Your front door can make a big impact on the beauty and curb appeal of your home. Here's some insight into how to choose the best colors for front doors.
Think about your favorite front doors. Perhaps a sunny yellow one at a friend's house makes you feel especially welcome at a cottage-style home. Or, that bright red front door on a neighbor's house lends trend-forward detail to an updated ranch. Whatever the case, a well-chosen front door color makes an immediate impact, complementing a home's style and improving curb appeal. If it's time for you to take a second look at the shade of your entrance, then read on for help selecting the best colors for front doors.
Color isn't as simple as picking a favorite shade or a lighter hue: There's logic and a bit of science to color selection. But if the selection confuses you, a good place to start when choosing the best color for your front door is the color wheel.
A color wheel is a great way for you to easily mix various colors that happen to go together on their own. General color schemes based on the color wheel include monochromatic (several shades of a single color); analogous (colors found side by side on the color wheel); contrast (three colors spaced evenly apart on the color wheel); and complementary (two hues opposite each other on the color wheel).
Although there are certain "rules" when it comes to mixing and matching colors, there are also cues that come from your home's style and its colors. For example, a pastel hue might look out of place with the ornamentation on an English Tudor style house. Depending on its paint palette, a glossy black front door might not work when paired with a centuries-old Victorian home, while a Mediterranean-influenced design might feel perfectly in tune with a bright turquoise-color door.
All of this is to say: Your home is also a good guide for what works and what doesn't when it comes to choosing front door colors. Take into account the materials, colors inherent in those materials, style, and surrounding landscape, among other factors.
Finally, when choosing the best colors for front doors, remember that your front door can be a tool that you can use to your advantage. Visitors use it for wayfinding. The color can help accent tones in the exterior or provide the finishing flourish to a design palette. The impact might be subtle or it might be more direct; it might also be formal or playful.
Color can also generate emotion. A brighter hue can offer energy to the front door, while a more subdued one plays up a traditional feel. A darker hue is more somber, a lighter one tends to be playful.
Creating a welcoming home can be as simple as dressing up your front door. Try this quick and easy ways to add character to your homes' entrance and improve your homes' curb appeal. Replace a tired front door with a stylish and energy efficient one. There are many different materials to choose from, wood, steel, fiber glass, vinyl and aluminum. Use paint to add personality. Refresh your lighting and house numbers with a coat of spray paint in a snazzy color, or add a splash of surprising color to the door to set your home apart from your neighbors. Use paint appropriate for the material and one that is also recommended for outdoor application. A new mailbox and house numbers can bring a distinctive look to your home. There are many different styles of accessories suited to every architectural style. So, you're sure to find the right fit for your home or instead of hunting for items that provide an exact match, try using these front-door accessories in a less expected way, juxtaposing modern fixtures on a traditional house. Add fresh plants during the growing season. A beautiful potted plant is a lovely way to greet guest at the front door. If you have a larger porch, try adding a table filled with potted plants of all sizes and colors. Innovations in rug making have made up possible to add a special finishing touch at the front door. Outdoor rugs with the good looks of interior rugs and in a variety of sizes have been made completely weather resistant, making them an excellent choice for upping your front door style factor.