This means that you want it to be as appealing as possible to both yourself and to passersby. Having the right front door is an important part of this, and the color of that door is one of the first things that people will notice when they see your house.
Here, we’re going to delve into how to choose a front door color that’s right for you. Read on to make your house as gorgeous a place as it can be!
Do Your Research
Before you can decide on a front door color for your home, it’s important that you do a little research. But don’t worry- this is the fun kind of research!
Head onto Pinterest and browse pictures of homes. Pay special attention to the color schemes that you like and pin them so that you can view them later. When you go back to look at them, make note of the trends and patterns that you’re noticing appeal to you. This is a good place to start in determining what colors you like on a house.
Choosing something you like is essential to picking a front door. If you don’t like looking at your home, it’s going to bother you every time you drive up and needle at you every time you walk through the door. This can put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day, so make sure that you look at lots of pictures and do your research thoroughly!
Match Your Home Exterior
Choosing a color scheme that you like is critical, but so is making sure that your door doesn’t clash with the rest of your home. If you have pastel-pink trim, for example, a forest green door is going to look ridiculous and laughable. You aren’t going to like it, your neighbors aren’t going to like it, and you can kiss both your satisfaction in your home and your property value goodbye.
There are generally three color schemes that always go well together:
- Analogous color schemes, where you choose three colors that are side-by-side on the color wheel
- Complementary color schemes, where you choose two colors that are directly across from each other on the color wheel
- Any single color (accounting for multiple different hues) + black or white (not both)
Occasionally you can do something different, but we recommend that you stick with the basics since you aren’t a professional designer. Plus, since there are limitless color schemes to choose from that fall into these three categories, you’re sure to find something you like!
Use Color Psychology
Color psychology is the scientifically-proven phenomenon that color affects the way that we feel. Different hues make us feel different ways. Some colors like blue and green are serene and calming, while other colors like yellow and orange are energetic and put us in sociable moods.
You can use color psychology to choose a front door color for your home. Since the door is the first thing that people will see when they enter into your space, it can set the tone for the mood to expect inside.
If you work long hours and want to be in a relaxed mindset when you get home, a blue front door will make your muscles less tense and get you in the mood to unwind. However, if you work from home or are a generally extraverted person, a yellow door can put you in the mood to accomplish tasks and talk to others. It all depends on your own personal needs!
Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out…
Many people shy away from bold color schemes because they don’t want to stand out. You may be worried that others in your neighborhood will judge your home (and, as a result, you), but there are a couple of reasons that this isn’t something to concern yourself with.
First, people are really unlikely to pass negative judgment on you or your home. Not only is it not their concern or business, but they also will probably respect you for making a bold move. Taking the leap to do what you like with your space is, after all, a respectable endeavor, and it’s one that more people would likely take if they weren’t worried about prying eyes.
Second of all, let’s say that they do judge you. What does it matter? Your home is your sanctuary, and as long as you like it, who cares what anyone else thinks?
You can read more here to determine what color schemes you like best for home exterior decor.
…But Feel Free to Blend In
However, if you feel more comfortable blending in with your neighbors, there’s no shame in that, either. You can match with the majority of homes on your block or with a house that you specifically like to look at. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so you aren’t going to offend anyone!
It’s a good idea, though, to put a personal spin on these styles that you like. Consider getting a slightly different color door than your neighbors have. Eggshell white rather than cream is a subtle yet undeniable difference, as are orange or purple accents/trim on a predominantly white door.
Beyond How to Choose a Front Door Color
While there are an infinite number of color schemes out there to choose from, it’s a fun and easy task to choose the door color that you love. Make sure that you choose a matching color scheme and select something that you personally like to look at, and you’ll be golden!
Now that you know how to choose a front door color that works well for you, it’s time to get started! Check out the ‘decor’ section under our homepage’s ‘lifestyle’ tab. Here, you’ll get more awesome tips for making your house a home.
Good luck with your exterior renovations!