How to Choose a Front Door Color
The front door is the first thing that welcomes visitors -- and prospective buyers -- into your home. Make a great first impression by choosing the perfect color for your front door. Carter Oosterhouse shares his trade secrets for choosing the right shades based on the color, style and surroundings of your home, with a fun and inexpensive trick for trying out different colors without ever opening a single can of paint! Once you've chosen the hue that makes your home really pop, Carter shows you how to expertly apply that color to your front door.
Step 1: What to Choose
Pick a color that contrasts with the rest of the house; enough to draw the eye but still works with the surrounding colors.
Step 2: Auto-Inspiration
Get in your car, drive around your neighborhood and look at other doors. See what works and what doesn't.
Step 3: Say Cheese
ograph the front of your house, print a larger print, cut out the door then, using paint chips as front doors, try out various colors.
Step 4: Yes You Have to Paint
Prep the door by removing all hardware and dirt, and then sand down the finish-- if you don't use primer you will need two coats. Use a brush for all the detail making sure not to use too much paint (it will gather in the corners); then paint the panels with a roller.
Items You'll Need
- House with a Front Door
- Roller and Tray
- Paint Chips