Driving around the other day, I noticed some brightly painted front doors.

Our homes’ front doors are really pretty important when it comes to first impressions and “curb appeal.” Although many people’s first, a front door is usually the third thing I notice when looking at homes, with plants and turf grass being the first and second things.

To me, front doors add so much to the look of a home. If you don’t notice someone’s front door, that may say something very important. Some research compares a front door to the tie a man wears with his suit. Your eye tends to go there immediately, and you notice whether the tie complements the color and style of the suit.

The front door does the same thing, in a sense. It is the entrance and a focal point of the structure, and should complement not only the coloring of the brick and roof but also be proportional to the size of the home. In other words, a large home probably shouldn’t have a small, diminutive front door.

Now back to the colors selected for a front door. I would dare to say most folks paint a front door to go along with the brick color. But some choose bright colors, which might hint at the homeowners’ personalities. Whatever helped you choose your front door color, I thought I’d relay some research into what the color of a front door may say about you.

Red front doors are bold, powerful and seek attention. There’s passion, excitement and a lot of energy expressed here.

Blue front doors, the more popular choice, indicate the home is a refuge and has a relaxing, laid-back feeling. People are drawn to blue doors and the calmness they represent.

Yellow front doors can indicate leadership.

Green front doors, also popular, can express care, tradition, and a safe and healthy environment.

White front doors convey a neat, tidy and organized shelter.

Black front doors speak of strength and a seriously sophisticated accommodation.

Brown front doors, interestingly enough, may have a dual meaning, depending on how light or dark the brown is. This earthy and organic color in lighter shades signals a home that is warm and reliable, while very dark shades of brown could indicate a need for privacy or seclusion.

Darla Horner Menking is a Texas Master Gardener and Master Naturalist. Contact her at darla.menking@gmail.com

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