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What Color Should I Paint My Front Door?

By Kravelv @kravelv

In a perfect world, the answer should be any color you want, although that may not actually help you to decide. However, we don’t live in a perfect world and there are several things you should consider before choosing the perfect color for your front door.

Don’t forget that your front door is the main access point to your home, you’ll see it every day and it’s one of the first things your visitors will see, you want to get the color right.

Replace It

Before you commit to a new color you should consider the array of entrance doors available on the market. Many of these doors are available in a variety of colors and some are darker but with ornate features, that let a lot of light in.

Replacing your door is generally easier than repainting it and can transform the look of your home.

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Look Around

The next step is to take a look around. If you have shutters or wooden windows these are going to need to match your front door. That may affect your decision. But, you also need to look at the other homes in your area. If all of them have dark, or more somber colors, then you may want to stick to similar. If you don’t you’ll risk antagonizing your neighbors.

Of course, it’s your home, if you want to go brighter you will just need to talk to them first to give them a warning.

Check Regulations

It is important to check the local planning regulations, although it’s unusual for these to dictate what color your door can be, it’s not completely unheard of. You should always check the regulations first as this can save you a lot of hassle, time, and expense.

Have You Got A Screen Door?

A lot of houses have screen doors as well as the main door. This actually provides you with the opportunity to use two different colors and enhance the painted door effect. Of course, the two colors will need to sit well together, which is why you’ll need to think about the options available and choose the ones that you like the best.

Consider The Natural Approach

If you live in a natural area, such as surrounded by trees, it’s logical to adopt a similar approach to your house. The front door can be painted light to medium green, or a golden brown, it will reflect the setting of the house and make it feel both natural and warm.

It’s a great way to make people feel welcome as they enter your home.

Think About The Future

Now is also a good time to think about your longer-term intentions. If you’re planning on staying in your home for years to come then choose the color you like the most, it’s you that’s going to see it every day and it should make you smile.

But, if you’re considering selling the house you’ll need to stick to a monochrome finish or pastel colors. The more traditional the color scheme the easier it will be to sell your home.


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