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The Perfect Paint Color for Your St. Louis Home's Exterior Door

They stand as silent storytellers, welcoming guests and guarding the havens we call home. But beyond their practical purpose, doors hold immense potential to express our unique personalities. In St. Louis, a city brimming with architectural charm and a vibrant sense of community, painted doors are more than splashes of color – they're conversation starters, reflections of our inner selves, and whispers of the stories held within our brick facades.

The Perfect Paint Color for Your St. Louis Home's Exterior Door

Here at Malone Painting, we understand the power of a perfectly painted door. That's why we're dedicating this blog to helping St. Louis homeowners unlock the potential hidden within their entryways and interior doorways, offering inspiration and practical tips to create a door that reflects your unique St. Louis style.

Classic Choices for Timeless Appeal:

  • Tricorn Black (SW 6258): This Sherwin-Williams black exudes sophistication and pairs beautifully with a variety of siding colors, from classic white to warm brick. Tricorn Black is particularly popular in St. Louis' historic districts, where they complement traditional architecture.

  • Sun Dried Tomato (SW 6871): A timeless symbol of warmth and welcome, red adds a pop of personality to any St. Louis home. Sherwin-Williams' Sun Dried Tomato offers a rich, inviting hue that complements a variety of architectural styles, from charming bungalows to stately Victorians.

  • Naval (SW 6244): For a touch of elegance, consider a deep navy blue like Sherwin-Williams' Naval. This sophisticated color creates a dramatic entrance and pairs well with white trim and light-colored brick common in St. Louis' mid-century modern homes.

Standing Out from the Crowd: Bold & Beautiful Colors:

  • Wisteria (SW 6822): Embrace the vibrant spirit of St. Louis with a statement color like Sherwin-Williams' Wisteria. This captivating purple adds a whimsical touch to Craftsman bungalows and contemporary homes alike.

  • Forsythia (SW 6907): Infuse your St. Louis home with sunshine with a bright yellow door like Sherwin-Williams' Forsythia. This cheerful hue is perfect for mid-century modern or ranch-style homes, adding a touch of optimism and warmth.

  • Urbane Bronze (SW 7048): For a modern twist, consider a cool gray like Sherwin-Williams' Urbane Bronze. This versatile color complements various architectural styles and pairs well with a variety of siding and trim colors.

Nature's Palette: Earthy Elegance for Your Door

  • Hunt Club (SW 6468): Channel the rich, inviting tones of aged leather with Sherwin-Williams' Hunt Club. This deep, earthy green complements a variety of siding materials, from natural stone to warm brick. It evokes a sense of stability and blends beautifully with lush St. Louis landscapes.

  • Antiquarian Brown (SW 0045): Embrace the timeless beauty of nature with Sherwin-Williams' Antiquarian Brown. This warm, inviting brown draws inspiration from aged wood and creates a sense of warmth and welcome. It's a perfect choice for Craftsman bungalows or traditional St. Louis homes with a natural aesthetic.

  • Coral Clay (SW 9005): Infuse your St. Louis home with a touch of desert warmth with Sherwin-Williams' Coral Clay. This terracotta-inspired hue adds a touch of vibrancy while remaining grounded. It pairs beautifully with cream-colored siding and complements homes surrounded by natural elements.

Finding Harmony: Matching Your Door Color to Your Home's Exterior:

While personal preference plays a significant role, consider these factors to achieve a cohesive look:

  • Siding Color: Brick, vinyl, or wood siding all influence the ideal door color. Warmer tones like beige or cream pair well with bolder colors like red or blue, while cooler grays can be complemented by crisp black or bright yellow.

  • Architectural Style: St. Louis boasts a rich architectural heritage. Victorian homes might benefit from a classic red or black door, while Craftsman bungalows might shine with a pop of green or yellow.

  • Trim Color: The color of your door trim can influence the overall impact. Black doors often look stunning with white trim, while a stained wood door might be complemented by trim in a similar tone.

St. Louis Strong: Choosing the Right Paint for Our Climate:

St. Louis' weather throws a lot at our homes, so selecting a high-quality, durable paint is crucial. Sherwin-Williams offers a variety of exterior paints specifically formulated to withstand the region's humidity, temperature fluctuations, and occasional harsh sunlight. Here are two top picks:

  • Duration Exterior Paint + Primer: This all-in-one option provides excellent resistance to fading, cracking, and peeling, ensuring your beautiful door color lasts for years to come.

  • SuperPaint Exterior Acrylic Latex: This versatile paint offers superior durability and a mildew-resistant finish, making it a great choice for St. Louis' humid summers.

Beyond the Paint: Additional Tips for a Flawless Finish:

  • Preparation is Key: Ensure a flawless finish by thoroughly cleaning, sanding, and priming your door before painting.

  • Consider Hardware: The color and finish of your door hardware can complement or clash with your chosen paint color. Consider replacing outdated hardware to elevate the overall look.

  • Accessorize Wisely: A beautiful door wreath or potted plants flanking the entrance can further enhance your home's curb appeal and complement your chosen door color.

A fresh coat of paint on your exterior door can significantly impact your St. Louis home's curb appeal. It's a relatively inexpensive project with a high return on investment, adding personality and enhancing your home's overall charm. 


Whether you choose a classic black, a vibrant yellow, or a trendy shade like Sherwin-Williams' Wisteria, remember that your door color is a reflection of your unique style and sets the tone for a warm welcome. So, unleash your creativity, embrace the process, and let your freshly painted door become the gateway to a home filled with warmth, personality, and St. Louis spirit!

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