A turquoise front door near Pittsburgh. Tangerine orange for a brick home in Charleston, SC. Cherry-red paint on a white Milwaukee-area Colonial. A petal-pink entrance to an Austin, TX, abode.
When trying to unload a home, an owner will do just about anything when it comes to staging. Should your sales plan include layering coats of bright and cheery paint color to your front door?
“I had a listing in Beverly Hills that sold for $200,000 over asking, and I’m sure the bright teal door had something to do with it,” says Cassandra Corum, who’s with ACME Real Estate. “It was so special and really popped.”
The ranch-style home from 1955 sold earlier this year for $2 million.
Teal door in Beverly Hills, CA
Daniel Gyomory, who’s with Keller Williams Advantage in the Detroit area, thinks “a bright yellow front door” is what sealed the deal on one of his recent listings.
“When I went on the appointment, my clients ask if they should paint the door a more neutral color,” says Gyomory, who advised against it. “The bright yellow color was perfect as it tied in with the extensive landscaping and bright yellow flowers. The photos turned out great, and we had buyers commenting on how much they loved the front door. We sold the house within two days.”
With literally thousands of possibilities—what’s the best hue for a home’s front door?
“It should have some harmony with the rest of the façade and trimming,” says Nivara Xaykao, a color and design expert at Benjamin Moore. “For example, is there a lot of greenery? Do you have flowers? Are you more in a desert climate? Is there a color in your landscaping that you can draw from and highlight on your front door? Or do you want to go completely against type for extra pop?”
Want to mask a door’s scrapes and age? “Darker or more saturated colors have the added benefit of hiding things a little better,” says Xaykao.
For further inspiration on your journey to a fabulous front door, we’ve swung the door wide open with eight solid examples of bright doors on current listings across the country. Come on in!
Price: $669,900 Colorful language: Jazzing up an elegant white 1924 Colonial—with four bedrooms and three baths—in a Milwaukee suburb is a striking cherry-red front door. It’s quite a contrast to the all-neutral interior, which includes a wood-paneled library with built-in shelves.
2424 E. Beverly Road, Shorewood, WI
Price: $895,000 Colorful language: The tangerine front door on this four-bedroom midcentury modern pad with a brick exterior is in perfect pitch with 1960s color palettes. Designed by Donald Wexler and the Alexander Co., this home includes a suspended Swedish-style fireplace.
5190 E. Lakeside Dr, Palm Springs, CA
Price: $1,995,000 Colorful language: Pairing a baby-blue exterior with an apple-red front door doesn’t sound appealing at first blush, but it totally works on this Sonoma County Craftsman, drawing attention to the home’s large porch. Built in 1923, the home features an updated interior with marble kitchen countertops and subway tile in all three walk-in showers.
322 North St., Healdsburg, CA
Price: $525,000 Colorful language: This late-’60s brick home might be glossed over if not for the orange front door, which provides a clue for what’s inside. The interior’s contemporary updates include brightly colored walls, a barn door in one bath, and a double vanity in the master bath. In the backyard? A treehouse.
1817 Huntington Dr., Charleston, SC
Price: $350,000 Colorful language: Painting the front door of this white stucco ranch petal pink adds “desert chic” potential. The home features midcentury furnishings as well as all-white walls, floating shelves, and built-in wine storage in the kitchen. Refinished hardwood flooring runs throughout the home, helping blend the old and new features of the home’s three bedrooms and two baths.
2601 McGregor Dr., Austin, TX
Price: $165,000 Colorful language: This brick ranch could easily be like all the other homes on the block, but no—the turquoise door tells another tale. Inside this bright, modernized home flooded with natural light are vaulted, beamed ceilings, granite countertops in the kitchen, and a deck off the master suite.
4379 Colonial Park Dr., Brentwood, PA
Price: $210,000 Colorful language: For this adorable 1920s ranch in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, the yellow door is a cheery welcome. And why wouldn’t you smile? All-new ductwork, electrical, floors, kitchen, and AC mean the three-bedroom home is move-in ready.
960 Hobson St. SW, Atlanta, GA
Price: $199,950 Colorful language: Were it not for this lime-green front door, this two-story home—with its white and gray exterior—would hold little curb appeal. Fresh off a renovation, this charming three-bedroom has all the goods—from a chef’s kitchen to a gorgeous master suite.
733 Arnold Ave., Richmond, VA
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