What the colour of your front door says about you

According to research it takes someone 10 seconds to make a judgement on you based on your door

Front doors 
Credit: Farrow & Ball

Now that we’re able to welcome people into our homes again, it’s a good time to think about giving your front door a facelift. According to recent research by Dulux, it takes someone 10 seconds to make a judgement on you based on your front door – and if you’re thinking of selling your home, a freshly painted door will add to its kerb appeal. 

The shade you choose can also be significant: although whites and browns are still popular, blues are on the up and research suggests this is a colour that could raise the value of your home by up to £4,000. 

Paint company Farrow & Ball recently collaborated with the fashion brand Collagerie on a campaign to encourage its customers to think more creatively when it comes to choosing a colour. ‘You can be slightly bolder in your choice of front-door colour as you only view it when either entering or leaving your house,’ points out Farrow & Ball’s colour curator Joa Studholme - pictured above, from left, are some of the brand's latest colours: Deep Reddish Brown, Crimson Red and Sap Green. 

Deep Reddish Brown, Crimson Red and Sap Green by Farrow & Ball

When it comes to choosing and using colour for your door, Studholme advises taking into account the architectural style of your property. This, she says, is more relevant when it comes to painting the exterior than the interior, as are the colours your neighbours have used – if their door is bright white, your choice of a subtly toned white might just appear dirty in comparison.

From left: Scotch Blue by Farrow & Ball; Lavender Quartz and Indigo Shade, both Dulux

Design tips by Joa Studholme

  • When choosing the colour, it is vital to look at samples outside, where they will appear lighter than in the house.
  • Consider the paint finish: a strong colour in a low-sheen exterior eggshell will be more discreet and contemporary.
  • To make a feature of your home’s entrance, paint the front door and its complete frame in one colour: this will make it look bigger.
  • Decide whether to go for a statement shade, or one that subtly points to the colours used inside.
This season's most in-demand colours

Inchyra blue by Farrow & Ball; Naples Yellow by Edward Bulmer; French Rose by Sanderson and Hopper by Little Green