Saturday, August 20, 2016

12 Home Decor Ideas for Under the Stairs

For anyone that has a set of stairs in their home you have likely wondered if there was something you could do with that space - it seems like such a waste! Well there are some really creative and useful things you can do with that space under the stairs. Whether you are looking for a weekend project or a great idea to add on to your renovation to-do list - there is something on this list for everyone!

1. Reading Nook: this is a perfect little reading hide away for any member of the family.  Add a custom cushion for seating and lots of pillows for comfort. You can add some shelving for books and some art for a personal and decorative touch.  Don't forget some light - a pot light or a sconce is perfect for a space like this!

This little cubby will remind kids of Harry Potter's bedroom beneath the stairs — but far more pleasant, of course.:

 2. Work space: this isn't a substitute for a full home office but it is perfect for a small work center at home for catching up on bills and emails or a great homework station.  Hiding your desk under the stairs keeps papers and files out of plain sight but you still have easy access to the space.

 Workspace under the stairs with blue walls by IKEA:

3. Closet: often home owners use the under the stair space as storage for items that are not needed on a daily basis like season clothing or decor, but why not make that useful everyday storage? Having easy access to our needed items but keeping them tucked away is a great idea for the space. This is also a great idea if you don't have a front entry closet.

30 Very Creative And Useful Ideas For Under The Stairs Storage:

4.  Powder Room: Short on space? Adding a powder room under the stairs is a great way to use this space whether it's on the main floor in the basement - this is a great renovation for your property in terms of use but also for resale of your home.

Sneak 'er right in there .. Tucked under the stairwell.:

5.  Book case: are you a book lover? Need more space for your books? Use the stairs for extra book storage - it's simple and tucked away.  You could keep children's books on the lower shelves for easy access.  Add some baskets and you could storage puzzles, small toys or even board games.  Extra storage is never a bad thing.

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6. Dog House: Or pet space!  Even our fur babies need a place of their own, so why not a little retreat under the stairs?  You can have their toys, beds etc....some home owners have even built in a gate or crate into the space to keep the pet area looking neat and tidy.

Love the dog spot under the stairs, or for like a basement stair case; turn in into a "play house" for kids.:

7. TV cabinet: Most of us don't like the TV to be the focal point of any room and those TV units can be so big and bulky.  Depending on your room arrangement you might be able to create a TV unit under the stairs like the one in this image.

 The depth of space under a staircase can be sufficient for a built-in entertainment center that houses a flat-screen TV and a bookcase to boot, along with drawers for remotes, movies, and game accessories.:

 8. Bar: Love to entertain? This a perfect idea for the host or hostess - create your own bar (or wine storage) under the stairs.  You could even have a beer fridge and shelving for stemware.

A bar under the stairs in a basement...':

9. Sports equipment storage :  this idea isn't as glamorous  but for the active this is great!  If you don't have a shed or garage for items like bikes this is for you.  Trying hanging your bike under the stairs.  It's out of the way but easy enough to access it when you need it.

Amazing Ideas for Organising Your Home 1. Bike racks under the stairs:

10. Mudroom: If you have kids and don't have a proper mud room this might be all you need.  Use that nook under the stairs to create a mud room space for the kids day to day things - jackets, hats, back packs, shoes and more.  Under the stairs keeps it out of sight but not so much that the kids can't find their things. Try adding a bulletin or even a chalk board to keep track of events and appointments as well.
5 Tips for a Small Space Mudroom Under the Stairs via Remodelaholic:

11. Laundry Room: Doing a remodel on a smaller space? Need a a better laundry room? Under the stairs could work for you! Stacked laundry machines can fit nicely leaving you room for storage of the cleaners and a folding space too.  This is perfect to add to the space if you are renovating as you will need the plumbing to be installed so if you are in a renovation and need a laundry room this might be all you need.

Under stairs laundry room?? Beautiful 1920s House Tour:

12.  Playroom or Kids' Clubhouse: Harry Potter may have lived under the stairs and it wasn't pleasant but you really can make a beautiful and fun clubhouse for the kids only under the stairs! You can get as creative as you like with this one!  Kids love to hide and play and under the stairs could be the perfect spot for a little playhouse!  You can paint it - add toys, books, bean bag, large pillows, sticker on the walls, have a door or curtain - it's entirely up to you!

Incredible Kids Playhouses Under The Stairs | Do-It-Youself Fun Ideas:

See how this mother transformed a dirty space into a Harry Potter cupboard under the stairs:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - 10 Best Timeless Patterns

"I love the idea of adding some pattern to my home but I am so afraid to commit.  I really don't want to spend on something that won't be in style for a while. Any suggestions on pattern that won't go out of style?"

You are right making a commitment especially one with a bigger price can be nerve wracking but have no fear there are some classic patterns that you can add to your space that will not only compliment but will add a level of sophistication to your home.

Pattern textiles are perfect for upholstery, drapery and accent pillows.  Be sure to speak with your local textile expert to ensure that you have the right fabric for the use.

 Gallery wall over the sofa with black and white prints, a striped neutral rug, and mixed print throw pillows -- a stylish way to prove that neutrals never have to be boring!:

Here are some classic fabric patterns that you can bring into your space without any regret.

Pinstripe: Much thinner and more subdued than a normal stripe, these patterns add a faint, menswear detail to upholstery and pillows.  But any stripe is a classic but we love the look of this menswear inspired look. A stripe can be paired with other patterns as well - Mixing patterns adds real sophistication and a designer look to a space. This modern chair in a navy pinstripe fabric with shiny gold arm looks incredibly chic!

Even after a long day's work, you come home, sit down and you smile. // Milo Club Chair by Lawson-Fenning:

Toile de Jouy: de jouy fabric originated in France in the 1760s. The original patterns usually depicted pastoral scenes; today there are many pattern choices and colors available.  Other patterns include more exotic Chinese themes became popular, as did famous moments from history. All were hand-drawn in a curvaceous style with fine detail that was then etched onto wood blocks and printed onto the fabric. Certainly a more traditional option but if you use it and pair it with the right pieces it can work with a rustic country space - pair it with furniture that is clean and streamlined, so it doesn't look fussy. Or use it as an accent wall with wallpaper

The classic combination of blue and white is an enduring favourite. It has been given depth with loose chair covers stencilled in a variety of cobalt-blue motifs, bringing a new dimension to toile de jouy. Roman blinds in an historical print keep the simple feel both fresh and uplifting.:

Fretwork:  These are geometric, interlaced patterns with sharp angles. Similar to the repeated nature of latticework but the design can be more complex, like a Greek key. There are many patterns with a geometric repeating pattern that fall into this category - your choices are endless and so are the colour options.  This works beautifully in any space including bedrooms and even nurseries but it also pairs well with other prints - we love it with florals.

Melissa - I don't know if you would consider going more into these tones - but this strong emerald green is the color of the year, very on trend and looks great with neutrals and some bold blues or yellows. Basically this fabric on these chairs is awesome.:

Tree of Life: These sprawling nature-inspired prints are characterized by scrolling vines, flowers, leaves, and birds. The patterns are typically very large in scale and are great for draperies.  Not sure if florals are your 'thing'? Try incorporating them into art.  A simple fabric swatch or wallpaper sample in a frame with matting and frame - looks clean and modern and adds a pop of pattern with zero commitment and very little cost. Seen here this botanical fabric has been used as a wall panel for a pop of colour and great visual interest in this room.  Plus see how it works with the trellis (fretwork) ottoman

Love! The pop of yellow and the lovely white streamlines the exciting graphic look with a soothing home-look. :

Damask:   A reversible fabric commonly woven in silks and wools and printed on linens and cottons. The repeating medallion-like designs are often done in a single color with the ground (base cloth) in a flat finish and the design in a sateen. Modern print versions are interpreted in more high-contrast color combos. For a while Damask wall paper accent walls were all the rage - we saw them everywhere - that trends has softened a bit (high contrast less popular and more tone-on-tone is what we are seeing) but the pattern itself is a classic and it also pairs well with any fretwork.  A Damask accent chair with a Fretwork area rug is a gorgeous combination. Damask can be fussy is paired with fussy and formal things.  See the image below - using Damask in a roman shade is a clean and modern use yet it has great visual interest in this clean and modern space. We also love the pairing with the strip area rug.

Love this! We have 3 windows in our kitchen spaced like this. Like the fabric and the look of the roman shades.:

 Ogee: Described as a bit of a mod look - another repeating pattern - it looks like strings of stacked onions.  This pattern comes in various scales and sizes and of course, colour combinations.  This is perfect for drapery but we love it as an accent pillow.  See the image below for an example of Ogee - the grey on grey in this print is so sophisticated but still visually interesting. 

The Madison Park Vella Comforter Set uses a woven jacquard fabrication to create a unique ogee design. The charcoal grey background provides the perfect base for the silver faux sequin motif.:

Suzani: likley a term you haven't heard but you will recognize this tribal influenced pattern. These patterns are based off of the tribal textiles of Central Asia, Suzani's feature colorful, circular shapes intertwined with vines, flowers, leaves, and fruits. Often seen in vibrant and bold colour combinations - so this is a pattern that makes a real statement! It's perfect for little pops like accent pillows or bold splashes like an accent chair or bedding. To maintain the focus on this bold print, keep the other piece simple and clean.  In the image below, the headboard and other bedding is just plain and simple, the bedside lighting is also simple, even the art is under stated - the bedding coverlet makes the statement and the overhead fixture makes a splash just a smaller one.  But this entire room works!

These 10 interiors are bursting with colour inspiration for your home.:

Ikat:  This is technically a term for the resist dyeing technique used to produce the painterly patterns seen on these fabrics. Similar to a tie dye, but ikat threads are dyed first, then constructed into cloth yielding the meandering look which is insanely popular right now.  It is a combination of this organic almost tribal feel paired with the geometry of fretwork or even a more floral damask feel - the line work is softer in appearance due to the technique, so if you don't like really clean lines this might be a good option for you.  Plus the colour possibilities are endless.  And it pairs beautifully with simple stripes. We love these Ikat upholstered dining chairs seats - the colour combination is fresh - it has a softer damask look which adds a bit of a casual nature to the room but still so chic.

Great color combo. Lovely little dining nook. {Great to use glass when space is limited to not block so much of the eye's view}.

Chevron: A repeating V or zig zag pattern, almost like a clean stripe just with a slight modification.  In recent ears - this pattern was seen everywhere from drapery to pillows to nurseries.  We saw this in every colour imaginable but the grey and white was probably the most popular.   It is still a classic even though it is no longer trending. It looks great as an accent pillow. Seeing the chevron in an area rug adds a pop to the room but because it is in neutral tones it isn't trendy. and this simple and neutral chevron is a great backdrop if you wanted to add some other patterns to the room like pillows for instance.

transitional gray living room | living room with coral accents from kerrie kelly tags gray and white ...:

Animal print: some say that an animal print is tacky but that is more about amount and application.  Animal prints in a neutral colour wave are a great way to add some fun or glamour into your space without bold injections of colour.  Animal print is  also true to nature so it works with anyone opting for a more natural look.  Many animal prints mix well with other prints so you really can have a lot of fun.  Don't go overboard with animal print everywhere and on everything - that's when it gets tacky!

Bliss at Home Fall Home Tour with animal print designer Jamil pillows, gold accents, black and white glam decor:

Polka-dots: Are another classic print - this works really well for kids rooms in a fabric or even vinyl decals on the wall.  This print can be bold depending on size/scale and colour combination but it can also be subtle.  Plus it works well with other prints -the polka dot sheets are a great backdrop for this WOW headboard - the polka dots add a bit of fun and whimsy to the room instead of a solid sheet.  You could also opt for the reverse - polka dots on the wall and plain sheets.

love the headboard.  Oui, la tête de lit est très jolie, mais tout l'ensemble de la chambre est original et frais, parfait pour une jeune fille.:

 When it comes to adding some print and pattern into your space, start off slow (especially if you aren't adventurous), add some accent pillows or bedding first - this is pretty low risk and easy to replace if you don't like it.  Next try a dining chair seat in upholstery (this is also a great and simple DIY project).  If you are loving the addition of pattern in your space - take the leap with drapery and an area rug.  Pattern is nothing to be afraid of - have some fun!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - How to pick the right Kitchen Island seating options

"I'm moving into a house this fall and we have a kitchen island.  I'm excited to have seating at the island.  I've never purchased stools before what should I be looking for?"

First off - Congrats on the move!  How exciting!!

A kitchen island is definitely something to be excited about - they offer so much extra kitchen space in terms of prepping, serving or just hanging out.  We love kitchen islands!

When it comes to seating at your island the first thing you need to be 100% aware of is the height of the island.  Is it bar height? Is it counter height? Or is the (seating space) table height?  This is the number 1 thing you need to know before making any purchase.

 Planning a kitchen island? Here are the dimensions you'll need--whether you're using it for dining, work prep or cooking. |  Illustration: Arthur Mount |

For a bar height (this is usually described as a breakfast bar, usually there is a part of the island that is raised. sometimes we see a raised portion on a kitchen peninsula). A 30-inch stool is the perfect height for a standard 42-inch bar or counter top but anywhere between 28" and 33" will work . Bar-height stools are also ideal for a work space, like the garage. These are the same size stools you see in a restaurant or bar and are taller than the average dining chair. Ideal for standard built-in bars. Not ideal for small children

For counter height, this is an island that is the same height as the rest of your counter tops. These stools are the ideal height for a 36-inch counter or to have on their own for extra seating. Counter-height bar stools are smaller than the typical stool you see in restaurant or bar, but are a great addition to your home bar or kitchen space, they range in height from 24" to 27". Popular option for kitchen islands and easy to use for most people

For table height, (we see this a lot in condos) the island usually has a portion of the island that is counter height and then a portion that dips down to table height.  This is in lieu of a kitchen or dining table. Table-height stools are shorter than counter or bar stools and can be a good alternative to chairs at a dining table or breakfast nook. Generally between 16 and 23 inches tall. Offers a casual look; often without backs. Great choice for small children and kids' seating

 Gorgeous kitchen with white cabinets, glass globe pendants and navy island!:
this is an example of the kitchen island counter top with only a slight over hang - this would not be the main eating space but perfect for hanging out while watch the host cook.
Other measurements to consider when choosing a bar stool are the spaces between each stool as well as between the stool and the surface height.

DIY your way to a one-of-a-kind kitchen island. These easy add-ons and smart ideas blend storage and style for maximum efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a built-in design./

For stool spacing, look to have about 26 to 30 inches measured from the center of one stool to the center of the stool next to it. This allows for optimal space for eating, working, and socializing. For leg spacing, account for 9 to 12 inches between the stool seat and the underside of your counter top or bar surface. We suggest a counter top over hang of 15"-18" if this is going to be a main eating area.

When it comes to style - the possibilities are truly endless but take a few things into consideration.  If this is a main seating/dining area - mid to full backs are a comfortable option.  If your are tight on space look for options that are sleeker and not bulky, backless stools tuck under counter top over hangs really nicely.  If you have room for lots of seating but don't really have a lot of guests over, try mixing styles - that way you have the supportive comfort but also some spare seating when you need it and your kitchen won't look or feel cramped.

This image is a great example of mixing stool styles.  The full back upholstered stools are comfortable and perfect for everyday use.  The backless adjustable cowhide stools add some extra seating when needed.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - How to Decorate with Red

"I love red.  I have lots of red accents in my house like pillows and some art.  I want to add a new colour in the mix but still keep the red.  What works with red?"

Red is a bold colour and it can really make a statement on it's own but we agree with you adding in a secondary accent colour can really change up the look of your space.

Although red is big and punchy you do have options for a second accent colour.

Red and charcoal grey. this is a great choice if your main furniture pieces are black or even a dark espresso or the opposite, white.  We also like mixing red and charcoal with a lighter grey sofa like the image below.

Seguir con la paleta..gris, negro, rojo, blanco...como el bañi:

Red and Aqua blue. If you like a bit of the unexpected this is a good option for you.  the aqua or turquoise combined with the red makes a bright and colourful statement - plus you can add some white for a clean almost beachy look or some golden yellows for even more pop! In a case like this a pattern piece like this pillows bring this unexpected colour combo together!

 Great room makeover with red and turquoise throw pillow as accent:

Red and White.  A classic combination and you can't go wrong with it! This can work with any style: country to modern - it just depends on the pieces.  Here we have an example of a country bedroom it is so fresh and inviting.  The distressed iron bed frame in red is just another way to add some colour into the room.

white bedroom with red metal bed frame and quilt at the foot of the bed:

Red and Pink.  We you can!!  Again another unexpected combination but it definitely makes a statement! Again if you like the idea of mixing these two bold hues look for a piece that brings them together like a patterned pillow, area rug or an art piece. Keep the supporting neutrals clean and crisp like in this image - the pure white bedding and the soft grey drapes and bench are a perfect back drop for these bright tones!

Ask color of guest bedroom walls and trim:

 Red and Navy Blue.  This look can be a bit nautical but that depends on a lot of the decor items you choose.  This is another classic combination and it is truly timeless. See the image below for some inspiration in this colour palette that is not nautical in theme. 

6th Street Design School | Kirsten Krason Interiors : How to Become a Better Designer:

Red and Dark Brown.  This is such a warmth combination and you can really add smaller accents to this look as well.  Take some inspiration from the image below. The mix of the dark brown wall and red furniture adds warmth and richness to the space.  The pattern rug and pillow add some golden tones into this mix as well.  This has a bit more of an eclectic feel but it is very chic.

Farm house living room. Gallery wall display, with art, mirror, and metal animal head. Over apothecary cabinet painted in a distressed red finish. Reserve At Old Fredericksburg Model Part 2, see the whole house at...

 Red is so versatile in terms of both style and colour pairings.  Don't be afraid to try any combination!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How to Use Pattern Tiles

We have seen a lot of pattern tile in the past 2 years or so.  They made a big splash at recent design Shows, too!  They can really add a unique touch to a space.  Like the wallpaper accent trend they add some boldness or whimsy to a room but too much can just be overwhelming. 

If you like the look of a print or pattern, how can you use the pattern tile in a way that won't overwhelm or get 'tired' quickly. 

1.  Use a pattern tile in a small space like a bathroom.  For a few reasons, it won't be too overwhelming because the pattern isn't everywhere and also, should you decide to change it in a few years or so it won't be a huge undertaking. This image has the pattern tile on the floor in a neutral palette it is soft but still makes an impact.

Amazing patterned & cement tile inspiration [Barry Calhoun]:

2.  Stick with one pattern in the space.  When it comes to fashion mixing patterns is very chic but when it comes to pattern tile - to make the most impact stick with one pattern in the room (other wise it just gets too busy) keep the other pieces like cabinetry and paint pretty low key and solid.We love the backsplash tile here with the stainless hood fan and stove and against the white -Can you say?  #wowfactor

We'd be lying if we said we were only a little obsessed with this kitchen tile backsplash behind this oven range and hood.:

3.  Use it as an accent.  See a pattern tile you love but concerns that it might be a bit over the top? Treat it like the wallpaper accent wall - only tile one wall in the tile and keep the rest plain but complimentary. This blue pattern tile is busy and if the entire shower surround was covered in this tile it would be very overwhelming and likely not as pretty.  This accent tile makes a statement. A little pattern tile can go a long way

White and blue bathroom features a wall clad in blue Moroccan tiles, Fez Blue Vintage Moroccan Victorian Encaustic Effect Pattern Wall & Floor Tiles, lined with a white lacquered washstand adorned with aged brass knobs topped with thick white quartz and paired with an aged brass faucet placed under a white Mansard mirror.:

 If pattern tile is still just a bit too much for you but you want something different, consider lay out and shape.

 Blue Herringbone Backsplash | Young House Love:

Take some inspiration from this kitchen back splash. Typically we see rectangular tiles in a stacked formation or brick but this herringbone pattern adds some great visual interest to this classic kitchen. the herringbone arrangement also looks great in a shower surround in a 3x6 standard subway tile but also looks great on the floor in a 12 x 24 tile!

Trying adding just a tiny pop of pattern tile. In the image below we have a shower surround in a neutral subway tile in a dove grey tone in a brick layout but look at the shower shelf, a pop of print - so great!

This Pin was discovered by Jillian Lare. Discover (and save!) your own  Pins on Pinterest.:

 The hexagon tile is another great option if you are open to new shapes - this can give you a modern look or a more vintage style depending on the size of tile.  You can also get a more traditional look depending on the material you choose.  sometime a new shape can give you a whole new look without going crazy with colour or pattern.

Split - Kitchen Detail White and timber, black hexagon feature tiles with recessed lighting Niche Design & Build:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - How to mix patterns

"In magazines I see designers mix different prints and patterns in one room.  I love the look.  How do you mix patterns without making a mess?"

You are so right! Mixing prints and patterns in one room is a designer look and it makes a room more chic and sophisticated but it can be tricky to get right.

Combining prints brings excitement to a room—but how do you make it work? Set small patterns against large ones, limit your palette, and include one big solid (on sofa, floor, or wall) in the scene.

We recommend a solid for large pieces like a sofa and then we can build on that.

Here are a few examples that you could follow.

Maine Beach House with Classic Coastal Interiors:

This room is a great example of mixing prints and patterns with a limited palette.  We have a solid and neutral wall paint and sofa and simple window coverings - on it's own it is a bit boring.  Now let's add the excitement....the stripe rug in white and blue is fresh and adds a big pop in the room.  This area rug in white and blue is the inspiration for the colour palette for the prints.  We have an accent chair in a modern botanical print in the blue and white palette plus we have some decor pillows in a different blue and white pattern. This room has a cohesive look with a bit of a nautical theme (but certainly not overboard on the theme - pardon the pun!) This room has the designer look and follows the simple formula of a few solids, a mix of large and small prints in a limited colour palette.

Ralph Lauren Hamptons style - I could sleep in that chair, with that ottoman, by that window, with the beach breeze blowing in...:

If you prefer a look that is softer, you can still play with pattern.   In this room we have a mix of stronger and softer prints.  The drapery has a larger pattern yet still in a neutral colour palette, the ottoman has a very subtle print in a low contrast colour scheme.  The pillows on the accent chair add a bit more pop to the room but the look here is very soft and toned down.  The walls and the chairs are a great neutral backdrop for the prints and texture. This creates a very relaxing and soothing look in a space.  The rattan tray and plant add some texture adding some visual interest.

 A floral wallcovering behind a navy blue twin bed.

Love the look of wallpaper but think it limits your chances to add other patterns? Think again! Use the wallpaper as a point of inspiration for other prints in the room.  The wallpaper in this image has a blend of orange tones, yellow, blue and white.  It's a pretty bold wall covering so the other prints should be a bit more subtle.  Here we have a blue bed frame that pulls from the wallpaper tones.  The bedding textiles have a soft mix of corals and white with a blue throw blanket -so this way everything works together.

Light gray with pale blue and small pops of coral.

Don't be afraid to mix prints when it comes to pillows.  This arrangement follows a 'buddy system'.  The soft mint green is seen in some solid pillows (at the back) and we also see it in the front lumbar pillow.  The white is seen in all of the print pillows.  We have black in 3 pillows and the only true pop is the pink peony.  This combination of prints seems unexpected and maybe random but it is very much planned which is why it looks great!

When it comes to playing with prints you can get as bold or as subtle as you like.  Follow the easy steps and you can achieve a designer look in your space.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We Answer Wednesday - Best Front Door Colour

"I have a red brick home and the style of my home is quite traditional.  I want to paint my front door in something that's a bit more fun (currently my door is black).  Any ideas?"

Painting your front door is an easy update and it can really transform the look of your home.  Red brick is a classic and paired with a black door you have a timeless look.  But you can update the exterior with some paint and it can really make a huge difference.

 Black Door on Red Brick - Our Favorite Charleston Front Doors:
 We love this home located in Carleston, SC (USA).  This look is timeless.  The matte black against the brick is classic and the cream trim matches the cream mortar between the brick and the mullions. 

Assuming your roof is neutral like black or possibly charcoal - you have lots of options.   But remember when you are picking an exterior paint colour you really need to work with what finishes are already there.  So the shade of red brick is important. We also suggest looking at the region for inspiration.  A soft beachy blue for example works well in Southern climates like the Carolinas but looks out of place in Northern climates, so keep that in mind as well.

For instance, if you have a terracotta (orange brick) this works well with colours such as navy blue or even a cobalt blue, dark taupe, dark (warm) grey, khaki and olive are nice green options, a deep cranberry and espresso are good options as well.

front door color for orange brick house - Google Search:

This orange brick home looks current with this charcoal door with warm white trim.  

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This orange brick has a few more variations in tone but the olive-sage door looks fresh and clean especially with the warm white trim.  This home has a lot of charm and is warm and inviting.

Now, if you have a brick that is a deeper tone like a brownish red or a burgundy, you will want to look at paint colours such as navy blue, charcoal grey, deep olive green, a dark cranberry with brown undertones is another great option.  If you are looking for something a bit more unusual try a teal door with warm white trim. A red door is also a great look on a deeper red brick home.  It's a classic but it isn't as formal.

Feng Shui.  Blue doors represent trust, loyalty and stability. The color blue is often linked with thoughts and feelings of safety and security. If your home is a safe haven, painting your front door blue can reflect that. The deeper the blue color, the more you reflect that feeling of stability for your home’s curb appeal.:
 This navy door with white trim against the burgundy brick is a very classic look but it looks great and isn't as formal as the black door. 

Front Doors, I love different colored front doors:
 This teal painted door is a fresh and fun look but works with the tones in the brick.

 This charming front porch has a door mat, perennials potted in white urns, and the house number boldly placed on the center of the door in a contrasting white.:
 This burgundy brick home looks great with a red door - notice how the shade of red in the door isn't orange, it is a true red.

These are some great options for your front door and as you know already paint can make a huge difference.  Be sure to pay attention to the other features like the trim (is it chipping?), the mailbox, doorbell, grip set and address numbers - are they in good shape? Do they need replacing or repairing? Those small details can make a huge difference in the exterior and curb appeal of your home.