I’m the last person who will choose red for a front door. Is red a beautiful color choice? Of course it is but it’s also the #1 color choice for a front door. Why not choose something different?
I guess some people find it difficult to choose color even for a front door so red or black would just be an easy choice. What if you did want something different? How would you know how to do choose that color? Well I’ll tell you how I go about choosing color for a front door so maybe it’ll help you too.
What do I consider when I choose color for a front door? Well first I find out if the neighborhood has a Home Owners Association because it you do, you’ll be limited to a certain palette.
I then take a drive around the neighborhood and see what everyone else has on their front door so I’ll know not to choose that color.
I look at the colors in the roof shingles. Is the roof black? Gray? Multicolored? This is where you can start pulling colors from or start coordinating your palette.
Does the home have any decorative stonework on the outside? I love pulling colors from the stones! This is probably the #1 best place to choose a color for your front door.
What color is the siding on the house? It’s probably a neutral of course so you really don’t have to worry too much about this but certainly study the undertone and where it sits on the color where before you make your choice.
Do you have a wooded lot with tons of trees? I’d stay away from green and reds. It would just be too much if you went with a green door and too Christmasy if you used red.
Be careful of your cutsie colors like pink, yellow and bright green. You want your house to look classy not Willy Wonka-ish. But … if you have a cottage style home, these hues would be perfect! (always a but right?)
Let’s see, what else? Oh yes! I already said stay aways from a red front door but especially if you have a brick home. It’ll just be too much red and probably just clash.
Don’t get all trendy and choose purple unless it’s the right purple. I have an eggplant color on my door but my home is light gray and it looks pretty cool.
When you do finally choose a color you like, sample it out of course. Keep in mind that your door color will look different and be amplified (unless you choose black) in the sun so consider light as you would any paint color.
Ok, I think I covered the really important facts about choosing a color for your front door. Questions?