It’s hard to overstate the beauty of an attractive front door – they're an extension of our homes and add instant curb appeal. For many, though, choosing a front door color for these often-seen, seldom-decorated spots is downright daunting. But not for Reese Witherspoon.
Your front door is one of the most seen parts of your home’s exterior and makes an important first impression, setting expectations for the interior beyond. Therefore, choosing the right color for your door is vital. For Reese Witherspoon, that means a powder blue front door – a bold choice for any home.
But if you're wondering if front door colors mean anything, you are not alone. Naturally, you'll want to ensure your front door sets the right tone for the rest of your home. Whatever your style or budget, there are many color ideas – with different meanings – to make a difference to your own humble front door.
Here, we’ve asked color psychologists, decorators, and interior designers for their take on Reese Witherspoon's pale blue front door.
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The power of color is undeniably transformative, but while you may want to know which paint ideas are best for your front door, it is just as essential to know if front door colors mean anything. According to the many color specialists and Feng Shui experts, they most certainly do.
Time and time again, research has shown blue to be the world's favorite color. This is because we are surrounded by it, argues Karen Haller, color psychology specialist, teacher, and best-selling author of The Little Book of Color– available at Amazon.
'It is important to remember that blue is a psychological color primary color,' says Karen Haller. 'Some of its positive attributes include positivity and serenity. Lighter tones of blue are associated with mental calm, clarity, and reflection.'
Interior designers and decorators also love decorating with blue. This is a timeless color that is cool, calm, and contemporary and works well in both period and modern schemes.
'A beautifully painted front door is the way to my heart,' says Irene Gunter, co-founder, of Gunter & Co. 'Even though neutrals are popular for interiors, external schemes often fall flat without the gusto of a generous splash of imaginative color. My favorite front door colors are those that put a smile on your face. Blues would be my first port of call.'
Bold, impactful, and elegant, light blue is known to be a very calming hue. This makes it an exceptional choice for those who want to signal prosperity, quiet intelligence, and abundance. The owner of a blue front door has likely made their home a comforting haven away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Samantha Todhunter, founder, of Samantha Todhunter Design shares a similar love for blue: 'Working with blue is endlessly interesting and playing with tones can change it from a vibrant jewel box to subtle and serene.'
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Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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