What to Keep in Mind When Choosing Front Door Color

Published 8 years ago

Painting the front door is a great way to increase your curb appeal and have a big impact on the overall beauty of your home. Before selecting a color for your door, you need to consider many things. Drive around the neighborhood and see what others have painted their doors. Decide which colors you like and which ones you don’t feel work well. Here are 5 things to take into consideration when selecting a door color.

1. Personal Style

Think for a minute about your friends and family and their doors, which ones do you like and which ones do you not like? Does one of your friends have a sunshine yellow door that makes their space warm and inviting? What about another friend with a red door, how did that make you feel? Each one of us has a personal style and this is reflected in the colors we select. Your front door is going to make a big impact, so you should select a color you like and one that will improve the area.

2. Select A Color Based On The Home’s Style

There are unspoken rules about which paint colors go together and which ones don’t. Typically, if the home has a darker color on the siding, it should have a lighter colored door. Also, if the home has a light siding, it should have a darker colored door. Also, consider the style of the home, like an English Tutor. You probably wouldn’t want a pastel yellow on a Tutor home. Also, a dark black pain probably wouldn’t look that good on a Victorian home. You may get away with an orange or a deep blue on a Mediterranean home plan, but that wouldn’t look so good on a bungalow. Your home already has its own style and it is up to you to play off of that style and find what works and what doesn’t.

3. Using The Color Wheel

Some people think that it is just as easy as picking a color based on preference. Believe it or not, there is logic and some science that goes into your color selection. A good place to start is to get a color wheel. This is a great way to hold the color up to the door and see how it blends with the surroundings. A color wheel includes complementary tones and also analogous ones, or ones that are found paired with or beside each other. This can be a big help in picking the right door color.

4. Using The Right Kind Of Paint

You want to use a paint color that is meant for outdoor use. Painting a metal or wood door is a bit trickier than painting an interior wall. If the door is metal, make sure the paint is meant for metal surfaces. You will need to pre the door and remove all hardware and sand down the old finish. Primer is always best to put on first, but a couple coats of paint will suffice if you don’t want to use expensive primers. Brushes are great for detail work and rollers should be avoided on a door. A paint brush will get into the crevices and makes sure you have even coverage.

5. Making An Impact

The overall color you select can help your home have great curb appeal and can make an impact. The color can be beneficial in finding your street for those coming to your home and it can also be the finishing touch on a masterpiece. The color you select can show your emotion and bright hue can show energy while a darker one can show more of a subdued feel. Have fun and don’t just pick the first color you see, dare to be different.

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