How to Choose a Color for Your Front Door
If you’re looking to make a big impact on the beauty and curb appeal of your home, look no further than the front door. Here are a few tips on how to choose a color for your front door that says exactly what you want to say.
First, think about the front doors you’ve seen that made an impact on you. Was it a bright, cheerful one that made you feel especially welcome? Or maybe a deep, regal one that brought an air of nobility and class. Whatever the case, a well-chosen door color not only makes an immediate impact, it complements a home’s style and improves curb appeal.
If only choosing a color were as simple as picking your favorite shade or a lighter hue. But there’s actually a bit of science to it. The best place to start is a color wheel, which allows you to mix various colors that happen to go together on their own.
General color schemes based on the color wheel include monochromatic (different shades of a single color); analogous (those found side by side on the color wheel); contrast (colors spaced evenly apart on the color wheel); and complementary (two colors opposite one another on the color wheel).
Your Home’s Style and Personality
Just as there are certain “rules” when it comes to mixing and matching colors, your home has its own set of guides to follow based on its style and colors. An example might be a pastel color door looking out of place with the ornamentation of an English Tudor style home. Another is a bright turquoise door being a perfect choice for a Mediterranean-influenced design.
Let your home guide you to what works and what doesn’t. Consider the materials and their inherent hues, style and surrounding landscape, along with any other factors that come into play.
Using Your Front Door for Impact
The last consideration to make is remembering that your front door can be a tool used to your advantage. The color can help accentuate tones in the exterior or provide the finishing touch to a specific design palette. The impact can be formal, playful, subtle or direct. The color can also generate emotion, such as using a brighter hue to bring energy or a more subdued color to punctuate a more traditional feel. A darker color is more somber while a lighter one more playful.