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YOU be the designer!

The front door of Down2Earth Interior Design’s home base needs a new paint color. The taupe I inherited is unobjectionable, but has no drama or personality. My objective is to choose a color that is welcoming, and also contextual with the stone work, ivory trim, and landscaping. My front door should say, “Welcome to the home of a designer and her colorful family.”

Emily Lambrow, d2e interior designer and Photoshop master, has kindly mocked up three door options.

They are…. (drumroll please)….
1. Sherwin Williams SW6839 “Kimono Violet”
2. Sherwin Williams SW6861 “Radish”
3. Sherwin Williams SW6713 “Verdant”

And now it’s time for you to vote! I’m targeting a start date of mid-October, but voting will close whenever the painter is ready to brush on the first coat.

Time to weigh in, and give this door the dramatic makeover it needs! Place your vote by clicking on “read more” and typing your choice in the comments section. Thanks so much.

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  • Terry
    Posted at 18:08h, 01 October Reply

    Not easy!! All great colors and I noticed that each color picked up something different in the landscaping around it. I’m going with my first reaction though – #1.

  • Katia
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 October Reply

    #3 — VERDANT!

  • Amy Torcoletti
    Posted at 18:44h, 01 October Reply


  • Kelly Chancey
    Posted at 18:55h, 01 October Reply

    I want to say the green because it is so original and stylish, but the red just feels so right. One vote for radish, please.

  • Samantha Small
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 October Reply

    Oooh! I love the kimono violet!!!! Paint all the things purple!!!!!

  • Naomi Goldstein
    Posted at 19:29h, 01 October Reply

    I love the violet!

  • Alexa Reim
    Posted at 19:39h, 01 October Reply

    #3 verdant, it’s not easy being green but your house can pull it off!!

  • Lisa Rattner
    Posted at 19:50h, 01 October Reply

    I think all the colors are great choices, but somehow “Radish’ just feels right.

  • Carla Zighelboim
    Posted at 19:56h, 01 October Reply

    The purple is speaking to me! Good luck!

  • Ellen Kozac
    Posted at 19:58h, 01 October Reply

    Radish for sure.

  • Andrea Otto
    Posted at 20:07h, 01 October Reply


  • Gwen Minkin
    Posted at 20:48h, 01 October Reply

    I like the violet but Radish gets my vote

  • Michie Pasternak
    Posted at 20:55h, 01 October Reply

    My vote is for radish

  • Caroline Harries
    Posted at 21:12h, 01 October Reply


  • Jen Cuker
    Posted at 23:04h, 01 October Reply

    Kimono Violet all the way! Although, I really think you can’t go wrong…

  • Phyllis Whitman
    Posted at 23:31h, 01 October Reply

    Torn between the green & radish. They both look good but I’m voting for the radish!

  • Ronna Cuker
    Posted at 00:18h, 02 October Reply

    At first I thought it should be the violet or the verdant, not the radish. On a second look I thought it should definitely be the radish! Call me fickle but I just love that shade and it really brightens up the entrance.

  • Mom and Dad
    Posted at 00:56h, 02 October Reply

    We like Radish !

  • David Hershy
    Posted at 00:58h, 02 October Reply

    I definitely love the Kimono Violet…it has such a rich and welcoming feel.

  • Lisa Lowenfels
    Posted at 01:24h, 02 October Reply

    Feeling the radish… although it was a tough call!

  • Beth Selsley
    Posted at 01:59h, 02 October Reply

    Kimono violet edges out the radish in a “photo finish”. Good luck!!

  • Pat Derr
    Posted at 02:04h, 02 October Reply

    Definitely #3

  • Rachel Goldman
    Posted at 03:10h, 02 October Reply

    I’m in for the purple. Number one is fun!

  • Sheri Reed
    Posted at 03:39h, 02 October Reply

    Love this!–they are all great but as much as the red “pops” it might limit you use of colorful plants/flowers in planters by it without clashing–given the colors of most annuals. You’ll have more options to accessorize w/ flowers if the door is violet or verdant. The green says sleek, stylish, not to mention “Eco” savvy– all things that represent down2earth design–go Verdant– and show your stylish whimsical side with great floral arrangements, in contrasting colors..–you’ll be able to have all 3 colors with a Verdant door & florals in violet or radish!

  • Adah Bush
    Posted at 14:38h, 02 October Reply

    Love the verdant! Looks chic, and I agree with Sheri’s comments.

  • Roemary Feild
    Posted at 13:08h, 03 October Reply

    Radish, but I would go for even redder. I love red front doors. Verdant works too. Not a fan of the violet – too, too.

    Good luck choosing. Remember, you can always change paint colors!

  • Ilene Hurwitz
    Posted at 22:06h, 03 October Reply

    David and I like radish. The radish color looks very nice with the dark gray stone and off white cement. The violet is our second choice – it is different and a pretty color.

  • Connie Krawczyk
    Posted at 13:15h, 04 October Reply

    Personally I like the green but I would have to see the roof to make a decision 🙂

  • Jillian Moskovitz
    Posted at 17:48h, 04 October Reply

    Kimono Violet – definitely! That color looks fantastic.

  • Quinn Moskovitz
    Posted at 18:34h, 04 October Reply

    Quinn loves purple so it’s no surprise that Kimono Violet is her favorite!

  • Stefanie Fredd
    Posted at 20:25h, 04 October Reply

    A mom of two girls will always pick purple! 🙂

  • Kim Vargas
    Posted at 22:58h, 04 October Reply

    I vote for radish – Although I could see all of them working well!

  • Mary Moskovitz
    Posted at 02:16h, 05 October Reply

    I think the purple is very welcoming — go for it!!!

  • Herb Moskovitz
    Posted at 02:18h, 05 October Reply

    Kimono Violet is my choice. The Violet matched the plantings near the front entrance.

  • Jamie Albert
    Posted at 13:40h, 05 October Reply

    While they are all great options, I am loving the violet!!!!

  • Randi Danziger
    Posted at 13:49h, 05 October Reply

    I love the violet and how it makes your stonework and greenery more vibrant.

  • Rita Berson
    Posted at 15:25h, 08 October Reply

    I have to go with the traditional welcoming door color red (SW Radish) to bring good luck and happiness into your home. They are all lovely colors and I’m sure you will be pleased with your crowdsourced choice!

  • Emily Lambrow
    Posted at 15:40h, 08 October Reply

    Kimono Violet!

  • Justin Cappellini
    Posted at 15:41h, 08 October Reply

    Violet all the way!

  • Emily Lambrow
    Posted at 15:42h, 08 October Reply

    Kimono Violet looks very inviting!

  • Omar Zaater
    Posted at 17:25h, 08 October Reply

    As a male designer with a more minimalist approach, believe it or not I’m still leaning towards “Kimono Violet”. Although Verdant ties well with some of the natural greenery of your curb appeal, the Kimono Violet is a much nicer contrast without being as bold, and “been there done that” of a red door. But they are all good color choices for sure! good look with the decision.

  • Mindy Cohen
    Posted at 00:04h, 09 October Reply

    We vote for red!

  • Amy Cuker
    Posted at 01:48h, 10 October Reply

    And voting is closed…..
    Kimono Violet is the winner, at 18 votes, closely followed by Radish at 16. Verdant brings up the rear at 7. Thanks, and come knock on our purple door sometime!

  • Rob Mulloy
    Posted at 11:37h, 06 May Reply

    Kimono Violet, most definitely!

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