Doors are the first thing everyone sees when they enter and exit your home or rooms in your home. Energize your door with the help of Minnesota craftsmen who can recommend attractive colors, consistent styles and creative flair.

1.  Attractive Colors

“Human beings are attracted to beautiful colors,” says Paulette Goodno of The Design Doctors. “So painting your front door a color can be another way to get good attention to an important point of your home. Chinese feng shui philosophy will encourage a beautiful, strong deep red to pull in good energy. Black, deep black/blues and strong greens can be very classic colors. Pastels generally feel more wishy-washy and are rarely used.”

2.  Consistent Style

“Make sure you match your door with the style of your house,” says Goodno. “I had a customer with a contemporary home and they wanted an old English carriage-house door with wrought-iron hinges. It just would not work. Matching door styles are easy to find and can include wood, wood replications in fiberglass, doors with glazing and doors with sidelights.”

3.  Replace Your Doors

Doors take a beating in Minnesota weather. “The best thing to do is replace the whole thing,” says Chris Jordan of Choice Wood Company. “You never get older doors as tight as a modern unit. A new door may cost $1,500, but by the time you mess around with Bondo on an old wooden door, you will have spent that already.”

4.  Refinish The Original

If you just can’t part with your original door, consider how to refinish it properly. “The piece has to have some value because replacing it is often cheaper than restoring the original,” says Mitchell Jones of Color Perfect house painters. “You do want it to be architecturally correct and recreate the old finish and the same type of woodwork,” Mitchell observes. “Natural wood doors are usually beat up on the bottom half because of the sun’s rays. You need to strip, bleach and sand the wood to restore them. Then finish the wood with a marine-grade spar varnish with UV protectant.”

The following local businesses may be able to help you get started.

Choice Wood Company
3300 Gorham Ave
Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 924-0043

Trust these wood experts for custom millwork with architectural flair.

The Brass Handle Inc.
3605 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 927-7777

The Brass Handle features products from over 100 vendors including one-of-a-kind and special-order door hardware not available at large retail stores.

The Design Doctors
1307 Woodhill Road
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 443-4005

The expert “Design Doctors” know how to make your doors look great. Give them a call to see what they can do for you.

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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at


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