Make a statement with your front door!
Get inspired by other home decorators for a front door transformation of your own... or enter the competition.
When first homebuyer Emma Gradden moved into her cute cottage in Cambridge, she immediately started thinking about colour. "In March 2020, my partner and I were lucky enough to move into our first home, but the front door and surrounding spaces were bland and uninviting," she explains. "So last summer we painted the house and concrete block and steps." As for the run-down front door, inspiration came from a colourful issue of Haven. "I was inspired by the magazine's 'colour' edition," she says. "I loved the pops of pink, and started colour-testing." In an effort to save both money and the environment, she decided to do her best to refresh the door rather than replace it, and prepped it with Resene products before settling on Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss in Resene Gelato. "I find the colour so warm, inviting and relaxing." Other colours: weatherboards: Resene Double Black White, porch: Resene Tuna › view pdf
When it came time for a new front door, Wellingtonian Brenda O'Hare looked to her garden for inspiration. "We commissioned a stained-glass panel of our favourite flower – the iris," she says. "We bought a recycled-rimu door, then painted it using Resene Rouge in Resene Super Gloss to match the pink glass in the iris. Two years on, we still love it!". › view pdf
"I wanted my door to feel a bit magical, so I chose Resene Belladonna as the colour," says this month's winning homeowner, Aucklander Tanya Smith, who plans to paint her home's exterior in a complementary Resene Quarter Bokara Grey. It was love at first sight when Tanya moved in two years ago. "This is our forever home," she says. "As we live in Beach Haven, I had a plaque made for the door that says 'The Haven'. › view pdf
The front door of Scott Simpson's home in Greenhithe, Auckland, was never going to be boring. Scott and his young family – this month's winners in our Resene My Colourful Door Competition – are big fans of bold, vibrant art. Inside the house, the walls host murals and artworks ranging from an enormous octopus to a huge geometric kangaroo and a ninja cat chalk drawing. Scott says it took a bit of time to pick the perfect hue for their entrance, but Resene Bullseye hit the spot, as it would pop next to the black surround. "We are big fans of colour and have things around our home that make us smile, so the door is a taste of things to come when you enter." › view pdf
Rachael Evans, the inaugural winner of our Resene My Colourful Door competition, painted the formerly white front door of her 1960s Christchurch home as a birthday present to herself. "We bought the house in November last year and didn't have much budget left over to update it," she says. "My birthday money bought the paint and the equipment. My husband said he didn't care what colour I painted it, as long as it made me happy, so I chose Resene Colour Me Pink. I love the door. Women who visit our house also love it. Men ask if it was like that when we bought it and when we are going to paint over it." Rachael's cat, Princess Marmite, seems unperturbed. › view pdf
Do you know how to make an entrance? If you have a Resene-painted door that pops, enter our competition and be in to win a fab Resene prize.
What are we looking for?
How to enter
Email your photos and a short description of your door to email@example.com with "Resene My Colourful Door" in the subject line. Please include your name, home address, daytime phone number, the names of the Resene colours used, and details of when your door was painted. The winner will appear in a future issue of Haven, and will receive a $500 Resene ColorShop voucher to spend on their choice of Resene quality paints, wood stains, primers/sealers or decorating accessories at their local Resene ColorShop, plus the latest Resene colour fandecks and a Resene Colour Expert to help them choose the right colour scheme to suit their home and lifestyle.