Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Importance of the Front Door

Your front door is the entryway into your home, and in turn to the personality of you and your family. Although it is often overlooked, choosing a color for your front door that suits your house is a very important step in the home design process. The color of your front door is often the first thing that guests will see when arriving at your home, and it has the ability to leave a lasting impression on them. There are many routes you could take when deciding a color and style for your front door, but there are a few fundamentals to consider beforehand.

Front Door Basics
When deciding on what color to paint your front door, you may automatically stray towards your favorite color, whatever that may be. This can be dangerous when you consider how it will look with the rest of your home. While the front door can certainly stand out, it still needs to be cohesive with the rest of your home. A first step, then, is thinking about how the front door will look next to the other exterior features of your house: color, siding, windows, trim, decorations, etc. Once you have a framework for which colors work and which colors do not, then you can move on and decide what kind of statement you would like to make with your front door.

Keep it Natural
A classic selection for a front door is to display its natural color. If you have a wooden door that matches well with the rest of your home, why not leave it as is? A darker colored wood door contrasts amazingly well with a lighter exterior paint color, and really makes the door stand out. If you are happy with the natural look but still are feeling like you want a change, staining the wood is always an excellent option.


Nice and Light
A lighter shade for a front door gives off the impression of a warm and inviting home. There are so many lighter variations of colors that look excellent on a front door. The lighter shades look great with plants or other landscaping, and finding outdoor decorations and accents is simple as the lighter tones are quite easy to match. A favorite for a lighter colored front door is a house that is painted gray-the gray will make the color on the door pop without having to get too bright.


Go Bold
A bright red door can be found on almost any street. A bright, bold color for a front door is another great option, and provides instant insight into the nature of your home. A bright door indicates a bright personality, and welcomes others into your home. While the red door is certainly a staple, almost any bold color can be utilized for a front door paint job. Reds and blues look great with brick built homes, whereas greens and yellows are better suited for white or cream colored homes. If your house is already painted a bright color, you can still go with a bold colored door! As long as the two colors do not clash, it will still look amazing, and often times opposing colors actually complement each other.

Beyond the Color
While the color of your door is very important, it is not the only consideration. The material, style, and design of your door are vital factors in cultivating the perfect entryway. If you are satisfied with the color of your door but something is still missing, a unique design may be the way to go. You can add window frames, molding, different doorknobs, stained glass, and so many other features so make your door truly original. 

Whichever color you decide to go with, D.J.'s Painting & Remodeling, Inc. is here to help. Call us today or visit our website for an estimate or color consultation!

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