Here’s a challenge for you. Go for a walk down any street – it will help with your 10,000 steps a day target – and pay close attention to the front doors of each house you pass. What does the state of the paintwork say about the occupants? And which do you consider the best front door colours?
We spend so much time thinking about the inside of our homes, that too often we neglect the outside. Well, what if we told you that smartening up your façade could increase the value of your property by up to a third? It’s time to get out those paint pots!
Those familiar with the concept of colour psychology won’t be surprised to learn that colour speaks volumes about a person’s character. Think about the clothes you wear and how they make you feel. The same is true of your home. Your front door colours can also have an impact on all those who come to visit. Applied Colour Psychologist, Karen Haller, explains: 'The front door is traditionally the first impression the outside world gets, and gives an insight into your life. Taking pride in the exterior of your house improves its appearance and can also add to the perceived value. A small change can make a big difference.' Meanwhile, a study by Dulux Weathershield found that other people will make a judgement about you in just 10 seconds when they see your front door.
Best colour ideas
So, what are the best front door colours to make your home stand out from the crowd? Whether you want to create a sense of calm, energy, or creativity, the colour you ultimately decide on will have a real impact on how your property looks to the outside world. To make an impact on your street, be brave and opt for the drama of red door paint. From a robin’s red breast to summer berries, and from Father Christmas to fire engines, red is an incredibly evocative colour. A Ferrari can turn heads in any colour, but think how much more potent it looks in red. Red denotes passion and self-confidence; there’s no room for shy wallflowers here! Warm up with some of this season’s hottest shades.
Choose your colour
Give your door a terracotta glow with the earthy autumnal tones of Flame Frenzy. It can be used to dramatic effect when paired with a grey such as Urban Obsession for the masonry, or go for the sophistication of Rich Black for your door trim. For even more punch, a front door in Volcanic Red will put a smile on your face every time you arrive home. Dulux Cranberry Crunch will make your front door as welcoming as it is bright. Create contrast with a soft pink or neutral grey, such as Scent Bottle, to announce to the world you mean business.
Pick your paint
Ultimately the colour you paint your front door will depend on factors such as the style of your property and its location. What works for a townhouse or city dwelling might not work quite so well for a country cottage. Do you want to stand out from the crowd with a bold pop of colour, or would you prefer to blend in a little more, albeit with the most immaculate front door on the street?
Whatever shade of red you choose, Dulux has got you covered with all the primers and paints to keep your front door looking fresher for longer, whether you want to achieve a traditional high gloss look or a more subtle, sheen finish to your façade. The advanced formula of Dulux paints has been rigorously tested to resist the peeling, flaking and staining that can be caused by mould – ensuring your property never looks neglected and tired. As it is exposed to the elements all year round, you’ll also want to give your masonry protection against the rain, sleet and snow. The performance acrylic resin has a quick-drying formula that makes your walls rainproof in just 30 minutes – perfect for those autumn downpours.
It’s not just fortune that favours the brave. Courageous action is often rewarded. Make a bold statement with fiery reds and your red front door will soon be the talk of the town.