What your front-door color says about you

The color you choose for your front door may send a message about your personality and the atmosphere inside your home.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jun 6, 2012 8:06AM

© David Papazian/Getty ImagesWhat does your front door say about you?


According to the Paint Quality Institute, your front-door color is a key to your personality as well as to the atmosphere inside your home.


"Like a necktie, which is the focal point of an outfit, the front door is the focal point of the home," writes Debbie Zimmer, the editor of the institute's newsletter. "The color there sends a strong message – in the case of the front door, providing insight into how we view our home."


Post continues below


And just what do those color choices say?

The Paint Quality Institute doesn't comment on white, a color that may communicate "This is how the door came, and I didn't care enough about my home's exterior to change it." I am sending this message with my back doors. My front door sends a similar message: "I came with the house, and my owner is too busy writing to paint me another color."

Maybe your front door is speaking more eloquently. If you have a bright-colored front door, here is the message you may be sending, according to the paint people:

  • Red: You've chosen the color of passion. Your door says the home inside is vibrant and "full of life, energy and excitement."
  • Green: Your home is a place of health, safety, tranquility and harmony. This is a popular color.
  • Blue: This color, which may be the most popular, connotes home as sanctuary. A blue front door signifies that the home is calm, serene and relaxing.
  • Black: This color doesn't signify depression or mourning but power. The owner of a black front door is sending a message of strength, sophistication and authority. His home is a serious place "inhabited by a person of substance."
  • Brown: Uh-oh. This color carries a mixed message. A brown front door, either painted or stained, may convey warmth, stability and reliability. Or maybe not. A dark-brown front door suggests a desire for privacy and isolation.

Changing your front-door color is a quick way to add curb appeal.

Consumer Reports recommends you use semi-gloss paint. For painters on a budget, CR suggests Behr and Glidden.

Sep 11, 2014 5:29PM
We just painted our front door is red..Our house is gray  & white stone.We have white shutters & garage door is white
Dec 26, 2013 9:35PM
Dec 26, 2013 9:34PM
blue door means you have left over paint from another project
Dec 26, 2013 9:34PM
brown door means your constipated or an ****
Dec 26, 2013 9:33PM
Jul 7, 2012 10:04AM
My front door is white because the garage door is white and it nicely complements the siding, which is dove grey.
Jul 7, 2012 9:04AM

How stupid.

The front door color has more to do with what color will look best with the rest of the exterior color of the  house.


People pick a house color first then the door. Not the other way around

Jul 7, 2012 6:25AM

I see a red door and I want it painted black, no colors anymore I want it painted black.

Thank you Rolling Stones ...

Nothing I hate more than an article to read supplimented by another video ... a video that starts on it's own while you try and read ... it's like having a phone so that you can send text messages.


Jul 7, 2012 6:03AM

My front door has bullet holes; I think looks cool and adds character. I also live at a trailer park.

what about a "PINK" door..???  my daughter would love that...  hehehehe
Jul 7, 2012 3:26AM
In New England a red door traditionally symbolized hospitality.  Before there were hotel chains travelers could go to a home with a red door and get a meal and lodging for the night.  Benjamin Moore makes a special exterior paint color called Heritage Red that is used just for front doors.

Our Chinese neighbors have a red door because they follow the principles of feng shui and it symbolizes luck.  My house is gray with black shutters and a red door.  We always get compliments on how nice it looks.
Jun 16, 2012 7:26PM
What about Yellow, or white?  Over the years I've had both colors.
Jun 16, 2012 6:27PM
If you're in a Home Owner's Association home, you paint ANYTHING the colors that they tell you to... or get fined. If you can paint at all... my sister lives in a neighborhood that the homes are all natural colored brick and stone, and if you want siding...too bad!
Jun 16, 2012 6:02PM
I once painted the front doors on my duplex red (live in one side and rent the other).  I never realized how little pigment red paint has in it.  I think it took about six coats on each door, and they had been sanded down to the wood and primed.  They looked great, but it was a lot of work.  They are green now.  They still look good, but it didn't take as much paint.
Jun 16, 2012 4:45PM

My front door is painted a muted purple for epilepsy awareness!!!!

Jun 16, 2012 4:42PM
I don't own a house yet, but I've always wanted a red door. Glad to hear it has a good message, even though it probably doesn't really matter what the door looks like and more how the rest of the house/yard look like.
Jun 16, 2012 3:13PM
Jun 16, 2012 3:03PM

What if your front door is stained wood?  I guess it means you're in touch with nature.


Or maybe you just like wood.

Jun 16, 2012 2:18PM
my front door is a mosqueto screen.
Jun 16, 2012 1:22PM
I always thought that a red door meant the home was mortgage free. 
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?


Powered by



Find local plumbers, electricians, contractors and more.