Top 10 front door colours

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Top 10 front door colours
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You're probably familiar with the white, ivory and black front doors that are found on the fronts of most homes. Because these neutrals are so common, some people are worried about choosing a shade that is out of the norm. However, adding the ideal splash of colour to your home's facade can boost the curb appeal immeasurably. Before you default to the same boring taupe, choose one of these 10 designer-suggested colours. They may not be the most common, but they should be.

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Raisin

This blend of grey and lavender makes a strong declaration to those approaching your home and can make the other colours on your house pop. It's also very appetizing, which works well if your front door opens into a kitchen or dining room.

Cinnamon

Bright red has been a favourite for awhile, so choose a shade that is slightly different. This hue has undertones of umber and orange and is warm and welcoming. Try changing out your door hardware to classic brass for the ideal accent.

Soft Yellow

Home styles reminiscent of Italian and French styles are becoming more common, and this colour is the shade of the wheat in country fields. Yellow is often chosen for houses themselves but is not so common on front doors. A warm, honey hue is unusual without being jarring.

Deep Blue

If you want to try a different door colour but you aren't feeling overly brave, try a deep blue. Like black or brown, the brain can interpret it as a neutral so that it doesn't feel too adventurous. The right shade of sapphire can look black in some lights, which can be comforting while you become used to your unusual door.

Gray Green

A pale green with undertones of grey is a good choice if you live in a hot climate. This colour not only reflects the succulents that thrive in these areas, but the watery shade communicates cool and tranquillity to your visitor's psyches, urging them inside.

Pumpkin

If you find red completely overdone, choose orange. It's a colour that takes courage and issues a challenge to all visitors that suggests they are not just entering a home but an experience. Like the more common warm hues, orange is completely inviting but also has a fresh identity that yellow and red may lack.

Spruce Green

Green is the colour seen on many doors in the south, since it ideally accents the brick of those stately homes. While some door colours demand matching trim, this green harmonises well with any neutral shade that you choose. Apply this colour in a high gloss formulation so that nobody mistakes your dynamic choice for plain black.

Plum

Purple is perhaps one of the least common colours for doors. Yet it is one of the top ten best. A deep plum is sophisticated but surprising and gives the impression that you are fun-loving but still have plenty of class. Select a shade with red undertones, which is universally attractive, not one with blue undertones, which can come off as depressed.

Turquoise Blue

Many homeowners who live near the water select the yellow of the sun or the beige of the sand to reflect their environment. If you are looking for something a little different, take your inspiration from the water. A jewel-toned turquoise pays lovely homage to the ocean, lakes or rivers that surround you, and others will want to jump through your door as much as they love jumping into the water.

Red

If you're a traditionalist, or just love the colour, red is almost always a fantastic choice for a front door. While it's probably not going to shock anyone, it is still eye-catching and leaves no question about where guests should enter. Attract friends and loved ones to your home in the same way this hue draws butterflies and hummingbirds to a garden.

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