What colour shall I paint my patio doors?

Do you need some advice on painting patio doors? I was asked by a client whether she should opt for white or grey – see my top tips below along with a moodboard of my answer.


Hi Pippa,
Wow, what a great service, thanks!
we are knocking a wall down between our tiny kitchen and dining room. we are doing a white kitchen with a light grey tile floor and there will be a peninsula between the kitchen and dining room. We have decided to install  bifold doors in the dining room  that open up onto our deck. It has an oak floor. I am trying to decide what colour to choose for the doors. I like white windows because I love how they fade out when the sun shines in but in all the pictures I have seen of the doors in white aluminum look kind of cheap. You can still see some of the darker coloured hardware showing through. I also don’t want white on the outside of the house since the brick is mostly brown and black. I can do two different colours. I was thinking of black on the  inside frame but I am worried it will close the room in. It is about 3mx4m. The doors will be about 2.5 m high.  Do you have any recommendations on colour? also do you think there should be a transom?

Here is the room now. the doors will be where the window is:







Hi Jane,
Thanks for your email.

The dining room looks very pretty and I think the doors will look great.

With regards to the colour, I am not sure that black would be the right option; I think it would look too strong and harsh against the clean white units.  I appreciate that the doors need to work tonely inside and out and so taking into consideration the colours of the brick on the outside of your house, I would opt for slate grey doors.

Slate Grey is a smart, striking and sophisticated colour that works fantastically well within a neutral colour scheme. From the inside, the colour will tone with your white modern units and contemporary decor and create a beautiful framed picture of the garden.  I would recommend you buy a few coordinating accessories to sync the look even more such as a slate grey vase for your flowers/plant or perhaps a table runner that incorporates the colour as visually, this would sit in the centre of the doors.

From the outside, the colour will balance well against the natural earthy tones of the brick.  You can then introduce a few accessories for outside such as large slate or aluminium planters to match the door colour and marry all of the elements.  UK based paint company Farrow & Ball sell a beautiful range that should inspire you.

I have created a little moodboard for you to look at (below)

I hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Thank you so much Pippa! I think the rich grey is a wonderful solution, the mood board is fabulous. Your new service is great and I will be sure to check in with my next design dilemma!  I am off to have a look at the colour samples.

Thanks again,

For all of your interior design questions, please email: pippa@www.stuartb42.sg-host.com


Meet Pippa

Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.