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Maximize Home Appeal: Top Front Door Colors for Boosting Style & Resale Value

January 19, 2024

Enhancing your home's curb appeal doesn't necessarily require expensive renovations. A simple and budget-friendly way to invigorate your home's exterior is by choosing the right color for your front door. This not only breathes new life into your home's appearance but also adds a unique character. Whether you're preparing to sell your property or just looking to infuse some freshness into your living space, a fresh coat of paint on your front door can work wonders.

The ideal color for a front door is one that harmonizes with, rather than detracts from or clashes with, the architectural style of the home. Here are some fabulous colors to consider:

Blue hues:

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue

Benjamin Moore Dark Teal in a semigloss finish

Benjamin Moore Blueberry

Farrow & Ball Vardo

Benjamin Moore New York State of Mind

Red Hues:

Sherwin Williams SW4082 International Orange (this looks great for modern homes)

Benjamin Moore Shy Cherry

Yellow Hues:

Benjamin Moore Yellow

Gray Hues:

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray


Farrow & Ball Pitch Black in Exterior Eggshell


 Benjamin Moore Pale Petal


Benjamin Moore Rainforest Foliage

Benjamin Moore Jack Pine

Benjamin Moore Crystalline

Farrow & Ball Pigeon

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Firle

Annie Sloan’s Amsterdam Green Chalk Paint

Sherwin-Williams Mint Condition

Purple hues:

Benjamin Moore Blue Orchid

Benjamin Moore Eggplant

The Best Front Door Colors to Enhance Resale Value: Opting for black or charcoal grey for your front door can potentially boost your home's resale value by over $6,000. A sleek black color is a modern, sophisticated look that contrasts well with most exterior colors, drawing attention to the entrance.  When repainting your front door for resale, consider using semi-gloss or glossy black paint to add a fresh and inviting look.

If you are really digging all this talk on doors..here are more ideas for you!

1. Ideal Front Door Colors for Modern Homes: For modern & contemporary homes, the following door colors are recommended by designers to achieve a modern and stylish aesthetic:

  • Black
  • Lime Green
  • Turquoise
  • Deep Purple
  • Bright Yellow
  • Vivid Orange
  • Alternatively, if you favor natural wood tones, you might consider:
  • Dark Espresso
  • Mid-Century Walnut
  • Grey Driftwood

2. Front Door Colors for Traditional Homes: Traditional homes can also embrace vibrant front door colors that complement their classic architecture:

  • Deep Black
  • Rich Red
  • Soft Slate Blue
  • Vibrant Emerald Green
  • Dark Grey
  • Pure White

3. What does the color of your front door say about you?

  • Black: Appreciation for order and elegance.
  • Grey: Preference for compromise and balance.
  • White: Love for simplicity and organization.
  • Pink: Romantic and generous nature.
  • Red: Welcoming personality that enjoys being the center of attention.
  • Orange: Fondness for entertainment and challenges.
  • Yellow: Logical, optimistic, and creative mindset.
  • Green: Respect for tradition and ambition.
  • Turquoise: Desire for emotional balance and big aspirations.
  • Blue: Peace-loving and truthful.
  • Purple: Adventurous and free-spirited.
  • Brown: Reliability and warmth.

4. Front Door Colors and Feng Shui

As most of my clients can attest to, I am a huge fan of the Feng Shui principles in home decor and furniture placement. The direction your front door faces plays a crucial role in your home's energy. Choosing the right color can enhance this energy:

  • South-facing doors (fire element): red, orange, vibrant yellow, purple, pink
  • North-facing doors (water element): black, deep charcoal gray, deep navy blue (Its also acceptable to use some metal elements like off-whites and metallic colors)
  • West-facing doors (metallic element): white, off-white, metallics and gray
  • East-facing doors (wood element): greens, mid-tone blues and dark charcoal gray

5. Additional Insights:

  • For selling contemporary homes, bright yellow, pink, and turquoise front doors are eye-catching. However, black doors generally offer the highest resale value. Traditional homes look best with muted colors like deep blue, dark gray, and sage green.
  • It's acceptable to paint the inside of your front door in a different shade than the exterior, especially if the exterior color is too bold for your interior.
  • Semi-gloss paints are recommended for front doors due to their durability and ease of maintenance, regardless of the color.

Have more questions? Just email me and I am happy to help: [email protected]


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