The front door is the focal point of the home.
Your front door color sends a strong message to all who see it, providing insight into how you view your home. And your life, for that matter.
It’s okay to be bold!
The front door is a great place to show off bright colors.
Especially if you’re in a somewhat-restrained community.
See, your neighbors may not like vivid colors on the walls of your home’s exterior, but who can complain about a dazzling front door color?
There’s lots of different shades of red, and this photo shows one of the more subdued variations.
I’d call this a warm, rich, inviting red.
A red door signifies your home is a vibrant place, full of life, energy, and excitement. Red is the color of passion.
In Feng Sui, a red door symbolizes the mouth of the home. By painting your door red – or any bright color that stands out – positive energy is supposed to be drawn to the house. It’s the entry point at which abundance and opportunities find us. But you knew that, right?
The Chinese consider red to be the lucky or sacred color.
They commonly paint doors with a fresh coat of red just before the Chinese New Year to invite good luck and happiness.
Or what about green?
An inspiring color like green is a popular choice for many front doors.
Green can be associated with money, ambition, and growth.
Psychologically speaking, green connotes health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.
Other Front Door Colors
A blue front door signals that the homeowner views his or her home as a place of refuge – calm, serene, and relaxing, the perfect retreat from an often harsh and demanding world.
A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even passersby that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person of substance.
Brown conveys warmth, stability, and reliability, but certain darker shades of brown signal a desire for privacy, even isolation.
Purple invokes imagination and creativity; those who paint their front door in this royal hue are free spirits who are open-minded and comfortable taking risks.
White symbolizes purity, cleanliness and light, and can represent a new, successful beginning. A white front door is neat, clean, and crisp, and gives the appearance of organization within the home.
Gray is a timeless, solid color, one that gives a sense of calm and composure.
Yellow evokes mental clarity, cheerfulness, wisdom, confidence, and merriment, and carries the promise of a positive future.
Now forget everything I said about front door paint colors…
Because, really, it comes down to what color you want to use.
How to pick colors for your home.
Start with a home feature who’s color cannot be changed.. such as the roof.
Or perhaps some brick. Or maybe you have a rock wall, or some other masonry… or maybe even landscaping features… shrubbery, or trees. Or maybe some other distinctive feature of nature.
Then, you look for a wall color that compliments (or subdues!) one of the shades of the colors in your unchangeable object.
If you don’t have any landmark object to start your color search from, then your wall color may be influenced by the nearby houses.
Or, you simply have a color in mind for the walls, for personal reasons.
Once a wall color has been selected, then we usually decide on trim color. Or colors. It’s certainly acceptable to have a third color – in small amounts – as an accent to enhance the walls and main trim colors.
Last, we consider the front door color.
Usually, I’ll tell people who are uncertain about the front door color to wait until the walls and trim are painted, then decide.
With Victorian homes, the front doors often come in more subdued colors.
This is because the style of the house itself (and in this case, the wall color) – stands out enough, that the door doesn’t need to be emphasized.
Thus, we have a brown (stained) door, which doesn’t distract from the bold wall color.
Also, note the third color – black – used sparingly as an accent to the white trim.
And finally, a simplified ‘bungalow/traditional’ style home.
In this case, we have a black door, accompanied by black shutters.
It was a great fit for the style and color of the home.
Which, by the way, also fit in perfectly with the personalities of the homeowners.
One funny thing about this house – we only put one coat on the walls. Very rare. We almost always apply two coats of paint on exteriors.
Believe me, in the long run, you will be GLAD you put two coats of paint on an exterior. I’ve actually done side-by-side tests, and I’ve confirmed it with my own eyes. Two coats last WAY longer than twice as long as one coat.
A word to the wise!
And since we’re talking about wisdom…
One more point I wanted to mention… the prep that needs to happen before you paint.
It’s vitally important for the longevity of your exterior paint job, that you first properly prepare the surface.
The bad news is, it’s often hard to tell if the painter has done the necessary work before painting.
I’m not trying to scare you. It’s not like anybody’s gonna die… but I know what happens if you don’t do the work to get the surface ready to paint before you actually apply any paint.
Namely, the paint job doesn’t hold up.
I gotta mention this one stucco Spanish-style home. The homeowner was repainting about every 18 months, and getting the same guy to come back and spray it each time.
For some reason, the homeowner decided to call me. He told me what he had been paying the other guy, and I reluctantly agreed to do it for the same price. I say ‘reluctantly’ because it seemed like he was doing it awfully cheap.
There was a lot of prep that needed to be done, but the other guy had not been doing it. See, he could spray it in a day or two, collect his money, and go home. And nobody was the wiser.
(That’s called ‘blow and go’. Every painter knows that term! In fact, if you throw that phrase out to a painter who’s giving you an estimate… he’ll know YOU know what’s going on!)
“You’re not going to blow and go, are you?”
That will get his attention!
But I digress…
Anyway, this house needed days and days of scraping – to remove all the old paint that had never adhered properly to the substrate. (In this case, raw stucco.)
This other painter just kept spraying over paint that was flaking off.
Well, I don’t mind telling you, I lost my ass on that job. But there was no way on God’s Green Earth I was going to continue the same shameful practice this other painter was doing. He had to know what he was doing.
The homeowner took mercy on me, so all was not lost. He could see what was going on, and he gave me a little extra money even though I didn’t ask for it.
Now, here’s the kicker:
About seven years later, he’d sold the house, and the new homeowners called me to do some interior work. And the exterior paint job was still looking awesome! You can see it in the two pictures below.
It was a very good feeling, let me tell you.
That’s what makes it all worth it.
Bottom line: we do whatever it takes to get the house ready to paint.
We prime the rusty nails!
Give us a call and we’ll come over and have a friendly discussion about what you want done, take a good look at what is required and give you a clear and complete, no-obligation estimate for painting your home or business.