The color rule you need to know when painting your front door – and the colors to avoid

Science has the key to creating the right first impression – even before entering your home

Yellow painted front door behind a Victorian style porch
(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

The study of color psychology is responsible for shaping current interior design trends – but there is one exterior feature that should not be overlooked. Your front door has the power to set the tone for your home even before you step inside, so it is important that get this hue right. 

‘Front doors are protectors against the weather and unwanted visitors, but they also reveal your lifestyle and personality,’ explains Holistic Interior Designer and Colour Consultant Suzy Chiazzari. The color guru is not wrong – your front door ideas not only foreshadow your home’s style – but also exhibit your personality to all guests and passers-by. 

To ensure you choose the correct tone, H&G spoke to the experts who reveal the colors you should avoid – and what you should use instead. 

White painted front door with ivy

(Image credit: Future / James Balston)

What you need to remember when painting your front door – according to color psychology

According to Suzy, unsuitable colors are those that contrast with the building style and materials. ‘If you live in a traditional building or heritage area, it would be better to stay away from bright synthetics such as hot pink, orange, bright purple, or lime green,’ she explains. 

Her paint ideas are reinforced by Lick’s Head of Color and Interiors Expert Natasha Bradley, who agrees that you should pick a color that compliments the other tones and materials of your home’s exterior. ‘Take into consideration the color of the brick, windows, shutters, and the overall style of the front door,’ Natasha says. 

‘It’s important to make sure that the first glimpse of your home is one that fills you with joy. So choose a front door color that reflects your personality and greets you with a smile,’ she adds.

Lime green front door behind a Victorian style porch

(Image credit: Future / Simon Brown)

When looking at how to paint a front door, Suzy recommends choosing a hue that ‘reflects your personality and family ethos.’ These colors are welcoming and joyful for your guests – and set the impression you want to portray to the outside world. 

‘Green, brown, or black would convey a home that was a quiet retreat or haven, while bright red or yellow would suggest that the occupants enjoyed a busy, active lifestyle,’ she says. 

Yellow painted front door and traditional terrace

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

It is also vital to get your front porch ideas right – they will ensure that your home makes the perfect first impression – and set the tone for what lies behind your front door. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.