Your front door is an integral part of your house. While only a small percentage of the façade, it’s the part that people remember and creates a lasting impression. What image do you want to project to the world through the style of your house? Just think of the Prime Minister closing the austere black front door on No. 10 and you get the idea. If you’re looking to sell your house then you will need to optimise curb appeal, so choosing the right colour for the door is crucial.

So, what do you need to think about? That’s what we will run through now.

The basics of colour

To understand colour better, it is a good idea to use a colour wheel. This will help you to see how colours work together to create an atmosphere or impact. Colour schemes fall into the following patterns:

-          monochromatic, or several shades of the same colour

-          contrast, colours spaced three shades apart on the colour wheel

-          analogous, or colours which are found side by side on the wheel

-          complementary, two colours which are found opposite on the colour wheel.

If your house is a specific colour, then choosing the front door colour this way is an effective way of ensuring a tasteful and attractive colour scheme for your home.

Test a few colour schemes on the outside walls to see how they work together. Check them at different times of the day to see how they look in the brighter parts of the day, and then dusk and dawn. Remember that colours you like inside will look different outside, and will often lose their vibrant feel. Yellows can become a less exciting beige under the midday sun, for example.


In addition to the way colours work together, you should think about what different colours symbolise and again what image you want to convey to the world, for example:

-          Yellow is warm and cheerful, and can brighten a property significantly

-          Red is associated with power, passion and strength, while darker reds can be seen as more sophisticated

-          Blue is vibrant and fresh, although rarely seen outside

-          Black is traditional, classy and strong.

It comes down to personal taste, so think of whether you want a bold house that makes a lasting impression from the beginning, or an understated home which surprises only when the guest is inside.

What is the style and period of your house

This can determine how to finish the door. For example, older houses often have a more traditional, glossy finish while newer doors can look more natural with a pastel finish. Look around at the other houses in your neighbourhood and see what works and what doesn’t.

What basic information to you need to convey?

If you have a drive, perhaps the house name and number are already displayed on the gatepost, so no need to repeat them on the door. This can help when choosing a colour as there is no information that needs to be highlighted and easy to see. If your door opens on to the street, be sure to choose a colour which allows the important name and number to stand out. Any adornments, such as brass or nickel fittings are all subject to fashion, so it can be an idea to give them a miss and focus on what is functionally important.

If you need help in choosing the right front door for your house, don’t hesitate to contact Minster Windows today.