We’ve all seen those beautiful images of white, colonial-style homes with bright red or navy blue doors that really “pop, but what if your home isn’t white, bright yellow or red brick?
For example, what if you have a beige home? Are you doomed to live in “neutral-land” until you can afford to repaint your entire home?
Not at all.
Fortunately, there are a lot of color choices that will go well with your home and give it that instant eye appeal that makes passersby take a second look.
Consider the following when deciding on a color for your front door:
Dark colors tend to make a house feel “anchored” to its surroundings, whereas lighter colors will often draw the eye upward.
What is the average weather like where you live? If you get a lot of sun, go for lighter colors as when they fade it won’t be as obvious as if you went with a darker color.
You’ll be looking at your door every time you go in your house, so choose a color that you love and that shows a bit of your personality.
As beige is a neutral color you can usually go with shades that are either cold or hot.
Use a color wheel
Designers use a tool called a “color wheel” to help them choose the perfect color combinations.
Colors and different shades of color fall in the following categories.:
This category consists of variations of a single color. For example, if your house is a light beige, your door and trim can be either lighter or darker variations of the same color.
The result will be a home with features that blend seamlessly into a whole. While this offers a cohesive look, your front door won’t stand out, so if that’s what you would prefer, consider one of the other color scheme choices.
Colors that are considered analogous will lie next to each other on the color wheel. So for example yellow and green or yellow and orange.
This offers a more rich look, however, be careful about mixing too many colors as it can get a bit noisy.
Complementary colors are ones that lie opposite of each other on the color wheel. The best color combinations will be the result of pairing cool and warm colors such as orange and blue.
These color options can be more difficult to put together, than either analogous or monochromatic colors, but once you get it right, the results are stunning.
What shade of beige?
The color beige has many variations. Look for the shade that closely matches yours on a color wheel.
Now that you’ve found your color – or one close to it – you can decide what color you want your front door to be by choosing what color scheme you want to go with.
Tip: If you kept the paint card sample when you painted your house, take a look at the other shades on the strip. This will give you an idea of what might go well with your home if you go with a color that is monochromatic to your home’s color.
Meaning of different colors
Colors tend to invoke different reactions in people, so if you want to match your personality to your home, this is a good place to start.
Bold colors such as yellow or red attract attention. They’re energetic and stimulate the senses, invoking feelings such as drama, joy, and happiness.
Purple is mysterious and creative, whereas blue, black, and gray are solid, calm, and dependable.
Green symbolizes nature, peace, and serenity, invoking images of deep lagoons and/or lush forests.
Look at other exterior features
What other colors surround your home?
Finally, take a look at your driveway, the path leading to your door, and other features of your home’s exterior. Keep these things in mind when choosing the best color for the front door of your beige house.