A great front door can be the difference between a sale or staying in your current home. The right color door can make your home look welcoming, add curb appeal and set the tone for what's inside. Most would-be buyers will drive past a home that has a dingy front door.
Here are a few tips to make your home more attractive and distinctive:
1. Consider the style of your home
Traditional homes often feature a front door painted in a rich deep color, such as black, navy blue, green or dark red. Contemporary homes often have bold-colored doors, and a cottage- or farmhouse-style home may feature a front door in bright colors from nature.
You don’t have to conform to tradition when choosing a door color. A beautiful effect can be achieved with colors that are not considered mainstream. Overall, the style of the home and the color of exterior features should influence the color choice.
2. Look around your neighborhood
Don’t paint your front door a color that might make your house look strange or out of place with other homes in the area.
3. Choose a color that coordinates your home’s exterior colors
I personally like homes that use three paint colors. Usually one color is used for the exterior sides of the house, the second color is for the trim, and a third color accents the architecture, shutters, or some other detail. If a fourth color is used, stick to just the front door.
4. Light and deep colors are more eye-catching than medium shades
Favorite light colors for doors include whites, cream, taupe and tan. However, light colors for doors are best when used as contrast with a dark color on the home's exterior. Light colored doors that match the siding can look bland and boring.
5. Use contrast to your advantage
Navy blue often looks good with light blue or gray and black is a good choice for a brick home. Burgundy is a good choice with a gray, green or tan house and nearly any deep-tone color complements a white house. Even dark shades can be happy, welcoming colors.
6. Pick something popular
Surveys show that homebuyers say they prefer doors that are white or red. The next most popular colors are blue, green and brown. Keep in mind that you need to keep the door looking fresh and clean. White can be difficult to keep looking that way.
Pink (or mauve) is the least favorite door color and may keep a buyer from even making an offer. Other unpopular colors are are orange, purple, grey and yellow.
7. Don’t go overboard
When selling, lean toward conservative colors for your front door. Bold colors can be risky and an offbeat color could potentially lower the value of your home. Think bright and cheerful, not zany.
8. Let your front door welcome buyers with open arms
While they are standing at your front door and getting the keys out, give them reasons to generate positive thoughts about your home. Let your exterior entry greet them with beauty, happiness, and ease.
According to the National Association of Realtors, curb appeal sells more than half of all houses that go on the market. And a beautiful front door color can make would-be buyers take notice.
Editor's Note: This is an updated version of a story originally posted on May 6, 2013.