8 Inviting Paint Color Ideas You Should Try on Your Front Door

blue-front-doorWhat’s the first thing that people notice about your home? The front door! The color of your front door gives guests and passers-by an idea of the type of atmosphere within and they type of people who inhabit the home. But wait! Before you make a mad dash to get a quart of paint in your favorite color, step outside and consider your door’s style, the trim, and the siding. What color are they? Which hues would be the most complementary and the most inviting? Which colors will give you the formal or friendly feel you’re looking for?

If you’re not too sure which paint color is right for your front door, read up on 8 different color ideas below to help you get started!

Yellow – If you want to really welcome your visitors into a happy, warm home, yellow might be your color of choice. This color can brighten any exterior and pairs well with white and gray tones.

Cherry Red – Speaking of bright, cherry red is a great way to bring some life to your front door. Pair it with brick, with white siding, grays – the sky is practically the limit! It’s an easy way to make an even easier, universal message: welcome!

Deep Red – Not ready to make the commitment to a bright color but still want to convey a sense of welcoming? Deep, rich tones of red will do the trick. From crimson to raspberry to brick, a darker red will give your exterior that refined, sophisticated look you want. Better yet, it will look sleek and stunning with just about any exterior!

Orange – Feeling bold? A punch of orange might be right for you! With the right tones, orange can look incredibly modern, hip, and welcoming. We recommend it with white, off-white, and even blue siding!

Green – Bring an ounce of nature to your curb appeal by painting your front door a vivid shade of green. You have a plethora of hues to choose from as well. For a more reserved, stately look, choose hunter green or olive. Mint, lime, or neon green can bring a zesty pop of color, especially when you have white siding!

Blue – Who says that blue isn’t a great color for the front door? Welcome guests to your home with a sublime royal blue or navy hue, or add a pop of personality by choosing a teal or electric blue. It can look clean-cut and sharp against white siding and can also pair well with yellow and grays.

Purple – While it is a bit unconventional, purple can look absolutely beautiful on your front door! Want a light, happy feel to your home? Lavender can work great, especially if you have white siding. For a more formal feel, rich hues of plum or orchid can get the job done. Surprisingly enough, purple can complement just about any exterior palette!

Black – Classic, chic, and stately – a black front door’s got it all! Painting your door black is an easy way for you to make an elegant statement. Don’t be afraid to use other exterior accents to tie the black door into the rest of your home’s design as well!

Which color is your go-to color for the front door? Do you have an unconventional color you like to use that just works, no matter what? Tell us in the comments below! If you’re looking for a home to call your home, we can open all sorts of doors for you. Just call (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 and talk to the experts at The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties today!

5 Quick Tips First-Time Veggie Gardeners Need to Know

start-vegetable-gardenYou’ve finally made the decision. This is the year when you will start your vegetable garden once and for all! You’ve got all the right tools for the job, and you even have a good idea of what sort of vegetables you want to try growing this season! Now what?

If you’re a first-time veggie gardener and aren’t too sure what to do next, read for 5 quick and handy tips to help you get started below!

Start Small – We know that you probably want to try growing all sorts of delicious vegetables, but don’t get ahead of yourself! Doing too much at first can be pretty intimidating and overwhelming. Start with a small plot first. Once you have some success in growing your veggies this year, you can branch out and try growing other things next year!

Know the Basics – When it comes to basic veggie gardening, you need three things – full sun, a convenient water supply, and good soil. Full sun is a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight during the spring and summer, and many vegetables require this amount of sunshine. Want to know if your soil needs any amendments? Do a pH test to see what might be missing for a healthy crop.

Try Easy-to-Grow Veggies First – There are some vegetables that practically anyone can grow and there are some that give even the most experienced gardener fits. If you’re just starting out, try growing tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. You can also give carrots, radishes, green beans, and zucchini a shot once you have the hang of gardening.

Proximity Is Key – You might think that putting your veggie garden in the far corner of your property is the best, but you should definitely rethink this. The closer the garden is to your home, the easier it will be to water and maintain it. You’re also much more likely to pluck weeds because you’ll see them pop up much more quickly than you would if the garden were in the far corner of your property. Keep this in mind before you decide on a spot to plant.

Not All Bugs Are Bad – You know that certain bugs are bad news for your veggies, but what about the ones that chase away the pests? Ladybugs are especially good at keeping those pesky aphids and other pests at bay, so be sure to welcome them into your garden. If bugs aren’t your thing, you can try natural pest control by growing a lot of hot peppers and garlic by your veggies.

Do you have any stories of success or lessons to learn from in your vegetable garden? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us all about them below in the comments or on our Facebook page.