It is often said that the interior style of your home reveals a lot about your personality. But can the same be said about your home’s exterior? Bursting bookshelves and gallery walls might be your preference inside, but the exterior of a house can be more difficult to change.
That’s where your front door comes in. A new or newly painted front door is an easy switch that can make a big difference when it comes to curb appeal. It sure beats replacing worn brick or vinyl siding.
On the face of your house, the front door is the welcoming smile. It can provide a pleasant pop of colour or a more neutral appeal. As you walk down the street, does a vivid yellow door make you happy? Or maybe a classic black exterior door suits you best?
When does your front door need to be replaced?
Before paint colour comes into play, consider whether your front door needs an upgrade. There are many reasons to upgrade your front exterior door. You might notice wind flowing through the bottom or sides of an old door. Light peeking in around the threshold or frame of your door is a sure sign of gaps that will let in warm or cold air (or bugs!) too.
This means your air conditioner or furnace is working harder, and costing you more of your well-earned dollars. A new front door can increase the energy efficiency of your house, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Dents, rust, splitting wood and squeaky hinges can also be signs that your door needs to be replaced. If your door locking system is getting finicky, it might be time to switch to a structurally sound, secure door as well. The front door is the first line of defense in your home security system.
Nobody likes a sticking door. Whether you have to slam it to shut it or position it just right to get the deadbolt to lock, a warped door isn’t fun or convenient. It just might be time to consider a new door.
Or maybe your front door is just plain ugly! That’s not a bad reason to replace it either. If your front entry is too dark, take advantage of the big range of glass panel exterior doors available. Let in as much or as little light as you want.
A door upgrade can increase resale value
An upgraded front door boosts curb appeal, potentially increasing your home’s resale value and getting your home sold faster. New, high-quality exterior doors are better looking, more secure and more energy efficient than old doors.
When potential buyers approach your home, the door is the first thing they see. You never get a second chance to make a first impression and all that. More interest in your home can mean more potential offers and a competitive selling price.
If you do decide it’s time to upgrade your house’s front door, consider your preferences. Maybe now you can let your personality shine on the exterior of your home. Customize your door with stain or paint, a transom or sidelight and beautiful hardware.
10 popular and welcoming front door colours for curb appeal in 2022
From classic to contemporary, the sky’s the limit when it comes to front door colours. Maybe you want your door colour to really pop, standing out from a more neutral exterior. Or maybe you prefer your front door to match your garage doors. Either way, here are 10 popular colours that could work for your house.
- Classic black
Black is a classic dress colour a timeless front door colour that suits a wide range of home styles. Black coordinates nicely with most home exterior colours and contrasts beautifully with white or light-coloured siding. According to real estate website Zillow, a black front door could increase the price of a typical home by 2.9 percent. That’s a big pay-off for a small investment! Many experts agree that black is the most popular colour choice for front doors in 2022.Whether in a high-gloss or matte finish, a black front door provides high-impact curb appeal. Go bold and double the impact by painting the door trim black too.
- Slate grey
For those who find black a bit stark, slate grey is another popular option that is both classic and contemporary. It makes a fitting upgrade for a traditional style home. This slightly moody, darker grey is timeless and polished, and will give your home an air of sophistication. Boost the impact of this bold neutral with a door handle in a brass finish. This contrasting combo is sure to lend a tasteful polish to your entryway.
- Royal blue
Royal blue is another classic front door colour that also has a contemporary feel. It’s a little friendlier than black, and a bit more daring. Blue is one of the most popular front door colours, in all sorts of shades. Choose one that’s right for your home’s palette and your personality. Royal blue is pretty and fun, but not overly out there.
Crisp and clean, a freshly painted white front exterior door speaks to sunshine and the sea. It’s the perfect touch for a house with an inviting wraparound porch. If you are a fan of simple design and organized living, a white front door might just make your heart happy.
- Hunter green
Hunter green has made a comeback. Frequently paired with burgundy in home decor of the eighties, hunter green is once again a choice for kitchen cabinets and front doors. It’s a dark, rich and stylish colour that has a classic touch when not paired with eighties chintz.
- Sage green
Sage green is the more subtle cousin of hunter green. This colour is calming and restorative against fresh white siding, but still makes a statement. If you like trail walks and freshly mown grass, this natural beauty might be right for you. Add a dragonfly door knocker to further celebrate your love of nature.
- Soft pastel blue
A soft pastel blue front door pairs well with a relaxed, coastal style. It welcomes guests with the promise of sunshine and lemonade on the porch. Pair it with brushed or polished nickel light fixtures for a calming effect.
- Dark wood stain
It’s not paint, but dark wood stain is a popular choice too. Somehow a dark wood stain can add a rustic touch that’s still kind of grand. A front door in a dark wood stain stands out nicely on a light-coloured brick or painted house.
Beige doesn’t need to be boring. It remains a popular front door colour for good reason. Beige can bring out subtle tones in your brick exterior. It can allow the other elements of your house’s exterior to shine. And it can act as a subtle backdrop for a door that boasts decorative glass or custom carvings.
- Red, yellow, pink
The best colour for your front door is the colour you like best. Maybe you love a classic red (considered lucky in Feng Shui), a sunny, vibrant yellow or a soothing, romantic pink. It’s your front door, so anything goes! Resale value aside, you should come home to a front door that brings a smile to your face.
- Classic black
What to look for in a front door
Whatever the colour, you’ll want to ensure your front door is high-quality and ENERGY STAR® certified for Canadian weather. JELD-WEN is one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, with an industry-leading warranty. As more Canadians demand high-performance windows and doors that meet ENERGY STAR standards, an ENERGY STAR-rated front door can add to your home’s resale value and curb appeal. It can also lower your energy costs and increase your home comfort.
- The ENERGY STAR program ensures the energy performance of JELD-WEN doors is tested by a laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Here in Canada, where dramatic temperature changes are a fact of life, fiberglass doors have lots to offer. They are growing in popularity because they are an easy-care option that can handle Canadian weather. Fiberglass doors will not rot like wood doors can, but they offer the same handcrafted beauty. Read more about JELD-WEN fiberglass doors. Or, browse our fiberglass door selection. Steel doors are another popular option and are built to protect your home from extreme weather. JELD-WEN of Canada’s steel doors are ENERGY STAR® certified. Steel doors boast high efficiency, value for money and strong durability. JELD-WEN steel front exterior doors are available in a range of beautiful options from coast to coast.