Your front door is a combined reflection of your environment, unique personality and the natural energies that some believe are all around us. Choosing the front door color that harmonizes all of these considerations is what this section is all about. Today, there are three common, though greatly differing, approaches for selecting a front entry door color, each providing a unique avenue for creative self-expression. The first is to pick a color that blends with and complements your homeís style, features and surroundings. The second is using the Feng Shui method, an ancient practice in which door color helps balance your homeís positive energy. The third is simply to select a color that (based on color theory) uniquely expresses something about your individual personality.
Choosing Based on Home Style, Features and Surroundings
Home style usually influences door type and color. Your home probably has a unique architectural style, such as a modest dormered Cape Cod or heavily textured Spanish Colonial. Perhaps itís a sleek modern Contemporary. Whichever the style, the homeís original door probably complemented it beautifully, so when upgrading your door and color, youíll want to do the same.
Identifying Your Color Palette
Your homeís color palette or color scheme is simply the range of colors that are visible from top to bottom on the exterior, including the dominant and secondary colors. The easiest way to identify a color for your front door is to look for the dominant color of your homeís exterior features. Start by looking closely at your roof. Even if itís a dull gray, you will likely discover faint hints of blues, greens or perhaps other hues. We call this the Ďdominant colorí in your homeís color palette.
Identify a Secondary Color
Next, identify the secondary color. Work your way down to the body (siding) of the house. If you have a deck or patio, consider them, as well. Ideally, the secondary color will complement the roof. For example, if your roof is dark brown, a cream or light brown would be good secondary colors.
Matching the Door and Trim
Now itís time to bring it all together. Taking what youíve observed, start thinking of a color for your door and trim that works well with both the dominant (roof color) and secondary (siding color). This process will help you save time and quickly narrow down the most harmonious and expressive front door colors.
Working With Your Natural Surroundings
Weíve talked about how to select a door color using your homeís style, features and exterior colors. Now letís briefly cover the connection between door color and the surrounding environment.
The homes around you might all have a distinct thematic style, such as Mediterranean, Spanish or Old English. The same can be true for communities and even entire cities.
Most homes in Orange County and Southern California tend to have warm colors, probably due to prominent role that year-round sunshine plays in the local lifestyle. Natural surroundings are mostly brown based and yellow toned, with a desert type environment consisting of sand and dry grass. Because of this, many homeowners choose front door colors that also tend to be warm and earthy.
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