During my last couple of shifts on the shop floor, the one question that kept popping up repeatedly was – “what colour shall I paint my front door?” This question seems to have people spinning out because the options seem limitless, but often not every colour of the rainbow is at your doorstep.
Your exterior stone, cladding, landscaping, and even your entranceway will leave clues as to what is the perfect colour to set the tone and personality for your house. Let me show you some simple guidelines to consider for this easy transformation.
Before I begin this post, I want to send my heartfelt sorrow to those affected in the flooding up North. The images and stories I have been seeing are heartbreaking, and our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. ❤️🩹
1. What colour is your stone, brick, or cladding?
With any colour decision on the exterior (or interior, for that matter), you need to assess the dominant colours and undertones you are working with as your starting point. Are the colours muddy, or are they clean colours? If your colours are earthier/muddy, or dirty, go for a front door colour that is also muddy. As you can see below, Claris is dirtier than Dulux Whangamata
The earthier orange and brown brick aligns with the muddy green front door. My colour teacher told me orange brick is much more forgiving for cleaner colours.
If your home’s exterior is cleaner, opt for the same hue for your front door.
2. What colours are present in your entranceway?
When you open the front door, what colours attract your attention? Your front door could set the floor between the outside and inside. I couldn’t find the same orange saturation, but I hope you get the point. I include this picture below to show you how good design is achieved by repeating the same colour in the rug, door, and flowers in the planter.
3. Look to your landscaping for colour cues
As some of you might know, I’m a big purple fan. So to drive home my last point with the prettiest picture, can you tie your landscaping in with your front door colour? The purple wisteria looks like a match made in heaven with an identical front door colour.