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How to Pick a Colour for Your Front Door

July 18, 2013

Colour Courage on the Home’s Front

 The front door of your home is telling the world a lot about you.  Is it saying what you want it to?  The following is a list of typical front door colours and what they may be saying about the home owner’s personality, or at least that of the person who chose the colour.  All colours are from Benjamin Moore.

  • RED—Rapture: worldly, friendly, open, outgoing, travelled
  • BLACK–Jet Black: sophisticated, cultured, educated, dramatic
  • WHITE–Oxford White: neat, organized, traditional, reserved
  • PLUM–Jester: arty, trendy, romantic, fashionable
  • YELLOW–Yellow Rain Coat: cheerful, welcoming, hospitable, relaxed
  • GREEN–Peale Green: loves nature, respectful, compromising
  • COPPER–Rusty Nail: down-to-earth, natural, friendly, casual

Colour is always more than just what we see, it has actual physical and emotional effects on us all.  And we can’t help but form opinions about colour, even those of us who can’t dress ourselves, and I’m not talking about toddlers.

So what is your front door saying about you?  Does it say that you are confused?  This can happen when there are too many colours on the house. Unless it is a Victorian, it’s best to stay with three, including roof, downspouts, brick and windows; everything counts.

Make sure the shade that you choose is either a compliment or contrast to the brick or siding, but also works well with the roof, window trim and downspouts.  For example, if the brick is rusty-red then a green, black, or white will contrast, but if the roof and downspouts are brown, black would not be the best choice.

I’m not very fond of the garage door matching the entry door, since this brings too much importance to the garage.  You don’t want your guests to be confused either, so make it easy to find the front door by painting it a stand-out colour.

It is no wonder that many people dread making a new colour choice for their own private portal to the world.  There is probably no other place in, or on your home that will show your shame as publicly if you make the wrong choice.

But, don’t be afraid to show off your personality on your front door.  Be bold, and have courage!

About Adele Barrett

Adele Barrett is a consulting interior designer in Hamilton and Dundas. Over twenty years of conferences and continuing education classes keep Adele Barrett Interiors design practice both on trend and timelessly classic. She started collecting paint chips from the local lumber yard when she was 3 years old, and a seed was planted that grew into a career. Continue reading...