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What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?

When getting a new front door or if you are just ready to change things up a bit with your current door, the subject of color arises quite frequently.  Sometimes all a door needs is a fresh coat of paint to give it new life or transform it into something special.  But what color should you choose for your door?  The color your neighbor has might not work well for your home – but how do you know that?

First consider the color of your home.  Do you want your door to pop or do you want it to blend in?  Remember, the door is the opening to your house and you want people to feel welcomed and comfortable when they arrive on your doorstep.  Typically blending in a door with the rest of your house isn’t a very good idea.  Everything meshes together and can give your home a feeling of too much of one color.  For example, if your home is painted yellow, a yellow door does not add anything extra to your house.

Try driving around your neighborhood for a start.  Take note of any doors that you like and how they work against that person’s house.  Then examine your own home and consider colors you like and how they might look.  A great way to do this is to take a picture of your home and then substitute in different squares of color over your current door in the image.  This way you will better be able to see what your house could look like with differently colored doors.

It is often best to avoid truly vibrant colors like bold oranges or magenta.  There are very few houses where these types of colors work.  Instead, try richer colors like blues or deep reds.  Some bright colors like yellow can be ideal for some homes, but this is why taking a picture of your house and trying them out is such a great idea.  You’ll know beforehand what works and what doesn’t, that way you’re not stuck guessing at what color to paint your front door.

Once you make the final decision, make sure to choose not only the right color paint (don’t be afraid to be very specific – after all, this is your front door), but also the right type of paint.  This is important because most front doors, even if there is a storm door in front of them, are still prone to strong temperature changes and moisture, and will need protection.  Once you’re finished, stand back and admire your work!