8 Creative Interior Door Painting Ideas You’ve Got to Try

Margaret Wack
Written by Margaret Wack
Updated November 17, 2021
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When painting your house, don’t forget the doors

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Doors are an important—but often overlooked—feature in your home. Despite their importance, they often don’t get included in decorating plans. Even if the rest of the room is getting the custom paint treatment, many times the door remains exactly the same as it was when installed. 

But if you get creative with your interior doors, you can bring a whole new look to your spaces. There are lots of custom paint jobs you can go with—here are a few ideas.

1. Bright Colors

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The surest way to make a statement with your door is to paint it a bright color to bring excitement to your space. Bright reds, blues, and yellows all make a big impact. These doors can be especially wow-worthy in understated rooms with neutral-colored walls.

2. Muted Colors

If your room is already bright, you may also want to consider going darker or muted with a complementary color. This will still give you interesting contrast without overwhelming the room.

3. Cool Colors

A country style house with colored doors
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If you’re looking to transform your room into a soothing, peaceful space for rest and relaxation, cool tones like blue, green, grey, and purple are a great option for your door. These colors are a popular choice for places where you go to unwind, like bedrooms and living rooms.

4. Monochrome Colors

Another option is to follow the monochrome trend and paint the door the same color as the trim and the surrounding walls. Instead of standing out, your door will blend in for a trendy, custom look. This works especially well with neutral or muted colors that can span entire walls without being too distracting.

5. Multicolored

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If you’re feeling extra creative or have some artistic skill, you should consider taking your interior door project to a whole new level and turning that door into a work of art. You can paint anything from a portrait to abstract patterns—there’s no limit. To make it look even more custom, you can extend the project onto the doorjamb and adjoining walls so that you can’t tell where the door ends and the walls begin.

6. Contrasting Colors

If you’re looking for a more custom look for your interior doors and have a little more time on your hands, consider trying a contrasting outline. Start with a deep color on the trim and some of the door details only, then add a contrasting color to the rest. You can also try one color on the main door with contrasting colors on the edges so that they are only visible when the door opens.

7. Decor Colors

If your room’s decor has a color scheme, painting your door to match your furnishings can be a great way to tie the room together and make it seem more unified. While you should avoid making everything the same color, using color as a focal point to tie different elements in your room together is a great way to help your space cohere.

8. Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is an old standby to make any project that much more creative. If you cover a door with chalkboard paint, you get a blank canvas for drawings, doodles, and messages. The best part: You can wipe it off and redo it when you get a new idea. This is a great option for inspired art in kids’ rooms, shopping lists on pantry doors, or idea boards in funky office spaces.

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