What Color to Paint My Front Door?
Curb appeal is a magical thing, one that can be hard to describe and even harder to create. So let me make this simple: Your front door is the single most important aspect of your home’s curb appeal. When it came time for me to invest in a new one, I found myself obsessed with the question of what color to paint my front door.
And I don’t think I’m alone.
Yes, a front door plays a huge role in your home’s curb appeal. And it’s got to be the right front door. Everything from the material to the style to the hardware to the inclusion of windows and glass — to the color.
If you’re wondering the same thing I did a few years ago — what color to paint my front door — here’s a look at your options and what different colors say about you and your home.
Your Front Door Color Options
When you’re wondering what color to paint my front door, you can choose any shade. I’m not going to address pinks and purples, because the use of these colors for front doors are rare — and inadvisable except in the most exceptional of circumstances.
Instead, I’ll focus on classic and widely used colors, and I’ll share a little about what each means. Here we go:
We’ll start with perhaps the most popular of the non-neutral front door colors. Red is the color of nostalgia and elegance, and this bright, colorful selection for a front door allows for just enough breeziness without destroying a home’s refinement.
There’s also a long history of red doors holding important meanings. In Scotland, home owners paint their doors red when a mortgage has been paid off. In early America, red doors meant that tired travelers were more than welcome to stop in and spend the night. Choose a red door, and you’re choosing a color that holds meaning and history, and one that offers a unique and attractive focal point for your curb appeal.
A yellow door is professorial — wise and humorous with an overwhelming sense of curiosity. Many homeowners wouldn’t have the courage to choose a yellow front door. It’s too offbeat, too loud, too attention-capturing. But, for the right personality, a yellow front door creates the perfect sense of warmth, welcome and whimsy.
But, believe it or not, passersby, neighbors and guests respond well to yellow front doors. That is, they like them without really knowing why. Yellow is a color for leaders, and homeowners with leadership qualities will be most likely to choose yellow as their front door color.
Imagine someone with a Type A personality — a doer, an organizer, a goals-oriented homeowner. When you have a Type A personality, and when your home is clean and neat, both inside and out, a white front door is the perfect curb appeal enhancer. A white front door makes the statement that you are committed to a pristine living space, and it also states that you’re willing to work hard and put in the effort to keep your home sparkling.
I’m thinking of Danny Tanner from the show Full House from back in ABC’s TGIF years. He was also sweeping and cleaning and picking up after everyone else in his home. That’s a white door personality. And it’s a personality that’s needed with a white door, because white doors need lots of maintenance to remain a bright white over time.
A gray front door is both safe and stylish. If you find that you’re always investing in clothes, cars and other items and accessories that have been around for decades, a gray front door can serve as your curb appeal safe space.
What types of items am I talking about? Polo shirts, Wayfarer sunglasses, black pumps, white oxfords and a well-tailored navy blazer. Is that you? Choose the natural beauty and subtle style of a trending gray, and your front door will perfectly reflect your personality.
It’s almost unfair to lump all blues into one category. If you go with a darker blue or a navy, you’re closely aligned with black front door (read about them below). A royal blue indicates an emphasis on family and the way things have always been.
But if you choose a nice lighter blue, it displays your sense of calm and relaxation and that your home is a home of peace. You can stay within the blue family and say polar opposites about your home depending on the exact shade of blue you choose.
Green front doors have an autumnal quality, a gather-round-the-hearth feeling of entertainment and fun. Green is far preppier than a yellow or a light blue, and the owners of homes with green front doors tend toward buttoned-up preppiness in their style and fashion choices.
The deeper implications of a green front door are harmony and peace, growth and renewal. And those are qualities that any homeowner would love to display via a front door.
There’s a certain fastidiousness to a black front door. It’s the type of entryway that would make a visitor assume there are fresh-baked cookies and hot water boiling for tea on the other side. A black front door also indicates an interest in conversation and education — a desire to see the world and learn new things.
Yes, a black front door is a safe choice that displays a conservatism in your decision-making, but black is also the color of a magnet — and the types of people prone to black front doors are the same types of people who live lives that others are drawn to.
Don’t Forget to Focus on Material
A front door color says a lot about the homeowners, but so too does a front door’s material. You have several options, including wood, fiberglass, steel and several others. A fiberglass or steel front door can be easily painted, which allows you to express yourself through color — an option that I love. Fiberglass and steel are also affordable and require little in the way of maintenance.
Real wood is a different animal. You can paint a real wood front door, but they are more often stained. There’s a charm and throwback beauty to wood that cannot be captured with other materials. But you also pay a premium for wood doors, and they also require far more maintenance. Which front door material is right for you? Only you can answer that. It’s all a matter of your priorities and what works best with your home’s existing architecture.
There’s More to an Entry Than a Door
Get the right front door for your home, paint it the right color, and then focus on other aspects that matter. The hardware for your home is so important, so make sure you’re choosing the right handle, hinges, threshold and more — you can even add a mail slot if you like its anachronistic charm.
Then there are your accessories, things like welcome mats, plants and even hanging swings. You don’t want to do too much with your entryway, because it will end up looking cluttered and “busy.” But you also don’t want it to be barren.
The final thing you need to address is lighting. Make sure that your front porch or entryway is well lit in the evenings by bulbs placed in attractive, stylish and architecture-appropriate fixtures. If you have old, ugly fixtures in your entryway, replacements and upgrades can be had for affordable prices at any hardware or lighting store.
Final Thoughts on What Color to Paint My Front Door
I can’t say it enough: A front door is an opportunity to send your home’s curb appeal through the roof. Don’t dismiss this opportunity by choosing the least expensive front door you can find, or choosing to pass on painting your front door or accessorizing your entryway. A few simple actions and just a few dollars of investment can go a long way toward transforming how your home looks and feels from the front.
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