One of the most important elements of a home when considering curb appeal is the front door. The front door is what everyone must walk through to enter the home and it has the power to draw people in or turn them away.
Today, many front doors are made from materials that you aren’t able to paint, but this isn’t true of all of them. And for the ones you can paint, adding a new colour can have a dramatic effect on the exterior of the house. Whether you want to put it up for sale or you just want a beautiful, inviting home, painting the front door can make a difference.
Look at the House
Naturally, the first thing that comes to most homeowner’s minds when considering a new front door colour is which colour to choose. If the front door really holds so much importance, how do I know if I’m picking the right colour? The first factor you should consider when choosing a new front door colour is finding one that suits your house.
Take a look at the other colours on the exterior of your house and the architectural style, as well. Try to coordinate the colour with things like the shingles, shutters, window frames and other accents, and the tone of the wood, siding or bricks. However, you don’t have to follow any stringent rules. Experimentation is always a good thing, and since the front door is so small in relation to the house, it is easy to make a quick fix if your colour choice looks out of place.
Everyone has their own unique personality and sense of style and suiting your own personal style will really make the house your own. That’s not to say you should completely ignore the “match the house” advice, but at the end of the day it is your house and you are the one walking through that front door everyday. If you love it, then that’s all that really matters.
It is important to note that the sun and any natural light can have a big impact on the colour of paint you choose for exteriors. Keep that in mind when seeking out a colour to match your personality, because it might not look the same as it did in the store once the sun shines on it. Try getting a small sample and painting a small area of the door first, just to make sure you are expressing yourself the way you intended to.
Type of Paint
The type of paint you choose is also a big factor when painting your front door. The quality of your front door plays a big part in what kind of paint you choose. As an example, older doors may show a lot more in terms of cracks and damage with a high-gloss paint. Take some time to consider whether matte, semi-gloss, high-gloss or low luster paint is best, and don’t hesitate to ask for advice from the experts at the paint store. That’s what they are there for, after all.
If you are considering an old door replacement or a new door installation be cautious, and choose the right paint colour. Make no room for a mistake this time!
Gina Brewton has been in the home improvement industry for the past 7 years. She is presently working at a residential cleaning company in Toronto. She is also a part time interior designer. She has her interests in cooking, photography, craft and painting. Follow her on twitter@ginabrewton.