Color is front door to curb appeal

03/21/2014 12:24 PM

03/22/2014 11:23 AM

Linda Young of Wichita had a lime green front door at her old house before the real estate agent made her repaint it red to sell it.

At Young’s new house, where everything is “boring” beige, she has livened up the look with a yellow door.

“I would love to paint it lime green, but I’m afraid I’ll have to repaint my front door again” when the time comes to sell the new house, Young said. “I like bright colors.”

Painting the front door a color that packs a punch is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change a house’s look and help it stand out from the rest.

“It’s the difference between choosing classic red or something that has a little bit of fuchsia in it – something more like the color you love,” says Kate Smith, a Newport, R.I., color consultant.

Smith tells people selling their houses that if they “can’t do anything else, put some time and energy into your front door.”

The trick, however, is getting it right; it can be a fine line between bold, eye-catching color and neon that looks better on paper than on doors or walls.

Smith advises choosing a front-door color that jibes with your house’s other features, starting with the style and color of the roof. The colors of fixed features, such as window grids, as well as trim and shutters should also be considered. So should a home’s architectural style.

Derek Fielding, who oversees product development for the door manufacturer Therma-Tru, sees a trend toward colorful front doors and spiced-up entryways.

“People don’t want that cookie-cutter look that comes with having the same door that’s on everybody else’s house,” Fielding says.

Besides adding color, homeowners are opting for doors with different textures, more ornamental detail and decorative glass, he says.

“It’s all about curb appeal and perceived value,” Fielding says. “If you look at a neighborhood and every house has a six-panel door that is black, the one that is painted red is going to pop.”

Smith says the most popular front-door colors this year among homeowners who want to make a statement are tropical blues, vibrant oranges, violet, mustards and plums. Those who want to perk things up but stay more subdued are choosing blues a notch brighter than navy, warm reds and classic grays, she says.

“You want it to be the focal point,” she says. Emphasizing the front door can “improve the look of the entire house.”

Contributing: Associated Press, Annie Calovich of The Eagle

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