Though you might not believe it, front doors rarely get the attention that they deserve. More often than not, the upkeep and maintenance of the front door is an afterthought among homeowners, even though it is the first thing people notice when visiting your home. Not only that, the colour and design of your front door have a huge impact on the overall aesthetic value of your home. Therefore, if you are planning to upgrade or refresh your home within a limited budget, start by selecting the best front door colour as it will instantly boost the appearance of your place.
If you are someone who likes to keep with the latest home design trends, you might know that the list of best front door colours of 2021 includes navy blue, turquoise blue, sailor blue, greyish white, olive green, dark purple, and mahogany, among others.
But how do you pick the best colour for the front door that suits the overall look of your house while adding personality to it?
There are few things you must always take into consideration while selecting the hues for your front door. After all, the colour you choose can either make your house stand out or blend in, depending on your preference and vision.
Guide to Choosing the Best Front Door Colour
Painting your front door can be a fun DIY project. It is also one of the few major home renovation ideas that can be accomplished under PKR 10,000.
To help you spruce up your home over the weekend by giving your front door a facelift, we have put together a few tips on the colour selection that you might find helpful.
Let’s take a look at them.
Want a Contemporary Look? Stick with the Classics
There’s nothing wrong with experimenting, but as a homeowner, you must have a clear idea of what you want your home’s exterior to look like.
However, if you aren’t sure which colour to pick, it is always recommended to stick to the classic hues. Depending on the exterior paint, location, architecture, and orientation of your house, you can go with different shades of white, brown, black and grey hues.
Usually, off-white is considered one of the best front door colours for brick houses, while different tones of brown work well for almost every other type of house.
In case you have a wooden front door, you can also try staining it instead of painting it. The reason behind this is that wood stain would enhance the natural material and grain pattern of the wood underneath, while the paint will cover everything up.
On a side note, you may want to take a look at our comprehensive guide on different types and styles of doors in Pakistan.
Want to Make Your House Stand Out? Choose Bold Hues
There’s no reason to feel nervous about painting your front door in bright hues.
While neutral colours such as white, brown and black may seem like a safe choice, there’s no harm in trying out a few different hues to find the one that fits the aesthetic and style of your house. Also, painting the front door is a relatively smaller commitment compared to painting the entire exterior or interior of your home, so consider giving non-conventional colours a whirl while sprucing up your front door.
Some great examples of widely popular front door colours include forest green, eggplant purple, burgundy, brick red, lime green, and royal blue. Of course, you can also try out a few different shades of pastel to add to the ambience of your home.
Looking for a Seamless Finish? Buy the Right Paint
This one is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised to find out how many homeowners are either unaware or are duped into buying the wrong kind of paint for their front doors.
Firstly, there is a huge difference between exterior and interior paints, namely the number of pigments as well as the type of resins and additives. Since the front door of your home is constantly exposed to sunlight and harsh weather conditions, it is imperative to invest in a good quality latex exterior paint that won’t peel or fade after a few months. Also, make sure to buy the paints that provide weather-resistant coverage, to ensure the entryway to your home look neat and clean all throughout the year.
Most experts consider a semi-gloss finish to be the best paint for the front door, as it tends to be more durable and doesn’t show signs of wear-and-tear like a high-gloss finish.
Feeling a little confused, you can learn all about different types of paint finishes here.
Pro Tip: Never Sample the Colour Indoors
This is yet another thing you must keep in mind while picking the best front door colour for your home.
As you probably already know, lighting can have a huge impact on colours. Different hues may appear lighter or darker under different lighting. Therefore, it is suggested to never choose the front door paint colours by sampling them under fluorescent light inside your home.
Instead, paint swatches of your chosen shades on your front door and observe how they look at different times throughout the day. If you don’t want to test different paint colours on the door, just tape their swatches on the surface as it will also give you a fair idea of how the final product will look.
Moreover, don’t forget to check for the drying and curing time for different paints before selecting one for your entryway.
Don’t Want to Go Wrong? Keep it Monochrome
You can never really go wrong with a monochromatic design theme – especially if you have a smaller place and want to expand it visually.
Painting the front door and the exterior of your house in the same colour can create the optical illusion of more space. If you opt for a more neutral theme, you can always enhance the entryway with some planters, light fixtures, and landscaping. A monochrome theme will also help highlight the architectural details of your house, adding more depth to its design.
There you have it, a complete guide on how to pick a front door colour that suits your home and increases its aesthetic value. For more tips on choosing the best paint for your home, stay connected to Zameen Blog – the best home improvement and real estate blog in Pakistan.