Bored with Your Space? This Simple Painting Project Is for You

It’s as easy as painting a door frame.

Painting door frames - colorful examples
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No one ever said painting was easy. But as far as home upgrades go, slapping some new paint colors on a wall is a lot quicker than, say, replacing all the floors. That said, a new paint job is not always possible. Living in a rented space, having limited time, or even feeling reluctant to learn how to paint a room can prevent a painting upgrade. Just painting a door frame, though? Almost anyone can do that.

Painting accent walls or interior doors are small-scale ways to add a pop of paint to a space, but even these solutions can feel like too much sometimes. Meanwhile, painting just a door frame has the same bold impact as painting trim, but in a very small, concentrated area (and without the chore of moving all the furniture).

Painting just the door frame can take minutes. Repainting it later (looking at you, renters) is a breeze. And door frames are something everyone sees as they enter and leave a space, so it's sure to draw attention.

Painting door frames is similar to painting trim. Start by removing the door (it can be leaned against the opposite wall) and attaching painter's tape. Apply your preferred paint color and let it dry. If you don't need a second coat of paint, just replace the door and you're done. Talk about an easy project, right?

As far as colors go, the bolder the better—as long as it fits into the rest of your room, of course. With such a small pop of paint and color, you're going to want it to have a major impact, so don't be afraid of those dark or striking shades you'd typically avoid. A space as small as a door frame or doorway can't be overwhelming, after all.

If you decide you want to spread the color love, paint the rest of the trim in your space to match the door frame. For now, though, a door frame can be enough, especially if you know you'll be moving within the year. You can even add a little flourish at the top or on the sides to add character.

When visitors inevitably admire your handiwork, pretend it was a lot more difficult than it was. They'll never know.

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