocolate brown would be nice.

Danelle Harvey said...

We have a lot of black doors in our house. We love them. ...