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Before I painted it, both my front door and front stoop were a muddy red… literally. After choosing new paint colors for the house, I decided to remove the storm door and paint the front door a deep, moody blue. But since there were more pressing projects on the interior, the front stoop remained the same (it’s always dirty and half-blown pine straw, so there never seemed to be a good time to paint it).

I left things alone out front, but to the detriment of the curb appeal; the red of the front stoop stands out and simply doesn’t mesh well with the rest of the house.

After scrubbing things down on Sunday, I’m ready to paint it and get rid of the red. However, I realized I’m trying to choose between two options:  do I paint it blue to match the door (just like the red door and red stoop matched), or go with making it look more like concrete and paint it gray? My original choice was blue, so I already picked up patio paint in the same hue. But now that I’ve had the chance to wait on making the decision, I’m finding that time has made me question my original choice. So, I turned to my old friend, Photoshop.


What would you choose? Blue, gray, or something else (I’ve even gone so far as to think of a cool tile pattern like this in blue and cream – the color of the trim paint – but that may be too much)? Thoughts?


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  1. Grey. The blue floor takes the attention away from the door. The cream color might be okay on the floor too.

  2. I really like the blue! I think it will hide dirt more and it looks great with the door!

  3. I vote blue… it's not something you see every day. And I love that it ties in with the door.

  4. Blue would stand out more, but that may not be the look you want. Tough decision! I do not envy you at all.

  5. Definitely not the blue, as even though it is a close match to the door, well…errrr, that is the problem you see. It is a “close” match, but not exact. The gray is much better, but would be curious to see the cream color. If it is light enough, that might work even better than he gray. Just my two cents worth!

  6. Of the two, I'd say go with the gray. The blue is “too close without being right on”, so I find it a bit distracting. I'm intrigued by the thought of the cream color though. In my mind's eye, I see that as even better than the gray!

  7. @Roger That's Photoshop, not the actual paint – the blue is just a guess at how it would look :)

  8. @RogerHmm, well now that has me thinking about a light brown (it's going to get dirty anyway, right?)

  9. I'd go for a charcoal or putty gray (a darker, moodier shade of the gray tone in your rocks). The contrast will look great and I think it would look more interesting/pulled together than blue-on-blue or even a brown porch that blends into the siding. Plus, you could always bring in the blue of your door via some nice ceramic pots down the line (one in the navy of your door and another one or two in shades of teal?).

  10. Gray in a tone of your rocks. The mortar would be nice, or perhaps a darker shade. Think to hide dirt and go with a “cool” gray to match the door, and not a “warm” gray. :)

  11. I'm thinking you'll be painting it grey by the responses. I agree. The door looks fab!

  12. Gray all the way!! I think it's a bit too much blue (just in the matchy-matchy way) and the gray complements the door nicely :) That way the door will really pop!

  13. I would say gray so the door is more of a focal point, the blue porch would take attention away from it.

  14. I think the blue overwhelms. The plain grey is OK – but I love your idea of using some sort of cream & blue patterned tiles best. Looking forward to seeing what you'll do!

  15. i would pick up one of the colors in the stones… not the gray in the photo… not the dark blue either… but a darker gray maybe or a darker tan…

  16. I agree with Southern Gal and put my vote towards pulling out on of the colors in the stones. I think gray might be too contrasting with all the brown and tan that is the oeverall scheme of the front.

  17. Definitely grey. The blue would detract attention from the door, which I think should be your focal point. And grey will hide dirt better than blue. The blue will just look dusty if you don't keep it scrubbed down. Although I am certainly intrigued by the idea of a grey/cream pattern.

  18. What if you pulled a more brown color from the stone? (Otherwise I think I am on the gray team)

  19. @LemonPi Picking up the paint this evening. I think you guys all made great points and the door should be where the focus is. Thanks!