I paint doors the same color as the color used on trim throughout the
house. If the trim is a feature you want to enhance, and most isn't,
paint trim one color, door same as room or different shade of color in
room. Different colors in adjoining rooms, can paint each side of door
the color of the room it faces when closed. Pretty much a matter of
taste, but different color trim can chop up a room if the scale and/or
placement isn't balanced.
I sure the heck would not paint the bedroom side the same as the hall
or vice versa. Either keep it the same as the room on each side, or
just use a trim color throughout. If you use flat latex on the walls,
I would not use flat on a door. It gets dirty too easy.
Myself, all doors are varnished except exterior doors painted the same
as the outside trim which is a glossy white. Most of the house is
aluminum sided anyhow.
Of course it's up to you. There is no laws to judge the color.
I once painted another house where every room had the same color trim
but darker. Light blue walls, navy blue trim, lime green walls,
forest green trim, etc. The only one different was the kitchen with
yellow walls dark brown trim.
Whatever you want. Years ago, it was common for doors and trim all over the
house to be white. Some houses had all natural wood varnished. Others had
stained wood. There are not hard rules today, just paint it what looks good
Generally, color of any trim in the bedroom, or color of other doors in the
house (if they're consistent), or a shade darker than bedroom color on the
inside, shade darker than hall color on outside.
Or however you like :)
Generally, you do as others have said. Paint the inside of the door the
color of the trim in the room and the outside the color of the trim in the
hall. Remember though that a door is not 2 dimensional it has 6 sides.
You paint the knob edge of the door the inside color and the hinge edge of
the door the outside color. if its a new door, the top and bottom edge have
to be painted to seal it and keep the door from warping. Though I guess it
depends on the material used for the door. A cheap hollow core pressed wood
door is already primed and sealed and really wouldn't warp any way.
But anyway, paint those edges any way color you want.
The generally accepted procedure is to paint the side facing the hall
and the edge where the hinges attach the same as the hall trim and
doors. The other side and edge match the bedroom. It's been many years
since a customer asked for anything else.
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