Q: What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?

Here is some helpful information on what colors really make a front door shine!

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Right at your front door is probably where a buyer client stands the longest during their tour of your home because they’re waiting for the lockbox to be opened. It’s important to prime the buyer with a positive impression before they cross the threshold of your house, and having a clean, fresh front door is the way to do so. Faded paint will leave an unpleasant impression, as it dates the house and prompts the buyer to wonder what else around and within the home will look aged. On the other hand, a bright new coat of paint won’t help if it’s an obnoxious, in-your-face color. In that case, buyers will be taken off guard, and they’ll dwell on it too much.

So, what colors should you opt for on your front door? There are infinite colors to choose from, but some are inarguably more prevalent in the market than others. You should also take into account the style of your home, as some colors may not jive well with the structure’s aesthetic. After thorough online research, I compiled some of the top suggestions and general advice from experts:

  • Semi-gloss paint is key. You want your door to look sleek and shiny—it needs to have pop to it! Additionally, use a high-shine stain if yours is a natural wood door.
  • It’s okay to paint the inside of your door a different color. The color that adds zest to your exterior may not blend well at all with your interior.
  • The recommended color options for contemporary homes are actually a bit bolder than what you’d want to see on an older home. Orange, lime green, turquoise, eggplant, yellow (if you can believe that), and standard black are all fair game.
  • For natural wood (contemporary or traditional), consider selecting popular stains like sleek espresso, mid-century walnut, or driftwood gray.


If you plan on selling in 2021, having a front door that pops is an essential investment.


  • If yours is a more traditional home, you can never go wrong with jet black, classic red, slate blue (we saw slate blue everywhere last year), emerald green, or dark gray.
  • The top five colors of 2020 (listed in order of their popularity): black, charcoal gray, red, dark blue, and natural wood.
  • For avid practicers of feng shui: a south-facing door is red, a north-facing door is blue, the westerly door is white, and the easterly door is green.

Interestingly enough, doors—and front doors especially— have tons of symbolism associated with them. I made a list of those meanings, too! Hopefully, you’re now feeling inspired to breathe new life into your front door! If you plan on selling in 2021, having a front door that pops is an essential investment.

As always, if you have questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out by phone or email anytime. I’m here to help, and I’d love to hear from you soon!

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