Introduction to Painting Front Doors
Your front door is the first thing people notice when they drive down your street and gaze upon your home. It’s a great representation of the personalities of the people who dwell beyond that threshold. It can be a tough decision choosing what color to paint your front door, but when you go with the right shade, just about any color can look great. Here, we will discuss how to go about answering the question, “What color should I paint my front door?”
Pro Tip 1: Stick with Your Home’s Style
If you have a more traditional or classic home style, it’s always best to stick with traditional, simple hues for front door colors. Grays, browns, dark blues, and neutrals are all great choices for the front door of a traditional style home.
In contrast, a modern or contemporary style home has more flexible rules as to what color you can use. This style home lends itself to brighter and bolder front door colors. These are, of course, just rules of thumb. You should always choose colors that make you happy and reflect the tone of your family, no matter the style!
Pro Tip 2: Go With the Flow… of Your Neighborhood
You don’t want to be known as that one house in your neighborhood, “with the weird front door,” so make sure not to choose a color that makes you stick out like a sore thumb.
While it’s great to maintain an individual sense of style, try to keep it somewhat within the frame of what other homes in your neighborhood are doing. Also check with any homeowner’s association rules or covenants that may dictate certain colors you can or can’t use on your home’s exterior.
Pro Tip 3: Make Contrast Work to Your Advantage
A basic rule of thumb if you really want your front door to pop is to use a lighter color door if your house is dark, and a darker color if your house is light.
Can you imagine having a white house with white trim, white gutters, white accents, and a white front door? Not only would it be difficult to keep clean, but it would also be BORING! A white house looks best with a bold front door color, especially red, black, blue, or green.
Another example would be a home with tan siding. By painting the front door tan, everything is just going to blend in together and be very bland. It doesn’t show your personality. Instead, by painting that front door a complementary shade of navy blue, sage green, or poppy red, you add instant curb appeal and personality for very little money.
Pro Tip 4: Go with What is Popular
The most popular front door colors are red, white, blue, green, brown and black. Out of these top level colors, there are literally endless variations of possible hues. If you’re thinking about resale value of your home as well as keeping a consistent aesthetic within your neighborhood, you really can’t go wrong sticking with these choices.
On the other hand, the three most unpopular colors for front doors are pink, purple, and orange. While there are definitely exceptions here and those colors have their place, you might want to steer clear of these colors in your typical traditional home.
The most important rule to remember when painting front doors is that there are no rules. Your home should always be your happy place and should reflect the unique personality of the family who lives there. But if you stick with these pro tips, you’re sure to choose a color that pleases your family and fits in well with the neighborhood.