Beautiful Neoclassical Exterior Color Schemes and Front Doors

Posted on: December 20th, 2013by John 8 Comments

I thought I’d begin my reports on the progress of our French Villa Style home by starting with the exterior of the house. Typically, we do not get involved with the selection of exterior finishes, materials, doors, lighting, etc., but in this case we were asked to comment and it evolved into full participation – helping select the color of the tile roof, stucco, limestone and window trim. We began the process by looking at pictures of similar homes and their color schemed with our client and their contractor for ideas and inspiration.

Pretty front doors…


This home has a brick facade (Don’t you LOVE it?), but it’s good for looking at tonality of color and hue.


This one pushed it with the purple shutters and trim.


Earthy and serene.


This is close to the color scheme we selected.


Then it was on to the front doors, which are not yet finalized, but we’re close… Again, we looked at what seemed like thousands of pictures. I researched Louis XVI style and architecture. It seemed never ending. Yet, this is sooooo important. A front door is like a greeting card. It makes that all important first impression. Here are several examples.


We then looked at how various door styles might look from the street and as you approached the house.



We’ve ended up with a design that is similar to these doors.


Next, a tour of the preliminary foyer design.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

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8 Responses

  1. Linda Merrill says:

    Amazing – this is such an amazing project!

  2. designchic says:

    What a treat this must be to work on – a dream project I’m sure. I love the color scheme you chose, but any would have been amazing other than perhaps the purple for me). Can’t wait to follow on this journey!!

    • John says:

      Yes, the purple was a bit much, but it cold have been very cool, too!. (You need a client with a real sense of adventure!)
      We always like to push a little, just to see what will happen.

      Merry, merry,

  3. Linda Leyble says:

    Hi John…what a great project. Love all your inspiration sources. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Those doors are lovely – makes me want to change mine! When I was in France, I took a lot of pictures of doors…and shutters. It was a feast for the eyes!

    Glad you are back blogging. Missed yiur posts!


    • John says:

      We’re very excited about where it is headed! it’s a little crazy at times, as some decisions are being made on the fly.
      Translation – Sally and I have to hold the vision in our heads as we have had to make decisions that are sometimes slightly out of sequence.

      Have a wonderful Holiday with yrou family!


  4. A beautiful post, and very familiar as we looked at pictures like this when deciding upon our front door! We went with a center knob, which is very French, but not very functional. We made the center knob a dummy knob – so just for the look – and relied upon a small latch to open and close the door from the inside. It didn’t work very well! People had no idea how to get out of our house when we had a party. So, we ended up installing a Bouvet vertical lever on the interior, which makes things so much better. So glad you are going with normal levers to open and close the doors.

  5. These doors looks beautiful. It completely changes the look of the entire home.

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