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Front door colours and what they might say about you

The colour of your front door might not be something that you think about that often, and you’re not alone in that. Many of us simply move into our homes and leave the door colour as it is.

We might re-touch it from time to time, or give it a whole new coat of paint, but we usually care more about re-doing the kitchen or bathroom, sorting out our storage or decorating the living room. But switching your door colour can change how you look at your home, and even increase its kerb appeal, which is important if you’re looking to sell.

row of terrace houses with colourful doors

While we can’t say door colours are subject to seasonal trends, they are something that can gain favour. Without doubt, they also start speaking about your home, giving a first impression to whoever walks up your path.

Here’s our guide to which colours can look good on your front door, as well as a little about what they (in our humble opinion) may say about you.

Battleship grey

If the house prices are rising rapidly near where you live, then you can bet that there are a good number of front doors in dark greys. They project the image of a modern home and a younger buyer. Dulux’s Gallant Grey Weathershield is a great example of this. Using these classy shades of grey will give those on your street the impression that you enjoy artisan pottery on the weekend, even if you really spend it watching Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor.

Ministerial black


If it’s good enough for the Prime Minister, then it’s good enough for you. Black is already a hugely popular door colour, but that doesn’t mean it can’t stand out or be improved. The secret here is to go for a matt black rather than a gloss. Brass or gold-coloured door furniture will give you the air of a lottery winner or world leader, but on a budget.

Seaside blues

Institutional blues that bring hospitals or fading seaside hotels to mind may not sound that inspiring, but using these chalky blues on your door can mark you out as a modernist with your eye on design trends. Shades such as Farrow and Ball’s Oval Room Blue are too good to save for indoors and will work well whether you live by the sea or in the middle of a city.

Outgoing orange


Reds and yellows are common door colours but orange is used far less and can stand out for that reason alone. Go for an eye-popping acidic orange and your friends will never struggle to find your home when they visit. It screams young and aspirant, with just the right amount of regard for VW camper vans and Space Hoppers. If you’re matching your Le Creuset pans, then you’re on the right track.

Muted green

Sage and pistachio are two upmarket shades that have long been the sign of a home where Radio 4 is constantly on the Roberts DAB radio. The inhabitants are likely to be young-at-heart middle-age people, but with an interest in classic design. Light- to mid-greens like Little Greene’s Mid Brunswick Green have just the right degree of sophistication and will get your neighbours thinking you’ve got yourself a promotion.

For more door colours and what they might say about you, head here. Or if you’ve already got your eye on a colour but you’re not one for DIY, why not get in touch with a painter/decorator.

Iain Aitch

Iain is a London-based writer who works as a journalist for a number of newspapers and magazines. He has also written two books, one of which is a hilarious lexicon about Britishness – Iain is a Brit through and through!

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