Painting your front door a fun, bold color can add to your home’s curb appeal

By: Jean Boynton

Painting your front door a fun, bold color can add to your home’s curb appeal

Tags: first impression, personality, color, influence

Your front door color shouldn’t be an afterthought. After all, it’s the first thing people see when they walk into your home. It should serve as a welcoming beacon to greet guests. You can paint your front door anything you’d like, but a few tips will help your door stand out or blend in, suit a design style or bend the rules, depending on your vision. And if you live in an older home, repainting a worn front door is an easy weekend refresh that’ll score you major curb appeal points.

Your home’s overall style can help you pick out a front door color. A bold, unusual hue like the teal on this home is a nod to its modern exterior. Don’t be afraid to break the rules though. Using an unexpected color can add personality and liven up a traditional façade.
Some people are nervous about using bright colors in their decor, but a door is a smaller commitment than painting an entire house or room.

Why not experiment? If you have a hue that really speaks to you, try it out! A splash of orange, yellow, or lime green makes a bold statement on your front door. If brights are too daunting, try a dark version of a color, such as burgundy, forest green, or eggplant.

Use a neutral hue such as brown, black, or gray for a look that will withstand the test of time. Even deep reds and navy blues are classic front door colors that act as neutrals. If your style changes or you alter your home’s exterior later, neutral hues will adapt with you.

Since your door will be exposed to outside elements, using the proper paint will prevent peeling and fading later. Latex exterior paints provide weather-resistant coverage. If your door is metal, look for one with built-in rust protection. No matter what you choose, you will need to go over the door with an exterior primer first. Door-friendly exterior paints are available in a variety of finishes—matte, semigloss, glossy, etc. A glossy finish will bring out architectural details, if desired.

If you have a small house, this trick is for you. Visually expand your home by painting the door, trim, window frames, and exterior the same color. A monochromatic color scheme also provides a neutral backdrop for accessories to shine, such as the planters and sconces around this farmhouse front door. Use it to highlight other architectural details, too—here, columns painted in a darker shade frame the front door.

Your front door trim is also a candidate for painting. White is classic, but another option is to make the door pop with contrasting trim.

Open your house to everyone with a big welcome!