What’s the Best Colour to Paint My Front Door?

July 14, 2018

In 1981 Shakin’ Stevens asked: “Green door, what’s that secret you’re keepin’?” It stayed at No. 1 for four weeks.

It turns out green is the No. 1 choice for painting the first thing they see when visitors arrive at your house – the front door.

If you’re selling up, creating a good impression is vital. One of the best things we can do is spruce up our front entrance doors.

Flaky paint, rot and non-working doorbells – these can sub-consciously set the stage for what your prospective buyer thinks the state of the rest of the house is in.

Green is the best-selling door colour according to Sandtex

Phillipa Merivale, colour expert commissioned by The Paint Company, says it has buyer appeal, and could even be the key to a quick house sale too.

“Those who approach a green front door are unconsciously being welcomed. Of all the spectrum colours, green is the most generous and symbolises sharing. The predominate colour of nature, it’s involved in the endless act of creating and giving.”

Susan Wong of Sandtex, says:

“It really is a case of judging a book by its cover when it comes to selling a home. The front door is traditionally the eye to the home. It gives the outside world an insight into your life.”

Other popular door colours are:

  • White is a protective colour that reflects what comes toward it. It suggests cleanliness and clarity, great for new beginnings or fresh projects.
  • Brown suggests somewhere you can put down your roots and feel secure. Somewhere you can nurture and be looked after. It’s also a symbol of solidity and security, say colour theorists.
  • Blue is at the end of the spectrum. It’s a cold colour, so if you want to come home to sociability and close companionship, you might consider a warmer colour.

Opinions differ widely. The Designer Door Company think a south-facing door bathed in sunlight might be considered better, with a neutral paint colour to reflect the heat. Rather like choosing lighter-coloured clothes to wear when the sun comes out.

Asserta Homes’ website says don’t use red if you’re repainting the front door. A recent survey found it is the least favourite colour.

The scene around the front entrance is important too. Make sure borders are tidy and pot plants are watered. Maybe add some colourful flowers. Paths should be weeded, otherwise your pristine front entrance will be second fiddle. Everyone notices the negative!

Once open, the scene behind the front door is also important. Dark, dingy halls are a no-no. Clear out the clutter and make sure the lights are on.

Sandtex’s main selling points include:

  • Go for a high gloss finish for your front door
  • Clean up the rest of the paintwork, and don’t be let down by peeling paint on the window frames
  • Clean the windows
  • Check the gutter for leaks
  • Clear away the clutter – hide rubbish bins

NB: High Gloss is not advisable on timber. It can only be achieved with a solvent-based paint. However, wood needs to ‘breathe’, so a water-based system is best.

All timber products installed by North Country are finished with a 4-stage water-based system. This lends a ‘satin’ look, i.e. neither gloss or matt.


Robert Goldsbrough

Robert Goldsbrough

Robert has been developing and building period & contemporary homes since 1995, and has installed all types of external home improvement products.