Painted door

Photo: Sherry and John Petersik/Young House Love

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The Paint That Brightens Even the Dreariest Mid-February Day
If there's one place where you can play with color on the outside of your home without feeling like you're forcing Key West in the Midwest, it's the front door. Young House Love bloggers Sherry and John Petersik prefer light, cheery colors that focus attention right up the steps, like buttercup yellow or a "peacock-meets-teal" blue.

Their trick for finding just the right shade? Start with the trim. They painted their sidelights the same creamy tone as the porch and window ledges, then taped up swatches to ensure that the blue shades they loved wouldn't make the off-white accents look yellowed and dingy.