Curb appeal begins at your front door.
As the first thing people see when they visit your home, your front door is your first chance to make a good impression. The front entry should serve as a welcome and a greeting for your guests, while displaying a bit of the home’s personality, too. Whether you live in an older home or a newer one, repainting your front door is an easy refresh that can score you major curb appeal points AND catch the eye of potential buyers.
What Kind of Paint should I use?
Since your front door is exposed to weather and outside elements, it's essential that you use the proper type of paint to prevent excessive damage, peeling, and fading. Choose a latex exterior paint to provide weather-resistant coverage. Some paint stores even have paint just for exterior doors. If your door is metal, look for one that has built-in rust protection. No matter what you choose, always use an exterior primer first.
Which color should I paint my front door?
Be brave! If you have a hue that really grabs your attention, try it out! Vibrant colors like orange, yellow, or green make a bold statement. If brights are too much for your home’s vibe, try a darker color, such as burgundy, navy blue, or eggplant. When selling your home, lean toward conservative, traditional colors for your front door. The wrong color can be off-putting and even potentially lower the value of your home.
Consider the style of your home, surroundings, and neighborhood.
How would you describe your home? Whether it is traditional, contemporary, cottage, or farmhouse, the front door should be an extension of your home’s style. If you're stumped on a color for your front door, look to your natural surroundings for inspiration. Earth tones that appear together in nature may also work well on your house. As a bonus, using natural colors can make your home look like it belongs in the landscape and within your neighborhood.
What do different front door colors mean?
Different colors carry their own meanings and vibes. Choose a color that represents the style, mood, and personality of your home.
- Burgundy/Brick Red: Vibrant, eye-catching, popular
- Navy Blue: Traditional, classy, collected
- Black: Bold, crisp, modern
- Yellow, Gold: Bright, welcoming, cheery
- Teal: Fresh, beachy, vintage
- Green: Natural, artistic, friendly
- Gray: Cozy, inviting, sophisticated
- Orange: Intense, trendy, funky
- Brown: Earthy, rich, warm
- White: Clean, stately, striking
- Bright blue: Aquatic, playful, happy
- Purple: Peaceful, creative, prosperous
- Pink: Romantic, youthful, fun
Remember, colors can look very different depending on the lighting conditions, so before deciding on your final color, take some paint swatches home, tape them to your front door, and see how the color looks at different times of day.
Your front door will be making a statement in no time. Happy painting!