Blog > Category Post > Posted: 2022-Jul-23, Updated: 2022-Jul-28

Door Colours - What your choices could mean

If you are replacing your front entrance door, there's a lot to consider: material; efficiency; glass/no-glass options; sidelites; door handles; privacy… and of course colour! What colour should you choose for your door and what does your colour choice say about you, or about your house?

Different colours have different meanings to different people - Colour evokes emotional feelings and affects mood which will vary across culture and personal preferences. Because an entry door is one of the first things you; your neighbours; your guests; potential buyers see when approaching a home, choosing the right colour should be one of the most important door design decisions.

This article will guide you through the many colour choices and help you choose a colour that matches your personality and home. Learn how to choose a front door colour that stands out, but will not make people cringe when they see it.

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What can the right door colour do for a homeowner?
The psychology of colour
Here are some study result examples
How does colour work with doors?
What colour is right for you?
Summary

What can the right door colour do for a homeowner?

  • It can set a mood and tone (for both owner and guests)
  • It can express the occupant's personality
  • It can make a home look more unique (set it apart from all the other homes)
  • It can help a home blend into the neighbourhood
  • It can improve curb appeal
  • It can help sell your home

The psychology of colour

Today the study of colour psychology is primarily used in marketing and advertising, but the conclusions drawn by these studies can be applied to everything from the choice of clothing colour to the colour of your car and home…

Your feelings about colour are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture. While perceptions of colour are somewhat subjective, there are some colour effects that have universal meaning.

People's preference for certain colours is based on a whole host of factors, including environment, personality, experience, upbringing, and how our brains process colour. Colours can have both negative and positive associations - But for doors, we’ll focus on the positives.

When thinking about integrating colour into an entrance door, you should look past the psychological and personality findings and consider how the colour works with the exterior of your home.

Here are some study result examples:

Dark blue

Represents strength, stability, dependability, integrity, and order. It invokes feelings of calmness and serenity.


Light blue

Represents calmness, peace and gentleness.


Red

Red is one of the most visible colours, it invokes the strongest emotion (excitement) of any other colour.  It suggests passion, desire, love, power and energy - Red will increase a viewer’s heart rate and blood pressure - these physiological changes raise a person's energy levels and has been shown to increase appetite. Some may find red fun and playful, while others may feel it is too bold, too exciting, or even too dominating.


Orange and Yellow

Orange and yellow is playful, and cheerful, and may express enthusiasm and other strong positive emotions. It invokes happiness and vigor. You will get mixed reactions from people, some of whom will love it and others who will loathe it.


Green

Growth and nature and friendly and calming. Refreshing and tranquillity and also associated with luck, wealth, health and envy. It’s also believed to relieve stress and promote healing. Creative and artsy.


Black

Attractive, elegant and powerful - In many western traditions, black is associated with death and mourning, whereas in many eastern cultures white is the colour associated with death. Black has a grounding effect on your environment.


White

Classy, rich, clean, simple, optimistic, inspiring and refreshing. It can create a sense of space - making things appear larger and more spacious. Can also symbolize a new beginning or a fresh start.


Purple

Mysterious, imaginative, royalty, rich. Also represents spirituality and wisdom (people love or hate it)


Brown

Brown suggests security, strength, isolation, and reliability. Energetic, happy, enthusiastic, attention-grabbing, spiritual (people love or hate it). The way we see brown used in the environment plays a major role in how we feel about it. If you associate the colour with pleasant autumn evenings spent with family and friends, then you will likely have strong positive associations with the colour.


Gray

Grey is considered a safe colour - its neutrality is suggestive of safety and a desire not to stand out.


Pink

Depending on where it is being used and the age group using it, pink can be a risky colour. Often described as a feminine colour pink is growing more and more popular in the younger population. Pink is characterized as being joyful, nurturing, romantic, creative, childish.


Shades of a colour

All colours can be adjusted by shade (lighter/darker) and vividness. Darker colour shades may be preferred by conservative personalities while lighter or vivid colours may be preferred by creative and socially outgoing personalities.

To make things even more complicated lighter shades of primary, secondary and tertiary colours all have their own set of corresponding cultural and personal characteristics.


How does colour work with doors?

If we move beyond psychology and look at how a door interacts with the rest of a house, we find that many of the potentially negative colour connotations disappear. And although some people may have cultural preferences or cautions. Most colours have a positive influence on the desired perception and personality of a home.

What colour is right for you?

Although the psychology of colour makes some great observations. As a general guide for doors - the illustration below says it all.

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If you would like to know more about the colours available for the entry doors products we offer, please give us a call or request more information via our contact form. We’d be happy to answer all of your questions.

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