If you are lucky enough to live near the sea, a property with a door that matches the ocean (i.e. shades of blue) fare best on the market. Too bright a blue can look cheap, so stick to a dark tone or a more mellow, duck egg shade.
Charming country cottages often look best without any paint – instead consider adding a coat of varnish to bare wood to complement the natural environment. If you prefer to add colour, soft green or cream is a popular choice, or a deeper shade of green if your home has a white exterior.
If you live in a terraced home, classic bold colours (such as deep red, dark blue, or black) with a rich, glossy finish give an elegant, classy impression to period properties. Red stands out and works well with brick houses, but it can sometimes put off prospective buyers who prefer more understated tones. If you’re trying to achieve a more contemporary appearance, a cool grey colour can give your property a modern and sophisticated look.
Tips for choosing your perfect front door colour
- Consider the area - Look at your neighbours’ front doors to see whether the colour you are considering will complement the rest of the street. Your front door should reflect the personality of you and your home, but it should also fit the neighbourhood.
- Choose the right type of paint – Remember that prospective buyers will notice not only the colour of the door, but also the quality of the finish. Adding a high gloss paint to an older, damaged door will show up any imperfections. Before you paint, clean the door with a wet rag and then use sandpaper to smooth out any nicks and scrapes. Wipe away the dust before you paint and apply primer to ensure that the paint gets the best possible coverage. Because your front door will be exposed to the elements, you’ll need to use a paint that is specially formulated for exterior surfaces.
- Test a few colours – Remember that colours look different outside in natural light. To get an accurate indication of what your finished front door will look like, tape a few swatches to the exterior before you make a final decision on which colour to choose.
With many years’ experience in residential agency across Cornwall, the team at Lillicrap Chilcott can give you the expert advice you need to get the best possible value for your home. Contact us today for more information.