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Think Color for an Unforgettable Front Door

They realize the color of the front door introduces the world to the people inside, ” says Amy Wax, a noted architectural color consultant.

Before you dash off for a quart of neon green, however, Wax recommends stepping back and taking note of the style of the door, along with the trim and siding that frame it. Adding a stately shade can make a simple cottage-style door look more sophisticated, she points out, while a casual, bright hue can make a formal facade friendlier and more whimsical.

However, color isn’t as simple as picking a favorite shade or a lighter hue: There’s logic and a bit of science to color selection. But if the selection confuses you, a good place to start when choosing the best color for your front door is the color wheel.

A color wheel is a great way for you to easily mix various colors that happen to go together on their own. General color schemes based on the color wheel include monochromatic (several shades of a single color); analogous (colors found side by side on the color wheel); contrast (three colors spaced evenly apart on the color wheel); and complementary (two hues opposite each other on the color wheel).


Although there are certain “rules” when it comes to mixing and matching colors, there are also cues that come from your home’s style and its colors. For example, a pastel hue might look out of place with the ornamentation on an English Tudor style house. Depending on its paint palette, a glossy black front door might not work when paired with a centuries-old Victorian home, while a Mediterranean-influenced design might feel perfectly in tune with a bright turquoise-color door.

In short: Let the architectural style of your home also be a guide for what works and what doesn’t when it comes to choosing front door colors. Take into account the materials and colors used and work with rather than against them.


Above all, remember your front door reflects your personality to all who view it or cross its threshold. Remove the fear, after all it’s only paint, and explore what different colors can say about you per Kate Smith, international color expert at Sensational Color.

RED tells the world to “look at me!” This bright color says I’m not afraid of standing out or saying what’s on my mind.

GREEN tells the world that you have traditional values and enjoy being a member of the community.

WHITE says that I prefer things that are organized, neat and clean. Even if my home isn’t always this way, I wish it were!

BLACK says I’m consistent, conservative and reserved in my manner as well as my approach to color. With a black door I’m saying my design style is timeless rather than trendy.

BLUE tells people you are naturally at ease in most situations and people are attracted to your easygoing personality.

PURPLE reveals a “free spirited” person who is comfortable taking risks, thinking differently and dreaming big.

YELLOW says you have a personality similar to green, but a bit less traditional. You’re most likely a leader or organizer of a group.