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"What's Behind the Red Door?"

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Intriguing question isn't it?  And believe it or not, those 5 simple words was all it took to convince me that- Yes. The basement door should be red.  Why red?  Why not?!  

 Image via Apartment Therapy.  Paint color for door: Behr Flirt Alert

Image via Apartment Therapy.  Paint color for door: Behr Flirt Alert

This door makeover was one of the little last minute "Project-Palooza" house projects we had on our to-do list that needed to be completed in time for scheduled photo session for the Apartment Therapy Home Tour feature.   

  50 shades of black, white + boring. Nothing memorable about this look.  

50 shades of black, white + boring. Nothing memorable about this look.  

I know it does seem random but knowing that our entire house would be photographed, we both were evaluating the spaces in our house thinking about what might end up in the feature and at some point Alex frowned and asked, "Do you think she'll take photos of the hallway by the basement?"  Pointing out that the hallway space between the kitchen and back entryway was pretty black, white, beige, boring and bland.... blah.     

Then he said, "We should paint the door red.  That space needs some color AND it's kind of fun because the basement door will be 'the red door' in our house, with the 'what's behind the red door' feel."   

What a curious and fun little premise...  That along with the fact that our basement is unfinished and probably never will be - made a red door that signifies the difference from the other livable spaces in our home, a purposeful and thoughtful design change. LET'S DO IT!!!

So, off to Home Depot we went to pick up paint!  We both figured a basic, bold bright red was all we needed so without being too picky, Alex decided on Behr's Flirt Alert as the red paint color for our door.  Once we got home, Alex dove right into sanding and painting action (shown above)!

The 'moral of the story'?  Well, it's sort of the same learning that I mentioned in my last post about the plain white vintage chenille bedspread that I dyed indigo... It's amazing how much impact a simple color change can have! 

 Add a hand sketched Llama too?!  Even better with the red door!

Add a hand sketched Llama too?!  Even better with the red door!

Another HUGE plus-  depending on the time of day and amount of sunlight, the reflection of the red paint color can make the tone of our white/beige walls shift, appearing more gray and cool on cloudy/overcast days and then more peachy and warm on sunny days.  So if the color of the door alone didn't swoon you, that part sure as heck should!

It's honestly pretty dang cool, I never knew my hallway could have moon ring powers!  So I have to ask...

Don't you want one now too?!  (LOL.)

But seriously, let me know if you do and if you're thinking of giving a door or something else in your home a POP of color!  I've been in contact with 3 ladies that decided to try the dyed bedspread project from last week for themselves- So awesome!  I'd love to hear more so don't be shy, give me all the deets!  Have a cozy weekend everyone!