Guide to Choosing the Best Door Color for Your Home

Have you heard the news? Front door colors are one of the hottest topics in home improvement right now. Presenting a homeowner’s guide to choosing the best door colors, how to achieve them, and what they can do for your home.

Doors painted in shades of blue or gray -- ranging from navy to pearl -- sold for $1,514 more than other color choices.

Doors painted in shades of blue or gray — ranging from navy to pearl — sold for $1,514 more than other color choices.

Door Colors and Real Estate Prices

Experienced real estate brokers report that door colors add a powerful zing of curb appeal when you’re looking to sell your home. After all, the front door is one of the very first features that every potential buyer sees.

Interestingly, not all door colors fare equally well when it comes to fetching a good price. Real estate giant Zillow found in their 2017 Paint Color Analysis that on average, doors painted in shades of blue or gray — ranging from navy to pearl — sold for $1,514 more than other color choices.

Door Colors and Feng Shui

Door Colors and Feng Shui

Feng shui offers advice on the best door colors, as well. In this ancient Chinese approach to achieving a more harmonious environment, it’s important to consider which way your door (the “mouth” that draws energy into your home) faces. Each direction is associated with an element, which will guide you in selecting the best paint shade.

North’s element is water, making a blue or black door ideal. South is associated with fire, which is nourished by red, pink, purple, and orange hues. East’s is wood, suggesting greens and browns. A westward-facing entrance has metal as its element and white and gray as recommended door colors.

Door Colors and the Law

Door Colors and the Law

Before you go merrily calculating how much money you’ll make when you sell your home or how feng shui will bring your household success and happiness, slow down a minute. There’s something else you need to check out: the rules and regulations surrounding door colors. Yes, your HOA will definitely have an opinion, but your local government may also weigh in on the subject.

An acquaintance of mine got more than she bargained for when she recently decided to redo her front door. The wooden entrance had been covered with a dark brown faux finish, which she wanted to have stripped and re-stained. But when her very talented handyman removed the finish, he found the wood underneath was a jumble of odd, unmatched boards.

Long story short, they had to quickly change their plan to painting the door instead of staining. The delicate lavender-gray that the homeowner favored had to be given the official green light in a town council meeting before they could proceed. Funny, that, because on a quick walk around the ‘hood, she counted a grand total of 43 different door colors!

Door Colors and a Great-Looking Home

Door Colors and a Great-Looking Home

A very basic reason for updating your front door color is to make your home look fantastic and give you a thrill of pride every time you walk in. For a decorating scheme that’s easy on the eyes, coordinate door colors with the house’s base color, trim, and garage doors. Use a total of 3 paint colors, max, on your home’s entire exterior.

Before painting your entrance door, fill any cracks. Sand well, clean up, and apply 2-3 coats of high quality exterior paint and primer. Not only will it look great, good paint will last longer than the cheap stuff. After all, your front door has to put up with all kinds of weather – from bright summer sunshine to winter snow and storms.

Although painting is often promoted as an easy do-it-yourself home improvement, your entry door is different, for 2 reasons.

DIY or Hire a Painter?

Although painting is often promoted as an easy do-it-yourself home improvement, your entry door is different, for 2 reasons.

  1. The typical door has lots of fine details, such as panels, windows, and bevels, which can be awfully tricky for an amateur to paint “just right.”
  2. Since the best way to paint a door is removing it from its hinges, all the work must be done quickly and efficiently, so it can be completed in a single day.

These factors may put changing door colors beyond the scope of your current DIY skills. If so, don’t be shy to hire a contractor for a professional paint job that will create a fabulous first impression.

By Laura Firszt, Networx.

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37 comments

Kathryn I
Kathryn Iyesterday

Much prefer colors to basic white in this regard! Thank you for sharing

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Mia G
Mia G2 days ago

thank you

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Kelsey S
Kelsey S7 days ago

Thanks

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One Heart i
One Heart i9 days ago

Thanks!!!

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Mike R
Mike R12 days ago

Thanks

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Maureen G
Maureen G12 days ago

I lived in an area where there were many Italian families and one could tell their homes by their very bright front doors. It added colour to the area and lifted ones spirits when getting on the school bus in the morning.



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One Heart i
One Heart i13 days ago

Thanks!!!

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Edith B
Edith B13 days ago

Thanks, that is new info.

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Winn A
Winn A15 days ago

Thanks

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Mary B
Mary B15 days ago

Amanda M, I'm not a Wiccan, but I do work with the intelligent energies in the 'unseen' realms' , and 'their' perspective is those energies that many consider evil and negative are 'fragments' of thoughts that cannot actually ground in in the physical world, but they can pester people enough to cause them to blame and fight and that does cause real damage. If you have a process to do energy cleansing of your land and home on a monthly basis you can release and collect those thought forms from being stuck so they can be carried off the Earth by the BIG GUYS so you no longer have them vibrating in your biofield or on your property. Then the triggers presently active will go dormant and you will be much less inclined to 'fight against or resist' because you already know what you want and you can focus on solutions, instead of fighting with the 'boogers in your aura' . Or their refection in the outer world. Then paint your door what ever color gives you a happy contented feeling. And you can always paint on what ever your symbol for WHOLENESS is, underneath the top coats, and nobody but you and those in your household will know.
Happy All Hallows Eve

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