WRITTEN BY JAYMI NACIRI
We all know the importance of curb appeal, and while that may make you think exclusively about your yard, it can be a mistake to ignore your front door. "If you're looking to add some interest to your curb-appeal, changing your front door color is an easy update," said Southern Living. "Front door colors can say a lot about your personality as well as your personal style."
There's more to choosing a color than liking the way it looks. Certain colors can help create the right feng shui, and some may even be able to boost your home value and make it easier to sell.
Here are five to consider.
No, black doesn't give off a "Go away!" vibe. On the contrary, "It may sound emo, but painting your front door black is actually a tried-and-true way of increasing home value," said TIME: Money. "According to Realtor.com, a black door gives buyers the impression that your house is a serious, stately and safe choice. It's so popular that two of Sherwin-Williams' top 50 paint colors fit the bill: Peppercorn and Tricorn Black." That can translate to as much as $6,271 more for your house, according to an analysis of more than 135,000 houses for sale.
A soft yellow door "welcomes guests in a cheery fashion," said HomeBNC. "When you choose a yellow door, you are letting guests and passersby know that you have a sense of fun and a lively decorating style."
There are countless shades of blue you can choose to freshen up your home, but we love a midrange, super vivid royal blue. "Looking for visitors? Try painting your front door a bright blue, which is linked to calmness and trust," said Realtor.com.
Gray may have been the hot color for everything from living room walls to kitchen cabinets for the last several years, but, on your front door, "This timeless shade not only softens the intensity of an exclusively contemporary design aesthetic, it also extends a hint of modern elegance to the front door," said Domino.
"A shot of this happy hue brings to mind: Coca-Cola (the original, not the diet version), the American Flag, a great picnic-table gingham, and other All-American notions," said Exit Home Key Realty. "If you want to be known as the house with the best barbecues - this is your best bet. It looks best against a crisp white and avoid pairing with bits of navy - lest you want to be known as the flag house."
If you haven't thought about painting your front door metallic gold, you will after seeing this exquisite option. "This metallic gold door shines bright to welcome guests to L.A.'s Hotel Covell," said Dwell. "Against a backdrop of more textural, aged elements like brick walls, it's a chic, smooth, glam touch."
We know what you're thinking. Purple? It's so... purple. And so bold. And different. And rich. All of which are great reasons to slather this unconventional shade on your front door.
"After the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year - Ultra Violet - front doors are all about being bold and making a statement in 2018, according to composite door company, Truedor, said Country Living. Joining forces with their ambassador, property expert and TV presenter George Clarke, the door specialists have released their top 10 New Year's door color list, based on recent sales. And you guessed it -- the most popular door color is purple, driven by Pantone's selection."