How to pick the color of your front door

Written by shelley frost
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The front door of a home greets visitors and adds to the overall visual appeal of the home. While the style of the front door is important, the colour also influences what the front door says about you and your home. Do not limit yourself to traditional front door colours. While red is one of the most common colours for front doors, it is not the only way to make a bold statement at the entryway. Consider the entire range of colours to find the one that fits your home.

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  1. 1

    Take a look at the front of your home from the street, paying close attention to the front door. Determine how well the current colour compliments the house and what impression it gives. Ask your neighbours for their impressions of your current front door colour.

  2. 2

    Decide if you want the door to stand out with a dark, bold colour, or you want it to blend in with a more neutral colour. This is a matter of personal preference.

  3. 3

    Look for colour inspiration from the natural surroundings of your home. The colour of flowers, the ground cover or other natural features may translate well to a front door colour and help connect your home to nature.

  4. 4

    Consider the current colour scheme of the house. Even if you choose a bold colour, it should compliment the siding and trim colour of the home. A colour that clashes with the rest of the home will detract from the curb appeal.

  5. 5

    Make a list of potential colours that might work well and match your personal style. Gather paint chips from the home improvement store based on this list, choosing different shades of each colour.

  6. 6

    Hold the paint chips next to the home's trim, flowers and other colourful accents on the home's exterior. Select the colour that fits the best, based on all of the criteria.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't be afraid to choose a bold colour for the front door. If you don't like the end result you can always repaint the door.

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