If you’re looking for interior door painting ideas that are fresh, innovative, unique, affordable, and that make for fun and simple DIY design projects, there are hundreds of things you can do. Here are just a few ideas for today’s contemporary colors, patterns, and which door paints to coordinate.

The Colors to Choose for the Best Interior Door Painting Ideas

Professional home designers and stagers look to Pantone each new year and season for interior door painting ideas. For the fall and winter of 2016/2017, Pantone released its list of colors to use for everything from clothing design to interior design. Strong, vibrant blues, reds, yellows, and greens are combined with soothing cedar, taupe, and clay colors. Mixing and matching robust hues like “Aurora Red” or “Spicy Mustard” with relaxed tones like “Dusty Cedar” or “Potter’s Clay” make for great paint pallets for those who wish to paint entryways, panels, frames, or the glass panes of interior doors. For those who would rather paint than stain a door, review the Pantone Colour Planner of 2016/2017 for more ideas.

After You’ve Chosen Your Colors: Interior Door Painting Ideas that Lift Your Look

Pick a pattern for each panel: This is a great way to add spirit to your interior design, especially when you pick one color for the background of the entire door, and a contrasting color for the design you've chosen. Easily pick and print designs, including fleur de lis, flowers, paisley, checkers, argyle, trellis, or lattice, and hundreds more for your panel painting.

Your favorite mural, painting, or street art: Can’t get that famous image of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” out of your mind? Did you fall in love with a beautifully painted ultra-modern butterfly you saw on the street of San Francisco? Why not use a scaled-to-size image of paintings like these as a way to create a traceable template; if the whole image won’t fit to scale in a way that’s aesthetically appealing, choose your favorite portion of the piece that’s rectangular for single doors, or closer to square for double doors. Trace the design onto the entryway, then paint using the original work of art’s colors, or mix it up by choosing your own for even more personalization.

Pick contrasting colors, give doors a deconstructed, weathered look: Great, fun, and trendy interior door painting ideas are those used in department stores, restaurants, and storefronts to give interior entryways a vintage appearance. Pick three or four contrasting colors, paint the door each color (waiting at least 12 hours between applying each), then use a simple electric sander to reveal different colors by sanding more in specific places and less in others. Finish the with a glossy or matte lacquer to preserve your work.