The front door is the first thing that welcomes visitors — and prospective buyers — into your home. Make a great first impression by choosing the perfect colour for your front door.
When selecting a colour, pick one that contrasts with the rest of the house and surrounding landscape. You want enough to draw the eye but still work with the surrounding colors. A front door color doesn’t have to be subdued. Don’t be afraid to paint a front door a bright orange, green or blue if it fits your taste, surroundings and style of your home.
Colours look best in groupings of three. So applying this rule, consider one colour for your siding, one colour for your door and a third colour or shade for your trim. If your siding is light, a darker colour looks best for your trim and then a deep or bright colour for your door. Don’t overlook the colour of your roof. It is too big to change! If you have a green roof, it will have to be one of the colours in your overall scheme.
Drive or walk around your neighborhood and look at other doors. See what works and what doesn’t. Pay particular attention to houses that have the same siding/roofing materials or colour as you. What looks great on a red brick house may not translate to pastel stucco.
An easy way to try out different colors is to photograph the front of your house and print a large colour print, cut out the door, then using paint chips as front doors, try out various colors. If you are comfortable with Photoshop or Paint, you could do this on your computer, or you might want to check out the Sherwin Williams website, www.sherwin-williams.com and try their visualizer. You can upload a picture of your house and test drive their paint colours.
Front doors offer an opportunity for personal expression. Choose a color that best expresses your individuality or the feel of the household.
What the colour of your front door says about you.
Some cultures and traditions have meanings surrounding the colour of your front door. Here are some fun facts.
Blue traditionally represents sky, water and abundance. A beautiful blue front door suggests trust, stability and prosperity.
Dark blue doors are believed to create calm and peace for your home, and in turn, bringing those feelings to guests and family who enter. Additionally, blue is thought to bring lots of positive energy into a space.
Green has always been a popular choice for the front door. No wonder since green is said to represent balance, peace, compassion, growth, renewal, and harmony.
Purple is a great colour for a front door. It’s symbolizes energy and is thought to invite many opportunities into your home. In Feng Shui, some believe you can improve your opportunities or the aspect of your life that relates to the door’s direction, by painting your front door purple. Whether you’re hoping for a better career or better health, some say purple will help.There is only one exception with purple, and that is the northwest-facing front door. Better to paint this door gold, white, silver, or gray. (Photo: www.benjaminmoore.com)
White is a classic color for doors, especially on a cottage style home. Throughout history, white has come to represent purity, serenity, and virtue. choice.
Black is the colour of elegance and power. Much like the little black dress and the power suit, in the right setting, it is stunning.
Red doors are popular in many cultures and rightly so. Red is a colour that looks great with most building styles and comes in many different shades. In China, a red door means good luck and happiness, In Ireland the red is used to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. In early American tradition, if a home had a red front door, tired travelers would know the home was a place where they would be welcomed to stop and rest or spend the night. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red to signify they have paid off their mortgage. (Photo: www.benjaminmoore.com)
Orange is a combination of red and yellow so it shares some common attributes with those colors. It denotes energy, warmth, and the sun. But orange has a bit less intensity or aggression than red, calmed by the cheerfulness of yellow. (Photo: www.benjaminmoore.com)
So, what is your favorite color for a front door? Attach a photo of your door in the comment section. I’d love to see the color you chose!
Houzz.com has just posted a great article on blue doors. Follow this link: