Interior designer says this is the worst color to paint your front door

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  • The front door is the threshold of your home. It’s the place you come back to day after day and the first impression people have of your home.

    In recent years, grays, blacks and greens have proven to be the most popular front door colors. An interior designer tells us that the worst possible color for the front door is white. So if you’re currently considering new front door ideas, keep reading.

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    The worst color to paint your front door

    Caroline Campbell is Head of Interiors at Tonik Associates. “The worst color for a front door has to be no color at all,” says Caroline.

    ‘What’s worse than a white front door, it’s such a wasted opportunity! The front door is one of the most important aspects of your home,” continues Caroline.

    As we said, it is the first thing people see and the entrance to your inner sanctum. ‘So why not stand out from the crowd?’ she asks.

    yellow front door with stained glass and wreath

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    ‘Make a statement with your front door; add color, textures, handles, numbers and knockers. White is boring and obvious, be bold and brave with your front door,” adds Caroline. We hear you, Caroline.

    Our homes should make us smile, bring our shoulders down from our ears, and make us feel like we can be ourselves unfiltered. If white does that for you, then go for it.

    Ronseal, on the other hand, says a fresh coat of white paint is a smart move. This can increase the value of your home by around £3,400.

    House exterior with teal police gate

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    “It seems most people are going for gray and black doors,” comments Rachael Meadowcroft of Ronseal. However, Rachael says that a blue front door is the best way to increase the value of your home, with an average increase of £4,000 according to a Sell House Fast survey.

    Who would have thought that this quick DIY and decorating job that can be done in a day could make such a big difference? Creative Director at Dulux, Marianne Shillingford has some predictions when it comes to front door color trends for Spring 2022.

    “Spring brings a smile on its face and doors painted in spring tones put a smile on the face of your home. Colors like petal pinks, soft organic greens and pale sky blues are what doors best dress are wearing this spring”, explains Marianne.

    Not sure how to paint a front door? We’ve got you covered with our guide.


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