How to choose paint colours for your front door

The colour of your front door is an important aspect of your home and as house painters, in Northern Beaches, we see a lot.

It’s one of the first things visitors or prospective buyers will see if you are putting your home on the market.

It can increase your street appeal.

You can use it as a statement piece if you wish.

Consider the age and style of your home though.

If you have a heritage home and it’s listed, then you will have to keep within the guidelines.

If you have a heritage style home that isn’t listed though you may still wish to keep within the tone and style of the era of your home.

Otherwise when it comes to the style of your front door think about the style at the front of your home – windows, garden, paths, what colours are used, what shapes are used.

Is there something you can carry through to the front door?

Do you want glass panels let in or do you want a solid door?

These are all questions you need to ask yourself.

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When choosing your front door colour, it can be quite daunting with so many paint colours available from our recommended paint supplier Taubmans.

Break it down though by having a look at what colours are used around the front of your home:

  • Weatherboards, bricks, etc
  • Window frames
  • Window furnishings – if visible from outside like shutters or venetians are
  • Paving, concrete paths
  • Garage doors
  • Garden plants, trees, flowers, etc
  • Roof and gutters

When looking at all of the above is there a colour you can carry through or link everything together with?

Or would you prefer to make a statement piece like was made recently on The Block.

Another great way to get ideas is to have a wander around your neighbourhood or another neighbourhood that has similar style homes to yours.

There’s nothing like seeing something in person to really tell if you like it or not.

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What colours are lucky when it comes to Feng Shui?

Vicki Sauvage from Sauvage Feng Shui recommends that if you want to incorporate Feng Shui into front door paint colours then don’t just paint it red because you’ve read some decorating magazine or book.

Feng Shui does attend to colour – it is an important aspect of Chinese Medical and Metaphysical analysis.

It is, however, important to know what direction your house faces, and then determine the location of the main door.

Not all doors face the street, and some main doors are located to the side or are angled to a different direction from the frontal plane of the house.

It’s important to be specific when determining which way your front door faces so use a compass to determine.

Read on for more information on the 8 main bearings and what it all means for your front door paint colour.


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What paint colours say to people

Black: classic and elegant. Normally used with quite a light exterior colour palettes to not be too overbearing. Great with earthy tones too. Can be very stylish in that case.

Blue: not very common but why not use if it fits within the style of your home. Perfect for homes near the beach or ocean. Or why not a pop of colour with a brick home. Blues that are into the grey tones are extremely popular too.

Green: welcoming, contemporary depending on the shade/tone as there are many shades that fall within the heritage tones. Perfect to choose the tone to blend in with your landscaping. Great with stone when the green is more into the deeper heritage shades.

Orange: welcoming, modern. Great with concrete and earth tones. A very modern colour so perfect for those cutting edge architecture style homes.

Purple: dramatic, moody and depending on the shade can be more suited to little girl’s rooms or bat caves at the other end of the spectrum. It will go with most exterior colour palettes though but is quite the statement so best to keep it as a statement piece. Unless you just don’t care and like to stand out from the crowd.

Red: power, passion, vitality, strength. Again, great with greys and blacks but also great with paler colours too give you that pop of colour.

Yellow: welcoming, cheery, happy, positive energy. Great to use if you have a lot of greys, concrete or metal.

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Then contact us at Summit Coatings.

No project is too big or small.

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Why we recommend using strata painters for strata properties

Painting a strata property is quite different to that of a single storey residential home.

Areas are bigger to paint, heights are taller and the job can be enormous if it includes the inside and out. Particularly if it’s a multi-storey apartment building.

That’s why we recommend using experienced strata painters for strata properties.

Locations of strata properties can be quite different too.

A strata property can be in a busy commercial district or shopping centre area.

So, dealing with the public and traffic successfully is a niche area and, unless you’re experienced, a lot can go wrong; not only in the way of accidents but also when it comes to holding the project up with delays.

And unless it really can’t be helped and you aren’t putting anyone at risk, you don’t want to hold up a project.

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What to do to ensure your strata painters are experienced

Research: undertake research on the companies quoting. There is so much you can find out online these days. A quick Google is a great place to start. Check out any reviews or comments from current and past customers.

Social media: again, there is so much you can find out with social media. Find out whether they have a business page? If so, do they have reviews and what are those reviews like?

Multiple quotes: obtain multiple quotes and make sure the scope of work is the same so you are comparing apples with apples. Ask them questions. Ask to see their licenses and insurances.

Master Painters Association: are they a member of the Master Painters Association? If they are, it’s great reassurance that you will get a quality price and quality job. Also, that you are using experienced and reputable strata painters.

Testimonials: ask for testimonials from other strata owners or body corporates. Ask for testimonials from the company too. If they can’t supply anything that you can cross reference (check as being correct too) that should set off alarm bells.

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Safety and care of strata painters

As we mentioned before, strata properties can be quite different to other painting projects.

Alot more challenges can present when painting a strata property:

  • Painters are usually working from quite high heights at times as strata properties are often multi-storey apartment blocks
  • The m2 of space that needs painting is a lot more
  • Access can be difficult both inside and out
  • Balconies and stairwells all have their own challenges with access and disruption to the building’s occupants too
  • Occupants and visitors to work around
  • Areas to temporarily block off, such as driveways and walkways

All of these things need to be communicated with the body corporate or with the strata manager to create a plan and timeline that works for all involved.

Good communication is key when it comes to strata properties where there are numerous people involved.

The pros and cons of strata properties

Are you thinking about purchasing a strata property to live in or making a purchase for an investment? This great article we have previously written may help you, “Are you thinking of investing in a strata property.

It covers many things including the pros and cons and what changes you can make easily to a strata property both internally and externally.

When you are ready and have a property in the Northern Beaches or the North Shore area of Sydney we would be more than happy to chat to you about your project’s needs.



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Looking for something different for a feature wall?

Would you like to revamp a room in your home but with something a bit different? As the best house painter in North Shore we see a lot of homes, businesses as well as commercial and strata properties that all bring something different to the table.

If you want to do something different and get creative then visiting Pinterest or Google might be a good way to start.

Otherwise, contacting an interior designer can always be beneficial.

Our feature wall ideas from the best HOUSE painter North Shore

There are so many options when it comes to feature walls from:

  1. Paint
  2. Wallpaper
  3. Wood
  4. Tile
  5. Artwork
  6. Photography
  7. Mirrors
  8. Fireplaces

And then add in:

  • Colours
  • Texture
  • Patterns

You seriously have a lot of choices.

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As the best house painter in North Shore, we are obviously fans of anything to do with paint.

We are also strong believers though that sometimes less is more and a newly painted wall in one colour can be absolutely stunning on its own and even more so when it’s finished with the perfect artwork or mirror.

Depending on the style of your home or the era of your home a newly done fireplace might be just the touch.

If you need to consult when it comes to paints we are experienced heritage painters too so would be happy to advise and help in this area as well.

Feature bed heads for the bedroom are a must now

If you are repainting your bedroom as well then take a moment and plan. Think about the following:

  • What colours do you want to use? Walls, ceilings, trim, furniture, decor
  • Where do you want to use the colours – walls, trim, furniture, décor
  • Do you want to use patterns and if so where – walls, furniture, décor

If you want to use colour, pattern or texture on the walls then keep your headboard simple.

But if you want the headboard to be the key piece then you can use choose some gorgeous fabric to showcase.

There have recently been some gorgeous feature bed heads on The Block which is in 2017s trending colours and showcase subtle details which are stunning and classic.

Together with some other carefully planned pieces, the rooms are then pulled together.

Remember too that the finish of a room can really make or break a room too.

So, getting the best house painter in North Shore to paint your Sydney home really is a well chosen investment.

If you watch The Block then you’ll regularly hear the judges refer to the quality of the finishes or lack of when it comes to some of the contestants.

Best house painter North Shore, Summit Coatings feature wall bed head

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Thinking of selling? Here’s how to add value to your home

Are you thinking of selling?

Here’s how to add value to your home with a residential painter in Sydney.

A lot of prospective buyers like to be able to just move in and not have to do anything.

So, if you have updated as much as you can in a strategic way that will add value to your property and make it sell faster than it’s a win/win.

Some people don’t want to buy their forever home it may be for other reasons that they move:

  • Job/employment opportunities
  • School
  • Downsize
  • Upsize

Whatever the reason maybe you want to get the best price you can for your property.

And the buyer will want to get your property at a good price to no doubt.

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How to add value with a residential painter in Sydney

First impressions are everything and painting can add a lot of value to your home and for little effort compared to other options.

New paintwork and a fresh coat of paint can freshen up and give your home a new lease of life.

Keep in mind your target audience/prospective buyer and what would they like.

When it comes to colours keeping it neutral can be the way to go as it will still look fresh and beautiful.

And then you can decorate with some key pieces to add your own personal touches and colour.

Prospective buyers find it easier to imagine themselves in your home when things are more neutral.

It’s also more appealing and easier for the new homeowner to come in and add their own touch.

Exteriors and first impressions

As the exterior is generally what a prospective buyer will see first definitely spruce this up if it needs.

Stand back and look at your home as a prospective buyer would and evaluate the:

  • Walls
  • Doors
  • Gutters
  • Roof
  • Windows
  • Front door

A fresh set of eyes can do wonders to get a friend or family member to do a quick critique of the above for you.

Does the outside especially the front need some TLC?

Will a good clean be enough or do you need to take it a step further and do some repair work and a new coat of paint?

Also with the exterior of your home don’t forget the garden.

A bit of garden maintenance can do wonders whether it be a tidy up or a bit of an overhaul.

Our friends at CC&M Landscapes would be more than happy to chat with you about your garden needs so don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.

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Add value with a residential painter Sydney with your bathroom and kitchens

Kitchens and bathrooms are always the most expensive areas of the home when it comes to renovating and these key areas usually help to sell a home too.

A new coat of paint to these areas can do wonders to freshen up an area.

Depending on the age of your home if the kitchen does need some updating you could even get a quote from us to paint your kitchen cupboards (depending on the material the cupboards are).

Freshening up the kitchen cupboards, adding some new tiles or even a coat of paint to wall tiles (using the correct paint type) can do wonders too.

This can be a great economical way to spruce things up and great for a shorter time frame too if time is of the essence.

Engage a licensed painter in Sydney

When you are ready to get some house painting quotes for your North Shore and Northern Beaches home make sure you use a licensed painter.

There are a lot of shonky people out there unfortunately and sometimes when you pay peanuts monkeys is what you get so do be careful and ask questions.


If we can give you another piece of advice from a residential painter in Sydney that has seen a lot.




Presentation really is key. And here’s a great selling guide from

So, use the time to spring clean and if you have the storage or garage space box up what you can live without while your house is on the market.

Your real estate agent will thank you for it, the prospective buyers will thank you for it as they’ll be able to see your beautiful home at its’ best and you won’t have as much to pack when it comes to that time.

Why not sell or have a garage sale with what you don’t want a raise a few dollars to put away for a rainy day.

Who’s the best painter North Shore?

Well, we are of course so when you are ready we would love to talk to you about your house painting needs and how our residential painters can add value to your home.



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It’s the start of spring: How to spring clean your walls and doors

It’s the start of spring and we have some tips by the best painter in North Shore.

What better time than to start a spring clean and take stock of your interior and exterior house painting.

Check those hard to reach places and areas you don’t normally see on a regular basis such as your roof, guttering and any other areas up high.

And internally why not have a spring clean and go through those cupboards and drawers that are a common dumping ground for things you just can’t find a place for.

We are all guilty of having one of those drawers or cupboards where we just shove things to sort/deal with on another day.

Anyway, it’s also a good time to clean off the walls and give them a wipe over and some TLC.

Check the ceilings for any areas of possible leaks/water damage.

Unfortunately, your plaster is normally the first place you notice any roof leaks once it finally shows up on your plaster.

And it can be water stains can be a horrible eyesore.

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5 tips by the best painter in North Shore

Tip 1

Use a vacuum, damp microfibre cloth or for more stubborn stains spray and white or the like to clean your interior walls and doors.

You can check out our previous post “3 Ways to Look After Your Kitchen and Bathroom Walls Once the House Painters Have Been” to see what you can do with a vacuum.

Tip 2

Have you found some artwork on your walls from a little Miss or Master that shouldn’t be there?

Then try some magic erasers to remove.

They do normally work wonders but be careful if the wall is newly painted.

Also depending on how long the artwork has been there and what has been used to create the artwork you may or may not have luck with them, but fingers crossed.

If you do need the area to be repainted we are the best painter in North Shore so you know who to call.

Tips by the best painter in North Shore. How to remove kids drawing from walls.

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Tip 3

Internal doors in particular also take the brunt of a lot.

With little children and their dirty hand prints through to them running into them on their little scoot along toys to older children and their balls and bags knocking them about.

A regular once over with a cloth will keep day to day marks at bay but when it’s time for something more heavy duty than a detergent or spray and white can work wonders.

Or if you like the more natural options then you can look at vinegar and water and some lemon adds a nice fragrance.

If your internal doors are a bit far gone then it may just be easier to repaint with the best house painters in North Shore.

Tip 4

Walls and ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms attract a bit more dust and grime given the steamy nature of their environments.

Hopefully, if your room is properly ventilated and the correct paint has been used then you shouldn’t have any mould problems.

It’s a good idea if you do at the first signs to jump on any mould though.

Tip 5

Now when it comes to the exterior of your home a high-pressure cleaner can work wonders and they normally come with some great attachments.

If you don’t have a high-pressure cleaner though a hose can work wonders.

Do be careful when cleaning the outside of your home especially if you are dealing with weatherboards or wooden windows.

If there are already some signs of damage you don’t want to add water into the mix unnecessarily.

If you do find some damage here’s how to handle it.



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