We already know the importance of first impressions when you meet people in any aspect of life—the dating scene, career industries, the world of academia, and so on. First impressions don’t just apply to people. In fact, people form first impressions about homes as well—we call this the “curb appeal.”
Whether you are trying to entice people to buy your home, or just want people to feel welcome, make sure all aspects of curb appeal are in order—including the front door.
What does the color of your front door have to do with your home’s curb appeal? As it turns out, the color can make or break your home’s exterior look. Perhaps you’ve driven down a neighborhood street and seen a beautiful home with olive siding and beige molding. As you pass the front of the house, you see the front door is painted bright orange. The door sticks out like a sore thumb and suddenly the house is not as beautiful as you thought.
How do you decide what color to paint your front door? You first take in to account the colors that make up the exterior of your home. If your home’s exterior is one or two solid colors of vinyl siding, you will have to use either one of the colors, or a third color that creates a visually pleasing color combination.
If your exterior is brick, you usually have a little more leeway with door colors. The safest thing to do is to stick with neutral colors—colors that will make your front entryway inviting without making the door stick out. As a general rule, bright colors should be avoided.
Doors come in many different styles. Some have large windows, others have small windows, and still others have no windows at all. Some have round doorknobs, others have levers or latches. Unless you have a home with very distinct architecture, the style of your front door shouldn’t matter too much.
Just like with the color of the door, the style shouldn’t make the door stand out from the rest of the house. The door should look inviting and be a cohesive part of the house’s exterior, but it doesn’t need to stick out and draw all the attention.
Although they come in a wide variety of styles and colors, doors, from Ottawa to Oahu, should all serve the same purpose—providing entry into your home. If you have a sign on your door that says “please use back door,” it will not only look uninviting, but will signal to potential buyers that there is something that needs to be fixed.
Additionally, if you have clutter on your front porch that prohibits people from using your front door, your home will not look very inviting at all.
While doors are supposed to provide entry, they are typically expected to do so without compromising privacy. If your door or doorstep has large, clear windows, you have probably covered them with window treatments. Make sure these window treatments aren’t hurting your curb appeal either. If you use something like old sheets of newspaper to block the light from coming in, the paper will likely be seen from the curb, and will make your entryway look trashy.
Can you think of any instance where you wouldn’t want your home to make a good impression? How about when someone walks down the street looking for a house to rob? A front door that makes a good impression on a thief is one that doesn’t look very secure.
Besides keeping your home from appealing to robbers, you want your front door to look secure to potential buyers. People are motivated by a few different basic emotions, one of which is fear. The safer a potential buyer feels in your home, the more likely they will be to buy it.
Here are some things that make your front door a prime target for shady characters:
- Damaged hardware including the knob, hinges, strike plate, and locks
- A cracked or weathered door frame
- A cracked or weathered wooden door
- Cracked glass in the door itself or surrounding windows
If your front door sticks out like a sore thumb, doesn’t function to its fullest potential, or is a security risk, consider either replacing the hardware, refinishing the door, or completely replacing the door itself. Don’t let your door hurt your home’s curb appeal!
Author Bio: Nina Hiatt researches and writes articles to help people find balance and beauty in their personal space through landscape and interior design. In her free time, Nina blogs about many of her interests, which include gardening, technology news, and baking. To those in the Ottawa area, she recommends Canadian Comfort Windows and Doors for door or door hardware needs.