When visitors come to your house, the front door is the first thing they see. Its design has a big impact on your curb appeal, and its color can set expectations for the rest of your home. Since most of us enter our homes through a garage or backdoor, it’s easy to overlook this all-important part of your house. So take a quick peek – what does your front door say about you?
Does it match the style of your home? Traditional construction often has a traditional-looking door in a rich color or stained wood. Contemporary homes often feature glass doors or those that painted in bold colors. Does your front door match your home’s overall style? Make sure it fits with the color and design of your exterior and that it represents what’s to come on the inside.
Does it flow with your exterior palette? The exterior of your home should have a limited color palette, with three colors or less. One color is usually the siding or brick, another color for trim and a third color for architectural accents, such as the door and shutters. Make sure you stick to the three-color rule to impact your curb appeal. Too many colors will make the exterior of your home look confusing and disjointed.
Does it provide some contrast? You want a door that stands out, instead of one that blends into the exterior materials. This is the time to go for contrast. If your exterior is white, for example, a black, navy or red door will stand out. If your siding is dark, consider a lighter door, such as white or taupe.
Does it feel inviting? In a survey, homebuyers prefer doors that are white, red, blue, green and brown. While unpopular colors are orange, purple, grey and yellow, that doesn’t mean you have to stay away from them; choose a shade that complements your design aesthetic and you will stand out. You might consider keeping the look timeless so you don’t have to update it.
Does it look fresh and clean? Cobwebs or peeling paint send a bad message to your guests that you don’t care. Make sure you put this area of your home on your cleaning schedule to keep it looking good. Make sure your storm door is in good repair. And use simple updates, such as a new Welcome mat and a potted plant, to create an eye-catching display. Then open the door, welcome your guests, and let that good first impression set the tone for the rest of your visit.