While some homeowners prefer a traditional stained wood door, there are benefits to choosing a painted door. Paint-grade wood is significantly less expensive and can be repainted a different color if you ever want a change. If you choose to install a steel or aluminum door, staining isn’t a choice – paint will be your only option.
The most universally attractive front door colors for homebuyers include red, black and variations of blue, but don’t let that keep you from trying an inviting new color to welcome visitors. Here are some of my favorite colors for front doors from our LP® Decorologist® Color Collection.
The color of the front door of the home is like a welcome sign to visitors, so make it inviting. Unlike siding colors, the front door color is not a big commitment and one that can be easily repainted by a homeowner, so it’s one decision that can be more playful or trendy.
If you have a covered porch, the door will be shadowed at times and will appear darker and dimmer than it would if it were elsewhere on the home.
A bolder, more saturated color (in comparison to the body, trim, and shutters) will be a better choice than a color that simply fades away in the shadows of your front porch. You may wish to choose a door color that repeats a bit of color found elsewhere on the home. For example, if your architectural roof shingles feature some green highlights, you may choose a rich green to tie it into the roof.
Last year, I had a client who wanted to change her existing red door color because she felt it looked “out of place.” The stone on the body of her house had blue and orange undertones. I suggested two options, both of which were darker, rich versions of the undertones of the stone. Either color would be better choices to pull the color palette together:
If your shutters are a color that significantly contrasts with siding colors, you can simply use that same color on the front door so that the palette doesn’t become too busy.
Door painted LP Garden Gnome
However, if you have a neutral shutter color like black, dark brown, or dark gray, painting out a front door in a strong contrasting color will give you the “wow” factor your home may need.
When you’re re-siding your home, it’s important to consider how your design choices will impact your home’s resale value. While the material you choose can make a difference, the color of your home is a great way to add value and catch a buyer’s eye.Continue Reading
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