It's an easy way to add some color to a room. 

By Lauren Phillips
Updated September 03, 2019
Painted Interior Doors Trend, 3 colorful doors
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If you've never thought about painting the interior doors in your home before, you may want to consider it. Painted interior doors, just like painted front doors, is a look that’s tough to resist—and recently, this painting trend has been showing up on Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a colorful, playful way to bring character to a space, with less risk and commitment than going for an accent wall or a fully painted room.

Tina Nokes, the owner of Neighborly company Five Star Painting Loudoun, says she and her team are seeing many people painting the insides of their front doors black. At the same time, they’re seeing accent walls start to fade in popularity. The painted door look—especially when it’s paired with lighter surrounding trim and wall paint—is striking and dramatic. Plus, painting a single door, instead of a whole wall or room, can add up to some serious interior house painting savings!

The painted door look doesn’t have to be limited to the back of the front door, but consider other interior doors around your home. Even a sliding barn door is a candidate for a fresh coat of paint, and an unexpected hue will add even more personality.

“We’ve had a few people that have painted several interior doors,” Nokes said. “On the main level, they’ll paint them black and keep the door jamb around it white." The visual contrast is eye-catching.

As with any decision regarding paint colors, you’ll want to consider the atmosphere you hope to create in your home. A bright color will add energy to a space, while a neutral or muted tone will help the room feel soothing and peaceful. Black, the color Nokes says most people choose, is both dramatic and understated. If you're considering painting your interior doors, black is perhaps the easiest color to start with.

Elyza Brillantes, a Colorado-based interior designer with Havenly, also loves the look—she even recently convinced a client to paint the inside of his front door black. “It’s such an unexpected and really cool way to infuse some personality into your space,” she says. “In a small space, or a historic space where you can’t do a ton of changes to the actual property, painting the door is such a fun and cool way to add a little character.”

Brillantes doesn’t think accent walls are completely on their way out of fashion, but they are going to be approached differently in the future, she says. The accent walls of the near future might be a little more muted, or have a little more texture, rather than a contrasting paint color, she says. Or, just maybe, the painted interior doors trend will fulfill our need for color. Only time will tell.