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First Things First—A Pink Front Door!

As we shared the news with our children that we were planning to move a second time in 2020 (eek!), our 5-year-old immediately requested a pink front door. I was surprised, but I thought it was so cute since she’s obviously still missing our previous home. I promised her right away that yes, we could paint the door pink at our new home. Around this time. BEHR® Paint reached out and asked if I’d be interested in helping introduce the new BEHR® Color Trends 2021 Palette (pictured below). The timing was perfect, so I said yes and I chose to feature Seaside Villa S190-1 from the new palette on our front door. It’s a lovely light pink that is both energizing and calming. 

I love that at just 5 years old she already has decorating ideas. It really melts my heart! And to be completely honest, I was still missing our previous home as well. So the pink front door appealed to me as a way to bring something old and familiar into our new space! It ended up being the first DIY project we did the week we moved in!

A few of my other top picks from the palette were Maple Glaze and Canyon Duskthese earthy desert tones are definitely going to be a BIG trend in 2021! I’ll talk more about my paint trend predictions later on in the post! Oh … and something fun—Keely’s bedroom is actually painted this exact same shade of subtle, warm pink.

Here’s a before photo of our front door:

As soon as I saw these double doors, I envisioned them pink with holiday wreaths (my brain is VERY fixated on the holidays this year—I think it’s a 2020 thing!).

I’m so thrilled with how the color turned out. Our entry is so much more welcoming now. And MOST importantly, my 5-year-old approves. Painting instructions: We followed these exact steps to paint this door. Before you take on a hard drying paint project (cabinets or doors especially), be sure to read that post. The prep steps of sanding and deglossing, combined with using hard drying paint instead of latex paint make the door much more durable and it doesn’t dry with that sticky feel.

Here are the products we used: BEHR Cabinet and Trim Enamel, Krud Kutter Degreaser, Liquid Sandpaper/Deglosser, a fine grit sandpaper, shellac primer and brush/roller set and painting tape. We used the BEHR Cabinet and Trim Enamel because it’s a hard drying paint that can withstand daily use.

Paint trends. I love this subject!

As I was going through the new BEHR Color Trends 2021 Palette, I was most drawn to the earthy tones like Sierra, Saffron Strands and Maple Glaze, as well as the earthy red Kalahari Sunset. All of the colors within the palette are so complimentary and would be great to work with in future projects! I have been seeing more and more tonal rooms, especially those with painted ceilings, and I am so drawn to them! I’ve even been toying with the idea of doing a moody toned room in our new home. I definitely believe that trends are cyclical and after nearly a decade of white paint dominated rooms I’m seeing a heavy comeback for deep colored rooms. It’s exciting!!

The beautiful thing is it’s not too much commitment if you change your mind. So I love the idea of going all-in with color. In my case, probably still a lot of pink. I think I can safely say at this point that pink is almost a neutral to me—and I will always love it!

Important question: Which color is YOUR favorite from the BEHR Color Trends 2021 Palette??

Since I know so many of you will be curious, yes, we are planning to paint the exterior brick eventually as well. It’s on our to-do list and we have an appointment booked for later on this fall. So I will for sure share that update with you when we get to that point. And yes, we are going to paint our home a shade of white (AGAIN) because really, truly it just feels like home. I promise I’ll use some experimental color elsewhere in the home, but a fresh white exterior is my absolute favorite!

In the meantime, these Seaside Villa doors truly are making it feel more like home! I picked up these two little lavender trees from The Home Depot just the other day and they add so much joy to the entryway. They are also a natural way to repel mosquitoes, which are a big part of living in the South.

I’m so happy our first project was something easy and instantly gratifying like this. If you’re on the fence about painting your front door, I highly recommend it!!! It’s a weekend project that you can easily complete in just a few sessions and it brings so much joy to your entry, you’ll smile every time you come home! XX. Elsie

P.S- If you’re going in-store to shop here’s a list of all the paint codes, thanks to BEHR for sponsoring this post! 

Seaside Villa S190-1, Maple Glaze PPU3-16, and Canyon Dusk S2104, Sierra N240-4, Saffron Strands PPU6-2, and Kalahari Sunset MQ1-25. 

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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